Team

We are a highly ambitious team of scientists, environmentalists and development specialists looking for ever-creative ways to restore wetlands around the world for climate resilience and food security.

We are based in Glasgow, Scotland, but you are more likely to find us at one of our sites in Ghana, Spain or Vietnam.

Yanik Nyberg

Founder, CEO

Yanik brings years of experience in international development, having worked on projects in West Africa and Vietnam. Since starting Seawater Solutions, Yanik has built and operated the UK’s first seawater farm, brought crop to market, established a network of commercial, industrial and academic partners, and been recognised through a host of awards and grants.

info@seawatersolutions.org

Projects: Namibia / Scotland / Bangladesh

Nicholas Shell

Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer

Nicholas has a background in marine biology and has worked on aquaculture and development projects from Sierra Leone to Vietnam. Nicholas has managed shrimp farms in Vietnam and is now constructing trial sites to demonstrate the potential for integrating saline agriculture with aquaculture. His experience and language skills allow him to connect with farmers and promote saline agriculture in the region.

nick@seawatersolutions.org

Projects: Vietnam / Bangladesh

Greg Martinez

Chief Operations Officer

Greg is a Biologist and R+D project manager for 3 Michelin Star Restaurant Aponiente in El Puerto de Santamaria, Spain, one of the top 100 restaurants in the world. There he works on new product development with seagrasses, seaweeds, and other marine organisms and on sustainable development projects.  He is a college national champion in sailing at Georgetown University where he studied biology and anthropology.  He also has a MSc in Gastronomic Sciences from the Basque Culinary Centre in San Sebastian.

greg@seawatersolutions.org

Projects: Spain

Núria Pérez Viura

Chief Marketing Officer

Núria joined Seawater Solutions after doing a masters on Environmental Entrepreneurship at University of Strathclyde. With special interest on issues related to plastic pollution, she has been a member of Glasgow Over Plastic for the last 3 years. Her background is in product and graphic design and helps the team to better communicate creating conceptual drawings and marketing materials, managing social media and building the new website.

nuria@seawatersolutions.org

Chris Eccles

Environmental Coordinator

Chris draws on his experience from interning with a project management company in California and his years’ work in the contaminated land and waste industry in Scotland to provide bespoke solutions for clients. Chris’s background is in civil and environmental engineering with a focus of using plants to remediate contaminated brownfield sites. Chris will help establish and manage new and existing sites whilst offering solutions to clients and other stakeholders.

chris@seawatersolutions.org

Projects: Malawi / Namibia

Joella Korczak

Chief Program Officer

Joella ensures that all the aspects of the organisation’s activity chain, from research to stakeholder and community engagement, project implementation, operations, program development, and human resources, function as a whole to deliver our goals and objectives. Since 2020, she has managed our role within a UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office funded initiative, SANGHA, to develop regenerative agricultural systems and undertake mangrove reforestation in Ghana. She has a history in research, management, and organising specialist conventions on the future of food security, and holds degrees in anthropology (LMU University Munich) and communications (University of Gastronomic Science Pollenzo).

joella@seawatersolutions.org

Projects: Ghana / Spain

Vy Nguyen

Quality Assurance Manager

Vy majored in Plant Molecular Biology at Han University in the Netherlands and use her experience in seed technology research and plant breeding to develop farming strategies for salt tolerant crops in Vietnam. Every year, her hometown in Ben Tre Province suffers from salinity intrusion, therefore, she is passionate about taking some of her work back to the community to solve the salinization problem there.

vy@seawatersolutions.org

Projects: Vietnam

Raphael Yao Ahiakpe

Technical Projects Manager (Africa)

Raphael is a professional aquaculture specialist, with keen interest in integrated agro-aqua systems that promote efficient and sustainable use of resources.  He has over a decade of experience in agritech projects and commercial aquaculture operations management. Raphael holds MSc Aquaculture degree from Ghent University (Belgium), and is currently the Technical Lead on InnovateUK Agri-Tech R9 SANGHA project.

raphael@seawatersolutions.org

Projects: Ghana

Lam Quoc Nhut

Technical Projects Manager (Vietnam)

Nhut has grown Salicornia on his own land in Nha Be and instructs farmers on cultivation methods in our other sites. Before joining Seawater Solutions, Nhut was a technician at a fertilizer company and has experience with probiotics and organic fertilizer production. Moreover, Nhut became passionate about agriculture and taught himself about soil preparation, horticulture, and how to develop brands for agriculture products. The aquaculture sector is also his strength and he looks forward to developing many other types of salt tolerant vegetables integrated with salt-tolerant fish.

Projects: Vietnam

Sam Mackinnon

Chief Strategy Officer

Sam ensures that strategic goals are delivered and advises on strategy formulation across the organisation’s activity chain. He supports by developing data-driven, technological initiatives to address, execute, or predict outcomes at macro and micro levels, simplifying processes in complex operational environments. He has a history advising NGOs, government, and the private sector in management and development, and holds degrees in political science, strategic and security studies.

Projects: Ghana