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José Joaquín Hernández Brito

Spain
CEO, Air Center

At his current post since 1983, this marine science researcher has been involved in over 40 national and international projects. He has held several R&D management positions at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, such as Dean of the Faculty of Marine Science, Director of the Research Results Transfer Office (TTO), Director of the Scientific and Technological Park, and Research Vice-Rector.  He has also held the positions of Director of the Canary Institute of Marine Science, Manager at the large research infrastructure PLOCAN (Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands) and actually he is serving as CEO of the AIR CENTRE-Atlantic International Research Centre. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of  ETIPOCEN (The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy funded by the European Commission to define research and innovation priorities for the ocean energy sector and promote solutions to the industry, European and national policymakers), Ocean Energy Europe and APPA-Marina. He holds a PhD in Chemistry (1986) by the University of La Laguna.