Get to know the speakers of the online workshop "Towards an All-Atlantic Data Space for the Ocean", 3 June 2021, a side event at the All-Atlantic 2021.

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Sara Pittonet Gaiarin, Senior Project Manager, TRUST-IT & Blue-Cloud Coordinator, event host

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin is a Senior Project manager at Trust-IT since 2010 & she coordinates the Project, where she focuses on user uptake, & Blue-Cloud’s impact on Open Science, Open & FAIR Data and Research Data Management. She is currently the deputy coordinator for the European Space Agency (ESA) Business in Space Growth Network (BSGN) contract and acts as Marketing and Outreach Manager for delivering FAIR data principles in Europe, entitled FAIRsFAIR.

Fabienne Jacq, Policy Officer, DG Defence, Industry and Space (DEFIS), European Commission

Fabienne Jacq is graduated from solid state physics since 1988. She used to work from start in the space sector being system architect and then specialized in interfaces with users for the development of Earth Observation missions. She joined the GMES and then Copernicus programme in 1999 and took responsibility in this program to follow the development of the Copernicus services : the emergency service within Airbus and then the marine environment service in CLS, a subsidiary of the French Space Agency specialized in marine and maritime space-based services, and partnering with Mercator-Ocean international. She was deputy director of the space oceanography division and director of data collection division in CLS. In 2016, she joined EUMETSAT to keep working on the future of Copernicus on the public side in the Strategy Division and bring her expertise to the European Commission as part of the Copernicus unit, being in charge of the marine service, the evolution of the services at mid-term and the monitoring of Sentinel ocean missions such as Sentinel3 and Sentinel6.

Jay Pearlman, IEEE/SG-OBPS, Panel 1 moderator

Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado and co-owner of J&F Enterprise. Until his recent retirement, he was Chief Engineer of Network Centric Operations Capabilities at Boeing and a Boeing Technical Fellow. Dr. Pearlman’s background includes sensors, remote sensing, ocean and information systems. Dr. Pearlman is active in systems of systems architecture and information systems development for large-scale national and global applications including advancing ocean and coastal information systems.

Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, Panel 2 moderator

Head of the Physical Oceanography research unit at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, and professor at Kiel University, Germany. His research interests revolve around ocean dynamics and the ocean’s role in the climate system with particular emphasis on the Atlantic. Internationally he supports ocean and climate science, integrated global ocean observation and ocean sustainable development. As the speaker of the German excellence cluster “The Future Ocean” in Kiel, he is advancing integrated marine sciences by bringing together a wide range of disciplines and Kiel-based institutions to work on ocean-human issues.

Alain Arnaud, DIAS Program manager at Mercator Ocean

Alain Arnaud is Senior satellite image processing and application expert, project manager of the Copernicus WEkEO service. Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (X89), he received his PhD in computer science at the Institut national Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT) in 1997. He worked as a technical manager in the French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2000 he founded ALTAMIRA INFORMATION specialized in the millimetric measurement of ground movements from radar satellite images. From 2010 to 2015 he was director of radar activities for CLS Group. .  Since 2017, he is the projet Manager for Mercator Ocean of the WEkEO DIAS, one of the Copernicus DIAS initiatives conducted by the consortium Eumetsat, ECMWF, and Mercator Ocean.

Conor Delaney, Technical Coordinator EMODnet Secretariat

Conor Delaney works at the intersection of applied environmental science and information technology, with an emphasis on geographical information systems and Earth observation. He has worked in the areas of urban air quality, climate change in the Arctic, and water quality management of coastal waters.  A major theme of his career has been using technology in innovative ways for environmental science research. 

José Henrique Muelbert, Professor at the Institute of Oceanography, Federal University of Rio Grande

José H. Muelbert graduated in Oceanology at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG), where he also obtained a M.Sc. in Biological Oceanography. José holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Dalhousie University, Canada. He is currently a Full Professor at FURG, where he teaches courses related to plankton and the pelagic ecosystems. 

Tshikana Rasehlomi,  Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

Tshikana Rasehlomi is the Marine Information Management System (MIMS) Manager in the Oceans and Coasts Research Directorate of the DFFE in South Africa. His main activities involve Marine Information Management, Ocean and Climate Research, Climate Change and Variability, Applied Oceanography, and Marine and Dynamic Meteorology. 


Dick Schaap, MARIS and Technical Coordinator of Blue-Cloud

Dick Schaap 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. Dick is also the Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator.

Lucy Scott, Ocean InfoHub Project Manager, IOC Project Office for IODE

Lucy Scott has an extensive experience in marine data and information related projects, mostly in the Western Indian Ocean region. She worked on capacity development activities of international marine projects as well as in GEF International Portfolio Projects in Africa. Furthermore, she has been involved in the development and population of the Nairobi Convention Clearinghouse Mechanism; ASCLME node. 

Pier-Luigi Buttigieg, Knowledge Steward / Senior Data Scientist at GEOMAR

Pier-Luigi Buttigieg is a Digital Knowledge Steward and Senior Data Scientist working in the Earth and Environment branch of the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration. His research is focused on developing advanced, operational-grade, and internationally adopted knowledge representation (KR) technologies for ecology, planetary science, and Sustainable Development. His research goal is to use data science to better bridge scientific data, information, and knowledge with operations, applications, policy, and society.

Tina Dohna, PANGAEA Project Manager at MARUM

Tina Dohna holds a PhD in Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics from the  University of Bremen and is currently the PANGAEA Project Manager. She has been previously involved in several research projects, like (COOP - Research Infrastructures to Address Global Environmental Challenges; NeXOS - Next Generation Web Enabled Sensors for Monitoring of a Changing Ocean; ROBEX – Robotic Exploration Under Extreme Conditions; FishPopTrace -The Structure of Fish Populations and Traceability of Fish and Products and SPICE II and SPICE III - Science for the protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems).

Kate Larkin, Deputy Head of EMODnet Secretariat, Seascape Belgium

Kate Larkin holds a Ph.D in deep-sea biogeochemistry and is a marine scientist that is fully engaged in connecting people to science and policy. Over the last 15 years she has developed a solid expertise for conducting scientific research, coordinating reviews and foresight and engaging stakeholders so that marine data and science can have the highest impact in the blue economy, decision-making and policy planning, ocean science strategy and coordination and our everyday lives. She has been working in the EuroSITES open ocean observatories project, at the European Marine Board Secretariat. She is currently the Director for Seascape Belgium and Deputy Director of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Secretariat.

Anja Kreiner, National Marine Information and Research Centre (NatMIRC), Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Namibia

Anja Kreiner is a Fisheries Biologist and holds the position of Directorate Resource Management, Subdivision Environment at the National Marine Information and Research Centre (NatMIRC), Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia. Her research interests span from Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecology to Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Marc Taconet, Team Leader, Fisheries Knowledge and Information Management Team, NFISI

Marc Taconet holds a Master's degree in Fisheries sciences. He has been working with FAO since 1987 in various African countries starting with fishery statistics. As Senior Fisheries Information Officer, he led the development of the Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS) for over ten years. Today he acts as Chief of the Fishery Statistics and Information Branch (FIPS) at FAO. In the two D4Science projects he served as Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Management (FARM) Communities Manager. Marc now chairs the iMarine Board.

Ben Williams, Metocean Director for the Americas region at Fugro

Ben Williams obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Maritime Operations and has been managing a variety of projects as a Senior Oceanographer since 2008. He is currently working at Fugro and is responsible for all Houston-based measurement and offshore systems operations. 

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