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The international jury of the Mundus maris Awards contest

We are happy to announce the International Jury of the Mundus maris Awards contest to celebrate World Oceans Day 2016. It is great to have such a wonderfully diverse and competent group of professionals at our side to select the best submissions from youths from different places.

Jai Acharya

Director Asia-Pacific of the International Oceans Institute (IOI), Singapore FP

Managing Director (ISB-Singapore)International Shipping Bureau (Singapore)

Expert in the maritime industry and engaged in promotion of World Oceans Day in the Asia Pacific region, including with young people.


Gonzalo Alvarez

Artist. Founder of Proyecto Bio which invites people, particularly young ones, to use painting and arts to appreciate nature and connect to it. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gonzalo uses his art to stimulate greater environmental consciousness and promotes sustainable living on our blue Planet.

Anna Balzarini

Geologist from the University of Turin, Italy, with a specialisation in Environmental and Applied Geology; working in Belgium since 1992; expertise in science communication, environment sustainability and natural resources preservation.


Francesca Conti

Science journalist with a scientific background. She is CEO of the science communication agency Formicablu S.r.l., where she manages different projects for institutional bodies, NGOs and private companies

Eduardo Heinrich-Sanchez

Chief Navigator, World O.C.E.A.N. 

(World Ocean Culture & Education Action Network for Education Reform, Innovation & Diplomacy). Eduardo is an award winning environmental activist and educator.  He is planting the seeds of innovation by motivating students and teachers to communicate with confidence and fun, Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, JAPAN.

Grita Loebsack de Sáenz

Interpreter at high level conferences and international events, for international organisations and ministries for Spanish, English and French to German.

Juma Edwine Nabiswa

Programs Officer at Eco Ethics Kenya with responsibilities to develop the calendar of activities for Eco Clubs of schools and promoting mangrove rehabilitation drives.


Doudou Ndiaye

Teacher and deputy Director at a primary school Santa Yalla in Rufisque, Senegal, with particular interest in sports teaching for general awareness about the environment and professionalising local cultural associations.

Maria Lourdes Palomares (PhD)

Associate Scientific Director of the FishBase Information and Research Group (FIN), and the Project Coordinator of SeaLifeBase. She is a Senior Research Associate with the Sea Around Us Project in charge of issues related to FishBase and also active in volunteering for science education for children.


Jan Seys

Head of communication at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium, and chair of the European Marine Board Communications Panel (EMBCP). As a marine biologist he used to work in marine and estuarine research in Belgium/Netherlands (10 years) and as a managing-director (2 years) of a bilateral Kenya-Belgium cooperation in marine sciences. Now mostly active in marine science communication and ocean literacy.

Maria del Carmen Patricia Morales (PhD)

is the Mundus maris Board member supporting and coordinating the work of the international Jury for text and illustrated submissions to the Mundus maris Awards contest 2016.