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Michele legernes

CEO (Zing Ocean Conservancy Virgin Islands), Co-Founder

Michele founded Zing Ocean Conservancy in the Virgin Islands in 2017 with her husband Jonas Legernes. She is a Dive Master and US Coast Guard Certified Skipper, and has a secret love for sharks.

Nationality: USA

Education: Masters Degree in Marine Ecology, University of Virgin Islands, 2018

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Jonas Legernes

CEO (Zing Ocean Conservancy Norway), Co-Founder

Jonas founded Zing Ocean Conservancy Virgin Islands with his wife Michele in 2017 and Zing Ocean Conservancy Norway later on the same year. He is holds a Yachtmaster Offshore 200gt Skipper license as well as a Norwegian Skipper license, and he is a Rescue Diver. Jonas loves sailing and underwater photography.

Nationality: Norway/Sweden

Education: Bachelor Degree in Business and Administration, Marketing, University of Arizona 2016

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Marika Andersen

Board member, Political Scientist and Project Manager

Marika jumped on Zing Ocean Conservancy Norway as soon as it was founded, as a board member and project manager with full enthusiasm. She is a true nature lover, and loves to ski, sail and hike. She holds STCW Basic Safety and STCW Crowd and Crisis Management certificates, as well as 1-year outdoors programme certificate from Nord University. She is also CEO and Founder of SKADI nature, a nature guiding company.

Nationality: Norway/USA

Education: Masters Degree in International Relations, University of Edinburgh 2012


Josh howsmon

Board member, Virgin Islands Operations Manager

Josh has been with Zing Ocean Conservancy from the beginning. He’s currently studying Marine Biology at the University of Virgin Islands and live on a sailboat. He loves diving and freediving and is probably the most optimistic person on the planet!

Nationality: USA

Education: Currently studying Marine Biology at the University of Virgin Islands