David Sussmann

David Sussmann

Founder - President

During his various business trips, David Sussmann has observed the pollution and destruction of the natural environment. Passionate about the ocean, sailing and diving, he became aware of environmental issues and wanted to act for the Planet. This is how the idea of Pure Ocean came about.

Thomas de Williencourt

Thomas de Williencourt

Director

Engaged for many years in actions that defend the general interest, Thomas has actively participated in supporting projects on biodiversity: agroecology / permaculture, pollinators / apiculture, aquaponics, agroforestry, ... Today, he pursues his commitment as Director of Pure Ocean to help save the oceans.

Gwen Lechat

Gwen Lechat

Donor Relations

A childhood facing the Glénan Islands in Brittany shaped Gwen’s love for the ocean and nature. A professional life dedicated to marketing and communication of general interest naturally led her to mobilize her skills at the service of her first love: the oceans. Gwen is in charge of sponsorship and fundraising actions for Pure Ocean.

Stephanie Lerner

Stephanie Lerner

Communications Manager

Franco-American, Stephanie divides her time between her two loves – making art from waste found on beaches and communication. After many years in various agencies, she joined Pure Ocean where she is in charge of external communications and public relations.

Deborah Pardo

Deborah Pardo

Scientific Coordinator

PhD in Population Ecology, lecturer and enthusiastic scientist, Deborah has worked at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge on the impact of climate change and fishing on the decline of albatross populations, and on Antarctica missions. At Pure Ocean, she prepares international calls for projects and coordinates relations with the Scientific Committee.

Laura Delaye

Laura Delaye

Project Manager

Passionate about Nature and Seas since childhood, Laura naturally headed for studies in ecology and environment. After a master’s degree and several experiences in sustainable development, she now coordinates the Pure Ocean team and projects.

Clément Pourtal

Clément Pourtal

Project Manager "Race for Pure Ocean"

Sea lover, Clément first worked in communication and project management in France and abroad.
In order to refocus on the Ocean, he then created The Blue Quest to communicate about marine protection around the world. After a few expeditions and an award-winning documentary, his commitment continues today by joining Pure Ocean.

Its mission is to develop Race for Pure Ocean: sporting achievements whose aim is to raise awareness about the need to protect the ocean and raise funds for ocean research.