Mr Economou is Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) with responsibility for sea-basin strategies, maritime regional cooperation and maritime security.
He joined the Commission in 2000 where he worked in various positions at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) dealing with maritime transport, land transport and lastly with innovation in railways, from the position of Interim Executive Director for the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. Prior to 2000, he worked for the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) in Brussels. He studied Business Administration in the University of Athens, and holds Master's degrees of European Economics and of Maritime and Aviation Law, both from the University of Brussels.
Mr Leendert Bal is since 2009 Head of Department Operations. This Department is providing maritime information services to Member States and EU bodies and is offering operational assistance for pollution monitoring and response. He was Acting Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) from 1 December 2011 till 1 September 2012.
He started working for EMSA in 2004 as a policy adviser of the Executive Director, and has been involved within the Agency, as Head of Unit, in developing operational projects such as the network of stand-by Oil Recovery Vessels, the European satellite oil spill monitoring and detection service CleanSeaNet and the EU LRIT Data Centre since their very beginning. He was part of the ESA-EMSA initiative to create a SAT-AIS capability for Europe. Lately his special projects are: Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Services and the development of services based on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in support of Coast Guard cooperation.
He was previously Transport Attaché in Brussels for the Permanent Representation of The Netherlands to the European Union and has been working for the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” and the Utrecht University.
Mr Bartel Meersman is a manager in the Space, Security and Migration Directorate of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission's science and knowledge service, which supports EU policies with independent scientific evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. He joined the European Commission in 2000, where he has occupied management positions since 2005. As Head of Unit he is currently responsible for several research projects in the domain of transport and border security. Before, he was managing the Joint Research Centre's corporate ICT department and before joining the European Commission he worked as project manager in the private sector for various consulting companies including his own. He started his career as scientific assistant and holds MSc in Computer Science and Master of Management degrees from the VUB, Free University of Brussels.
Carlos Ferreira, born in Beira, Mozambique, attended medicine and mechanical engineering courses, having completed his University degree in Biology, scientific branch of oceanography and fisheries by the University of Lisbon in 1985.
The professional career started in scientific research in the field of fisheries technology where he presents public competition to access to research assistant (equivalent to the master's degree in academic career) in the field of fishing technology.
In 2006 conclude the technological specialization diploma in information systems.
He is both national and Union fisheries inspector and currently serving as Director of Inspection, Monitoring and Control of Maritime Activities at Directorate-General for Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services, and also deputy representative of Portugal at EFCA Administrative Board.
Giuseppe Codispoti holds a Doctor Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy and a Master of Science’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, USA.
From 1993 to 2000 he was with Alenia Spazio (today’s Thales Alenia Space Italia), Rome, Italy at the “On board Active Antennas Directorate” as designer, project and program manager, leading projects and programs concerning space telecommunications and remote sensing. In March 2000 he joined ASI, the Italian Space Agency, where he has been involved in projects regarding microgravity, remote sensing and telecommunications.
At the moment he works in the Telecommunication and Integrated Application unit of the Agency and he is responsible of the high frequency band programs.
He was appointed as delegate and expert of the Italian Government delegations to international bodies such as ESA, European Space Agency and UNO, United Nations Organization.
He is the tutor of Ph.D students of Italian universities.
He is author of dozens of technical and scientific papers and publications, including book chapters, mainly in space related topics
He has been responsible for ASI of several research projects financed by the European Commission in different fields, with different roles, including the task of Coordinator.
He was technical and administrative responsible for ASI for CLOSEYE Project and Deputy Coordinator for EUCISE2020.