About us

The Core Team

Markus Kurath

Founder, Project Management

Machine technician, business administration FH

Markus is a machine technician and has studied business administration. He currently works as a sales engineer and is an expert in measurement and control technology. He has extensive experience in the fields of recycling plants, waste incineration plants and hydroelectric power plants.

He loves long walks with his wife and dog and enjoys exploring the trees, flowers, mountains and animals.

Since he and his wife started diving a few years ago, they have discovered the fascination of the beautiful underwater world, locally in Switzerland as well as in the tropical waters of Indonesia. Diving has become their great passion.

Irma Baumgartner

Founder, Financial Management

baker pastry cook, saleswoman 

Irma is a trained baker-confectioner and works as a sales assistant.

Her strengths are her networked thinking, her great experience of life and her enormous desire to work for environmental protection. She devotes herself to this aspect with great passion.

Reading and baking fill a large part of her free time.

Diving is for her like another world and pure relaxation. The beauty of the underwater world has enchanted her and it is her great desire to preserve and protect this treasure.

Patricia Stöckli

Founder, HR Responsible and General Support

Commercial employee, diving instructor SSI AOWI

Patricia worked as a commercial employee for a very long time until she decided to take some time off at the beginning of 2019. Having discovered her passion for diving a long time ago, she grabbed the chance to work as a dive guide and she loves it! In the meantime, she has become a diving instructor and wants to combine this work with marine conservation the more and more. She is excited to see what will happen in her new life....

Environmental protection has been a concern of hers since childhood and she has long been looking for a way to become active herself.

When she is not diving, she loves to spend her free time with friends biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc., enjoying the wonders of nature.

Natalie Blanc

Founder, Scientific Research

MSc. Biosciences

Natalie studied Biosciences at the University of Münster, Germany, where one of her research interests was to find alternative ways to use biological waste streams. For the last 4.5 years she has been a biotechnologist responsible for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

During this time, she also volunteered for the WWF to do her bit for environmental protection in the Valais.

In her free time she enjoys outdoor sports (hiking, ski touring, climbing, diving (PADI AOW), swimming) and travelling. She loves nature and wants to protect it at all costs.

Johann Blanc

Founder, Project Engineer

MEng. Industrial Engineer, Sustainability and Renewable Energies

Johann is an industrial engineer with a focus on renewable energies and sustainable engineering. He also brings the expertise to evaluate social projects.

After finishing his studies, he moved to Switzerland and worked for 4 years in the areas of data management, digitalization and business process optimization for a global company. There he also supported the environmental team of the running plant, for measuring chemical pollution in urgent situations.

Johann is also a certified ski instructor of the Swiss Snowsports School, AOW diver, sailor, fisherman and in his free time he usually goes cycling, climbing or hiking in the beautiful mountains with his wife and friends. He always brings his camera to all his outdoor adventures so he can show people how beautiful our world is.

How did we meet?

Markus, Irma and I met on a diving holiday in Indonesia. When they asked me later if I would help to do something against this big plastic waste problem, I immediately agreed, because I still had the unpleasant images in my head. While diving in Italy I met another couple: Natalie and Johann, who were also enthusiastic about this vision.

Patricia Stöckli

Unsere Freiwilligen

Sonja
Büsser

General Project
Support Europe

Dipl. Expert
Intensive Care NDS

Switzerland

 

Dr. Johnny
Blanc

Organisation Mgmt. and
Scientific Support

PhD. Oceanic Chemistry,
Dipl. Chemical Engineer

Chile

 

Chris
Koski

General Project
Support

MSc. Development
of Economics

USA

 

Rio
Zee

Local Project
Support Indonesia

Staff Office PT.
Dive Resort –
Celebes Divers

Indonesia

 

Stevie
Tungka

Architect

 

Architect


Indonesia

Marina
Seeger

Project Studies
Indonesia

Student

Germany

 

Philipp
Steinmetz

Web
Design

Freelance Creative
Director

Germany

 

Anja
Kreitmeir

Accounting
Support

Procurement Clerk
Professional

Switzerland

 

Manuela
Bieli

Communication
Support

MSc. Business
Administration

Switzerland

 

Markus
Veutgen

Marketing
Support

Self-
Employed

Germany/
Switzerland

 

Remy Madörin

Remy
Madörin

General Project
Support

Account
Manager

Switzerland

 

Vanessa
Neukirch

Project
Architect

Architect
 

Germany

 

Ralph
Plennert

Fire Protection
Expert

Dipl. civil
engineer (FH)

Germany

 

Ben
Dobbs

Precious Plastic
Expert

Plastic Recycling
Artisan

USA

 

Silvio
Kern

Communication/
Web Support

Digital Platform
Manager

Switzerland

 

Remy Madörin

Alicia
Bustamante

Crowdfunding/
Fund Raising

Facility Management
Coordinator

Switzerland