Gaetano Leone graduated in Political Sciences in Italy and specialized in International Relations. He has a strong and diverse experience of political and inter-organizational affairs, inter-governmental processes, leadership and management, and partnerships, especially in the field of sustainable development. After three years in the private sector, in 1988 he joined UNDP in Uganda and has since covered UN assignments of increasing responsibility in several African and European countries and in the USA.
Gaetano has moved across 9 duty stations, has worked for 4 agencies (UNDP, Unicef, UN-Habitat and UN Environment) and has been hosted at the World Bank and WMO. He was Deputy Secretary of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during the process leading to the approval of the Fifth Assessment Report. Since June 2014, Gaetano is the Coordinator of the United Nations Mediterranean Action Plan-Barcelona Convention Secretariat, based in Athens, Greece. From October 2018 to January 2019, he was also appointed as Acting Director, Europe Office of UN Environment.
Dr. Francois Galgani is s Project Manager at IFREMER and head of the Laboratory Environment and resources in Corsica, France. With more than 30 years of research and 110 peer reviewed publications in Oceanology and Environmental Sciences, his work mainly focuses on marine litter and ecotoxicology. He is also working on the implementation of monitoring and currently serves as chair of the scientific and technical group or the European commission/ DG environment group on marine litter. He is also chairman of the CIESM committee on Biogeochemistry, and member of the international scientific groups on marine litter from UNEP (OSPAR and MEDPOL) and UNESCO (Gesamp WG on microplastics).
Professor Richard Thompson, Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit at the University of Plymouth, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours. The accolade, for Services to Marine Science, reflects his status as a world-leading authority on the problems caused by plastic pollution in the marine environment and the potential solutions. It also acknowledges his passion to inspire future generations of marine biologists through his work with undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University.
General Subdirectorate for the Protection of the Sea. Ministry for Ecological Transition. Goverment of Spain.
Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alcalá, Master in Environmental Engineering and Water Management (EOI, Madrid). Began her professional career at Eptisa, Engineering Services, working on the design of water treatment plants and in the field of hydrological planning. Began her public service at the Center for Studies of Ports and Coasts of CEDEX, where she worked on different environmental aspects related to the marine environment.
Since May 2013, she has been working in the Division for the Protection of the Sea of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment and more recently as Head of Human Activities Area linked to Marine Strategies as well as to the International Conventions for the Protection of the Sea.
Pilar Zorzo is a marine biologist with more than 25 years of experience in public and private sectors as project designer and coordinator on the impact of human activities in marine environment, and the negotiation and national implementation of the International Conventions for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the marine European Directives. She began her public service in 2018 at the Centre for Harbours and Coastal Studies of the Centre for Experimentation and Studies on Public Works (CEDEX) where she has been working in the Directorate of Marine Environment on Marine Strategies. Since its foundation in 2015, Pilar is the President of the Spanish Marine Litter Association.
Project Director of the Technical Area of the Association Cero Discharges. Doctor in Chemical Sciences, specialist in environmental control with more than 20 years of experience in the development of R+D+i projects in the management and treatment of solid and liquid waste. Since 2003 teacher and member of the coordination group of the Master in Waste Management and Treatment of the Autonomous University of Madrid. Founding member and research member of the Spanish Marine Litter Association (AEBAM).
Researcher in Oceanography at IEO, Scientific Coordinator of national and EU projects in the field of Marine Environment. He leads the team working in marine litter at IEO. Focal point for the MSFD process in descriptor 10 (marine litter) at the Spanish Ministry of Environment. Member of the GES/ TG Marine Litter (2012-actual) and the UNEP/MEDPOL expert Group on Marine litter (2014-2015) and invited to meetings on marine litter at national and international level.
Maria Cristina Fossi is Associate Professor of Ecology and Ecotoxicology (PhD-1986) in Siena University (Italy) is since 2000 is Scientific Director of the Biomarker Laboratory (CIBM). She gave a key contribution to the development of the biomarker approach in terrestrial and Marine Ecotoxicology.
Her research has focused on: development of ecotoxicological test in bioindicator organisms for off-shore and on-shore oil extraction (ENI-IT), evaluation of endocrine disruptors in marine species, assessment of cetacean ecotoxicological status in Mediterranean Sea, Gulf of California, Indian Ocean, investigation on presence and effect of macro and microplastics and plasticizers in Mediterranean ecosystems. Currently she is the scientific coordinator of the Plastic Busters MPAs Interreg Med project.
Joachim Quoden has been fully licensed as lawyer in Bonn, Germany, since June 1995. For 13 years he worked as in-house lawyer of the company “Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH” which is dealing with the organisation of the selective collection of packaging throughout all of Germany. The company is well-known by its trade mark “The Green Dot” and the Yellow Bin and sack emplyoed to collect used packaging from households. Starting January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial powers of representation in 2003. Also in January 2001 he became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations located in 33 European countries and in Ontario, Canada as well as Israel. From April 2005 until February 2013 he was the Managing Director of this organisation. In May 2014 he was appointed as Managing Director of EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance) which is an alliance of packaging recovery organizations which are owned by obliged industry and work on a non Profit Basis. Currently, 19 packaging recovery organizations from 18 countries from all around the world are members of EXPRA. Mr. Quoden posseses very detailed knowledge of the implementation of the Packaging Directive in the different European Member States as well as in other countries around the world. His advice is frequently solicited in the course of implementing and amending the respective packaging legislation in various countries.
She gained significant expertise in sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in the Mediterranean region with more than 12 years advocating for this approach and by being actively involved in numerous capacity building projects, technical studies, developing specific tools and pilot initiatives with governments, private sector organizations and Civil Society Organisations. She recently coordinated the development process of a Mediterranean Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production, focused on food and agriculture, goods manufacturing, tourism and housing and construction sectors that was adopted by the 21 Mediterranean countries in February 2016, during the last Conference of the Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean against the pollution. Under SwitchMed initiative, she is currently coordinating the Policy Area for SCP/RAC (UNEP/MAP).
Environmental scientist with over 10 years experience in coordinating and contributing to projects in the field of governance, planning, policy development, circular economy and nature conservation.
"After finishing my environmental studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, I specialized in field and policy support projects with the aim to establish integrated management schemes in coastal areas of the Mediterranean, including Spain, Morocco, France and Montenegro.
My experience record includes developing methodologies and leading team work, training and coaching coastal stakeholders willing to establish integrated management schemes in coastal areas of Mediterranean with especial attention to the participatory and information sharing processes. In this role I have recently led BojaNaTour, an ICZM project in Montenegro focusing on tourism and nature. Moreover, I contributed to several EU funded projects related to ICZM, including SPICOSA, CORIMAT, MARCOM+ and APICE.
Acquainted with all aspects of EU and Mediterranean policy concerning marine litter reductions, currently I manage the Sustainable Consumption and Production component of the Marine Litter MED project, led by UNEP/MAP. I am also chairman of the political advocacy commission of the Spanish Marine Litter Association."
Duties and responsibilities of Mr. Lauwers at REMPEC include a variety of technical, policy and regional regulatory duties related to marine environment protection issues and, in particular, to prevention of pollution from ships, assisting the Head of Office on policy issues regarding regional activities in that field and providing technical assistance and expert advice to the competent national authorities of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, amongst others.
Research Professor Salud Deudero. PhD in Biology (Spain, 1998), MsC in Fundamental and Applied Marine Ecology (Belgium, 1993). Co-chair of CIESM Committee on Marine Ecosystems and living resources (www.ciesm.org).
Permanent researcher at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO, www.ieo.es) main research lines are in coastal ecology focusing on food webs (stable isotopes), invasive species, marine protected areas, contaminants effects on marine biota, marine biodiversity, vulnerable species focusing on anthropic impacts into the coastal zone and interactions of marine litter, mainly microplastics, with biota (fish elasmobranchs, crustaceans) and response of biota to the ingestion of microplastics. Identification and analyses of microplastics in environmental compartments (coastal sediment). Experience on scuba diving surveys, stable isotopes analyses, biomarkers and marine litter analyses.
Dania supports the European Environment Agency (EEA) by developing integrated ecosystem assessment frameworks to evaluate the functional capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services. Furthermore, she coordinates several regional initiatives and participates in numerous international research projects related to her field of expertise. More recently, Dania is supporting the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) in implementing sustainable development strategies in Western Asian countries.
Dr. Christos Ioakeimidis is a Marine Scientist with a multidisciplinary scientific background in the fields of Environmental Sciences, Oceanology, Oceanography, with expert skills on Marine Litter. He holds a Ph.D on marine litter, peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, posters/symposium papers, reports, and he is one of the main authors of “Hazardous Chemicals Associated with Plastics in the Environment” (Springer Publishing). He has participated in several research and monitoring cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (benthic litter, floating microplastics and on sediment) and he is member of the Technical Group on Marine Litter (EC MSFD TGML). He has been employed in both the private and public sectors, in positions of responsibility: Scientific Consultant at the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Marine Research Officer at the Presidency of the Council of the EU in Cyprus, Guest Lecturer at the University of the Aegean, Research Associate at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (2013-2016) working for the PERSEUS (FP7) Research Project (T2.3.5 Marine Litter) along with offering his expertise at the Marine Group of the European Topic Center (ETC/ICM) of the European Environment Agency (EEA). He was actively involved in developing the EEA’s citizen-science Marine LitterWatch (MLW) smartphone App and introduced marine litter in environmental education in Greece. Currently he works for the United Nations Environment Program Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and its MED POL Programme as a Marine Litter Expert with special focus to prevent, control and effective management of marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea through the implementation of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management and the “Marine Litter MED Project”. Through his involvement in the study of marine litter, Christos has developed collaborations in both the Mediterranean and Black Seas and has generated new knowledge in the field.
A lawyer by education, Carolina has over 20 years' experience in managing projects in the field of coastal management, planning and policy-development. She was previously project coordinator at the Coastal & Marine Union in the Netherlands and in 2003 moved to Barcelona to open its regional office for the Mediterranean. Soon after she began cooperating with MedCities and joined the team in 2017 as a Project Officer, working mainly on the Association's activities in the eastern Mediterranean. Her main fields of interest relate to sustainable socio-economic development and include participatory processes, adaptation to climate change, waste reduction and management and marine litter.
Juan María Ruiz
Responsible For The Protection Of The Marine Environment Of Plasticseurope Ibérica
He co-directs the technical department of the pan-European association of plastics producers, PlasticsEurope, in its Iberian regional center. He is responsible for the program for control of pellets OCS® for Spain and Portugal and collaborates in the activities of PlasticsEurope focused on the relationship with national and European authorities and with the media. He studied Biology Sciences in Complutense University o Madrid.
Vanessa Sarah Salvo
Vanessa Sarah Salvo is a PhD in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Marine Science from the University of Genoa Studies (Italy) and Master in Project Management from the University of Barcelona. Since 2014 she has been in charge of the offices of the Spanish Delegation of the European Surfrider Foundation. She has worked nationally and internationally for public environmental management agencies, universities. and NGOs, always within the framework of environmental protection and management of coastal areas and inland waters.
Dr. Oihane C. Basurko is a PhD in the field of sustainability assessment of marine technologiesat the School of Marine Science and Technology of Newcastle University, UK (2010). During her stay in the UK, she worked in national and international projects combining the scientific work with lecturing at university and producing technical assistance for the transport (Dept. of Transport of the British Government) and maritime administrations (MCGA) to face environmental challenges. Since 2010 she works in AZTI where she has been involved in different research projects. Regarding marine litter she has worked on bridging the gap between scientific advances on marine litter and their management by administration, being part of LifeLEMA project (www.lifelema.eu) and BLUENET (www.bluenet.eu) among others.
Fuensanta Salas is a Biologist, PhD by the University of Murcia (Spain). She is an expert in environmental management with a wide experience on the implementation of the Environmental normatives in coastal waters. She has worked in the University, Research centres, National and International institutions, participating in working groups and assuming a leadership role.She has participated in numerous projects and has published books and many scientific papers, focused on environmental management, and on the development and evaluation of tools for the detection of the pollution in coastal and transitional waters. She actually works in the Joint ResearchCentre (JRC)-European Commission being the coordinator of the Intercalibration of biological metrics to establish ecological status, on the harmonization of nutrients boundaries, physical chemical and hydromorphological methodologies in coastal waters.
Graduate in Environmental Sciences in the University Juan Carlos I and Postgraduate in Renewable Energy, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He works as environmental technician in SEO/BirdLife since 2010, coordinating and executing different environmental education and volunteering projects since 2010. He is part of the coordination of LIBERA Project and initiative of SEO Bird/LIFE in alliance with Ecoembes. The objective of this initiative is to raise awareness and motivate citizens to keep these natural areas free from litter. To do this, LIBERA proposes a strategy for tackling the problem which has three dimensions: awareness, prevention and participation.
Started her professional career more than 15 years ago, linked to communication, protocol and organization of events, she helds a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, with a Master’s in Corporate Communication, and a Master’s Degree in Education. She develops her career in communication agencies where she is linked to educational, cultural and tourism issues fundamentally. After 3 years at Fundación Telefónica where she developed educational projects, she began her career in the environmental field with LIBERA, SEOBirdLife and Ecoembes, where she coordinates the project, joining efforts among the different actors involved.
Begoña de Benito
Begoña de Benito is the Director of External Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Ecoembes, where she brings her experience from the consumer goods sector. From this position she coordinates the relationship between Government Administrations, business organizations and NGOs. She has a Law Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Master's Degree in Economics and Business Management from the IESE (University of Navarra). She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive with commercial management and marketing management functions in the consumer goods sector, working as purchasing director in several departments of Alhold and as commercial director of Dinosol, a company in which she was also member of the corporate management committee and the executive committee. She was also commercial and marketing director of the Spanish start-up Alice.es (e-commerce).
Sonia holds a University Degree in Environmental Science. Working in AIMPLAS at the Sustainability and Industrial Recovery Unit since January 2018 as technical researcher, developing processing and works about recycling and material valorisation topics. She has been involved in national and international R&D projects funded under, Life Program (RECYPACK), H2020 (ECOBULK), FB (REPESCAPLAS), developing technical and coordination tasks. She also has experience in management and processing of domestic packaging waste fraction and its facilities. Expert in a range of techniques for the separation of polymers, as well as research and innovation in new, emerging techniques.
Arabelle Bentley began her career working as a research scientist at the Natural History Museum in London and later at the Open University, then spent several years producing academic course materials for the Open University’s science foundation courses. She moved to Shetland in 2011 where she was engaged first as a consultant and then in 2015 at the headquarters of KIMO, as KIMO International Executive Secretary. She facilitates the international work of the organisation and works closely with KIMOs national networks coordinating practical and research-based projects on marine environmental issues, researching and writing joint responses to public consultations and planning and executing strategies for dealing with emerging marine environmental threats. She leads the organisation in promoting KIMO’s work and raising awareness of the issues of marine environmental pollution and protection internationally.