CIESM Headquarters are located Villa Girasole, 16 bd de Suisse, in Monaco. This is where science programs and initiatives are managed and monitored by a central team of marine specialists. In 2017 the Commission opened offices in Paris as well, back at the Oceanographic Institute where it was seated in the 1930s, with a few economic and legal experts working at the interface between science and marine policy.

   Director General Office

Prof. Frederic Briand, Director General
Studied oceanography and economics at Univ. of Paris, then moved to the USA to pursue a Ph.D. (1974) at the University of California. Early career as Professor of Ecological Sciences in Canada, with field studies on the dynamics of marine systems in the north Pacific, the north Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. Discovered a series of ecosystem 'markers' and invariants in the architecture of food webs - now a full research sector of its own, and published noted theoretical and empirical papers on complex systems.

After returning to Europe to lead multi-disciplinary programs in International Organisations (Unesco, IUCN), he was appointed DG of CIESM with the mandate to turn it into a modern organisation impacting both marine science and policy. The DG oversees the scientific and geographic development of the Commission, and is particularly involved in launching, promoting cross-Basin and cross-sector initiatives through the Science Council which he presides. Editor of the CIESM Research Monographs series, he advises various international agencies, from GESAMP to the International Whaling Commission.

  Senior Officers

Prof. Laura Giuliano, Director of Science
Ph.D. (1996) Univ. Marseille (France) followed by a PostDoc in Germany.  Laura has directed international scientific projects and published in leading scientific international journals (Science, Nature, PNAS, etc). Guest Editor of various special issues (FEMS Microbiology and Ecology, Deep-Sea Research, Marine Biotechnology, Marine Genomics). CNR Research Director at the Coastal Marine Institute in Messina, Sicily, then detached to CIESM HQ in 2004. Dr Giuliano returned to Italy (2014-2016) to lead IAMC/ CNR in Naples. She now works full-time at CIESM HQ as Director of Science.

Senior Advisor to the Director General on the development of science and policy. Develops new initiatives at the crossroads between disciplines, from molecular biology to metadata analysis, with special attention to the marine biotechnology sector.

Dr Paula Moschella, Head, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Ph.D. in marine ecology (2003), Univ. Southampton, UK; laurea (BSc, MSc) 1996, Univ. Genoa, Italy.
Dr Moschella oversees all CIESM Program related to Marine Biodiversity; she represents the Commission in international forums dealing with marine conservation, and directs every three years the CIESM Congress Team.

Lionel Schutz, Head, Institutional Relations and Cooperation.
Graduate of ESSEC Business School, Paris (2006), with degree in geography from Univ. Jean Moulin, Lyon (1995). Large experience of project management in developing countries. Former general Secretary, Ministry of External Relations, Monaco.
Follows relations with CIESM Member States; oversees institutional relations and cooperative initiatives at CIESM HQ.


Kaveh Rassoulzadegan, IT Officer
Software engineering specialist. Full stack programmer in charge of software development planning and production of database interfaces. CIESM web contents designer and servers' administrator.

  Research Assistants

Annelyse Gastaldi,  , GIS specialist & Digital Mapping
MSc. on Geo-Systems (2008) Univ. Nice, France.
Produces online maps, that integrate latest records from various CIESM Programs such as Exotic Species, JellyWatch and SeaBirds

Loriane Mendez,  Research Assistant, Marine Vertebrates
Ph.D. on Seabird Ecology (2018) Univ. La Rochelle, France; MSc in marine ecology (2013) Univ. Aix Marseille.
Integration of marine birds into CIESM programs