Educate your audiences with our speakers. Our speakers are considered subject matter experts on water policy, Everglades restoration, sustainability, climate change and sea level rise.
Irela M. Bagué
President & CEO of Bagué Group
Ms. Bagué is a bilingual public affairs consultant and principal for Bagué Group, a public affairs and communications consulting firm with over 20 years of experience in Florida We focus on business development, public involvement for public infrastructure, water resources, everglades restoration, sustainability, storm resilience and sea level rise.
In 2003, Ms. Bagué was appointed to the South Florida Water Management District Board by Governor Jeb Bush, where she held the position of Board Vice-Chair until April 2007. She was responsible for establishing policy in the areas of water resources development and regulation, flood control, water quality protection and natural systems restoration primarily with a focus on the restoration of America’s Everglades.
As a former state appointed official, Ms. Bagué has earned the respect of clients and policy makers alike. She is known for her in-depth understanding of the political process and for her critical insight and clear and straightforward communications style making her a credible and engaging spokesperson.
She is a longtime advocate for Everglades and Biscayne Bay restoration, alternative water supply funding, climate change and ethnic diversity in the environmental movement.
She currently serves on the National Parks Conservation Association’s Southeast Regional Council, Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, a member of the Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team (BBRRCT), Board of Directors of Florida Water Advocates and is a founding member of the Resiliency Florida, the leading advocate in Tallahassee and Washington D.C., helping communities in their efforts to plan and adapt for the future impacts of extreme weather and sea level rise.
Ms. Bagué enjoys writing and is a frequent contributor to The Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel Editorial sections and travels the country as a public speaker for the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speaker’s Bureau.
Irela Bagué is available as a speaker, panelist, moderator or for interviews with media.
Sea Level Rise Authority, Author, Speaker
John is a sea level rise authority, oceanographer, speaker, author and consultant. His informative presentations clearly explain climate change and sea level rise without bias or technical jargon.
His unique ability to demystify the science and provide insight into the “new normal” of our shifting shorelines has broad appeal and resonates with community and business leaders in both the public and private sectors.
From anecdotes about standing on the edge of melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica, to humorous encounters with polar bears in the High Arctic, to inspirational recollections of private discussions with Jacques Cousteau, John will entertain, educate and inspire your audience.
John’s broad marine science background coupled with expeditions under the polar ice cap, deep dives in research submarines and explorations in Greenland and Antarctica, allow him to see the big picture on climate change and look ahead to the large-scale financial and societal impacts of rising sea levels.
John Englander is available as a speaker, consultant and for interviews with media.
Alec Bogdanoff, Ph.D
President & Co-Founder of Brizaga
Alec Bogdanoff, Ph.D. is a policy-trained oceanographer and meteorologist. Alec is the President and Co-founder of Brizaga, a consulting company that assists businesses and communities in becoming more resilient to the effects of sea level rise and long-term changes in weather patterns. He has nearly two decades of political experience, including managing campaigns, and extensive experience in science communication. He holds a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Oceanography, and a M.S. and B.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University. Alec’s research specializes in large-dataset creation and manipulation, satellite remote sensing, air-sea interaction, turbulence, and ocean modeling.
Alec served as a John A. Knauss Sea Grant Fellow for a United States Senator on Capitol Hill focusing on ocean, environmental, climate, and fisheries policy. He also previously worked for a startup company focused on flood risk, managing much of the day-to-day science and operations for the company.
As a student at MIT, he led the Science Policy Initiative, which assisted scientists and engineers in learning how to effectively communicate science to policy-makers and the general public. Additionally, at WHOI, he was involved in the Broader Impacts Group that served to facilitate integrating the science and scientists in Woods Hole with the local community. At Florida State, Alec served as the Science Outreach Coordinator for the North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. With a motivated group of officers, the chapter spearheaded making Florida State the first National Weather Service certified StormReady university in the state of Florida.
As a South Florida native, Alec is keenly aware of the challenges that a changing environment and sea level rise pose for coastal communities. With strong policy and political experience on the local, state, and national level, he is ready to help business and communities build a better tomorrow.
Michael Antinelli, PE, CFM
Vice President & Co-Founder of Brizaga
Michael A. Antinelli, PE, CFM is the Vice President and co-founder of Brizaga, Inc. and a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida with previous experience in the practices of coastal, waterfront, and site civil engineering. As a Certified Floodplain Manager, he couples his technical knowledge of coastal dynamics with the regulatory standards implemented by local, state, and federal agencies to provide municipalities and private citizens with the most comprehensive set of guidelines and direction for adaptation planning for flood related incidents and disasters, including sea level rise and storm surge.
Prior to founding Brizaga, he worked as a project engineer for a large infrastructure engineering company in New York City where he focused on coastal resiliency and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy. He also served as a project engineer and project manager for a civil and coastal engineering company based in Coral Gables, Florida where he developed and managed projects and budgets at every level, from the project planning and conceptual design stages through design development, construction, and project closeout. His technical expertise encompasses beach nourishment, bulkheads and seawalls, breakwaters and revetments, marinas, site civil engineering and drainage systems, FEMA coastal zone modeling and mapping, environmental permitting, and computer applications in flood modeling and asset management.
Michael founded Brizaga, Inc. with a vision to unify the cities and communities leading the adaptation and resilience efforts, to provide policy makers with the tools needed to make the most informed decisions, and to help private citizens overcome the challenges they will face on their journeys to a better, more resilient tomorrow.