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.
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.
Dimitra Pappa is a member of SailMed since November of 2018. Her studies include tourism administration, events management and social networking. Her love for nature and her interest in healing arts led her to travel in several places of the world and learn about yoga, body and mind therapies, nutrition and healthy food growing and cooking. She has been living in Aegean islands since 2008 and promotes healthy and conscious living through her work. Currently she lives in Andros and is responsible of the coordination and communication of SaiMed and Aegean Cargo Sailing project.
Dimitris Palakas is a retired pharmacist since 2012. He has been a senior executive of a Swiss pharmaceutical industry for many years and is currently engaged in helping victims of economic (and not only) crisis by participating in the coordination group as well as in the pharmacy of the Metropolitan Social Medicine Office of Elliniko. His favorite hobby is sailing and through this he supports and participates in activities of environmental protection and respect of the public space. He is an active member of the Radical Citizens' Association in the municipality of Voula-Vouliagmeni.
SAIL MED Extended Team
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.
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 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.