SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, MARINE RESEARCHER & OCEAN LOVER
Julie Church is a pioneer in marine/environmental social entrepreneurship, a marine conservationist, environmental educator, researcher and reviewer of small to large ocean-related projects, avid sustainability innovator, strategic adviser to small to medium enterprises and passionate about our blue world, particularly the Ocean.
Julie was recently selected as one of the 100 Real Leaders.
Founder and former CEO of Ocean Sole – the Flipflop Recycling Company, and founder trustee of Ocean Sole Foundation, Julie has created and led entrepreneurial solutions related to marine debris; and galvanised awareness which has inspired other individuals and organisations to doing better profitable business for our planet and its people. (Namer and current adviser to Flipflopi).
Her love of the Ocean drew her to working on the borders of Kenya and Tanzania as the project executant for the WWF led Kiunga project. She spent 6 years here working closely with the local communities and investors, alongside government players. She championed 5 initiatives including reef fisheries, species of special concern (namely turtles and dugongs), habitats/ecosystem research (namely coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds), education and awareness programme and income generating activity through the eco-friendly project, which later became Ocean Sole.
Through recent consultancies she has co-reviewed the Indo-Pacific GEF/UNEP Dugong and Seagrass project; coordinated new structures and systems for small to medium businesses in Kenya, and recently advised on the establishment of a ‘trade-based’ entrepreneurial solution to supporting elephant and broader wildlife conservation.
She is currently working on developing an environmental education programme for coastal communities in Kenya with key conservation focused partners.
She is on the board or an affiliate to a number of marine/conservation and inspirational initiatives including CORDIO (www.cordioea.net) (research and monitoring); Flipflopi project (Flipflop dhow); Ocean Sole Foundation; Loldia Ajabu and Loldia Eburru.
Much of her creative, inspirational work has been described and captured in awards won with Ocean Sole including: 100 Visionary leaders, January 2018; BBC 2008 finalist; National Energy Globe award for sustainability 2010 among a number of write ups over the years.
With many lessons learned on her journey of finding sustainable entrepreneurial solutions to support a better world/ocean, she is poised to inspire and champion a number of other initiatives locally and globally through Marine adventures, environmental education and entrepreneurial solutions.