Meet our Team

Assembly Members

Sandra Bessudo

Sandra is a Marine Biologist from École Pratique des Hautes Études, with a Master’s Degree in Life Sciences and Earth Sciences in Perpignan (France), a professional diver and instructor with more than 7,000 dives, and a photographer and underwater cameraman. Sandra Bessudo worked under the Government of President Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia) as High Presidential Adviser for Environmental Management, Biodiversity, Water and Climate Change. In addition, she supported the creation of the new Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. As of 2012, she assumed the General Direction of the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation of Colombia. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Malpelo Foundation and Other Marine Ecosystems. She was an active promoter in the creation of the Isla Malpelo Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and created the Malpelo and other Marine Ecosystems Foundation in 1999. She promoted and coordinated for the Government of Colombia to sign the San José Agreement in 2004, by which the Marine Corridor of Conservation of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (CMAR) was created. Sandra is recognized for her work in conservation and research of the oceans. She has directed multiple scientific expeditions and research projects, including satellite and acoustic telemetry in sharks. She has known different seas of the world, which has allowed her to understand the different ecosystems and species that inhabit the waters of the Pacific, Caribbean, Indo-Pacific, Indian, and Mediterranean. This comprehensive vision has made her the recipient of several prestigious international and national awards in her work for the conservation and protection of marine protected areas.