HeraSpace Experienced Team

HeraSpace is composed by an experienced international team of experts that is committed to the scalability of these solution. Their combined skilset provides with extensive sales and commercial expertise in the sustainable tech solutions, technical expertise in Copernicus Sentinel data, programming and machine learning know how, international customers database, and expertise in EU regulatories bodies. Their track record and the summation  of their complementary skills warranty successful results.

The core team 

HeraSpace Marine Sales Expert, Chris Wilson: Experienced executive with over 25 years experience involved in Earth Observation technologies, with the last 16 years focused on ocean observation, vessel monitoring, and fisheries sustainability projects. Chris coached successful teams that have achieved company revenue targets and increased market share. Chris is a creative manager and mentor with integrity, vision, and a focus on achieving outstanding results.  Joining HeraSpace in March 2017, Chris is a core team member with extensive international experience in the marine industry. His professional network creates sales and development opportunities around the HeraSpace project, providing valuable connections and feedback from the fishing community.

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HeraSpace Regulations Expert, Estela Gonçalves Pereira: Experienced environmental engineer with over 25 years of projects’ implementation, fundraising, evaluation, auditing, legislation and consultancy. Professional experience in 47 countries including the following issues: environmental education, climate change, energy, waste, water and circular economy. European Commission - Horizon 2020 external expert on low carbon technologies and energy. Full Member Society for Risk Analysis: www.sra.org. In my life, environment is not just a job - is a value!  Estela Gonçalves Pereira is a consultant core team member committed with HeraSpace since January 2017, her experience adds valuable source of knowledge from the environmental field.

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HeraSpace Marine Science Expert, Richard Holmquist:  Currently the owner of Pelagic Concepts, Richard provides consulting services within the fields of marine technology, remote sensing, satellite communications, and geographic information systems (GIS). Prior to this, Richard advanced from Oceanographer to Director of Sales at the remote sensing company, DigitalGlobe.  During this career, he worked with commercial fisheries and government fisheries management agencies around the world. He has a unique history with GIS and Remote Sensing technology for the purposes of fisheries management, enforcement, and sustainable exploitation. He has global experience with direct sales, remote teams, and channel partners, and is a valued collaborator with major philanthropic foundations.  He also holds a master’s degree in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA.  Richard is a consultant core team member committed with HeraSpace since August 2017.  He adds experience, professionalism, and high-level expert marine knowledge, giving an insight into the industry based on more than 20 years of experience.

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“leader” HeraSpace CEO and Developer, Isaac Durá: Founder and Software developer with an innovative and an entrepreneurial spirit. Always eager to learn, and make things happen. He has worked for several years building software for different sectors such as finance, government, and e-commerce in different countries. As an entrepreneur, he has participated in international European programs like Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs supporting the development of German startups. He has envisioned and coordinated the partial preparation of an Horizon 2020 (CAPS) proposal for boosting collective intelligence, creating an international network around it. Isaac was the winner of one of the two ESA Arctic Special Prizes at Junction hackathon 2016, with the HeraSpace project from between 1400 competitors. He co-founded and is the current president of the Spanish association “Virtual Environment Coworking” dedicated to creating technological solutions for taking care of the environment.

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José Antonio Blanco, Copernicus Accelerator HeraSpace Mentor: Innovation & Technology Projects Coordinator at Fundación madri+d / Associate Professor at UPM, ESCP Europe, Stanford University. He is driving the HeraSpace business model, providing HeraSpace with mentorship, and support to identify and engage early adopters, access an incubator, and get a first paying customer.

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HeraSpace complementary team:

Machine learning HeraSpace Intern, Piyush Gupta: Student at the Northern India Engineering College, New Delhi. He is implementing the HeraSpace MVP since October 2017.

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Machine learning HeraSpace Intern, Kartik Sharma: Student at the Northern India Engineering College, New Delhi. He is implementing the HeraSpace MVP since October 2017.

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Copernicus Accelerator has provided HeraSpace with business and mentorship support since November 2017. We are building a strategy together to get a first client, and we are been selected by the ESA BIC.