Ajay Sawant

Ajay Sawant is an ocean-climate communicator and water activist with a resolute interest in the intersection of marine conservation and climate change. He is passionate about translating ocean science into solutions-driven models to make accurate information more accessible. He is the recipient of 2023 GEEP Youth Innovation Prize and founder of The Coral Initiative, a ocean literacy and conservation organisation and People of the Ocean, a storytelling initiative.

Ajay's dedication to this cause is exemplified through his work with organisations such as World Ocean Day, The Ocean Foundation, The Ocean Project, National Geographic Society, and The Nature Conservancy. Besides this, Ajay is also an awardee of the Make an Impact Fellowship. At the Ocean Foundation, he was one of the toolkit curriculum writers involved in creating the Youth Ocean Action Toolkit, a comprehensive guide about Marine Protected Areas across the world.

Ajay presently serves as the president at ThinkOcean Society, a global youth-led grassroots marine conservation and literacy organisation with presence in over 7 different countries where he leads the ‘Decade of Toolkits' initiative along several other projects. He is also media manager at Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs.

In Addition to his work in ocean conservation, Ajay also works in WASH and has been a delegate at the 10th World Water Forum and several other events.