Fernando Reis is a conservationist, environmentalist, shark expert, specialized in shark diving training and in shark advocation,
founder and Executive Director of the Sharks Educational Institute.
Master Business Administrator in Marketing, Mathematics
and Drawing and Painting teacher, he becomes a diver since the earlier 80's. Nowadays, Fernando Reis is an economist teacher, a trainer, a painter, as well as a shark diver and a shark advocate.
In the 90's he has started to dive with sharks all around the world and become a Divemaster and a White Shark Awareness Diver. Today he is a Sharks' Diver guide and trainer, as well
as a board member and founder of the Sharks Atlantic Platform.
As an independent shark researcher, he has already
collaborated with several associations like APECE in Portugal, Pro-Squalus in Brazil, Shark Alliance, and other international NGOs. In the Canary Islands, Spain, where he lives, he has found the Canary Islands Shark Alliance.
Environmental conservationist from his academic training and personal development, Fernando Reis has been invited by several times
as speaker at international conferences and seminars about the importance of sharks in the media marine environments and their contribution to a healthy biodiversity.
As a conservationist and environmentalist, he has been promoting conservation shark habitats projects for more than a decade. He has been Marketing Manager Director in 2006 for the Exposub Portugal, a Diving Show in Portugal, and from 2007 he is a founding member of the Portuguese Commission 'Protection of Sharks in Portugal'.
Since 2013 till March 2017, and as a founding member, he was the coordinator, and President of the Spanish Association Alianza por los Tiburones de Canarias (Canary
Islands Shark Alliance). Since 2015 he was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Sharks Atlantic Platform. Since then, he is the coordinator, innovation designer and Key Note Speaker for the shark educational training on these NGOs.
Also as a marine conservationist and an environmental expert, with the Sharks Educational Institute, he has been developing several
educational activities for different publics, dedicated to the marine and shark conscientiousness at a global level and he is our Shark Diving Chief Instructor Trainer.
Oriented for a better knowledge of all the marine life balance, Fernando dedicates a part of his life to sharing and to teach his skills on creative educational events, publications, multidisciplinary'
exhibitions, film festivals, conferences, workshops, and lectures. Also since 2014, he is the director of the Canary Islands International Underwater Film Festival.
As executive director of the Sharks Educational Institute, Fernando Reis assures the long-range of the Institute's strategy through the development of new educative proposals with the stakeholders
and partners of the organization, based on the best working knowledge of the most significant developments and achievements in the field of shark awareness and marine conservation. He designs, develops and implements the most customer-oriented
plans for the different activities the Sharks Educational Institute realizes together with its partners into their public events, and he is one of the Sharks Institute's instructor-trainers for the shark diving workshops and courses.