Steffen Knodt is the Head of the Sustainable Subsea Solutions center at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Rostock where he takes care for the transfer to market of ocean technologies into the Blue Ecomomy. In Rostock, Fraunhofer together with industry, university and other research institutes are building an ocean technology campus with a strong focus on sustainable ocean economy. Steffen as well serves in various boards and as a mentor for startups. Currently, he serves in the German Committee for the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development - as well he serves a member of the board in the German Association for Marine Technology GMT.
Jo Øvstaas is leading the development team of the groundbreaking Ocean Data Platform at the C4iR Ocean. The Ocean has been a common thought throughout Jo’s childhood and career. With more than 11 years of experience at DNV GL as a Lead Data Scientist for Veracity and later Head of Development in Sesam software for ships and offshore structures analysis. Jo has leading international experience as Head of Department at DNV Software for 12 years. He led strategic projects and software development in China and Shanghai. Jo holds an MSc in Marine Engineering from NTNU, and a TopTech programme by the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Ute Brönner has been working with ocean data at the research institute SINTEF in Norway since January 2010. She held positions as a research scientist and senior project manager and research manager within Marine Environmental Technology, Environmental modelling, Modelling & Monitoring and Marine Modelling. She is passionate about using Ocean Data in new contexts for better insight and digital ocean technology for the marine industries and works closely with customers and collaboration partners to achieve this. From July 2021 to June 2022, Ute Brönner works with the Smart Ocean Technologies group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD with the topics sustainable solutions for Seas and Oceans, digital twin technology and ocean data infrastructure development.
Jann Wendt is Managing Director of north.io GmbH (former EGEOS GmbH), which is based in the Kiel Science Park and which he also founded in 2010. Born in Husum, he completed a Master of Science degree in environmental geography and environmental management at Kiel Christian Albrechts University in 2014. With TrueOcean GmbH (2019) and NatureConnect GmbH (2020), Wendt founded two more companies at the interface of environmental protection and technology.
Steven Adler is CEO and founder of The Ocean Data Alliance. The Ocean Data Alliance had its launch at The United Nations, and is working on business solutions to critical ocean challenges. Prior to The Ocean Data Alliance, Steven was IBM's Chief Data Strategist and member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. He helped invent Internet Insurance and the Data Governance Industry. He served on the US Commerce Department Data Advisory Council, NY Civil Liberties Board of Directors, and was a co-chair of industry standards committees at W3C and OASIS. He holds four patents and two US President's Volunteer Leadership Awards, has co-authored marine science papers, white papers on Smart Cities, and gave a TEDx Talk on Africa Open Data.
Prof. Martin Visbeck holds the Chair in Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel and Kiel University, Germany. Martin Visbeck’s research is concerned with ocean and climate variability and change and ocean sustainability. He is developing new conceptual frameworks to advance integrated marine research in the context of ocean sustainable development at the regional and international level. He has contributed to ocean literacy projects and capacity building in Africa. His advice is thought by science bodies and governments in Germany, the EU and at the UN level. For example he is active in the governing board of the International Science Council (ISC), the leadership council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Executive Planning Group for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).