A team of passionate people

Towards a global, preventive and corrective vision

Since its creation in 2016, the crew of The SeaCleaners has continued to grow in expertise and structure. Each in his or her own field brings to the project passion, commitment and determination to act.

Founder

A talented Franco-Swiss skipper, Yvan Bourgnon started sailing at the age of eight with his parents for a round-the-world voyage where he discovered the ocean that he would never leave.

Over the course of his career, Yvan has built up an impressive racing record in sports multihulls and also in offshore races on the most performing boats.

With his elder brother, Laurent Bourgnon, he won the Transat Jacques-Vabre in 1997.

Holder of several world records, he pushes sailing to the extreme by embarking on a series of unprecedented solo adventures on his uninhabitable catamaran, without instruments, including a round-the-world race from 2013 to 2015 and the Northwest Passage linking Greenland to Alaska in 2017.

These exploits were unanimously acclaimed throughout the world.

With The SeaCleaners, of which he is Founder, he takes on a new environmental challenge to develop an effective and concrete solution to combat plastic pollution in the seas: the Manta project.

Governance

To carry out its missions, The SeaCleaners relies on solid governance.
The Board of Directors ensures the efficiency and transparency of the association's management and the speed of decision-making.

The Board of Directors is composed of 8 members (out of 9) of the association elected by the General Assembly. In 2024, These 8 personalities, with varied personal and professional backgrounds, have one thing in common: they contribute to strengthening the missions of The SeaCleaners thanks to their expertise, their skills, their network, and their commitment.

The Board of Directors’ mission is to implement the decisions taken by the General Assembly and to ensure their follow-up, in conjunction with the General Management.
It ensures the execution of the policy defined at the General Assembly and the main strategic orientations, adopts the budget and annual accounts, validates the recruitment of salaried staff, decides on the admission of members, etc. The SeaCleaners’ Board of Directors is also the only body empowered to suspend or terminate a sponsorship agreement in accordance with The SeaCleaners’ Sponsorship Charter.

Board of Directors

Photo Maurice Hoffstetter

President

Maurice Hoffstetter

Photo Catherine Marti de Anzizu

Vice-president - Member of the Board

Catherine Marti de Anzizu

Photo Benoit de Lamberterie

Treasurer - Member of the Board

Benoit de Lamberterie

Photo Pascal Boisgard

Secretary - Member of the Board

Pascal Boisgard

Photo Eric de Poncins

Member of the Board

Eric de Poncins

Photo François Galgani

Member of the Board

François Galgani

Photo Anne Domingo

Member of the Board

Anne Domingo

Photo Patrick Arnaud

Member of the Board

Patrick Arnaud

Photo Philippe Brachet

Member of the Board

Philippe Brachet

Scientific Advisory Board

The International Scientific Advisory Board is made up of internationally recognized scientific researchers, with complementary expertise on marine plastic pollution.

The International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) reflects our wish to base our projects on a rigorous scientific approach and to offer the international scientific community the opportunity to collect quality data on marine plastic pollution.

Its missions :

Photo Dr. François GALGANI

Project Manager, IFREMER

Dr. François GALGANI

Photo Professor René GARELLO

Professor Emeritus, IMT Atlantiqueue

Professor René GARELLO

Photo Dr. Bernard GINDROZ

Expert in circular economy, eco-design, public policy and commercial analysis

Dr. Bernard GINDROZ

Photo Dr. Britta Denise HARDESTY

Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr. Britta Denise HARDESTY

Photo Professor Jean LE BIDEAU

Professor, Nantes University

Professor Jean LE BIDEAU

Photo Laurent LEBRETON

Physical oceanographer, The Ocean Cleanup

Laurent LEBRETON

Photo Dr. Marc Lucas

Senior Oceanographer & Project Manager CLS Groupe

Dr. Marc Lucas

Photo Dr Christophe MAES

Physical Oceanographer, IRD

Dr Christophe MAES

Photo Dr. Umi MUAWANAH

Marine and fishery resource conservation economist, KKP

Dr. Umi MUAWANAH

Photo Dr. Sarah-Jeanne ROYER

Bio-geochemist and oceanographer, The Ocean Cleanup

Dr. Sarah-Jeanne ROYER

Photo Dr. Jean Francois SASSI, PhD

International Expert - Algae Processes & Products, CEA

Dr. Jean Francois SASSI, PhD

Photo Odeline BILLANT

PhD Candidate, University of West Brittany

Odeline BILLANT

Photo Dr. Isabelle POITOU

Founder of Mer-Terre Association

Dr. Isabelle POITOU