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 & CEO
Susanne has a long career leading teams across industries in Business Development, Operations and IT across industry verticals. She has also spent multiple years working for leading Management & IT Consulting firms and server as trusted advisor to CxOs in Digital Strategy. She 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. She has recently taken her first surfboard and kite surf lessons enjoying the challenging wind and waves of the ocean.
Co-Founder & Deputy Program Director
Christina has a long and solid experience from management positions and leading functions in the Finance Industry and leading global Consulting Firms covering Business and Product Development, Innovation, Corporate Strategy and Organizational Change. Christina is a thought leader and expert in the Payments industry and has held various CxO positions. She Is passionate about driving and leveraging Business growth and change. Been living close to the sea she is passionate about the ocean and all kind of ocean sports, mainly sailing. Her main drivers now being solving the environmental and food challenges we are facing by creating a sustainable and circular economic model based on new innovative solutions. Christina is committed to take on the challenge that UN are addressing in the Sustainable Development Goals by building a business case attracting necessary investment and scout for suitable start-up ideas to support the UN goals.
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 Deputy Program Director for OCC 2021. Celine is a Co-Founder of OCC and held the role as the 2020 Program Director.
Creative Director & CMO
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 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.
Social Media Manager & CMO
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.
OC Academy Principal
Vanessa was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, and from early years enjoyed camping during summer holidays near the beach.
She still captures energy from the ocean engaging in water sports such as swimming and surfing, and she also has a coastal boat license.
Vanessa holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering - Quality & Environment and a Postgraduate Degree in Integrated Quality, Environment Management Systems. She has been working for the Pharmaceutical Industry for the past 14 years where her main tasks include project management and laboratory team supervision.
Vanessa is passionate about the environment, sustainability and Blue Circular Economy projects and all its contribution to the bigger cause; Protecting the planet!