The Team

An elite group of experts with unparalleled experience

Blueshift has a proven track-record of addressing the three essential strands of sustainability: people, profit and planet.

We have put together an elite team of experts whose experience is unparalleled. Whether it's an award-winning Project Manager or a groundbreaking Scientist, we have a pool of expertise we can call on anytime to ensure we get the best results for you.

Anne-Cécile Turner

Anne-Cécile Turner

Founder

Anne-Cécile is an award-winning, sustainability expert. Experienced in driving positive change through international platforms, her work is supported by her impressive qualifications and training from The Tavistock Institute, Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program and WWF. With more than twenty years of experience on a global scale in marketing, sponsorship and management, she has worked with some of the world’s biggest names including NGOs, media outlets, sporting events and international brands.

In 2011 Anne-Cécile joined the Race for Water Foundation as director. The Foundation’s core aim was to identify, implement and promote solutions for a new social circular economy around plastic waste, in doing so preserving water and our oceans. In 2016, she joined the Volvo Ocean Race as Sustainability Programme Leader, in order to assist the event in its journey to reduce its environmental impact, optimise its sustainability potential and use the power of the race to create positive change on to our oceans health.

Meegan Jones

Meegan Jones

Meegan Jones is an event sustainability professional focusing her efforts on using the power of events for positive action, ensuring that events themselves are produced sustainably.

She provides advice, tools, systems support, training and practical solutions to the event, screen, and sport sectors. Credits include Sustainability Manager for Festival Republic (Glastonbury, Reading, Latitude Festivals, UK), Live Earth Greening Guidelines, project consultant for the UNEP Music & Environment Initiative, sustainability strategy for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, and external assessment of ISO 20121 for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She consulted to Volvo Ocean Race 17/18 and their award winning Clean Seas programme.

The third edition of her book Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide was published in Dec 2017 by Taylor & Francis and is an adopted text for many university degrees in event management. In 2018 Meegan authored the guide to avoiding single-use plastics at sporting events. She has also contributed the sustainability chapters to books Routledge Handbook of Festivals and Festival and Special Event Management.

She was a sector expert in the global working groups developing the GRI Event Organisers Sector Supplement and ISO 20121. She is founder and chair of the Sustainable Event Alliance and has trained more than 1000 events organisers in sustainable event management through 40 local governments.

Damian Foxall

Damian Foxall

Growing up on the SW coast of Ireland has given Damian a deep respect for the Ocean and a true appreciation for the value of our natural environment.

With 37 years of experience in the ocean and dinghy racing industry, Damian Foxall has spent most of his life competing on the water. In that time, he has logged 400,000+ nautical miles as a professional racing sailor participating in 20+ Trans-Atlantics, 10 round the world races an is holder of numerous World records.

Damian’s experience in the marine industry ranges from project management to offshore sailing roles across a range of events including the Volvo Ocean Race, multihull disciplines and single-handed racing.Damian has worked with various national teams and development programs as a performance coach and mentor.

Damian Foxall Ocean Consulting provides Marine sustainability services and Outdoor connection expertise, and has served a wide range of clients including: The Canadian Wildlife Federation - Education manager; Sailors for the sea - Ambassador; The Vancouver Aquarium; Sail Canada; Irish Sailing association - Sustainability ambassador; Broad Reach foundation - Ambassador; Magenta project - Mentor program; Oman Sail; Gestev event management; Sea Synergy Marine awareness and education centre - Director; 11th Hour Racing.

Sustainability manager for the Vestas 11th Hour Racing entry in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean race promoting Ocean Health as part of the teams’ worldwide program, Damian is currently developing the team’s sustainability strategy for the next Ocean Race 2019-2022.

Dr.-Ing. Sören Gutekunst

Dr.-Ing. Sören Gutekunst

Sören Gutekunst studied Chemistry with a later PhD in Materials Science at the Kiel University. The main focus was set to organic / polymer chemistry and its use to develop tissues for cell / material interactions as a novel human pathogen carrier.

Next to these studies, he worked on R&D of analytical measurement systems (OT, 5D microscopy, AFM) and oceanographic research with an Arctic (Oden, SWERUS C-3) and trans-Atlantic (Meteor, M130) expedition on transient tracers for the studies on ventilation processes.

After a eight months in the Start-Up “Phi-Stone AG” as the head of Quality management for pharmaceutical drugs and R&D on copper-free boat coatings he stepped further into oceanographic science during the last Volvo Ocean Race edition.

As the on-site coordinator for the Science programme, he took care about maintenance, calibration and public outreach activities. The analytics of ocean health and climate related measurements (microplastic, carbon dioxide, salinity, sea surface temperature and chlorophyll a), scientific use and later distribution of this data to cloud systems was the main goal of this campaign.

Katrin Scholz-Barth

Katrin Scholz-Barth

Katrin Scholz-Barth, principal of Katrin Scholz-Barth Consulting, is an environmental entrepreneur and internationally recognised expert in Sustainability. As part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar program (2012-2015) she helped define the program-wide sustainability and innovation strategies to deliver a carbon-neutral mega sports event in a fragile desert environment. Katrin frequently teaches strategic sustainability to entrepreneurs and startup CEOs, addressing sustainability as part of both assets and liability of the balance sheet, green funding and long-term investment potential based on sound sustainability business practices including environmental, social governance (ESG).

During the 2018/19 Arab Innovation Academy, a 2-week accelerator from idea to startup with over 200 students from 26 MENA regional countries hosted in Doha, Qatar, Katrin presented the sustainability keynotes and challenged technology-based startups to decarbonize.

Katrin earned her Executive MBA from HEC Paris and a Masters of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Rostock, Germany. She gained her expertise by practicing engineering and sustainability consulting on three continents, including Europe, the USA for nearly 20 years and 10 years in the Middle East. She specialized in green buildings and construction, sustainable landscape and green infrastructure for low impact developments and water conservation, energy efficiency, and air quality control, incorporating biomimicry and innovations inspired by nature into her work to reduce the ecological footprint of the built environment. She taught these subjects at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Design School and presented at numerous international conferences.

Katrin’s co-authored book Green Roof Systems: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Building Over Structure, was published by Wiley and Sons in April 2009.

Since moving to the Middle East, to Doha, Qatar in June 2008, Katrin has become the founding president of Sustainable Qatar, an independent action-based, volunteer think and do tank that builds awareness and champions environmental sustainability through personal actions. She is a contributing author to the Qatar Better Buildings Guideline by UNESCO.

Geert Hendriks

Geert Hendriks

Director

Geert worked for 10+ years in both the corporate industry and humanitarian aid sector as management consultant and project director before joining AISTS as Head of Projects.In this role, he was responsible for a range of applied research and consulting projects, working closely with the IOC, many international sport federations, Olympic Games Organising Committees, and professional sport leagues. Geert also managed the AISTS Sustainable Sport and Events Centre, whose goal is to provide event organisers and cities with practical and comprehensive resources on sports event sustainability. His work with the Sustainable Sport & Events Centre was awarded the UIM International Environment Award in 2018.

He currently works as independent consultant and CEO of Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI). SandSI works with the global sport industry to accelerate sustainability in and through sport.

His latest publication was entitled PyeongChang 2018 Hospitality Houses; best practices within the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Geert is actively involved in several sport-related project with migrants and received in 2016 the Peace & Sport Special Jury Award for a project related to the participation of refugee athletes in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.