Meet The Team


Our dedicated team here at the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program has always consisted of talented, passionate marine conservationists and biologists from all over the world. Each member brings with them a different dimension to the program and offers their support and insight into their expertise. The common thread between all of us is the passion we share for our planet's oceans, so join us and dive into our world.

Chad

Chad Scott is an accomplished marine biologist and is both the program's director and founder. He has championed the preservation of Koh Tao's ecosystems both in and out of the water even before he created the NHRCP back in 2007. He is somewhat of a living legend here, whether that be for his tireless drive to better both the island's ecosystem and community or his angry, adorable, little dog.

Devrim

Devrim, "Dev" has been with the NHRCP since the beginning together with Chad and is dedicated to the preservation of Koh Tao's marine ecosystems.
Devrim is the lead conservation instructor, manager of our New Heaven Dive School and an AYP teacher and avid yoga practitioner and freediving instructor.


Maleephan "p'Kaen" Zahir

p'Kaen is the owner of New Heaven Dive School, local community coordinator, board member of Save Koh Tao, restaurant owner of Koppee Espresso Bar and Restaurant, a talented chef and creator of delicious bread, cakes and treats.
She has been a founding member of all conservation activities on Koh Tao both land and marine tying local Thai and expat community together. 
She always bring with her a wonderfule smile, energy and enthusiasm.


Phonsupang "p'Ran" Niran

Ran has worked as a dive instructor for over 20 years in Thailand. He is also a videographer who has worked in the Thai film industry. He has worked as a stunt man.
His interest in marine conservation is building artificial reefs and sharing his knowledge to the Thai community.
Ran is assistant conservation diver instructor.



Nic

Nicholas Ingram "Nic" has a background in conservation from the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Koh Tao, Madagascar and South Africa.
Compared to the other male part of our team, Nic don't have any grey hair.
He's been working as a dive instructor for the past 3 years.
With his conservation background he is a valueable part of the conservation team sharing his knowledge of the marine life around Koh Tao and conservation.
He is assistant conservation diver instructor.


Bob

Robert Sevenster, a.k.a. Bob, has been a huge part of our program ever since he first joined us back in 2015. With his background in electrical engineer Bob has been able to apply his wealth of knowledge and expertise to our artificial reefs, bringing our reef conservation efforts into the 21st century through his developments of largely unexplored mineral accretion technologies. To sum up Bob in one paragraph would be an impossible task, as he falls somewhere between Mr. Miyagi - a wise meditative Kung Fu Master, and Doc from Back to the Future - an eccentric electric genius.

The boats and the New Heaven boat crew

From top left:
Captain lung'Sai and Papa George
Captain Plean and King Kong 3
Soe, our go to guy for anything needing fixing
Lin boat boy extra ordinaire, always bringing a smile to everyone
O always watching out for our divers and helping out
Dive school cats, the eat and sleep, used to chase rats but to lazy now, we call them Crazy and Hate People, they are a bit shy.


  • Phone

    New Heaven Dive School office 9am-7pm: +66 (0) 77 457 045
    Conservation office: 9am-5pm: +66 (0)82 569 8570

  • Email

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  • Address
    48 Moo 3 Chalok Baan Kao
    Koh Tao, Surat Thani
    84360, Thailand
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New Heaven Reef Conservation Program