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Farewell, Save Our Seas Foundation!

The SOSF Scientific Advisory Board team during the annual strategy and review meeting
Morocco | November 2019
From left to right: Andrew Chin, Sarah Fowler, Michael Scholl, Nadia Bruyndonckx and Dean Grubbs

On December 1, 2019, I stepped down as the CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF). I had been leading the Swiss-based philanthropic organisation since October 1, 2012.

The month of December will be dedicated to the handover to the new CEO – Dr James Lea – to ensure that the transfer of knowledge and handover process takes place in the most constructive and efficient manner.

These seven years represent one of the greatest and best adventures of my life. I am very proud of everything we have accomplished since 2012, and the Foundation has evolved into a well-recognised and respected philanthropic organisation. The administration and organisation of the Foundation are now structured, organised and streamlined. The team on the Scientific Advisory Board (Sarah Fowler, Dean Grubbs, Andrew Chin, Nadia Bruyndonckx) and at the SOSF Shark Education Centre in South Africa are all dedicated, passionate and experienced people.

I will leave the Foundation with a heavy heart, but I will be leaving a strong, energetic and established organisation and seven years filled with incredible memories and experiences. The Save Our Seas Foundation has been my heartbeat and life for the past years, especially as I looked for innovative and exciting ventures to represent the Foundation.

I had the pleasure and honour to work not only with a fantastic team of staff and consultants but also with project leaders, scientists and collaborators around the world. The combination of teamwork, collaboration, expertise, talent, dedication and passion have allowed the Foundation’s reputation to grow, our communication to expand, and Shark and Ray conservation strategies to have a meaningful impact.

I invite you to read the following testimonial: My Life at the Save Our Seas Foundation

    • Marie Gruber
      Dec 15, 2019 at 8:29 PM /

      Michael was synonymous with SOS! To me, he was Save Our Seas! He had his hands on the heartbeat of the Foundation and knew the ins and outs of every project he was charged with.

      I wish him the very best as he goes forward to bigger and better things!! He will always be successful in my eyes!! May Doc’s spirit be with you!