• Start: 30th September 2021
    End: 30th September 2021
  • Start: 8:50am
    End: 12:30pm
  • Lisbon, Portugal

Blue Economy Conference

Start Date:

8:50am, 30th September 2021

End Date:

12:30pm, 30th September 2021


R. das Portas de Santo Antão 89, Lisbon, Portugal



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IPBN Blue Economy conference: September 30, 2021 — World Maritime Day

After the rousing success of the IPBN’s annual Sustainability conference held last March 2021, the IPBN committed to organizing a conference about the Blue Economy. And what better day for the conference to begin than on World Maritime Day? Ireland and Portugal have obvious synergies when it comes to their historical relationships with the oceans and seas that we will be exploring throughout the run of the conference.  

On that topic, Irish MEP Barry Andrews told the network during his presentation at the IPBN's Sustainability Conference, “I think there is work we can do with Portugal on the Maritime Agenda. When Ireland was successful in becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council, one of the projects that we pushed was our sustainability around oceans that had a particular appeal to island nations around the world…and I expect Ireland and Portugal will be working together on that agenda.” 

To further weigh in on the possibilities and opportunities the two countries can enjoy in the future, the IPBN assembled an impressive panel of speakers and experts in the fields of Transport, Energy, and Aquaculture to share their expertise with IPBN members on Thursday, September 30. 


08.30     Registration & Welcoming coffee

08.50     Welcome – H.E. Ralph Victory, Irish Ambassador to Portugal including
​              a video recorded message from Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Mr. Darragh O’Brien T.D.

09.00     Opening statement – Cláudia Coelho, PwC Partner, Sustainability & Climate Change


A conversation moderated by Raquel Abecasis, Executive Director - Invest Lisboa

  • Pedro Rocha Vieira, Co-founder & CEO - Beta-i
  • Ruben Eiras, Secretary General - Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar

10.00     Coffee break


A conversation moderated by Aoife Healy, Chair of the IPBN Board & Partner at Pathway Consulting Ltd

  • Ana Brito e Melo, Senior Advisor & Head of Strategic Studies - WavEC Offshore Renewables

11.00     PANEL 3 – CASE STUDIES

Introduced by Mario Gago, IPBN Board Member and Co-Founder & Software Engineer at Pink Room

  • Samuel Collins, Project Director - Blue Bio Value Accelerator - Oceano Azul Foundation
  • ​Filipa F. Saldanha, Deputy Director Sustainable Development Program - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • ​Jorge Dias, General Manager - Sparos – Nutrition in AquaCulture
  • Charlotte O’Kelly, Managing Director - TechWorks Marine - Ireland

12.15     Closing Statement – Raquel Abecacis – Executive Director - Invest Lisboa

12.30     End

Special thank you to PwC Portugal, knowledge partner and the CCIP (Portuguese Chamber of Commerce & Industry) who have made this conference possible. 

We welcomed the panel of speakers together with guests in presence at the CCIP in Lisbon and simultaneously broadcasted the conference live on the IPBN YouTube channel for members and guests from Portugal and Ireland who were not able to attend.

You can enjoy the recording of the entire conference on the IPBN YouTube channel by clicking here.


Booking Closed
REGISTER - In Presence at the CCIP - Lisbon
REGISTER - Online via the IPBN YouTube Channel

**Anyone purchasing IPBN Member Tickets must have valid IPBN Membership on the day of the event. If you would like to purchase IPBN membership please go to https://www.ireland-portugal.com/join/. To check your membership status please contact arnold.delville@ireland-portugal.com.