Kate is a sustainability expert, environmental scientist, explorer and co-founder of Maalimi.org, an island stewardship program based in the Maldives. She works as an Environmental Design and Construction Specialist on Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services sustainability team where she leads native habitat and resilient landscape projects through Google’s Ecology Program. She is also the implementation lead for Google’s Biophilic Design Framework. Prior to joining Google, Kate studied anthropogenic impacts affecting the Mekong River in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand and has held positions at Mary Davidge Associates, The Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program, Patagonia and consulted for Trout Gulch Mutual Water Company. In her free time, you can find Kate scuba diving, bike touring and trying to identify lichen and fungi on hikes throughout the Bay Area.
Mohamed Haseeb Abdulla (who goes by Patchi) is concerned about his country’s future. Most of the land in the Maldives is less than a meter above sea level, and rising oceans are steadily encroaching. In addition, the largest coral bleaching event in recorded history occurred this year, and the beautiful Maldivian coral reefs were severely degraded. Because island nations that are affected the most by climate change are the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases, countries like the Maldives must appeal to the international community to protect their futures. To address problems that are more easily controlled than climate change, Patchi is working on local marine issues in the Maldives, with a special focus on plastic pollution. For example, Patchi has enlisted hundreds of young Maldivians to regularly lead beach cleanups and educate on how to care for coral reefs.
Hassan (Beachey) is one of our Maldivian partners who joined the Hydrous expeditions 2015 and 2016 as a Maldivian fish expert. He is a dive instructor by profession and has been diving in the Maldives for 25 years. His curiosity for the natural environment drives his passion for the conservation of the the Maldivian marine life, flora and fauna. He uses inspiration from these environments in his artwork and designs.
László is a design thinker, architect, urbanist and entrepreneur with a deep passion for the oceans. He has worked at the intersection of digital innovation, real estate and workplace design - leading teams in delivering pioneering and award winning urban planning, architectural and workplace projects in Europe and the US, including Google’s Madrid Campus, Waze’s Tel Aviv offices and Saatchi & Saatchi’s new London Headquarters. He has held the post of Campus Architect at Google in California 2014 to 2016, championing digital masterplanning and data driven design.
László has been a lecturer and guest critic at Stanford, CCA, Columbia and the University of East London and has brought a high level of design thinking and digital technology innovation to The Hydrous.