Angela Schultz-ZehdenAngela Schultz-Zehden (MBA, MSc European Studies, BSc Economics) is manager-owner of s.Pro - sustainable-projects GmbH. She is highly experienced in the development and management of complex international cooperation projects and strategic project pipelines covering the whole spectrum of sustainable development. She has been involved in the development of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Maritime Policy since 2001. In this time, she has developed and led a whole string of projects related to MSP and sustainable use of marine resources in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. She also acts as managing director of the pan-Baltic SUBMARINER Network, whose secretariat is hosted by s.Pro.
Ivana LukicIvana is working on the projects related to maritime economies, stakeholder engagement and maritime spatial planning (MSP). Her professional background includes work on the regional offshore renewable energy aspect of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan. Ivana also has extensive international experience with industry engagement as the leader of the World Ocean Council MSP Working Group. Ivana holds an international master diploma in MSP and quality engineering, and research experience at the Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Portugal).
Efthalia ArvanitiEfthalia is a community builder and curates ideas and concepts with an impact. She develops sustainable blue/green value chains, that can improve people's lives, reduce waste and protect the marine environment. Efthlia holds a PhD in biorefining for production of chemicals and fuels, an MSc in environmental sciences and a BSc in chemistry. She is also certified expert in Promoting Innovation by Climate-KIC. In the last 14 years Efthalia has worked with numerous cross-disciplinary and cross-functional teams in 5 EU countries.
Alberto TerenziAlberto Terenzi (MA International Relations, MSc Renewable Energy Management) is a senior project manager experienced in the acquisition and coordination of EU-funded projects, especially in the fields of sustainability and education. Before joining the SUBMARINER network, Alberto worked for EIT RawMaterials, where he coordinated the Cross-KIC Strategic Education Cluster, which aims to position the European Institute of Innovation and Technology at the forefront of digital and entrepreneurial education, supporting the twin green and digital transitions. Furthermore, Alberto worked for ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, where he managed several H2020 projects and consulted cities on climate adaptation and resilience.
Mariana Mata LaraMariana has dedicated her career to coastal management, conservation, and ocean communication. When she’s not at her desk, you can find her doing photography, advocating for the ocean as part of the Surfrider Porto Chapter, or traveling to her beloved Mexico.
Laura MeyerLaura is an experienced generalist in the administrative area with a strong focus on finances and a passion for improving processes and developing teams. She brings over 20 years of international experience from the private, non-profit and public sector. Her favourite way to unwind is by cooking and baking for friends and family.
Frederick BruceFrederick is involved primarily in the administration of SUBMARINER’s Blue Growth projects such as GRASS, with an avid interest in IMTA, RAS and low-trophic species, particularly macroalgae. Prior to working at s.Pro, Frederick set up his own business to raise awareness for environmental causes and support local SMEs through seaweed-based health foods, cosmetics and artwork. He holds an Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture and is working towards a Master’s degree in the same field. Frederick is fluent in English and German, with basic knowledge of French and Spanish.
Katharina KurzweilKatharina applies her communication skills in ocean multi-use projects and supports the development of the Submariner Catalogue listing sustainable businesses in the Baltic Sea Region. Katharina holds a B.A. in Sustainable Business Management and an international Master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Economics. She is familiar with economic topics related to coastal and marine ecosystems such as monetary valuation of ecosystem services and blue carbon. She is fluent in German and English, with basic knowledge of Spanish.
Ivana StojanovicIvana is a project manager experienced in the coordination of international projects, especially in the fields of marine environment conservation, including Marine Protected Areas design and management and Marine Spatial Planning. She holds a Master degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Bologna. Before joining the SUBMARINER network, Ivana worked for the Ministry of Sustainable Development/Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism of Montenegro, as Adviser and later on Head of Division dealing with protection and integrated management of marine and coastal ecosystems. She coordinated MSFD transposition and first cycle of implementation in Montenegro, as well as the preparation of the draft MSP, creating, coordinating and implementing national and transboundary projects. Furthermore, Ivana was the country representative in the Mediterranean regional sea convention (Barcelona Convention), EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, UN Environment Programme, as well as in the national Working Group for negotiations in the accession process with the EU on the Environment and Climate Change Chapter.
Irina ZimmermannIrina holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Global Politics & Economics. Previously, she gained experience as a consultant on energy policy and communications within German and international entities in sustainability sector. She is currently aspiring a doctoral degree in Environmental Governance at the Free University Berlin. Her research looks into coordination challenges of cross-border environmental projects. Irina is fluent in English, German, Russian and has a basic knowledge of Finnish.
Annika SteeleAnnika manages projects related to sustainable fishing and EU policy. Originally from the Swedish Baltic Sea coast, she’ll take any opportunity to leave the urban jungle for a cold dip in the sea.
Sarah TamulskiSarah is a project manager with a knack for writing and a love for strategic thinking. When she’s not working, you can find her bird watching on the Baltic Sea coast or hopping across the pond to California in the hope of catching the annual grey whale migration.
Maria José de la PenaMaria is an Environmental Engineer with a MSc in Aquaculture focused on sustainability and food production systems. She has experience and a keen interest in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). She brings field experience with diverse aquaculture species and setups. Before joining s.Pro, Maria worked as a project manager, farm technician, and editorial assistant for aquaculture ventures in Mexico, Spain, and Austria, where she collaborated in market studies, feed trials in commercial conditions, shrimp broodstock management and reproduction, and organising meetings and conferences, among other activities. Maria is fluent in Spanish and English and has a good command of Italian and basic knowledge of German.
Marko KovacevicMarko is a junior project manager who works on sustainable projects involving ocean multi-use, mussel farming, and blue economy. Marko earned his master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He previously worked in marketing, IT support, and project management. Marko gladly works on communication strategy for our projects, builds websites, and creates engaging graphic designs that effectively communicate project goals.
Agnese CosulichAgnese Cosulich is an experienced maritime spatial planner and project coordinator with a strong background in sustainable blue growth and ocean conservation. She has collaborated with various international organizations such as UNESCO, CPPS-UNEP-FAO, CNR-ISMAR and NGOs like WWF Italy, WWF Spain, and WWF Ecuador. Currently, Agnese is the Communication lead for the ULTFARMS and UNITED projects. She holds an MSc in Maritime Spatial Planning from IUAV - University of Venice, with a focus on circular blue economy and marine conservation, and has completed internships at UNESCO in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Agnese is a native Italian speaker and fluent in English and Spanish, with a basic knowledge of Portuguese.
Franziska Drews-von RuckteschellFranziska is a second year Master's student specializing in sea-human relations, with a focus on international ocean governance and maritime spatial planning. She's especially drawn to the sea on stormy days as the sea’s restlessness has a calming effect on her.
Karolina GranjaKarolina is a junior project assistant working on sustainable projects involving bio economy and policy coherence and cross-compliance in Europe. Karolina holds a M.Sc. in Economics Public Policy and B.Sc. in Economics. Prior to working at s.Pro she did traineeships at the Cabinet of Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries at the European Commission and at the Berlin Innovation Agency. Karolina is fluent in Czech, Lithuanian, English and German, with some knowledge of Spanish.
Frances KlattIn her work, Franny combines a knack for communications and passion for improving international governance with a love of research and writing. In her time outside of work, Franny can be found outside in the sun, exploring with her bike, and playing the clarinet.
Martin KrenselMartin is responsible for the office management at s.Pro. He supports all s.Pro staff on a daily basis to help them fully concentrate on their project management work. Martin has a diploma in Economics (Dipl. Oec. Univ.) and has plenty of experience in office management in all types of national and international companies.
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