Lotta Fyrberg holds a bachelor’s degree in oceanography. She was Head of the Oceanographic Unit at SMHI (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) 2007-2012. She has been involved in UNESCO/IOC IODE work from 2003, National Coordinator for Oceanographic Data Management since 2015. She is a member of SDN (SeaDataNet) AiSBL (non-profit association). She is also a member of the Steering Group for EMODnet-Chemistry and of the Steering Group of the IODE project GOSUD (Global Ocean Surface Underway Data) since 2022. Elected IODE Co-Chair in 2023.
Pier Luigi Buttigieg is a senior data scientist and digital architect at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
With a focus on digital interoperability and biodiversity, he contributes to the steering, strategy, and operations of multiple European Horizon projects as well as international initiatives, including several Actions within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. He chairs the Ocean Data and Information System Project of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, co-chairs the implementation group for the Ocean Decade's data and information strategy, serves on the GOOS Biology and Ecosystems Panel, and serves on CODATA's cross-domain interoperability framework (CDIF) working group.
Starting from December, 2010 works at the Permanent Secretariat to the Commission on the Protection of Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucharest Convention), an international intergovernmental organization based in Istanbul, Turkey. In April, 2014 got a position of Pollution Monitoring and Assessment Officer. Before moving to Turkey worked as a diplomat in the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union in Brussels being responsible for EU-Ukraine cooperation in the field of environment, transport, space, research and education; earlier as a Deputy Head of Office to Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and as a diplomat of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. She has a Master Degree in the field of Environmental and Energy Law obtained at a Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Leuven (Kingdom of Belgium), Certificates on Water Law (University of Dundee, Scotland), Environmental Diplomacy (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and Regional Economics (University of Genoa, Italy).