Innovation in Aquaculture

Meet The Team

Nicolás Castillo


Born and raised in the city of Coyhaique in Chile’s Patagonia. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Federico Santa Maria University of Chile. Prior to joining Ecosea and over a period of 13 years Nicolás worked for major companies in the aeronautical, energy generation and logistics industries; leading and participating in multicultural teams improving and developing business across the globe.

Lorena González


Lorena joined Aurus Ventures on 2015 as an investment analyst of Aurus Ventures III. Her work is focused on the technical follow-up of the portfolio companies, and the evaluation and due diligence of potential investments. Between 2011 and 2015 she worked as a Control Management Engineer at Doña Inés de Collahuasi Mine, where her main responsibilities were the analysis and control of operational expenses and the company’s capital investments.

She is a commercial engineer of Adolfo Ibáñez University and has a Master’s Degree in Finances.

Ricardo Benavides Arias

Operations and Farm Support Manager

Ricardo holds a degree in Fisheries Engineering from the Austral University of Chile. His training and work experience have made him a subject matter expert in aquaculture production. He spent 11 years in fish farming production with Marine Harvest. During his time as head of production he oversaw the production of over 9,000 ton/year of Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout.

Dr. Felipe Hurtado Ferreira

Technical Manager

Felipe has been a staff member of the Fisheries Technology Laboratory of the School of Marine Sciences since 1996 and specializes in the areas of research and technical assistance in the marine sciences. Both his career and studies have primarily focused on the fisheries and aquaculture industries. Felipe holds a degree in Fisheries Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso and a doctorate in Aquaculture from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, the University of Chile, and Catholic University of the North in Chile.

Dr. Alex Brown

Research & Development Manager

Alex is a Marine Biologist, who obtained his doctorate degree in Natural Resources from the University of Kiel in Germany and has more than 20 years experience in aquaculture. He has been working closely with the academia, industry, and Government. Alex worked for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Regulatory Board of Chile, where he reached the head position at the Environmental Planning Department. He has extensive experience working at the international level as a negotiator of international agreements at bilateral and multilateral levels. He has worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN as an Aquaculture Expert in the Multidisciplinary Team for South America. Alex is one of the four members of the Off Shore Aquaculture Task Force of the Sustainable Salmon Program from CORFO and also a member of different scientific and professional societies. He also has a senior scientific role at the Industrial Bio Sustainable Division of Fraunhofer Chile Research.

Ignacia Patrone

Management Analyst

Ignacia joined Ecosea in 2020 as a management analyst. She holds an industrial civil engineering degree from Adolfo Ibáñez University. Prior to joining EcoSea she worked as a project engineer, where her main responsibilities were developing the economic evaluations in different projects of the company and carrying out the management control of them.

Jesús López

Jesús López

Engineering Assistant

Aquacultural Engineer of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) and Master in Management of Aquatic Resources of the PUCV. His professional development has been linked to research, development and engineering consultancy, in crop and anchoring systems for aquaculture.

Member of the Fisheries Technology Laboratory (TecPes) of the School of Marine Sciences of the PUCV and EcoSea Farming since 2012, where the main milestones in the company have been technical assistance in the process of certification of 3 rafts cages under the Standard Norwegian NS9415 (2013 and 2015), technical assistance in the process of entering the Canadian market presenting the technical reports required by the "Aquaculture Management Division Pacific Region, Fisheries and Ocean Canada" and active participation in the development of the submersible cages.

Galo Vergara

Assembly Operations

Galo specializes in the assembly of copper alloy mesh, circular and square cages and welding HTPE tubing. He joined EcoSea Farming in 2010 and is responsible for supervising the construction, assembly, and maintenance of aquaculture pens. Prior to joining EcoSea Farming, he oversaw the construction and maintenance of flotation systems, copper mesh, pen relocation, mooring systems, and thermofusion. He actively participates in all of EcoSea’s international projects and continually brings methodology improvements to the assembly process.

Keiko Ozawa

Executive Director Japan

Keiko is the former Director of Corporate Planning of Japan Airlines. She graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan with a degree in Language and International Relations. Keiko is fluent in Japanese, English, and Spanish.

Kyoko Nagai

Executive Assistant to the Regional Manager Asia

Kyoko is an experienced executive assistant with a strong background in international trading. Well versed in import and export procedures she worked for Swiss and Japanese companies in procurement and exporting as well as quality inspection. Kyoko has a degree in English from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.