Coral Catch Superwomen (OLD)

Get to know our Coral Catch Superwomen.

Creating more opportunities for Indonesian women in the field of marine conservation while restoring the reefs is a team effort. With pride, we present to you our Coral Catch Superwomen. Together they form the first completely female local coral restoration team in Indonesia.

It takes courage, passion, and dedication to follow your dreams and get off the beaten track to become a Coral Catch Superwoman. We are praising them on a daily basis for being kick-ass role models, and we are sure they will inspire many others to protect the blue heart of our planet. 

And it’s not just us…. Women from all over the world are cheering for them! And sharing their knowledge and recourses with them through masterclasses. And lifting them up when needed. 

Curious who these women are? You can find a complete overview of our Coral Catch ambassadors here.

Coral Catch Scholarship Candidates

Indonesian girls scuba diving and working in coral restoration

Afifa

Favorite Coral
Gorgonian (Seafans)
Role Model
Melati Wijsen (@melatiwijsen). She is a climate justice activist who established @byebyeplasticbags when she was only 17 years old. She created a successful campaign about the threat of plastics and made the film Bigger Than Us. Melati is a truly inspiring woman!
Goal
Sustainability & Marine Conservationist

Aulia

Favorite Coral
Red Brain Coral (Coral Massive)
Role Model
I am inspired by Tasya Karissa, founder, and director of Biorock Indonesia. She is a woman, a mom to three children, and also a successful leader of a big foundation that protects the ocean. I hope in the future, women of Indonesia could still pursue their dream jobs despite having a family.
Goal
Become a marine biologist and do research on sea turtles

Ayu

Favorite Coral
Sarcophyton elegans
Role Model
Choi Siwon or Super Junior. He’s a very busy, man but still committed to his principles and religion.
Goal
I aspire to be a fictional writer who writes a lot about the ocean to entice my readers about the beauty of the ocean. I also want to open a small restaurant that specializes in local cuisine which accentuate the environmentally friendly aspect and minimizes the waste
Superwoman Bella - Coral Catch batch #5

Bella

Favorite Coral
Brain coral
Role Model
My role model is my mum. She’s a very physically strong person. She has run 3 marathons, a triathlon and is a basketball coach. She encouraged me to play sports when I was very young and has taught me to become a tough and independent person. I admire her persistence and determination.
Goal
Marine Engineer, to hopefully create more sustainable options for marine systems and structures to help protect marine ecosystems.

Brigitta

Favorite Coral
Montipora capricornis (Leaf plate montipora)
Role Model
My mom is my role model because she motivates me, everyday, to keep striving towards my goals. She ceaselessly supports me and helps me overcome challenges.
Goal
To connect communities with the ocean through science, education, and storytelling.

Caterina

Favorite Coral
Lobophyllia hataii
Role Model
Rachel Abigail, founder of GirlsCanLead. Because she is the first person who introduced me to feminism and gender-equality.
Goal
I want to be able to help Indonesian women to get a diving license, giving them chances to explore and learn about conservation and empower them to do what they want in live.
How to start a career in marine conservation

Cenna

Favorite Coral
Xenia (soft coral)
Role Model
My role model is my mom, who dedicated her life as a fulltime wife and mother. She encourages me to try all the things I’ve never done before and reminds me to enjoy all my choices.
Goal
Marine researcher, study the potential marine pharmacology or biodiversity! Would love to also become content creator about ocean and inspire others!

Cynthia

Favorite Coral
Cauliflower Coral (Poccilopora Meandrina)
Role Model
Devy Suradji, Marketing and Service Director of Angkasa Pura Airports. I’m inspired by her because she has a career, she is also a mother and she has a big passion for marine life. Devy empowers more women to make changes and dare to take challenges to be a good woman leader which I think is great!
Goal
To become an Ocean Advocate working towards ocean justice, for both social and environmental issues that affect nationally and globally

Dania

Favorite Coral
Euphyllia glabescens (Torch Coral)
Role Model
My role model is Amelia Behrens-Furniss, she’s pioneer in early hardhat diving, actress, and WWII WAC nurse. In the roaring twenties and the era of flappers, she was unpredictable, unflappable, and up for any type of adventure, she makes me believe that nothing is impossible!
Goal
I want to be a Marine Research Scientist specifically in Ocean Cancer Research, hopefully one day I can have my own research center in Gili Air.

Delya

Favorite Coral
Foliose coral
Role Model
My role model is my mother because she is a strong and independent woman.
Goal
My dream career is to continue working in the field of marine conservation and own an underwater coral nursery 🪸
Indonesian woman working in scuba diving industry

Evi

Favorite Coral
Venus Sea Fan Coral
Role Model
My mother is my role model. She’s a mom, a teacher, and a woman activist. A loving, strong, and independent woman who’s my best supporter.
Goal
To work on marine conservation and debris reduction that can inspire and empower people (especially women and children)
Women working in marine conservation

Gabriela

Favorite Coral
Table corals (Acropora sp.)
Role Model
My mom, who is willing to sacrifice anything for me. She gives me trust and freedom, and always encourages me to try everything that I love, even though I’m the only child she has.
Goal
Having an organization that empowers local youngsters to love, promote, and preserve their local underwater realm

Hirmaya

Favorite Coral
Acropora
Role Model
Both my eldest and second eldest sister have been the best role model a I could ever ask for. Their persistence and work ethic have motivated me to be the best version of myself. And their kindness not only extend to their family but to the people around them. They have inspired me to give my best to give out to the community.
Goal
My dream career would be to become a renowned marine biologist who’s ultimate goal is to conserve the ecosystem and restore the natural coral habitat in and around my home island

Ivonne

Favorite Coral
Acropora jacquelineae
Role Model
My role models are all women who voice women’s issues and environmental issues.
Goal
To become someone who has a career in conservation (hopefully in marine conservation) and can share with the local and international community about the beauty of the environment and the importance of protecting it.
Superwoman Karin - Coral Catch batch #5

Karin

Favorite Coral
Foliose coral
Role Model
My role model is my mother. She’s a strong woman, she’s my teacher and my best friend. She’s a great rolemodel and always showed me that women can do anything.
Goal
I just wanna be a useful human for others and the world especially in marine conservation

Kinah

Favorite Coral
Favia
Role Model
All the women who dedicate their time and life to mother earth.
Goal
Working with the animals, helping them to say their words loud by educating people to be more aware, responsible and respectful about the environment
Women working in marine science in Indonesia

Lyly

Favorite Coral
Dendronephthya (Soft Coral)
Role Model
Mother Teresa, who reminds us to have a compassionate heart toward others and always be grateful.
Goal
Inspiring people to be the best version of themself and to have courage to make a change
How to start a career in marine conseration

Mardia

Favorite Coral
Honeycomb Coral (Diploastrea heliopora)
Role Model
Hamsina Gassing a.k.a my Mom. She is a teacher and mother of six children. She is the reason why I keep challenging myself and reminding me that I always have a home to go back to and family who will support me no matter what.
Goal
Scientist and Conservationist
coral restoration in indonesia

Qinthan

Favorite Coral
Litophyllon repanda (Famili: Fungiidae, Life form: Coral Mushroom)
Role Model
My role model is Nadine Chandrawinata, an Indonesian actress & environment activist. I love her because she loves nature and adventure. She really loves to explore new things, is brave, kind and heartfelt.
Goal
Work as a marine biologist, having direct interaction with marine life and humans everyday to achieve the protection of biodiversity and nature balance through conservation and education

Rani

Favorite Coral
Acropora bifaria
Role Model
Chisa Kotegawa (fictional character) from Grand Blue. She has unwavering passion for diving and sea life, and she wants her friends to be able to see the beauty of the ocean.
Goal
To work in marine conservation, preferably with scuba diving involved
Indonesian women working in coral restoration in Indonesia

Relis

Favorite Coral
Acropora
Role Model
My Mom, Susi Pudjiastuti, and Nadine Chandrawinata. They all show and inspire others on what you can do to protect the planet. They are brave women who like to explore the world and are great mothers!
Goal
No matter where life takes me or what career path I ultimately pursue, one thing remains certain: my desire for my career to be rooted in sustainability values.
Superwoman Sera - Coral Catch batch #5

Sera

Favorite Coral
Foliose coral
Role Model
My role model is my mother. Not only because she is my mother, she is also a best friend, life figure and the best supporter. Her bravery, strength, independence and work ethic inspires me to pursue my dreams.
Goal
Initially I dreamed of becoming a consultant in marine and coastal areas but now I am thinking of becoming an entrepreneur managing marine resources in Indonesia who pays attention to the environment

Wika

Favorite Coral
Montipora foliosa
Role Model
Cristina Zenato. She’s a cave diver and shark conservationist. She founded People of the Water, an organization dedicated to change people’s relationship with aquatic world through exploration, education and conservation. Her passion to explore more, protect sharks (and the ocean!) has inspired me to step outside my comfort zone and learn more about how to be a committed conservationist.
Goal
I want to be a marine conservationist and influence people to contribute together in protecting the ocean and its magical world underneath.

Yasmin

Favorite Coral
Pocillopora verrucosa
Role Model
I love Sylvia Earle, she is one of the most empowering women in the marine science field. Her dedication to the ocean is incredible. In 1998 Time magazine named her the first Hero for the Planet and she has led more than 100 marine expeditions. My favorite quote from her is ‘No water, no life. No blue, no green’.
Goal
I want to help people to understand the beauty and the value of our ocean, so we can restore what we lost and protect it. I also want to be a Lead Researcher in Deep Water Ocean Expedition