SAIL MED TEAM
SAIL MED has a dedicate team (Crew), Friends and Sponsors working together to bring wind energy (Sail) to cargo transport. SAIL MED also has a team of dedicated individuals helping to make this all happen.
June 2017 Pilot Voyage -- The Crew
The Captain of the 'Pelago': Loucas Gourtsoyannis. Loucas is steering the Aegean Cargo Sailing Voyage in June 2017. He trained as mining engineer in Greece and PhD in Metallurgy in Montreal, Canada. He has worked in Canada, Greece and Belgium in research, technology, innovation and industrial standards. In the last 7 years he lives on the sail boat Pelago in Greek waters and sometimes around european seas, rivers, lakes and canals.
Jan Lundberg is a former oil industry supply analyst who left the industry to immerse himself in the environmental movement with an emphasis on energy issues. Hefounded the Fossil Fuels Policy Action Institute in 1988. It evolved in 1999 into its final project, Sail Transport Network, promoting the use of sail for cargo transport, which is now a Partner of SAIL MED. Jan sailed from California to Greece decades ago, and after touring Europe in 2012 realized that the continent is currently at the center of driving forward the new sail transport movement. He lives in Greece, where he is building projects and aligning interests for SAIL MED.
Charlene Caprio (J.D., Columbia Law School; M.A., Yale University) is an attorney and consultant experienced in international environmental law, maritime law and energy law. She was an IREX U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist, advising on Russia’s energy efficiency legislation. Prior to this, she worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, advising on energy project financing transactions. Charlene has lived in Greece and is dedicated to bringing wind energy to cargo transport to help save our seas and to sail toward a Blue Economy. She recently published a travel guide on Ikaria Island in Greece, "Ikaria Island: Explore and Experience".
Valia Stefanoudaki is an Athens native and her passion for Greece's marine life is unwavering. She continues to find ways to support animals with a history of conservation work both in Greece and abroad. She loves all creatures, but her favorite is the dolphin. She recently helped Pelagos doing dolphin research in the Aegean near Cyprus. Luckily for us at Sail Med, Valia coordinated the logistics of the Aegean Cargo Sailing voyage, and connected us to all the amazing shop owners. Valia brings a unique energy and enthusiasm to our work. It is impossible to walk away from a conversation with her without a smile on your face.
Dafni Kalafati Dafni is a freelance documentary filmmaker and art therapist. Her interest of understanding how the universe unfolds and how humans connect to each other found expression in documentary filmmaking and participatory video. She has travelled to remote parts of the planet, filming documentaries and teaching photography and art. Among others, she has filmed documentaries with the indigenous tribes of the Amazon basin, travelled with scientists through Africa’s East Coast in search of traditional ways to preserve solar and wind energy, and captured Greek sponge divers diving in depths of over 50 meters in the Aegean Sea. Whatever free time remains, she likes to spend it in the mountains.
Jessica T. Anderson (MBA, MA Candidate at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey) is passionate about making businesses more sustainable. She recently studied and worked in Belize, helping to grow an international education program provider. Jessica believes that a business should capture the negative externalities in this time period, where conscientious consumers are demanding more from companies. Maritime pollution is increasing due to long distances goods are traveling. She wants to find real solutions to the pollution burdens. She worked for four years in Quality Assurance before returning to graduate school. Jessica studied abroad in Greece in 2010 and returned in 2015 to volunteer for a sea turtle restoration program. She is excited to be part of the SAIL MED team.
SAIL MED Extended Team
Dr Lucy Gilliam is an Environmental Scientist with a BSc (1st), in Biological Sciences and a Phd in Microbial Ecology & Soil Science. She is an experienced project manager and worked at Rothamsted Research before joining the UK Civil Service as science adviser for Defra. Sheconsults globally on environmental and food related projects. Lucy has been selected to participate in the "Future Shapers" Programme of EU-InnovatE, a ground-breaking project funded by the EC to accelerate the shift towards a sustainable future. Lucy is a Founder and Director of New Dawn Traders, re-imagining global trade by sail power. She is also Founder and Director of eXXpedition, a sailing mission across the Atlantic exploring the problems of plastics and toxics pollution. She has sailed all her life.
Robbert van Hasselt, founder of IDMM, is an experienced project leader in the non-profit sector and is well versed in EU proposal development and funds management. He gathered the partners together for the current sail transport 3.4 million euro EU funded project, S@IL, and is executing part of the project management, on behalf of the Lead Applicant, the province of Fryslan. Robbert is well versed in shipping, subsidies, healthcare and other fields. He has a passion for sailing and runs a beautiful touring sailboat with his family (the "Bontekoe") that sails people through Dutch canals and up through the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area.
[Past Intern] Ioannis Kokenis is a current SAIL MED intern. Ioannis is a Greek Orthodox religious studies major enrolled in Hellenic College in Boston, MA who is also studying at the American College of Greece in Athens. He has experience in the Oil and Gas industry which has influenced his interest in cleaner energy developments.