• Andy Dorn

NIST Alumni Feature - Simon Hilbourne

A significant component of the IB and NIST’s mission is to produce well-rounded global citizens equipped with the skills and passion to go out and make a difference in the world. Simon Hilbuorne, NIST alumni (class of 2010), embodies this core value.





Simon developed a passion for the ocean and sea life at a young age and spent a lot of time exploring Thailand’s underwater wonderlands. He pursued his passions academically as well, as he wrote his IB Extended Essay in Geography on coral reefs in Chonburi province.




Nowadays, Simon is a Marine Biologist, ocean conservationist, and underwater photographer based in the Maldives. Simon's excellent photography has recently been featured on the cover of the British Scuba magazine.


Learn more about Simon and his photography and conservation work at discoverinteresting.com/.