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Samuel Dixon

As a child, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi Sustainability Manager Samuel Dixon was fascinated by the world Sir David Attenborough opened the door to with his documentaries. Britain’s National Treasure was to become Samuel’s inspiration, “I was in awe of the beauty beneath the ocean. Watching his work made me realise I also wanted to pursue a career exploring this underwater world. I wanted to be able to engage with the amazing marine life and also fight to protect this incredible environment and its residents.” 

Dedicated to preserving the abundant and colourful marine life around the 5-star resort’s lagoon, Samuel believes Fairmont Maldives is uniquely placed to help with conservation. “We are very far north with no other resorts nearby us. So it gives us the perfect opportunity to develop a sustainability program that includes the environment around our island and many surrounding local communities. Here we can make a big difference not just for our guests but for our large and relatively untouched part of the Maldives. In addition, we plan to help reduce plastic waste in the many local islands and get them involved in some of the marine research on turtles and mantas.”  

Samuel has worked on various coral restoration projects throughout the archipelago, including Fairmont Maldives own Coralarium, the Maldives’ first and only coral regeneration project in the form of an underwater art installation. 

He also collaborates with NGOs while at the resort by collecting photo ID migration data on resident turtle and manta ray populations for the Olive Ridley Project and Manta Trust. As a result, Samuel identified 53 new turtles and 21 new Manta Rays, which were added to the database to understand their migration patterns. 

As the Sustainability Manager, Samuel focuses on helping the resort increase the sustainability of its operational practices. He makes it a point to share his passion with guests through various sustainability workshops and activities. Currently, he is working on a Sustainability Lab, where guests get to transform recycled plastic waste into.