Director at Planeta Oceano
Kerstin is founder and director of Planeta Océano, an organization empowering coastal communities in marine conservation. As a social entrepreneur and biologist with 10 years in conservation, she’s designed and developed dozens of environmental initiatives across Peru, including research, education, and sustainable development efforts. These include building participatory platforms such as the Marine Educator’s Network of Peru, fostering community-based eco-tourism, researching shark and ray fsheries, and promoting policies for threatened species. Kerstin has served as a consultant for the inter-governmental, governmental, and private sectors. As a public speaker, she’s presented in over 16 countries, including venues such as the Royal Geographical Society, World Economic Forum, and Ibero-American Summit.
Kerstin is a Key Partner Network member of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. She’s a Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow, and a NEAq Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow. She’s been recognized as a top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur” by Forbes, is among the “10 leading social entrepreneurs in Latin America” by Univisión, and has received WWF’s International President’s Award and Peru’s National Environmental Citizenship Award, among others. She’s currently studying for a doctorate in marine biology at Heriot-Watt University, U.K.