Blue Water Heroes

In collaboration with Tatler Gen.T, this event is specially curated to support, promote, and inspire fearless and passionate eco-champions to push the boundaries of marine conservation in their communities.

3 NOVEMBER

This platform provides a space for young eco-champions to pitch their ideas to our generous sponsors for funding and resources to further implement their conservation projects and efforts for the ocean.

3 NOVEMBER

This platform provides a space for courageous eco-champions to pitch their ideas to our generous sponsors for funding and resources to further implement their conservation projects and efforts for the ocean

Blue Water Heroes Awards Dinner

3 Nov (Fri), 7pm – 10pm

Event Highlights:

– Sustainable dining experience
– Inspiring initiatives by 10 SEA award finalists
– Moving stories by youth members of the Ocean Geographic Antarctic Climate Expedition
– Exclusive live auction with highly coveted items

Dr Sylvia Earle

Welcome Video Address By 

Dr Sylvia Earle

Oceanographer 

TIME Magazine’s First Hero of the Planet

Piano Performance By 

Hillary Yifei O’Sullivan

Award-winning 12 year old
Hilary Yifei O'Sullivan (3)

Blue Water Heroes Awards 2023

The Blue Water Heroes Awards, one of the highlights of the event, celebrated and recognised individuals who have made substantial contributions to marine conservation. Ten finalists were honoured for their fearless efforts in driving positive change, and among the ten, Tom Peacock, founder of the Seven Clean Seas came in first place, with Oh Chu Xian, the founder of Magorium, coming in as the first runner-up and Anna Oposa, Executive Director and Chief Mermaid, Save Philippine Seas coming in as second runner up. 

Highlights from the first edition of our Blue Water Heroes Awards, powered by Tatler Gen.T.

Blue Water Heroes 2023 Finalists​

Winners of Blue Water Heroes 2023

1st Place: Tom Peacock-Nazil

Founder & CEO, Seven Clean Seas

Tom Peacock-Nazil, the Founder and CEO of Seven Clean Seas, leads impactful beach cleaning efforts across several countries, mobilizing over 3,800 volunteers to recover more than 50,000 kilograms of plastic waste. His organization’s holistic solutions for measuring, reducing, and offsetting plastic footprints have made a substantial difference. In 2022, Seven Clean Seas cleared a remarkable 459,722 kilograms of plastic from Indonesian coastlines, a 138 percent increase from the previous year, reaching a milestone of 1 million kilograms. Tom collaborates with global initiatives like the United Environment Programme (UNEP) and the 3R initiative to drive zero-waste leadership. He’s also expanding into regional waste management and plastic recovery technology to prevent further ocean pollution.

2nd Place: Oh Chu Xian

Founder, Magorium & M-Impact

Oh Chu Xian is the Founder of Magorium & M-Impact in Singapore. In 2019, she established Magorium, a pioneering initiative that converts discarded plastic waste into NEWBitumen, a sustainable alternative to oil-based bitumen for road construction. Magorium has diverted more than 8,000 kilograms of plastic waste from incineration, contributing significantly to waste reduction. Additionally, Chu Xian founded M-Impact, focusing on youth environmental literacy programs. She is passionately committed to elevating Singapore’s plastic recycling rate from 4% to at least 35% by 2025, working towards a cleaner environment and waters.

3rd Place: Anna Oposa

Executive Director and Chief Mermaid, Save Philippine Seas

Anna Oposa work centers on shark conservation, waste management, circular economy practices, and environmental education. She played a pivotal role in establishing the first Philippine shark sanctuary and securing national protection for critically endangered thresher sharks. Anna initiated the Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp to train marine conservationists in Southeast Asia, launched the Waste Watchers program to reduce single-use plastics, and leads the Shark Shelter Project protecting thresher sharks near Monad Shoal. Despite Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, these sharks continue to attract divers, contributing to the island’s revitalization.

Panel of Judges

Presenting 2024 panel of judges for the upcoming Blue Water Heroes Awards

Arthur Tay

Chairman & CEO, SUTL Group

Paul Foster

Entertainment Personality & Environmentalist

Christine Amour-Levar

Founder & CEO, HER Planet Earth
Co-Founder, Investors for Climate

Tianna Nguyen

Impact Investor, Philanthropist

Chong Seow Wei

Regional Senior Editor, Tatler Gen.T

Dr. Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Urban Climate, Singapore Management University

Dr. Toh Tai Chong

Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore

Arthur Tay

Chairman & CEO, SUTL Group

Paul Foster

Entertainment Personality & Environmentalist

Christine Amour-Levar

Founder & CEO, HER Planet Earth
Co-Founder, Investors for Climate

Tianna Nguyen

Impact Investor, Philanthropist

Chong Seow Wei

Regional Senior Editor, Tatler Gen.T

Dr. Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Urban Climate, Singapore Management University

Dr. Toh Tai Chong

Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore

Criteria for nomination

They have made a positive impact in advocating for and protecting marine life environment in the last 24 months.

They are primarily based in Southeast Asia or have made significant impact in the region.

They are an individual advocate or leader of a non-profit or NGO advancing society's awareness of ocean conservation through education or community to create scalable impact.

They are the founder, co-founder or head of a social enterprise that is improving marine health and sustainability using technology-enabled solutions.

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Arthur Tay

Chairman & CEO, SUTL Group

Mr Arthur Tay is an Executive Director and CEO of the Company and is responsible for the overall management of the Group. He was first appointed as Non-Executive Director in January 2010 and was last re-elected in April 2021. He was made the CEO of the Company on 1 May 2010.

Mr Tay is also the Executive Chairman and CEO of the SUTL Group of Companies, a family-owned, professionally-managed lifestyle consumer goods and services enterprise, which has businesses globally. He is also an active philanthropist and grassroots leader.

He holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance.

Paul Foster

Entertainment Personality & Environmentalist.

Paul Foster is a local Singaporean of mixed British/Chinese heritage and is an entertainment industry veteran of 20 years as a host, actor and model.

Representing himself around the South East Asian region, Paul has covered acting for film and TV, ventured into travel, sports and info-tainment hosting and has emceed live events for product/store launches, Gala Dinners, press conferences and other various media events.

Aside from his career on stage and screen, he is passionate about sustainability for both the planet and people. Finding this balance in both life and career is so important, and Paul hopes his efforts in doing so can create more awareness and inspire others to do the same.

Christine Amour-Levar

Founder & CEO, HER Planet Earth
Co-Founder, Investors for Climate

Christine Amour-Levar is a French-Swiss-Filipina social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and climate Investors. Having started her global career with Nike, she honed her skills as a sustainability and human rights advisor. She founded two impactful NGOs: Women on a Mission, promoting women’s education and skills amidst adversity, and HER Planet Earth, emphasising climate resiliency for marginalised women through wildlife conservation, coral restoration and sustainable agriculture projects.

Christine’s notable affiliations as a board member include the Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), Investible VC focused on Climate Tech, Zero Waste Singapore, and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation of the Philippines. Recognised with international accolades such as the GGEF Woman Eco Gamechanger Award 2022, and named one of the “Women of the Future Southeast Asia Leading Lights” by the Financial Times, she is a key voice in Asia’s corporate sustainability and environmental rights arena, based in Singapore.

Tianna Nguyen

Founder, Alensia
Co-Founder, Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Singapore 

Tianna Nguyen, founder of Alensia, has lived in the USA, Dubai, London, and Singapore, working at global reputable like PricewaterhouseCoopers, Credit Suisse, Invesco, and J.P. Morgan & Co. Her expertise spans PE/VC, corporate finance, M&A, and capital raising advisory, which has also extended to several fundraising negotiations and projects on ESG and impact investments in frontier economies like Myanmar and Vietnam.

Tianna is a Milken Young Leaders Circle member, co-founder of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Singapore (HarvardAE Singapore), essay reader for Harvard Global Women’s Empowerment, Board of Directors member for the American Association of Singapore (AAS), mentor, philanthropist, and speaker/judge at various events.

As an investor, Tianna seeks sustainable opportunities, such as a circular solution company extending the lifespan of children’s products, positively impacting families, communities and the environment, now the leading kids’ resale platform in Asia.

HarvardAE empowers and builds on an ecosystem on entrepreneurship and innovation, driving socio-economic development and addressing issues like sustainability and minority representation. Tianna holds Biology and Finance degrees from The Ohio State University and Master’s degrees from Harvard University and Hult International Business School.

Chong Seow Wei

Regional Senior Editor, Tatler Gen.T

Chong Seow Wei is the regional senior editor of Tatler Gen.T, Tatler Asia’s community-focused content and events platform for the Leaders of Tomorrow. Its mission is to discover, support and help catalyse the impact of Asia’s most promising young leaders. The brand operates in eight markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.

Dr. Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Urban Climate, Singapore Management University

Dr Winston Chow is an Associate Professor of Urban Climate and Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow based at Singapore Management University’s (SMU) College of Integrative Studies. He researches and teaches on urban climate impacts and sustainability in SMU, and is also the co-Lead Principal Investigator for the multi-institute Cooling Singapore Initiative. Dr. Chow was also a lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest assessment on urban climate impacts and adaptation, as well as on the vulnerability of coastal cities to climate change.

In July 2023, he was elected as Co-Chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II, which focuses on the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation of climate change for the Seventh Assessment Cycle from 2023-2030. The IPCC is the United Nation’s authoritative body that assesses and provides climate change information for governments and other global stakeholders.

Conference Topics:

Blue Carbon: Coral Reef

Dr. Toh Tai Chong

Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore

Dr. Toh Tai Chong is a marine biologist and he currently lectures in a residential college in the National University of Singapore. For the past ten years, he has been working with local communities in Southeast Asia to conserve coral reefs and to develop reef restoration techniques. To date, he has published more than 50 publications related to marine conservation. Within the college, he collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to teach topics related to sustainability and conservation.

Outside of work, he is the co-founder of Our Singapore Reefs and he works closely with private and public sectors to reduce the impacts of marine debris. He speaks frequently at local schools on a range of environmental issues and has facilitated workshops for school teachers to develop their environmental education curriculum.