Echoes Experts

John Rhee

Mr. Rhee is leader in global sustainability.
He is  founding partner of Stratis Impact which makes large scale Sustainable Investments. His philanthropic roles include CFO for Nobel Sustainability Trust and Investment Committee Member for Barbra Bush Foundation.   
Previously John was Executive Director for Softbank Alternative Investment and Venture Fund.
Prior to these, John was an attorney with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York and clerked for the White House Legal Counsel’s Office under President Clinton. 
John is a graduate of the Yale Law School JD program and of the Cornell Undergraduate program at the School of Arts and Sciences.

Maria Salomidi

Dr. Maria Salomidi is a Marine Ecology Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece. She studied Environmental Sciences at the University of the Aegean, putting an early focus on marine ecology. In 2002 she was awarded a PhD scholarship from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and the University of the Aegean to study hard-bottom phytobenthic communities as indicators of environmental quality. She was the first to develop a fast, ecologically sound and non-destructive (photographic) sampling approach for the Rapid Assessment of the Coastal Ecological Status (RACES methodology), especially designed to meet the demands put forward by the European Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC).
During her 20 years working experience in HCMR, she has participated in numerous national and international research projects at various stages of implementation (coordination, field trip organization, onboard and underwater sampling surveys, data processing and reporting) in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Red Sea. She has authored or co-authored over 30 scientific articles, 6 book chapters, and, together with Yiannis Issaris, marine scientist and distinguished photographer, “Benthos & Pelagos” (2012), a colourful science-based introduction to the Life of the Greek Seas. She has a long-time experience in communicating marine ecology across all education levels and the public, through lectures, presentations, social media & press articles, and documentaries.
Maria is a founding member and an officer of the HCMR Scientific Diving Team, a founding member and member of the board of the “Theraic Sea” Initiative for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in Santorini Island, and a founding member of the “Tethys” Hellenic Association of Recreational Scubadiving. Since early 2019, she is Secretary to the board of directors of the Management Body of the Cyclades Protected Areas. Her main research interests lie in the fields of marine ecology and biodiversity, ecosystem health and quality, habitat mapping and assessment, scientific diving, underwater visual survey techniques, ecosystem-based conservation and adaptation, marine protected areas, ecosystem services, and coastal sustainability. She is a strong advocate of bottom-up, participatory processes for managing coastal fisheries.

Pedro Moura Costa

Dr Pedro Moura Costa is the director and founder of BVRio - Rio de Janeiro’s Environmental Exchange (, an organization aimed at promoting market mechanisms to facilitate compliance with environmental laws. Among other sectors, BVRio has developed a tradeable credit system to incentivize the collection and recycling of waste in Brazil.
This system then led to the creation of the 3R Initiative (, an international alliance to promote the recycling of waste plastics, with the involvement of large consumer goods companies such as Danone, Nestle, Tetrapak, Veolia and NGOs Verra and Conservation International.
Formerly, Pedro was the founder and President of EcoSecurities Group Plc, the world leader in carbon trading and clean energy investment, listed in the London Stock Exchange and reaching a market cap of over USD 1 billion.
Dr Moura Costa is an Honorary Research Associate of the Smith School at Oxford University and has published over 100 articles and books on greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon trading including as a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that were recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Talia Woodin

I am studying Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. However am deferring a year in order to pursue my photography career and continue with my role as national media & messaging coordinator, within Extinction Rebellion, full time. Not only are environmentalism, visual arts and communication all great passions of mine but I now have the honour of practising them all on a daily basis.

G Erlendsson

G is the Founder & CEO of ENSO, a UK based company that is developing sustainable tyres for electric vehicles. G has more than a decade of hands on experience with start-ups, venture capital and private equity having structured and negotiated major successful transactions across Europe. 
Everyone calls him G as his first name is entirely unpronounceable. 

Evgenia Tsianou

Evgenia is an enthusiastic self-employed env. engineer who always seeks for meaningful collaborations in sustainability & circular economy context. A project planner who deploys a holistic approach based on climate science background. An implementer who often works as a troubleshooter.
She has pursued internships and worked in Tunisia, Greece, Germany and Switzerland. She is especially interested in topics related to community supported agriculture, society’s vulnerability to climate change, natural disasters and the manner in which society can confront or adapt to these occurrences.
She enjoys coordinating projects, facilitating research and closing the communication gap between researchers and the community. At alchemia-nova, she works on the AGROMINE and HYDROUSA projects.

Elena Symeonidou

Computing engineer, cinematographer, media producer, she discovered permaculture 10 years ago and has not turned back since. She has been working as a permaculture designer and farmer for the last ten years. Currently she is the environmental manager at the Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros.

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara is a marine conservation ecologist with a PhD in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (1985).
He founded in 1986 the Tethys Research Institute in Milano, where he spearheaded the creation of the world’s first high-seas marine protected area, the Pelagos Sanctuary, established in 1999 by a treaty amongst Italy, France and Monaco.
He has served from 1999-2004 as the Italian Commissioner at the International Whaling Commission, and from 2002-2010 as Chair of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS.
He has taught science and policy of the conservation of marine biodiversity at the University Statale of Milan from 2007 to 2016. Currently he is the CoP-appointed Scientific Councillor for Aquatic Mammals at the UN Convention on Migratory Species (since 2014); Co-Chair of the IUCN Task Force on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (since 2013); and Deputy Chair, IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group (since 1997). For more details:

Tracey Carpenter

Tracey Carpenter is a leader and strategist of campaigns and initiatives delivering climate action and environmental restoration in Australia, the Pacific and globally.
The pristine waters and shores of the Pacific are threatened by oil and armaments lying in over 3000 rusting WWII shipwrecks. Major Projects Foundation is bringing together scientists, engineers, marine archaeologists, Pacific island communities and interested parties to research and act on the threat of oil release from World War II shipwrecks in the Pacific.
MPF are currently preparing the MV Ocean Recovery ( former NZ naval vessel) to conduct its first research and trial dives along the east coast of Australia. The project has the support of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle and is seeking partners committed to protecting the ocean environment and to the people’s of the many Pacific nations who are reliant on the health of these waters.
Tracey has many years experience in environmental leadership through projects ranging from the Icewalk Expedition to the North Pole, Timor Leste carbon offset tree planting to the establishment of Wind and Solar Farms developments in rural NSW. Tracey is working with MPF to seek partners and supporters of the Ocean Recovery Project

Ana Salceda

For more than two decades Ana Salceda has worked as a journalist, academic researcher, strategist, advocate, and documentary filmmaker based in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Throughout her career, Salceda has focused on catalyzing social change by revealing the connections between nature, people and science. Salceda has built a reputation as a strong project leader known for her investigative journalism, strategic thinking, creative vision and filmmaking, as well as effective project management. Salceda’s latest short-film was produced for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Department of Science Education. The film is focused on The Darien Gap, which is located on Panama-Colombia border.
This bilingual project includes: classroom materials, tied to US science standards, for exploring concepts presented in the film; and a web-based citizen science interactive called The WildCam Darien, where students help scientists identify animals from a massive camera trap data base. Project materials are distributed freely via HHMI’s website, BioInteractive, with 2.8 million unique visitors per year, and they are used primarily in high schools and colleges in the US and Latin America countries where HHMI works. The project was nominated for Best Program at SMASH18. Since then, Salceda keeps working with The Rainforest Foundation, LandRightsNow and the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama to accelerate the titling of indigenous lands and build the capacity of Indigenous People to defend their rights against encroachment.
Salceda’s latest 1-hour documentary for broadcast, “A Sloth Named Velcro, was produced for PBS, Nature – the U.S.’s longest running natural history series. The film, which aired in primetime with strong ratings, was a finalist for both an Emmy Award and an award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Salceda is currently developing “Big Fish,” a 5-year science and conservation initiative that includes a 1- hour film for broadcast, a regional communication strategy, and outreach materials designed to assess and sustainably manage Fish Spawning Aggregation sites (FSAs) in the Wider Caribbean. Core to the initiative is a unique network of partners that includes scientists, fisheries managers, conservationists and fishers. As result of this effort, Salceda will launch an international Public Engagement Campaign in 2020 in collaboration with NOAA, FAO, the CFMC and more than 28 other institutional and media partners.
Throughout her career, Salceda has researched, designed and produced successful communication strategies for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), National Geographic Society, Community and Biodiversity, The Inter-American Development Bank, The Panamanian Center of Environmental Law (CIAM), The International Book Club, The Panama Canal Commission, Sea Studios Foundation, and The Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2008, Salceda formed her own production company BelugaSmile Productions, and has worked as an independent producer and communication strategist for: • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), • Nature-WNET PBS, • National Geographic Society, • NOVA-WGBH PBS, • The Harvard Medical School, • Sea Studios Foundation (SSF) • International Community Foundation (ICF), • The United Nations Foundation (UNF), • Community and Biodiversity (COBI) in Mexico, and The Environmental Advocacy Center in Panama (CIAM.) Prior to founding BelugaSmile Productions, Salceda’s worked as a journalist for International News Agency EFE, National Public Radio (RNE), and newspapers such as Diario 16 and La Voz; creative director and communication strategists for Alféizar Comunicación in Madrid; founder and Editor and Chief of the magazine Icaro; producer and director for “Beyond the News,” for National TV Panama; communication manager for social environmental issues for Panama Canal Commission; and as a researcher for Harvard University. Salceda earned an M.S. International Relations and Communication, 1997; a B.S journalism, 1995 and a degree in Documentary Film production 1994. She received her degrees respectively from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, The European University in Madrid and the Escuela Superior de Imagen y Sonido CES, Madrid. When not on the road, Salceda lives in Washington, D.C., where her company is based.
She is a member of the Writers Guilt of America (WGAE) and The ‘Science & Entertainment Exchange’ program from The National Academy of Science. As a member of this NSA program, Salceda recently co-authored the article “Translating Science in Film: The Science & Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences” in Translational Criminology Magazine, autumn 2018.

David Elisco

David Elisco manages the development and production of a portfolio of films, focusing on feature-length documentaries. He is drawn to dramatic stories that touch the heart, inspire wonder, and provide new insights into life on Earth – and our place in it. Elisco most recently executive-produced the feature documentaries “The Serengeti Rules,” “Inventing Tomorrow,” the a soon-to-be released film on Oliver Sacks, and he served as consulting producer on the Emmy-winning film, “The Farthest.”

For much of his career, Elisco served as an award-winning writer, producer and director. As such he’s earned a reputation of being a filmmakers’ executive, who brings nearly 30 years of producing experience to the table. His films and work have appeared on Netflix, Amazon Prime, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian Channel and NBC.

Penny Apostolaki

Dr Penny Apostolaki is an independent sustainability advisor with experience in environmental policy, ocean sustainability, and green finance.
She has headed research and policy teams, served as strategy lead focusing on business sustainability and natural capital for the UK Government and worked as consultant for international organisations. Her interests cover responsible investing, the sustainable development goals, and risk-based management of resources.
In her current assignment, she is leading development of technical criteria for identification of green investments.

Hara Xirou

Hara is an expert researcher and policy developer, with over 14 years experience in delivering EU, national and regional projects on resource efficiency and sustainability. She has regularly engaged with EU key decision makers in the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, industry associations, consultancies and NGOs in the past nine years in Brussels.
She recently led the work, as a country analyst, for two countries (Greece, Cyprus) under the ‘Early Warning System’ project for Member States at risk of missing the 2020 target of 50% preparation for re-use / recycling for municipal waste. Hara is now residing in Athens leading the ‘Clean Blue Paros’ project founded and developed by Common Seas.
Hara’s experience is key to integrating policy changes recommended by Plastic Drawdown and the Clean Blue Alliance island demonstration initiatives. Hara previously worked with Tetra Pak International and the Association of Cities and Regions Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+). She holds an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from Imperial College and is a LEAD Fellow of the LEAD International Network.

Fanglu Wang

Fanglu Wang is CITIC Capital’s Senior Managing Director and Managing Partner of CITIC Capital Silk Road Fund. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of CITIC Kazyna Investment Fund I. He has over 25 years of experience in capital markets, corporate finance, financial engineering and risk management. He has led several major capital raising transactions for the China Ministry of Finance and other major corporations.
Mr. Wang was the former Head of Product Marketing and Sales for China at HSBC, a Director in Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch Asia, a Vice President at Citibank Hong Kong and an Executive Director at Sakura Global Capital.
Mr. Wang received an M.A. in Statistics from the University of Chicago, a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai.