Ambassadors & Advisors

Individuals destined to pursue the great human adventure and who embody the pioneering spirit of the 21st century

H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco

«The SeaOrbiter is an extraordinary tool which will give the public a new perspective of the oceans and the underwater environment. A high-tech vessel for oceanic exploration, unique in the world, it will allow each and every one of us to dive for an exceptional close-up view of this still largely unknown world for periods never before achieved.».

Dan Goldin - Former NASA administrator and President of the Intellisis Corporation

A NASA administrator from 1992 until 2001, Daniel S. Goldin is Chairman of the Intellisis Corporation, a company developing a new generation of intelligent information systems: innovative technology combining biology, physics and engineering.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for US strategy, international scientific strategy and relations with the space agencies +
"SeaOrbiter provides exciting opportunities for exploring the last truly unknown frontier on Planet Earth, our oceans. A fleet of these advanced research platforms will enable broad access to new knowledge and contribute to practical applications, major innovations and improved stewardship of the oceans for enhancing the quality of life for all of humanity. SeaOrbiter also offers astronauts an unconstrained training platform that could be used to simulate many of the demanding and complex operating conditions of life in a confined and isolated environment that they may encounter on future space missions”

Charles Kennel - Member of the US National Academy of Sciences

Following studies in astrophysics at Harvard and Princeton Universities, Charles Kennel became an Associate Administrator of NASA for Earth Sciences and chaired the Department of Physics at the University of California, becoming Executive Vice Chancellor of that department. Kennel was then director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice-chancellor of Marine Sciences at the University of California in San Diego from 1998 to 2006. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Scripps, an emeritus member of Christ’s College at Cambridge University, and Chairman of the Space Studies Board of the US National Academy of Sciences of which he is a member. Kennel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the International Astronautical Federation.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Scientific Research +
"SeaOrbiter is an International Space Station of the Seas, a floating laboratory where aquanauts share the adventure of scientific exploration and scientists explore the amazing diversity of life in the world ocean. It also constitutes the perfect tool to better understand its incredible complexity and its intimate relationship with the atmosphere.”

Sylvia Earle - National Geographic Explorer in Residence

A world renown American oceanographer and highly accomplished explorer for many years, Sylvia Earle became chief scientist at NOAA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is a founder member of the DOER (Deep Ocean Exploration and Research) organisation which works to improve marine and subsea engineering, and is also an explorer for the National Geographic Society.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Oceanic Exploration +
“SeaOrbiter is the only vehicle in the world to allow continuous observation of the ocean and its abysses. SeaOrbiter enables us to discover new species, new seascapes, new possibilities and will stimulate passions and vocations among explorers and adventurers the world over”.

Jean Loup Chrétien - Astronaut and a Vice-President of Tietronix

The first French astronaut in space, Jean-Loup Chrétien has made three space flights, two with Russia and one with NASA on board the space shuttle Atlantis. Assistant Director of NASA ISS expeditions and Assistant Technical Director at the Johnson Space Centre, Jean-Loup Chrétien established the first linkup between the SeaOrbiter project and the space agencies, NASA in particular.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Space Advisor+
«As a spacecraft on its way to the unknown, leaving for outer space whose mysteries call us with so much power, SeaOrbiter will take a journey to another unknown, the immensity of the sea and all its secrets. The sea is our victim even though it is our craddle. Quietness, method and respect for nature and ocean will be the conditions of the SeaOrbiter mission.»

Thierry Pilenko - President and CEO of Technip

Before joining Technip in 2007, Thierry Pilenko was President and CEO of Veritas DGC, a geophysical service company based in Houston. Previously, Thierry Pilenko occupied several managerial and executive positions at Schlumberger, a company he joined in 1984 as a geologist. He gained extensive international experience in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia before becoming President of Schlumberger GeoQuest in Houston and then General Manager of SchlumbergerSema in Paris until 2004. Thierry Pilenko is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie of Nancy (1981) and the IFP (1982). He serves on the Board of Hercules Offshore (United States). Since April 2012, Thierry Pilenko has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of Peugeot S.A. (France).

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Industrial Strategy +
“SeaOrbiter is both a technological challenge and a feat of architecture and engineering, especially submarine engineering. Because of its innovation in all of these areas, SeaOrbiter provides a new exploratory approach to the ocean and can pave the way to a rational exploitation of its resources, especially those found in the abysses, while upholding the principles of sustainable development.”

Francis Vallat - President of the French Maritime Cluster

A graduate in economics, law and literature, Francis Vallat was a renowned oil tanker ship-owner for 32 years (in 1990 he publicly demanded that the authorities declare war on substandard “dust-bin” ships). Francis Vallat also chaired the French Institute of the Sea for 10 years. He established and is the current President of the French Maritime Cluster (an umbrella organisation of 260 maritime companies and professional associations) and chairs the European Network of Maritime Clusters. A long-time advocate of maritime safety, he has represented France in the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) since 2002 (he chaired the Agency in 2005, and was its Vice-President from 2002 until 2008)

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for the maritime sector+
« Our country is on the verge of having a flagship project, Flag Bearer for Sustainable Development, a great French project with a global vocation. This is a wonderfully symbolic universal project of French industrial know-how, by its design, aesthetics and technology.»

Jean-Michel Cousteau - President of the Ocean Futures Society

For more than 40 years Jean-Michel Cousteau - explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer – has devoted his life to telling people of all nations of his passion and concern for our water planet. The eldest son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, he was introduced at a very young age to diving, oceanography, environmental protection and communications media. On the Calypso expeditions he was responsible for logistics, and for 20 years was Vice-President of the Cousteau Society. In 1999 he founded the Ocean Futures Society, a marine conservation and education association which organises educational programmes, carries out research and is working to establish an ethical environmental conservation policy. An ardent campaigner, he is also the current President of Green Cross France et Territoires, and Co-President of the World Ocean Network.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and advisor +
“SeaOrbiter is the first of a new generation vessel giving people a new perspective on the undersea world. Its original design and observation capabilities will give each one of us a chance to dive in mid ocean with an intimacy and for periods never before achieved. From this new adventure, SeaOrbiter will be able to present compelling evidence for its scientific arguments and communicate more persuasively in its vast educational project to raise awareness and promote the vital task of marine conservation. Never since the great Cousteau adventure has there been such unique opportunity to reveal and draw people’s attention to the fragility and indeed the richness of this environment in which there is still so much to be discovered.”

Jean-François Clervoy - Astronaut and CEO of Novespace

A senior astronaut at ESA having travelled in space three times, including a final flight aboard the space shuttle Discovery to repair the Hubble telescope, Jean-François Clervoy is the CEO of Novespace, a company organizing parabolic flight campaigns on board the A300 ZERO-G and research into weightlessness. He is in charge of coordination between the SeaOrbiter programme and the space agencies.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and advisor for activities in space and extreme environments+
«SeaOrbiter belongs to the ocean, like the ISS belongs to space. Freed from any boundary, SeaOrbiter is a means to explore, learn and dream, thus enhancing the future of humanity. »

Admiral Pierre-François Forissier - Former Chief of Staff of the French Navy

Expert in conducting submarine warfare and nuclear engineer, Pierre-François Forissier has pursued his career as a submariner which led him to the head of the French Navy. He now returned to civilian life and founded the company “Marine Firminy” that gives advices to Corporate Boards. He is also the founder and President of the “Sail Training Vessel Association”.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor

Admiral Olivier Lajous - Former Staff Manager of the French Navy

In the French Navy during 38 years, Olivier Lajous navigated 16 years and participated in the resolution of numerous conflicts. He was in the French Navy the Director of Communications then the Human Resources Director. Today he is the President of the “DéciDRH Club” and is a speaker in the domains of strategy, ethics, leadership in a crisis situation and human resources management.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor

Philippe Vallette

Philippe Vallette is an oceanographer by profession. General Manager of the National Sea Centre, NAUSICAA, in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Co-Chair of the World Ocean Network, and President of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures. His vocation is to inspire people to behave differently towards the relationship we have, as a human being, with the ocean, to reach a better sustainable use of the ocean. In 2011, with NAUSICAA’s teams, he launched a new concept the  ‘Blue Society’. The campaign aims to create a society which will use marine resources to create a healthy environment and opportunities for new, sustainable economy and jobs in an ethical way. Based on the main pillars of sustainable development (economy, society and the environment), it also includes the cultural and political aspects.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Education, International Organization and the Blue Society

Nardo Vicente

Nardo VICENTE is Emeritus Professor of marine science at Aix Marseille University in the Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology. Since 1972 he is Scientific Officer of Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute on the island of Embiez. he is also the General Delegate. Professional diver class II he completed in 50 years more than 10,000 dives in the Mediterranean and the seas of the globe. Since 1998 he is a member of the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Marseille. Commander of the Order of Academic Palms, Officer of the National Order of Madagascar, Knight Maritime Merit. Tridente d'Oro Accademia di Ustica (Italy).

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for the Mediterranean

Pierre Frolla

Pierre FROLLA is a free-diver from Monaco. Over recent years, he has become a rightful ambassador for world free diving having held the world record no less than four times (three records for free immersion and one for variable weight). He is also highly regarded ion the field of teaching and training.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Educational Programs

Stéphane Mifsud

Stéphane Mifsud is a French free diver, several times world champion in different disciplines of apnea. He is at this this day, the man who stayed the longest time underwater, 11’35’’ (static apnea). For him being in apnea is the least intrusive way of approaching marine animals, he then becomes the link between the oceans and the earth. Stéphane Mifsud organizes education missions, gives them diving lessons and tries to increase their awareness.

SeaOrbiter Ambassador and Advisor for Apnea programs