Who we are

The best ideas are not born in silos or by avoiding feedback and input from a broad spectrum of people. The best ideas are created by going beyond borders and getting curious about other approaches, cultures and procedures. To build resilience, we believe in diversity. Diversity in age, creed, culture, gender and background. We stimulate divergence by working across boundaries both within the organisation and beyond the organisation. We take care of each other. We hold space for each other to share perspective. We are all ecosystem facilitators cultivating the right conditions conducive for our organisation to flourish. We all understand our organisation is a living system.

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María
Senior Sediment Expert
English, Dutch, Spanish

I hold a Master in Civil engineering and a phD in cohesive sediment transport. With 10 years of experience in soft sediment management, I can confirm that I am not scared of getting my hands dirty and my feet deep into the mud, both at the lab and the field. In fact I love to play with mud, maybe as much as a child, and to explain my observations in the direct and simple way a child would understand too.

I am the key to bring HAEDES further in the management of soft and fine sediments and the associated collaboration with Ports and Harbours. The mud is soft, but I must say my character is tough. The latter makes me a bit stubborn and direct sometimes, but never stops me from trying to help.

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Barbara
Senior Geophysical and Ecology Specialist
Portuguese, French, English

Since my graduation in Marine Sciences, I got involved in several subjects related with oceanography. Those experiences taught me the importance of having different perspectives and to link the knowledge from different disciplines in solving problems.

My PhD on the interactions between salt marsh vegetation and sediment dynamics, got me to discover amazing systems, where living organisms, perfectly adapted to such harsh conditions, have key roles in maintaining our environmental equilibrium. I have since then considered intertidal habitats my centre of interest both in science and for the personal pleasure of observing.

By joining Haedes, I aim to put at use my skills to connect the physical environment with its ecological significance ecology and hence contribute to finding balanced solutions between nature and human activities.

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Ahmad
AI Engineer
Languages: English, Spanish, and Arabic

Artificial intelligence (AI), which encompasses machine learning (ML), is the scientific discipline that uses computer algorithms to learn from data, helps identify patterns in data and allows making predictions. A key feature underpinning the excitement behind AI and ML is their potential for analyzing large and complex data structures creating prediction and classification models to solve old and new societal problems from new perspectives. AI and ML form one half of the digital twin, in which a virtual representation of the real world is built, including physical objects, processes, relationships and behavior. As an AI engineer, I joined HAEDES to utilize my experiences in the field of intelligent systems to build smart solutions in the fields of natural sciences and engineering. With the cooperation and support of a multidisciplinary team of HAEDES experts, my mission is to contribute to successful projects and pursue sustainable solutions for the water environment.

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Salomé
Marine Ecologist
Languages: French, English and Portuguese

As a marine ecologist, Youth4ocean forum member and science communicator with a passion for environmental issues, I wish to use my skills and knowledge to develop nature-based solutions that integrate sustainable economic and environmental protection.

By joining HAEDES, I aim to combine my technical expertise and communication skills to help societies move towards a more sustainable way of using and living with ocean energy. In doing so, I hope to communicate my passion for nature and the ocean to inspire change.

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Carmen
Engineer Integrated Water Management
Languages: English, Dutch, Spanish

The ingenuity of water in finding the easiest, most efficient path down the road has always been my inspiration in science and technology. As a civil engineer in hydraulics and an MSc in water resources engineering, my core area of expertise is numerical modeling of climate and hydrodynamics in rivers. By joining HAEDES, I aim to support hands-on projects related to integrated water management, blue-green strategies for climate change adaptation, and sustainable water systems. Moreover, as a lifelong traveler, I strive to find solutions through social interaction and mutual understanding.

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Leticia
Marine Ecologist
Languages: Portuguese, English, German, Spanish

I am a biologist with a passion for water resources. I consider it my responsibility to contribute to the good management of this resource, which is so vital for our entire ecosystem. Working on aquatic ecosystems and protecting them from any kind of pollution is part of the responsibility I am talking about. Enthusiastic and creative, I really want to contribute to projects related to the quality of water resources and the management of aquatic ecosystems through nature-based solutions. This is how I want to make a difference in the future we leave to the next generations and living beings on our planet. So through my vision I really want to inspire others for future projects. It’s time to act!

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Mostafa
Principal engineer
Languages: English, Farsi

With several references, and more than 15 years of experience in coastal and port engineering I am glad to bring my expertise on the numerous challenges our coastal and marine areas have to face. Constantly seek for the global view, this holistic vision is why I decided to join HAEDES. My skills encompass data analysis of in-situ and remote sensing parameters, hydrodynamic, water quality and sediment transport modeling, and provision of innovative engineering solutions to better live with nature.

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Diogo
Country Manager / Chief Operating Officer (Portugal)
Languages: English, Portuguese

Passionate about people and personal relationships, I try to put my knowledge and skills of Civil (M.Sc), Coastal, and Port Engineering at the service of society. At HAEDES I am responsible for Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries operations, and my main goals are to foster a positive work environment for the team, seeking to meet their needs and aspirations, offer the market a consulting solution with a focus on nature and sustainability, and enhance an environment in which free initiative and innovative spirit are combined with rigor and sense of responsibility. Focused on results, emotionally intelligent, lover of life, sweet words, and warm hugs, I try to positively change the world, one day at a time.

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Diogo
Expert Coastal Resilience
Languages: English, Portuguese

After getting my PhD and being involved as a project engineer, I told myself it was time to seek for other applied and global solutions. Living near the coast ever since it became more than a passion for me. Therefore, I could not miss the opportunity to work daily for its sustainability and resilience by seeking nature-based solutions to help in solving the coastal challenges.

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Tiago
Marine Ambassador Portugal
Languages: Portuguese, English

I am a man of people, managing teams towards collective excellence and ambitious results is what drives me. Pro-activity and passion for new challenges are my daily doses of motivation. With international experience in hydraulics, marine renewable energy, offshore structures and scour and sediment transport I am proud to say that I combine a good academic background with an appealing professional expertise. Working on the verge between applied research and engineering is the driver of my mindset.

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Ivan
Chief Innovation and Digitalization Officer
Languages: English, Spanish, Dutch

Managing complex multidisciplinary projects maximizing the benefits for our society and nature is my main driver. With a solid background in research and strong experience in numerical modelling and project management I am in continuous pursuit of new and creative solution approaches. My purpose is to tackle old and new challenges in our complex society and its interaction with the environment. I explore new areas of interest by engaging R&D and innovative projects and nature is my main source of inspiration.

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Founder – CSO Chief Soul & Strategy Officer
Languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese

Connecting people, ideas and disciplines for innovation that’ s what drives me. I can incorporate my expertise into typically disassociated fields and think systemic. I’m a European, future oriented, passionately inspired by Nature, science & experiences. I have completed my MSc. in Coastal & Marine Studies at the University of the Algarve (Portugal). My core field of expertise is related to regenerative design, system thinking, nature-based solutions in combination with engineering knowledge for ocean & offshore renewable energy, coastal resilience, and ports. I take the responsibility to nurture both HAEDES’ scientific skills and our soul.

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Renaat
Founder – CEO
Languages: English, French, Dutch

I consider myself as rational, down-to-earth, opportunity driven, proud and stubborn. Trust and integrity are my core values as CEO of HAEDES BV. Having international experience in hydraulics, integrated coastal zone/water management, sediment management and dredging, I am proud to use our Flemish/Belgian expertise to solve international water related challenges, enjoying the honest relation with local stakeholders. Developing science into engineering practice is my angle of doing business.