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Meet the 2018 Ocean Talks Speakers

Meet the 2018 Ocean Talks Speakers


James Honeyborne

Executive Producer, BBC Studios, Natural History Unit


James Honeyborne is an Executive Producer at BBC Natural History Unit (NHU).

James has overseen some 35 films, working with multiple co-producers around the world. His recent projects include the Emmy-nominated series Wild New Zealand, with National Geographic, and the BAFTA-winning BBC One series Big Blue Live, with PBS. James conceived Blue Planet II in 2013 and has spent the last four years working with a talented team of film makers, in pursuit of new and extraordinary stories from beneath the waves.

James graduated as a Biologist in the early 90s and since then has mostly worked at the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit. He first learned to scuba dive some 20 years ago, when producing David Attenborough’s Wildlife On One. Then he was lucky enough to meet World Champion freediver, Tanya Streeter and a succession of freediving films followed. Then, after a break from the waves — directing a feature film in the Kalahari Desert — he became the Series Producer of the hit BBC1 series, Africa.

Beyond television, James directed Meerkats the Movie which was narrated by Paul Newman. He recently made a short film, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which premiered at the opening of the United Nations Ocean Conference. He also oversees various digital productions on ocean-related content and can be followed on Twitter @OceanHQ.

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Peter Young

Producer / Director


Peter Young is a director, cameraman and producer.

Peter recently completed and released the feature documentary The Art of Recovery (2015), and before that The Last Ocean (2012). The Last Ocean spanned seven years and developed into a successful international campaign promoting the protection of the Ross Sea in Antarctica culminating in November 2016 when 24 nations and the European Union created the world's largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.

In 2012 Peter was named New Zealand Independent Screen Producer of the Year. He has credits in well over a hundred documentaries, among them BBC’s Blue Planet Series, The Quest for the Giant Squid for Discovery, and acclaimed TVNZ series Country Calendar and Explorers. Peter shot and produced the TVNZ prime-time series Hunger for the Wild, Coasters and Get Fresh with Al Brown.

He has won many awards for his skills and creativity both shooting and directing, but it's the opportunity to work with great teams and tell great stories that keeps him in the business.

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Gizele Garcia

Professor / Researcher, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


Gizele Garcia is a professor and researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Gizele has been working to develop research in the field of reef systems in Brazil, mainly in Abrolhos and the Great Amazon Reef.

In 2017 and 2018, Gizele's team spent 20 days aboard Greenpeace’s Esperanza ship when they discovered the thriving 700-mile-long warm water reef in the mouth of the Amazon. The mysterious reef is about to be a focus of oil exploration; an area that provides habitat for many rare species, including some not already known to science.

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