Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather of Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is an Emmy-nominated TV host, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur who has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement.
He is the host and executive producer of Awesome Planet, a television series syndicated on Fox and Hulu, for which he was nominated for a daytime Emmy as best host. Philippe is also host of a series on GreatBigStory.com called The Aquatic World of Philippe Cousteau—with over 10 million views of first season, he is currently filming seasons two and three. As a special correspondent for CNN, he has hosted several award-winning shows, including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra.
Philippe and his wife Ashlan will be co-hosting a new blue chip documentary for Discovery Channel in the summer of 2016. In addition, Philippe and Ashlan are the hosts of Ocean month in June on the Pivot channel. In 2015 they co-hosted a three-part series with Takepart.com, exploring tiger and rhino conservation in Nepal called Treasures of the Terai.
As an author, Philippe is releasing a new children’s book called Follow the Moon Home in April of 2016.
In addition, he has co-written two award-winning books, Going Blue and Make a Splash, both of which have won multiple awards, including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award, and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award.
His conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet.
Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good. In 2012 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the impact investment Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE). A percentage of the fund’s management fees support philanthropic projects around the world including the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo an award winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women.
Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer and TV host Ashlan Gorse-Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles, California.