Stéphane Latxague

Program Officer, EU

After his studies in English literature and Economics, Stéphane Latxague spent divided his time between work and his fulfilling his passion for outdoor sports (surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, free fall etc). In the early 90s, Stephane began to become more aware of the issues of pollution in the environments in which he loved and the effect it had on his health. Following on from this he decided to participate in his first paddle protests that ended at his local surf spot. These protests were organised by a newly created NGO – Surfrider Foundation Europe.

Deciding he wanted a change, Stéphane began looking for a job in a cause-related organization and soon joined a humanitarian organiszation, Télécoms Sans Frontières during the Kosovo war. Stéphane worked there for almost 5 years, conducted more than 30 emergency missions as the Head of Operations and Development.

In 2003, he left TSF and joined Surfrider Foundation Europe, as the CEO. During his years as head of the organization, Surfrider became a leading environmental NGO in Europe winning major victories in ocean conservation. At the same time, Stephane also contributed actively to the creation of the Ocean and Climate Platform which manage to obtain for the first time the integration of the oceans in the text of the climate agreement at the COP 21 in Paris. Since 2018, he has worked as an independent consultant supporting multiple cause related projects. In addition, Stéphane is also still a member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council to the Aquitaine Region in France and sits on the board of various NGOs and Funds working in the field of ocean conservation, environmental protection and social economy, including: ONE and Rip Curl Planet Fund, World Surfing Reserve Vision Council, and 1% for the Planet France.