Find out all the Global Estuaries Forum speakers


Mayor of Deauville, President of the CdC Coeur Côte Fleurie, 1st Vice-President of the Pôle Métropolitain de l'Estuaire de la Seine

An entrepreneurial spirit An entrepreneur for more than 30 years, Philippe Augier headed the French Agency of thoroughbreds (which he lifted to 3rd world horse selling operator) and created the pôle de compétitivité cheval, participating in the expansion of the French horse business and to its international prestige. Engaged to serve Philippe Augier has put his entrepreneurial skills at the service of his local community. Elected Mayor of Deauville in 2001, President of the local community of councils in 2008, he implemented in Deauville bold social, cultural and economic policies. The Estuary of the Seine is a fundamental element of his vision for his territory – he hopes to promote this incredible area by fostering the federating project of world estuaries.

Michael Nolan

Director - UN Global Compact Cities Programme

Michael leads the strategic direction and growth of the UNGC Cities Programme including the global City Partnerships Challenge supported by Realdania, UNGC and RMIT University. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in driving sustainability partnerships and outcomes for government, business and civil society.  Previously Michael was the Global Leader for Climate and Resilience for AECOM. He has extensive experience in sustainable urban development and infrastructure in Asia Pacific, Americas and Europe. Michael developed the UN City Disaster Resilience Scorecard in combination with IBM and has led the Resilient Cities taskforce for the UN R!SE initiative focused on Risk Sensitive Investment.


Director, Port of ROUEN

A graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnique and of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ponts et Chaussées (Engineering Higher Schools) and holder of a Master’s degree of Engineering from Berkeley University, Régine Bréhier has been Executive Director of HAROPA – Ports of Paris and HAROPA Vice-President since March 30th, 2016.

From 2012, she was Director of Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea and she acquired experience in navigable waterways and river ports as deputy director within the Division in charge of supervising Navigable Waterways and River Ports.

She started her career as the manager of the maritime and navigation service with the Departmental Division of Equipment (DDE in French) of the Morbihan area. As the Manager of the department “Study and infrastructure works” at the Val-de-Marne area DDE and then, the deputy Director of the Essonne area DDE, she joined the Division of Highways and was in charge of the sub-division dealing with maintenance, regulations and claims. In 2006, he was appointed as the Director of research and scientific leadership within the Sustainable Development General Commission of the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and National Planning.


Chair of the Grand Paris Alliance, founding Principal of Renaissance Urbaine

Nicolas Buchoud is the Chair of the Paris based international think-tank the Grand Paris Alliance which he founded in 2011. A passionate and skilled advocate of cities and their ability to invent a more sustainable future, Nicolas BUCHOUD is the founding principal of Renaissance Urbaine. Nicolas Buchoud is an active member of a number of professional networks and societies globally, ranging from the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL) and the American Planning Association to the Global Planners Network (GPN) or the Siberian Urban Lab. He is also an honorary member of the Bandung Creative City Forum (Indonesia) and a former member of the New York Academy of Science. Nicolas Buchoud has served over 10 years in key positions in the public sector in France, as chief of staff of a city mayor and advisor of the President of the Greater Paris Regional Authority.

Robert W. Elliott

Chair, Hudson River Foundation (USA)

Presently, Robert W. Elliott is the Chair of the Hudson River Foundation, Co-Chair and President of the SS Columbia Project and Vice Chair of the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund.  He serves on the Hudson Valley Greenway Council, and its National Heritage Area Steering Committee, board member of the Glynwood Center and a member of Riverkeeper’s Advisory Board

Bob has had an extensive career in the government, non-profit and business sectors. Most recently, he was the Deputy Secretary of New York State’s Department of State. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the New York Planning Federation. He was the Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson and served as President of the New York Conference of Mayor’s.

He was one of the organizers and President of the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, a corporation owned by and insuring over 900 counties, cities, villages and towns in New York State. He is a past President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association. In addition, he was Co-Chairman of Westchester’s Council of Government and has served on the small cities committee of the National League of Cities and on the Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Reform. On other related fronts, Bob has been the Director of Economic Development, as well as head of the Industrial Development Agency for Westchester County and was President of the Westchester Convention and Visitors Bureau. In recent years Bob was a member of Clearwater’s board of directors, an Advisor to Scenic Hudson, a member of NYS DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Management Plan Advisory Board and the Governor’s Task Force for Access to the Hudson River.

Bob holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Government and Business of The George Washington University.


General director SPL Ouest Normandie Energies Marines

Geraldine Martin is the general deputy of Ouest  Normandie Energies Marines (ONEM), a public company that develops the marine energies in Normandie. She participated in building this company in 2012 that stemmed from the will of 3 autorities (Regional Council of Basse Normandie, General Council of Manche and Urban community of Cherbourg),  which also own the harbours of Cherbourg and Caen, infrastructures mainly implicated in the development of marine energies. She coordinates the main actions of ONEM : -Developing  research, supply chain and learning, with the actors of the territory -Identifying the needs of industry and projects initiators, engaging in actions to answer these needs -Identifying and suggesting sections of the regulatory framework to be enriched in order to promote the development of marine energies, in cooperation with projects initiators, territorial stakeholders , networks and the State -Interacting with the European Commission on the adoption of incentives to develop marines energies From 2007 to 2012, she established and led the maritime and nautical strategy of the Regional Council of Basse Normandie. From 1999 to 2007, she works in the development of agriculture: She spent 2 years, from 1999 to 2001 managing for the French Agriculture Ministry, missions of expertise in Poland, Ireland, Vietnam, Tunisia, La Reunion. Then, she established in 2001 in Basse Normandie where she managed a farm in an agricultural school, until 2006. She graduated as a civil engineer (Ingénieur des Ponts, Eaux et Forêts) in 1998, in the same time she ran a master degree at the University of Edmonton, Canada.


Advisor to the French Global Compact

In February 2013, Brice Lalonde was appointed Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to the UN Global Compact. He previously held the position of UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Prior to that, Mr. Lalonde served as French Ambassador for climate change, French Minister for the Environment, and Chairman of the Round Table for Sustainable Development at the OECD. Mr Lalonde was mayor of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer from 1995 to 2007. He has also worked for non-governmental organizations, like Friends of the Earth. Today he chairs the Business and Climate Summit, a coalition of businesses committed to protect the climate.


Municipal Councillor, Innovation and Industry, Bordeaux; Founder and President, Energie de la Lune (France)

An oceanographer by training, Marc Lafosse is Municipal Councilor and Delegate for innovation and industry for the city of Bordeaux. He is also the co-founder of “Energie de la Lune” in 2009, an engineering firm specialized in oceanography and marine renewable energy, and of Seanergy (held on June 1st and 2nd in Biarritz), an international business convention centered on marine renewable energy. Marc Lafosse is currently the project leader of the SEENEOH estuarine test site, unique in its kind.


Environment Editor, Al Jazeera English

Nick is the environment editor at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar. An award-winning journalist, Nick has just completed a prestigious Fellowship at MIT and Harvard where he has been studying the impacts of climate change on terrestrial and marine eco-systems. As well as climate change, Nick has reported on issues as diverse as the shark fin trade, the conflict between wolf and man in remote parts of Finland and the plight of gorillas in Uganda. He’s travelled to Arctic regions for Al Jazeera several times and reported on the retreating ice sheet from Illulissat in Greenland in 2012. In 2002 he made series on the River Thames which charted his journey from the estuary to the source.

LIU NING and her associate NICOLAS JOBARD

Urban architect

Liu Ning is an urban architect. She started her studies at the University of Tongji and did the presidential program called “150 chinese architects in France” from 2000 to 2004. Holding a diploma from INSA Strasbourg and a PhD from l”Ecole Polytechnique  Fédérale  de  Lausanne”, she co-founded the agency Building For Climate in 2011 in Paris. This is a french-chinese team in the innovative practice which consists of articulating the environmental and cultural elements of a new, more sustainable urban life. This agency works in France, Switzerland, China, and Africa. Both a practitioner and researcher, Ning publishes articles concerning bioclimatic architecture and participates regularly in the debates regarding the urban development of developing countries.


Regional Governor, Seine Valley Development – ED

François Philizot has been Prefect of the Saône-et-Loire since 1st February 2011 and prefect “hors cadre” since 2013. He is also inter-ministerial delegate to the development of the Seine valley. After graduating from Sciences-Po and l’ENA in 1982, he started working at the Ministry of the Interior. After various high-profile positions, he was nominated vice-prefect of St-Dié (Vosges) and then of St-Pierre-de-la-Réunion from 1989 to 1992. From 1995 to 1998 he was Secretary General of the Prefecture of the Finistère before being nominated to the prefecture of the North, a position he held from 1998 to 2000. In 2005 he was appointed prefect of the Indre before being transferred to the Tarn in 2007 and to the Morbihan in 2009.


General manager Mov'eo

Marc Charlet holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University  of Sciences of Montpellier II, as well as a masters degree in administrative business from the IAE of Aix-en-Provence. He began his career at the SIA (Engineer Society of Automobiles) as the head of the mission responsible for the activities of DAS and internationals relations. He was named as Deputy Director General in September 2013 and subsequently Director General in April 2015.

Dennis J. Suszkowski, Ph.D.

Science Director of the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc.

Dr. Suszkowski is the Science Director of the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc., a not-for-profit organization located in New York City that is dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of scientific research about the Hudson River and Estuary, with a focus on producing science that has a bearing on public policy.  He received a doctorate in marine science from the University of Delaware, and also received baccalaureate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University and Stony Brook University, respectively.  Prior to joining the Hudson River Foundation, Dr. Suszkowski managed water resource development and protection programs at two United States government agencies.  He held positions as Chief of the Marine and Wetlands Protection Branch at Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, protecting estuarine and wetland resources, and regulating the disposal of a variety of wastes disposed in the ocean offshore of New York and Puerto Rico, and was Assistant Chief of the Operations Division of the New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, supervising both the Corps’ regulatory program for construction activities in waterways and the Corps’ dredging program involving the maintenance of 250 miles of waterways in New York Harbor.

Dr. Suszkowski currently oversees the Hudson River Foundation’s grants program for scientific research, which supports more research about the Harbor and Estuary than any other single agency or organization.  He also has developed and managed several multi-organizational programs, including the $30M Contamination Assessment and Reduction Project to evaluate the sources of harmful pollutants in dredged materials of New York Harbor, and the development of Target Ecosystem Characteristics that form the scientific basis for the comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan for the New York/New Jersey Harbor and Estuary.  He chairs several advisory groups including the Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee of the New York/New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program, and serves on several advisory boards including those at Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute and Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Maritime Systems.  He also is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University.

Thierry Mallet

Thierry Mallet, Executive Vice President for Innovation, Business Performance and Marketing, Suez (France)

Thierry Mallet, born on September 4th 1960, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1980) and Pont et Chaussées (1985), and holds a Master’s Degree in Science from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He began his career at the French Ministry of Transport between 1987 and 1989. He then joined the Générale des Eaux group where he held various positions, amongst which Director of Water Activities in Spain from 1995 to 1997 and in North America from 1997 to 1999. In December 2002, he became Managing Director of Degrémont et worked alongside Jean-Louis Chaussade, who was then Chief Executive Officer, before becoming Director General in June 2004, a position he held until October 2009. On October 1st 2009, Thierry Mallet was named International Director of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a division covering Asia, North America, Central Europe, and the Middle East, as well as construction activities. He also became a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. Since April 15th 2013, he has been Director of Innovation, Marketing, and Industrial Performance of the Suez Group, focusing on the industrialisation of the Group’s different activities, the development of a portfolio of innovative products and services, and the digital transformation of the Group.

Paul David Richard GRIFFITHS

Chairman of ADEMAR, Chile

Dr. Griffiths is deeply committed to sustainability: He is Director and Past-President of AEPA, the professional association for the environment in Chile, and founded and Chairs ADEMAR, the non-profit association of businesses to develop the marine energy industry. He is also on the Board of ICOE, the International Conference on Ocean Energy.

Paul Griffiths is a global expert on knowledge management in organisations. He is a researcher and practitioner in the strategy, technology, knowledge and intellectual capital (IC) spaces. As a practitioner he helps organisations do their strategic planning, manage intangible assets and set up knowledge communities. On the research side, amongst his interests are the alignment of knowledge networks with strategy, the adoption of e-learning, and the pre-history of IC and how its development connects to the architecture of the mind. He puts all this knowledge at the service of developing the marine energy industry as can be seen in his input to the strategy that ADEMAR is pursuing and the design of the global Marine Energy Knowledge Network (MEKN) that he is promoting. Paul has deep international and cross-cultural experience having worked in over 15 countries, in both emerging economies and the industrialized world. He holds a Master’s degree in engineering from Sheffield University; he has been a Humphrey Fellow (Fulbright Commission) at the University of Minnesota; and holds a doctorate in business administration from Brunel University.

Amy Pryor

Programme Manager, Thames Estuary Partnership (United Kingdom)

Amy is a marine and estuarine scientist and programme manager with over 16 years of experience in the field of marine and coastal management and conservation. She has a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Aquatic Science. She started her career monitoring deep sea fisheries on board commercial fishing boats in the North East Atlantic and South Atlantic. She has co-ordinated global projects for the Zoological Society of London and played a central role in the stakeholder engagement and socio-economic assessments for the University of Kent’s Balanced Seas Marine Conservation Zone Project for the South East UK. She is now the Programme Manager at the Thames Estuary Partnership responsible for developing projects, fundraising and management of a suite of projects across the estuary that take an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach. This includes issues such as river basin and catchment planning, marine spatial planning, commercial fisheries, flood defence, green/blue infrastructure and habitat enhancement.

The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) is a small, nimble charity hosted by UCL. We are committed to maintaining and improving the landscape of the Thames, whether that is through infrastructure and engineering projects, trade development, water quality and resource management or natural habitat conservation. TEP has been building networks, delivering projects and facilitating partnership programmes for the past 20 years. Our vision is to ensure the most sustainable future for the Thames estuary while balancing the needs of local people, the local environment and the local economy.

André Berne

Territorial and Maritime Director for Downstream Seine, Seine-Normandy Water Agency

André Berne has been the Territorial and Maritime Director of the Territorial and Maritime Directorate for Downstream Seine at the Seine-Normandy Water Agency since 2015. Prior to this, he was Head of Service at the Oise Department DDAF from 1980 to 1983, Head of the Bureau of Regional Actions of the Directorate of the Protection of Nature and the Natural Areas Service at the Ministry of Environment from 1983 to 1985 – at the part-time disposal of Mrs Bouchardeau’s cabinet for the preparation and the presentation of various bills to Parliament –, and Head of Departmental Service of the Loiret Departmental Service of the National Forests Office from 1985 to 1994. He then successively worked as Deputy General Director of the Loire-Bretagne Water Agency from 1994 to 1999, as Regional Director of the Champagne-Ardenne DIREN from 1999 to 2007 and of the Franche-Comté DIREN from 2007 to 2008, and as Territorial and Maritime Director of the Territorial and Maritime Directorate for the Rivers of Lower-Normandy of the Seine-Normandy Water Agency from 2008 to 2015.

André Berne is an agricultural engineer trained at the INA-PG, and a General Engineer of the Corps of Bridges, Waters and Forests. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honour and laureate of the 2014 Génie Ecologique national award.

Pallaniappan Ravindran

Program Manager at ClassNK Global Research & Innovation Centre

Pallaniappan Ravindran is a dynamic business development and R&D manager with over 10 years’ experience in a variety of industries including Marine & Offshore and managing a start-up company based in Singapore. His passion for research & development for the maritime industry and renewable energy has helped bridge a variety of R&D projects from infancy stage to commercialisation stage. His experience in dealing with industry partners, academia and government agencies for seeking various funding mechanisms to carry out R&D projects locally and overseas has led him to positions at Energy Research Institute @Nanyang Technology University and currently Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).

He is now the Program Manager at ClassNK Global Research & Innovation Centre, managing projects related to maritime technologies and marine renewable energy with industry partners in Singapore and globally. He is also the project lead for initiating and developing Tropical Marine Floating Laboratory in Singapore.

Lee Currey

Director of Maryland Department of the Environment’s Science Services Administration

Lee Currey is the Director of Maryland Department of the Environment’s Science Services Administration.  Lee has served the Department for almost 16 years in positions ranging from senior engineer to Director.   Prior to his move to the public sector Lee worked five years in private sector in both water resources and coastal engineering.  In his current position Lee oversees major state water quality planning, restoration, data collection and assessment activities while also directing the agencies science arm for addressing special projects and scientific investigations.  Activities range from managing shellfish harvesting areas, maintaining fish consumption advisories, coordinating beach management, overseeing Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation plan and TMDL, setting pollution limits for Maryland’s waters and completing risk assessments. Lee earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, with a concentration in environmental engineering, from University of Delaware, earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with a concentration in water resources, from Old Dominion University and is a registered professional engineer. Lee is also very active in the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program where he currently serves as co-chair of the Modeling Workgroup, member of the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team and served as past chair of the Sediment Workgroup.

Marianne Wenning

Director for ``Quality of Life, Water & Air`` in DG Environment of the European Commission

Marianne Wenning is currently Director for ‘Quality of Life, Water & Air’ in DG Environment of the European Commission. In this capacity she is overseeing the implementation and enforcement of an extensive body of environmental legislation with regard to air quality, industrial emissions, water & marine issues and industrial accidents and works towards the further integration of environmental and sustainability aspects into other Community policies.

Ms.Wenning has been working for the European Commission since 1992. She was a Head of Unit in Europe Aid (Asia) and in DG Environment (industrial emissions & air quality) before she became Director for ‘Legal Affairs & Cohesion’ in DG Environment from 2011 to 2013. Her experience in developing and implementing environmental policies, cutting across also areas such as transport, agriculture, regional, industrial, research and development policies includes the economic aspects of environmental policy, programme-management in Asia as well as negotiations at European and international/UNECE level in particular with regard to the Kyoto, the Montreal and the Gothenburg Protocols.

Tom Fox

Principal at Tom Fox & Associates, Founder of New York Water Taxi

Principal at Tom Fox & Associates, Tom Fox advises clients and partners on waterway, waterfront development and urban park projects.  A founder of New York Water Taxi, he introduced small-scale intra-city waterborne transportation to the New York Harbor connecting the City’s parks, neighborhoods and cultural institutions and creating three unique urban “beaches”.

Mr. Fox played a leadership role in shaping the future of Manhattan’s West Side waterfront.  As the first President of the Hudson River Park Conservancy, he established a unique City/State Authority; secured $200 million for the Park’s initial planning and construction; engaged adjacent communities in the completion of the Concept and Financial Plan for the 4.5-mile Park; and initiated innovative projects including the $100 million Chelsea Piers renovation. Mr. Fox spearheaded the establishment New York City’s first comprehensive open space policy, documented the scope and scale of the City’s community gardening movement, directed the design of the award-winning 40-mile Brooklyn/Queens Greenway and was a founding co-chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition. A former National Park Service ranger and original member of the Green Guerillas, he is an author and photographer. Tom has received numerous appointments and awards and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the State Council on Waterways, Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center, Interferry and Riverside Marine BC, Ltd. Mr. Fox received a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College and a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.  My first experience with estuaries was as a United States Navy Gunners Mate serving two in-country tours in Vietnam.

Jean-Louis Missika

Counsellor to the city of Paris and assistant to the Mayor of Paris

Jean-Louis Missika is counsellor to the city of Paris and deputy of the Mayor of Paris concerning urbanization, architecture, projects for Grand Paris, as well as economic development and attractiveness. He was the assistant of Betrand Delanoë from 2008 to 2014, in charge of innovation, research, and universities. Jean-Louis Missika is a media sociologist. With a PhD in management, masters from Sciences Po and Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, he was advisor to Maurice Ulrich and Pierre Desgraupes, CEO of Antenne 2, head of public information service and broadcasting of the Prime Minister Michel Rocard, as well as the director of BVA. He also held the position of vice-president at the Iliad society. He taught media sociology at Sciences Po and economics of a digital city at CNAM.

Jean-Louis Missika has written several literary pieces, most notably regarding the media and politics: La Folle du logis. La télévision dans les sociétés démocratiques with Dominique Wolton (Gallimard, 1983), La Fin de la télévision (Le Seuil/La République des idées, 2006) et Parler pour gagner, sémiotique des discours de la campagne présidentielle de 2007, with Denis Bertrand et Alexandre Dézé (Presses de Sciences Po, 2007).

Karine Goncalves

Director, GIP Seine-Aval

Karine Gonçalves is a Public Works Divisional Engineer, a civil servant with the Ministry of Ecology, working as Director of GIP Seine-Aval since 1st July 2013. At the start of her career, she worked at CETE Lyon on the environmental impacts of road and railway infrastructure projects. She then worked as service manager for low water and flood forecasting in decentralised State services in Rouen.

Xavier Litrico

Director, LyRE R&D Center of Lyonnaise des Eaux, Suez (France)

Dr. Litrico is Director of LyRE, the Research and Development centre of Suez in Bordeaux University, which develops research projects in collaboration with academic partners on water related issues. With a team of 25 people, LyRE participates in more than 20 projects around three research themes – the management of large water networks, water stakeholders and users, and the water cycle.

Craig H. Middlebrook

Deputy Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)

Craig H. Middlebrook serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Since coming to the SLSDC in 1995, Mr. Middlebrook has also served as the Acting Administrator, Acting Chief Counsel, and Chief of Staff.  Mr. Middlebrook has over 25 years of experience in the areas of maritime and rail transportation, environmental regulations, and international relations.

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a deep-draft waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence River and Welland Canal.  The SLSDC was created in 1954 as a wholly owned U.S. Government Corporation to operate and maintain the U.S. infrastructure and channels of the Seaway and to provide a safe and reliable international waterway in cooperation with the Government of Canada. Among his awards, Mr. Middlebrook has received the “Partner of the Office of Water” Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 for his work assisting the EPA’s efforts on ballast water management to protect the environment in the Great Lakes region.  He was recognized in 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division for his help in negotiating a settlement with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe regarding icebreaking activities in the St. Lawrence River.  Mr. Middlebrook helped found the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative in 2009, a ground-breaking initiative that brought together U.S. and Canadian federal and state regulators along with scientists and maritime stakeholders to promote consistency in ballast water management requirements for the Great Lakes.

In 2011, Mr. Middlebrook was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service by President Barack Obama. Prior to coming to the SLSDC, Mr. Middlebrook worked on surface transportation issues at the Interstate Commerce Commission and for a merchant bank in the City of London.  Mr. Middlebrook holds Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Middlebrook received a Rotary International Scholarship in 1984 to study at the University of Münster, Germany.  He has also studied at the L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 1981-82.  He currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Rachael Haylock Jones

Environment Manager, DP World London Gateway (United Kingdom)

Rachael has recently taken over the management of the environmental programme at DP World London Gateway, which opened in 2013 as the UKs newest deep-sea container temrinal alongside DP World London Gateway’s Logistics Park, on the River Thames. The project, which has been developed on the site of an old oil refinery, has and continues to involve major construction with a wide range of environmental commitments and regulatory requirements, both terrestrial and marine.  This has included contaminated land management, construction of managed realignment sites and monitoring, large scale ecological monitoring, archaeology and environmental requirements of the construction and operational activities, including dredging. Prior to joining DP World London Gateway, Rachael worked for over 12 years in environmental consultancy both in the UK and Canada, primarily involved with the management and remediation of contaminated land and sediments, Environmental Impact Assessment and mitigation programmes.


General Manager of E.Lease and Chief Executive Manager of Sodetrel (EDF), France

Juliette ANTOINE-SIMON is General Manager of E.Lease and Chief Executive Manager of Sodetrel. E.Lease is a joint venture between EDF (70%) and five major fleet management companies (Leaseplan, Overlease, ALD, Public-LLD and ARVAL), specialized in middle term rental of full electric vehicles (1 to 23 months). E.Lease owns a fleet of over a hundred full electric vehicule. SODETREL is a fully owned subsidiary of EDF which operates charging infrastructure and mobility services such as car sharing services with full electric vehicles. Sodetrel is also specialized in long term rental of batteries for public transport. Having graduated from Supélec, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and having a degree in law, Juliette has had the opportunity to collaborate as a project engineer and contract manager on major projects of production and trading for the EDF Group. Juliette joined the Electric Mobility Division in April 2012, in charge of project development and the general management of E.Lease.

Christian Couturier

Vice President, Urban Community of Nantes, France

Since 2001, Christian Couturier has been the mayor of the Sorinieres, a commune with a population of 8,000 people and a member of the Nantes Metropolis, population 600,000. Christian Couturier is Vice-President of the Nantes Metropolis in charge of aquatic environments, the Loire and its watercourses, of the green and blue environmental frameworks, as well as of the ports of the metropolis. Furthermore, Christian Couturier is the President of the Local Commission for Water of the Loire Estuary SAGE.

Tanya Ferry

Environment Manager, Port of London Authority (Royaume-Uni)

Tanya Ferry is the Environment Manager in the Planning and Environment Department at the Port of London Authority and advises on the coordination and implementation of the PLA’s environmental work throughout the tidal River Thames and leads the Authority’s statutory licensing of dredging.  She has worked at the Port of London for five years and has worked on the Thames for over eleven in previous Environment Agency roles. Tanya sits on committees and groups such as the Institute of Fisheries Management Estuarine and Marine Specialist working to improve understanding of the Port industry and environmental considerations of the estuary. Tanya works within environmental management with a particular focus on the water environment. Her roles have involved interpreting a wide range of regulatory compliance for a wide range of activities and sources, working with charities and local groups to improve the river and increase working partnerships with commerce.

Pascal Galichon

Environment and Territorial Planning Director of the Port of Le Havre (Grand Port Maritime du Havre, France)

Pascal Galichon was born on April 2nd 1957. He is the Environment and Territorial Planning Director of the Port of Le Havre (Grand Port Maritime du Havre, formerly Port Autonome du Havre). Amongst his duties are outlining, implementing, and monitoring the port’s sustainable development policies, as well as contributing to all major projects, be it from a technical or a collaborative standpoint.

He joined the Port Autonome du Havre’s administrative team in 1995 and has managed the entire Port 2000 project, from its conception to the welcoming of the first ship, as well as from a technical, administrative, and collaborative standpoint (the first large-scale public debate in France). Whilst pursuing the implementation of the Port 2000 project and its environmental requirements, he was also in charge of the port dredging services. From 2006 to 2013 he was in charge of the Qualité – Sécurité – Environnement program, whilst simultaneously heading the Port of Le Havre’s first Company Project. Prior to this – and after having spent four years dedicated to thesis research and higher education at ENTPE – P. Galichon joined the Laboratoire Central d’Hydraulique de France, which was taken over by SOGREAH (today ARTELIA). P. Galichon has a diploma from the Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat, with a specialisation in Maritime Ports and Waterways (1981), as well as a Doctor of Engineering in Sedimentology from the University of Orsay, Paris XI (1984).

Gabriel Grésillon

Journaliste, Les Echos (Belgique)

Born in 1978, Gabriel Grésillon is the correspondent in Brussels for the French economic newspaper “Les Echos”. Having obtained his diploma from HEC in 2002, Gabriel Grésillon has collaborated with numerous publications such as the “Figaro Economie”, before becoming the editor of the “Echos” in 2004. There, he was in charge of international business, as well as African, Asian, and European economies. From 2010 to 2015, he was the correspondent of the newspaper in Beijing, in charge of all topics relating to the world’s second largest economy. He has published with Stock Editions “Chine, le grand bond dans le brouillard” in February 2015, a book which sounded the alarm regarding the weaknesses of the Chinese model – and the lack of lucidity with which France and the world observe this country.

He will be the master of ceremony and the moderator during the Global Estuaries Forum.

Hervé Martel

CEO of HAROPA – Port du Havre, Vice-President of HAROPA, President of the UPF (Union of Ports of France)

Born in 1965, married with two children, Chief Civil Engineer from the “Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées” (Roads and Bridges civil engineering national School) (1989), Hervé Martel holds a DEA in «Transport Economics» (1991) and a ‘Master’s degree’ in Public Reunion in 1989. He began his career at the Port of 1989. From 2001 to 2004 he held the position of director of the port agency ‘Seine-Amont’ at the Port of Paris Authority and head of the district for the Navigation Service of the Seine. Then he joined the Departmental Equipment Division of Seine-et-Marne in 2004,as Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Transport. From 2006 to 2007, he held the position of Deputy Director of Maritime and Waterway Transport before joining the cabinet of the State Minister as a technical advisor in charge of ports and maritime transport and civil aviation. He particularly dealt with the reform of French seaports. In September 2009, Hervé Martel was appointed Managing Director of Ports of Paris, which he left in March 2012 to head the Port of Le Havre Authority. He will be confirmed in his functions in March 2014. Since 2012, date of creation of the Economic Interest Group HAROPA, Hervé Martel has also been the chair or vice-chair of this EIG, in turn with the CEOs of Port of Rouen and Ports of Paris. HervéMartel has also been President of the UPF (Union of Ports of France) since April 2014, which confirms the common will of French ports to improve in efficiency, visibility and be particularly attentive to their customers, while paying attention to social dialogue and ensure the interests of the French port cities in Europe. It is part of a prospect to continue recapturing market shares, which characterizes the Port of Le Havre and HAROPA.