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Meet the Team

Ecological Engineering

Team: Meet the Team

David Benjamin


Founding partner, CEO of Aqua Naturae |
Architect and researcher, Sivilarkitekt MNAL

David N. Benjamin, Sivilarkitekt MNAL, designer and consultant. Active in research of cultural heritage conservation and management of the built heritage. He has practiced this research and design work since graduating from the NTNU (Trondheim, Norway), with a PhD in Architecture, sub-field Archaeology in 1993.


Ane Mari Aakernes 

Founding partner, Chairwoman of Aqua Naturae 
Project coordinator | Producer Happy Eye Productions

Norwegian Ane Mari has a background in media production, ecological agriculture, innovation and business development, circular economy, social media and marketing. Food forest design and sustainable communities are among her passions. She is in the election Commitee for KVANN, Norwegian Seed Savers and board member of the entrepreneurial assosiation Gründerforeningen.


John Todd

Founder of Todd Ecological | President of Ocean Arks International

Dr. Todd has been a pioneer in the field of ecological design and engineering for nearly five decades. He is the founder and president of John Todd Ecological Design. Todd has degrees in agriculture, parasitology and tropical medicine and a doctorate in fisheries and ethology. His numerous honors include the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Award, Environmental Protection Agency’s Chico Mendes Award and Environment Merit Award, Global Visionary Award.


United States Green Building Council

Membership in The United States Green Building Council with a certificate as LEED AP, which means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

A LEED AP credential distinguishes those with advanced knowledge in green building, plus expertise in a particular LEED rating system. Previous experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended.

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