Rochelle Wigley has a PhD in Geology from the University of Cape Town and is project director for the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Program in Ocean Mapping at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire. She oversees administrative, educational and management issues related to the training programme, mentors the current students and is actively involved in maintaining the international network of the training programme alumni through the Map the Gaps non-profit organization. She was also co-lead of the GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team, grand winners of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE challenge.