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Facility Team

The project is being implemented by Kantor Management Consultants S.A. (KMC), with the collaboration of a number of partners and subcontractors brought together on the basis of their long experience with managing their assigned tasks. Utilising its long experience in implementing such contracts KMC established a consortium with Application Européenne de Technologies et de Services (AETS) and with subcontractors PESCARES Italia Srl and Stratégies Mer et Littoral (SML). Furthermore, the consortium utilises several national short-term experts active in the Black Sea region, allowing for a thorough understanding of the local situation and for continuous dissemination of information and guidance to stakeholders.

Facility Team Experts

Matteo Bocci

Matteo holds a Master in Public Affairs and Administration (MPA) at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Sciences Po Paris and has over 16 years of experience. Matteo has been working on Blue Economy since the Blue Growth Study developed for DG Mare in 2012 and has worked on several research and capacity-building assignments in Blue Economy, across various EU sea-basins including the Black Sea. The areas of his direct expertise include “blue” innovation, research, cluster analysis, tourism, renewable energy, as well as governance and support to Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).  He has been Deputy Leader for the West Med Initiative promoted by the EU Commission (DG Grow/Near) and Blue Economy Expert for the DG Near project on Blue Economy in ENI South Countries. He has also been member of several Core Teams in charge of strategic studies, evaluations and impact assessment for the EU Institutions (Commission, Parliament) in a variety of policy fields.

Serge Gomes da Silva

Serge Gomes da Silva is a blue economy communication and European networking specialist with a background in marine biology. He has worked for over twelve years in institutional and academic environments for the design, implementation and communication of European policies and projects linked with coastal and marine environments. With a deep interest and dedication towards collaborative and inclusive development, he has an extensive experience in bottom-up governance tools and territorial development facilitation for European coastal and fisheries communities. As a thematic and communication expert for the FARNET network between 2007 and 2016, he has been specifically involved in facilitating Axis 4 and CLLD implementation in Portugal, Sweden, Cyprus and Slovenia. Associating his professional experience of European institutions and projects, transnational stakeholder support and communication of maritime related issues, he manages since 2017 a European consultancy dedicated to the design, facilitation and promotion of innovative and inclusive European maritime initiatives.

Frédérick Herpers

Frédérick is an engineer in hydrography and oceanography. He has 13 years of experience in geophysics for civilian and military purposes (at the French hydrographic office (SHOM) and at the French procurement agency for the Defence ministry). He is experienced in design and implementation of integrated maritime and coastal policies (EU, national, regional and local level). As IMP advisor for the French Prime Minister at the General Secretariat for the Sea (SG Mer), he was project manager on maritime issues in France (2009): Grenelle de la Mer, where he was mainly in charge of inter-ministerial coordination.  He contributed to the elaboration and adoption of the French maritime policy in 2009. As a consultant at Stratégies Mer et Littoral (SML), he has been working in design and assessment of maritime and coastal policies from local to national and regional level in France (including overseas territories), in Southern and Western Mediterranean and in the Black Sea for EU funded projects (IMP/CC, WestMed, feasibility study and facility study for Blue Growth in the Black sea).

Christophe Le Visage

Christophe Le Visage has a background in hydrography and oceanography and has further specialized in maritime and coastal policies. His fields of interest cover integrated approaches (ICZM, integrated maritime policy, “Blue Economy”, environmental policies) at all levels, from local to regional seas, with special focus on the Mediterranean and Black Sea, and all levels of policy-making from design to implementation and evaluation.


Pascale Van Doren

Pascale Van Doren is an Agronomy Engineer with over 25 years of professional experience in various EU funding instruments including EARDF, ERDF, ESF, EMFF and a further degree in business management. She has extensive experience in the fields of regional and rural development, maritime affairs, innovation and knowledge development, support for SMEs, social affairs, interregional cooperation and territorial governance. This experience has given her a cross-cutting view of European and regional issues, as well as solid experience in networking and event management. Pascale is event and networking manager for the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan under the initiative of DG MARE and EASME since July 2014. Since the end of 2017, she has a similar role in the Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea.

Baris Salihoglu

Dr. Baris Salihoglu is an associate professor of oceanography with more than 15 years of experience in the ecosystem science of the Black Sea, Mediterranean, Marmara as well as the Atlantic, the Pacific and Antarctica. He received his PhD degree in 2005 in Physical Oceanography from ODU, USA, which was followed by a 2-year postdoc in France, LEGOS-CNRS. His research interests range from mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems to descriptive physical oceanography. His main research focus is on exploring marine ecosystem and biogeochemical dynamics via the combination of modeling and data analyses, specifically focusing on the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Marmara and the Black Seas. Recently he is in an effort of establishing a blue growth center that will focus on promoting the sustainable growth of marine sectors at national scale.