Enric Sala is the founder and leader of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas. His more than 130 scientific publications, dozens of popular articles, two books, and ten documentary films are widely recognized and used for conservation efforts worldwide. A former professor of marine ecology at the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Sala now combines exploration, research, economics, policy, and media to help protect the last wild places in the ocean. Pristine Seas has already inspired the protection of over 4.5 million square kilometers in 13 of the largest marine reserves on the planet—and more are coming. Sala is a 2008 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a recipient of the 2013 Spanish Geographical Society Research Award, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, and 2016 Crystal Compass Award from the Russian Geographical Society, among other distinctions. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a board member at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the National Aquarium, and an advisor on marine conservation to governments and international organizations.