Terence Bulley

Founder and Chairman

Having begun a career as a semi-professional diver, Terence joined the film industry becoming a Special Effects Cameraman and has now been a Director of Photography, while also specialising in underwater filming,for the past forty-five years.

As well as recent shooting credits such as ‘Star Wars – The Last Jedi’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ he has also amassed over a thousand hours of underwater work including filming oil pipelines from diving bells and submarines, shooting underwater sequences for TV dramas and commercials, several documentary series around the world and underwater sequences for movies such as ‘Unknown’ starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger.

Having witnessed the steady degradation of our oceans over the past fifty years, Terence felt compelled to act in some way to help prevent disaster. Consequently over the past six years he has established Blue Ocean.Watch.

Terence is a Fellow International of The Explorers Club, a Member of the Royal Photographic Society and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Yach International Music Video Awards in Poland. He is a sailor, holds a Private Pilot License and has flown extensively in Europe, Africa and America.


Oskar Seger


Head of BOW Swiss committee


Engineer, Firefighter and Politician, Oskar is part of the 2019 National Council elections for the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland and for the FDP party St. Gallen.

Oskar is a dynamic change maker who believes in informing all generations about the impact of the human race on our planet and what each of us can do to reverse the tide.

“Only if we combine ecology with economy and technology, can we be ecologically sustainable.”


Cristina Rocha Antunes


Head of Production


Skilled in television, broadcast television and independent producers collaboration. Cristina is making her first steps as head of her own company. Her first contents are going to be documentaries about the sea, gender equality issues and climate change. Cristina wants to call attention through film making with the ambition of a game changer. Born in Mozambique while a Portuguese colony she had to run away for political reasons. In her heart and thoughts so often refugees are one of us.


 Alexander More

Educational Programming and Communications Director

Alexander is Assistant Research Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Climate Change Institute and at Harvard University where he leads a project on the impact of climate change on ecosystem health and the economy in the last millennium.

Raised in Europe, Alexander moved permanently to New York City at an early age to pursue a college education, eventually landing at Harvard. He served as staff in the U.S. Senate office of Sen. Ted Kennedy, specializing in foreign relations. In addition to his professorial duties, Alexander has worked in 25 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. A master diver, he has conducted several underwater surveys in sites in the Mediterranean and South Pacific, and is a published photographer. He leads communications and overall approach to educational programming for his initiative at Harvard and for Blue Ocean Watch.


 Dr Oli Mival

Digital Director


A past life in media production as an award winning film maker and photographer, Oli leads Research Ops at Skyscanner and is Principal Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Interaction Design where he is Director of the Future Interactions group.

An expert on designing interactive systems and information architecture consulting for industry and governments across Europe and the US, he is an internationally renowned researcher, author and practitioner of Interaction Design and UX (User Experience) Design specialising in local and remote collaborative activity and emerging technologies.

Lan Bui-Wrzosinska 
Social Innovation Advisor

Lan is a social psychologist and communication specialist. With her extensive expertise in the psychology of conflict and organizational conflict coaching she crafts social solutions for social dilemmas to sustainably resolve conflicts. In her role as an agent of change she worked in a variety of settings, ranging from the private sector and government to grass root civil society initiatives focusing on communities and environments at risk. Lan lectured and conducted research at Columbia University and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology and is a former Director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution ICCC in Warsaw as consultant to governmental and non-governmental organizations, bringing a strategic approach to solving complex social dilemmas. Lan will share her knowledge and expertise in these domains for the benefit of BOW.

Captain João Fonseca Ribeiro

Strategy Advisor

Naval officer who served for 25 years in the Portuguese Navy, largely devoted to communications and information systems and international and interdepartmental cooperation and, more recently, geared to the sustainable development of the ocean and coastal areas.

Founder and CEO of Blue Geo Lighthouse Ltd (www.bigle.pt) focused on the sustainable development of the Ocean and Coastal Areas, including maritime surveillance,

Alain-Pierre Raynaud
Strategy Advisor

Over thirty-five years of executive management and financial leadership as Global CFO and country CEO  in the automotive industry (Renault and Nissan), in the energy industry (AREVA) and engineering and construction industry (SNC-Lavalin).

Alain-Pierre now contributes his time and expertise to advise and support projets in the field of sick or disabled children and teenagers education and healthcare and in the field of sea life preservation educational actions. He also advise a sustainable investment fund.

Dr Armando Geller
Digital innovation Advisor

Armando is co-founder of and partner at Trovero and at Scensei. He is a tech entrepreneur with a background in computational social science, bringing analytics and decision support to clients through AI-driven social simulation. He earned a D.Phil. in political science from the University of Zurich, worked as a researcher in computational social science in various positions in Manchester, UK, and Washington D.C., and held a Visiting Fellowship at Columbia University. Armando also earned working experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Basque Country and Northern Ireland.

Divina Frau-Meigs
Media and Communications Director

Professor of media and ICT sociology at Sorbonne Nouvelle University, France. She holds degrees from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania). She is a specialist of Cultural Diversity, Internet Governance and Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as well as a researcher in the media uses and practices of young people. She holds the UNESCO chair “Savoir-devenir in sustainable digital development: mastering information cultures”.

Author of more than 25 books and numerous journal articles and reports, she is a globally renowned researcher and one of the world experts on Media and Information Literacy.

Michael Davies

International Lawyer

Michael Davies is an English lawyer, having qualified in 1973. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from London Unviersity and an MA in Art History from the University of Buckingham. In addition to London, he has worked and lived in France, Dubai, Cairo and Warsaw. He has been resident in Poland since 1991 where he was for many years a partner in the international law firm of Allen & Overy. He continues to advise on projects in Poland and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe. He is qualified as a divemaster and holds a licence to operate a power boat under UNECE Resolution 40.

Frédéric Bovis

Producer / Distributer

Frédéric has produced eight movies, line produced and managed over twenty other films and produced over two hundred commercials.

In 1993 he co-founded KanZaman Films in Monaco and has been responsible for many productions in the South of France and Moroco. His experience is huge and Frédéric and Terence have known each other since 1991.

Professor Paula Sobral
Professor at the Department of environmental Sciences of FCT- University of Lisbon

With a background on Biology and PhD in Environmental Sciences, teaching Marine Ecology and Water Pollution to the Environmental Engineering Master Course.

She has developed research in microplastics since 2008, and coordinated the “Microplastics and persistent pollutants – a threat to marine life” funded by the Portuguese science agency.

She was the national coordinator of the European project MARLISCO, (EU FP7 SiS) on awareness and co-responsibility towards the reduction of marine litter in the European Seas.

Dr. Raeanne Miller

Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS)

An expert in knowledge exchange, innovation, marine industrial impacts, & benthic ecology.

Raeanne connect scientists, policymakers, businesses and communities to support sustainable industry, economic and social development with cutting-edge science.

With BOW, her research focuses on how underwater sound pollution affects invertebrate larvae and how they are delivered to both natural and man-made reefs – she is particularly interested in the role of underwater sound as a ‘beacon’ for larvae, signaling that they are close to ‘home’, and helping them find suitable habitat.

Professor J. Murray Roberts

Professor of Applied Marine Biology & Ecology at the University of Edinburgh.

Murray’s research activities are working to advance understanding of the biology and ecology of cold-water corals and provide the information needed for their long-term management and conservation.

Regula Bulley

Education Advisor

Swiss born Regula has been a primary school teacher since 1975, has brought up four children and lived and worked in Switzerland, England and France. Her dedication to fairness and the rights of children together with her innovative and stimulating approach to teaching has always made her an esteemed member of teaching staff. Attached to the educational group Regula will assist in the creation of programmes for the younger ages.

Janina Rossiter

Illustrator and Author

Janina was inspired to write ‘123 Who’s Cleaning the Sea’ – A Counting Picture Book About Protecting Our Planet (Early Childhood Concepts) because of her concern for our environment.  She is passionate about fighting climate change and keeping the oceans free from plastic and other pollutants.

German born Janina studied communication & illustration design at university and after graduating with a degree, moved to Paris, where she lives with her English husband and her two daughters. 

Janina created the illustrations for the BOW video ‘The Song of Life’ relating to sound pollution affecting whales.

As an artist, she feels happiest when recreating images of the ocean in her paintings. “I hope that through my art and my love of the sea, I can make my voice heard and make a difference.”janinarossiter.com


Guy Greville-Morris
Creative Advisor

Writer, Director, film maker, Engineer.

Formerly Production Designer and Director on many Hollywood movies and commercials, has worked with Sea Shepherds for whom he designed and built equipment for recording and logging the incidents of aquatic mammals trapped and killed by Pacific drift nets.

Tamsin Anastasi-Pace
Communications & Marketing Advisor

Digital marketing specialist presently SVP, Global Head of Product Development for The Economist Group Media Businesses, focusing on emerging products and customised marketing solutions for their digital platforms. She also holds a BSc (Hons) bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography.

Sara DuPont

Currently fundraiser for one of New York’s oldest and most prestigious cultural institutions. Sara has a vested interested in environmental conservation and preserving the planet’s biodiversity and has experience spanning the sciences, teaching, and fundraising campaigns.

Earle Sebastian

Earle has designed, produced, conceived and directed for over two decades. As a film maker, he has directed Bono, Madonna, Massive Attack, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, is on-going creative director for Alicia Keys and also collaborating with her for a documentary in Africa for Keep A Child Alive, a global non-profit.
For many years, the Black Ball in NY has been designed by Creative Director Earle Sebastian and he will oversee all BOW fund raising events.

Max Bulley
Maritime Advisor

Former Laser sailing champion he then qualified and worked as a Captain and is now a Yacht broker in Monaco.

Tony Field
Accounting, Banking & Legal

Head of Pacor Secoma Group, Monaco.

Louise Field

Head of Pacor Secoma Group, Monaco.


Jacques Rougerie


For more than 30 years, Jacques Rougerie, passionate about the sea and space, has based his research and achievements on a bionic architecture based on biomimicry and sustainable development.

His forward-looking vision and taste for new technologies produce a better integration of habitat in the natural environment, especially marine. In this sense he draws his inspiration both from Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy and from his faith in human genius.

With this in mind, he built centers of the sea, underwater museums, habitats and underwater laboratories, transparent hulls, and imagines major projects always related to the marine environment. He thus leads his two passions, the sea and the architecture. Experiencing his own achievements as a true explorer of the underwater world.

The diversity of achievements of cultural and scientific projects, museums, aquariums, sports facilities, airports, university buildings … of multifunctional equipment and avant-garde urbanism, reveals the wealth of contemporary creativity that the agency of architecture Jacques Rougerie.

François Sarano


One of the world’s leading experts on the Sperm Whale. He was scientific advisor for Jacques Cousteau aboard the Calypso, responsible for WWF France’s “Fisheries Resources” department, diver, scientific advisor and co-writer of the film Oceansdirected by Jacques Perrin, co-founder of the Longitude 181 Nature association with Vincent Ohlwhose objective is the protection of the marine environment and equitable sharing of its resources, based on the International Charter of the Responsible Diver.

He has written many books on ocean subjects his latest work, published in Actes Sud, Le retour de Moby Dick, or what sperm whales teach us about oceans and men, received the Jacques Lacroix Prize for Literature and Philosophy from the French Academy in 2018.

He is a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur (2017), offers a program of lectures for the general public, businesses and communities, to raise awareness of the importance of letting a place for wild life, essential to the development of Humanity.

Samuel Kame-Domguia


Samuel’s story is about a humble upbringing in rural Cameroon. Today, he is a distinguished leader in integrative strategic thinking, having given more than 100 international conferences on long-term geostrategic challenges and opportunities related to Africa’s oceans and seas in various high-level academic, business and military forums, including the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (a French public institution under the direct responsibility of the French Prime Minister, that aims to impart high-level expertise and raise global awareness of military and civilian national security issues), the US Naval War College, the NATO, the UN and the International Seapower Symposium which is the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history.

He joined the African Union (AU) Commission in 2007, as a Strategic Planner within the AU’s Darfur Integrated Task Force (DITF). Realizing that maritime issues were not addressed in the quadrennial AU’s Strategic Plan, he initiated the development of the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM-Strategy) which was formally adopted on 31st January 2014 by the 22nd Ordinary Session of AU’s Assembly of Heads of State and Government (www.au.int/maritime).

Before joining the AU Commission, he was cumulatively working in the Capacity of Strategy Lecturer at the Command and Staff College in Yaoundé (Cameroon), as well as Projects Lead, at the Cameroon Navy Headquarters. He is currently the Coordinator of the 2050 AIM-Strategy Task Force, a multidisciplinary team of international cross-sectoral maritime experts at the AU Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mariana Rocha Assis


Professional surfer and skater, traveling around the world since 12 years old. Best results, national surf champion, 4th in world juniors. World surfskate champion. She’s never give up of anything, love her job and traveling knowing new people and cultures is what she’s loved most.


Ellen Cuylaerts
Underwater & Wildlife Photographer

Multi award winner and world renowned marine life photographer, Ellen’s incredibly sensitive and emotive images are vital in the pursuit of conservation of marine life and education about our oceans.In June 2017 she addressed heads of State at the United Nations highlighting the plight of photographers and filmmakers engaging in protection of the oceans. Ellen has a master’s degree in modern history and education and as a Fellow Explorer International, is a member of the Flag & Honours Committee of the Explorers Club. She is also Curator of World Ocean day by United Nations Image competition.

Jason Bulley

Offshore Operations Director

As Director of Photography, Jason has worked in over 65 countries designing and shooting sequences underwater, in the air and on the ground and in some extremely challenging environments such as the Arctic circle, various deserts and three trips to North Korea. Warner Brothers employed him as underwater camera operator on Harry Potter.

Guido Salsilli
Production Coordinator

Documentary and feature film producer born and raised in Venice, with worldwide logistical experience. He has spent his life as a “sea man”, always lived close to the sea and is fighting against what he sees as a serious lack of conscience about the oceans.

Jennifer Gelin

Highly motivated and results focused Film Producer who gets a kick out of creative problem solving. She has a Master Degree in ‘Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries’, has sailed across the North Atlantic Ocean on a research journey to measure the plastic debris and she became a PADI Dive Master to further explore the deep blue and to use it within her profession as a filmmaker.

Paul Martin Smith
Post Production Consultant

Known for his editing work with George Lucas, having worked for five years at Lucasfilm Ltd. His film editing credits include Star Wars: Episode 1 –“The Phantom Menace”; “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (3D)for Disney; “Behind Enemy Lines”, starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson and many more.

Jahawi Bertolli
Professional Diver & Underwater Cinematographer

Born and bred in Kenya, natural history film maker specialising in the underwater world, formerly worked with Oceans Below Video Production Company producing official PADI promo videos, has also directed and filmed documentaries from the remote northern coast of Kenya to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. He is also an accomplished music producer and score composer with a string of releases and remixes on well know record labels.

Dixie Dean

Has worked all over the world as a freelance cameraman for most of the major European and American television networks, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

François Habert

Writer / Director / Photographer François started his career in the eighties as advertising copywriter in agencies such as Havas or RSCG and in the nineties began in film production, making commercials and corporate films. Now with over 300 films to his name, he has extensive experience in filming techniques, styles and writing and also a good understanding of communication channels, which make him a kind of chameleon at ease in many visual needs.

Lars Richter

Camera technician and Cinematographer, his list of movie credits testifies to a passion and dedication for a fast evolving media. Also being a talented Stills Photographer, his comprehension of lighting, content and composition is invaluable to the communication of our program’s content and documentaries. He is a diver, a father and speaks four languages.

Françoise Noyon


A Director of Photography and Camera Operator on movies and television series, lecturer at film schools including IIIS, ESRA, ETTIC, FEMIS, CIFAP ENS Louis Lumière, EICAR ( BTS audio- visual) and heads various committees and evaluation programs relating to leading-edge camera technology.

Didier Melay

Since he began studying classical clarinet at the age of ten, Didier learned to play almost every musical instrument and in 1992 graduated in musicology with the university of Paris. He then founded a recording studio in Paris and for twenty-five years now he has been composing, performing and recording music for theatre, cinema, television and commercials

Roger Wielgus

Roger is an award winning director and producer of over 300 hours of movies, series, tv movies, in domains such as fiction, scientific documentaries, historical documentaries and Special Venues Theater films using breaking technologies like Douglas Trumbull Showscan™.

Eric Demay

Eric was the founder and President of “DOLPHY Observatory” between 1992 and 1995 and the Tursiops group since 1993. His unique communication with dolphins has made him a legend in the cetacean world. Since 1992 he has worked with thousands of dolphins for scientific and study groups and many Oceanographic institutes worldwide and has also swam with whale sharks, Dugongs, Mantas rays, sea lions, humpback whales, blue whales and more.

Eric is an award winning director of documentaries on the subject, is the author of various books on dolphins and cetaceans and shares his experience with a variety of scientific groups.

Rory Golden
Diver, Speaker, Explorer

Rory Golden was the first Irish diver to visit the site of RMS TITANIC in August 2000 as a member of an expedition that recovered 800 artefacts from nearly 4,000 metres. In 2005, he was a member of a second expedition that was broadcast as a documentary, “A Journey to Remember”, on BBC. In 2013 he was a member of the Jeff Bezos Expeditions F-1 Engine Recovery Project which recovered Apollo F-1 rocket engines from 4200 metres in the North Atlantic, including the centre engine from Apollo 11. The team was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Explorers Club, of which he is a member.

Former MD of Virgin Records Ireland for 15 years, he founded his own company, Flagship Scubadiving. He has been involved in diving since 1976, as instructor, commercial diver, as well as P.R.O. for the Irish Underwater Council.

Michael Maes
Extreme Wildlife Cinematographer

His work has been broadcast on Nat Geo Wild, BBC, Outside Television, CBC and received recognition at various international film festivals.

He produces films with integrity, serving to both educate and inform the general public about environmental issues.Michael was part of a scientific Arctic expedition, documenting the effects of climate change, which sailed under ‘Flag 101’ of the renowned Explorers Club, of which he is a Fellow.

He is a founding Navigator of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute focusing on coral reef restoration, research on coral resilience, and ocean education. He recently produced the technical framework for “Reefs Go Life!”,  a live underwater interactive educational broadcast program for children around the world.

Jeffrey Daunton

BOW narrations and presenters coach

Having trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Jeffrey has been acting in theatre, films and television for most of his life and was appointed Resident Director at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Scotland.

Dörte Schneider


Of German origin, Dörte has been living in Portugal for twenty years. Having studied film editing, she nowadays works as a 1st assistant director on mostly commercials.
Convinced that all of us influence the situation on planet Earth, she organizes beach clean-ups in her spare time, but feels the need to do much more. Dörte believes that there is hope, but that the time to act is now.

Jean Victor Dubau
Vision Mixer & Chief Video Engineer

Over thirty years experience working with every type of broadcast equipment and also installing systems on racing yachts, he has spent a great deal of his life sailing in many parts of the world and currently lives on his boat. Fluent in French and English.


David French
Strategy Advisor

Founder and CEO of ‘My Drop In The Oceans,’ director of the Antinea Foundation and the ‘Changing Oceans Expedition.’

Dr Adriana Vella

Biologist, head of Biological Conservation Research Foundation in Malta.

Miguel Melero

Ship’s Captain

Miguel is a seasoned sail captain, used to leading large and multicultural crew. Eight years involved in Sail Training, and since commanding large sail yachts of more than 50 metres including square-riggers up to four-masted Barquentine.

Having overseen large refits, Miguel has himself built several classic rigs such as the Brigantine Cyrano. Culturally restless he was also involved in archeological expeditions in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.

Sergio Ribeiro e Silva

Assistant Professor specialized in Naval Architecture. He formally served with the Portuguese Navy for 21 years and is currently CEO of a company that provides naval architecture and offshore engineering services.

Sergio has experience in teaching and research supervision at Technical University of Lisbon and Newcastle University, including analytical, numerical and experimental applied research of the hydrodynamics of different types of floating offshore structures, which are of significant practical interest to BOW.

Nuno Mendonça
Strategy Advisor

Science manager at the University of Coimbra, promoter of the research-industry involvement through the research of possible collaborations in the national and international market complemented with the search and preparation of applications for national and foreign financing programs. Member of the Rotary Club of Figueira da Foz and Executive director of the Figueira da Foz Sea & Industry Business Incubator, dedicated to sustainable sea entrepreneurship. He also holds a MBA and a PhD degree in Biology.

Bruno Rebelle
Strategy Advisor

Former Executive Director at Greenpeace France, General manager at TRANSITIONS, a consultancy firm providing strategic support on sustainable development to companies.

Cameron Waaler
Media Distribution

Originally working as a shipping research analyst for the worlds largest ship broking firm H. Clarksons where he wrote articles for The World Shipyard Monitor and The Oil And Tanker Trade Outlook, Cameron’s passion for the film industry inspired a career change becoming the Deputy Head of Sales at Lions Gate Films in London.

Cynthia Milani
Anthropology Consultant

Director at The Institute for Global Development.
Corporate anthropologist with over twenty years of experience in intercultural communications and post merger integration of personnel.

Ana Carla Garcia

Ana currently holds a fellowship in Science and Technology Management from the University of Coimbra and is responsible for the management of MAREFOZ Laboratory Facilities. She has an undergraduate degree in geology and a master in Geology (External Dynamics) both from University of Lisbon. She completed her PhD in 2008 on Environmental Engineering at Lisbon Technical Institute.

Dr Romain Pete

PhD in Oceanography & Microbial Ecology, Diving Instructor, Rebreather diver currently with IFREMER in France, formerly in charge of the coordination of scientific programs on the expedition “Under The Pole II.

Dr Paulo A.L.D. Nunes
Lead Economic Advisor

An economist with background in environmental and resource economics, management and development issues with a solid science policy interface expertise. Presently with the United Nations Environmental Program, based in Nairobi, coordinating UN’s program on natural capital accounting on areas where Oceans have a major role.

Dr Anuschka Miller

Head of Communications and Director of the Ocean Explorer Centre, SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science)

Professor Stuart Cunningham

Principal Investigator in Physical Oceanography SAMS.

Professor Kenny Black

Principal Investigator in Marine Ecology SAMS.

Professor Angela Hatton

Director of Science & Technology – National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

Formerly Director for Research at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Professor Hatton is also Chair of NERC Science Board and a member of the RCUK Individual Merit Promotion Panel and the G7 Future of the Oceans Science Advisory Team. She has been awarded two NERC fellowships, a Challenger fellowship and is an elected fellow of the Society of Biology and the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

Professor Hatton’s research interests focus on microbial biogeochemical processes and their impact on climate and marine ecosystem function, with a specific interest in marine biogas production.

David Concannon

Lawyer & Ocean Explorer

David has more than 25 years of experience organizing and leading expeditions, including three expeditions to explore the R.M.S. Titanic and the expeditions that found and recovered the Apollo F-1 engines used to launch men to the moon. He has served as a legal and operational advisor to several international organizations and as General Counsel to The Explorers Club and X-PRIZE Foundation.  He is a Fellow and former Vice President and Director of The Explorers Club, and a member of the Sea-Space Symposium.

William Winram
Ocean Explorer

An ocean explorer and storyteller who works to motivate future generations to protect and respect our oceans.  He is an IUCN Oceans Ambassador, Fellow International of the Explorers Club and founder of The Watermen Project, an NPO dedicated to ocean conservation.

A world record freediver, an accomplished photographer and filmmaker William spends his time traveling the world for exploration/conservation related projects and events, conferences and expeditions organised for The Watermen Project. He gives talks and teaches on topics ranging from risk and stress management to optimised breathing and breath-hold diving.

William broke countless world records including 90 meters using a pair of fins and 145 meters in the discipline – weighted sled down swim up on is own power.

He has has turned his unique diving skills and knowledge of sharks to provide direct environmental work by tagging, photographing, filming, tagging and taking tissue samples of various species of shark.

Claudia Ortuño Garcia

Educational Program Consultant

Originally from Ecuador, raised in a beachside town in South Carolina, and a competitive swimmer and diver from the age of four Claudia has a deep love and appreciation for our oceans. She has experience in research, data driven interventions, policy, community organization and strategy based negotiations. She has employed these skills to further communities health and sanitation in ten different countries on four different continents. She is the founder and advisor of Refresh Bolivia a 501 c-3 devoted to increasing health and water sanitation in Bolivia, a principal founder of the Nuqanchik Health Center in Bolivia and the director of social responsibility for her family’s chain of Mexican restaurants.

Claudia holds a degree from Harvard College in History and Global Health Policy and is currently pursuing an M.D. / M.B.A. at Columbia University. Through her multi-disciplinary interests she seeks to promote the protection of our environment and the provision of a healthy and equitable life for all.

John Kochiss

Educational Program Consultant

A zoologist and photographer from New York, John has studied systems of animal behavior around the world along with systems of sustainable ecology. Born and raised in New York City, John has had a passion for wildlife since a young age and taken his enthusiasm for the natural world far beyond the reaches of his concrete jungle. He has conducted field studies in 3 different continents and holds a BS from Michigan State University. John has worked with National Geographic and traveled extensively around the world teaching sessions and advocating for conservation and sustainability. He is currently working with Global Scribes Inc., a United Nations Youth program, and leading their photography team.

Olivier Dubuquoy

Doctor of geography, research engineer in scientific and cultural mediation and documentary filmmaker.

Environmental activist leading actions for the protection of the ocean and the climate.
In 2015, Olivier launched the Ocean Nation movement and founded the ZEA association in 2017 to structure the movement.

Dr. Sílvia Tavares

Marine biologist with background in scientific research and a strong commitment towards ocean conservancy.

Sílvia is part of Ocean Alive, a Portuguese NGO with a mission of transforming behaviors for ocean protection through marine education and the engagement of local coastal communities. She is responsible for implementing the Ocean Alive educational program, which is embedded in a sustainability project, “Keepers of the Sea” which empowers women from the local fishing community in the protection of the habitat they depend upon, the seagrass meadows.

Carla Dâmaso

With a Degree and a Master Degree in Marine Biology, has lived in Faial since 2002, where she worked in the area of Azorean Artisanal Fisheries, being responsible for more than 10 years for a series of actions and publications of scientific dissemination, namely in the area of promotion and certification of Azorean Artisanal fisheries and Seafood. In recent years she has developed a more dedicated work on environmental education, dissemination and communication of science, as a marine educator in the Center of Science of the Sea Observatory of the Azores.

Filipa Bessa

Biologist and researcher from MARE – Marine and Environmental Research Centre from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), with a background on Marine Ecology and a PhD in Biosciences.

Her current research focus is related with the assessment of the effects of microplastic pollution on marine and coastal ecosystems. In parallel, she is involved in several outreach activities and science communication initiatives (seminars, workshops and pop-up exhibitions) related with ocean literacy and plastic pollution. She also uses the photography as a tool to communicate the issue of microplastics.

She was the winner of the best photo (category macro) of the Clean Seas Campaign, from the United Nation (UNEP), with the photo entitled SeaPlasticSea.

Prof. Maria João Bebianno 

Currently professor at University of Algarve, Portugal having acquired a Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Lisbon and a PhD at the University of Reading (U.K.).

Dr. João Bebianno was a pioneer in the field of marine contamination and ecotoxicology in Portugal and has worked for the National Commission for the Azores Acoustic Fixed Range (AFAR) and for the National Institute for Fisheries Research (present IPMA).

At an international level she integrated the Portuguese delegation that negotiated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, is currently a member of the Group of Experts on the Regular Process for the Evaluation of the State of the Marine Environment including the Socio-Economic Commission of the United Nations.

Prof. Stephen Pekar

Professor of geology at Queens College (City University of New York), has been investigating past climate and oceanographic changes during times (16- 45 million years ago) when CO2 was as high as what is predicted for this century (450-1000 ppm). His research has taken him on expeditions around the world, including four to Antarctica, one of which he was project leader. His most recent expedition explored the potential eighth continent of the world called Zealandia around 94% of which is underwater, in which he was part of a team of 30 scientists from around the world that recovered sedimentary cores up to one kilometer below the sea floor that were deposited from the time of the dinosaurs.

Alexandre Monteiro

Researcher with the Institute of Archaeology and Paleosciences and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Lisbon Nova University. Entering the Maritime Archaeology field as a vocational diver, fighting treasure hunting lobbies in the Azores Islands in 1995, he then created the Azores Underwater Cultural Heritage Database, identifying more than 600 wrecks.

A specialist in post-medieval Iberian shipbuilding, he has projects in Underwater Cultural Heritage Management in Mozambique, Oman, Uruguay and Namibia.

Monteiro is an Honorary Associate Researcher of the University of Western Australia, a member of the Portuguese Navy Academy, an expert in Nautical Archaeology for ICOMOS, a fellow of the Portuguese Professional Archaeologists Association and a member of the Permanent Forum for the Matters of the Sea of Portuguese Maritime Affairs Task Group of the Portuguese Government.

John Pert
Ships Logistics

As a 747 Captain with thirty-two years experience with British Airways, John’s expertise is in logistics and business management (BSc Hons).

Filipe Caldeira

Sea lover, started surfing in 2001. Since then the relation with the waves and with the life beneath them never stopped increasing.

In 2007 became an autonomous diver in Lisbon, at the Portuguese Center of Underwater Activities (C.P.A.S.), where in 2011 became a member of the Institution Executive Board. At the moment he’s responsible for C.P.A.S. Medical Department, promoting medical fitness to dive, with assessment of the dive candidates, and divulgation of hyperbaric medicine in the medical community, collaborating with the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, in master thesis and conferences.

Giacomo De Stefano

Eco adventurer passionate about the protection of water in the oceans, rivers, canals including snow and all that is related, as well as sustainable economies.

Ludovic Frère Escoffier

Group President of “Sea and Coast ” and of the French committee of the International Union for the Preservation of Nature.

Julie Church

President of Ocean Soles Foundation, Kenya.

Born in Nairobi, is one of the world’s experts on coral fish. A marine conservationist, formerly lead the conservation and development project for the Kiunga Marine National Reserve, she has dedicated her career to the ocean and its issues over the past 15 years.

Dr Lydia Kapsenberg

Dr. Lydia Kapsenberg is a marine scientist who studies the impacts of ocean acidification on coastal marine invertebrates. She holds two prestigious postdoctoral research fellowships from United States National Science Foundation and European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. Currently she is working in Institute of Marine Sciences, Barcelona, in Spain and studies the impact of coastal ocean pH variability on larval development of the Mediterranean mussel.

Dr. Flávia Silva

A researcher at FCT NOVA (Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering), has a Degree in Environmental Engineering (Environmental Management and Recovery) from ISA/ULisboa, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, Management and Environmental Systems Profile at Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon.

Is currently researching environmental literacy and innovative decision-making processes, namely in developing methodologies for engaging multistakeholders in collaborative processes, having co-coordinated several National and European projects.

Dr. Rita Costa Abecasis

Research fellow with the Task Force for the extension of the Continental Shelf & Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere responsible for all communication and outreach activities having conceived and implemented the strategic communication plan especially designed to reach different target audiences. Main responsibilities included developing communication materials and events flyers website dissemination sessions attendance at events. Coordinating the production of five stop

Has coordinated the production of five marine related short films and five animation videos for children / teenagers and has developed work in several marine related fields including fisheries environmental impact assessment and service conservation and resource management.

Amelia Cody

A graduate in marine biology at Newcastle University, Amelia has completed numerous fieldwork surveys including Protected Species Surveys for Arcus an Environmental Consultancy based in York, UK, worked on the Shark Tagging Programme in Southampton (NOC), The Katellios Group (Cephalonia) working with Loggerhead turtles within the nesting/hatching season and is a qualified Rescue Diver.

Birna Heide Reynisdottir

Has a BSc in biology from University of Iceland and currently working towards a Masters degree in Environmental Management and is a certified diver.

Formerly project manager for EarthCheck Environmental Certification at the West Iceland Nature Research Center (NSV), park ranger and deputy manager at Snaefellsjokull National Park, West Iceland and member of the Conservation Area Team at the Environment Agency of Iceland.

Dr Philippe Cury

Dr. Philippe CURY is the IRD Representative in Brussels at CLORA (Club des Organismes de Recherche Associés). He is a senior scientist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) in France working in marine ecology and fisheries. He was the former Director of the CRH (Centre de Recherche Halieutique Méditerranéenne et Tropicale) based in Sète France, of the Unit of research (UMR-EME 212 between IRD-Ifremer and University Montpellier 2) between 2004-2014. He is, with Catherine Boyen (CNRS), the scientific Director of Euromarine Consortium that leads research on building scenarios for marine ecosystems at the European level.

Dr David Medio

David is a marine environmental scientist with over 25 years’ experience. His expertise focuses on coastal zone management (CZM), marine policy and strategy, biodiversity conservation, fisheries management, tropical marine ecology, marine mammals, environmental, social and strategic impact assessment (ESIA/SEA), marine spatial planning (MSP), offshore industry oil and gas and marine renewable energy.

Zara Teixeira

Biologist, ecologist and geographic information systems specialist, currently holding a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Coimbra. When she is not studying aquatic ecosystem services, she can be found engaged in ocean science communication. She is a member of the board of directors of MARE-Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, responsible for the coordination of marine science communication events; and the coordinator of SERMARE, a Portuguese ocean literacy educational program.

Natalie Mcdonald

Teacher and educator working in diverse schools for the purpose of molding the minds and changing the lives of students from populations typically underrepresented in the sciences.  She holds a BS degree in Natural Science and Math and a Masters in Secondary Education in Earth Sciences. Her passion is to educate students to make them more environmentally aware about the world around them by discovering its natural beauty. Her goal is to help in developing new ideas to open students minds to the wonders of our ocean and planet.

Aurora Ribeiro

Graduated in Film Direction, she is finishing her Master in Communication and Media and working as a communication officer at the Azores Sea Observatory and specializing on Marine Science Communication.

Aurora worked for scientific projects at the University of the Azores, Évora and Algarve, MARE Centre and the Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation.Experienced in film editing and journalism, image, illustration, communication design, media content development and public relations.

One of her documentaries was awarded at the DOCLISBOA, 2009.


Martin Kraus


Martin is a Board Member at the Explorers Club in New York and is organizing the youngest scientific expedition to the North Pole (3-7 years) to advance young children’s understanding of the arctic climate change while empowering them to drive changes by speaking to their peers around the world. He has been working for a UN Organization for the past 20 years on sustainable development issues and has participated in several expeditions to the Arctic documenting the underwater world in Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland and Norway, including the Elysium Artists for the Arctic flagged expedition.

Dominika Olga Skwarska

Dominika is sociologist and environmentalist with a strong passion for Ocean and marine life. 

She has 8-year experience in social research, evaluation and project management, both in governmental and non-profit sectors.  Currently finishing her second Master degree in environmental studies at University of Iceland, specializing in Ocean literacy and plastic pollution problem. Volunteering for APLM – Portuguese Partnership on Marine Litter. Together with Landvernd – Icelandic Environment Association, is developing Ocean education project for schools in Iceland. Founder of Oceans – Blue Heart of the Earth initiative.

Ana Colaço

A research fellow at the IMAR-Azores, Ana holds a PhD in Ecology and Biosystematics, from the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon. She is involved in several R&D projects related to the deep-sea environment and specializes on hydrothermal vent ecosystems, the trophic ecology of deep-sea systems, benthic ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.