Nicole du Plessis is a Science Officer at the NRF-SAEON Egagasini Node in Cape Town, South Africa. She has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Ocean and Atmospheric Science from the University of Cape Town. She manages the daily operations for the Secretariat of the South African Marine Research and Exploration Forum (SAMREF), a forum to foster partnerships between researchers and the maritime industry, and the Secretariat for the South African Chapter of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Academic Group (SA IORAG), a national academic-policy platform focused on the Indian Ocean Region. Through these forums, she has represented South Africa at many international engagements.  Her expertise is ocean economies and blue economies, stakeholder engagement and science diplomacy.