The Team

 

Making the World a Better Place For All of Us

Randall Purcell

Randall Purcell

25 years at the World Bank and United Nations.

Developed environmentally sustainable, climate smart livelihood and food security solutions.

Managed the UN World Food Programme’s largest climate adaptation programme
Built and managed a portfolio of projects for UNDP’s Global Environment Facility

Tomas Hainich

Tomas Hainich

Senior executive in blue chip multinationals with global P&L responsibilities >$500m

Started several own companies focused on applying new solutions to old problems (E.g. Fire retardants, magnesium oxide boards, blockchain based construction management software)

Strong international M&A and integration experience (largest acquisition >$1bn, best exit 50x EBITDA)

Turnaround expert (restructuring and repositioning French, Italian, German
and US companies)

John Auckland

John Auckland

Experienced entrepreneur and public speaker; sold first company before 30
Founder of global crowdfunding agency, TribeFirst.

Founder of GreenTribe Fund, a seed stage ESG fund.

Helped 90+ companies raise £50m+
Virgin StartUp’s crowdfunding trainer & Virgin StartUp Ambassador.

Richard Wills

Richard Wills

Owner of an extensive organic farming business in the UK.

Developed innovative new technology and embraced nature-based solutions to overcome farming challenges and enhance the quality of their product.

Trustee of two educational charities.

Dr. Mar Fernández-Méndez

Dr. Mar Fernández-Méndez

MSc in Marine Microbiology & PhD in Biological Oceanography.
Lead of a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at the Alfred Wegener Institute.
Junior Professor at the University of Oldenburg.
Participated in 10 sea-going research expeditions from the Arctic to the Tropics
Published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals.
Co-host The Sargassum Podcast.
Member of the Ocean Artificial Upwelling project.
Russell Parsons

Russell Parsons

Founder and active shareholder of Profusion Media: Data Science and Digital Marketing company headquartered in London

Co-Founder and active shareholder of Subsea Environmental Services: undersea cable recovery and reprocessing business operations headquartered in New York.

Co-Founder of Wisper: International internet backbone company that sold to Cable and Wireless in 1999

Formerly held Directorships in UK property fund management group and several international property development companies

Sebastian Stephens

Sebastian Stephens

Successful serial entrepreneur and early internet pioneer.

Built Wisper, what was at the time Europe’s largest private data network, through 18 countries, which was sold to Cable & Wireless in 1999.

In 2000 he moved to the Caribbean and spent 8 years building the Southern Caribbean Fibre Network.

Founded SubSea in 2009, then subsequently SubSea Environmental Services, a recycling business buying, collecting and recycling out-of-service undersea cables.

Erick Contag

Erick Contag

Recognized industry veteran
and voice of the global fibreoptic
subsea industry

Entrepreneur: sold first tech company at 29

Led sale of international service provider for $770m

Managed company with EBIDTA
of more than 75%

25 years executive management, strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing and sales and
business development

Franziska Elmer, PhD

Franziska Elmer, PhD

Marine Ecologist, specialist Sargassum algae.

Host and exective producer of The Sargassum Podcast.

TEDx speaker.

Treasurer of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean.

Island Innovation Ambassador.

EduCCate global Ambassador

Victor Smetacek

Victor Smetacek

Expertise in ocean ecology and carbon cycling.

Professor emeritus for Bio-Oceanography and former Head of the Division Pelagic Ecosystems at AWI.

Published over 20 papers in Nature and Science.

Chief Scientist on 8 interdisciplinary RV “Polarstern”.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2012.

Franziska Pausch

Franziska Pausch

Marine biologist and PhD candidate at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) specialised in the ecology and biogeochemistry of Southern Ocean phytoplankton.

Science communicator, especially on topics connected to climate change.

Co-founder and regional group coordinator of “AWIs4Future”, a regional group of Scientists for Future Germany.

Adrian Rimmer

Adrian Rimmer

Senior Advisor, Green and Sustainable Finance, London Stock Exchange Group

Former CEO, The Gold Standard Foundation

Former President and Board Chair, Climate Markets and Investment Association

NED EVORA, a pan-European sustainability consultancy
and software provider

Kim Philips

Kim Philips

10 years experience in the events and marketing industry.

Former director of an events agency.

Worked as lead digital communication and engagement manager for Dorset CCG.

Fred Hay

Fred Hay

Cut his teeth at one of Europe’s fastest growing gig economy start ups.

Now moving into the environmental science communication sphere with a focus in reduction and removal of greenhouse gasses.

Jaime Cano

Jaime Cano

Jaime is a Senior Business Executive, with an extensive global telecom experience. Founder of remote working solutions start up, HQinSpace and Partner of a VFX & Animation company, Morgana Studios and Founder of an International consulting firm, Consulting Suma.