Members of the Alignment Group
This page introduces the Members of the Alignment Group. The Alignment group coordinates the technical RD&I matters of the Association.
The members of the Alignment Group consist of the Coordinator, the IRAG chairpersons (chairs and vice-chairs), the Chair of the Delegates Group, the liaison officer(s) and the Executive Director.
Maria Boile, Coordinator
Professor, and Director of the M.Sc. in Shipping at the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies (https://www.unipi.gr/unipi/en/) and Head of Unit on Transport Economics and Environment, Maritime and Air Transport, at the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) (https://www.certh.gr)
Professor Boile has served in senior academic and research positions in Europe and the U.S. She holds a diploma in Civil (Transportation) Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University, US, and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, US. She has participated in over 70 sponsored research projects in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, as a principal investigator in over half of them.
Jorge Miguel Lara López, Chair of IRAG Port & Logistics
R&D Project Manager at Fundación Valenciaport, Fundación Valenciaport (www.fundacion.valenciaport.com)
Jorge Lara holds a Business Degree from the University of Valencia, an Official Postgraduate Master's Degree in Economic Internationalisation: Integration and International Trade from the Institute of International Economics of the University of Valencia and a Master's Degree in Port Management and Intermodal Transport from ICADE Business School. He also holds a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investments Projects – Principles and Sector Applications diploma from the Milan Summer School – Università Degli Studi di Milano and CSIL – IX edition. He began his professional career in the Power Electronics España company in 2001, collaborating as a purchasing manager in the R&D Department. In 2010 he works with the Institute of International Economics, belonging to the University of Valencia, and with the Fundación Valenciaport as a R&D assistant in projects related to Short Sea Shipping, Logistics and New Technologies applied to shipping. In 2012 he was freelance specialist in Maritime Transport, International Trade and ICT Systems.
In September 2014 he joins the Fundación Valenciaport as a member of the Innovation and port cluster Development team. Since 2014, he is mainly focused on sustainability topics, being involved in different projects related to alternative fuels, circular economy ICT and Sea Traffic Management, such as H2PORTS, EALING, LASTING, YEP-MED, STM, GAINN4MOS, Costa project (use of LNG in maritime transport), LOOP-Ports, B2MoS, MedNet, etc. He is expert in Cost Benefit Analysis, participating in different proposal for CEF (Connecting Europe Facilities) He has coordinated the first European Union Circular economy project in ports LOOP-Ports funded by EIT Climate-KIC during 2018-2020.
Jorrit Harmsen, Vice-Chair of IRAG Port & Logistics
Senior researcher, sustainable logistics, TNO (www.tno.nl)
Jorrit Harmsen focusses on technical, operational and logistics measures to enhance the environmental performance of waterborne transport and port operations. Furthermore, he is co-leader of TNO’s sustainable shipping program, where he is responsible for the strategic development of TNO's research on sustainability in shipping. TNO’s portfolio combines research covering operational and bunkering safety, powertrain development, aftertreatment concepts, and development of sustainable fuels and accompanying scenarios. Jorrit holds a Master of Science in International Economics & Economic Geography from the University of Utrecht.
Katja Leuteritz, Vice-Chair of IRAG Port & Logistics
Head of the Department Ports & Infrastructure, German Maritime Centre (https://www.dmz-maritim.de/)
Katja is heading the department of Ports & Infrastructure at the German Maritime Centre. She has been working in the maritime sector for around 10 years in port related positions. Her operational experience in Port Management gives her a broad overview on port related challenges and issues. Katja holds a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Economics and Port Management and a Master of Science in Maritime Management.
The German Maritime Centre is an independent association at the interface between industry, research and the public sector, representing all areas of the maritime sector. It initiates and coordinates research & innovation activities in shipbuilding, shipping, ports & logistics and blue growth.
Henk Prins, Chair of IRAG Ships & Shipping
Manager R&D, MARIN (www.marin.nl)
Henk is employed by Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN) as manager of the R&D department. MARIN is a world-renowned research institute on ship and offshore hydrodynamics, and nautical studies. It operates several large water basins for experiments, including a special basin for inland shipping.
Henk has been heavily involved in European research projects, and has led two large projects on ship propulsion. He chaired the European research association “Vessels for the Future”, bringing together all maritime stakeholders, such as yards, suppliers, research institutes, academia, and class societies. This association later merged to become the Waterborne Technology Platform, which Henk has chaired for four years. During these years he played a pivotal role in setting up a partnership with the European Commission for zero-emission waterborne transport, which was established in June 2021, securing continuous funding for innovation on the cutting edge of technology in the maritime sector.
Gregory Grigoropoulos, Vice-Chair of IRAG Ships & Shipping
Professor of Ship and Marine Hydrodynamics, National Technical University of Athens, (www.ntua.gr/en/)
Gregory joined the School of NAME at NTUA in 1992 as Adjunct Lecturer. He is a member and former Manager of the Laboratory for Ship & Marine Hydrodynamics LSMH of NTUA. He is specialized in: Applied Ship Hydrodynamics, Experimental Procedures and Measurements, Design of high speed craft and sailing yachts, Design and construction of fishing vessels, Computer Aided Design and Decision Support Systems for the Shipping Industry.
His scientific and educational work encompasses: 90 publications in Intl. Journals and peer-reviewed Conferences, 300 technical reports of the LSMH of NTUA for the industry, participation in more than 50 National and International projects, and membership of the 30th ITTC Quality Control Group and more than 20 NATO/STO Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel RTGs.
Christer Wik, Vice-Chair of IRAG Ships & Shipping
General Manager Test Services, Wärtsilä Marine Power Solutions (https://www.wartsila.com/)
Christer is currently working as General Manager, Test Services in Wärtsilä Marine Power Solutions, heading a team handling all measurements, data management and expert support for the testing organisation. He has an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology 1997, an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics 2004 and a Graduate Certificate in Maritime and Logistics Management from Australian Maritime College 2015. He started his career as Research Engineer at Wärtsilä in Vaasa, Finland in 1997 and has since then had several managerial positions within Wärtsilä’s R&D departments in France, Finland, and Italy. Tasks have among others included being Project Manager for the development of engine technologies fulfilling future IMO Tier III rules, leading Wärtsilä’s 4-stroke performance organization, working as Task Manager and planning the EC-financed HERCULES project, as well as developing the research funding setup and university cooperation. Christer has lately been leading the establishment of a successful research consortia within the combustion engine development area in Finland (ERI – Engine Research Initiative) and has also been responsible for Vaasa engine test laboratory and its development as well as for planning and build-up of lab activities in Wärtsilä’s Smart Technology Hub.
Emilio Campana, Acting Chair of IRAG Blue Growth
Head of Engineering, ICT, Energy and Transport Department, Italian National Research Council (www.cnr.it)
Emilio Campana has been researcher at the IBM European Center for Scientific and Engineering Computing (IBM-ESEC), and successively joined the National Towing Tank (INSEAN), being the INSEAN Director between 2010 and 2017. During his research activities, he has been Principal Investigator of EDA (European Defense Agency) and ONR (Office of Naval Research, US NAVY) projects.
Emilio is the Italian national represenative in the JPI Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans, the European platform for the harmonization of marine and maritime national reserach programs, and in the NATO Science and Technology Board, the highest scientific board of NATO. He is also the coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the National Technology Cluster of the Blue Growth, a national alliance promoted by the governement.
Bente Pretlove, Acting Vice-Chair of IRAG Blue Growth
Programme Director for Ocean Space, DNV GL Group Technology and Research (https://www.dnvgl.com/)
Bente Pretlove is the Programme Director for Ocean Space in DNV GL Group Technology and Research. In this role, she manages DNV GLs research efforts related to the sustainable development of ocean-based industries. Bente has held several management positions in DNV GL both within research and commercial operations.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in climate change, sustainability and environmental management; working with different industries, NGOs, UN organisations and Governments. She has amongst others been responsible for DNV GLs strategic partnership with the UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), Member of the Board for the Climate Research program in the Norwegian Research Council, member of the Transdisciplinary Advisory Board (TAB) for JPI Climate and DNV GLs Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Bente is currently DNV GLs representative in the UN Global Compact Action platform for sustainable ocean business and has been the lead Editor of two of the reports for the platform; “Global goals, Ocean opportunities” (2019) and “Ocean Stewardship 2030” (2020). Bente Pretlove holds a Master of Engineering degree in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and a PhD in Environmental Systems Analysis from the University of Surrey (UK).
Stefano Deledda, Liaison Officer Clean Hydrogen Partnership
Senior Scientist, Department for Hydrogen Technology, IFE (https://ife.no/en/)
Stefano Deledda holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Sassari in Italy and a PhD in Chemistry from the Dresden Technical University. He has more than 20 years’ experience in research on the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, with special emphasis on the development of metal hydrides for the solid-state storage of hydrogen. At IFE since 2005, he has actively contributed to the planning and execution of national, Nordic and EU research projects on hydrogen storage and its integration with fuel cell systems. Since 2019, his research activities have focused on the implementation of hydrogen technologies for end-users in the waterborne transport sector.
Erdeniz Erol, Liaison Officer Partnership for an Industrial Battery Value Chain
R&D Manager, Elkon (https://elkon-tr.com)
Erdeniz Erol, R&D Manager at Elkon (Turkey), holds a Bachelor Degree Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University. In addition, Mr. Erol holds a Master Degree in Computational Science and Engineering (Piri Reis University) and is currently a Ph. D. candidate in Maritime Transportation Engineering at the Istanbul Technical University. He has got experiences in defence & avionics and energy sectors before he started in the maritime sector 8 years ago. For the last 7 years he is leading Elkon Marine Electric Technologies R&D Center aiming to find solutions for new challenges in ship electrification and decarbonisation projects.