Every year BBC 100 women program announces names of 100 women who were influential and inspiring in various fields during the year. Today the program announced the 100 women for the year 2018.
Ranging in age from 15 to 94, and from more than 60 countries, the list includes leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes. Last year first Sri Lankan woman to reach Everest summit Ms. Jayani Kuru Utumpala was included in this list, and this year too another Sri Lankan great Dr. Asha de Vos is among the 100 women announced by BBC.
Dr. Asha is a marine biologist, ocean educator and a pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. Over the years she bagged many awards and prizes for her outstanding efforts in research and ocean conservation initiatives. And also, Asha is a TED Senior fellow, an Ocean Conservation Fellow at the New England Aquarium, a Duke Global Fellow in Marine Conservation, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Dr. Asha heads Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education non-profit “Ocenswell” which conducted ‘The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project’.