Get to know the speakers of the workshop "Improving the knowledge of our oceans and seas and bringing them closer to citizens" - 5 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Kay BinderKay Binder

Kay Binder is a Policy Officer at the European Commission. She joined the ‘eInfrastructure and Science Cloud’ Unit of DG CNECT (Communications Networks, Content and Technology) in October 2019, to provide policy and technical support in the implementation of the Mission Earth Initiative. Upon completion of her Master’s degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris in July 2019, Kay began her career in the Commission working in DG NEAR (Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations). She is currently working at the Commission as part of the Junior Professionals Programme.

Jan-Bart CalewaertJan-Bart Calewaert

Trained as bio-engineer (cell and gene biotechnology) and marine management specialist. Was involved in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects and science policy advisory bodies in support of marine research, sustainable management of marine and coastal environments and related policy frameworks. Frequently worked at the interface between science and policy, combining expertise in marine sciences with knowledge of the marine and maritime policy landscape in Belgium and Europe. Science Officer for the European Marine Board Secretariat (2007-13), coordinating foresight and policy activities in various working areas, particularly in relation to marine biotechnology, oceans and human health, climate change impacts on the marine environment and marine pollution. He also worked for Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Maritime Institute (UGent) and the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology (UGent). Calewaert co-founded Seascape Belgium in 2017 to provide high level advice, science communication and management support for marine knowledge projects in the framework of EU's blue growth policy. In this capacity, he coordinates the Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network or EMODnet.

Telmo Carvalho - IPMA

Telmo Carvalho, is Vice-President of the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA). He was previously Adviser of the Minister of the Sea of Portugal (2015-2018), the Coordinator of the Ocean Office of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, delegate to OECD for the Project “The Future of Ocean Economy”, and delegate to IOC-UNESCO (2015). >From 2009 to 2014 he was the Executive Director of EurOcean, the European Centre for Information on Marine Sciences and Technology. He is an Anthropologist with a master’s degree in Social Sciences with a specialisation in Science Policy. He has worked on science policy and information management in marine science and technology since 2004, to establish bridges between scientific knowledge and other sectors of society.

Lisa Clough

Lisa Clough is Head of the Ocean Section, comprised of the Biological and Physical Oceanography teams, in the Division of Ocean Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences of the U.S. National Science Foundation. She has also served as an NSF Program Director, and the acting Division Director for Biological Infrastructure. A coastal oceanographer by training, Lisa spent ~20 years at East Carolina University, in North Carolina, achieving the rank of Full Professor of Biology, and serving as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. She has received both Arctic and Antarctic Service Medals from the US Government, and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Coast Guard. Lisa lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband Mike McDonald, and their two boys, Patrick and Ryan.  She really enjoys coaching baseball in the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League.

Sara Garavelli

Sara Garavelli - Blue-Cloud Project Coordinator

Sara Garavelli is a Senior Project Manager & Shareholder at Trust-IT, which she joined in 2010, and she is the Blue-Cloud Project Coordinator. She holds a Master’s degree in logistics and organization for industry and commerce and a BSc Telecommunications degree. Sara’s expertise lies in analytical reporting, research and problem solving, primarily related to streamlining company internal procedures & informatics processes, and design of technological solutions (mainly ICT web-centric communication platforms & mobile apps) specifically for communities to promote their services and increase their revenue in an international market. She has also considerable experience in developing communications, stakeholder engagement and outreach strategies in the data infrastructure areas. She is one of the principal authors of the “E-infrastructures: making Europe the best place for research and innovation”. Sara is the coordinator of the RDA Europe 4.0 project, the European plug-in to the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and serves as Communication Manager the EOSC-hub project. Sara is also the Marketing and Outreach Manager of the recently established EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI) and contributes with her communications and dissemination skills to the EMODnet Secretariat.

Wim Hugo

Wim Hugo - Former Chief Information Officer at SAEON

Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, relevant experience in techno-economic feasibility studies, management consulting, systems engineering and systems architecture. Over the last decade, he has focused on systems architecture and development in support of scientific data management and preservation. Research interests include Knowledge Networks and Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories. Worked on a wide range of projects: a member of the ICSU-World Data System Scientific Committee, co-chair of the GEO-BON WG8 (Systems and Architecture), and of the collaboration between RDA and WDS on repositories. Also active in CoDATA, GEO, and GEOSS. The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) was established in 2002 as an institutionalised network of departments, universities, science institutions and industrial partners. SAEON’s responsibilities rest on three mandates: observation, information and education.

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, a member of the AORA Working Group on the Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health and Stressors, and the ICES Scientific Committee. 

Skye Moret

Skye Moret

Skye Moret is a data-driven designer and marine scientist. Her diverse background on the ocean — having sailed 100,000+ km around the globe—fuels her belief in the power of art and design in communicating science. Her work investigates the complex relationship between nature and technology-mediated human expectations, experiences, and engagement. Skye is the Senior Researcher for TBA21–Academy (Venice) and an Assistant Professor in Collaborative Design and Design Systems at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (USA). Her work has been published in Science, Popular Science, Slate, and Public Radio International, among others, and recently won a National Geographic global innovation challenge.


José Luiz Moutinho

Biologist, with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology, graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1981; Architect, graduated from Santa Ursula University in Rio de Janeiro, in 1988, with equivalence conferred by the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon in 1989; Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management from the Institute of Innovation, Technology and Development Policies (IN+) of Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) in 2005. Currently he is the Chief Business and Network Developer for the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), which is a multidimensional mission-oriented, demand-driven, problem-solving international collaboration network, integrating various sciences (space, ocean, earth, climate, energy, and data sciences), engaging different stakeholders (government, academia, industry, and civil society), encompassing diverse geographies, cultures and technology readiness levels (American, African and European countries), and fully accommodating both local priorities and global challenges.

Dick Schaap

Dick Schaap - Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator

Dick M.A. Schaap is Managing Director at MARIS and the Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator. He has a background in working as project engineer in Rijkswaterstaat North Sea Directorate (Netherlands Public Works Department), and extensive experience in coordination of many national and EU projects on marine data management infrastructures. Currently he is coordinator of the EU funded EMODnet Data Ingestion projects and technical coordinator of EU funded projects SeaDataCloud, EMODnet High Resolution Seabed Mapping, EMODnet Chemistry, and EMODnet Physics. He is also invited member of EuroGOOS DATAMEQ group for advising on operational oceanography data management procedures.

Nicolas Segebarth - Policy Officer at the European Commission

Nicolas Segebarth is Policy Officer at the European Commission. He recently joined (June 2019) the “Healthy Oceans and Seas Unit” of DG Research and Innovation, to develop and implement research & innovation policy on ocean observation. Nicolas Segebarth has a background in physical chemistry, with a PhD in Chemistry on the physical and chemical effects of acoustic cavitation, and post-docs in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He joined the European Commission in 2006, where he first worked at the Institute for Health and Consumer (IHCP) of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, on the development of spectroscopic and chemometric methods for various applications. Before joining the Healthy Oceans and Seas unit, he worked for 10 years in the Industrial Technology Directorate of DG research & Innovation,  working first on the environmental and health impacts of nanomaterials and then on Sustainable Process Industries (SPIRE).

Toste Tanhua

Since 2003 Toste Tanhua is a researcher at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel (Germany) after a post-doc at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and a PhD at Göteborg University (Germany). He has participated on 35 seagoing expeditions all over the world. Toste is co-chair of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). His geographic interests are chemical oceanography, transient tracers, carbon cycle, ocean observing, repeat hydrography.


Juan Toledo

Juan C. Toledo-Roy is a data scientist doing applied research (physics, mathematics and computer science) and data analysis with a focus on multidisciplinary science. He has worked in a wide range of research projects ranging from physiology and human health to Earth sciences and climate change. Currently a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, he specializes in data analysis techniques and computational modeling and simulation. He is a member of the team that won the Ocean Hackaton 2019 finals in Brest, France, with a project on satellite detection of Sargassum in the Caribbean.


Janice Trotte CalewaertJanice Romaguera Trotte-Duha

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.


Ben WilliamsBen Williams

Ben Williams is currently serving as the Metocean Director for the Americas region at Fugro, a multi-national company with a global metocean practice. He has worked for Fugro for the last 15 years, starting my career as an offshore technician collecting loop current data in the Gulf of Mexico and working my way through data quality control and analysis, software development, project management, and operations management. He have worked across the globe conducting or managing physical oceanographic surveys from India to the USA, Canada to Argentina, and many countries in between. He understands that stakeholder engagement and cultural awareness must underpin science conducted around the world.
In the most recent years working as the Metocean Director, He has been able to strategically build a wonderful team of scientists spread between USA, Mexico, and Brasil. In the past three years, he has built a strategy to bring Industry engagement to form collaborative science partnerships with universities. These teams have been expanding the High Frequency (HF) Radar network on the Gulf of Mexico Coast in collaboration with Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and University of South Mississippi (USM) and the Shell Stones Mooring with Shell, National Academies of Engineering, Science, and Medicine, GCOOS, Texas A&M, USM, and Jasco Applied Sciences. Fugro has made available the semiannual field cruises to the Gulf of Mexico to university students to collect data and samples while learning from an established Industry Health and Safety culture.


The workshop takes place in Brussels on Wednesday, 5 February 2020, register here!