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SECRETARIAT

SUBMARINER Network's secretariat

The SUBMARINER Network is managed by a secretariat in Berlin. A team made up of individuals from more than 12 countries, we come from a variety of backgrounds from science to marketing, to governments, yet all share a common passion: our oceans. 

Management team

Angela Schultz-Zehden

Angela Schultz-Zehden

Managing Director

About Angela

Motivated to turn sustainability into reality, Angela has served from the very beginning as SUBMARINER’s strategic, operational, and inspirational head. She rechargers her batteries by singing in a choir, playing tennis, and seeing her kids grow into the next generation.

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Laura Meyer

Laura Meyer

Director of Finance and Administration

About Laura

Laura is an experienced generalist in the administrative area with a strong focus on finances and a passion for improving processes and developing teams. She brings over 20 years of international experience from the private, non-profit and public sector. Her favourite way to unwind is by cooking and baking for friends and family.

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Efthalia Arvaniti

Efthalia Arvaniti

Senior Project Advisor

About Efthalia

Efthalia puts her innovation management skills forward to promote impactful blue-green tech solutions for society. When she is in the being mode, Efthalia loves swimming in cold Nordic seas and raiding hills on her motorcycle.

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Alberto Terenzi

Alberto Terenzi

Team Lead Business Support and Policy

About Alberto

Alberto is a true all-rounder with 10 years’ experience in sustainability and education, who loves to connect the dots across disciplines, sectors and stakeholders to drive innovation. In his free time, you can find him practicing asanas on the yoga mat.

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Mariana Mata Lara

Mariana Mata Lara

Team Lead Communications

About Mariana

Mariana has dedicated her career to coastal management, conservation, and ocean communication. When she’s not at her desk, you can find her doing photography, advocating for the ocean as part of the Surfrider Porto Chapter, or traveling to her beloved Mexico.

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Ivana Lukic

Ivana Lukic

Team Lead MSP / MPA / MU

About Ivana

Ivana is esteemed for her leadership in executing projects and technical studies, with a particular focus on cross-sectoral conflict and synergies within MSP, multi-use of offshore wind projects, and facilitation of stakeholder processes.

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Ferdinand Bulmer

Ferdinand Bulmer

Team Lead Aquatic Value Chains

About Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a project manager with a background in education and sustainability projects. His passion for sustainability stems from his love of the outdoors. He is happiest cycling through the countryside, skiing down a mountain or enjoying the seaside.

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CEO office team

Angela Schultz-Zehden

Angela Schultz-Zehden

Managing Director

About Angela

Motivated to turn sustainability into reality, Angela has served from the very beginning as SUBMARINER’s strategic, operational, and inspirational head. She rechargers her batteries by singing in a choir, playing tennis, and seeing her kids grow into the next generation.

Contact Angela
Laura Meyer

Laura Meyer

Director of Finance and Administration

About Laura

Laura is an experienced generalist in the administrative area with a strong focus on finances and a passion for improving processes and developing teams. She brings over 20 years of international experience from the private, non-profit and public sector. Her favourite way to unwind is by cooking and baking for friends and family.

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Martin Krensel

Martin Krensel

Office Manager

About Martin

Martin is responsible for the office management at s.Pro. He supports all s.Pro staff on a daily basis to help them fully concentrate on their project management work.

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Lisa Rebohl

HR Business Partner

About Lisa

As a passionate HR generalist and a certified coach and trainer, Lisa is responsible for all strategic and operational Human Resources topics within the organisation. In her time outside of work, she enjoys traveling, yoga and reading.

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Marko Kovacevic

Marko Kovacevic

Junior Project Manager & Communications Officer

About Marko

Marko’s engineering background and skills in tech put him in a unique position to support projects in multi-use and aquaculture. Since Marko was a kid, he’s been interested in living with less - which aptly led him to a career in sustainability!

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Frances Klatt

Frances Klatt

Junior Project Manager & Communications Officer

About Frances

In her work, Franny combines a knack for communications and passion for improving international governance with a love of research and writing. In her time outside of work, Franny can be found outside in the sun, exploring with her bike, and playing the clarinet.

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Mariia Pospelova

Mariia Pospelova

Working Student

About Mariia

Mariia has experience in project administration and seeks to master skills in data visualization. She has learnt to cherish the nature of the Baltic Sea while studying sustainable development in Sweden, which also fueled her interest in international cooperation for the cause.

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Aquatic value chain team

Ferdinand Bulmer

Ferdinand Bulmer

Team Lead Aquatic Value Chains

About Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a project manager with a background in education and sustainability projects. His passion for sustainability stems from his love of the outdoors. He is happiest cycling through the countryside, skiing down a mountain or enjoying the seaside.

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Frederick Bruce

Frederick Bruce

Project Manager

About Frederick

A native Brit and wannabe Viking, Frederick manages projects related to regenerative aquaculture, with a special interest in community-supported business models. In his spare time, he likes making music, building things and cooking with seafood.

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Maria Jose de la Peña

Maria Jose de la Peña

Project Manager & Communications Officer

About Maria

Maria is passionate about sustainability, with a keen interest in fostering resource-efficient aquaculture. Two things Maria loves, eating and nature. When she’s not at her desk, Maria is experimenting with new recipes or enjoying nature, in the Alps or her native Mexico.

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Annika Steele

Annika Steele

Project Manager

About Annika

Annika manages projects related to sustainable fishing and EU policy. Originally from the Swedish Baltic Sea coast, she’ll take any opportunity to leave the urban jungle for a cold dip in the sea.

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Maya Miltell

Maya Miltell

Project Manager

About Maya

Originally from Sweden, Maya has a degree in Marine Biology and has worked with project management in marine conservation, monitoring, water management and digital innovation. In her free time she's found at the climbing or thaiboxning gym, or winding down at home cooking.

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Lotta Torvelainen

Lotta Torvelainen

Junior Project Manager & Communications Officer

About Lotta

For a Helsinki native like Lotta, sea means nothing less than home. Working with communications and social media, her passion is fueled by curiosity to understand consumer culture. Beyond work, she can be found exploring Berlin's vibrant cultural scene.

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Tushi Agarwal

Tushi Agarwal

Working Student

About Tushi

Next to a passion for policy, Tushi enjoys research, analyzing data and writing. When she can get away from her desk, she enjoys chasing sunsets at Berlin’s lakes, or being mesmerized by the sound of waves hitting the rocks on Marine Drive in Mumbai.

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Mats Heitzmann

Mats Heitzmann

Working Student

About Mats

Mats is a working student in the Aquatic Team, focusing on the Cool Blue Project, AlgaeFood, and Next Blue Generation. He's currently pursuing his master's degree in marine science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Business support and policy team

Alberto Terenzi

Alberto Terenzi

Team Lead Business Support and Policy

About Alberto

Alberto is a true all-rounder with 10 years’ experience in sustainability and education, who loves to connect the dots across disciplines, sectors and stakeholders to drive innovation. In his free time, you can find him practicing asanas on the yoga mat.

Contact Alberto
Katharina Kurzweil

Katharina Kurzweil

Project Manager & Communications Officer

About Katharina

Katy manages projects with expertise in sustainable business and resource economics with a passion for science communication and design. The sea is her beloved paradise, where the water sports enthusiast revitalises her soul and finds boundless joy.

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Sarah Tamulski

Sarah Tamulski

Project Manager

About Sarah

Sarah is a project manager with a knack for writing and a love for strategic thinking. When she’s not working, you can find her bird watching on the Baltic Sea coast or hopping across the pond to California in the hope of catching the annual grey whale migration.

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Irina Zimmermann

Irina Zimmermann

Project Manager (Maternity Leave)

About Irina

Irina’s background is in environmental governance and political science with experience as a consultant on energy policy and communications. Irina enjoys exploring the world's diverse cultures, driven by her belief in the transformative power of being open-minded.

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Silvia Tosatto

Silvia Tosatto

Junior Project Manager & Communications Officer

About Silvia

Silvia is a project and communications expert with a passion for fostering inclusive EU policy that empowers communities. Hailing from a small town in the northeast of Italy, she now loves exploring Berlin's unique history and diverse world cuisines.

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Karolina Granja

Karolina Granja

Junior Project Manager

About Karolina

Karolina is a junior project expert with a passion for environmental policy and skills in research and analysis. Outside of office she enjoys running, beach volleyball and learning new languages.

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Jawahar Fatiema

Jawahar Fatiema

Working Student

About Jawahar

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Marine spatial planning / marine protected areas/ multi-use team

Ivana Lukic

Ivana Lukic

Team Lead MSP & MPA

About Ivana

Ivana is esteemed for her leadership in executing projects and technical studies, with a particular focus on cross-sectoral conflict and synergies within MSP, multi-use of offshore wind projects, and facilitation of stakeholder processes.

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Ivana Stojanovic

Ivana Stojanovic

Senior Project Manager

About Ivana

Ivana manages projects related to marine conservation and sustainable planning. Growing up in Ulcinj, Montenegro, she continuously drew inspiration from the sea and later became part of a team that established the first national Marine Protected Areas in the country.

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Mariana Mata Lara

Mariana Mata Lara

Senior Project Manager

About Mariana

Mariana has dedicated her career to coastal management, conservation, and ocean communication. When she’s not at her desk, you can find her doing photography, advocating for the ocean as part of the Surfrider Porto Chapter, or traveling to her beloved Mexico.

Contact Mariana
Maria del Camino Troya

Maria del Camino Troya

Project Manager

About Maria

Maria has worked in the public sector, research, and consulting in Ecuador, Germany, and Ireland, and she holds a BA in International Relations, MSc in International Security and MSc in Maritime Spatial Planning. When not at the office you can find her cooking, traveling and visiting family.

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Mercedes Ribera Wansart

Mercedes Ribera Wansart

Project Manager

About Mercedes

Mercedes is a political scientist turned sustainability enthusiast. Originally from Buenos Aires, she made Berlin her home in 2021 and fell under its spell. When not managing projects, shaping policy or engaging stakeholders, she finds solace in the great outdoors, whether hiking, skiing, or diving into a good book.

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Agnese Cosulich

Agnese Cosulich

Project Communications Officer

About Agnese

Agnese Cosulich is an experienced maritime spatial planner and project coordinator with a strong background in sustainable blue growth and ocean conservation.

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Franziska Drews-von Ruckteschell

Franziska Drews-von Ruckteschell

Junior Project Manager

About Franziska

Franziska is a second year Master's student specializing in sea-human relations, with a focus on international ocean governance and maritime spatial planning. She's especially drawn to the sea on stormy days as the sea’s restlessness has a calming effect on her.

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Pia Dittmer

Pia Dittmer

Intern

About Pia

When Pia started studying Environmental Sciences in Lüneburg, exploring sustainable solutions became part of her life, accompanied by her interest in governance of marine resources. At SUBMARINER, she is involved in Multi-use and MSP projects. In her free time, she loves being outside and uses every chance to enjoy a good view or the wind at the seaside.

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