Shantana Barbe

Shantana Barbé age 23 years of age is one of the few Associate Fellow for the Royal Commonwealth Society from Seychelles.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with the University of London (International Programme).   

Shantana is passionate about the ocean, youth inclusion and our planet in general.  In 2014 she registered a local chapter of an international youth-led NGO known as SYAH-Seychelles which she led as the President for two years. Through SYAH, Shantana has undertaken several projects such as organizing diving and snorkel sessions for young people, national competition on plastic pollution and sustainable development goals. In 2015 she was part of the all youth team who launch and led a two-year national campaign against single-use plastic bags in Seychelles which successfully resulted in a ban in 2017. She was also part of the team who helped create and launch the Blue Economy Internship programme in 2016 which today has impacted up to 100 youth.  In 2017, she represented her country in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany where she showed a special interest in events related to ocean conservation and sustainable use.    

By joining the Council, she hopes to work together with other youth and individuals to implement impactful projects and increase awareness, as well as being the voice for Small Island Developing States like her home country. Finally, she believes that the Council is a good platform to connect like-minded individuals just like the oceans connects us all.