The ocean is crucial to the health of our planet; but it's facing unprecedented threats. If we do not find a sustainable way to manage this precious resource, we risk losing all the benefits it provides us, from climate regulation to food security. In summary: the ocean needs advocates. And that's why ONA exists.
We aim to provide tailor-made solutions to expand the reach and deepen the influence of people and institutions working in fields related to the ocean and sustainability. From plankton researchers to nautical tech companies, we are very proud to work with a wide ranging group of like-minded clients. Our mission is not just to provide them with great services but also to grow a network of diverse and brilliant partners willing to work together to help each other thrive while preserving the health of our oceans.
Laura is in charge of strategy and partner relations. A journalist by training, Laura has worked in over 20 countries for outlets such as the New York Times and The Guardian. She has also been a consultant for a myriad of companies and foundations in Systems Thinking (Postgraduate Diploma from Cornell University) and Disruptive Design, a methodology developed by Leyla Arcangelou, UNEP Champion of the Earth. She was also Director of Communication in Didac Costa's 2020/21 Vendée Globe Team.
Didac is one of the world's best offshore sailors and recently became the first Spaniard in history to finish the Vendée Globe twice - the solo sailing race around the world without stops or assistance. His list of nautical achievements also includes crossing the Atlantic alone in the Mini Transat 2011 and around the world double-handed, in the 2014 Barcelona World Race. Didac is also a firefighter whose vocation in service now extends to designing sustainable sailing projects and empowering the next generation of ocean athletes.
Head of Production
Nathan manages the project's media impact and content production. Originally from California, he has worked as a filmmaker and photographer in the US, East Africa and East Asia, reporting on environmental crises for outlets such as CNN and BBC. He has also worked for clients like UNHCR, Save the Children, Bosch, and Microsoft. He is passionate about combining the rigor of journalistic storytelling with innovative media approaches to give ocean stories the wide audience they deserve.
Manon is in charge of communicating and sharing the company’s mission and values with the world. She also helps our clients deepen their impact and expand their audience. Growing up in Vendée, she is a passionate surfer and sailor who believes that it is essential to raise awareness about the protection of the oceans for water sports enthusiasts. She is doing her masters in Communication at the prestigious Audencia Business School where she co-founded Neoned, a startup that produces yoga mats using 100% recycled neoprene suits.