Philippe Cousteau
Environment Advocate
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Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather of Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is an Emmy-nominated TV host, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur who has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement.

He is the host and executive producer of Awesome Planet, a television series now filming its fourth season which is syndicated on Fox and Hulu for which he was nominated for a daytime Emmy as best host. Philippe is also host of The Aquatic World of Philippe Cousteau on now in its second season—with over 10 million views it is one of the most successful shows on the network. He is also producer and host of a three-part series exploring innovation for sustainability in business sponsored by United Technologies.

As a special correspondent for CNN, he has hosted several award-winning shows, including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra.

Philippe collaborates frequently with his wife Ashlan, a journalist and host with over a decade of experience in the industry. Together they are hosts of a new Travel Channel show called Caribbean Pirate Gold premiering in the summer of 2017. In 2016 they co-hosted Nuclear Sharks, the #1 show for Discovery’s Shark Week. In 2015 they co-hosted a three-part series with, exploring tiger and rhino conservation in Nepal called Treasures of the Terai.

As an author, Philippe latest children’s book, Follow the Moon Home has been chosen for the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. In addition, he has co-written two award-winning books, Going Blue and Make a Splash, both of which have won multiple awards, including Learning Magazine’s 2011 “Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family,” a Gold Nautilus Award, and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award.

His conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet.

Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good. In 2012 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the impact investment Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE). A percentage of the fund’s management fees support philanthropic projects around the world including the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo an award-winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women.

Philippe is a sought after speaker having hosted and keynoted various events for the United Nations, Harvard University, USC, the Society of Environmental Journalists and many more. He has testified before Congress and most recently presented at TEDx Pennsylvania Ave.

Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer and TV host Ashlan Gorse-Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles, California.

Speech Topics

  • Continuing a Legacy of Innovation
    We all know that humanity faces an environmental crisis of epic proportions, the question is “What can we do about it?” Through a mix of rarely seen clips of his father and grandfather’s films to new selections from his own documentaries Philippe will explore the challenges we face and how to apply the legacy of innovation that has been a hallmark of his family to solve them. From philanthropy to Wall Street, new ideas are transforming how we see the world and giving hope for the future.
  • Ocean of Hope
    For far too long the oceans have been seen as a victim. Philippe will explore how the oceans can be a source of solutions and source for many of our greatest challenges, from climate change, to food security.
  • Education is the Key
    The United States ranks 38th in the world in science and math education. How can we solve environmental challenges if citizens don’t understand the underlying science? As the CEO and co-founder of a leading environmental education organization, Philippe believes that focusing on education is critical to prepare the next generation to face and solve these problems. He will explore his pioneering work in environmental education and in particular his focus on providing resources to educators that can bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education alive in the classroom.
  • Impact Investing
    How leveraging the power of Wall Street can change the world. Philippe will share insights and stories of his own experiences in financial markets as the co-founder of the Global Echo Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GIVE). GIVE is the first fund of its kind to offer an investment vehicle to the general public that has an underlying sustainable investment strategy as well as a philanthropic component.
Official Site
Official Site: Caribbean Pirate Gold
Official Site: Earth Echo
Article: Healing Our Ocean
Article: Cousteau Bites into the Mystery of ‘Nuclear Sharks’
Video: Nepal’s Anti-Poaching Strategy
Article: Cousteau Celebrates International Day of Happiness
Article: Empower Youths to Protect the Ocean
Video: Protecting Oceans
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