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Alexandra Cousteau
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Alexandra Cousteau
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  • As the granddaughter of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and daughter of Philippe Cousteau, Sr., Alexandra Cousteau grew up loving water and has a strong commitment toward its preservation.
  • Cousteau’s years of influence by her family, her founding of Blue Legacy International, and her role as advisor for Oceana and the Pacific Institute give her a strong understanding of the challenges facing ocean preservation and clean water for communities.
  • As a filmmaker who’s traveled the world capturing the blue planet, Cousteau has many inspirational stories and mesmerizing shots that motivate her audience to consider how they might take action to help preserve the world’s oceans and provide clean water.
  • She has been name a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society.

Alexandra Cousteau began her career as a filmmaker and explorer at four months old, when she joined her parents on Easter Island. By the time she was three, she had explored Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda and Kenya. And at seven years of age, she learned to dive from the world renowned Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, also known as her grandfather.

Cousteau continues the work of her grandfather and father, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues. A master storyteller, she has the unique ability to inspire audiences on policy and move them to action. In May 2016, Cousteau received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Georgetown University, her alma mater.

Cousteau founded Blue Legacy International in 2008 to empower one community at a time to reclaim and restore the world’s water. She has led Blue Legacy expeditions across six continents and produced more than 100 award-winning short films about water issues around the world.

As a senior advisor for Oceana, she helps the international organization focus on and advocate for ocean conservation. Their campaigns strive to make the oceans more bio diverse and abundant. Cousteau is currently working with Oceana to produce a documentary about the oceans. She also is on the advisory council for the Pacific Institute, which provides science-based thought leadership to influence local, national and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies.

In 2010, the World Economic Forum named Cousteau one of its Young Global Leaders. Two years earlier, she was honored as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an elite group of visionaries who push the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving. She, her husband, and two young children split their time between Berlin and Washington, D.C.

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Alexandra Cousteau’s passion for a healthy planet, especially its expanse of blue, is evident from the first minute she addresses an audience. She is a dedicated advocate for water conservation and sustainable management of water. As she talks about the global initiatives and advocacy organizations in which she is involved, she seeks to inspire and empower people to protect the ocean and its inhabitants, as well as the communities that rely on water resources.

How to be a Lifelong Explorer: Leadership through the Lens of Exploration and Innovation
Cousteau is an explorer of our water planet. And when it comes to authentic and impactful storytelling, expeditions are just as important today as they were when Captain Cousteau first sealed cameras in Bell jars to explore the depths. But exploration is not just about discovery; it is also about leadership and innovation.

Cousteau brings audiences on a journey from her earliest memories with her grandfather teaching her how to scuba dive to her many adventures today. Along the way, she provides a unique perspective on how important it is to be an endlessly curious observer of the world as well as an active participant in its preservation.

Highlighting the revolutionary inventions made by her grandfather and the cutting-edge ways that her organization, Blue Legacy, reaches a worldwide audience, Cousteau encourages her audience to be an explorer and protector of our water planet. She reminds attendees that humans are the primary shareholders of the dividends of healthy water systems.

This Blue Planet: Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth
On December 7, 1972, the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft took a photograph of earth at a distance of about 45,000 km. This iconic picture—The Blue Marble—captured what can only be truly appreciated from space: the fact that we live on a water planet. Yet while 70% of earth is covered by water, only a tiny percentage (0.001%) of that water is fit for human consumption and accessible to aquatic and terrestrial species.

Although the amount of water on the planet has remained nearly the same since earth was first formed, human impacts have substantially reduced the amount of water available to drink, fish from, and swim in. As our blue planet continues its orbit, environmental advocate and speaker Cousteau urges us to view global water issues—not as a disparate collection of unrelated problems—but through a systems-based approach that recognizes the fundamental interconnectivity of these issues and places renewed emphasis on protecting our planet's most vital resource.

Cousteau advocates an approach that recognizes how crucial it is to preserve natural water systems while taking into account the numerous demands, threats, and developments within a watershed. From managing resources and addressing pollution to planning appropriately for the placement of cities, factories, and farms, we must focus on careful economic planning and ecosystem-based management to preserve and sustain a healthy E=earth for generations to come.

Explorer, Filmmaker, Advocate and…Mom: The Challenge of Being a 21st Century Woman
While she has traveled across the globe to the most remote and exotic locations imaginable, Cousteau's greatest discovery was giving birth to her daughter. This transformative experience has reinforced her conviction in the importance of protecting our water planet, and has given her the chance to reach out to mothers and women everywhere to inspire them to lead a pioneering life and to never give up on their dreams. As women increasingly compete for the highest-level positions in politics and the workforce of the 21st century, they face new challenges balancing the demands of their career and family life.

Highly educated, empowered with technology, and driven by the notion that nothing less than complete equality on all fronts will suffice, women are not only impacting the agenda; they are writing it.

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