Vassen Kauppaymuthoo is a Mauritian born citizen who has studied environmental engineering in France, oceanography in Canada and law with a UK university, gaining practical field experience in Japan, Canada, Sweden and Mauritius before returning to Mauritius to work as an independent consultant. First Registered Professional Environmental Engineer and Oceanographer in Mauritius, he participated actively in the creation of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute and the development of environmental guidelines and legislations while working for more than 25 years in the field in Mauritius, the Indian Ocean and around the world, including for international organisations such as the United Nations, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Agence Francaise de Developpement, the Indian Ocean Commission, Greenpeace, the Commonwealth Foundation amongst others.
Vassen has worked actively in the field of conservation throughout his career as consultant working with poor coastal fishermen communities, NGOs and CBOs, academics, the private sector, governments and the United Nations as an official delegate during the first United Nations Conference on Oceans which was held in New York in 2017 as well as for the setting up of a Marine Protected Area in Rodrigues which was financed by the Global Environment Facility.
Vassen Kauppaymuthoo has equally appeared in local and international media as a person fighting for the preservation of coastal livelihoods and marine resources on the BBC, France 24, France 2 and he has recently given a TEDx talk entitled Our Oceans Our Future in order to provide another vision of the future of our planet linked to the oceans.
More recently, he has been working on climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies in small island developing states, and on the development of sustainable blue and green economy concepts with the support of young people as new avenues for development in the context of climate change, while fostering innovation and ownership, especially from young students.
Vassen believes that each human being can and should make the difference, and that time has come for action, especially from the younger generation which should take the necessary steps to protect their future in the context of the challenges posed by climate change. He therefore thrives to inform, educate and inspire young students about environmental and oceanographic knowledge which could boost their creative potential to achieve a better future for our planet.