Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand
- 219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2017
- First Four Seasons Assignment: current
- Dhowa Technos (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Design and Engineering Consulting Service Centre (DECC); Department of Marine science, Chulalongkorn University
- Surin Province, Thailand
- Thai, English
Benjawan (fondly known as Benjie) Sansittisakunlird’s foray into marine science was an accident but when her professors introduced her to issues concerning the environment, and she began to inculcate a strong ethos for conservation. Inspired with a zeal for marine life and armed with a degree, Benjie was on the lookout for work where she could make a difference – when she learned that Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui was recruiting a marine biologist.
“With the brand’s approach to environmental impact and a pioneering project in coral conservation on the island of Koh Samui, I am right where I wanted to be,” she smiles.
In collaboration with the Department of Marine & Coastal Resources (DMRC) Thailand, and in partnership with the local fisheries in the Koh Samui Municipality, Benjie spends her time building the reef that skirts the Resort, one fragment at a time.
“Environment drives and the nurturing of sustainable practices within the local fishing communities of Bang Por and Bang Makham are my pet projects, along with a conservation effort in association with the Maikhao Marine Turtle Foundation,” she explains.
The coral reef restoration project along the Resort’s beachfront has seen 16,000 coral fragments planted and nurtured since early 2018. A DMCR team of divers assessed that the “coral garden” at the Resort was an unmitigated success. Her knowledge of marine sites around the Resort and her willingness to educate has created a considerable following. Benjie’s mantra of “what can we give to nature and not ask of it,” is a winning approach. “I’m focused on the future – of life on this Earth, especially marine life.”