Co-Founder & CEO
Karl has had a passion for the natural world since a very young age. Having travelled extensively in his youth, he developed an interest in people, culture and the changing relationship that we have with our planet. After leaving high school Karl lived and worked on a number of islands in the Great Barrier Reef, where his intrigue for marine ecosystems grew, eventually leading to completion of a degree in Marine Science and Management.
Karl's travels over the years have led him to work with a number of environmental, sustainable development and human rights non-profit organisations and research institutions in Australia and internationally including the Australian Conservation Foundation, Rainforest Rescue, Peace Boat, The Environmental Investigation Agency and Get Up, amongst others. In 2012 Karl founded Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML), whilst working in Japan examining alternatives to unsustainable marine industries, as well as the potential for development of low-impact marine tourism. The organisation has since grown to lead projects in 6 countries, largely focused on creating economic solutions and shifting behaviour when it comes to marine conservation challenges. PCFML currently operates full-time teams in Australia and India.
Karl has 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 2014, Karl circumnavigated the globe on-board the Peace Boat, presenting on marine science, sustainability and conservation topics to varied audiences both off and on the ship. As the International Journalist during the voyage, Karl documented social and environmental projects in over 20 countries visited over the course of the 4-month journey.
Karl's main interest lies in the co-existence of nature and human development, with a focus on the potential for grassroots education, training and sustainable industries to maximise conservation outcomes, whilst providing a greater standard of living for those who rely on the ocean for survival. At present, Karl is leading a major project in India, focused on developing the first de-centralised waste management systems for fishing communities in Kerala. The project aims to relieve the increasing anthropogenic pressure that’s being placed on already over-exploited marine ecosystems.