Sandra Bessudo

Sandra Bessudo is the former Columbian Minister of the Environment and represented Columbia at the COP21. She is president of the Malpelo Foundation: an NGO which promotes marine and coastal ecosystem protection and conservation in Columbia whilst encouraging the sustainable development of natural resources.

Aged 48, Sandra Bessudo is a renowned marine biologist and is passionate about scuba diving and protecting sharks. She discovered the tiny volcanic island of Malpelo at the end of the 80s. The island’s sides plunge to depths of more than 4,000m and are home to numerous species of large gatherings of sharks. The latter, however, are hunted relentlessly by fishermen for their fins which are highly prized in Asia.

It is thanks to Sandra’s determination that Malpelo became a national protection zone in 1995. She created the eponymous Foundation in 1999 and the island was classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

Sandra Bessudo is the former Columbian Minister of the Environment and represented Columbia at the COP21. She is president of the Malpelo Foundation: an NGO which promotes marine and coastal ecosystem protection and conservation in Columbia whilst encouraging the sustainable development of natural resources.

Aged 48, Sandra Bessudo is a renowned marine biologist and is passionate about scuba diving and protecting sharks. She discovered the tiny volcanic island of Malpelo at the end of the 80s. The island’s sides plunge to depths of more than 4,000m and are home to numerous species of large gatherings of sharks. The latter, however, are hunted relentlessly by fishermen for their fins which are highly prized in Asia.

It is thanks to Sandra’s determination that Malpelo became a national protection zone in 1995. She created the eponymous Foundation in 1999 and the island was classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.