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Pierre Bahurel

General Director
Copernicus Marine Service (Mercator Ocean)
Pierre Bahurel
  • Pierre Bahurel
    Pierre BAHUREL is the director general of Mercator Ocean International, the operational center for global ocean monitoring and forecasting. Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (France), he has worked on space altimetry, modelling and data assimilation applied to operational oceanography and was among the founders of Mercator Ocean in 1995, which he has been leading and developing since then. Pierre also holds an Executive MBA degree of HEC School of Management. Pierre manages today one of the world's leading centres delivering operational ocean information worldwide. Under his leadership, Mercator Ocean International was entrusted by the European Union in 2014 for implementing the marine component of the EU’s Copernicus programme: the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service. This European service is recognized today by thousands of users worldwide as a unique source of timely, reliable and state-of-the-art information on the physical and biogeochemical state of the world ocean. Pierre has been incessantly fostering a virtuous growth of operational oceanography for a sustainable ocean, bringing science and technology solutions to society and economy challenges.  
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Geneviève Béchard

Director General
Canadian Hydrographic Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Geneviève Béchard
  • Geneviève Béchard
    Dr. Geneviève Béchard was appointed Hydrographer General of Canada and Director General for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in February 2018. She joined CHS at an exciting time when there are profound changes in the world of hydrography as it goes digital. She previously held executive positions with the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, the Geological Survey of Canada and the Meteorological Service of Canada. Dr. Béchard leads Canada’s representation at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), co-chairs the IHO United States – Canada Hydrographic Commission and is the current Vice-Chair of the IHO Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission. Dr. Béchard holds a Ph.D in microbiology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.  
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John Bell

Director Healthy Planet
DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
John Bell
  • John Bell
    Dr John Bell is the 'Healthy Planet' Director in DG Research & Innovation. He is responsible for leading the Research and Innovation transitions on Climate Change within planetary boundaries, Bioeconomy, Food Systems, Environment and Biodiversity, Oceans and Arctic, Circular Economy, Water and Bio-based innovations. This includes harnessing the investments of 10bn Horizon Europe, Circular Bioeconomy, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, and Governing Board of 3.7bn in Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking.

    A native of Dublin, Ireland, he was educated at University College Dublin and Doctorate (D. Phil.) at St John's College, Oxford University. During his E.C. career he has worked in External Relations Public Administration reform and on Poland's accession to the EU. Dr Bell was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner David Byrne with responsibility food safety, tobacco control and public health. He was Chef de Cabinet to European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on Consumer Affairs. As Chef de Cabinet to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on Research and Innovation, he was responsible for delivering Horizon 2020. Until 2019, he was Director of Bioeconomy, delivered the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and policy initiatives including FOOD2030 and the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
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Easkey Britton

Marine Social Scientist, PhD and surfer
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
  • www.easkeybritton.com
  • Easkey Britton
    Dr Easkey Britton is a marine social scientist with a PhD in Environment and Society from University of Ulster. Her work explores the relationship between people and nature, especially water environments, or ‘blue space’. As a research scientist at the National University of Ireland Galway, she contributes her expertise in blue space, health and social wellbeing on national and international research projects including the EU-funded Horizon2020 project on Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE). A life-long surfer, her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and she channels her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. Her work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing in Ireland where her performances in the wild Atlantic earned a global World Surfing League (WSL) Big Wave nomination in 2011 and 2013. She introduced the sport of surfing to women in Iran, which led her to be invited to give an inspiring TEDx talk: Just Add Surf and film the ward winning documentary Into the Sea in 2013. Passionate about facilitating creative & collaborative processes, she designs and delivers global leadership events specialising in experiential learning, nature connection and social impact, including the annual Wavemaker leadership retreat.
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Katie Cavell

Executive Secretary
Atlantic Arc Commission, The Clean Atlantic Project
Katie Cavell
  • Katie Cavell
    Katie Cavell is the Executive Secretary of the Atlantic Arc Commission of the CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions).  Katie has 13 years’ experience of working with European Union policy and affairs in Brussels and has expertise in EU regional policy, EU decision-making, and how to influence policy.   Until 2019, Katie was a freelance European Affairs Adviser, and for most of that time also the Cornwall Brussels Representative.   As a freelance, Katie supported a number of UK and European regions, as well as private sector organisations to understand and to influence EU policy development, and in the latter years, to make sense of the Brexit negotiations and the potential impact on local economies.

    Katie has previous experience working for the UK Government in Brussels, and as Head of the Welsh Local Government Association EU Office. In her current role, Katie represents the interests of Atlantic Regions in areas such as transport, marine renewables energy, climate change, research and innovation, and in finding solutions to the challenges faced by their peripheral economies. Katie is an advocate of EU policies for regional development and of a stronger role for regions in EU decision-making.
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Ronaldo Christofoletti

Researcher
Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP
Ronaldo Christofoletti
  • Ronaldo Christofoletti
    Researcher on patterns and processes influencing biodiversity and ecosystem functioning from local to global scales and the science-policy-society interface to promote the sustainable development.
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Hector Cima

Ambassador of Argentina to the European Union
Republic of Argentina
Hector Cima
  • Hector Cima
    Education
    1983: Degree in Law, Catholic University of Argentina.
    1987-1988: Master in IR and International Economic Policy, Belgrano University, Argentina.
    2010: Master in Public Management, University of Maryland, USA.

    Professional career
    1985: Member of the Argentine Foreign Service.
    1989-1994: posted to the European Union in Brussels.
    1998-2000 and 2003-2008: posted to the United States of America in Washington D.C.
    2010-2015: Director General for Export Promotion, Director for Capital Goods and Technology Export Promotion, Acting Secretary of Investment Development, Member of the Cabinet of the Secretary of International Economic
    Relations and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    2015: Alternate and then Permanent Representative of Argentina to the WTO & UN, Geneva.
    2016: Ambassador to the WTO & UN, Geneva
    2018: Ambassador to the European Union, Brussels.
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Karen Coleman

Editor and Specialist in EU/International affairs
EuroParlRadio
  • Karen Coleman
    Karen Coleman is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist from Ireland and 
    editor of EuroParlRadio which reports on stories from the European Parliament for Irish radio stations. 
     
    A former BBC foreign correspondent, Karen has been covering European and international affairs for radio and television for many years. She has worked for both the public and commercial broadcast industries including a ten-year stint with the BBC. Karen presented the award-winning international affairs radio show The Wide Angle on Newstalk radio in Ireland for many years. She has produced documentaries for TV3 and worked in radio and television for RTE in Ireland.   
     
    Karen regularly moderates high-level conferences that cover a wide range of topics from complex EU issues to economic, environmental, political, health and other topics. She is also a published author. Her book “Haunting Cries” covers the stories of people who were abused as children in religious institutions in Ireland.
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Maria Da Graça Carvalho

Member
European Parliament
Maria Da Graça Carvalho
  • Maria Da Graça Carvalho


    Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently a member of the European Parliament. She was a senior advisor of Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, from November 2014 to December 2015. Previously, she was a member of the European Parliament between July 2009 and May 2014. In that capacity, she was one of the rapporteurs of Horizon 2020. She was also Principal Adviser to President Barroso in the fields of Science, Higher Education, Innovation, Research Policy, Energy, Environment and Climate Change from 2006 to 2009. She served as a Minister of Science and Higher Education of the XV Constitutional Government of Portugal and Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education of the XVI Constitutional Government. She is a Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon).
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Brad deYoung

The AtlantOS Programme
Brad deYoung
  • Brad deYoung
    Brad deYoung holds the Captain Robert A. Bartlett Chair in Oceanography at Memorial University. He has been working on ocean dynamics and coastal ocean ecology for many years. He has developed new sampling techniques, such as using ocean gliders and cabled observatories, and has been a leader in coupling biological and physical models for improving our understanding of the influence of circulation on zooplankton and fish larvae.
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Abdoulaye Diagana

Abidjan Convention Secretariat
United Nations Environment Programme
Abdoulaye Diagana
  • Abdoulaye Diagana

    Abdoulaye Diagana holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Rouen (France), and a Master of Advanced Studies from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne (France). His research deals with the institutional development of the border region located between Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. He is the author of several publications on governance, development, decentralization, gender issues, resilience face to the climate change, political change, and the geopolitical situation in West Africa.
    In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Diagana has worked as a consultant with several private companies and public agencies in Europe and in Africa (Total, Gaz De France, Chevron, OECD, USAID...).


    Dr Diagana is the founder and former director of www.kassataya.com website that covers news about Africa, with special focus on good governance (economic, social, political, environmental issues). In this context, he interviewed high profile figures as well as key actors in West Africa. He is frequently invited by African and European channels to discuss his research and comment on African affairs.
    Since 2017, Dr Diagana is the Head of Partnerships, Communication and fundraising at UN Environment/Abidjan Convention.


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Joanna Dupont-Inglis

Secretary-General
EuropaBio
Joanna Dupont-Inglis
  • Joanna Dupont-Inglis
    Joanna Dupont-Inglis first joined EuropaBio, the European Association of Bioindustries, in February 2009 and has since worked with its healthcare, agricultural and industrial biotech sectors as well as with its National Associations Council and SME Platform.
    EuropaBio’s vision is for Innovative Biotechnology Benefitting People and Planet and the Association’s mission is to be the recognised voice of the European biotech community, championing world-class solutions for society’s challenges.
    In September 2018 Joanna was appointed as EuropaBio’s Secretary General, having held the role of Deputy Secretary General since March of the same year. Prior to this, Joanna was Director for the Industrial Biotech sector for several years during which time she helped lead industry efforts to create the first €3.7 billion Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), chaired the EU Bioeconomy Stakeholder’s Panel and was a board member of SusChem.
    Before arriving at EuropaBio Joanna worked for a decade in consultancy in the environmental, agricultural, healthcare, development and energy efficiency sectors together with a broad range of industry, NGOs, member state governments, EU institutions and international organisations. Joanna’s formal training is in environmental science and European studies. She is married to a Belgian, has two children and is a dual British/Irish national.
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Badr El Mahrad

BlueMed Young Ambassador
Badr El Mahrad
  • Badr El Mahrad
    Badr El Mahrad is a Moroccan environmentalist working on different topics such as coastal and marine management, blue growth, land monitoring, water engineering, sustainability, climate change and science diplomacy. He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, University of Algarve, Portugal and the Centre of Water, Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development (CERN2D), University Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco. Recently, he has made an important contribution to the socio-environmental assessment and management of 22 North African coastal lagoon ecosystems on the Mediterranean Sea (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) and the Atlantic shore of Morocco. Badr has committed his life on enabling creative thinking, raising environmental awareness and innovation for the common good through social entrepreneurship and volunteering by serving as a board member, council member and active member on numerous national and international NGO’s such as Youth Peer Education Network, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund, Réseau des Organisations des Jeunes Leaders Africains des Nations Unies, Enactus, International Association of Water Information System, LagoonsForLife Network, Water-Coast and Marine Network and the BlueMed Initiative. He has forged strong links between policy-makers, scientists, organisations, private sector and other stakeholders by organising different workshop, conferences and focus groups that aim in raising awareness on different subjects. He has an international experience in different countries (Algeria, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy).
    World Traveller, International Volunteer and Passionate about empowering people.
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Fionn Ferreira

Winner
Google Science Fair 2019
Fionn Ferreira
  • Fionn Ferreira
    Fionn Ferreira is an 18 year-old scientist and engineer. He grew up in West Cork, Ireland, surrounded by the stunning irish landscape and scenery. When Fionn heard about microplastics, he became very passionate about finding a way to combat the issue. He searched online for previous research into methods of removal from water to find out that there were none available. Fionn decided to start researching, and developed a non-harmful way to extract these microplastics from water using vegetable oil and rust powder. To test how efficient this was, he built his own equipment. Fionn was named the Grand prize global winner of the Google Science Fair 2019. Fionn is studying Chemistry at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Like this, he wishes to gather the tools required to solve many more problems in the future.
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Bernhard Friess

Acting Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
DG MARE, European Commission
Bernhard Friess
  • Bernhard Friess
    Since January 2017, Bernhard Friess has been the Director of the Directorate "Maritime Policy and Blue Economy" of the European Commission's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Directorate-General. He also presently leads the Directorate “Fisheries Policy in the Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic and Outermost Regions”.
    Mr Friess studied Law at Munich University. His career with the European Commission included assignments in the areas Internal Market Policy, Competition Policy, Maritime Policy and Fisheries, and Education and Training.
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Thomas Furey

AORA Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group
Marine Institute, Ireland
Thomas Furey
  • Thomas Furey

    Tommy Furey is the Marine Institute’s Joint Programme Manager for INFOMAR, the Irish national seabed mapping programme, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action, and Environment, and delivered in partnership with Geological Survey Ireland.

    A geophysicist by background, having originally worked in 3D seismic, he now manages the Advanced Mapping Services team and has a key role in supporting the technology, innovation and product development associated with INFOMAR and its vast data resources, as well as increasing the downstream use and application of the data. He is currently the EU Co-Chair of the Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group setup in 2014 to contribute to implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation. He is supporting a variety of local and regional seabed & habitat mapping research initiatives, including the recently awarded INTERREG 5A SeaMonitor project.

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Mariya Gabriel

European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
European Commission
Mariya Gabriel
  • Mariya Gabriel
    Mariya Gabriel is serving her second mandate as a European Commissioner. Her first Portfolio responsibility was for Digital Economy and Society (2017-2019). In the current college of Commissioners she will guide all EU policies relating to Horizon Europe, innovation and research, the Erasmus programme, education, culture and sport. 
    She has twice been elected to the European Parliament, in 2009 and 2014.
     
    She is one of the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity. Mariya Gabriel has been honored with numerous awards. Among them is the award “Women of Influence 2018” in the category “Talent in Politics”, the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women, the Beaumarchais Medal for her contribution to the protection of the interests of European artists. The Honorary Committee of USA-Central European Women in Business Summit awarded her the 2019 award for her series of initiatives to promote greater participation of women in the digital sector and recognition of their role in the development of the digital society and economy.
     
    Mariya Gabriel holds a Masters in Comparative Politics and International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. From 2004 to 2008, Mariya Gabriel was a temporary teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. Her teaching focused in particular on the decision-making process of the European Union, political sociology and international relations.
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Manelisi Genge

Chargé d'Affaires a.i. (Ambassador)
South African Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union
Manelisi Genge

Andrea Gerecht

CLIMEFISH, a Horizon 2020 funded project
Andrea Gerecht
  • Andrea Gerecht
    Andrea Gerecht has a PhD in marine biology from the Open University, UK. She has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in microalgal physiology and ecology at the University of Oslo and at UiT – The Arctic University of Tromsø, both in Norway. She is currently project manager for the H2020 project ClimeFish. She is also scientific coordinator for the H2020 project DocEnhance that promotes transferable skills training in PhD education and coordinates PhD courses in transferable skills for the High North Academy at UiT.
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Claudia Gintersdorfer

Head of Division, Regional Affairs
European External Action Service
Claudia Gintersdorfer
  • Claudia Gintersdorfer
    Claudia Gintersdorfer is currently Head of the Regional Americas Division in the European External Action Service (since September 2019). Before this, she was posted in the EU Delegation to Brazil as Deputy Head of Delegation and also acted as Chargé d'Affaires from October 2018 to July 2019. From September 2011 to August 2015, she was posted at the EU Delegation in Uruguay as Head of the Political, Press and Information section. Previously, she was human rights policy officer at the Council Secretariat and the EEAS. She also acted as coordinator for the Political and Security Committee in 2006/7. Previously, she worked at the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise, in the areas of SMEs, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. Before joinint the EU institutions as an official, she had already worked at the Commission Delegation to Mexico in the area of cooperation projects and technical assistance to refugees.

    She holds a Master in European Studies from the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK) and also obtained a Master in International Politics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
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Kelly Goodwin

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Kelly Goodwin
  • Kelly Goodwin
    Dr. Goodwin is co-chair of NOAA’s Omics Taskforce which is developing a plan to implement NOAA's Omics Strategy. She primes development, validation, application, and technology transfer of molecular biological tools to address NOAA mission, including improved assessment of ecosystem status. Novel approaches such as high-throughput sequencing of metagenomes and in-situ and automated ocean sampling platforms are used to catalogue biodiversity at multiple levels (bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish). Dr. Goodwin’s interdisciplinary training supports application of rapid molecular methods to identify sources of microbial and nutrient aquatic contamination with implications for remediation strategies, human safety, and environmental policy. Dr. Goodwin is part of the Ocean Chemistry and Ecology Division of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory and is stationed at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
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Sigi Gruber

Head of Healthy Oceans & Seas Unit
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Sigi Gruber
  • Sigi Gruber
    The Unit is supporting the transition to a healthy planet, which is climate neutral by 2050, and operating within safe planetary boundaries by:
    • Ensuring that by 2030 the potential of Oceans and Seas, their ecosystems and Bioeconomies, to drive a Healthy Planet is fully understood, unlocked and harnessed. In doing this the Unit promotes a impactful and sustainable use of the full value chains of marine resources for full benefit and well-being of European citizens focussed on delivering transition pathways
    • Designing and deploying a systems’ approach to the nexus of ocean-climate, ocean-food, ocean-weather and ocean-land, and focus on marine ecosystems and marine biodiversity.
    • Leading, steering, identifying and piloting systemic solutions by design to the planetary boundaries: a) loss of biosphere integrity (biodiversity loss and extinctions); b) climate change; and c) ocean acidification and other stressors, by directing international cooperation, ocean observations, and plastic and litter clean up. 
    The Unit also monitors and contributes to specific initiatives Sea basin Initiatives in the MED, Black sea, Arctic, the Joint Programming Initiatives Healthy and Productive Oceans (JPI-Oceans), and the Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme (BONUS); furthermore, it coordinates the All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Blue Growth calls as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

    Sigi Gruber started to work for the European Commission in 1991, with different responsibilities in the area of Education and Training as well as Research. Prior to joining the European Commission, she worked in the public and private sector in Italy and Germany.
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Thandiwe Gxaba

Deputy Executive Secretary
Benguela Current Convention (BCC)
Thandiwe Gxaba
  • Thandiwe Gxaba
    Thandi is currently the Acting Executive Secretary of the Benguela Current Convention (BCC). The BCC is a regional initiative by the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa which seeks to promote a coordinated regional approach to the long-term conservation, protection, rehabilitation, enhancement and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem. In this role, she is responsible for the overall leadership of the organisation, Strategic Action Programme (SAP) implementation, operations and strategic partnership management. 
     
    Ms Gxaba joined the BCC following a successful career at the World Bank, where she served as the Senior Environmental Specialist for more than 12 years starting in 2006. At the World Bank Ms Gxaba led on various high profile, multi-sectoral projects mainly in southern and eastern Africa. She contributed to various World Bank knowledge products and was a core member of the World Bank’s environmental safeguards team.
     
    Prior to the World Bank, Ms Gxaba was the Head of the Free State Affairs and Tourism. In that role, Ms Gxaba was instrumental in the drafting of guidelines and new policies for the then new Government in the post 1994 transition period. Ms Gxaba is credited for installing systems and process for future development.
     
    An experienced environmental scientist, Ms Gxaba holds an MPHIL from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has received further training from various international institutions including World Bank internal programmes on strategy, leadership and environmental management. Ms Gxaba brings her extensive global knowledge, skills and expertise in all her leadership roles and responsibilities.
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Mafaniso Hara

Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Mafaniso Hara
  • Mafaniso Hara
    Mafaniso Hara is a professor of Natural Resource Governance at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape. His research interests are in natural resource governance in relation to livelihoods, food and nutrition security and climate change. He is member of the Africa Fisheries and Aquaculture Reform Network, which leads continental work on African Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy Framework and Reform Strategy. He represents Africa and the Middle East of the Executive of the International Institute of Economics and Trade (IIFET).
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Peter Heffernan

Freshly Retired Chief Executive
Marine Institute, Ireland
Peter Heffernan
  • Peter Heffernan
    Peter Heffernan, recently retired as Chief Executive of the Marine Institute, Ireland’s national agency for marine research and development, which he lead led the from Nov. 1993 to October 2019.  He has spearheaded the organisation’s expansion from a staff of 1 to over 200 with a budget over €62 million.   He has overseen the delivery of two custom built multi-purpose research vessels, the Celtic Voyager and the Celtic Explorer and the design and construction of the Marine Institute’s world class headquarters at Rinville, Oranmore, County Galway and the major modernisation of its research facility in Newport County Mayo. 

    The Marine Institute spans a number of service areas for government and acts as research performer, science advisor, a national funder as well as a catalyst for innovation and development. This breadth of service provision across fisheries, environmental, food safety, blue economy and oceanographic arenas affords the Marine Institute a unique integrated appreciation for the potential of the marine resource for sustainable development.  
    The Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource programme (INFOMAR) is a joint venture between the Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland. Peter has played an key leadership role in obtaining Government support for the programme and in providing strategic direction through his role on the INFOMAR Board which will see Ireland as possibly the first nation on earth to have completed a comprehensive open access digital map of its entire seafloor territories.

    In 2013 Peter acted as an inspiration and Irish EU Presidency ambassador for the creation of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) with the signing of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation at the Marine Institute headquarters in May, between Canada, the European Union and the United States of America.
    Peter continues to play a strategic role in the implementation of the Galway Statement through his role as Coordinatorof the EU Horizon 2020 funded AORA coordination & support action (CSA) aimed at supporting the tri-lateralgovernance mechanism established by the EU, Canada & USA to manage activities under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. It is estimated that by 2019 approx. €200M will have been invested from the EU’s Horizon2020 programme on the Galway implementation process supporting 500 research groups around the Atlantic on priority areas identified by AORA. The initiative is seen as an exemplar of International Science Diplomacy. 

    Peter was instrumental in the establishment (and is a member) of the Irish Government’s Marine Coordination Group(a senior level cross departmental policy development mechanism) which produced the 1st  integrated marine plan forIreland called Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth (2012). This plan is being implemented with encouraging results whichsaw the growth in Ireland’s ocean economy significantly outstrip that of the general economy in recent years (marine turnover up from €3.2B in 2010 to €5.7B in 2016 and well on the way to exceeding the 2020 target of €6.4B).
    An important part of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth is the Marine Institute’s coordination of the annual Our Ocean Wealth Summit with ca 500 delegates and Seafest the National Maritime Festival which has grown from 10,000 visitors in its inaugural year in Cork (2015) to over 100,000 in Galway in 2017. 
    In 2017 the Irish Government approved the National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy for Ireland 2017-2021 produced by the Marine Institute. 2018 has seen the completion of the Marine Institute’s own ambitious strategic plan 2018-2022 Building Ocean Knowledge Delivering Ocean Services and the announcement in February by Government that a new replacement for the research vessel Celtic Voyager is included in the National Development Plan with expected delivery in 2021.

    He obtained his PhD in Marine Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway and then went on to become Associate Professor/Research Scientist at the University of Georgia (USA) before returning to Ireland to become Manager in the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway. Peter is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA); served on the EU Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts (Advisory Body to EU Commissioner for Research & Innovation)and as an Adjunct Professor Marine Science NUI Galway. He was also awarded the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Maritime Person of the Year Award (2003), the National University of Ireland, Galway Alumni Foundation Award for Natural Sciences (2008) and Portugal’s Mare Excellens Award in 2018. Peter was appointed in 2019 as a member of the EU Horizon Europe Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal & Inland Waters.
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Manuel Heitor

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education
Portugal
Manuel Heitor
  • Manuel Heitor
    Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education.  
     
    Manuel Heitor is full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, as well as director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Engineering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. 
     
    He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC. He was a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”
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Juliet Hermes

The ASCA Project, South African Environmental Observation Network
Juliet Hermes
  • Juliet Hermes
    Juliet works within both academia, as an associate professor at the University of Cape Town and a research associate at the Nelson Mandela University, and within the Government funded South African Environmental Observation Network, where she leads a team focusing on long term observations, modeling and research of the marine offshore environment around southern Africa. Key projects include the Agulhas System Climate Array, the South African Marine Research and Exploration Forum and the Sustainable ocean modeling initiative of South Africa as well as long term impacts of trawling on benthic habitats around SA's coast.

    Juliet commits a lot of her time to ocean observing standards and best practices through the the IOC/GOOS Ocean Best Practices Group and the JCOMM OCG where she is vice chair (standards and best practices), she is also on the IAPSO steering committee. Juliet’s involvement in the CLIVAR Indian Ocean Regional Panel as well as the Blue Planet and the Indian Ocean Rim Association have allowed her to gain a greater understanding of policy and the users of ocean observing systems. Juliet continues to promote South African and African oceanography within the international arena and focuses attention on capacity development through ensuring knowledge generation and sharing as well as by growing a diverse cohort of marine scientists. Her team at SAEON also run a very comprehensive education program using marine science to support the curriculum and inspire learners into STEM subjects. But mostly she just likes to go surfing and hang out with her family.
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James Honeyborne

Conceptor of Blue Planet II
BBC Documentary
James Honeyborne
  • James Honeyborne
    James is a wildlife filmmaker on a mission to create new and impactful viewing experiences for everyone who seeks to enjoy and connect with the natural world.
     
    James has spent most of his career working at the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit.  His latest landmark hit, the multi-award-winning ‘Blue Planet II’, broke all records as the most-watched wildlife documentary series for over 20 years.  The subsequent ‘Blue Planet effect’ has become part of the national conversation, with the series creating undeniable impact across the world.   
     
    James is a biologist by degree and a storyteller by heart.  After 25 years of public service broadcasting, James has now set-up his own TV production company ‘Freeborne’, in creative partnership with Netflix. 
     
    In addition to TV and film work, Freeborne Media focuses on creating impact through social media.  As an ‘impact producer’, Freeborne aims to engage audiences on an emotional level, helping them connect to and care for issues concerning science, nature and the environment.  
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Michael Jones

President
TMA BlueTech™ (TMA)
Michael Jones
  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jones is President of TMA BlueTech™ (TMA) (formerly The Maritime Alliance), which is an organized non-profit cluster founded in 2007. Its Mission Statement is “Promoting Sustainable, Science-Based Ocean & Water Industries”. Originally focused on San Diego – the largest U.S. BlueTech cluster (ocean and water tech) – it has a growing number of members from across the U.S. and abroad. TMA is a Strategic Partner with the U.S. Department of Commerce and helped found the BlueTech Cluster Alliance, which includes 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries (Canada, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, UK and the US).

    Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and an MA from Johns Hopkins University “School of Advanced International Studies” (SAIS). His graduate work included a year in Bologna, Italy ; a year in Lima, Peru ; and a 5 month internship at the EU headquarters in Brussels. He speaks several languages and travels frequently.
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Warren Joubert

PhD, Researcher
South African Weather Service
Warren Joubert
  • Warren Joubert
    Warren Joubert is a biogeochemist specialising in ocean-atmosphere carbon cycling with a particular focus on CO2 interaction at the ocean-atmosphere interface. He completed a Ph.D in Physical Oceanography at University of Cape Town (2014) investigating surface ocean primary productivity in the Atlantic Southern Ocean, using a variety of in situ observation techniques. These include isotopically labelled nitrogen tracer experiments for the uptake of nitrogen by phytoplankton, and net community productivity using underway Equilibrator Inlet Mass Spectrometry to investigate the role of drivers of ocean productivity. This work highlighted the importance of variability in the ocean mixed layer depth (which sets the surface irradiance and nutrient) in driving the variability in ocean productivity, particularly in the Sub-Antarctic Zone between Cape Town and Antarctica. Warren is currently a Lead Scientist of the South African Weather Service’s Global Atmosphere Watch Programme, responsible for long term observations of greenhouse gases and reactive chemicals in the atmosphere.
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Ellen Kenchington

Research Scientist
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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  • Ellen Kenchington
    Dr. Kenchington is a senior scientist with the Fisheries and Oceans, Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Her role is to provide scientific advice on issues related to benthic species and habitats both nationally and internationally. Her research focuses on the benthic ecology of the continental shelf and slopes, biodiversity, impacts of fishing and climate change on benthic communities, and population genetics of marine organisms. Outcomes of her research contribute to identification of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs), ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs), marine protected area selection and design, and sustainable fishing practices. She is an active member of EU Horizon2020 projects, SponGES, ATLAS and iATLANTIC, and a member of the AORA Working Group on the Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health and Stressors.
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Andras Kraemer

Board of Directors
Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal
Andras Kraemer
  • Andras Kraemer
    Founder of Ecologic Institute is currently Senior Fellow at Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada, non-executive Director of the Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of German Studies at Duke University. In 2015, he was Visiting Scholar at the MIT. His research focuses on the theory and practice of think tanks and how they function in different political systems, the interactions among policy domains and international relations, and global governance on environment, resources, climate and energy.
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Sigrid Kuehnemund

Vice President, Ocean Conservation
WWF Canada
Sigrid Kuehnemund
  • Sigrid Kuehnemund
    Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Sigrid leads WWF-Canada’s Oceans Program with a focus on marine planning and protection, habitat restoration, sustainable fisheries and sustainable shipping. She advances conservation initiatives at local, national and global scales through advocacy and partnerships with Indigenous groups, local communities, fellow environmental NGOs, governments, scientists and industry. Sigrid recently helped secure minimum standards for Marine Protected Areas in Canada and is currently involved in a project to increase the EU's role in international ocean governance with focus on: Improved management of MPAs around the Atlantic Ocean using the concept of shared environmental protection. Prior to joining WWF-Canada, Sigrid held leadership roles within Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Sigrid holds a Master of Environmental Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Pascal Lamy

Chair
Horizon Europe Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters
Pascal Lamy
  • Pascal Lamy
    From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

    Pascal Lamy was appointed in 2019, President of the Paris Peace Forum. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the presidency of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and in as well as various mandates or missions related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre  (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Transparency International France and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE); senior advisor to the Brunswick Group, to Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) and to the World Trade Board, member of the Advisory Boards of Transparency International, the Oxford Martin School. He is affiliate Professor at HEC and at the China International Business School (CEIBS Shanghaï) and CEPR Distinguished Fellow. He is currently also member of the Global Future Council on regional Governance at the World Economic Forum and member of the Orientation Committee of the Colbert Foundation.

    Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are: Oxford Martin Commission: “Now for the long term” (2013); “The Geneva Consensus” (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera” (Odile Jacob, 2014), Où va le monde ? (Odile Jacob, 2017)
     
    Pascal Lamy also lectures to the benefit of Institut Jacques Delors among other engagments, on issues related to globalisation, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.
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Alan Leonardi

Director
NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program, United States of America
Alan Leonardi
  • Alan Leonardi
    Alan Leonardi leads a team responsible for providing direction to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, within the U.S. Department of Commerce, in the field of ocean exploration, research, and advanced technology development. In this role, Leonardi oversees and supports expeditionary exploration activities which combine traditional at-sea exploration and science technologies, emerging advanced technologies such as autonomous maritime systems, and high-speed networks and infrastructure for live communications - including high-definition video of the seafloor - to scientists and other 
    audiences ashore. Additionally, Leonardi advances ocean exploration, research, and technology through service on numerous federal and non-federal boards, including: the NOAA Unmanned Systems Executive Oversight Board; the National Oceanographic Partnership Program; the NOAA-Navy Unmanned Systems Working Group; the EU Horizon 2020 funded ATLAS and iAtlantic projects; the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative; and the Scientific Advisory Board that provided advice and guidance to the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition.
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Thomas Lesage

Founder
Children for the Oceans (NGO)
  • Thomas Lesage
    Thomas Lesage, who has just turned 16 years old, is the founder of the NGO « Children for the Oceans » created in June 2018. In September 2018, he started a worldwide sailing tour for the protection of the oceans during which he gave awareness sessions to more than 400 kids worldwide. Back to France last February, he now works within the NGO in order to set up a worldwide network of ocean ambassadors. Today, Children for the Oceans counts 10 ocean ambassadors worldwide.

    Children for the Oceans aims at increasing the awareness of children of the protection of the oceans, setting up partnerships with NGOs in Asia, developing projects associating ocean and arts while attending international conferences to make the voice of children heard by the decision makers and representatives of the national and international authorities.

    Thomas would like to keep working as an ocean advocate to contribute to protect the ocean at his level.
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Giliardo Nascimento

Legal Adviser
Ministry of Maritime Economy, Cape Verde
Giliardo Nascimento
  • Giliardo Nascimento

    Giliardo Jorge Lopes Nascimento, has a Master's Degree in International Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and specializes in Law of the Sea. He is advisor to the Minister of Maritime Economy of the Government of Cape Verde and is also a Professor at the University of Mindelo, where he teaches the subjects of Public International Law and Cape Verdean Parliamentary Law. He was a member of the Cape Verdean delegation for the negotiations on the Protocol to Implement the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between Cape Verde and the European Union, 2019-2024 and member of several other projects. He is the author of the book "Law of the Sea: The Legal Regime of Aguas Arquipelagicas: the Case of Cape Verde", as well as being an integral part of the team that is coordinating the legislative reform of the maritime sector in Cape Verde. Previously, he served as Head of International Relations Division at the National Assembly of Cape Verde and Professor at the University of Cape Verde (UNICV).


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Eleni Marianou

Secretary General
Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions
Eleni Marianou
  • Eleni Marianou
    Eleni Marianou is the Secretary General of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. A Greek national and a multilingual lawyer specialised in International and European law, she has been working in Brussels for over 20 years. She has extensive knowledge on European Affairs, grass roots experience and wide working practice with local and regional authorities at the European level. She worked as European Community Liaison Officer at the Central Union of Greek Municipalities and Cities, then as Programme Manager at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and finally as Policy Director in Eurocities. Between 2001 and 2009 she ran the South West of England Brussels Office as its Director responsible for coordinating and ensuring strategic development of the region in Brussels and beyond. Ms Marianou has been active in Brussels for over 20 years. She is currently elected Secretary General of the CPMR and has been managing a growing team of 40 staff members based in the three CPMR premises in Rennes, Brussels and Barcelona. In office since 2010, she is responsible for advising and directing policy development and strategic leadership in the areas of territorial cohesion, EU governance, balanced competitiveness, maritime policy and sustainable development.
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Miho Mazereeuw

Director
Urban Risk Lab, Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT)
Miho Mazereeuw
  • Miho Mazereeuw

    Miho Mazereeuw is an associate professor of architecture and urbanism at the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, and the director of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT. Her research focuses on preparing communities and designing cities to prepare for disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, and hurricanes. Mazereeuw taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the University of Toronto and worked at OMA prior to joining the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Urban Risk Lab engages in action research through extensive field work and community workshops to focus on the needs of diverse cultures and contexts. The Lab aspires to change the course of current global development trends through a radical shift in education and action to proactively embed preparedness and risk reduction in this rapidly urbanizing world.

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Craig McLean

Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research and Acting Chief Scientist
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Craig McLean
  • Craig McLean

    Craig McLean is the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. He is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise including a network of research laboratories and the execution of NOAA programs including the Climate Program, Weather Research, National Sea Grant, and Ocean Exploration, to name a few. Among a number of formal international engagements in science and technology, Mr. McLean serves as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and as the U.S. Representative for the U.S.-European Union-Canada Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation.

    Mr. McLean has previously served throughout NOAA, in the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, NOAA’s General Counsel, and was the founding Director of NOAA’s Ocean Exploration program. He served in uniform for nearly 25 years in NOAA's Commissioned Corps, retiring at the rank of Captain. Mr. McLean is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and of the Marine Technology Society, and a past-president and former chairman of the Sea-Space Symposium.

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David Millar

Government Accounts Director Americas
Fugro
David Millar
  • David Millar
    David Millar is based in the Washington, DC area and is Fugro’s Government Accounts Director for the Americas region. He is also a member of the GEBCO Guiding Committee and on the Seabed 2030 Establishment Team. David previously served as Fugro’s Director of Hydrographic Services Americas and was the President of Fugro Pelagos in San Diego, California. He has 30 years of ocean mapping, marine geophysical and hydrographic survey experience and has been with Fugro since 2003. David has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math & Physics and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geomatics Engineering.
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Marcelo Morales

Secretary of State
Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Brazil
Marcelo Morales
  • Marcelo Morales

    Secretary of State for Policies on Training and Strategic Actions of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications of Brazil. He graduated in Medicine from the University of São Paulo (1995), has a PhD in Biological Sciences (Biophysics) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ (1998), and a Post-Doctorate in Johns Hopkins University (2002. He is currently Full Professor in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, at Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics, where he has his line of research focused on the area of Biophysics and Physiology, with an emphasis on Biophysics and Cell Physiology and Systems (Renal and Respiratory), and Molecular Biology. He has an important role in national and international scientific policy: was General Secretary and President of the Latin American Federation of Biophysical Societies (LAFeBS), President of the Brazilian Society of Biophysics (SBBf), Coordinator of the National Council for the Control of Animal Experimentation (CONCEA) of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation (MCTI), President of the UFRJ Animal Ethics Committee, Member of the Council of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) since 2009. He was also Coordinator of the Latin American Graduate Program in Biophysics (POSLATAM - linked to IUPAB), Secretary of the Federation of Experimental Biology Societies (FESBE), Secretary of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC). He was Director of Agricultural, Biological and Health Sciences at CNPq (2014-2019) and assumed its Interim Presidency (September, December 2016) and a function as Substitute President (2015-2019). He is currently the President of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) (for the 2017-2020 term), and a Full Member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Pharmacy.

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Thato Mtshali

The SCALE Project, South Africa
Southern Ocean Carbon & Climate Observatory, CSIR, South Africa
Thato Mtshali
  • Thato Mtshali
    I am an ocean biogeochemist, interested in understanding the seasonal processes that control the distributions of trace metals in the south Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean and how these processes affect biological activity and vice-versa. I am particularly interested in trace micronutrients (especially Iron) and major macronutrients and how they interact together to shape primary production and carbon cycle. My science relies on marine/analytical chemistry, fieldwork and laboratory experiments. I am a member of SA GEOTRACES program.
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Alexandra Neyts

General Secretary
European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform
Alexandra Neyts
  • Alexandra Neyts
    Ms. Alexandra Neyts is the General Secretary of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) since 2018. This industry driven, multi-stakeholder platform is dedicated to develop, support and promote technology and innovation in the aquaculture sector. She has been involved in several European projects and cluster initiatives aiming at mobilising the aquaculture sector in research and networking activities. Ms. Neyts holds a Master of Science degree in bioscience engineering from the Ghent University in Belgium.  She is also a project manager at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway, connected to the interdisciplinary strategic research area on ocean science and technology. She currently leads a long-term industry capacity building project called “Bridgehead aquaculture”, engaging students as innovators and game-changing agents of the sector.

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Bruno Pacheco

President of the Board of Directors
Atlantic International Research Centre, Azores
Bruno Pacheco
  • Bruno Pacheco
    Bruno Pacheco holds a degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Currently, he holds the position of Regional Director of Science and Technology and, as such, is responsible for the implementation of Regional Policies in the area of Research, Innovation and Intelligent Specialization in the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

    Other Positions Performed:
    • Chairman of the Administrative Council of the Regional Fund for Science and Technology;
    • Member of the Board of Directors of the Technological Park of S. Miguel (Nonagon);
    • President of the board of PCTTER - Association of Science and Technology Park of Terceira Island (TERINOV);
    • President of the Executive Committee of RAEGE;
    • Coordinator of the RIS3 Azores Executive Committee;
    • President of the Board of the Association for the Development of the Atlantic International Research Center (AD Air Center).
    • President of the Direction of AAFTH - Azorean Association for Tourism and Hotel Formation, by indication of R.A.A;
    Functions he has already performed:
    • Regional Director of Youth;
    • Regional Director of Public Works, Technology and Communications;
    • Regional Director of Public Works and Communications;
    • Trainer at the Professional School of Povoação and ENTA;
    • He also held positions in the area of his professional training in private companies.
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John Palmesino

Architect and urbanist
TBA21 - Academy
John Palmesino
  • John Palmesino
    John Palmesino is an architect and urbanist. Together with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog he established Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. Operating at the intersection between Earth System and World-systems, Territorial Agency is engaged to strengthen the capacity of local and international communities in comprehensive spatial transformation in an age of climate change—the Anthropocene. 
     
    Recent projects include Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformations in collaboration with TBA21–Academy, Museum of Oil with Greenpeace, ZKM Karlsruhe, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial; Anthropocene Observatory with HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin; the Museum of Infrastructural Unconscious; North; Unfinishable Markermeer; Kiruna. They are unit masters at the AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. John has been Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, led the MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, and previously led the research activities of ETH Zurich/Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute, and he is a founding member of Multiplicity. Ann-Sofi is a research fellow at AHO in Oslo, she was previously a researcher at ETH Zurich/Studio Basel.
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Jean-Eric Paquet

Director-General for Research and Innovation
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Jean-Eric Paquet
  • Jean-Eric Paquet

    Jean-Eric Paquet has been working as the Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) since April 2018. 

    Mr Paquet started working with the European Commission in 1993 and since then has worked in various areas throughout the Commission. 

    From 2002 until 2004 he was the Deputy Head of Cabinet of former Commissioner for Research, Philippe Busquin. From 2007 until 2011 he worked as a Head of Unit within the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) before becoming the Director of DG MOVE’s TEN-T and Smart Transport directorate.

    Mr. Paquet joined The Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG Enlargement) in 2013. He took over the Directorate in charge of relations with Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and later added Montenegro and the FYROM to his portfolio. 

    Before starting his current position as Director-General, Mr Paquet served as one of the three Deputy Secretaries-General of the Juncker Commission and was responsible for Better Regulation and Policy Coordination.

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Shimrit Perkol-Finkel

CEO & Chief Scientist
ECOncrete Tech LTD
Shimrit Perkol-Finkel
  • Shimrit Perkol-Finkel
    Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel is the co-founder and CEO of ECOncrete Tech Ltd, a world leader in bio-enhancing concrete technologies that provide for the first time both superior strength and ecological benefits. ECOncrete®’s trailblazing products help build more resilient ports, waterfronts, breakwaters and piers that are more durable, have a longer life span, and help create thriving and diverse marine ecosystems. The patented technology incorporates three proven science-based elements that work in synergy: material composition, surface complexity, and macro designs, bringing concrete to life. 
    The company has deployed its products successfully in 8 counties over 6 seas in 30 locations. Recently, ECOncrete was honored as #10 most innovative company by Fast Company, and #13 of the top 50 women led companies by Forbesmagazine, and on of Time Magazines’ 100 best Inventions of 2019.
    Shimrit has over 20 years of experience in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology, diving and exploring different environments in more than 30 counties. Shimrit specializes in sustainable management of urban marine habitats and is considered an expert in ecological engineering and environmentally sensitive designs of coastal and marine infrastructure. She has led several large-scale and long-term projects like the EU funded MarUrbe project in Italy, and a waterfront enhancement scheme in Brooklyn Bridge Park NY. Shimrit served as an ecological advisor for Israel’s marine spatial planning program, NY Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines program and was involved in the ecological design of the federally funded “Living Breakwaters” SCAPE Team Project.
    In 2018 Shimrit was selected as a We Empower awardee for advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals, representing UN region Western Europe and Other including North America. In 2019 she was awarded the prestigious EU Women Innovators award, chosen as Forward Actor of the Year in the 2019 GreenTech Festival, and was noted as one of Fast Company’s 2019 top 100 Most Creative People in Business.  
    Shimrit holds a B.Sc. in Life Sciences, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology, all from Tel-Aviv University, and has conducted a post-doc in the University of Bologna, Italy (EU Marie Curie Fellow).
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Andrei Polejack

Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Brazil
Andrei Polejack
  • Andrei Polejack
    PhD candidate in the Land-to-Ocean Leadership Programme of the Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute of the World Maritime University, Sweden. Former General Coordinator for Oceans, Antarctica and Geosciences of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications. Andrei Polejack has been working with Marine and Antarctic Sciences for almost two decades. Biologist as background, he is now researching the science policy interface in the Atlantic and the science-diplomacy mechanisms therein.

    He used to coordinate the Brazilian research endeavors in the Atlantic and Antarctica, providing technical advice on actions of governance, analysis of research projects, the formulation and implementation of public policies, settling international cooperation, managing budget, among other activities. He negotiated the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Oceans, and the Belém Statement, with the ambition to create an All-Atlantic Community filling the science gaps of the Atlantic from pole to pole.
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Geneviève Pons

Director General
Europe Jacques Delors
Geneviève Pons
  • Geneviève Pons
    Former Director of the European Office of WWF
    Honorary Director of the European Commission

    Geneviève Pons is an honorary Director of the European Commission (EC). She was in charge of environment and climate matters in Jacques Delors’ Cabinet during his last two mandates as President of the EC (1991-1995). She then held several management positions in the EC. She was appointed Director of the Legal Service of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2013 and Director of the European Office of WWF in June 2015. She is the Director General of Europe Jacques Delors, formerly known as Brussels Office of the Jacques Delors Institute, since November 2017. She is a graduate from the Sorbonne, Sciences-Po Paris and ENA.
    Genevieve is considered as one of the most influential women in Brussels, notably in the field of environment, see Politico. She is an active member of Ocean Unite and of the Antarctica2020 coalition, aiming at the protection of vast marine areas around Antarctica.
    She is a member of the Assembly of the Mission Healthy Oceans chaired by Pascal Lamy.
    Since July 2019, together with Pascal Lamy and Pierre Leturcq, she has started to publish a series of papers on trade and environment, the latest of which can be found here.
    Her recent publications can be found here.
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Hans-Otto Pörtner

Co-Chair Working Group II
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Hans-Otto Pörtner
  • Hans-Otto Pörtner
    Hans-Otto Pörtner is Professor and Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany. In 2015, he was elected Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability for the Sixth Assessment Cycle. He is also Associate Editor of Physiology for Marine Biology and Co-editor of Thermal Biology. His research interests include the effects of climate warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on marine animals and ecosystems with a focus on the links between ecological, physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms limiting tolerance and shaping biogeography and ecosystem functioning.
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Jean-François Quérat

Deputy Secretary General for the Sea
Cabinet of the Prime Minister, France
Jean-François Quérat
  • Jean-François Quérat
    Rear-Admiral Jean-François Quérat graduated from the French Naval Academy after the training mission “Jeanne d’Arc” in 1993, and then completes his studies at Saint-Mandrier naval instruction centre as a detection officer.

    From 1993 to 1998, he served aboard the patrol ship “La Glorieuse”, based in New Caledonia, then aboard the Anti Air Warfare Destroyer “Jean-Bart”.

    He took command three times at sea, of :
    • the maritime patrol ship “La Fougueuse” (P685) in 2000, deployed in the French West Indies 
    • FS ”Enseigne de Vaisseau Jacoubet “ (F794) in 2004 in Toulon
    • FS “Tonnerre” in 2011 in Toulon.

    From June 2016 until August 2019, he held the position of advisor to the military cabinet of the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, on maritime, nuclear and cyber issues.

    Promoted to rear admiral in September 2019, he is appointed Deputy Secretary General for the Sea, from Prime Minister Services.

    Knight of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the National Order of Merit, he also holds the Cross of Military Valour with Bronze Star.
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Markus Reymann

Director
TBA21–Academy
Markus Reymann
  • Markus Reymann
    Markus Reymann is Director of TBA21–Academy, that he co-founded in 2011, which fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange surrounding the most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues facing our oceans today.
     
    Reymann leads the non-profit’s engagement with artists, activists, scientists, and policy-makers worldwide, resulting in the creation of new commissions, new bodies of knowledge, and new policies advancing the conservation and protection of the oceans. In March 2019, TBA21–Academy launched Ocean Space, a new global port for ocean literacy, research, and advocacy. Located in the restored Church of San Lorenzo in Venice, Italy, Ocean Space will be activated by the itinerant Academy and its network of partners, including universities, NGOs, museums, government agencies, and research institutes from around the world.
     
    Reymann also serves as Chair of Alligator Head Foundation, the scientific partner of TBA21–Academy. Alligator Head Foundation established and maintains the East Portland Fish Sanctuary and oversees a marine wet laboratory in Jamaica.
     
    Based in London, Reymann has presented on art and the oceans at conferences internationally, including at the 2017 Starmus Festival (Bern), the Explorer’s Club (New York City), and the annual UN Climate Change Conference.
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Murray Roberts

Professor of Marine Biology
ATLAS & iAtlantic, Horizon 2020 funded projects
Murray Roberts
  • Murray Roberts
    Murray Roberts is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and coordinates the European Horizon 2020 ATLAS and iAtlantic projects. He studies structural habitats in the deep ocean, notably those formed by cold-water corals, in order to enhance plans for their long term management and conservation.
     
    His previous roles include Reader and then Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (2009-16) where he co-ordinated the development of the Lyell Centre (2012-15). Before working in Edinburgh Murray was based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (1997-2009) with a period as Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Marine Science, University North Carolina Wilmington in the USA (2007-09). 
     
    Murray studied Biology at the University of York before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’, the first book covering the biology and geology of these important deep-sea habitats, a contributing author to the 2014 and 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Reports and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and holds an honorary position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises, published 82 peer-reviewed publications and has raised £21.3M in research grants during since July 1999.
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Alex David Rogers

Science Director
REVOcean
Alex David Rogers
  • Alex David Rogers
    Alex is a marine ecologist who is interested in how biodiversity is distributed in the ocean, especially in the deep sea and on tropical coral reefs. He is also interested in human impacts on the ocean and how to manage human activities to mitigate or reduce degradation of marine ecosystems. His work has taken him to the Indian and Southern Oceans and to the Caribbean investigating coral reef ecosystems, both in shallow water and the deep sea, seamounts and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Alex has worked with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in publicising human impacts, especially those from deep-sea fishing and climate change, and on the development of policy solutions to such problems. He is a member of the Group of Experts of the (Norwegian) Prime Minister’s High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and has led the Blue Paper on Biodiversity for the panel. Alex recently published the book The Deep: The Hidden Wonders of the Ocean and How to Protect Them.
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Maria Cristina Russo

Director International Cooperation
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Maria Cristina Russo
  • Maria Cristina Russo
    Maria Cristina Russo is Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation with responsibilities for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon programme. She has been working for the European Commission since 1992 where she held several policy and managerial positions related to external relations, the EU decision-making process and various EU policies, in particular research & innovation. She was part of the team dealing with technical assistance to former Soviet Union, then member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner in charge of research policy when the European Research Area was launched. She was later on appointed Head of Unit in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission on different positions dealing with inter- institutional relations and policy making, and in the department in charge of consumers' policies and financial services before being appointed in 2013 in her current position.

    Maria Cristina holds a degree on Political Sciences from the Luiss University of Rome and a Research Master Degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. She has three children.
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Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Assitant Director General of UNESCO
Vladimir Ryabinin
  • Vladimir Ryabinin
    Dr Vladimir Ryabinin (Engineer, 1978; Ph.D., 1982; and Doctor of Sciences, 1995) is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the rank of Assistant Director-General of UNESCO. Dr Ryabinin is an oceanographer, marine engineer, climatologist, and emeritus meteorologist of Russia. His research has led to a number of achievements in the medium-range weather prediction, marine services, offshore engineering, ocean and climate science. He has contributed to core design of such international initiatives as the Global Ocean Observing System, Joint Technical Commission of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and IOC for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, International Polar Year 2007/2008, and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). His previous affiliations include the Hydrometcentre of Russia (as a researcher and head of a laboratory), the Moscow State University (as a lecturer), the International Ocean Institute (as a director), and the World Climate Research Programme (as a senior scientific officer at WMO).  
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Terry Schaefer

International Activities Office
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Terry Schaefer

Yonah Seleti

Chief Director: Science Missions
Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Yonah Seleti
  • Yonah Seleti
    Dr Yonah Seleti as Chief Director for Science Missions at the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa directs a portfolio of work that includes Marine and Antarctic Studies, Earth Systems Sciences- Global Change, Palaeosciences and Indigenous Knowledge systems : The Marine, Coastal and Antarctic research management and support covers the Oceans and marine ecosystems under global change (seasonal, inter-annual and decadal climate projections in Southern Africa), the Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Biodiscovery, Coastal and marine resources, society and development and sustainable coastal and ocean development: vulnerability, risks and responsibility for Earth Systems observation, Innovation and human enterprise. Dr Seleti represents the DST as member of a Triparty Coordinating Committee of the Belem Statement and the South –South Trans-Atlantic Alliance between South Africa and Brazil. He is involved in the Operation Phakisa-Oceans Economy as Departmental Contact for coordinating research. The DST is also content focal point for Indian Ocean Rim Association; Ocean Systems &Climate-at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South African Marine Research Exploration Forum (SAMREF).
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Yunne Shin

IPBES Coordinating Lead Author
Institut de Recherche pour le Développelment
Yunne Shin
  • Yunne Shin
    Dr Yunne Shin is a marine ecologist, Senior Researcher at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France) and Honorary Research Associate at UCT (University of Cape Town, South Africa). Her research focuses on marine biodiversity and the integrated functioning of marine ecosystems under fishing and climate change. She has been developing ecosystem models, scenarios, and indicator analyses to quantify global change impacts on marine biodiversity. She served as a coordinating lead author of the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
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Gilbert Siko

Director, Marine and Polar Research
Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Gilbert Siko

Isabel Sousa Pinto

University of Porto
Isabel Sousa Pinto
  • Isabel Sousa Pinto
    Prof Isabel Sousa Pinto has a PhD in Marine Biology (phycology) from the UCSB, USA. She is a Professor at the University of Porto and Head of the Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation group at Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR). Her main research has been on marine biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning, and how is impacted by climate change, invasive species and other anthropogenic drivers. She has a particular focus on the seaweed flora as well as on algal ecophysiology, cultivation and promotion of its sustainable use and was member of the POGO working group “Planning the implementation of a global long-term observing and data sharing strategy for macroalgal communities”. She is also working on the science-policy - society interfaces and on promoting ocean literacy.

    She is serving in different European and International steering Committees as Euromarine, European Ocean Observation System (EOOS) and AtlantOS and is the co-chair of MBON - Marine Biodiversity Observation Network from GEO BON.

    She has been working with IPBES - the Intergovernamental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services since it started and was the Portuguese Representative in this platform until 2018, when was elected to its Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, a panel that supervises the scientific work of the Platform, becoming later also co-chair of its Knowledge and Data task force. She was also a Coordinating Lead Author for the Regional Assessemnt of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Europe and Central Asia of IPBES.
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Sandy Starkweather

Executive Director / Chair
US Arctic Observing Network / US Sustained Arctic Observation Network
Sandy Starkweather
  • Sandy Starkweather
    Sandy Starkweather is the Executive Director for the US Arctic Observing Network (US AON, NOAA-chaired), where she advances US agency participation in the international Arctic Observing System. With a joint background in engineering (energy conservation, renewables), earth science (Arctic climatology) and science policy, Sandy has worked in a consulting engineering capacity, university research, project management and planning. During this time, she spent twelve years traveling to/from Greenland to either participate in or support Arctic field research. A major emphasis of her community-level work has been promoting inclusivity at all levels to strengthen the impact of these efforts. She is currently serving as the Vice Chair of Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) and leading SAON's efforts to develop its Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems.

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Sandra Torrusio

Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, Argentina
Sandra Torrusio
  • Sandra Torrusio
    -  Graduated in Natural Sciences (National University of La Plata, Argentina). (1988).
    -  Ph. D. in Natural Sciences (National University of La Plata, Argentina, UNLP). (2003).
    -  Expertise in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System Techniques applied to natural resources and environmental topics. (Since 1989 until now).
    -  Participant in several International Courses of remote sensing and applications (Italy, France, Sweden, Japan). Several publications in national and international journals. 
    -  More than 25 presentations in national and international meetings. Reviewer in several Journals. Director of several PhD students
    - Principal Investigator of SAC-C, SAC-D & SABIAMar Satellite Missions (2008-2019) at CONAE (Argentina Space Agency)

    Currently:
    • Professor in regular courses of Remote Sensing & GIS in Faculty of Natural Sciences (undergraduate and graduate level) (UNLP) and in specific training courses.
    • Head of Technological Liaison of CONAE
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Janice Trotte Duhá

Advisor of Ocean Affairs
Directorate General for Scientific, Technological and Nuclear Development of the Brazilian Navy
Janice Trotte Duhá
  • Janice Trotte Duhá
    She presently serves as a Special Adviser to the Director General of Science, Nuclear and Technological Development of the Brazilian Navy, after having served as General Coordinator for Marine Sciences and Antarctica at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) for three years.

    Her focus is on the strenghtening of strategic partnerships in Brazil, within the remit of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation, as well as on the reduction of the technological gap that still separates Brazil from more developed nations, with regard to national scientific infrastructure in support to oceanographic research and operations in the Tropical and South Atlantic.

    At the international scenario, Ms. Trotte-Duhá has served as Programme Manager for the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC) of UNESCO; as GOOS Vice-Chair, from 1996-1997; and also as Head of the IOC/UNESCO Regional GOOS Office in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), from 2002 to 2009, that fostered the foundation of the GOOS Regional Alliance in Oceanography for the Upper Southwest and Tropical Atlantic (OCEATLAN).

    Ms. Trotte-Duhá represents Brazil at the PIRATA Resources Board (PRB), a project set up by Brazil, France and the USA that has been recognized as an important source of perennial ocean observations in the Tropical Atlantic and a fine example on how to cooperate to reach common scientific knowledge available to all nations interested in oceans and climate.
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Romain Troublé

Executive director
Tara Ocean Foundation
Romain Troublé
  • Romain Troublé

    Romain Troublé has degrees in 2 different fields — a Master 2 in molecular biology from the Sorbonne, and a Master from HEC - Telecom Paris.  As a professional sailor, he participated in regattas at the highest level — twice in the America's Cup French challenges in 2000 and 2003 in Auckland, NZ. He worked from 2003 to 2006 for a company specialized in polar logistics, organizing sporting and scientific expeditions in the Arctic, Antarctica and Siberia, including the discovery of mammoths frozen in permafrost. Since 2004 he has been in charge of  the operational management of Tara expeditions, and since 2009, executive director of the Tara Ocean Foundation.

    Since 2017, Romain has also been president of the Ocean Climate Platform which brings together more than 70 institutions, foundations, companies, and associations working on advocacy for the ocean’s role in issues of climate and biodiversity.

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Juan C. Toledo-Roy

Member of the winning team of the 2019 Ocean Hackathon (Campus de la Mer, Brest)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Juan C. Toledo-Roy
  • Juan C. Toledo-Roy
    Juan C. Toledo-Roy is a data scientist focusing on applied research (mathematics, physics and computer science) and data analysis in the framework of complexity science. He has worked in a wide range of multidisciplinary research projects ranging from physiology and human health to Earth science and climate change. He specializes in time series analysis techniques and computational modeling and simulation. He currently works at the Institute for Nuclear Sciences of the National  Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in Mexico City.
     
    Juan and his colleagues recently won the 2019 Ocean Hackaton for their work on the detection of floating Sargassum:
    Massive beaching events of Sargassum algae along the coasts of the Caribbean in recent years constitute a very serious problem, having strong ecological impacts on marine and coastal ecosystems as well as important economic and health impacts on humans living in the area. To face this problem, Mexican government agencies CONABIO and INECC asked participants of the Ocean Hackaton 2019 to find ways to improve the detection of floating Sargassum in satellite imagery. Our mutidisciplinary team of students and researchers tackled this challenge by developing a new algorithm we call ASI. Using data from the Sentinel-2 satellites, our algorithm leverages novel Machine Learning techniques to automatically identify the presence of the algae on the sea surface. The results are used to create georeferenced data products that are displayed using an interactive webmap visualization platform. We are currently working on integrating the new ASI algorithm with CONABIO’s ocean monitoring system.
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Monica Verbeek

Executive Director
Seas At Risk
Monica Verbeek
  • Monica Verbeek
    Dr. Monica Verbeek is the executive director of Seas At Risk, the Brussels-based umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. Seas At Risk has over 30 member organisations spanning 17 countries, representing millions of citizens. Monica also serves as steering group member for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, and was founding and steering group member of Ocean2012 and vice president of the South Western Waters Advisory Council for fisheries. Before joining Seas At Risk, she worked as a campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Netherlands, and as a consultant and researcher. During her extensive experience with marine environmental campaigns, stretching back to the early 1990s, Monica Verbeek was successful in pushing for marine environmental protection policy decisions at national, European, regional (North East Atlantic) and UN level. She holds a MSc degree in biology (received with honours) and a PhD degree in behavioural ecology from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
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Evaldo Vilela

President
CONFAP, Brazil
Evaldo Vilela
  • Evaldo Vilela
    Academic Background

    • Graduated in Agronomy at Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), MG, Brazil (1971).
    • Master’s Degree in Entomology from the University of São Paulo (USP), SP, Brazil (1975).
    • Ph.D. in Chemical Ecology from the University of Southampton, UK (1984).
    • Postdoctoral studies at the University of California-Berkeley, USA (1991); University of Nuremberg-Erlangen, Germany (1992); and University of Tsukuba, Japan (1996).
    • 1A Researcher (the highest Research Productivity category) of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil.
    • Over a hundred papers published in high impact scientific journals.
    • Supervisor of 43 Masters and Doctoral students.
    • Full Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science.
    • Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program (Masters and Doctorate) in Entomology at UFV (1985 – 1993).
    • Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program (Masters) in Animal Biology at UFV (2004 – 2006). 
    • Member of the Chemical Ecology Society Board at UFV (1998 – 2002).
    • Founding Member of the Institute of Biotechnology Applied to Agriculture (BIOAGRO-UFV) (1988).
    • Coordinator of 31 Projects totaling over US$ 6 million funded by Brazilian Research Agencies (related to Pest Control, Food Production and Innovation, funded by CNPq, the Ministry for Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication — MCTIC, the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel — CAPES, the Funding Authority for Studies and Projects — FINEP and the Minas Gerais State Agency for Research Funding — FAPEMIG).
    • Founder of the Minas Gerais State System of Innovation — SIMI (2007 – current).
     
    Past and current professional Titles (among others)

    • President of the Brazilian Entomology Society (1993 – 1995).
    • President of the Brazilian Society for Agricultural and Livestock Health (2010 – 2013).
    • President of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects-Brazilian Branch (1998 – 2000).
    • Member of the National Technical Commission for Biosafety (CTNBio/MCTIC) (1996 – 2000).
    • Member of Advisory Boards for CAPES, FINEP, CNPq and FAPEMIG.
    • Member of the Federal Fund for Agrobusiness (CT-Agro/MCTIC) (1996-2000; 2018 – current).
    • Director of the Arthur Bernardes Foundation (private organization) in support of UFV (1994 – 1999).
    • Rector of the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil (2000 – 2004).
    • Deputy Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Minas Gerais (2007 – 2014).
    • Director of Science, Technology and Innovation at FAPEMIG (2014) and current President since 2015.
    • President of CONFAP.
    • Member of the Administrative Councils for Technology Park of Belo Horizonte (BH-TEC) (2008 – current), the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE) (2015 – current) and the Federation of Industries of the State of Minas Gerais (2011-2014).
    • Over 50 missions to international scientific and technical institutions abroad, including the Institutional Accreditation Renewal in the Bogotá University Jorge Tadeo Lozano (2018) and consulting work for the Military University of Nueva Granada (2018), also in Bogotá.

    Medals
     
    • Inconfidência, issued by the Minas Gerais State Government (2010) 
    • Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, issued by the Minas Gerais State Government (2012).
    • Comenda de Arthur Bernardes, issued by Casa do Empresário in Viçosa, MG (2003). 
    • Ordem do Mérito do Ex-aluno da UFV, issued by UFV (2015).  
    • Ordem Nacional do Mérito Científico (2018), issued by the Presidency of Brazil.    
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Stephen Virc

Director
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Stephen Virc

Martin Visbeck

Professor for Physical Oceanography
GEOMAR
Martin Visbeck
  • Martin Visbeck
    Martin Visbeck is head of research unit Physical Oceanography at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and professor at Kiel University, Germany. His research interests revolve around ocean dynamic and the ocean’s role in the climate system, integrated global ocean observation and ocean sustainable development. He advanced the ‘Future Ocean’ Network in Kiel to advance integrated marine sciences by bringing together different disciplines to work on marine issues. He has lead the EU AtlantOS Project on sustained ocean observing in the Atlantic.

    He serves on a number of national and international advisory committees including the Governing Board of the International Science Council (ISC), Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), leadership council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Executive Planning Group for the UN Decade of Ocean Science Decade for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 and the Assembly supporting the development of the EU Horizon Europe Ocean Mission. He chairs the Advisory Committee for Earth Observations at ESA. He is President of The Oceanography Society (TOS), and was elected fellow of the AGU, AMS, TOS and the European Academy of Sciences.

    Martin Visbeck is involved in strategic planning and decision-making processes about the ocean and sustainable development at a national, European and global level.
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Robert Watson

Former Chair
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Robert Watson

Maria Zaira Turchi

Director, Department of Research Infrastructure and Training and Education Policies
Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Brazil
Maria Zaira Turchi
  • Maria Zaira Turchi

    Maria Zaira Turchi, PhD in Humanities - Literature, is a Professor at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), in Brazil. At the University she has served as Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs and as Director of Faculty of Languages, Literature and Linguistics. She is a researcher in the fields of literary criticism and anthropology with books and papers published and awarded.  She is former President of Goiás State Funding Agency for Scientific Research – FAPEG. She is former President of the Brazilian National Council of the State Funding Agencies – CONFAP, and had sits on a number of scientific and educational boards, including the National Council of Science and Technology of Brazil (CCT). Currently she is Director for Research Infrastructure and Training and Education Policies of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications – MCTIC.

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