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Board of Trustees
Yvan Griboval - President
A self-taught entrepreneur, Yvan Griboval has been in turn a professional offshore racer, print and TV journalist, event organizer and business manager. He designed the OceanoScientific Programin 2005-06, then the OSC System from 2008 to 2016. The latter enables the automatic collection of scientific data every six seconds, especially on small vessels, and their automatic transfer by satellite every hour to researchers. During the winter of 2016-2017, Yvan successfully led the first OceanoScientific Expeditionas part of a single-handed round-the-world tour by sail. That meant 152 days of single-handed sailing including 60 days on an oceanographic expedition in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current around the three great capes, those of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn. He is now institutionalizing these oceanographic sailing expeditions in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current - in summer as well as in the austral winter - and is also working to equip the ocean racing yachts that sail around the three great continental capes. Yvan is the initiator of the philanthropic association and registered charity OceanoScientific, created on January 7, 2011.
Alberto Vitale - Vice-Presidente
Alberto Vitale was a banker and business consultant in Monaco for several years. He decided to return to the trade while applying his expertise in finance to the family's business Vitale 1913 that are experts in acquiring and offering rare diamonds and exceptional gemstones for over 4 generations. Alberto used part of his precious stones collection to create a unique Haute Joaillerie Collection titled ‘Merveilles des Océans’. This collection is composed of distinctive creations inspired by the treasures covering the Mediterranean Sea and he uses magnificent diamonds, responsibly farmed Mediterranean coral as well as other natural precious stones. Presented in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, a part of the proceeds from the sale of the ‘Merveilles des Océans’ Collection is donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to support their initiatives to protect our precious oceans and coral reefs. Alberto is Member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, of the Fédération de Entreprises Monégasques and General Secretary of the Chambre Monégasque de l'Horlogerie et de la Joaillerie.
Cécile d'Estais -General Delegate
The mother of triplets - identical twins Quentin & Malo and Léa - particularly sensitive to the marine environment, Cécile d'Estais spent 17 years in the international finance industry as a financial analyst specializing in the luxury and cosmetics sectors in London and Paris, with major institutions such as Paribas Capital Markets, NatWest Securities and CDC IXIS (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations); then as Senior Banker at IXIS CIB in charge of designing and implementing financial solutions. In 2006, at the announcement of the upcoming birth of her triplets, Cécile abandoned the strict business suits of a consultant banker to accompany her husband, Yvan Griboval, in the design and development of the OceanoScientific Programme. Throughout the 2016-2017 OceanoScientific Expedition, Cécile firmly steered operations on land while ensuring both the connection between the scientists and the single-handed skipper of the OceanoScientific Explorerand assuming all the tasks of general communication and media, but also the relations with schools and partners. Cécile has been the General Delegate – and Swiss army knife! – of the association since 2013.