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Alexandra Cousteau carries the name made famous by the work of her grandfather and father with honor and pride. She not only films the underwater world with extraordinary skill but also campaigns tirelessly to preserve its health and beauty.

In 2008 Alexandra was honored by National Geographic as one of their eleven “Emerging Explorers," a group of young visionaries from across the globe noted for their discoveries, adventures and approach to solving the problems of the planet. Early in 2009 she joined the Discovery Channel as co-host (with her brother Philippe Jr.) of Blue August and also as Chief Correspondent on Water Issues for the same channel's Planet Green. She also served as Water Adviser and spokesperson for the global Live Earth 2010 Run for Water.

Alexandra currently serves on many different and prestigious boards and councils, including as Senior Advisor for Oceana, on the Young Global Leaders Council, the Global Water Challenge, the Science Advisory Council for George Mason University, the steering committee of the Shark Alliance and many others. The organization Healthy Child Healthy World has also appointed her a Parent Ambassador.

Many awards have come Alexandra's way from across the world, including the Human Security Award from the University of California Irvine, the South Carolina Aquarium's Legacy Award and the Arava Institute's Peace Building and Environmental Stewardship Award. She is regularly featured in a range of publications from Glamour to Scientific American; she and her brother Philippe were named onVanity Fair's renowned “Next" list in 2010 and Cosmopolitan magazine named her alongside Tyra Banks as a “Fun Fearless Phenom."

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    Explorer, Filmmaker, Advocate

    A National Geographic “Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the often the weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.

    Before hitting the road in 2010 for Expedition Blue Planet: North America, Alexandra served as the Water Advisor and spokesperson for the global Live Earth 2010 Run for Water—a project that teams her public advocacy on environmental issues with actress Jessica Biel, musician Pete Wentz and many more.

    In early 2009, Alexandra joined the Discovery Channel line-up, co-hosting Blue August with her brother Philippe, Jr. and serving as a Chief Correspondent on Water Issues for Discovery’s Planet Green.

    In 2008, she was honored as a National Geographic “Emerging Explorer”—an elite group of eleven visionary young trailblazers from around the world who push the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving.

    Alexandra has been honored as an “Earth Trustee” by the UN, named a “Principle Voice” by CNN International, and regularly delivers testimony on critical policy issues before governmental agencies. In 2010, Alexandra and her brother Philippe were named to Vanity Fair’s coveted “Next” list.

    She currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Oceana, on the prestigious Young Global Leaders Council and Global Agenda Council on Oceans of the World Economic Forum; the Board of Directors of the Global Water Challenge, Mother Nature Network, and EarthEcho; the Leadership Council for the Waterkeeper Alliance; the Science Advisory Council for George Mason University; the International Advisory Board of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals/QScience.com; and the steering committee of The Shark Alliance. She is also a Parent Ambassador with Healthy Child Healthy World.

    Alexandra’s work regularly earns global recognition including the University of California Irvine’s Human Security Award, the South Carolina Aquarium’s Legacy Award, the Arava Institute’s Peace Building and Environmental Stewardship Award, and features at the National Press Club, the Royal Ontario Museum, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institute. She is regularly featured in publications ranging from Glamour and Elle to National Geographic and Scientific American and was named a “Fun Fearless Phenom” along with Tyra Banks by Cosmopolitan magazine.


Alexandra Cousteau Speaker Videos Back to top

Alexandra Cousteau: Connected by Water (TEDxPotomac)


“Water is the ink with which the poetry of life is written," says Alexandra Cousteau in this video. With her trademark scientific intelligence and environmental passion, she describes in detail how water is vital to every aspect of life on the planet.

Alexandra Cousteau: Global Perspectives


Alexandra Cousteau's Expedition Blue Planet - Interview: Taylor Hawes



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Alexandra Cousteau takes her audience on an exploration of the water cycle of our planet. She explains how water is fundamental to our geography, cultures, economy and the very existence of life itself. While extolling the beauty of water she sounds a clarion call for its protection, explaining with her blend of scientific expertise and environmental passion the crisis which is rapidly unfolding in the world's water supply.

    Water Planet
    Water sustains all life on our planet. It carves our geography and defines our humanity. It influences cultures and drives economy. Though oft-ignored, this simple compound is the most precious resource on our planet. In "Water Planet", Alexandra Cousteau launches an expedition into the water cycle and its role in our global life. Through stories and facts, she extols the wonder of water while explaining the current water crisis facing our Blue Planet.

    Other Speaking Topics:

    • Preserving a Healthy Planet
    • An Evening with Alexandra Cousteau




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    Water Planet
    Water sustains all life on our planet. It carves our geography and defines our humanity. It influences cultures and drives economy. Though oft-ignored, this simple compound is the most precious resource on our planet. In "Water Planet", Alexandra Cousteau launches an expedition into the water cycle and its role in our global life. Through stories and facts, she extols the wonder of water while explaining the current water crisis facing our Blue Planet.

    Other Speaking Topics:

    • Preserving a Healthy Planet
    • An Evening with Alexandra Cousteau


Alexandra Cousteau: Connected by Water (TEDxPotomac)


“Water is the ink with which the poetry of life is written," says Alexandra Cousteau in this video. With her trademark scientific intelligence and environmental passion, she describes in detail how water is vital to every aspect of life on the planet.

Alexandra Cousteau: Global Perspectives


Alexandra Cousteau's Expedition Blue Planet - Interview: Taylor Hawes