Mohamed has collaborated with MEDASSET in several research and awareness-raising projects in Egypt and has since acted as MEDASSET’s representative in Egypt. He is a member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, a veterinarian, holds an MSc in Environment & Development, and is undertaking a PhD in Governance and Public Policy. He is currently working as an advisor on territorial governance and decentralisation at the Egypt office of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
I hate to admit it but I am a workaholic as I hope that this way I might be able to make a tiny change in the life of people around me. My nuclear and my extended family are the loves of my life and being with them gives meaning to my existence. Photography, swimming, and safari are my greatest hobbies.
What about MEDASSET:
MEDASSET is a place discovered by a 16 year old teenager (who happened to be me) and gave him hope that he is not the only one that cares about the turtles in the Mediterranean. MEDASSET is also the place where the teenager learned that a person can realise his dreams and thus make life worth living.
“Because I was more often happy for other people, I got to spend more time being happy. And as I saw more light in everybody else, I seemed to have more myself.”
― Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong
EU Policy Advisor
Elli holds a MA in Environment, Development & Policy from the University of Sussex (UK) and a BA in Political Sciences & Public Administration from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). She is completing her PhD thesis at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris, on the European Union’s Integrated Maritime Policy with a focus on its environmental pillar. Elli has working experience in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs, in a Brussels-based consultancy, in the BBC World Service, in the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Athens. She is a French and Greek native speaker, fluent in English and Spanish, with a smattering of Italian.
In my free time I love watching documentaries and reading good books. But what I really enjoy most is being on an beach with friends, watching beautiful sunsets feeling the sand under my feet. I am amazed when still seeing dolphins and sea turtles in the sea and want to preserve them and their environment, which led me to joining MEDASSET.
What about MEDASSET?
I advise MEDASSET on topics such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Integrated Coastal Management, Maritime Spatial Planning, marine protected areas and other EU marine issues. I have a particular interest in European and international policy-making and communication processes and I am mostly concerned in bridging the gap between policy-makers and policy-takers.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” Albert Einstein.
Climate Change Advisor
Prue received a BSc in Environmental Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney before following her heart in an adventure across South America and landing in Athens. Working as the Environmental Officer at MEDASSET for 3.5 years, Prue experienced first-hand the challenges facing sea turtles in the Mediterranean. In the midst campaigning to protect the nesting beaches of Zakynthos, some life lessons were learnt in how challenging it is to hold decision-makers accountable. Prue continued her studies with a MSocSc (Environmental Decision Making) by distance from the Open University in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Prue was selected from more than 2,000 Australasian applicants to be trained as a Climate Reality Leader by former US Vice President Al Gore at The Climate Reality Project- Australia Asia Pacific Summit in Melbourne. Since returning to Australia with her Greek husband, Prue has worked as the Climate Change Officer in a Local Government in Melbourne.
As a proud Mumma, I feel the urgency of acting on climate change and environmental threats facing our world. This gives me a drive to share my knowledge of environmental threats and climate change with those unaware – sometimes fanatically! I love spending time in our vegie garden, bush walking and reading books – all challenging to fit in with a toddler.
What about MEDASSET?
MEDASSET is an organisation close to my heart – such a rich history of advocacy for the protection of sea turtles there is a real passion and commitment in all those working for MEDASSET. I learnt a great deal working at MEDASSET and feel fortunate to continue collaboration advising on climate change issues.
“We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society, sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.” President Barack Obama.
Our super duper pro bono graphic designer
Melina studied Graphic Design in the AKTO College of Thessaloniki in Greece and received her BA degree from Middlesex University of London.
She now specialises in Logo & Identity Design, Editorial Design, Packaging and Illustration (while furthering her education in the web design department).
I would say I am a goner for my job, since I get joy from searching and trying out new techniques in graphic design but also spend time illustrating my ideas and developing as a creative.
What about MEDASSET
I deeply appreciate the work and efforts of MEDASSET and its employees for the protection and rescue of the marine life. For this reason I participate in this endeavour in any way I can through Graphic Design.