Founder and Principal Engineer, Yavin Four Consultants, Portugal

Joao Cruz

Joao has been in involved in offshore renewables for nearly 20 years. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, Joao started his career with hands-on positions at flagship wave energy technology developers.

In 2008, Joao joined Garrad Hassan (now part of DNV) to lead a wave energy department, helping to grow it into the leading engineering consultancy in the sector. With that experience, Joao went on to co-found Cruz Atcheson Consulting Engineers, which specialised in wave, tidal and floating wind energy; notable projects included the Forces and Stress landscaping study for Wave Energy Scotland (with Arup), positioning exercises for central governments, and two H2020 projects (IMAGINE and MegaRoller). The growth in activity led to interest from the offshore wind sector, and Cruz Atcheson was acquired by mid-2018.

Following a short career break, Joao founded Yavin Four with a focus on applied R&D – which currently includes two H2020 projects (VALID and IMPACT).