Valentina Mabilia is a Policy Officer at the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission. She has been in charge of coordinating EU policy on Maritime Spatial Planning since November 2015. She has also been working to develop a blue bioeconomy policy since January 2017. Prior to her current position, Valentina worked as a policy advisor for a consulting company, specialising in maritime safety, environmental policy and economic analysis. She is a political scientist by training and holds degrees in Diplomacy and International Affairs from the Italian Society for International Organization, the University of Trieste and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Vitor Verdelho Vieira is mentor of several companies that he co-founded with partners in different sectors. He started his first biotech company Necton, SA - www.necton.pt in March 1989, now a European leader in the production and sale of traditional sea salt and fleur de sel, as well as the production of microalgae for aquaculture and cosmetics. He is also co-founder of A4F - Algae for Future, SA - www.a4f.pt an international reference company in the sector of microalgae technologies. He is the General Manager of EABA the European Algae Biomass Association, https://eaba-association.org with headquarters in Florence, Italy. His business experience is wide and ranges from engineering consulting and real estate to biotechnology and medical devices. In the different companies, he developed and participated in more than 40 R&D projects along the last 30 years and interacted with more than 200 different organizations in Europe. Between 2000 and 2015 he has been involved in the management of SpinLogic the entrepreneurship programme and business Incubator from the Catholic University in Porto, where he followed and supported more than 200 startup projects. He is presently visiting professor in Católica Porto Business School and School of Arts in Catholic University in Porto, Portugal. He has a background in Physics from the Porto University Sciences Faculty and established his management knowledge through consulting experience and more than a dozen specialized training courses in Portugal and abroad in the last 30 years.
Dr. Andreas Ligtvoet is a principal consultant at Technopolis Group with expertise in the green and blue economy, particularly sustainable energy systems, circular economy, and cooperation. He is currently project leader for the Blue Bioeconomy Forum, which aims to bring together different stakeholders in the blue bioeconomy, identify promising projects and developments, and create a roadmap for the sector. He also works as framework contract manager on an energy research framework for DG Research & Innovation.
Jorge Alexandre VIEIRA
Jorge Vieira is a Civil Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in business development of technology-based projects. He started his professional career in a multinational construction company where he had the opportunity to manage several projects worldwide. In 2014, he founded the company MATEREO combining a multidisciplinary team of civil and mechanical engineers and establishing partnerships with R&D institutions. In 2016, he got the approval for the UNDERSEE project in the framework of the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre Portugal in order to develop technology for water quality monitoring. Nowadays, he is leading the implementation of the UNDERSEE project in the field of environmental and aquaculture monitoring services.
Peter has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Linköping University.
Peter has worked with implementation of industrial symbiosis and circular economy since 2011. Today Peter works with development and facilitation of the local symbiosis network in Sotenäs municipality. The network has focus on aquaculture, marine industry, ocean plastic and innovative circular and sustainable development. Peter is also one of the leading partners for creating a national industrial and urban symbiosis network.