CEO Pacific Garbage Screening
Marcella Hansch has studied architecture in Aachen (Germany) and Florence (Italy). During her master thesis, she developed the design concept of ‘Pacific Garbage Screening’.
As an architect, Marcella worked for 5 years in architectural offices in Aachen, Arnsberg and Vienna (Austria). Along with her job as an architect, she founded the Pacific Garbage Screening association. As the CEO, she represents the project in public.
For her engagement and her innovative project, Marcella won the ‘Hero of Tomorrow Award’ by Orange Handelsblatt and ‘Future Impact Maker Award’ in 2018, the “25 Women Award – Women, whose inventions change our lives” of the magazine EDITION F in 2017, the German federal award “EcoDesign – young talent” in 2016, and was nominated for the GreenTec Award and the Querdenker (“Lateral Thinkers”) Award in 2014.
An economist by training, Spyros has worked in sustainable development, investment and environmental issues, leading and collaborating with various programmes including the United Nations Environment Program, WWF in Greece/Europe, and headed the Mediterranean Programme of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
After a period in politics, during which he was elected twice in the Greek Parliament and served in government as Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for economic, environmental and energy matters, Spyros currently advises public and private entities on projects that link governance, finance, innovation and sustainability, and is the Programme Director of the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Governance and Public Law, established jointly by the European Public Law Organization and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Spyros holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Athens and an MSc in Agricultural/Environmental Economics from the University of Reading and is fluent in four languages.
President of the Municipality of Lisbon
Fernando Medina Maciel Almeida Correia was born in 1973 in Porto. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Porto and a master’s degree in Economic Sociology from ISEG, with a thesis on economic globalization from a historical perspective. He was an advisor to INOFOR during 1998 and 2000, a Member of the Working Group of the Ministry of Education during the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, between 1999 and 2002, advisor to the Prime Minister for the areas of education, science and technology, between 2000 and 2002, and to the President of the Executive Committee of the Portuguese Investment Agency. During the XVII and XVIII Constitutional Governments he was, respectively, Secretary of State for Employment and Professional Qualification and Assistant Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy. In 2011 he was head of the list of Socialist Party and elected deputy to the Assembly of the Republic by the District of Viana do Castelo, a term he held until he was elected, in the last municipal elections, City Councilor and Vice-President of Lisbon city Council, with the Finance, Human Resources and Tourism area. He is currently Mayor of Lisbon.
EP Special Envoy on Maritime Policy
Gesine Meißner has been member of the European Parliament since 2009. She is a member of the German liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) and chair of the FDP delegation in the European Parliament which is part of the ALDE group.
Mrs Meißner is also the president of the European Parliament Intergroup for Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA) and Special Envoy of the President of the European Parliament on maritime policy.
She is member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), substitute member of both the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).
Before joining the European Parliament, Gesine Meißner was a member of the Regional Parliament of Lower Saxony where she chaired the Committee on Health and Social Affairs from 2003 to 2009.
Gesine Meißner was born in 1952 in Uelzen, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Ricardo SERRAO SANTOS
Vice-Chair SEARICA Intergroup
Ricardo Serrão Santos is Member of the European Parliament since 2014 and full member of the European Parliament's Committees on Fisheries and Agriculture and Rural Development. He is Coordinator of the S&D at the Committee of Fisheries, Vice-Chair of the EP’s Intergroups of SEARICA and EBCD.
Ricardo Serrão Santos holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool. During his academic career, he was the coordinator and president of several scientific organizations in the EU, Portugal and the Azores. He was recently selected to join the IOC/ UNESCO “Executive Planning Group” for the "UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)".
Serrão Santos is a member of the Portuguese Academy of Sciences and emeritus member of the Portuguese Navy Academy, and Speciality Chief Editor in Frontiers or Marine Sciences/ Deepsea Environments and Ecology.
- European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Karmenu Vella is the European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. He was born in Malta on June 1950. Mr Vella graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and later obtained a Master of Science in Tourism Management from University of Sheffield. He was first elected to Parliament in 1976 and continued to be was re-elected in the elections that followed for nine consecutive times. During his political career he has been appointed Minister for Public Works, Minister for Industry and Minister for Tourism twice. Mr Vella had also held various senior posts in the private sector.
Ana Paula VITORINO
Minister of Sea, Republic of Portugal
Ana Paula Vitorino is graduated in Civil Engineering, specialized in Urban Development and Transports (1986) and has a Master in Transports (1992) by Instituto Superior Técnico.
She has published several articles in scientific and technical journals, on matters regarding transport, infrastructure, logistics and maritime economy. Between 1989 and 1990 she was invited as assistant professor to teach a wide range of disciplines in Instituto Superior Técnico, such as Urban Planning, Transports, Roads and Systems Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Earth Resources.
She was a partner in TransNetWork Consultancy, which provides services in Portugal, Africa and Latin America since 2011. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a non-executive Board Member of the Hydroelectric of Cahora Bassa, S.A.
She was Secretary of State for Transports in the XVII Constitutional Government, between 2005 and 2009.
She is a member of the Portuguese National Assembly since 2009.
Darko Manakovski has worked in top-tier consulting in London, before moving to Paris to co-establish Manakovski Global in 2012. He relocated to Paris where his core emphasis became strategic communications and forecasting for players in the energy, transportation and production industries. Simultaneously, Manakovski also attended Science PO, the Paris School of International Affairs, to deepen his expertise in the field of International Energy, Economics and Resource Productivity. For the past years, he also served as Head for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Northern Europe and as Expert for the European Commission DG Connect. Currently he is leading the work in Scandinavia for a global organization, Rare, focusing on strategic partnerships, sustaianble finance vehicles and programme finance and design aligned with Agenda 2030 priorities and opportunities. He is a frequent keynote speaker, with an inspiring and motivational approach. Yet his talent is to create clarity out of the many and complex trends that tend to overwhelm us. He explores policy and regulation outlooks, strategies and the next big things in technology.
Director, Sky Ocean Ventures
Vanessa joined the Sky Ocean Ventures team in 2018 and is the Director of Partnerships working with our innovators to activate Sky’s portfolio support from across the business and with the fund’s corporate partnerships across its innovation ecosystem. Sky Ocean Ventures is a media-powered impact investment fund and the first launched by a (former) FTSE plc focused on non-strategic impact investment. The fund has a £25M commitment from Sky with a mission to invest in and accelerate new science and technology that can address the ocean plastic crisis and is partnering with leading research and scientific bodies such as National Geographic, Imperial College London and Innovate UK. Vanessa has worked across the Sky European business for over twenty years, initially in investor relations and corporate communications and more recently as the Director of Design co-ordinator for the multi-award winning BREEM excellent Sky Campus focussing on sustainability.