Meet the team
We are a group of ocean-lovers dedicated to rebuilding our oceans. We want to inspire people to see the opportunities that the ocean has to offer and encourage them to explore how emerging technologies could help to solve one of our time’s most critical issue.
We are working with a fast “design-build-test” approach, encouraging participants to develop prototype solutions. Based on our diverse backgrounds, unique knowledge and exceptional partner network, we support our participants in all aspects of their innovation process.
A Ocean Community Challenge e uma associação registrada em Portugal. Estamos juntos através de nosso amor pelo mar e somos dedicados a contribuir para a reconstrução do ambiente marinho. Queremos inspirar o mundo a ver as oportunidades que o mar tem a oferecer, e incentivá-las a explorar como as tecnologias emergentes podem ajudar a resolver um dos problemas mais críticos do nosso tempo.
Trabalhamos com uma abordagem rápida de "design-build-test", incentivando participantes a desenvolver soluções e criar protótipos. Nossa força vem através de nossas origens diversas, do conhecimento único, e da excepcional rede de profissionais. Apoiamos nossos participantes em todos os aspectos no seu processo de inovação.
Professor Robin Teigland
Robin is Professor of digitalization at Chalmers University of Technology. Apart from moving research forward, Sweden's "startup-professor" has a long track record leading international projects and working with startups, digital transformation, and the implementation of digital technologies. She has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the Stockholm School of Economics. In addition, she has worked as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and as a consultant for McKinsey in Spain and Sweden and co-founded a MedTech startup in Norway. As co-founder of Peniche Ocean Watch, she is actively working to develop a blue circular economy in Peniche. Teigland is also the director of Ocean Data Factory Sweden. In the last three years, she was listed as one of Sweden's most influential women in technology by the leading Swedish business magazine, Veckans Affärer.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Susanne has a long career leading teams across industries in Sales, Operations and IT. She has acted as a trusted advisor to CxOs in Digital Strategy and is passionate about leveraging IT to drive sustainable business growth. Her focus is now on purposeful impact investments and advisory in the circular economy. She is a plant-based future friend, and true animal- and ocean lover who recently pulled up her Swedish roots replanting them on the Silver Coast of Portugal.
Co-Founder & Program Director
Growing up on the West coast of Norway, the ocean has always been - and still is - Celine’s playground. Despite her young age, Celine has worked for a tech startup in Silicon Valley, conducted a traineeship at the Norwegian Embassy in Lisbon, worked as a project manager at Peniche Ocean Watch, and studied innovation at UC Berkeley. Celine is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in finance alongside her role as program manager for OCC.
Kaja recently moved to Peniche, Portugal to finish her Master of Graphic Design and to enjoy living near the coast. Originally from Ljubljana, Slovenia, she travels as much as possible, capturing memories with her camera along the way. In love with the details, color harmonies and old towns, Kaja is passionate about graphic and web design, working with international clients and improving her skills all the time.
After having sailed to Greenland and Antarctica, Pia became the first Scandinavian to race single handed across the Atlantic in 2003. Her biggest concern was not wind or lack of sleep but to sail into ghost fishing nets in the middle of the ocean, which would require diving into the net to cut free, or to hit one of the thousands of containers lost at sea from container ships each year. Pia is a serial entrepreneur, ocean sailor and innovation coach, and she is passionate about oceans, sailing, innovation and digitalization.
Adilson has a long-standing connection with the ocean, clean water and natural resources, having been raised under a strict training schedule in the swimming pool, and spent countless weekends fishing. A true water lover, that never misses an opportunity to put the bathing shorts on. Currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Business and Economics with a major in Financial Management, and having previously worked at a consultancy, he is passionate about sustainable business solutions and innovation.
Born and raised in a small seaport in the south of Sweden, the ocean has been constant in Sanne's life; both as a place for recreation as well as a creator of livelihood for the community. Sanne holds a B.A in Media and Communication Studies and is currently pursuing a B.S.c in Business and Economics with a major in Business Administration. She has also conducted an internship in Lisbon at the Swedish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.
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After completing a post graduate in Applied Mathematics & Finance in Toulouse, Natacha has worked as a risk manager in investment banking for more than 10 years in London.
Over the years, Natacha has developed a strong passion and love for the oceans through the art of surfing and this brought her to Portugal. She is now developing her career towards co-innovation and positive impact projects that are closest to her heart.