Founder and Chairman
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.
Cristina Rocha Antunes
Head of Production
Educational Programming and Communications Director
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
A past life in media production as an award winning film maker and photographer, Oli is now Principal Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Interaction Design and 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.
Media and Communications Director
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.
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.
Captain João Fonseca Ribeiro
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,
Strategy & Legal Advisor
Offshore Operations Director
Professor Paula Sobral
Professor at the Department of environmental Sciences of FCT- University of Lisbon
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.
Professor J. Murray Roberts
Professor of Applied Marine Biology & Ecology at the University of Edinburgh.
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.
MEDIA & LOGISTICS
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.
Communications & Marketing Advisor
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.
Dr Paulo A.L.D. Nunes
Lead Economic Advisor
Accounting, Banking & Legal
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.
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.
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
Underwater & Wildlife Photographer
Paul Martin Smith
Post Production Consultant
Corporate anthropologist with over twenty years of experience in intercultural communications and post merger integration of personnel.
Professional Diver & Underwater Cinematographer
Jean Victor Dubau
Vision Mixer & Chief Video Engineer
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.
Diver, Speaker, Explorer
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.
Extreme Wildlife Cinematographer
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.
BOW narrations and presenters coach
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.
ACADEMIA & OCEANIC EXPERTISE
Dr Adriana Vella
Biologist, head of Biological Conservation Research Foundation in Malta.
Ana Carla Garcia
Dr Romain Pete
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)
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.
Lawyer & Ocean Explorer
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Ludovic Frère Escoffier
Youngest and only female recipient of Yachtmaster of the Year, an experienced public speaker, has spoken around the world at conferences, universities and global companies, sharing both her adventures and an understanding of the issues relating to our oceans, human mind-set and future society.
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. Flávia Silva
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
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.
Birna Heide Reynisdottir
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 David Medio
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dominika Olga Skwarska
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.