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At Acua-Ocean we are designing the next generation of zero-emission, crewless over-the-horizon vessels, with the aim to become a leading green maritime company by 2040. We’re a young and talented group of entrepreneurs and engineers with a groundbreaking idea designed to contribute towards a better and more sustainable tomorrow.



Vivian Liao

Sales & Marketing Director

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    Having a huge passion for marketing since her college career, Vivian previously worked as a marketing analyst in a Marketing Consulting firm based in London, with the experience in data research and analysis. Vivian is strong data driven and has an eye for industry/consumer trends, with hands-on experience on creating insight reports, blog post and networking base on the targeted industry.
Before devoting her work in marketing, Vivian worked as a Sales and Marketing Specialist  in an international hotel located in central Taiwan. Within the time she spent in the hospitality industry she gained experience in event planning, marketing planning, customer service, networking and sales.

Mike Tinmouth

Managing Director

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  Mike has spent the last decade working in and advising high-growth tech startups, with a specific focus on helping Govtech startups go-to-market and scale. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with a major in Maritime Law and an MSc in Risk and Security Management.

    Acua Ocean combines two of Mike’s passions; a love for the sea and a lifelong mission to help build green, ethical and sustainable startups that advance the restoration of the natural environment whilst investing in people and local communities.

   Mike is a mentor on the PUBLIC GovStart accelerator, and a lecturer and business coach on the Royal Navy’s innovation program, The Percy Hobart Fellowship.

Charlie Chen

Director APAC

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    Charlie has been proudly served in the Taiwan Navy for 20 years. He holds a BS & MS degree of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and a Ph.D degree with a major in Naval Material. Highly Motivated with first-class leadership skills gained via a 20-year military career. Strong judgment and delivery capabilities in the most complex and demanding situations, evidenced through senior management roles held. More than 10-year working experience related to naval architecture, maintenance and integrated logistics. Another 10 years of working experience in new-build projects, starting from operation requirements, and followed by requirement analysis, engineering definition, specification development and interface integration to complete ship design.

Michael Liao

Technology Director

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Michael Liao holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. He specializes in digital image processing and machine learning. Apart from that, Michael also has experiences designing

complex IoT solutions including “Indoor positioning smart-band for patient tracking” and “remote

agriculture monitoring web application”. He’s currently a PhD candidate in Electronic Engineering focusing on prognosis of the wind

turbines using image processing techniques.