Born into a family of Namibian conservationists, Naude has been involved with several environmental projects his whole life. He keeps a strong link to the Ocean through employment in diving, surfing and kayaking . He gained unexpected international fame through a dolphin rescue video he published on social media in 2016. Increasing encounters with entangled seals on the Namibian Coastline inspired Naude to step into action. What started as opportunistic seal rescues, turned into Ocean Conservation Namibia.
As a political scientist, Katja is no stranger to non-governmental organisations and their importance in a functioning society. She works mainly behind the screen and keeps OCN organised, active and visible.
Parenthood is a huge motivator for Naude and Katja - Ocean Conservation Namibia has partially been created to teach Naude's and Katja's children that it is possible to be part of the local solution to a global problem.
A former fire fighter and long time active crew member on the Ocean Warrior, Antoine has been part of Sea Shepherd for the past 12 years. In 2019, during Operation Vanguard to patrol and protect Namibia's sea creatures, he met Naude in Walvis Bay and got involved with the ongoing seal rescues.
Since March 2020, Antoine has been a full time member of OCN and many seals owe their lives to his unmatched commitment to the protection of animals and the environment.
Denzil "The Flash" is 100% Namibian. He has been working with Naude and Katja for several years in tourism. He knows seals very well from kayaking with them every day, his super fast speed and athletic background has proven invaluable during rescues. He is not a big talker, but he gets things done and he is very committed to conservation. He has a background in electric engineering, he is in charge of OCN's brand new plastic recycling programme.
He grew up in Southern Africa, most of it here in Walvis Bay, where he met and worked with Naude in tourism. It was during a kayaking tour many years ago that he got to help Naude with a few of his earliest rescues. Sailing took him traveling until he met Kat in Norway. When Naude and Katja hinted that OCN was growing and could use some help he and his wife raced down to Namibia to join the team.
Originally Icelandic, Kat did most of her growing up in Iceland, Denmark and Norway. Her love of food led her to become a chef and later her compassion for people led her to a career as a funeral director. Wally and Kat moved to Namibia to join the OCN team and she quickly fell in love with work and has become an asset in the social media and editing department getting out in the field as much as she can. She is one of the best spotters of the rescue team!