SPEAKERS PROFILES

Marc Billings

Marc Billings

Technologist and Founder of Blackdove Inc

Blackdove is an Art Gallery for the technology age representing digital motion artists in a subscription and marketplace platform. Customers of Blackdove access artist content through their mobile smart phone and integration to AppleTV, Chromecast, AndroidTV and to our Digital Canvas by Samsung.
The Blackdove Digital Canvas with integrated cloud-based art gallery is a digital art collector’s museum-quality display that leverages Samsung’s Smart Signage Platform (SSP) technology to provide an unparalleled collecting and viewing experience.

Blackdove offers a growing collection of high-definition digital art in dynamic motion, created by the

world’s top digital artists.You choose the art that reflects your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences and simply schedule the Blackdove Digital Canvas to play as long as you want from any Android or iOS device using the Blackdove app.

Philipp von Arnim

Philipp von Arnim

Lürssen Yachts - Head of Business Development

Philipp Von Armin joined Lürssen Yachts in 2018 as Head of Business Development and is overseeing activities supporting the successful and continued sales of Lürssen Yachts.  Further, Philipp is always on the look out for new trends and drivers as well as developing existing and new partnerships for Lurssen.  Prior to joing Lürssen Yachts, Philipp worked for 14 years in the Power Generation Business for companies such as MTU, Rolls Royce and JCB.  Philipp held positions in sales, engineering and senior management and lived outside Germany for over 10 years with most of that time spent in South Africa and Florida.

Company Bio: Lürssen Yachts is one of the leading shipyards in the world when it comes to the use of new technology and progression in design. The Lürssen Concept ‘Alice’ underlines this with her radically different layout and use of spaces.
With a propulsion and energy solution based on methanol and with the use of the fuel cell, Lürssen Yachts is well prepared for the future requirements on sustainable yachting.

Philipp Gude

Philipp Gude

Chief Sales Officer - (CSO) of GUDE

Philipp Gude completed a dual study programme as a sales engineer (M. Eng.). At the same time, he completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk in a leading industrial company. Philipp Gude knew early on that he had a salesman’s heart.

So his next obvious step was to gain his first sales experience at one of Germany’s large IT system integrators. But soon Philipp Gude was drawn from IT consulting to the growing family business: Founded by his father over 30 years ago, GUDE is a manufacturer of reliable power and monitoring solutions for professional IT and AV infrastructures. Here Philipp Gude joined the sales field force with a focus on the AV sector. In June 2022, he became Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of GUDE Systems.

After two years, small, medium and large AV system integrators in EMEA rely on GUDE power solution. They trust Philipp Gude personally and appreciate his technical expertise. Philipp Gude explains: “The AV industry is for me like a little family!” What drives Philipp Gude every day are enthusiastic and happy customers. His vision is that building, IT and AV installations are connected, controlled and monitored in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.

In just two years Philipp contributes significantly to a changed AV industry using a reliable switched IP power strip as a standard in AV installations to secure and monitor them. The benefits are obvious to the system integrators: They have less service costs while the end customer benefits from reduced electricity costs, less downtime as well as an increase of operational reliability. Philipp changed the way of managed service concepts for system integrators: From simply managing problems, to avoiding them and proactively addressing them. This results in reduced service costs and much faster reaction times.

Jenny Matthews

Jenny Matthews

Founder and Chief Officer - Legasea and She of the Sea

After realising her passion to create high-performance, people-focused environments could be actioned on a much larger scale than on one vessel as a Chief Officer, Jenny has dedicated herself to seeing a diverse, equatible and inclusive yachting industry since 2018.

​Growth into the wider global conversation of social impact allows her to combine her intimate understanding of people and the yachting world with the leading standards, practices and innovators in the sustainability landscapes.

She of the Sea is an industry resource group connecting and supporting women in the deck and engineering departments. Legasea exists for a single purpose- to see our industry at its best, and to leave it better than we found it. People are at the centre of everything we do.

Pietro Cappiello

Pietro Cappiello

CMC Marine – Vice President

CMC Marine vice president and engineering manager. With previous experience as R&D engineer in Alstom and General Electric, MBA at IESE Business School in Barcelona. Joined CMC Marine in 2017 and since then involved in developing products and solutions that make CMC Marine the market reference for stabilization and comfort on board.

Company bio: CMC designs, builds and markets hi-tech, patented, stabilizing and control systems for yachts and superyachts.
Founded in 2005 with the aim to offer a new generation of control and stabilizing systems meticolously designed and built, CMC hit the bull’s eye:
2008:  launch of Stabilis Electra – the 1st electrically actuated stabilizing system. EP n. 2172394
2013:  Dia.Log control software. EP n. 2669177
2017:  STAB. EP n. 3658453
2019:  Launch of Waveless by CMC – the new generation of stabilizing systems for boats 12m and up

Today CMC Marine’s innovative products are installed on Yachts and Superyachts produced by the majority of world’s leading shipyards.

CMC Marine is QUALITY, RELIABILITY, INNOVATION.

Anu peippo

Anu peippo

VTT SenseWay - Chief Experience Officer

Anu is a Master Mariner with 15 years of experience from tankers and offshore vessels. When children came into the picture, she jumped to a land-based job at Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence to work with autonomous systems product development. She is still heavily involved in maritime autonomy and product development, now in expert roles through VTT SenseWay.

Company bio: VTT SenseWay provides engineering services in the field of autonomy and digitalization. They have recently launched their first own product ZediSense that take presence detection data to the next level.

Nick Fichte

Nick Fichte

L-Acoustics Creations - Global Business Director

Nick joined L-Acoustics Creations in March 2020 having previously worked for UK based residential & marine AV integrators and then for the control system manufacturer Crestron in their residential and marine division. With over 15 years of experience in the residential and marine sector having been involved with some of the worlds most prestigious projects Nick now leads the business development team for the residential & marine division of L-Acoustics – L-Acoustics Creations, bringing professional audio to discerning clients around the world.

Company Bio: When Christian Heil founded L-Acoustics in 1984 his goal was to elevate the listening experience at concerts. Within just a few years he changed the game by pioneering the line source array which has since been adopted internationally. Fast forward to today and L-Acoustics has a workforce of over 500 people with 25% of those in R&D. For almost four decades L-Acoustics has been shaping the future of sound. Designed & manufactured in Europe, available in 80 countries globally, L-Acoustics is chosen by audio professionals around the world to give the best experiences at concerts, festivals, nightclubs, stadiums, arenas and theme parks. Now is the time for you to elevate your personal listening experience in a new way thanks to L-Acoustics Creations.

L-Acoustics Creations is a division of L-Acoustics which takes professional audio products from the L-Acoustics portfolio and designs them to provide the ultimate stereo, surround or Hyperreal immersive listening experiences within architectural settings whether that be in a home, on a yacht or luxury hospitality environment.

Feargus Bryan

Feargus Bryan

Hydrosphere Studios Ltd. - Managing Director

I have been in the maritime industry for 38 years and have worked both as a commercial and yachting captain on large sailing and motor vessels. Since moving ashore 23 years ago, I have concentrated on design, refit, and build projects for vessels between 30 and 105 meters.  I now provide high-level consultancy services to UHNW clients and governments on maritime affairs and yachting projects. I am deeply committed to making the industry a more streamlined, efficient, and inclusive community, so the industry as a team can meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Company Bio: Hydrosphere Studios was created 8 years ago as a design and management consultancy working primarily in the mega yacht market. Since then we have specialized in providing innovative and environmentally friendly solutions to solve complex design challenges. Hydrosphere also offers a bespoke service consulting on problematic build and refit contracts, ensuring that projects are brought to a successful conclusion regardless of the issues at hand.

Tommy Lexen

Tommy Lexen

Immersive International - Managing Director & Executive Creative Director

Tommy Lexen is the Managing Director of Immersive International, a multidisciplinary creative studio with a reputation for developing the use of new technologies to expand the art of immersive storytelling across the globe.

Originally from Stockholm, he has worked in a variety of leadership roles across the creative industries for almost two decades, directing and producing projects of varying scales for diverse audiences. Most recently he produced ‘50-50’ – a digital artwork commission for the UN, directed ‘The Alchemist’ – a cutting-edge permanent holographic show in China and led Immersive’s work for The Mobility Pavilion, one of the three signature pavilions at EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

Prior to joining Immersive, he worked at the Tony and Olivier award-winning design studio and production company 59 Productions, producing large-scale experiences including ‘Palace in Motion’, the largest permanent projection-mapping show in the world at the Qasr Al Watan (Palace of the Nation) in Abu Dhabi and ‘A Perfect Harmony’ commissioned for the reopening of the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art in Washington DC.

He was recently accepted as a fellow of the (RSA) Royal Society of Art, a global community of like-minded changemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs working to create a positive social impact. He was also appointed Senior Creative Advisor to the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum.

Company Bio: Immersive International is a multidisciplinary creative studio and immersive design specialist who has been working at the forefront of innovative experiential design and digital art for almost two decades.

Having designed some of the world’s most impactful and mesmerising multidimensional live experiences and art installations in public, private and commercial spaces, they have established a reputation for developing the use of new technologies to expand the art of immersive storytelling.

 

Since 2019 the studio also has also had a dedicated team working on bespoke commissions of digital artworks and immersive experiences for private residences, superyachts, and bespoke installations for UHNWI.

Other clients include some of the world’s biggest events and iconic global brands like London 2012 Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup 2014, World Expo 2015 Milan, Expo 2020 Dubai, Comcast, BMW, IWC Schaffhausen and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

 

Nikusia Kooijmans

Nikusia Kooijmans

YachtCloud - Head of Commerce

Nikusia Kooijmans is Head of Commerce at YachtCloud, first joining the company in 2018. Nikusia loves generating international sales across the yachting, residential, cruising and hospitality spheres for YachtCloud’s six game-changing products and was named as the best Young Sales Professional in the Netherlands in 2022. Nikusia relishes thinking outside of the box, devising new ways of generating leads online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has a unique method of selling: sharing her stories and experiences, rather than presenting a technical product.

Company bio: Established in 2014, YachtCloud is a luxury technology company which creates next-level products and technological solutions for superyachts, private residences, luxury hospitality and high-end cruise ships. Headquartered in Rotterdam, YachtCloud already has six game-changing products under its belt and is proud to be reshaping the landscape of luxury technology.

 

Jamie PGR

Jamie PGR

Producer and Founder - Studio 8ight

Jameel [aka Jamie] is the founder of and lead developer at Studio 8ight. He hails from the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago nestled in the southern Caribbean isles. Jamie was educated at BCIT in Vancouver, majoring in information systems technology and has spent over a decade in the yachting industry from deckhand to Chief ETO. He believes that XR technologies will pave the way for new and improved standards of education and entertainment, dramatically altering the way we digest information today. Jamie’s fascination with creating virtual worlds drove him to begin Studio 8ight. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and by nature is a very kind, easy-going lad.

Company Bio: Studio 8ight is a fiercely ambitious XR development company based in Gdansk, Poland. Since its inception in 2017 a spectrum of applications have been designed and delivered exceeding the expectations of clients. The foundation of their content creation pipeline is based upon a versatile and robust framework that allows them to develop attractive software for XR devices across the board. From Microsoft’s Hololens to Meta’s Quest 2 platform and everything in between. They are committed to making a lasting impact in the exciting world of virtual and augmented reality, placing an emphasis on educational entertainment!

Andrew Faiola

Andrew Faiola

ALL.SPACE - Vice President EMEAAP Sales

Company Bio: ALL.SPACE, formerly Isotropic Systems, has developed the 5th generation smart terminal, capable of linking with all satellites, all networks, in all orbits, all at once. Our ground-breaking software-defined service enablement platform integrates intelligent routing, edge computing and on-demand services to deliver unprecedented network resilience and application performance. Whether you’re on land, sea or air, we ensure that you stay connected.

Kris Hogg

Kris Hogg

Samsung Electronics European Display HQ. - Head of Luxury Living

Kris is the head of Luxury Living for Samsung Europe and is responsible for The Wall marketplace in private homes and luxury watercraft.

Kris has had 25 years’ experience of designing and installing luxury home entertainment and control systems for some of the highest profile customers in the world including royal families and movie stars.

A past chairman of CEDIA, and a current member of the CEDIA Technology Council, Kris has worked globally to develop standards and apprenticeship within the residential control system and AV industry. He regularly delivers keynotes on IoT, luxury entertainment room design and the future of technology in the home.

Samsung Electronics – Display Office Europe

Samsung professional displays offer a full range of professional display products from the incredible MicroLED The Wall range which has become the standard for Luxury large format screens on board, through to a full range of indoor and outdoor screens that have specific focus on the Superyacht industry.

John Wyborn

John Wyborn

Bluewater Yachting - Crew & Training Director

John Wyborn is a co-founder and director of Bluewater, a yacht brokerage, charter and management company and a provider of crew training and placement services to a large proportion of the yacht crew population. He is President of MYBA (the worldwide yachting association), is on the board of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) and is a board member of the International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI). He is Chairman of IAMI’s influential Small Ship subgroup. John also sits on the board of both the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime Skills Alliance. He joined the Royal Navy as a seaman officer after university and served on various types of vessels including frigates, destroyers, and finally in command of HMS Mentor; a navigation and seamanship training vessel teaching RN trainees and foreign navies.

Jeroen van den Hurk

Jeroen van den Hurk

VBH - CEO

Appointed early 2019, Jeroen van den Hurk is CEO of VBH. VBH is a strong and healthy forerunner in the integration of luxury technologies onboard superyachts.

Jeroen brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology and manufacturing industry. He acted in different roles, both in technology and commercial functions. Over the years, Jeroen became a builder of companies, e.g. at VDL where Jeroen was involved in development and construction of machines as expensive as most superyachts.

He is eager to apply his extensive knowledge and experience in specialized machine building to the yachting industry. He believes these two worlds show many similarities. In both industries, multiple companies are involved in delivering parts of what needs to become a bigger whole.

Van den Hurk is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. He provides the leadership to successfully implement strategies and is eager to play a role in advancing the superyacht market.

James Webb

James Webb

Ultra Horizon - CEO

I studied computer science at Bristol University specialising in networking, cryptography and microprocessor architecture. Whilst at Bristol I founded Ultra Horizon, a secure networking company which stemmed out of a research project centred in the field of obfuscated VPN technology and format transforming encryption. I’m currently CEO at Ultra Horizon and also maintain a position of research associate in Bristol University’s world-renowned cryptography research group. My latest projects include SCARV which is an EPSRC funded program that is focused on adding security extensions to the well known RISC-V instruction set architecture for microprocessors.

Company Bio:
Ultra Horizon is a high performance networking and cyber security company. We specialise in designing and building large scale networks for yachts, large estates, data centres and businesses with a security focused mindset. We design and manufacture our own hardware and software to enhance the security and address the pain points often experienced with traditional solutions adapted to the high-net worth sector.

Oscar Siches

Oscar Siches

Global Marine Business Advisers - Consultant

As an offshore racing and cruising yachtsman, Oscar Siches has broad experience in the boating industry having skippered sail and power yachts in the Med and the Caribbean.

As a Partner and manager of two marinas in Mallorca (Spain) for 17 years, Oscar is a consultant for projects in various countries, and designer of customised marina elements.

He is a Certified Marina Manger, Certified Marina Professional, and member of ICOMIA’s Marinas Committee, PIANC RecCom, an expert of ISO Yacht Harbours Workgroup, a founding member of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association and member of GMBA (Global Marine Business Advisers).

He has given 30+ speeches in marina conferences and seminars in more than 12 countries.

Company bio: Global Marine Business Advisors aims to be a group of 20 marine industry senior experts, located on five continents and nineteen countries.  Each consultant has unique and extensive experience in the recreational marine industry. GMBA consultants are available individually or in teams to help you expand and develop your business.  The GMBA team has an extensive global network and a level of accrued knowledge not available elsewhere. Whether your business is boats, engines, accessories, manufacturing or marinas, we have the expertise to assist. With significant experience GMBA bring new insights to unique challenges, across multiple disciplines.

Our team of Global Marine Business Advisors currently reside in the UK, France, Finland, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Turkey, Poland, Sweden, Croatia, China and the USA.

Joint speakers  (Jason Robertson & Matthew Buley )

Joint speakers (Jason Robertson & Matthew Buley )

Mimo Connect - Directors

Jason Robertson: AVIT / ETO who worked on yachts since 2008 ensuring the Owner and Guests were always connected to the internet. Director of MIMO Connect and Co-founder of MIMO Connect. 

Matthew Buley: I have worked within the yacht industry since 2008, previous to MIMO Connect leading and running the yacht division of formally known MTN and rebranded as PRIVA. Strong customer service focus ensuring clients are always connected globally over all forms of connectivity and staying at the forefront of mobile internet connectivity.  Director of MIMO Connect and Co-founder of MIMO Connect. 

Margarita Amam

Margarita Amam

IMS GMBH- Managing Director

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Joint speakers  (Kris Cardona & Adam Aquilina )

Joint speakers (Kris Cardona & Adam Aquilina )

YOT Store & Eagle Marine IT Consultancy - Directors

Kris Cardona: Kris’s love for IT was apparent years before he started as a young IT support engineer in the Maltese iGaming Industry, where he supported and maintained IT operations for online Casino’s and betting platforms. Others soon recognised his IT skill set, and he was headhunted by a well-known IT superyacht support company for a Head of IT vacancy. Kris quickly grew into the role and developed a solid reputation in the Superyacht Industry as “the guy” you call when there’s an IT problem.
Kris is not only an out-of-the-box thinker but also has an excellent mind for business, which led him to use his years of designing, installing and troubleshooting IT systems onboard to create a company to serve IT to all.

YOT Store Company bio: The maritime industry’s tech requirements demand an agile, reliable, and knowledgeable team. We partner with you to navigate these tricky waters, by providing you with backing from our global supply chain distribution and expert technical team, ensuring its smooth sailing for every business.
Life at sea evokes complexities that wouldn’t normally exist for a normal business, which is why we get things done, and we get it done right, from the very outset.
From sourcing equipment at lightning speed to having industry product and service experts on call. We’ve got your business covered from port to sea and everything in between.

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Adam Aquilina: Adam started working in the maritime IT sector over 18 years ago, and since then has held numerous positions with respected technology companies within the industry. With hundreds of network and IT systems designed to date, Adam has a wealth of experience within the Maritime IT sector.

Eagle Marine IT Consultancy Company bio: Eagle Marine Consultancy was founded in 2018 with the goal of providing high quality, bespoke network & IT systems designed to serve as the cornerstone of a yacht’s communications and entertainment infrastructure. Offering both B2C and B2B white label solutions, Eagle Marine IT Consultancy has been a silent

 

Dasha Moranova

Dasha Moranova

Dasha Moranova Designs - Founder and Creative Director

The Interior design studio was established in 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands once Dasha Moranova the founder and creative director relocated from Hamburg and London after her successful business period at Blue Ocean Yacht Management, Terence Disdale Design and Winch Designs. Dasha’s international portfolio spans over 15 years of experience working on some of the world’s most prestigious Superyachts projects (Eclipse, Luna, Kibo, Romea, Dilbar, Alice) and Award-winning Interior design studios as well as many high-end residential and hospitality projects.

Some of the projects included in her portfolio are M/Y Eclipse (164 M) and M/Y Luna, where Dasha’s Interior manager role was directly on behalf of the client or managing the special exhibition of SuperYacht Gallery in Saatchi Gallery, London 2017, hired by Superyacht Times.
In 2021 Lurssen shipyard invited Dasha to design a sustainable innovative interior concept for the project Alice (98m) presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2021.

DMD studio has worked very closely with the Lurssen team and also created an animation movie to present the project to the large audience. Over the years she has built strong relationships with many shipyards, naval architects, owners’ representatives, contractors, suppliers and furniture producers to create exquisite interiors.

Dasha was born in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) in 1979. A lot happened since then and this strong history has shaped her into who she is now. She is passionate about general well-being, strongly believes this is the most important aspect of today’s lifestyle. She loves to use natural materials, new technologies, unexpected combinations and a surprise element in each interior.

Benefiting from over 15 years of experience working on some of the world’s most prestigious Superyachts and Award-winning Interior design studios, Dasha has built strong relationships with many suppliers, contractors, naval architects & architects, Owners’ representatives, shipyards and furniture producers to create exquisite interiors.