Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment in the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, is responsible for promoting innovative and emerging technologies and solutions, and ensuring broad dissemination of marine knowledge and research. The Unit fosters innovation and provides policy input to Horizon 2020 and to smart specialisation strategies; it is as well in the lead for providing policy input to the European Fund for Strategic Investments and its use in the maritime economy.
Prior to this position, Ms. Strachinescu was Head of Unit responsible for New Energy Technologies and Innovation in the Directorate General for Energy, European Commission, in charge with the development of policy and actions on non-nuclear energy research and innovation. The core files were Strategic Energy Technology Plan, the energy research and innovation strategy of EU and H2020 – the main financing instruments of research and innovation at EU level.
Ms. Strachinescu studied mechanical engineering and business administration in Bucharest, Romania and she has a Master of Science in International Affairs from H.E.C. Montreal, Canada.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Ms. Strachinescu professional activity was in the public service in the field of economic development and international cooperation, trade policies and actions.
Andreia holds an integrative engineering background in Mechanical (ENIDH) and Agronomical Sciences by the Lisbon University and is currently undertaking an MBA in Warwick Business School in Coventry, UK. Throughout her professional experience, the energy sector soon became her main interest, working in several companies operating in wind farm logistics and solar B2C micro-production. She joined InnoEnergy in 2012 as Country Manager to manage all of the organisation’s activities in Portugal under the Iberian strategy. During her career at the company, she has assumed a number of different challenges in addition to the role of Country Manager. As Chief Operations Officer of Iberia in 2014/16, she was responsible for the development and implementation of a performance improvement method that contributed to the achievement of operational and financial targets of the company with the highest performance rates of all offices in the company at the time. In 2016, she has assumed her current role as Business Development Officer for the Portuguese market focused on key account management of major top players’ accounts in the energy sector, in Portugal.
Julian Barbière is head of Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. Educated as an environmental scientist, he has approximately 20 years of experience at the international level in the field of ocean sustainability, ocean governance and the implementation of ecosystem-based management approaches at various geographical locations.
He is the lead person responsible for Sustainable Development and Ocean at the IOC Secretariat, and is known in the UN and outside of UN for his contribution to ocean ecosystem management. Working at the interface of science and policy, he has led a number of UN initiatives, such as the Assessment of Assessments (Pre-conception phase of the UN Regular Process -2006-2009 together with UNEP), the overall coordination of the inter-agency publication: Blueprint for Ocean Sustainability, in preparation to Rio+20 (2012, with FAO, IMO, and UNDP), the development of international guidelines on Marine Spatial Planning, the development of the Agenda 2030 and its related Sustainable Development Goal 14. He is currently implementing the overall SDG 14 strategy for the IOC and was instrumental in the proclamation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development at the end of 2017.
Jorge Miguel Alberto de Miranda, President of IPMA, the Portuguese Institute for the Ocean and the Atmosphere. Full Professor of Geophysics at the University of Lisbon, former director of Instituto Dom Luiz (Associate Laboratory) from 2004 to 2011. President of the Council of the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast 2017-2019. Member of the Executive Board of WMO RAVI 2014-2016. Member of the General Council of the University of Lisbon 2011-2012. He studied at the University of Lisbon, where he graduated in 1981 in Physics. Full Professor since 2011. His research activity is focused on Marine Geophysics and Natural Hazards. He is author or co-author of more than 80 articles published in leading ISI journals, namely: Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geophysical Research Letters and Nature, with more than 1700 citations. Corresponding member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences.
Since 2014, she is Head of the Marine Resources Unit, in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The Unit defines, implements and monitors Research and Innovation objectives and priorities to support European Union's marine and maritime related policies such as the Integrated Maritime Policy and its Blue Growth Agenda as well as the Sea basin Strategies, the Common Fisheries Policy, etc., thereby contributing to the sustainable and responsible management of marine resources, both in Europe and globally. The Unit monitors and contributes to specific initiatives such as the BLUEMED Initiative, and the Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme (BONUS); and it coordinates the All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Blue Growth calls as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The Unit will in future also play a key role in implementing the Ocean and Seas related parts of Horizon Europe.
Sigi Gruber started to work for the European Commission in 1991, with many different responsibilities in the area of Education and Training as well as Research and Innovation. Prior to joining the European Commission, she worked in the public and private sector in Italy and Germany.
Wilfried Kraus, born in Bensberg in 1956 is Deputy Director General of Directorate 22 “European Cooperation in Education and Research” at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since February 2019. He studied law in Cologne and started his career in 1988 at the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT). From November 2006 until August 2009 he has been Head of the Education and Research Division of the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU. Sept 2009 until January 2019 he was the Head of Directorate 72 "Sustainability, Climate, Energy” at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since February 2019 he is the head of Directorate 22 “European Cooperation in Education and Research” at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).