Ruth Mthembu uses her passion and understanding of law and communications to make a positive contribution to ocean conservation. She is an outgoing member of the ever-growing “Youth for MPAs”, a movement of over 400 youth on a mission to save South Africa’s oceans. Her love for the environment has seen her co-lead ocean advocacy campaigns that aim to drive policy change in South Africa. Her ever-growing love for communication has now found its place at Mr Price Group Limited, a leading South African retailer, where she currently holds the position of Internal Communications Specialist. Her role has her focusing on strategically communicating to a team of over 20, 000 people. Ruth is also a member of the IMPAC5 Young Professional Committee where she is focused on developing an intergenerational mentoring program for IMPAC5 participants. Ruth will be presenting on the theme of building a global marine protected areas network.