Câmara Municipal de Cascais
Master in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, Joana Balsemão was technical advisor at the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union, responsible for negotiating legislative proposals related to environmental, climate and energy policy.
Among other positions, she was a researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico, in the field of climate change education, adviser to the Ministry of the Environment, in charge of international dossiers, coordinator of Agenda 21 program at Cascais City Hall. She is currently a member of the Municipal Council of Cascais, in the areas of Environment and Citizenship and Participation.
Senior Research Fellow - Senior Research Fellow
MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Center
Rui Rosa graduated in Marine Biology by Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL), in 1999 and completed a PhD degree in Biology by the same institution in 2005 (host institution: IPIMAR – “Instituto Português de Investigação das Pescas e do Mar”). Subsequently, Rosa carried out his post-doctoral activities on Climate Change research at Univ. Rhode Island (USA), funded by FCT, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and US National Science Foundation. While still at young age, Rosa received the two most important national scientific awards in the field of Marine Biology (Sea Museum and IMAR-Luiz Saldanha Awards).
Rosa has authored 175 papers in international peer reviewed journals and has an H-index of 26 (Scopus) or 31 (Google Scholar). Besides the 187 other types of publications, it is important to note that several of those studies were published in top-ranked journals such as Nature Geoscience, PNAS, Proc. Royal Soc. London, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Global Change Biology, and Biology Letters, among others, as well as highlighted in renowned media – e.g. BBC News (three times), Discovery Channel, National Geographic (two times), The New York Times, The Times – and in European Commission Alerts. Rosa has also authored 3 books, 9 book chapters, and was the main editor of 2 books that included the participation of 66 international experts.
Rosa has 153 oral and 75 poster communications in national and international meetings and has been engaged in internationally-renowned evaluation programs, including those of US National Science Foundation, NERC (UK), ANR (FR), National Geographic, and US MIT Sea-Grants.
Besides lecturing undergraduate and graduate students in the host institution (FCUL) for 8 years now, and abroad (e.g. USA, Angola), his educational commitment is also linked to the coordination of an on-going joint program with the Cascais County to engage local elementary/high school students in the “Challenges of the Ocean of Tomorrow”.
Patrícia Furtado de Mendonça
Acqua Mater Project
Patrícia Mendonça is the Founder of Acqua Mater, an international organization whose goal is to reconnect us to the origins of life and to revitalize our relationship with the waters through artistic, pedagogic an social-environmental projects. Patricia is also an entrepreneur, a speaker, a writer, a translator, a subaquatic performer and a freediver. Since 2000, she has been developing an extensive research related to the Memories of the Water. For more than 20 years, she has been working in the artistic and the academic fields, as well as for NGOs, government entities and private companies. At the multinational power company Enel, she had coordinated Leadership Development Programs for the Human Resources Department and Cultural Projects sponsored by the Sustainability Board. Patricia has also lectured to graduate and postgraduate students at different universities, running courses of “Performing Arts” and “Art & Nature”. She holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts from the University of Rio de Janeiro and a Bachelor’s degree in “Drama, Arts and Music Studies” from the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Heritage of the University of Bologna, Italy.
Nuno Vilhena Lourenço
Aqua Mater Project
Business Development Manager at CEIIA, Nuno Lourenço was a Member of the Board of Directors of IPMA, I.P. PhD in Marine Sciences at the University of Algarve and geophysical consultant at Partex E & P. He worked on the mission structure for the Continental Shelf Extension where he led the Research and Development Office. He is an assistant professor at the University of Algarve that participated in 24 scientific campaigns in the deep sea; was responsible for the acquisition of ROV LUSO and Navio Mar Portugal. He is the author and co-author of several scientific publications and participated in consulting actions within the scope of UNCITRAL. He has been a specialist in several national and international working groups on issues of the Mediterranean and Altiplano basins, in areas such as seabed mapping, R & D strategies, fisheries resource management, among others. He was a delegate to the ICES Board and a member of the Managing Board of the Joint Programming Initiative - Oceans. He is currently a national delegate to the Programming Committee of Societal Challenge 2 of the H2020 program.
UN Sustainable Ocean Business Platform
Wenche Gronbrekk is leading Cermaq's sustainability and risk work and is currently seconded to the UN Global Compact as a senior advisor to build its Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business. Her professional focus is on sustainable development in the seafood and maritime industries, emphasizing the role of business. Before joining Cermaq, she worked as a management consultant in PwC and DNV GL. She has an MA in Economics and International Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins University.