Sustainable Ocean Alliance Alumni
Divers Clean Action is an NGO with a community of 1000+ Indonesian Youth taking actions to protect our ocean. They run campaigns for youth working on zero-waste projects, do research, and run webinars and clean-up events. They have been researching on marine debris data with various partner universities, coastal community development facilitators, environmental collaborating program with diving institutions, campaigns and training since late 2015. They also work on community development and CSR partnerships with industry.
About the founders
Swietenia Puspa Lestari
Swietenia Puspa Lestari graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung majoring in Environment Engineering and founded DCA in 2015. Living in small islands as a child, she is a live witness to the deteriorating state of our oceans due to marine pollution. An aptitude diver as well, she translates her passion for the environment to building DCA, a foundation that strives to prevent and combat marine debris. She has since represented DCA and Indonesia in multiple international conferences, such as ECOSOC in United Nations Headquarters, Australian Awards, Our Ocean Conference, and Obama Leaders, and was handpicked to be the one presenting and introducing Barack Obama. Recently, she was chosen as the only Indonesian in BBC’s Top 100 Women of 2019 list for her hard work as founder and executive director of DCA.
Mochamad Adi Septiono
Tio is an environmental scientist with a huge interest on persistent pollutants and environmental crime. He graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung with Environmental Engineering major and currently pursuing masters in Indiana University focusing on Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment.
Nesha graduated with a BSc in Natural Sciences through Open Univeristy UK. She co-founded DCA with Tenia and Tio with the goal of combining their love of diving, science and environmentalism by mapping marine debris through engagement of citizen science. As the project evolved further into engaging more youths into the program, she loved how DCA was becoming a melting pot for young change makers to collaborate and be a support system for each other. She currently plays an advisory role to the rest of the DCA team and is usually present as other roles on different events. Currently, her full-time job is working as a marine conservation biologist focusing on sharks and rays, along with community development on the Savu Sea region of Indonesia under Indonesian Manta Project / Thrive Conservation