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Stumbling on a hat trick of turtles chowing down on a mega jelly was a captivating encounter for one diver in Australia
• Rili was given the nickname, “Coral Queen” at a coastal zone management course at Hat Yai University in Thailand in 1992.
• She became a WWF Junior Ranger when she was 11, and fell in love with the ocean.
• Rili was inspired to learn how to dive after watching Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries.
• Her first dive in Indonesia was in the Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) in
1989. Rili dived from Sabang to Merauke to nominate MPAs in Indonesia.
• She has two masters degrees: MS in Tropical Marine Ecology (1989) and MS in Tropical Coastal Zone Management (1994).
• Rili has been working on MPAs and unsustainable fishing practices in Southeast Asia for over 25 years.
• She spent several weeks with sea gypsies in Wakatobi National Park and was inspired to build a better future for their children.
• Rili spearheaded a marine conservation programme in Komodo National Park, which was replicated in Wakatobi, Savu Sea, Nusa Penida and Raja Ampat.
• A Dayak family took care of Rili when her boat capsized during a field mission in Kalimantan, Borneo.
• Rili is trilingual, speaking Dutch,
English and Bahasa Indonesia.
PURSUE YOUR GOALS AND TRUST YOUR INTUITION