Meet the eXXpedition North Pacific Core Crew
Emily Penn – Mission Director
As co-founder of eXXpedition EMILY has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has spent the last decade exploring the high seas from the tropics to the Arctic – enabling scientists, filmmakers and interested individuals to gain access to the most remote parts of our planet via Pangaea Exploration’s 72ft sailing expedition vessel, Sea Dragon.
She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro-plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.
Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition and developing upstream solutions to the ocean plastic issue with Parley for the Oceans, corporate partners, scientists and government bodies. An experienced public speaker, Emily speaks around the world at conferences, universities and global companies about her adventures and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.
You can find more information on Emily’s projects at www.emilypenn.co.uk.
Soraya Abdel-Hadi – Office Manager
SORAYA is a sustainability professional and advocate for women’s rights, who is passionate about creating a holistic approach to improving our planet. After graduating with a law degree, she worked as an equestrian journalist and then as a marketing manager, before returning to university to achieve her One Planet MBA. This business course with a focus on sustainability cemented her desire to integrate sustainable processes into organisations and demonstrate her values through her own actions. But Soraya believes that there is more to sustainability than the environment, it also encompasses culture and diversity, which is why she focused on women in leadership for her final project.
She joined the eXXpedition team in 2017 and was part of the land-based crew for eXXpedition Round Britain. Now, in addition to working as Office Manager for eXXpedition, she will be sailing on leg 2 of eXXpedition North Pacific this summer.
Larissa Clark – Partnerships and Sponsorship
LARISSA is a passionate advocate for environmental and social justice; Founding Director of Another World Adventures and an energetic marketing & communications specialist. A graduate of the Manchester School of Management (UMIST) with a BSc Hons degree in International Management, she’s also studied at the Warrington College of Business, Florida where she wrote an award winning report on Sustainability in Higher Education.
Larissa splits her time between Vancouver and London, and recently spent two and half years living in Monrovia, Liberia. She has travelled extensively around the world and has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean by tall ship. That voyage was the catalyst the creation of Another World Adventures, which is a specialist marketing platform that connects expert operators with adventure seekers. Recently Larissa produced a short film on air quality ‘AIR: A film about the air we breathe’.
Tori Howse – Partnerships and Sponsorship
TORI is an environmental advocate, feminist and a Founding Director of specialist travel platform Another World Adventures. As an environmental science graduate she spent 15 years working in the UK for non profits and government departments tackling a wide range of issues from waste to energy efficiency to air pollution, making big environmental issues real and relevant at a local level. In 2011, she achieved a lifelong ambition to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, a journey that sparked a new career and a passion for ocean protection. She has travelled to many parts of the world, but is never happier than when exploring a cold climate or on a boat at sea.