Speakers and Workshop Leaders

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Craig Leeson, Director of "A Plastic Ocean"

Craig Leeson is an award-winning journalist, television presenter and filmmaker. His debut cinematic feature film, “A Plastic Ocean”, which he wrote, directed and executive produced, was ranked number one documentary on iTunes in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada and is also available globally on Amazon and on Netflix with the backing of Leo DiCaprio. Craig is the CEO of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and founder of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is a television news correspondent, presenter, emcee and public speaker. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to radio and television as a news correspondent and anchor for ABC TV Australia. Craig has worked with the world’s major broadcasters including BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Bio Channel, Universal, Al Jazeera and the Seven Network.

Craig is a passionate oceans and mountain explorer, adventurer, surfer and diver. He is a qualified bronze medal certified surf lifesaver having represented his home state Tasmania at the Australian titles and holds medical, CPR and surf rescue crew certification as well as a surf rescue boat license. He is also a qualified advanced SCUBA diver and holds an FAA-rated private pilot’s license. Craig plays guitar in a published rock band. He is the fourth generation media entrepreneur in his family.

Kevin Kumala, Entrepreneur and Eco-Activist

Kevin Kumala is a social entrepreneur and evangelist of all things he is passionate about. With an educational background from the fields of biology, medical and also business management, Kevin is a transformational leader possessing an animated and charismatic personality. As a status quo challenger, Kevin is a true believer that frustration is truly the mother of invention as his entire businesses share this same particular common denominator. He is the co-founder and Chief Green Officer of an eco-technology company, Avani, embarking on a mission to cut down global plastic consumption by offering a proven integrated eco-friendly solution to replace petroleum-based disposable plastic products. Kevin Kumala is an entrepreneur and an idea seeker who is truly a doer, not a dreamer.

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