Cedric Georges: President
Cedric is the founder and President of Kosamare. He is graduate as Ingenior in Environmental Sciences from Louis Pasteur Univerty of Strasbourg Professional Master and a Scuba Diver Instructor. He has participated in conservation programs in Galapagos Island, Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay before to finally settled in Kefalonia. Cedric first came to Fiskardo in 1999, when he was involved with the Fiskardo Nautical Environmental Club, setting up an Environmental Museum and running education and awareness programs. He set up the Fiskardo Divers Eco-Dive-Resort in 2006 that he still run during the summer month
Spiros Thanasoulas – Administrative Officer
Spiros is a computer security researcher obsessed with all things diving. Above water he is usually working on network measurement and distributed systems problems, performing security assessments. Below the surface he enjoys silently floating in underwater caves and helping new divers discover the beauty of these hidden worlds. He worked for 5 years as a public safety diver with Larimer County Dive Rescue and served for 2 years in amphibious operations with the Hellenic army. His diving qualifications are: NSS/CDS: full cave CCR diver. IANTD: trimix MEG 2,7 diver. PADI: Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Alma Gombert: Co-Director
Alma is a biologist and diver. She started her degree in Rennes University and specialised in marine biology during her last year in Rimouski University in Quebec. Alma has been a diver since she was 8 years old, and is now a PADI Divemaster and a diving initiator with the French federation. She has been engaged with Kosamare since 2019.
Alex McMaster: Co-director
Alex is a PADI Divemaster and journalist. He studied biology and geography at the University of St Andrews, with specialties in scientific diving and marine biology. His research interests are in landscape and culture, and the use of folklore and traditional knowledge in conservation. Alex has sailed in the Arctic, Atlantic and Southern Oceans, and travelled the length of Africa by bicycle.
Board of Advisors
As a small organisation, we benefit from the collective knowledge of our experienced board of advisors. The board meets biannually to discuss the work of KOSAMARE, and members are regularly involved in our projects.
Daniel Faget – Researcher
Professor of history at Aix-Marseille University, Daniel Faget was born in Saint-Tropez in 1962. This writer, who is also a professional scientific diver, is a specialist in the history of marine biodiversity and fishing communities in the Mediterranean. Fascinated by the shores of this sea, he discovered Kefalonia more than fifteen years ago, and has since been making regular visits and scientific missions there. He considers this island in the Ionian Sea as a laboratory for observing the effects of global change, but also as a space where the path to sustainable and equitable management of natural resources can be invented today.
Julien has been a journalist, sailor and professional diver for ten years. Through various professional experiences in the press including Paris Match , Le Figaro Magazine , Time Magazine , he was able to measure the impact of the media on the public. It is by practicing navigation and diving during numerous maritime expeditions that he initiated and directed that he realized the little information which the general public can benefit from on the marine environment. He therefore decided to dedicate, through the Octopus Foundation, an important part of his life and his financial resources to improving universal knowledge about the marine world.
Joan is the scientific director and project coordinator of the Ionian Dolphin Project, run by Tethys Research Institute. He holds a PhD in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona. In 1999 he started his collaboration with the Tethys Research Institute, and has been a member of their board of directors since 2007. For over two decades he has spent 1,000+ hours observing dolphin groups in their natural environment in different Mediterranean locations and has designed and executed numerous public awareness campaigns. Since 2020 he has been chair of the European Cetacean Society council.