EU CRIMARIO core team
Martin Cauchi Inglott
Martin Cauchi Inglott is retired Maltese senior naval officer who served in several key positions throughout his military career including Military Representative to the EU and NATO Military Committees (2008-2012) and later, as a Colonel, Assistant Chief of Staff responsible for external relations within the EU Military Staff (2012-2015) of the EEAS. Previous to his Brussels experience, Martin commanded the Maltese Navy/Coast Guard (2001-2008), and led EU combined/joint border control operations in the southern Mediterranean under the FRONTEX banner (2005-2007). After retirement, Martin became a maritime security consultant, offering his services to UN FAO within the context of sustainable fisheries, and Fipra, amongst others.
Martin is a graduate of the German Naval Academy (1992), the US Naval War College (1999), the University of Malta (2001), and the European Security and Defence College (2012). Martin will be using the vast experience he has gained in the maritime security domain, and his broad knowledge of EU institutional processes, when leading the CRIMARIO II team.
Marianne Péron-Doise is Senior Research Fellow at IRSEM (Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire, Paris), and Associate Research Fellow at IRIS (Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques). She also teaches class in Maritime Security at SciencesPo Paris and Université catholique, Lille. Her work focuses on Asia security issues and key maritime theatres (Indian Ocean, South China Sea, the Pacific). She has occupied several senior positions at the French Ministry of Defence, notably Head of the Asia-Pacific department at the Delegation for Strategic Affairs from 2007 to 2011. She was political adviser at the Allied Maritime Command in Northwood (UK) from 2012-2015 before joining IRSEM. She is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques (Aix-en-Provence) and holds a master in contemporary history. She was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo.
After being involved in CRIMARIO I as strategic adviser, she brings her excellent knowledge of maritime security issues to advice CRIMARIO II in its strategic orientations and to represent the project in high level events.
Component Manager – Law Enforcement and Capacity Building
After a first career as French Navy and Gendarmerie officer, Olivier Bézier creates EfficientSea in 2010. This company is specialized in consulting and training in the field of maritime security, and in software development (in support of its main activity). The company operates mostly in Indian Ocean and South America, most of time for public administrations.
For EU CRIMARIO I, Olivier Bézier defines the training programmes in collaboration with the national focal points, coordinates the educational team and the wiki dedicated to maritime data processing. He also carries out audits and conducts workshops for the agencies intending to improve their data management. Under CRIMARIO II, he is responsible of the law enforcement and capacity building activities, including the organisation of maritime exercises.
Component Manager – MDA & Information Sharing
IORIS Project Manager
David Nattrass previously served 34 years in the Royal Navy specialising in communications and maritime information systems. He has worked closely within the maritime security domain in the Indian Ocean region since 2008, with a focus towards Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and Information Sharing / Incident Management mechanisms. For the past 12 years, David has implemented various initiatives through several EU Critical Maritime Routes Programme (CMR) projects, including EU MARSIC and CRIMARIO I, in close collaboration with regional partners, as well as some short missions to Gulf of Guinea countries in support of other CMR projects.
David continues to utilise his knowledge and expertise in the CRIMARIO II project as the Key Expert and Component Manager for Maritime Domain Awareness and Information Sharing, as well as the Project Manager for the EU CRIMARIO developed IORIS platform.
Former Portuguese Navy Commander, Sérgio has over 25 years of professional experience in the maritime domain and in information technologies. He has been an engineer, researcher, manager, lecturer and mariner in national and international prestigious organizations. Sérgio has a degree in Naval Military Sciences, a specialization in Informatics, an MSc in Informatics and an International PhD in Nautical Engineering, Marine and Naval Radioelectronics in the area of interoperability and interagency information exchange.
Sérgio will be contributing to develop maritime security information exchange, taking advantage from his experience on previous related initiatives in Europe, Western and Central Africa and NATO.
Law Enforcement and Capacity Building Expert
Andrew Mallia served as a naval officer within the Armed Forces of Malta for 25 years, occupying a variety of operational posts at sea and senior staff appointments ashore. Throughout his career he participated in various national and overseas deployments. Since retiring he has worked as an independent maritime security consultant and trainer. In this role he has delivered training and conducted assessments in the Caribbean, East Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Far East on behalf of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) and UNODC among others.
He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, IMO’s International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) and Coventry University’s Maritime Security Masters programme. Andrew will be drawing on his experience as a trainer to support needs assessments, curriculum design & development and the delivery of a variety of training activities as part of CRIMARIO II.
Isabelle Gachie Vinson
Communication and Visibility Expert
Isabelle Gachie Vinson, geographer by education, has a dual expertise in project management and information-communication. After 20 years of international consulting in information and communication (in her own consultancy office and at Egis-BDPA), she left in 2005 to manage Cite, an information and support center for very small enterprises in Madagascar. Since 2012, Isabelle offers her dual expertise to public and private bodies and European projects. Since 2013, she has been responsible for the communication of projects belonging to the Critical Maritime Routes programme (Marsic, Crimgo, Gogin and Crimario).
Within EU CRIMARIO II, Isabelle will continue to manage project’s presence in social networks and in the media, monitor and coordinate the production and broadcasting of various materials (website, newsletter, fact sheets, video, etc.) to promote the project’s achievements and contribute to enhance a network of maritime security practitioners.
Monitoring & Evaluation expert
Ann-Katrina Bregović is the M&E expert of the project with over a decade of experience in the international cooperation sector. She has extensive experience in the sector and lived in Kenya, Afghanistan and Tunisia in the past. After starting her career in direct implementation of projects, her approach to M&E is to ensure it becomes part a natural part of the management of the project and lays the foundation of an evidence-based approach, taking informed decision.
She is working on several maritime security projects of Expertise France, name CRIMARIO II, Go Blue, and SEACOP V.
Glen Forbes is a 34-year veteran of the Royal Navy with extensive experience in communications & informations systems. Also trained in information management, he led a small, highly-skilled, team in establishing the communications network for the European Union’s first-ever maritime operation – EUNAVFOR Op Atalanta – encompassing MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) and the multinational navy counter piracy information sharing tool, Mercury. With a postgraduate in strategic management, Glen co-founded a consultancy, which focused on maritime situational awareness through information sharing in the commercial sphere with OCEANUSLive.
As of September 2021, he has joined CRIMARIO in the new position of IORIS Coordinator; he will provide support on the management of IORIS with the MDA Component Manager focusing on managing IORIS Live platform and public web page. He will enable IORIS capacity building through coordination of training efforts with a dedicated team of 5 IORIS trainers.
Maritime Security Advisor & IORIS Trainer
As former Romanian Navy Commander, Alexandru Chiric served at sea then in several important national positions, within the navy and armed forces headquarters, and internationally, within the EU Military Staff. Following this he worked as a civil servant with the European Commission, coordinating policy initiatives and projects mainly supporting the EU integrated approach towards maritime security and surveillance.
Alexandru holds, amongst others, a MA on security and defence with the Kings College London, and a PhD on military sciences in the sphere of maritime security. CRIMARIO II will benefit from his extensive civil-military expertise on maritime security and surveillance. His involvement in the project is as an expert on maritime policy and strategy development, as well as IORIS trainer.
Björn Beirens joined the Belgian Gendarmerie in 1998 and quickly progressed to the rank of Chief Inspector, Officer of Judicial Police. In 2007 he became a commissioned officer in the Belgian Navy Reserves, specialising in the interaction with, and protection of, civilian shipping, as well as in maritime domain awareness.
Björn was a member of the NATO Shipping Working Group from 2014 to 2019, participating in Syndicate 2 responsible for exercise and planning, and eventually served as the syndicate’s Chairman for 3 years. Björn has performed numerous missions in EUNAVFOR Atalanta OHQ and FHQ, as well as NATO assignments and participated in different capacity building missions in Africa. From 2015 to 2019 Björn also worked for the EU GOGIN project focusing on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
In 2018 he became an instructor of maritime security and close protection at the European Security Academy, in which he is still active to this day, after passing the level 3 award in education and training and a specialized Law Enforcement Instructor course. Since April 2021, Björn has been part of EU CRIMARIO IORIS project as a IORIS trainer. Additionaly, since July 2021, he has been involved in the EU GoGIN project as a trainer.
Patrick Rakotondravao is a senior officer of the Malagasy Navy, graduating from the Ecole Navale de Brest and the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN, France). During his career, he has held various positions and responsibilities in the Malagasy Navy.
Patrick has worked with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as a maritime security expert of the Anti-Piracy Unit based in Seychelles and Mauritius, where he implemented a maritime security program.
In this context, Patrick was heavily involved in the process of setting up the information sharing network, including the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC), based in Madagascar, and the Regional Coordination Operations Centre (RCOC) in Seychelles, which covers Comoros, Djibouti, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, and Seychelles. He also participated in the development of regional data sharing agreements and maritime information sharing policy.
Within CRIMARIO II, Patrick is an IORIS and maritime law enforcement trainer.
Ronny Matatiken began his maritime career as a naval officer cadet in Yorktown, Virginia. He has served on bilateral exchanges with the US Coast Guard, US Navy, French Navy, and Indian Navy. Ronny retired from active duty in 2008 following a 15-year career with the Seychelles military as both an infantry and naval officer. His last assignment on active duty was as the Chief Hydrographer.
In 2015, he worked to develop the Seychelles Maritime Police, then acted as Deputy Director of the Regional Coordination Operations Centre (RCOC), based in Seychelles. He is currently a private consultant in maritime security and information sharing.
He is an internationally accredited hydrographer, UN Mission Planner for any Peace Keeping mission, and a level 2 Counter Terrorism Financing. Ronny holds a Masters’ degree in Intelligence and Security Studies. Within CRIMARIO II he will train the maritime centres’ staff in the IORIS platform.
EU CRIMARIO Strategic Advisors
Admiral Piyal De Silva
Strategic Advisor for Sri Lanka and IORA
Admiral Piyal De Silva, WWV & Bar, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, ndu was the 23rd Navy Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and the former ambassador of Sri Lanka to Afghanistan. He has held many key appointments in the navy during his 37 years of Naval career. He is an experienced counter terrorism, counter narcotic, counter smuggling and disaster management practitioner.
De Silva graduated with a Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Master of Science in Military Science and National Security Strategic Study. Further, he has attended the National Defence Course. He holds a Diploma in Sports Administration and general certificate in International Relations. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Management, Sri Lanka. He is also a PADI Dive-master. Being a strategic leader, he has used his knowledge and skills in many sectors in the navy and the country producing both tangible and intangible results.
De Silva has taken his own initiatives to develop the Maritime Information Center at the Navy Headquarters, Colombo and Integrated Maritime Border management system in Sri Lanka to reinforce Maritime Domain Awareness. He has been instrumental in developing Vessel Board Search & Seizer training course and Ship in box simulator training in the Sri Lanka Navy.