Laia Romero is Co-founder and CEO of Lobelia Earth. MSc in Research in Physical Oceanography and with sound experience in business management, her work focuses on the use of satellite data for climate action.
She has worked extensively in Earth Observation with radar technologies, developing geospatial systems and applications, and deploying and executing operational services. In 2016, she joined isardSAT Group with the mission of creating a spin-off company to operationalise isardSAT's scientific developments. That's how Lobelia started.
With over 17 years of experience, Laia is a well-known scientific entrepreneur with a solid track record in the Earth Observation field. She is frequently invited as a key speaker to space technologies events worldwide, and actively participates in the most relevant arenas such as the World Economic Forum and the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP).
Before joining isardSAT, Laia was Deputy CEO and Director of New Business and Innovation at Altamira Information (CLS Group), the world’s leading company on ground displacement, an absolute pioneer on the use of satellite data for commercial products, highly successful in the mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and environmental markets.. She has managed the development life cycle of long operational contracts such as the Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS), now deploying the new Marine Data Store, a digital global service with over 1 million monthly interactions.
Prof Dr Baris Salihoglu (PhD Physical Oceanography) is the Director of the Middle East Technical University Institute of Marine Sciences and Director of the newly established METU Climate Change and Sustainable Development Center. He leads a DEKOSIM project establishing a new interdisciplinary centre of excellence (Centre for Marine Ecosystem and Climate Research) funded by the Turkish Ministry of Development. He is the director of METU Climate and Sustainable Development Center. He is the coordinator of the H2020 Black Sea CONNECT CSA and BRIDGE-BS RIA projects. His main research focus is on understanding the effects of climate change and other stressors on the seas, exploring marine ecosystems and biogeochemical dynamics via the combination of modelling and data analyses. His research interests include developing strategies for blue economy, developing technologies to foster blue economy, design and development of digital twins of the sea and marine spatial planning.
Jun She is a senior researcher and chief consultant at Danish Meteorological Institute, with over 30 years of experience in oceanography. His expertise encompasses designing optimal observational networks, marine pollution, seamless observations, modelling and integration in land-to-sea aquatic continuum, digital twin of ocean, and development of operational forecasting systems and marine information service in multi-scales, especially Green Transition in recent years. Jun has dedicated to develop operational oceanographic systems in Baltic-North Sea, and collaboration in national, regional and European scale by actively involving in CMEMS, EMODnet and EuroGOOS activities in the past two decades. He has been chairing the EuroGOOS Scientific Advisory Working Group and Baltic Sea Operational Oceanographic System (BOOS) for the past 8 years. He was coordinator of EMODnet Baltic Sea Check Point project and scientific coordinator of EU-China Marine Data Partnership project EMOD-PACE.