Dr. Gerben J. de Boer has over 20 years of experience in marine and coastal information systems. After graduating as a hydraulic engineer, he obtained his PhD in coastal oceanography from Delft University of Technology. For 12 years, he worked at research institute Deltares as an expert consultant on remote sensing, 3D numerical modelling and data management. Funded by the Dutch Building with Nature consortium, he co-founded the OpenEarth community to spread the use of open standards, open source tools to enable multidisciplinary data sharing. 2010-2015 he was a member of the MODEG marine data export group to the European Commission that advised on EMODnet; currently he is member of the successor expert group MKEG from an industry perspective. In 2014, Gerben joined Van Oord, a marine contractor for offshore energy, dredging and coastal climate adaptation. At Van Oord he established the Datalab, which he grew to an internal department of 20 FTE that develops innovative apps to turn data into value. Since 2023 he is R&D and innovation manager at Van Oord.
Joni Kaitaranta works as Senior Data Manager at HELCOM – Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission. His background is MSc in Aquatic sciences and studies in computer science from University of Helsinki.
He has worked in HELCOM Secretariat since 2010 and his tasks include coordination of HELCOM Data collection framework, e.g. ensuring that data collected for HELCOM assessments is of best possible quality and shared publicly in compliant and FAIR way.
Joni has experience in working in the field of international environment related data collection within HELCOM expert groups and as expert in various international working groups, e.g. HELCOM-VASAB MSP Data Expert Subgroup, Marine Strategy Framework Directive Working Group for Data Information and Knowledge Exchange (WG DIKE) and by acting as a co-chair of EU MSP Technical Expert Group on data. In HELCOM setting Joni supports the work of HELCOM Working Groups and Expert Groups on data collection, definition of data needs and data models as well as coordination with outsourced data hosts.
Isida Karpuzi is the Chief Sustainability Officer at The Carbon Games, where she co-leads the development of niche mobility solutions aimed at addressing diverse challenges within the transportation industry. The Carbon Games team has crafted innovative solutions for road traffic congestion, daily school commutes, and sustainable ocean transportation. At the core of their mission is the belief in encouraging users to swiftly embrace sustainable choices. The Carbon Games achieves this by gamifying the entire experience, making it rewarding for individuals to partake in eco-conscious actions. Isida holds a Master’s degree in Architecture of Sustainable New Cities and is passionately committed to creating a more sustainable and environmentally responsible world through pioneering mobility solutions.