The Team

Oceans Intelligence Unit

The Oceans Intelligence Unit (OIU) was created in November 2012 to implement the Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative. The team is formed by two marine biologists and one economist. This interdisciplinarity – and transdisciplinarity – reflects part of GOI’s strategy: to bring together natural scientists and social scientists to jointly work in the field of economic valuation of marine ecosystem services.

Oceans Intelligence Unit


Catarina Grilo
Catarina Grilo
Catarina used to be a biologist, and has focused her professional activity on the human dimensions of marine conservation and fisheries, and on marine-related issues at the science-policy interface. At the GOI, she is responsible for some of the communication, public awareness and training activities, among others.
Before joining the GOI, Catarina worked with the Intersectorial Oceanographic Commission at the Ministry of Science and Education. She also participated in an international research project on transboundary marine protected areas in East Africa, focusing on marine governance and socio-economic issues, and coordinated environmental impact assessment studies at an environmental consultancy company.
Catarina has a PhD degree from the University of Lisbon (2011). She did part of her degree at Dalhousie University (Canada) and conducted extensive fieldwork in East Africa. She also holds a Master degree in Environmental Management from Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands) and a Marine Biology undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

Filipa Saldanha
Filipa Saldanha
Filipa is responsible for some of the communication, economic training, and natural capital accounting activities, among others.
Before joining the Oceans Intelligence Unit at the Gulbenkian Foundation she worked at COTEC Portugal as a financial consultant in the project Blue Growth for Portugal.
She was responsible for preparing and writing the financial analysis of the project report. She has also worked as an economic research assistant at Harte Research Institute (United States, Texas), where she participated in the research project about the economic valuation of freshwater inflows in the Gulf of Mexico and in a research project to study the potential for economic growth and employment creation of three coastal regions in the Gulf of Mexico using a shift-share analysis. She has also worked as an economic research assistant at IESE Business School (Spain, Barcelona) where she has participated mainly in projects in the area of macroeconomics and finance.
She has a Bachelor in Business Administration, major in Economics from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2007) and she has done the master of research in Economics from NOVA School of Business and Economics (2011).

Gonçalo Calado
Gonçalo Calado
Gonçalo Calado is Associate Professor at Lusófona University, in Lisbon. He teaches Ecology and Marine Biology. He’s enrolled with several research projects, from the inventory of biodiversity to the proposal of classification of off-shore marine protected areas.
He is also a scuba diver instructor and columnist on the science section of the online edition of the newspaper Público. He was adviser of the Secretary of State for Environment in the 17th and 19th Portuguese governments, in charge of biodiversity and marine issues. He was a member of the UNESCO MAB Man and Biosphere committee. He had a PhD degree in Biology, obtained at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Steering Committee


Henrique Cabral
Henrique Cabral
Henrique Nogueira Cabral is Full Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), and director of its Centro de Oceanografia. He has taught several courses at the undergraduate, Master and PhD levels, as well as several training courses in Portuguese and foreign universities.
Henrique is a researcher at FCUL’s Centro de Oceanografia, mainly in the fields of marine sciences and the environment. He is author or co-author of about 200 papers in international scientific journals included in the Science Citation Index. Henrique holds a Biology Degree from FCUL, a Masters degree in Mathematics Applied to Biological Sciences (Experimental Statistics) from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of the Technical University of Lisbon, and a PhD degree in Biology (Ecology and Biossystematics) also from FCUL.

Paulo A.L.D. Nunes
Paulo A.L.D. Nunes
Paulo A.L.D. Nunes is currently the Scientific Coordinator of the Policy and Technical Expert Committee of WAVES – Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services and guest professor at the University of Padova, Italy.
In recent years, he has contributed with his technical expertise to a wide set of international initiatives, including TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity and the Ocean Health Index. Paulo Nunes holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in Economic Science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and is author or co-author of over 150 international scientific publications on consumer behaviour, climate change, environmental valuation, marine biodiversity, environmental policy and cost-benefit analysis.
ResearchGate and Google Scholar profiles.

Tiago Pitta e Cunha
Tiago Pitta e Cunha
Tiago Pitta e Cunha is a consultant to the Portuguese President on Science, Environment and Maritime Affairs. He was a member of the cabinet of the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, and Coordinator of EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy, as well as coordinator of the Portuguese Strategic Commission for the Oceans.
Tiago Pitta e Cunha represented the EU at the United Nations in the field of maritime affairs during the Portuguese and French presidencies, in 2000, and also represented Portugal at the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the International Seabed Authority, and the United Nations Open-Ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea. Tiago holds a law degree from the Catholic University in Lisbon and is Legis Mater in European and International Law by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Advisory Board


Pavan Sukhdev
GIST Advisory; Corporation 2020

Waddah Saab
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Laurence Mee

Scottish Association of Marine Science

Carlos Duarte
Ocean Institute, University of Western Australia; Laboratorio Internacional de Cambio Global

Pushpam Kumar
United Nations Environment Programme

Updated on 14 April 2016


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