Founder, Association Passion des Requins (Passion for Sharks)
BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background
In 2009, Ondine Eliot was a thirteen-year-old girl with a passion for the aquatic environment. She discovered sharks in a magazine and was moved by the threat to these animals. Ondine turned to Hélène de Tayrac, the general commissioner of the Diving Show, who allowed her to exhibit her works. Her young age was not much of a hurdle, rather an advantage. She then met and had an interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, the famous Commander’s son. In 2010, she joined Shark Alliance which gathers NGOs involved in the protection of sharks. She also created the Association Passion des Requins (Passion for Sharks) aiming at raising funds to support other associations involved in the protection of sharks and marine life as a whole.
At the same time, she continued her Bachelor studies to become a Marine Biologist.
ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?
Passion des Requins aims to protect sharks, marine life and endangered animals.
The association contributes to and conducts awareness-raising actions for the respect and protection of nature, the planet, sustainable development and biodiversity.
LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?
Around the world.
IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… impact of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?
When we understand the importance of sharks in the balance of oceans and therefore in our “natural oxygen reserve”, we tell ourselves that we are in danger …
QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you
Since I was born, billions of sharks have been killed … Killing sharks is a bit like killing ourselves. So all together, young or old, we can all make a contribution.