Enthusiastic Community Developer

Stephanie Maes, founder of Sea Matters, community developer

Connecting people and ideas is what I do best.

From the very heart of a community (e.g. fisheries community), I start off with collecting ideas that address local problems.

Next, we explore together the sea of possibilities and solutions to then bring them into practice. I accompany the making of these - quite often innovative –  projects. I detect cross sectoral linkages, bridging gaps and sharing knowledge.

Mostly a variety of businesses, organisations, government agencies and NGO’s are involved. This so-called Community Driven Development (CDD or CLLD) empowers a community and put people in the center of policy making.


communicative | networker | cooperate | emphatie | flexible | result oriented


fisheries | circular economy | blue growth | empowerment | CDD

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