s.Pro Team

Angela Schultz-Zehden

Angela Schultz-Zehden

founder and managing director

Angela Schultz-Zehden (MBA, MSc European Studies, BSc Economics) is manager-owner of s.Pro - sustainable-projects GmbH. She is highly experienced in the development and management of complex international cooperation projects and strategic project pipelines covering the whole spectrum of sustainable development. She has been involved in the development of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Maritime Policy since 2001. In this time, she has developed and led a whole string of projects related to MSP and sustainable use of marine resources in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. Two current focal roles are contract lead manager of the MSP Platform (an assistance mechanism for the implementation of MSP commissioned by DG MARE) and managing director of the pan-Baltic SUBMARINER Network, whose secretariat is hosted by s.Pro.

 

Programme Managers:

Efthalia Arvaniti

Efthalia Arvaniti

programme manager SUBMARINER Network
Efthalia is a community builder and curates ideas and concepts with an impact. She develops sustainable blue/green value chains, that can improve people's lives, reduce waste and protect the marine environment. Efthlia holds a PhD in biorefining for production of chemicals and fuels, an MSc in environmental sciences and a BSc in chemistry. She is also certified expert in Promoting Innovation by Climate-KIC. In the last 14 years Efthalia has worked with numerous cross-disciplinary and cross-functional teams in 5 EU countries.
Lisa Simone de Grunt

Lisa Simone de Grunt

programme manager s.Pro
Lisa (MBA, MSc) is a maritime planning and policy consultant with s.Pro, where she applies her knowledge of maritime affairs to numerous ‘blue’ projects, focusing on capacity building and stakeholder engagement, maritime spatial planning (MSP), Blue Growth, estuary management as well as marketing and outreach. Current projects include the Interreg NSR IMMERSE project ('Implementing Measures for Sustainable Estuaries'). Her interdisciplinary professional background was formed by working as an editor and includes completion of the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) traineeship with EC DG MARE. She has an international Masters degree in MSP, a Masters in Business Administration and an academic background in Social Geography & Spatial Planning and Literary Studies. She is fluent in Dutch and English, has a good command of German and a working knowledge of the French language.

Consultants:

Susanne Altvater

Susanne Altvater

Susanne (Lawyer, Diploma Landscape management) is a maritime spatial planning (MSP) and policy consultant with s.Pro. She has been working on marine topics like integration of biodiversity protection into other policy fields or combating marine litter for more than 15 years and is conducting trainings. For the European MSP Platform she is facilitating exchange of knowledge and experience on MSP between EU Member States. With partners of the Interreg project BalticRIM she is aiming to strengthen the sector of coastal and underwater cultural heritage within national and sea-basin wide MSP developments.
Joanna Clarkson

Joanna Clarkson (maternity leave)

Joanna (MSc European Studies) is a consultant at s.Pro – sustainable projects GmbH with extensive experience of EU project and programme management. At s.Pro, she applies her organisational and communication skills to Interreg projects in the areas of Integrated Maritime Policy and Resource Efficiency and Blue Growth, as well as undertaking editorial work for online and print publications. Previously, Joanna worked both directly and as a contractor for the European Commission in programme management and editorial roles. She is a native speaker of English and German and has a good command of French.
Irina Goryunova

Irina Goryunova (maternity leave)

Irina is a consultant on market research and communication. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Global Politics & Economics. Previously, she gained experience as a consultant on energy policy and communications within German and international entities in sustainability sector. She is currently aspiring a doctoral degree in Environmental Governance at the Free University Berlin. Her research looks into coordination challenges of cross-border environmental projects. Irina is fluent in English, German, Russian and has a basic knowledge of Finnish.
Ivana Lukic

Ivana Lukic

Ivana is working on the projects related to maritime economies, stakeholder engagement and maritime spatial planning (MSP). Her professional background includes work on the regional offshore renewable energy aspect of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan. Ivana also has extensive international experience with industry engagement as the leader of the World Ocean Council MSP Working Group. Ivana holds an international master diploma in MSP and quality engineering, and research experience at the Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Portugal).
Laurine Tertre

Laurine Tertre

Laurine is working as a Junior Consultant at s.Pro, after graduating in European affairs with a specialization in coastal regions (SciencesPo Rennes M.A. in European and Global Affairs). She currently pursues her interest in ‘blue’ EU policies by focusing on the interdisciplinary topic of ocean multi-use and related projects, e.g. UNITED, MULTI-FRAME. She is also involved in consolidating partnerships with blue companies at the Baltic Sea level by developing a 'Baltic Catalogue' showcasing products and services using aquatic resources from the region in a sustainable manner. Laurine applies to her work the knowledge she gained from specializing on the Baltic Sea Region during her Erasmus in Stockholm and her final internship at INTERREG Baltic Sea Region. She is fluent in French and English, has a good command of German and basic knowledge of Swedish.
Frederick Bruce

Frederick Bruce

Frederick is working as a Junior Consultant at s.Pro, involved primarily in the administration of SUBMARINER’s Blue Growth projects such as GRASS, with an avid interest in IMTA, RAS and low-trophic species, particularly macroalgae. Prior to working at s.Pro, Frederick set up his own business to raise awareness for environmental causes and support local SMEs through seaweed-based health foods, cosmetics and artwork. He holds an Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture and is working towards a Master’s degree in the same field. Frederick is fluent in English and German, with basic knowledge of French and Spanish.
Linda Uhr

Linda Uhr

Linda (MA Global Studies, BSc Environmental & Sustainability Studies / Digital Media & Cultural Informatics) is joining s.Pro for a summer job where she supports the team on new activities such as the Marine Citizen Science Project and Baltic Catalogue. She is familiar with the blue topics of water management and sanitation thanks to her volunteer experience with the non-profit Viva con Agua based in Hamburg, Germany. Through her minor studies and several internships, she has also developed sound skills in social media and content production, such as video and podcast creation. Her interest in sustainability is reflected not only in her interdisciplinary studies, but also in lifestyle and passion for sustainable consumption. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan and has a basic knowledge of French.

 

Administration:

Anne Kierkegaard

Anne Kierkegaard

Project Assistant
Project Assistant Anne (M.Litt. Creative Writing, MSc Public Administration, BSc EU Studies) supports the s.Pro team on administrative tasks. Anne has experience with project administration from social and cultural organizations in Denmark, the Middle East, and Germany. She also has a great interest in the role of the ocean in contemporary literature. Anne is a native speaker of Danish. She is fluent in English, has a very good command of German, and basic knowledge of Italian and French.
 

 

Interns:

 

External consulting experts:

From studies to technical assistance and interactive project work, s.Pro has a long history of fruitful cooperation with external experts on a freelance basis. You can find here the profiles of a few of our most long-term, trusted partners. Looking for the opportunity to join a dynamic team for concrete assignments, missions and more while keeping the flexibility of self-employment and remote working? We are always happy to add qualified and motivated individuals to our pool of trusted external expert consultants, e.g. in the area of technical assistance. If you have the required skills and experience, please get in touch! Please send your enquiry with your CV attached to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Kira Gee

Kira Gee

Kira is a project expert who has worked with s.Pro GmbH – sustainable projects since its foundation. Kira has 20 years of experience working in the field of ICZM and MSP in the UK and Germany covering the Baltic and North Sea as well as the European Atlantic. She has been a government consultant in Germany developing a national ICZM strategy and preparing advice on transboundary MSP. She has been involved in numerous MSP projects including PlanCoast, BaltSeaPlan, KnowSeas, PartiSEApate and TPEA (Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic) and has co-authored a number of key guiding documents such as the PlanCoast MSP handbook, the BaltSeaPlan Vision 2030 and the PartiSEApate recommendations on transboundary MSP governance.
Jacek Zaucha

Jacek Zaucha

Professor Jacek Zaucha is a project expert who has worked extensively with s.Pro since its founding. Prof. Zaucha is member of the faculty of the Economics Department of the Gdañsk University (since 1994), and also associated with the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (since 2007). He served in several public bodies active in the field of his research interests, such as a member of the Committee on the Spatial Development in the Baltic Sea Region of VASAB (1994 - 2008) and Chair of VASAB (2015-2016), and as member of the Senior Officials Group (SOG) of the Baltic Agenda 21 (1997 - 2007). He is also a member of HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group (since 2010). Prof. Zaucha is currently responsible for drafting the first official maritime spatial plan in Poland. He serves as the Main MSP Expert for the Baltic Sea Region for the EU MSP Platform, and has provided his expertise at multiple MSP conferences and workshops. He has published more than 110 scientific publications and contributed to several MSP related scientific projects: ARCH (FP7), MUSES (HORIZON 2020), BaltSpace (BONUS) and many others. Prof. Zaucha is a native Polish speaker and is fluent in English.
Bernhard Heinrichs

Bernhard Heinrichs

Bernhard Heinrichs is currently the team leader of the s.Pro team in the MARISMA project in Angola, Namibia and South Africa. This GiZ funded project is dealing with the Marine Spatial Management and Governance Programme for the Benguela Current. Bernhard Heinrichs is one of the first maritime spatial planning (MSP) practitioners in Europe. For nearly 20 years he was the General-Director of the State Planning Department (Ministerialdirigent) of Mecklenburg – Vorpommern (Germany), where he introduced MSP on the regional level. Furthermore he was the Lead Partner of 5 transnational projects funded by the EU Community Initiative Interreg - three of them dealing with maritime spatial planning (BaltCoast, PlanCoast, SuPortNet) where he closely worked together with s.Pro.

 

Please contact the Office Manager for all general enquiries:

s.Pro is founding and managing partner of the SUBMARINER Network, which brings together an unlimited range of public and private actors from all Baltic Sea Region countries in order to promote and realise activities necessary for using marine resources innovatively and sustainably.