SPEAKERS PROFILE

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.
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

Steve Brendle

Steve Brendle

Director of Marine Markets, HIGHLAND WIRELELSS INTERNATIONAL, BV and HIGHLAND WIRELESS SERVCIES, LLC

Stephen Brendle, Sr. spent 30 years in Motorola’s communications sector, 14 of those years as Vice
President of C&E Areas, Network Services and Paging Products. Always a boater, he obtained his US
Coast Guard Master license and began a new career doing yacht deliveries and charters. As many new
super yachts began showing up in the US with poorly operating crew communications, he was asked to
join a friend’s land mobile business to support this need.
Now with offices in Ft. Lauderdale and The Netherlands, HIGHLAND has become a major supplier of
crew communications for new builds and retrofits; installing systems and servicing yachts throughout
the world.
Steve has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and MBA in Marketing. He lives in Delray Beach, FL

Nick Fichte

Nick Fichte

Global Business Manager at L-Acoustics

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.

David Savage

David Savage

Excelerate

Group Chairman & Chief Executive – Excelerate Technology

David co-founded  Excelerate Technology Ltd  in 2001 and is the majority shareholder. David has over 40 years’ experience in the technology industry. Previously, David founded and owned a UK cellular service provider which he grew over 10 years and sold to Vodafone Group PLC in 1996 – then one of the first mobile telephone service providers in the UK, he started that company with 7 employees and it had 450 when it was acquired.

Excelerate is what David describes as an unusual combination of Developer, Major Systems Integrator, Maintainer and Private Satellite and 4G/5G Network Operator/Provider and the company is the UK market leader by any measure in the provision of data, video, voice and internet via satellite, wireless and LTE solutions to the country’s blue light services. Recently Healthcare and Telemedicine have benefitted from his companies own developed solutions, particularly on the back of Covid which has acted as a catalyst.

David has driven Excelerate’s global growth, with its UK success being replicated in Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and the USA.

Four years ago David invested in entering the maritime market and  describes France based Excelerate Marine as still being regarded as the “new kid on the block” with barriers and challenges that have even surprised him despite Excelerate’s obvious 20 year history. So why is he sticking at it and why does he believe Excelerate can be a winner of the long game? Everyone claims to be different he says, so we have to prove it and we have to work harder and introduce disruptive products, solutions and pricing models.

Feargus Bryan

Feargus Bryan

Technical Manager Watermark Yacht Management

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.

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.
 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.

Torsten Steinbrecher

Torsten Steinbrecher

CEO of Qualtron GmbH

Torsten Steinbrecher CEO of Qualtron GmbH heads a dedicated team, committed to the highest standards of technical and aesthetic performance in the demanding Marine AV market. Torsten has built an unrivalled reputation for bringing passion, precision, discretion and flair to each project. The growing trend for private cinema onboard yachts is both inspiring and challenging. Whether the owner dreams of traditional elegance or a modern streamlined space, we have a wealth of sophisticated technologies to create the perfect bespoke solution. Close collaboration with interior designers and outfitters is essential, as we must never lose sight of the owner’s vision, taste and lifestyle.  Serving the most discerning clients, in the most challenging environment is an opportunity to excel. With Torsten Steinbrecher at the helm, excellence comes as standard.

Andrew Faiola

Andrew Faiola

Head of Mobility, ST Engineering iDirect

Andrew is currently Head of Mobility at ST Engineering iDirect, where he is responsible for the company’s strategy for aviation, maritime, and land mobile. Previously, Andrew spent 15 years at Intelsat, the world’s leading satellite company, in a number of different direct account management and leadership positions, most recently leading the Mobility Solutions sales team for Europe, Middle East, and Asia. He also held various sales and marketing roles at NewSkies Satellites, and at an independent teleport in the USA called ESATEL Communications. Earlier in his career, he performed research and project development work at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, which involved the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

Andrew holds a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Andres Ginatta

Andres Ginatta

European Maritime Manager for LG Electronics

Andres Ginatta is the European Maritime Manager for LG Electronics. Completing an MBA in the Netherlands, Andres has spent his professional life in North and South America, Europe and China working on business development activities, market analysis, user’s experiences and go-to market strategies. Together with LG, Andres is introducing LG’s innovative and unique products such as the Transparent OLED, Curved OLED, MicroLED and more with the sole purpose to enhance the guest experience while maintaining low TCO, easy maintenance and control and smooth integration.

Larry Rumbol

Larry Rumbol

Marine Business Development Manager, Spectro | Jet-Care

Larry Rumbol has been in the commercial marine industry for 43 years, quickly

rising to senior management level at a young age, pioneering many award-
winning projects and responsible for advancing innovative technology in a

number of key areas.
Commercially Larry has been involved in some notable start-ups and acquisitions
and ran his own highly successful marine engineering service company for 25
years, with facilities and workshops in four countries. Since selling that to a
management buy-out in 2010 he has been an active consultant for a number of
key clients and is a recognised go-to in his field.
In 2013 Larry joined the global Parker Corporation as Marine Condition
Monitoring Manager for Parker Kittiwake. He was responsible for all aspects of
business development, acquisition and strategy around the world and collected a
major Marine Engineering Innovation award presented by Lloyds in 2016.
Joining the leading spectrographic oil analysis laboratory group, Spectro | Jet-Care, in 2018, as Marine Business
Development Manager, Larry is further expanding his condition monitoring horizons as well as bringing new
ideas and initiatives to the industry. An original thinker and able to operate at all levels Larry looks forward to
many more years in an industry which he considers as much a way of life as a job.

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.”

Justin Kiel

Justin Kiel

WASSP Multibeam Sonar for Seafloor Mapping

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.

With the WASSP Multibeam Echosounder technology yachts can create their own detailed 3D map of the seafloor to allow for safe navigation into uncharted or poorly charted areas.

Justin is Sales Manager EMEA regions for WASSP Multibeam at Electronic Navigation Ltd. (ENL) of New Zealand which is part of the Furuno Electric Group one of world’s largest marine electronics manufacturers.

Born in The Netherlands near the water and with a background in IT and electronics, it was almost obvious that Justin started his professional career in the marine electronics industry. At the early days of GPS satellite navigation, developing and selling the very first computer based electronic navigational chart systems for the maritime industry with later specialisation in hydrographic survey equipment and software for the dredging industry, marine construction, offshore energy, navies and waterway authorities.

The global activities offered him the possibility to travel around the world at a young age. Managing survey projects deep down in the jungles of Africa, to mapping wild rivers in America, to creating offshore bathymetric maps of the underwater world in the Indian Ocean.

 

His experience of the global travels did help his decision to move from The Netherlands to Italy 25 years ago.

In Italy he continued his professional career in marine electronics of which almost 20 years in the Superyacht industry. The combined experience in hydrographic survey, global satellite positioning systems and underwater sonar technology, allowed Justin 6 years ago to set up the European, Middle Eastern and African operations for WASSP Multibeam Sonar.

 

Today, with more Superyachts moving away from doing the usual ‘milk run’, exploration of new areas has become a fast growing trend.

However, the seafloor in many of these new and unexplored areas are not, or poorly mapped and could pose a danger to safe navigation especially in shallow waters.

WASSP Multibeam Sonar is the tool that can help Superyachts to quickly make their own bathymetric charts of the seafloor to allow for safer navigation, but also to locate objects on the seafloor for leisure activities such as diving or fishing.

 

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.

Andre Klepper

Andre Klepper

Founder & CTO of YachtCloud

Andrew Corbin

Andrew Corbin

Quantum Stabilizers Barcelona – Technical Sales Manager

Andrew started his maritime career with the British Royal Marines and then joined the Merchant Marine
working on offshore oil and gas support vessels.  He studied Marine Engineering with South Tyneside
Nautical College and later pursued an engineering degree with The Open University (UK).  He went on to
manage superyacht refit projects at MB92, one of the largest refit shipyards in the world. Today he is
managing the sales and related business development at the new Quantum facility located within the
MB92 yard in Barcelona.

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.