Who We Are

Who we are

About 40 percent of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall, the world’s coastal population is increasing faster than the total global population. Coastal ecosystem services are particularly vulnerable to global environmental changes, as are the coastal communities that depend directly on them. To address these changes, ensure the well-being of coastal communities, and stimulate the development of economic activities, actions to inform and share best practices are important. With this in mind, Blue Economy and Blue Transformation become major themes. The goal of Blue Life Hub is to inform and network between players in the Mediterranean and Africa, areas that have very important commonalities and shared interests.

Our aim is to support blue economy operators by assisting them, providing verified information, training content and marketing solutions to enable partners to reach potential customers and grow their businesses.

Blue Life Hub is the thematic channel of the blue economy world, with specialized contents, which is aimed directly at the operators of the sector with a targeted communication.

Our Team


Mariella Ballatore

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief. 14 years of experience as a journalist, covering all aspects of the fish sector, from legislation to sustainability issues, from fishing to processing, from sale to service of the final product.


Orazio Albano

Independent consultant, in aquaculture and Blue Food value chain, with over 19 years of experience in technical support to cooperation projects, and consultancy to private companies, in Italy, Norwey, Ghana, Greece, Albania, Republic of Congo, Angola, Somalia, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Kenya. Co-founder of the Facebook group Coastal Community Network.


Davide Ciravolo

Master’s graduate in Retail Marketing and has worked as a buyer for large-scale retail distribution, as well as a commercial manager. Over the years, he has developed a passion for the blue economy and sustainability in general.

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Sharrif Injamu

Sharrif Injamu is a Kenyan marine conservation specialist with a 3 year experience in mangrove restoration, marine litter management, community engagement, sea turtle conservation and as ocean literacy educator.


Hadeer Amer

Egyptian aquaculture specialist with over 2 years broad research and Entrepreneurship experience in innovation across value addition from aquaculture wastes, inclusive business models and circular economy strategies, with excellent knowledge of climate change adaptation and mitigation through aquaculture; efficient, equitable and resilient aquatic food systems

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