Dr. Marco Filippone, Ph.D., EMBA, is a distinguished leader in Ocean Science and Hydrography. With 14 years of dedicated service at the Italian Navy Hydrographic Office and over nine years at Fugro, where he currently serves as the Solution Director, Dr. Marco has left an indelible mark on the field. During his tenure at Fugro, he played a pivotal role in advancing the industry by contributing significantly to the development of autonomous vehicles and the implementation of remote and automated data gathering technologies. His expertise in these cutting-edge areas has had a profound impact on how we collect and utilize marine data. Dr. Marco's multifaceted career, which includes roles such as Chief Hydrographer and Regional Ambassador for Seabed2030 for Fugro, underscores his commitment to pushing the boundaries of marine knowledge and ocean observation. He actively collaborates with organizations like the IHO, UNESCO IOC, and the Hydrographic Professional Accreditation Scheme Steering Committee, while also providing strategic guidance to the EU's Blue-Cloud 2026 project. His visionary thinking and dedication continue to shape the future of the industry.
Nikolas Flourentzou is currently a Senior Associate Scientist at the Marine Observation Centre of the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute. He received a BEng degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, a joint MSc degree in Power Electronics and Drives from the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham, UK, and a PhD degree in Power Systems from the University of Sydney, Australia. He received the First Prize in the ElectricaAwards2010 International Innovation contest for the future of electricity networks by AREVA T&D (former ALSTOM Grid and now known as General Electric Grid Solutions) and the Best Paper Award at the 8th international conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems (IEEE PEDS'09). His fields of interest are Marine Technologies, Oceanography, Maritime Digital Transformation, Ocean Decarbonisation, and Offshore Renewable Energy.
Céline Frank works as policy officer at the European Commission, DG MARE, in the team in charge of Maritime Spatial Planning and the Blue Economy Sectors.
She has a scientific background in Marine Biology and in Ecology. Her research focus has ranged from the deep sea ecosystems to the mangrove forests. She joined DG MARE in 2016 and has been involved in the development of the aquaculture sector, fisheries data collection and management, and the co-management of the European Maritime, Aquaculture and Fisheries Fund. She now oversees the European Maritime Spatial Planning Directive and the offshore renewable energy policy developments since 2020.
When not in her working habitat, you can observe her diving in the Mediterranean Sea or climbing some big rocks around Europe.