Team

Change powered by people.

The people behind Earth 300 care about the planet because life is precious and earth must be preserved. We are a truly global team and are currently based out of Singapore, London, Barcelona, Milan and Honolulu. We have the passion, dedication and history to move and act quickly.

Management

Aaron Olivera

Founder | CEO

Aaron Olivera

Founder | CEO

Aaron Olivera has been an entrepreneur all his life, having experienced working in a myriad of industries; from training and development, to publishing, hospitality, retail and yachting. In 2015 Aaron learnt about the urgency and the gravity of the state of our planet and now dedicates himself exclusively to its preservation.

Gerardo Salazar

President

Gerardo Salazar

President

Gerardo is a naval design and marine engineering veteran who has held senior level positions at Lurssen and Blohm & Voss, where he has seen the construction of over 30 Newbuilds. He is a Director of Palladium Technologies Gmbh and he now joins Earth 300 to ensure the smoothest of journey’s ahead.

Ivan Salas Jefferson

Chief Design Officer

Ivan Salas Jefferson

Chief Design Officer

Ivan is a naval architect, designer, engineer. With an unlimited passion for the ocean, founded Iddes Yachts, an award winning naval architecture and design studio in Barcelona and joins the project to drive the design of Earth 300, continuing to lead all design activities to turn collective ideas into reality.

Prita S. Leenheer-Mathur

Chief Marketing Officer

Prita S. Leenheer-Mathur

Chief Marketing Officer

Prita brings over 3 decades of global experience in partnerships, marketing, sales & business development from the corporate, luxury, yachting and entertainment industry. Hailing from India but having lived in myriad cities across the globe, she is a mother of three eco-warriors from the Green School Bali and is passionate about our planet and in preserving it for future generations!

Shawn Sanderson

Corporate Development

Shawn Sanderson

Corporate Development

Shawn has worked in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has 20 years of leadership experience across technology and Not-for-Profit boards including senior roles at Youth Science Canada Board and Canadian Federal Government’s Services Canada. He joins Earth 300 with a passion for commercial innovation, science, technology and corporate social responsibility.

John Merrifield

Chief Creative Officer

John Merrifield

Chief Creative Officer

A lifelong surfer, John has an intimate knowledge of the ocean, in all its wonders and fragility. Over the years, his work has been ground breaking. He’s earned a reputation for doing things that have never been done before. He wants to make a dent and believes that creativity is a persuasive force for positive change.

Executive Team

Waqās Ahmed

Chief Interdisciplinary Officer

Waqās Ahmed

Chief Interdisciplinary Officer

Waqās is considered a world authority on multidisciplinary thought and practice. He is Founding Faculty at the London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) and Visiting Fellow at the Open University Business School, where he explores interdisciplinary approaches to leadership and management. He is also founder of the DaVinci Network and author of The Polymath (Wiley 2019).

Giulio Ceppi

Head of Systems Design

Giulio Ceppi

Head of Systems Design

Giulio Ceppi, architect, designer, professor. His activities are focused on sensorial design, development of new materials, biomimetics, technologies, and design strategy. Giulio has worked for Domus Academy, Philips Design, and later founded Total Tool Milano. He is also a professor at the Politecnico di Milano.

Advisors

Surrounded by others
who lift us higher.

We’re going to take risks, try new things and change humanity’s trajectory, and we are privileged  to count on the support of top level experts who are obsessed with how much there is to do and how little time there is to do it, and share with us their time and knowledge.

Core Advisory Group

Victor Zykov

Science & Research

Schmidt Ocean Institute
RV Falkor

Martin Yates

Technology, Smart Cities

Dell Technologies
CTO
Smart Cities

Karl Wagner

Security

Eastern Sky
Tesla
CIA

Karl-Henrik Nilsson

Travel & Expedition

Lucibello

Emmanuel Spanoudis

Business | Diplomacy

Monaco Private Label
Prince Albert II Monaco Foundation

Cazmir Leenheer

Youth | Sustainability

Green School
Sciences Po

Gunter H. Ruetter

Health | Life Sciences

Briese Research
NATO / CIOMR
Scenic Group

Jane Koh

HR | Finance

Earth 300

Sampaul Singh

Technology, Innovation

Integral Solution Systems 
System Integration Specialists

Michael Silah

Marine Operations

NOAA

Giulio Ceppi

Systems Design

Total Tool
Earth 300
Domus Academy

Jonathan Hung

Technology, Space

SSTA
Flex
EDB

Mario Kassar

Film, Media

Carolco
Rambo
Terminator

Uf Viljanen

Ship Operations

Oomph Technologies
ICF

Renato Chizzola

Hospitality

Cheval Blanc
The World
MY Njord

Global Advisory Group

Waqās Ahmed

Chair – Earth 300 Global Advisory Group

Earth 300
The Polymath
London Interdisciplinary School

Rob McCallum

Expedition, Oceans

EYOS
SeaXplorer
Five Deeps

Cissy Chen

Creative, Visual Communication

Earth 300
Ogilvy

Fiona Macintyre

Consulting, Events

Forming Impact
Necker Island

Michael Eliot Barth

Exploration, Technology

Explorers Club
Voiijer
GNH Partners

Andreas B. Heide

Conservation, Sailing

Barba Boat
Arctic Sense

Beverly Goodman

Science, Sedimentology

University of Haifa
National Geographic

Dominique Rissolo

Science, Archaeology

UCSD
Wait Foundation
NOAA

Federico Lauro

Scientist, Deep Sea Microbiology

NTU
Scripps
Mission Microbiome

Francesco Galli Zugaro

Expedition, Cruising

Aqua Expeditions

Daniel Fox

Sustainability, Photography

FEEL THE WILD
The Power of NATURE

Matteo Atti​

Aviation, Fashion

VistaJet
Gucci
IUM

Patrick Desmond

Legal, IP, Trademarks

SCG Chemicals
USG Borals

Lily Ong

Intelligence, Diplomacy, Media

MGIMO
Geopolitics360

Fulvio Dodich

Yachting, Finance

Ferreti Group CEO
Rosetti Chairman

Marco Bevolo

Futures, Design

Philips Design 
ItalDesign Giugiaro
Tilburg University

Yogi Thakker

Media, Aviation, Education

VistaJet
CIMA
Fairfax

Steve Smolinsky

Strategy, Entrepreneurship

Benari Ltd
Phenium
Wharton

Victoria Cerrone

Art, Technology

VC500
Elite Digital
MYC

Michael Jonathan Polk​

Philosophy, Psychology

Princeton University
DH Securities
Billboardology

Sophie Brown

Real Estate, Finance

Gaba Principle
Arc & Co
British Chamber

Christine Amour-Levar

Sustainability, Diversity

HER Planet Earth
Women on a Mission

Katie Hanson

Sustainability, Health Sciences, Human Performance

Aurita Aurelia
TEDMED

Patrick Bezalel

Art, Photography

Bezalel Gallery
NBA
IMF

Fabrice Schnoller

Science, Oceans

Darewin Project

Roberto Dutesco

Art, Photography

The Wild Horses of Sable Island

Roman Chiporukha

Expedition, Tourism

Roman & Erica
Space VIP

Breht McConville

Engineering, Anthropology

BMC Consulting
Physitrack

Ombretta Agró Andruff

Contemporary Art, Ocean Conservation

ARTSail

Emanuel Schreiner

Hospitality, Experiences

RVS Hotel Consulting
LVMH Hotel Management
The World – Residences at Sea

Michael Polk

Real Estate, Journalism

Polk Properties
Rolling Stone
Forbes

Inger-Mette Stenseth

Sustainability, Education

Project C6
World Climate School

Kurt Arrigo

Photography, Conservation

Rolex Cup
America Cup
BBC

Margaux Dedenis

Business, Education

IE University, Madrid 

Aaron Berger

Government Relations, Strategy

Nexus
Ocean Funders Initiative

Sarah Begum

Earth, Space Explorer

Spaced Out UK
Amazon Souls

Partners

Mission partners.

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