Cheryl Novak holds a MSt in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, a BA in English Literature and Political Science from Providence College, and she is currently pursuing a MSc in Sustainability and Quality in the Marine Industry at the University of Piraeus while working in the “fourth sector” as Managing Director of Paragon Advisory and Member of the Board of Directors at the Hellenic Coeliacs Society. Her research interests are Ocean Governance, Sustainability, Blue Growth, and Environmental Policy. In the recent past she worked as Director General of Education Activities at the EPLO, developing and coordinating the European Law and Governance School, the Academy of European Public Law, the Global Governance Summer School and the Migration Summer School, and also managed relevant grants. She has also served as Advisor at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and has worked for many years as a correspondent, editor and journalist for media outlets such as Thomson Reuters.