Jean- Christophe ALLO
With a degree in engineering – management and energy projects - and a post-master degree in ocean energy, Jean-Christophe is involved in tidal energy since 2010. He joined SABELLA in 2012 to manage the D10 project and increase the notoriety of the company both in France and abroad. He then moved to business development, strategy and public relation. Today, Jean-Christophe is the head of business development for SABELLA, promoting tidal energy solutions worldwide. He is, in parallel, involved in the long-term roadmap of the company and represents SABELLA in several organization, such as OEE, AMET, SER and CMF.
Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope (formerly EWEA), a position he has held since 2015. WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry. It represents the whole value chain of onshore and offshore wind across Europe and has more than 400 members. It engages Governments and other stakeholders on policy and regulation. It organises industry exhibitions, conferences and workshops. And it coordinates publicly-funded R&D in wind. Dickson is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of ENTSO-E and a Visiting Professor at the Bucharest School of Economics. Prior to joining WindEurope he was a UK civil servant for 16 years then ran public affairs at Alstom.
Since January 2017, Bernhard Friess has been the Director of the Directorate "Maritime Policy and Blue Economy" of the European Commission's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Directorate-General.
Mr Friess studied Law at Munich University. His career with the European Commission included assignments in the areas Internal Market Policy, Competition Policy, Maritime Policy and Fisheries, and Education and Training.
For more than 10 years, Maris Stulgis has worked in Latvian national administration, for the Marine and Inland Waters Administration under the Ministry of Environment, dealing with the development and implementation of environmental protection, pollution prevention and fisheries control policies, including the alignment of Latvian national legislation with the EU acquis.
During his over 10 year experience in the European Commission (DG MARE) Maris has worked on fisheries control policy development and implementation, development of fisheries data policy and new control technologies, as well as the coordination of a group of EU inspectors, monitoring the implementation of EU fisheries legislation in EU Member States. Since 2017 Maris has been working on aspects of the Blue economy, in particular blue skills, marine litter and climate change.
Thelma Krug is a senior researcher at the Earth Observation Coordination at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil, under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC). She was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the Sixth Cycle of Panel (October 2015 – October 2022), after having been co-chair of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories from 2002 until 2015. She holds a PhD on Spatial Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has been Deputy National Secretary at the Secretary on Policies and Programs of Science and Technology at MCTIC; National Secretary at the Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality from the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and more recently and until 2017, Director of the Department on Policies to Combat Deforestation at MMA. For more than 15 years she represented Brazil in the negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with particular focus on issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); research and systematic observations; and reporting guidelines. Her main areas of interest are climate change and the role of deforestation, forest degradation and land-use change; REDD+; and national greenhouse gas inventories.
Dr. Francisco Saraiva Gomes is the co-founder of SeaForester, a new organization aiming to restore seaweed forests in the world’s oceans. Dr. Saraiva Gomes is an executive specialized in the aquaculture industry and the CEO of Pontos Aqua. Pontos Aqua is an American investment company providing capital financing and de-risking tools for the global value chain of the global aquaculture industry. Prior to founding Pontos Aqua, Francisco led the Aqua Business Unit for Novus International in becoming a leading global provider of sustainable health and nutrition solutions for the aquaculture supply chain across all major species and markets. Throughout his career, Francisco has accumulated a unique and generalist executive experience in the aquaculture industry.
Francisco’s career span through a wide variety of operational roles, including the shrimp industry in Madagascar, several consulting projects throughout Africa, Latin America and Europe, management and business development for two premier global engineering firms, operational management in clam and oyster production in southern Europe and
aquaculture expert for the European Economic and Social Committee. Francisco was also Director of the Board of the World Aquaculture Society. Francisco received his doctoral degree from Auburn University, USA, in Aquaculture, his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Lisbon University, Portugal, and Executive Education in Leadership & Management in Harvard Business School.