Chief Operating Officer
David joined the executive management team of Sea Shepherd in 2016, after being a member of the organization since 2009. David has served as an on shore volunteer, crew-member on the ships and also spent two years as the organization’s campaign coordinator. Currently, David oversees the organization’s daily operations, and after spending 11 years in private business management and operational roles, he brings a vast network of experiences to the team.
In 2007, David launched a private investigation firm in Southern California, with the focus on Civil Rights and Criminal Defense cases. David’s firm became one of the most sought after firms by attorneys in the greater Los Angeles area, due to their hard work and diligence in protecting and defending human rights. David continues to be an advisor and vanguard to local civil rights investigators, fighting for universal equal rights.
David is also equally zealous about the state of our oceans and the atrocities that occur in the seas around the world.
Director, Major Gifts
Farrah Smith joined Sea Shepherd in 2011. She is responsible for strategic relationships with major donors, high-profile personalities, and advisory board members. A fierce advocate of the oceans and marine wildlife, she is also the executive producer of The Grind of the Faroe Islands, a documentary film featuring Sea Shepherd’s campaign to protect pilot whales in the Danish Isles. Farrah also oversees Sea Shepherd Productions, a subsidiary of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society that develops docu-series content for film, TV, and new media.
After viewing the popular reality television series Whale Wars, Farrah was inspired by Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew as they risked their lives on the high seas to defend whales in the Southern Ocean. In the aftermath, Farrah decided to utilize her extensive experience in strategic partnerships, marketing and talent relations to help raise funds and awareness for Sea Shepherd. Prior to joining Sea Shepherd, Farrah was the Director of Relationship Marketing for W Hotels Worldwide as well as the VIP Sales Director of City Center Residential—Las Vegas’s premiere, luxury high-rise community.
Farrah is member of former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. She was trained by Al Gore and world-renowned climate scientists on how to inspire action and lead the fight for a sustainable future.
Director, Media and Communications
With more than a decade experience in global communications, crisis management, media and talent relations, outreach campaigns and new media, Fox is the newest member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society executive team. He oversees the organization’s strategic communications, narrative, and media and digital-content initiatives. He was previously the head of media and talent relations for the Movember Foundation, the leading global non-profit dedicated to men’s health. Prior to this, Fox was the senior manager of public relations for Livestrong.
Fox also served as the senior executive for media, government affairs and public relations at Al Jazeera Media Network where he played an integral role in the launch of Al Jazeera America and AJ+ while heading the communication initiatives for Al Jazeera English across the Americas. He led the Network’s SABRE award-winning campaign #JournalismIsNotACrime, which called for the unconditional release of its journalists who were detained in Egypt. During his tenure, the Network received numerous accolades including its first Emmy, Gracies, Peabody, Webbys and BAFTA. Through his strong press relationships, the Network gained positive write-ups on The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times and USA Today. Fox is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Political Management. He is an honorary board member and advisor to the Society of LGBT Entertainment Critics.
Captain Lockhart “Locky” MacLean
Director, Ship Operations and Campaigns
A sailor, boat builder and environmentalist, Locky is one of Sea Shepherd’s longest serving crew members, whose achievements include circumnavigating the globe in 6 months as Captain of the the MV Steve Irwin, in order to complete both Northern and Southern Hemisphere campaigns in the same year.
In 2010, after the ramming of Sea Shepherd’s fast interceptor vessel in Antarctic Waters, Locky flew to South Africa and negotiated the purchase of Ocean Adventurer, renamed GOJIRA (now named BRIGITTE BARDOT), Sea Shepherd’s own Stabilized Interceptor, in time for Operation No Compromise. This led to locating the Sun Laurel(Japan’s refueling ship) and the Nisshin Maru in the Ross Sea, as Captain.
In 2012 Locky was instrumental in organizing the covert operation to acquire the ‘Seifu Maru’ (now named the Sam Simon) from the Japanese government and the following year began talks with Damen Shipyard, which paved the way for Sea Shepherd Global to build it’s first vessel, the new Ocean Warrior. As former Head of Ship Operations during Sea Shepherd’s busy Campaigns in Antarctica and the Med, including overseeing the dry docking, running and maintenance of multiple vessels at once, Locky brings years of experience back to the ship operations department.
He is most happy at sea, in wilderness, or at home with his 3 children and wife, and spends his time off with family, and building and sailing the 80 foot Aluminum schooner TOROA.
Global Director, Special Operations
Omar was previously the Global Chief Technical Director and Chief Information Officer for 10 years for Sea Shepherd world-wide but is now the Global Director of Special Operations and Captain Paul Watson’s trusted Executive Personal Assistant. Omar’s extensive business experience as a CEO, entertainment experience as a film producer and information technology experience with cyber security makes him the perfect, “fixer” and “problem solver”. Omar travels, works with Captain Paul Watson extensively and on his behalf globally, and is often meeting Sea Shepherd Country Directors around the world on Captain Paul Watson’s behalf as well as donors, celebrities and VIPs.
Omar brings forward thinking, analytical, creative and innovative resolutions to complex problems which remain commercially focused whilst adhering to conservation principles in a demanding environment. From time to time he also gives public talks about Sea Shepherd. Omar considers his Sea Shepherd role to be by far his most satisfying ever and despite his other responsibilities, he puts his Sea Shepherd work first and foremost.