The strategic and operational decisions and activities proposed by the Board and ExCom are implemented by the Secretariat. The Secretariat works to support day-to-day operations of the EMB, advance EMB objectives and promote the Board’s activities and outputs. Based at the EMB offices in Ostend, the Secretariat is comprised of five staff members under the management of the Executive Director, who is the head of the Secretariat and an ex officio member of the ExCom.
Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 53
Niall McDonough (PhD 1998) originally trained as a marine biologist with research interests in aquaculture, fisheries and marine resource management. He holds a BA Mod. in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. His research addressed ecosystem approaches to sustainable inshore mariculture and shellfish stock restoration focusing on bivalve molluscs and crustaceans. Following two years with the Environmental Change Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Niall served for five years as Head of the Centre for Marine Resources and Mariculture at Queen’s University. From 2007 to 2009 he worked with the Irish Marine Institute as Team Leader for International Affairs. Niall joined EMB as its Director in 2009 and oversees the management of the EMB work programme, the Secretariat staff and the EMB budget. He sits on several international advisory panels and has responsibility to communicate on behalf of the Board with European and international partners.
Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 56
Kate Larkin (PhD 2006) has a multidisciplinary background, gaining a degree in Natural Sciences (University of Birmingham, UK) before training as a marine biogeochemist at the University of Southampton, UK. She continued her scientific research at the National Oceanography Centre, UK with research interests including benthic carbon cycling and ocean time-series. She later held project management roles for National and European ocean observation projects. As Deputy Head of the EMB Secretariat, Kate provides management support to the Executive Director on all aspects of the EMB work programme. Kate also continues scientific duties, providing leadership in areas of marine research infrastructures and ocean observation systems. Other activities include science-policy interfaces and facilitation of the EMB Working Group on Deep Sea research.
Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 63
Joke Coopman joined the European Marine Board in January 2017. She holds a Masters in Economic Sciences from Ghent University and an Advanced Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp. She has worked several years as a policy advisor on energy security and implementation of EU energy directives for the Belgian Energy Administration. Before joining EMB, she worked as a financial analyst for a major energy utility company. As Scientific Administrator Joke coordinates a number of core Secretariat activities and day-to-day Secretariat operations.
Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 54
Paula Kellett (PhD 2014) joined the European Marine Board in 2016. She originally gained an MEng degree in Naval Architecture and Small Craft Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Her PhD research, also carried out at University of Strathclyde, focused on the underwater noise emitted by ships, its impact on marine life and potential means of control. She was also involved in a collaborative project between marine science and engineering related to underwater noise, as well as research into marine biofouling, energy efficiency and ship maneuvering. As Science Officer, Paula is involved in WG Citizen Science and the University Consortium Panel, as well as other activities in science-policy interface and research facilitation.
Ángel E. Muñiz Piniella
Phone: +32 (0)59 34 01 70
Ángel E. Muñiz Piniella obtained his marine science degree from the University of Vigo, Spain with specialisation on biogeochemistry and marine pollution. He has, in addition, a Masters in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management with specialisation on environmental impacts and remediation from the Free University of Brussels, University of Ghent and University of Antwerp in Belgium. After conducting an internship at EMB in 2012, he has held positions at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), as member of the secretariats of the Joint Programing Initiatives on Oceans (JPI Oceans) and Climate Knowledge (JPI Climate). As Science Officer, he is involved in EOOS and the EMB Communications Panel and the Working Group on biological ocean observations.