Team

Jacques ROUGERIE

Chairman Founder

Jacques Rougerie is a French Architect – Academician. For more than 30 years he based his research and his realizations on bionic architecture taking into account the principles of sustainable development. His prospective vision and his taste for new technologies allowed him to envision a better integration of the habitat in its natural environment especially the marine one. Jacques Rougerie built underwater habitats and laboratories marine research centers vessels with see-through hulls sub-aquatic museums and imagined major projects always linked with the Ocean. His flagship project SeaOrbiter is a synthesis of his innovative research in marine and subsea architecture.
“It is from the ocean that will be born the destiny of civilizations to come” Jacques Rougerie

Patrick LIBBRECHT

Managing Director

Patrick Libbrecht realized his entire career in the Danone Group in Marketing / Sales and then as a MD in various countries.
Then he joined the Materne Boin group as CEO and reorganized the company with the successful launch of the product “Pom’Potes”. He became recently an advisor for startups bringing them his expertise in strategy and development. He joined SeaOrbiter in order to move the project into an industrial phase building the first vessel after finalizing the fundraising.

Bill TODD

Missions and Operations Director

An engineer specialized for many years in astronaut training systems at NASA Bill Todd has created the NEEMO undersea training program inside Aquarius underwater habitat. He is currently conducting a number of research based on exploratory procedures and human behavior within complex habitats in extreme environments. He is in charge of all the design and development for the operational functions of the vessel.

Pierre-Armand THOMAS

Engineering and Technical Director

An engineer specialized in public construction and heavy metal structure Pierre-Armand Thomas has conducted over 70 offshore and submarine projects for Technip and became Technip’s VP Operations and personal advisor to the President for major projects and R&D investments. Pierre-Armand Thomas received the OTC Heritage Award in 2009 and he is now in charge of the organization for the building of the first vessel.

Ariel FUCHS

Scientific and Educative Program Director

An engineer in environment a PhD in Marine Sciences and oceanography and a professional diver Ariel Fuchs has conducted a great number of underwater expeditions around the world. As a scientific journalist he has followed the great adventure of ‘’living under the sea’’ with companion Jacques Rougerie being also a consultant in communication and marine sciences. He is now in charge of the coordination of the scientific research and educative programs as well as educational communication.

Jean-Marie JOB

Legal Advisor

Attorney-at-law since 1980 Jean-Marie Job started his career in Paris in the fields of criminal law and commercial litigation. In 1987 strong of his successful professional experiences he founded with a French partner a law firm whose core activities are corporate business law commercial litigation and criminal business law. He is the legal advisor of SeaOrbiter since the creation of the project.

Pierre BARTHES

Communication Advisor

First French pro tennis player Pierre Barthès has been working in developing sport activities being notably a marketing and communication advisor for many private companies. He created among others the biggest tennis center of Europe at Cap d’Agde. Former Havas Sports & Entertainment VP Pierre Barthès still works as a consultant for communication strategy related to sport activities and business. He is involved in SeaOrbiter fundraising with the current team.

Guillaume LABARRIERE

Technical Advisor

Currently strategy & prospective consultant in industrial & economic alliances governance on new energy and environmental models Guillaume Labarriere previously worked for 20 years for EXXON Mobil out of which 18 years in various countries at executive positions in Marketing Sales & Distribution and Information Systems. He assists the Technical Director in the organization and coordination of the preparation of the construction of the first vessel and manages the consortium for construction.

Dorothée MARTIN

Media Manager

A former TV journalist who has been in the media industry since 1996 Dorothée Martin has a vast experience in managing and directing science and educational projects with a global reach. She has collaborated on various international movies and TV documentaries dedicated to global issues including “Home” and “Planet Ocean” Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s movies. Dorothée manages communication and contacts with existing and potential investment partners.