SPEAKERS PROFILE

Jon Harrison

Jon Harrison

Vice President and General Manager at Intellian Technologies

Vice President and General Manager at Intellian Technologies
Jon Harrison is a Vice President and General Manager at Intellian Technologies.  As a member of the Intellian Executive Team, Jon’s role is to develop Intellian’s Global Satcom based business and the end to end welfare of the Intellian Europe, Middle East and Africa teams.  Jon is often keynote speaker at many of the Intellian showcase events and has seen the Satellite Communication Eco System evolve over the past 30 years and with data demands increasing exponentially, it’s the most exciting time for the Satellite Industry.

Jon’s has a Batchelors in Satellite Communication Technology and more recently an MBA

Theo Kalomirakis

Theo Kalomirakis

Executive Director at Rayva Home Theaters

Theo Kalomirak is is considered the world’s premiere designer of private theaters. His award-winning home theater interiors reflect his thorough understanding of home theater design and the skillful incorporation of technology in it. Career highlights during the last 25 years include:

  • Over 600 private theaters designed for entertainment luminaries, business leaders, heads of States and sports celebrities in four continents.
    Amenity theaters for residential buildings designed by star architects such as Herzog de Meuron, Caesar Pelli and Robert Stern
  • Private theaters for residences designed by interior designers such as Phillip Stark, Peter Marino, Juan Pablo Molineux, Thom Filicia, etc.
    The Theo Kalomirakis for Walt Disney Signature furniture collection
    Custom designs for IMAX Private Theatres in China, India, the UAE and the US
  • Featured articles about his work in international publications including Architectural Digest editions in the US, Russia, Italy and Germany, Robb Report, Elle Décor, House and Garden, etc.
  • TV appearances in HGTV’s Multi-Million Dollar Homes, the Discovery Channel’s Home theater revolution, Entertainment Tonight, Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous, etc.
  • Ten CEDIA awards for Best Home Theater Design
    CEDIA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Two best-selling coffee table books featuring his work published by Harry Abrams, “Theo Kalomirakis’ Private Theaters,” and “Great Escapes”
 Dr. Carey Cooper

Dr. Carey Cooper

Cyber Security Engineer & Security Operations Lead - Riela Cyber

Carey is the Cyber Security Operations team lead at the Riela Group of Companies.

He has a wealth of infrastructure and cyber security experience across the medical, financial, retail, and telecom sectors.  In addition he has a strong entrepreneurial spirit which is an asset in bridging the divide between technical and business.

Carey also holds numerous certifications in Microsoft, Cisco, Linux and the Cyber Security Disciplines.  He has a passion for anything related to technology.

Rogier van der Heide

Rogier van der Heide

Former Head of Innovation Phillips

Rogier is one of the world’s leading lighting designers with clients such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Apple, Boeing and Aston Martin under his belt. But also in the world of superyachts, Rogier van der Heide is no stranger.

Rogier started his career 30 years ago in entertainment design, led the world’s largest lighting design studio during 8 years and was Chief Design Officer at Philips Lighting. He created iconic lighting for the Olympic Games (China, Sochi and London) and for national museums such as the Rijksmuseum in The Netherlands, home to some of the world’s most important artworks by Rembrandt and Vermeer.

In superyacht design, Rogier specializes in connected, changeable lighting scenes that accommodate any event aboard and that are relaxing, festive, and stimulating. Rogier’s light gives your yacht a stunning appearance in the marina. In close collaboration with Mr. Smith Entertainment Systems, His imaginative design creates not only beautiful light, but is also tightly integrated with all other entertainment aboard

Ivo Veldhuis

Ivo Veldhuis

Joint talk with Howard Lowe

Ivo is the Technical Manager of Mayfair Marine and he has gained substantial engineering and commercial project management experience in the large yacht, ship building and renewable energy sectors. He has been part of the engineering management of several large-scale, multi-disciplinary, engineering projects with budgets exceeding €100 million.

Ivo has combined his professional life with obtaining a Doctorate in Engineering at the University of Southampton on the topic of hydrogen as a marine fuel and more recently completed his MBA at Koç University, Istanbul in 2015.

He has published several academic papers about renewable energy and alternative fuel sources for ships and this subject is his real passion. Ivo is now widely involved in the new technology of alternative fuels, electric propulsion and hydrogen. His knowledge in this area is sought after as the yacht and shipping sectors seek to find more sustainable ways to power their vessels.

Howard Lowe

Howard Lowe

Joint talk with Ivo Veldhuis

Howard is the Managing Director of Mayfair Marine and he is a Chartered Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the superyacht sector.

He has worked on many yachts, primarily in the 50 to 100m range and has managed a wide variety of projects. This has given him first-hand knowledge of the many complex processes involved in both new construction and major refit work.

Howard has worked as both an Owner’s Representative and for major European Shipyards so he can see the perspective from both sides and is also experienced working with family offices, designers, lawyers, insurers, finance teams and suppliers.

He has a strong customer focus and approaches his work with honesty and integrity.

Howard recognises the need for greener alternatives within the marine sector and he is proud to work with Owner’s and shipyards to support this culture change within yachting.

Feargus Bryant

Feargus Bryant

Technical Manager Edmiston

I have been involved on a technical basis with yachts and ships for the past 35 years, both in commercial shipping and yachting. Over the last 19 years I have been supervising the design, construction, and commissioning of many large yacht projects. I have an active interest in using technology to increase efficiency in all aspect of on board systems management.
Joseph Adir

Joseph Adir

Founder/CEO of WinterHaven Technology

Developing an AI/ML  platform to transform the way that superyachts are managed and operate.

CEO & Founder of WinterHaven Holdings, developing the domain expertise and IP for an all-in-one maintenance centre for superyachts. Creating a new platform for yacht owners, yacht managers and captains looking to base their yachts in a highly diverse and multifunctional enablement platform.

Founder and Co-Founder of over 20 operational companies, especially in the technology sector.

35 years of track record.

Board member in technology companies related to the Family Holding Company.

Since 1992 in the yachting industry.

Ofer Oz

Ofer Oz

CTO of WinterHaven Technology

Developing an AI/ML platform to transform the way that superyachts are managed and operate.

Founder and CEO of Triple-T Ltd. Offering a comprehensive range of technologies and infrastructure, management support services.

Ofer has over twenty-five years of experience regarding the design, engineering, supervision and commissioning of IT projects, with an extensive understanding of large-scale handling projects of this nature.

Previously was co-Founder of Yamatel Ltd. and P-cell Ltd, both of which provided integrated, value-added products and services to telecommunications operators worldwide. Before this, he served as Managing Director of the Evelon Group, a technology hub and investment house for private ventures in the fields of Internet and Communication.

Nathanael Reicher

Nathanael Reicher

Head of AR/VR/MR of WinterHaven Technology

Developing an AI/ML platform to transform the way that superyachts are managed and operate.

Co-Founder and CEO of 3D LTD,  Developed customized 3D software creating fast ROI solutions based on Holograms, XR (VR, AR, MR), 3D scanning and animations mainly for maintenance/engineering, education, and marketing needs.

Nathanael is also Advisor and mentors for the Israeli naval academy, startups in all fields, and companies all over the globe.

Previously was CEO and Co-founder of V360 Ltd, did eight years of service as captain of a frigate at Israel.

Navy, instructor and commander of two stages at the Naval Academy, ranked as Major.

Daniel Briggs

Daniel Briggs

ETO/AVIT 110meter+ & Consulting ETO/AVIT

With 9 years experience in the superyacht industry Daniel has been responsible for the maintenance, installation and problem solving for all onboard electronics on the most technologically advanced ocean going Super Yachts in the world.
Niko Brasseur

Niko Brasseur

General Manager at A-Knowledge Crestron

Niko Brasseur is a recognized expert in providing integrated solutions for superyachts. After gaining experience in managing the technical departments for Crestron across multiple countries, Niko started his own company from which he and his team offer extensive support and programming solutions to a wide range of clients. He has thorough experience installing, debugging and maintaining audio, video and home automation solutions.
Bjoern Scheidewig

Bjoern Scheidewig

Solar Impact

Bjoern Scheidewig has a degree in Business Admistration and served for more than 15 years in business development of international companies. Due to his technical passion for maritime mobility he became part of a ambitioned team of engineers and visionaries in the role of the Managing Director. This team developed a new kind of maritime mobility during the last 3 years and is bringing this vision into realtity now.

David Savage

David Savage

Excelerate

COMING SOON
Ian Hornsby

Ian Hornsby

Yacht Data and Software Guru

Ian who originally trained in naval architecture later steered his career towards captaining yachts around the world. After fifteen years in command and managing several new builds and refits for private owners, he founded Hub Ware Ltd (formerly Techman) in 1998. Hub Ware Ltd now provides software and support to yachts from 30 to 130 metres and is present on board yachts from all of today’s quality shipyards. Ian’s inspiration has helped to steer the evolution of onboard ‘vessel management systems’, and he is now innovating the shoreside processes that help shipyards, managers, crew and owners to organise their new builds, refits and customer care. Recent missions include helping ICOMIA to define a standard format for refit work lists, and helping several very large yachts projects to meet their documentation challenges. Ian now divides his time between the Techman customer base and developing new products for mobility, collaboration and business efficiency.

Ian says “A yacht gets built just once… but it will go through many refits during its operational life. Understanding the whole build-operation-refit process helps captains, crews and managers to optimize value for the owner …”

“Building a yacht with refit in mind is key to delivering long-term value throughout its life. Collaborating efficiently around the technical and operational information helps to deliver that value. As we grasp the benefits of efficiently sourcing, sharing and updating information, we should be compelled to developing better standards for humans to interface with technology.”

ERIC STRIDE

ERIC STRIDE

Chief Technology Officer at Atlas Cybersecurity

Eric Stride, a 17-year veteran leader in information security, including 12 years in the U.S. Air Force and at the National Security Agency (NSA), serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Atlas Cybersecurity. He is responsible for developing Atlas’ cutting-edge technical solutions, as well as managing its team of expert analysts. Eric brings significant technical and leadership experience throughout the domain of cyber operations, having led elite operational teams throughout the military and intelligence community. Eric is an alumnus of NSA’s prestigious Computer Network Operations Development Program. He has developed capabilities for both the military and the intelligence community. He co-authored the first U.S. Air Force weapons & tactics manual addressing offensive cyber operations and was the first Numbered-Air-Force level offensive cyber evaluator. Eric has spent the last 5 years using his knowledge of offensive operations to create innovative defensive strategies and technologies for the private sector.
Rufus Whiteford

Rufus Whiteford

WASSP multibeam

Water occupies around 71% of the Earth’s surface. But only about 5% of the world’s waters have been mapped with detailed bathymetric data (showing positioned depths). In other words, approximately 66% of the Earth’s waters are currently not mapped accurately enough for safe navigation.

Rufus has Maritime in his blood having lived on a Yacht his Father Built Cruising the East Coast of Australia (Sydney to Cairns) and New Zealand before the age of 10. Living on Waiheke Island in Auckland for School years where yacht racing became a passion to ultimately complete two years at the RNZYS Youth Training Scheme with the Claim to fame of once beating Russel Coutts in a Match Race, to the windward mark anyway.

Rufus has worked in the Marine industry since finishing University some 25 years both in New Zealand and Great Britten with a focus always on Electronics Technology with a wide variety of marine sectors covered from Survey UAV’s and fishing from Kayaks to Commercial Fishing Boats and Tankers with Room for Naval vessels and Superyachts along the way.

Safe Navigation at sea has always been at the core of my maritime passion and today I still get out and enjoy a yacht race or delivery cruise. It remains my Wife and I’s dream to retire and cruise the Oceans on our own yacht one day.

Cheryl Zimmerman

Cheryl Zimmerman

Director Farsounder

Cheryl is a true innovator and successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience starting and growing several technical and commercial businesses. She has led the FarSounder team over the last 19 years in their quest for finding navigation solutions to keep ships safe and protect our underwater world.

She is an Mechanical Engineer holding a MSME (Master of Science Mechanical Engineering) from Tufts University and a market visionary.  With her leading the way, the FarSounder team has received numerous honors over the years, including the 2015 Tibbetts Award for Innovative and Outstanding Contribution to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

With a lifelong passion for sailing and the ocean she developed growing up in the “Ocean State,” this was a natural industry to focus her talents.  As a great communicator coupled with her training, she is an expert at ‘translating’ technical ideas to non-technical customers.

Thorsten Kraus

Thorsten Kraus

Head of Broadcast & Cinema at Samsung Electronics Germany

Thorsten Kraus is Head of Broadcast & Cinema at Samsung Electronics Germany, responsible for the full range of high-end Samsung Display products within the superyacht industry in Germany, especially for Samsungs flagship in Micro LED technology – The Wall (which will be displayed at the Superyacht Technology Conference).

With over 25 years of experience the studied engineer and MBA holder, who started his career in telecommunication, has held several leadership positions in engineering, product management, business development, sales and marketing in international technology companies.

Svein Ove Farstad

Svein Ove Farstad

General Manager for Sales and Market Norwegian

Svein Ove Farstad is the General Manager for Sales and Market in Norwegian Electric Systems His 17 years of experience include roles as senior engineer, project manager, business development, sales and market in ship technology companies located  in world leading leading maritime clusters in Norway.

Started in NES in 2008 being involved in a number off complex and comprehensive projects internationally, further contributing to promote the companys new position in new markets after the offshore collapse in 2014/15.

Continuing the materialization off the vision for NES, making the company one off the global leaders in environmentally, efficient and safe solutions for a wide range off vessel.

Using their leading position in Norway, to among transform the propulsion and bridge systems for the next generation off zero emission ferries and being involved in R&D projects focus on tomorrows ESS and smart navigation for next generation vessels.

Throughout his whole carrier being involved in shipbuilding, started his career as worker at local shipyards in Norway. Through his education as engineer and further experience – the focus off quality, personal support and heritage off Norway being an innovative ocean tech supplier, has always been driving forces and motivation for him.

Gwen Benoit

Gwen Benoit

Naval Architect/Training Manager at Quantum Marine Stabilizers

Gwen Benoit is a naval architect and licensed professional engineer in the US state of Florida. She has a diverse background ranging from commercial sea time to cruise ship design. Gwen has been with Quantum since 2004, where she has lead the mechanical/hydraulic engineering team. She now serves as training manager, providing technical training to Quantum’s employees and customers.
Pippa Nicholas

Pippa Nicholas

Yacht Projects International

Born in West Wales, her career at sea actually started at the tender age of 12 with entry to a Naval college; HMS Conway, a Merchant navy officer training establishment. Although she had been in and around boats from the age of 4. Her first command being a 12 ft Sailing dingy.

Her career took her to sea at age 14 in the merchant navy, moving over to the Royal Navy and serving as helicopter pilot during the Falklands campaign in her Royal Navy Reserve role. Back to the Merchant Navy and changing to the engineering department before starting her work in the Yachting sector in 1998.

After 30 plus years at sea in both Commercial shipping and latterly yachts serving in deck and engine room positions she left the sea as a Chief Engineer. Pippa came ashore and set a company called YachtProjects International offering services to owners, captains, management companies and shipyards. She has good working knowledge of Class, Flag, IMO and SOLAS requirements. Services include Project Management, day to day site management, financial control of project and consultancy for specifications and design for refit, repair and new build projects. In the past 17 years her clients are very diverse and projects have ranged from 25m simple refits to 200m new build consultancy.

Pippa also owns a second company; ProCom65 which is aimed more at the commercial shipping sector and focuses on the communication side of the business. The company has become the go to company for vessels and management who require that exceptional, personal touch solution and the products that are championed are chosen for similar reasons. Many are internally developed with the extraordinary solutions in mind that often appear to come over Pippa’s desk. People come looking for our solutions as our reputation is to deliver beyond the call of duty

Although Pippa is work driven she enjoys spending time with her American wife Kim and their children and grandchildren. Now based between the South in the UK and North Florida she spends time traveling to Europe and in deed where ever her clients are.

Known for being the fun at the party there is always a very serious and conscientious person inside.

Recent achievements include winning the VSAT Stellar Executive of the Year Award, due in part, to an outstanding service offered to an extremely prestigious client; Victor Viscovo onboard DSSV Pressure Drop and the FiveDeeps Project (due to be aired shortly on the Discovery channel) The communications package broke all “known’ rules.