Founder & CEO
Karl has had a passion for the natural world since a very young age. Having traveled extensively in his youth, he developed an interest in people, place and the connection that we have with our surroundings. After leaving high school Karl lived and worked on a number of islands in the Great Barrier Reef, where his intrigue for marine ecosystems was furthered, eventually leading to completion of a degree in Marine Science and Management.
Over the past few years his travels have led him to work with a number of environment, sustainable development and human rights non-profit organisations and research institutions internationally. Karl founded Positive Change for Marine Life in 2012, whilst working in Japan examining alternatives to unsustainable marine industries, as well as the potential development of low-impact marine tourism. He has also presented at various conferences including the Rio+20 (Brazil), The Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World (Japan) and the 6th World Youth Conference (Brazil), in which he was chosen to represent Australian youth. Recently, Karl circumnavigated the globe on-board the Peace Boat, presenting on marine science, sustainability and conservation topics to over 500 people on the ship as well as in over 20 countries. He was also the International Journalist for the voyage, documenting social and environmental projects both on board and in the countries visited over the course of the 4 month journey.
Karl's main interest is in the co-existence of nature and development, with a focus on the potential for education and training to maximise conservation outcomes, whilst providing a greater standard of living for communities who are directly involved in industries which contribute to the oceans demise. Outside of Positive Change for Marine Life, Karl works full-time with the Australian Conservation Foundation and enjoy surfing, freediving and kayaking. His past roles have included terrestrial and marine research & education, as well as kayak tour-guiding, among others.