Nadine Chandrawinata


Beyond life as a beauty queen, Nadine Chandrawinata is creating her own platforms for environmental change


A widely known actress and model, Nadine Chandrawinata got her big break in 2006 as the Indonesian representative for Miss Universe, and soon appeared in a number of films, but her work as an environmental advocate was just starting.

In 2008, Chandrawinata was appointed a coral-reef ambassador for Indonesia’s MInistry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Later in 2015, she co-founded the NGO Seasoldier, which creates campaigns to raise awareness of important environmental issues like plastic pollution and dolphin catching.

In 2018, Seasoldier helped develop a memorandum of understanding with the Minister of Environment and Forestry to support a regulation to stop travelling dolphin circuses, which were banned a couple of years later. Since its establishment, Seasoldier has become a movement in 15 cities across Indonesia.

Chandrawinata also runs her own tourism business in Raja Ampat, West Papua, which aims to practise eco-tourism.

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In 2017, Chandrawinata was named the Tourism Advocate for New Zealand Tourism by the nation’s Minister of Tourism to help promote eco-tourism.

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