Advisory Board 

The Advisory Board is responsible for providing strategic direction for Blue Planet and advocating for Blue Planet.

Advisory Board Members

Jesse Ausubel, Director, Program for the Human Environment, Rockefeller University, USA.

Patricio Bernal, Program Research Director, Coastal & Marine, CSIRO Chile, Chile.

Monica Grasso, Chief Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA.

Alex Held, Director of the Centre For Earth Observation, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; Chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Strategic Implementation Team, Australia.

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Trustee, Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, USA.

James Alix Michel, Executive Chairman, James Michel Foundation; Former President of the Seychelles, Seychelles.

Takehiro Nakamura, Chief of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Unit, United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya.

Gilles Ollier, Head of Sector, Earth Observations, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; Assistant Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, France.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the main decision-making body, responsible for coordinating Blue Planet’s activities, identifying and, where possible, contributing resources.


Steering Committee Members


Paul DiGiacomo, Chief, Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD) in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR); NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch Program Manager; NOAA/NESDIS MOBY Project Manager, USA.

Jeremy Gault, Beaufort Operations Manager, MaREI Research Coordinator – Coastal and Marine Services, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.

Sophie Seeyave, Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, UK.


Kwame Adu Agyekum, Lecturer & Earth Observation Scientist, Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, Global Monitoring for Environment & Security – Africa, University of Ghana, Ghana.

Elham Mahmoud Ali, Head, Department of Aquatic Environment, Suez University, Egypt.

Lenore Bajona, Director of Data Management, Ocean Tracking Network, Canada.

Louis Celliers, Senior Scientist and Project Manager, Climate Service Center, Germany.

Eric Chassignet, Director, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Distinguished Professor of Oceanography, Florida State University; Co-Chair, OceanPredict, USA.

Francisco Chavez, Senior Scientist and Biological Oceanographer, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA.

Douglas Cripe, Scientific Officer, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat, Switzerland.

Laura David, Professor, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Bart De Lathouwer, President, Open Geospatial Consortium, Belgium.

Samy Djavidnia, Senior Project Officer, Integrated Services Design, European Maritime Safety Agency, Portugal.

Anton Ellenbroek, Consultant – Fisheries information systems development, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy.

Elva Escobar-Briones, Director of the Marine Sciences and Limnology Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico.

Rene Garello, President, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society; Professor, Télécom Bretagne, France.

Aimee Gonzales, Executive Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), Philippines.

Michael Jones, President, TMA BlueTech USA.

Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Scientific Director, Mercator Ocean; Research Director, Ifremer, France.

Andiswa Mlisa, Managing Director Earth Observation, South African National Space Agency, South Africa.

Glenn Nolan, Secretary General, EuroGOOS, Belgium.

Linwood Pendleton, Global Oceans Lead Scientist, World Wildlife Fund; Senior Fellow in the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, Duke University, International Chair of Excellence, European Institute of Marine Studies, France. 

Hans-Peter Plag, Professor, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Director, Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI), Old Dominion University, USA.

Ralph Rayner, Chairman, Sonardyne International Limited; Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics in the Centre for Analysis of Time Series, UK.

Christo Rautenbach, Physical Oceanographer, MetOcean, New Zealand.

Martin Visbeck, Professor for Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University, Germany.

Christoph Waldmann, Senior Scientist, University of Breman – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences-Geosciences, Germany.

Li Zhang, Professor, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Vice Director, Hainan Key Laboratory of Earth Observations, China.