Founder of OceanLove- Ilco van der LindeHere together with World famous scientist, activist and author Jane Goodall
In the heart of Amsterdam, Ilco runs the Mandela House (‘Mandelahuisje’) with his girlfriend Farah van Bommel. Here he supports many NGOs, activists and social entrepreneurs. Furthermore, Ilco is the proud father of three socially engaged daughters: Dunya (18), Chaia (23) and Bloem (24).
As a child, he watched the films of the French Jacques Cousteau every Wednesday afternoon, who traveled the world to dive and to talk about the beauty and fragility of the sea. In his twenties, he first discovered the beauty of the underwater world for himself and slowly he became an experienced and passionate, PADI-certified deep-sea diver. His love for the ocean was only occasionally translated into small first acts, such as donations to Greenpeace and Sea Shephard or short-term volunteer work for some conservation projects for whale sharks and turtles. His passion for protecting the Earth brought him into contact with world-renowned activists such as Al Gore and Jane Goodall. With OceanLove all of Ilco’s passions come together: activism, diving, positive campaigning, writing, inspiring.
Ilco feels connected to every word with which the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once declared his love for the sea: