Council Members and Director

All major decisions are taken by the Members at the annual ECMAR General Assembly (GA), with the management throughout the year being overseen by a Council of seven Members, elected at the GA for two-year terms of office. Also appointed at the GA are the Council's Chairman and Vice Chairman who also hold office for two years. The day-to-day operation of ECMAR is undertaken by its part-time Director, appointed by the Council.

Marco Schembri, CETENA-IT, Chairman

Marco Schembri graduated in mechanical engineering (1996 Politecnico di Torino), from 1998 to 2003 he has been working for Italdesign Giugiaro (car design and engineering company) in the project management department, where he started to deal with technical/administrative management of projects funded by the EC and by National Authorities focussed on human/machine interface for virtual reality and wide screen based CAD/CAM systems. Working in CETENA since 2003, from 2009 he is head of CETENA’s research projects coordination department. He managed several FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects on various topics, ranging from intermodal freight transport to fuel cells technology on-board ships. In 2011 he participated to the drafting of European Defence Agency Strategic Research Agenda for the Naval sector, chairing together with Fincantieri the Submarine Platform working group. Lately, in June 2014, he became a member of the council of ECMAR.

Jochen Marzi, HSVA-DE, Vice Chairman

Dr. Jochen Marzi graduated in 1985 from Hamburg University as Dipl. Ing. Naval Architecture and received his PhD in 1988 from Technical University Hamburg Harburg with a thesis on flow separation. Since then he worked for a shipyard research establishment at Bremerhaven Germany, making first contacts with joint European Projects. In 1996 Jochen Marzi joined Hamburgische Schiffbau Versuchsanstalt - HSVA, working as a senior CFD engineer and project manager both in research and consultancy work, leading several large European projects such as the VIRTUE IP in FP 6 and presently HOLISHIP in Horizon 2020. He is now Head of the CFD department and responsible for the coordination of European Research at HSVA and active in several R&D projects dealing with CFD, Ship Design and Energy Efficiency. Jochen Marzi represents HSVA in the European Council for Maritime Applied R&D (ECMAR) from the beginning in 2007. He served as Chairman from 2009-2011 and has been elected vice chairman again in 2018.

Alain Bovis - ECMAR Director

Alain Bovis is currently President of Innovis, a consulting company in R & D strategy. He spent 27 years as a Naval Constructor within the French Ministry Of Defense berfore leaving military service with the rank of Rear-Admiral (Armament Corps). In industry, he has been successively head of the DCNS propulsion systems branch, Managing Director of Armaris, a joint venture between DCNS and THALES, Chairman and CEO of SIREHNA, an engineering company in automatic control systems and Executive Director of DCNS Research. Holding a PhD in Hydrodynamics, he has taught Hydrodynamics and Naval Architecture in several academic institutions. He is President of the Association Technique Maritime et Aéronautique, a member of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies.

Henk Prins, MARIN - NL

Henk Prins is Manager R&D at MARIN (Maritime Research Institute the Netherlands), the renowned model basin in Wageningen, The Netherlands. He is responsible for all R&D at MARIN, both in his own department as in the MARIN Business Units. Henk graduated from Delft University of Technology in 1991, mastering in Applied Mathematics. He continued his studies at the same university as PhD student, where he developed a numerical method to calculated drift forces on offshore platforms and ships including effects of current. He obtained his doctorate in 1995, after which he started working at MARIN as Project Manager. He led projects on the development and sale of hydrodynamic software, but also on the development of dedicated real-time simulators. In 2001 Henk became manager of the software and IT department of MARIN. He oversaw all software developments at MARIN and was responsible for the complete IT infrastructure. In 2007, he made the step to the R&D department. Henk has been active in EU projects since 2003. He is currently coordinating the GRIP project on retrofitting, and the SONIC project on underwater noise. Since 2009 he is member of the ECMAR council, and since 2011 is vice-chairman.

Claus Simonsen, FORCE - DK

Claus Simonsen holds a M.Sc. in Naval architecture (1997) and a PhD degree (2000) from the Technical University of Denmark plus a Diploma degree in Business Administration within Management Accounting & Process Management from Copenhagen Business School (2014). For almost 20 years he has been involved in various R&D activities within ship hydrodynamics in both national and international projects. After receiving the PhD he worked for a number of years as researcher within application of CFD for areas like maneuvering, seakeeping and propulsion. Later he became Team Leader for the Marine CFD group at FORCE where continued working with R&D assignments and commercialization of the CFD services. In 2014 he became Head of Hydro and Aerodynamics Department in FORCE Technology’s Division for Maritime Industry, where he now is responsible for the management of the towing tank, wind tunnel and CFD activities. Claus has been member of the ECMAR council since 2014.

Christian Finnsgaard, SSPA-SE

Christian Finnsgård has a PhD in Logistics from Chalmers University of Technology where he also was employed during the studies. Christian has conducted research for more than ten years in the automotive and maritime industries. Lately, research within sports and sailing in particular has emerged as a focus area. Since 2014 he has been at SSPA Sweden and since 2017 as Vice President and Head of SSPA Research Department. He has been working with slowsteaming, short sea shipping, RoRo, SECA-compliance, modal shift for cargo from land to sea and hydrodynamics and human factors in sports. He has been project managing and co-ordinated several international and national projects. Now he is working with the development of SSPA Research within its main focus areas: - Energy efficient ships & operations - Reduced emissions & noise from ships - Alternative energy & propulsion techniques - Innovative ship and vessel concepts - Maritime operations & safety at sea - Efficient and integrated transport systems - Winter navigation & arctic operations - Urban sea traffic - Autonomous vessels - Ocean energy - Hydrodynamics in Sports.

Maurits Huisman, TNO - NL

Maurits Huisman works for TNO, a large research institute (2600 professionals) in The Netherlands. Maurits graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2010, mastering in Business Administration. Since 2011 he has been involved in various R&D activities, including the orchestration of FP7, ECSEL JU, DEMOWIND and Horizon 2020 projects. Since 2013, he is responsible for the European Affairs of the Maritime & Offshore department. Besides his European activities Maurits is Head of the Maritime Operations programme of TNO. This programme includes autonomous shipping, wireless underwater inspections and the development of next generation AUV applications. Lately, in May 2018, he became a member of the council of the European Council for Maritime Applied R&D (ECMAR).

Ionel Chirica, SDG-RO

Ionel Chirica is Manager R&D and QMS at SHIP DESIGN GROUP Galati, a medium ship design and research company in Romania. He graduated from University “Dunarea de Jos” of Galati, 1978. He continued his studies at the same university as PhD student, where he developed a numerical method to calculate ship hull torsion of the ships with large deck openings. He obtained his doctorate in 1991. He is also professor and PhD supervisor, in the same university. He has been involved in various R&D activities and especially projects on the development of ship structures, activating in EU project since 2004. Ionel is scientific secretary of the Romanian Association of Shipbuilders (ANCONAV). He activates in the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC). In May 2018, he became a member of the council of the European Council for Maritime Applied R&D (ECMAR), as Ship Design Group representative.