Conference Speakers

Darren Vaux

Chairman, Boating Industries Alliance Australia

Chairman, Boating Industries Alliance Australia
Vice-president, Marina Industries Association
Past-president, Boating Industry Association of NSW
Chairman, Maritime Advisory Council, NSW

Darren has over 25 years of development and project management experience across the hotel, residential, commercial and marine sectors and is passionate about driving continuous improvement in policy and practice.
He has been responsible for delivering high profile developments with challenging environmental constraints in Australia and South-East Asia and is active in a range of policy advocacy roles and industry groups. He has developed and sold a number of leading property development and service businesses.
Darren is managing director of Empire Marina Bobbin Head, two time winner of the Australian Marina of the Year and Hall of Fame winner in 2014.

Ioannis Kostopoulos

CEO, Sammyacht

Bsc in Mathematics & PhD in Computer Engineering and Informatics.
Ioannis Kostopoulos has 20 years of professional experience in the areas of information and communication technologies. He is an active member of different business groups as “CORALLIA” (gi-Cluster), “STRATEGIS”, the Greek maritime ICT cluster and center of excellence, Blue Growth WG of the Achaia Chamber of Commerce, the Greek Tourism Startup Group and others. He participates regularly in Hackathon events like Piraeus Maritime Hackathon 2017, Bluegrowth Hackathon 2017 etc. He is being a mentor of early stage startups in Blue Growth Incubator and Orange Grove Patras Accelerator (supported by the embassy of The Netherlands). He has more than 20 publications in international journals or conferences and a multi-annual presence in scientific or business events as speaker or moderator. He is the CEO and co-founder of

Jon White

General Manager, The Yacht Harbour Association

Jon has been working in the marine industry for the past 20 years and has been a fanatical boater from the age of 10. Since first venturing out on the River Thames in a kayak Jon has tried, enjoyed and participated in virtually every aspect of boating and water sports both inland and coastal.
He progressed from kayaking to windsurfing in the early 80’s which ultimately led to the RYA recruiting him in 1996 to head the organisation’s windsurfing division. In 2005 he established the Sport Development division of RYA and built development teams to design, resource and deliver participation programmes through sailing clubs and centres throughout the UK. One of the programmes, OnBoard, introduced in excess of 500,000 young people to sailing and windsurfing over a 10 year period. Other programmes included Active Marina which continues to build the competence and confidence of boaters through accredited marinas.
In 2014 Jon was recruited as general manager to The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), the international members association for the support and development of marinas. He is a member of the ICOMIA Marinas Group and sits on the Global Marina Institute advisory board. Since joining TYHA Jon has built a close working relationship with the Marina Industries Association and partnered with them in the re-development of the Gold Anchor global marina accreditation scheme.

Ioannis Plakiotakis

Former President, New Democracy Party, Member of the Hellenic Parliament

Ioannis Plakiotakis is a member of the Greek Parliament representing the Lasithi constituency. He served as the 9th President of New Democracy party.
He studied Biochemical Engineering and holds two postgraduate degrees. He speaks English and French.
In the municipal elections of 1998, Ioannis Plakiotakis was elected member of the local council of Sitia municipality with the independent list of John Apidianakis. He was first elected as MP in 2004 elections, and has been re-elected in the elections of 2007, 2009, May and June 2012 and January and September of 2015.
During Costas Karamanlis administration, he served as deputy minister of defence in charge of the army infrastructure project, meteorology and military sports (09/2007-10/2009). In 2009, he was appointed head of Maritime and Island Policy Committee for the political party of New Democracy. During Antonis Samaras administration, he served as deputy minister of labour, social security and welfare in charge of the management of the European Social Fund and the Community employment programs (06/2014-01/2015). In February 2015, he was unanimously elected secretary general of New Democracy’s parliamentary group. He was a member of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Defense and member of the Parliamentary Committee on Production and Trade, Social Affairs and Equality, Youth and Human Rights.
During the period November 2015 to January 2016 he served as transitional president of New Democracy.
Since December 2016, he is a member of the evaluation committee of the candidates for the party lists and also head of Maritime and Island Policy Sector of New Democracy.

Esteban Biondi

Chairman, RecCom PIANC

Esteban L. Biondi has specialized in marina and coastal development consulting services for more than 20 years. He has experience directing engineering and environmental services for resort projects throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, US, Middle East, and East Asia and directed over 100 marina consulting assignments.
He is associate principal at ATM (Applied Technology & Management) –an international engineering and environmental consultancy with a team dedicated to marinas, urban waterfronts and coastal resort development– which he joined in 2002.
He is the chairman of the Recreational Navigation Commission of PIANC (RecCom) and is member of the “Working with Nature” award jury.
He is full member of the Urban Land Institute (the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world), member of ULI’s Travel Experience & Trends Council, and supports various resilience initiatives of the SouthEast Florida / Caribbean District of ULI.
Esteban L. Biondi holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Universidad Católica Argentina, a Masters of Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University, and has completed a short program at Harvard Graduate School of Design.


George Tziallas

Secretary-general for tourism policy and development, Ministry of Tourism

George Tziallas has been the secretary-general for tourism policy and development in the Ministry of Tourism in Greece, since September 2015. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (M.Sc.) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA.
He has a twenty-five year professional experience in management consulting, specializing in the fields of planning, local and regional development, tourism development and planning, as well as in the management, monitoring and evaluation of EU programmes and projects of the CSFs and NSRF 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 in Greece and the EU.
George has worked in senior positions (general manager, senior expert) in management consulting firms in the private sector for more than twenty years, and was a member of the board of directors of the Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Firms (SESMA).
He has extensive experience in urban/regional planning and in strategic planning and has  participated as expert in the implementation of studies in the fields of local and regional development, tourism development and planning, employment and labor market, economic development, education and training in Greece and abroad.
He has been the project manager/coordinator of large-scale technical assistance projects at national and EU level. He has gained good knowledge of the procedures in the Greek public administration, as well as of the EU Structural Funds context and the EU-funded Operational Programmes. Also, he has very strong experience in operational and strategic design, as well as in business process re-engineering and in ICT projects.


Vassilios Mamaloukas

Director, Environmental Protection Engineering

Vassilios Mamaloukas-Frangoulis is an oceanographer born in Athens (1964). In the past he has worked as an oceanographic researcher (UBO / IFREMER) in Brest, France. He published several scientific articles and participated in missions, research projects and oceanographic trips in the Atlantic. He was the youngest scientist who dived with the submersible “Nautile” (at a depth of 6.000 m).
Since 1994 he is the director of the marine environment protection dept. of Environmental Protection Engineering SA, one of the largest private contractors in the Mediterranean. He has conducted the response operations in over 1.600 spills including all the large scale incidents in Greek waters. Recently, he organized and coordinated all the cleanup efforts for the large spill caused by the sinking of M/T Agia Zoni II, which resulted to the quick recovery of the Athens Riviera. He has extended professional experience in preparedness procedures and contingency planning for the oil industry, ports, marinas and offshore facilities.
Considered as one of the top European experts in oil spill response he has participated in a number of research programs centered in the development of innovative environmental technologies. He has presented many lectures on the protection of the marine environment in international conferences.

Christian Pho Duc

Senior Vice President Sales, Torqeedo

Christian Pho Duc has been responsible for sales at Torqeedo GmbH since 2014. He is also a member of the managing board of the German Boat and Shipbuilding Association.
Before joining Torqeedo, Christian had worked for five years in the renewable energy sector as an executive in the thin film solar sector and solar power plant construction.  Prior to that, Christian had worked for 15 years in the semiconductor industry, always at the leading edge of technical innovations. He marketed high-end products for Infineon Technologies, Giesecke & Devrient and Siemens/IBM on the international stage, holding a number of management positions.
Christian holds a degree in physics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, a master’s degree in semiconductor physics and microelectronics from Cambridge University, UK, and showed an early interest in the market potential of technologies. He undertook research at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics into high-resolution detectors that today orbit the earth in satellites. At Siemens Semiconductors in the 1990s he and his colleagues launched what were then the most highly integrated memory chips.

Fabiana Maccarini

Research and Development Manager, P&O Marinas

PhD Doctorate in Maritime Geotechnical Engineering (2005), MSc Graduated in Environmental Engineering (1999), Fabiana Maccarini developed an extensive record in ports, marina and waterfront developments, with specific expertise in superyachts facilities.
Since 2009 she is a member of the Recreational Navigation Commission (RecCom) of PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure.
From 2007 to 2009 she worked as development manager in Applied Technology and Management Inc. (ATM), at the Dubai Office, in the Marina and Waterfront Development Section.
From 2010 to 2014 she worked as international business developer at Impresa Pietro Cidonio S.p.A. (IPC), an Italian construction company of commercial ports and touristic marinas.
In 2013 she founded FABMAR, a consulting company specializing on planning, design, development and operation of marinas, maritime hubs and yachting destinations. Among the most important projects, FABMAR served as specialist consultant of the Port Authority of Rome (Italy) for the planning and development of the superyacht marina “Roma Marina Yachting”; and of DP World (Dubai, UAE) for the reconversion and development of Port Rashid as yachting destination and maritime hub (Mina Rashid Marina).
Since 2018 she joined P&O Marinas, a DP World company established to develop world class locations for the mooring of yachts and the hospitality of their owners, captains, guests and the local residents. In P&O Marinas, her role is research and developer manager for the acquisition, development and operation of worldwide yachting destinations within the company’s network.
Fabiana Maccarini has coordinated international publications, holds seminars on marinas and yachting hubs and publishes articles in national and international journals and conferences.

George D. Pateras

President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

George D. Pateras, born in London, UK and the father of 3 adult children, is the managing director of Aegeus Shipping S.A. and, since 2016, the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.
He studied engineering and economics and holds a BSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, MS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT and a PhD from Plymouth University.
He is a board member of the Hellenic War Risks Association and the Bahamas Shipowners Association, chairman of the Hellenic Shipping War Risks Insurance S.A., vice-chairman, NATO, PBOS now TG(OS) (2000-) and permanent advisor (AMSCC) of the Hellenic Ministry of Defense.
George D. Pateras has also served as the chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association (2011-2015) and as a board member of the Hellenic Seamen’s Pension Fund (1984-1993), Olympic Aviation (1991-1993), the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (1986-2015), the Union of Greek Shipowners (1983-2004), HELMEPA (1996-1998) and BSA representative at the International Chamber of Shipping (2011-2015).

Panos Pappas

LLM, MBA, Public Properties Company

Panos Pappas (b. 1963), attorney-at-law, member of the Piraeus Bar Association, holds a LL.M in Maritime Law and is currently finalising an MBA course. He is also a certified mediator in Greece.
Since 2001 he has been legal consul of the state-owned Public Properties Company S.A. (PPCo), whose objective is to manage and develop the state-owned private property in line with national and economical policy goals and priorities. PPCo, in its current form, is a new company, with new objectives and perspectives, based on the accumulated experience, know-how and expertise.
Due to his maritime background and professional experience, he has been involved to all stages of the privitazation of the major marinas in Greece, such as Marina Zea (2003), Flisvos Marina (2003), Faliro (SEF) Marina (2009), Mytilene Marina (2012) and Vouliagmeni Marina (2012). He is currently a member of the board of directors of the private companies MARINA ZEA S.A. and LAMDA FLISVOS MARINA S.A. and since 2011 has been elected as the treasurer officer of Greek Marinas Association.
He has extended professional experience in the maritime field and corporate matters and he was a member of the board of directors of EPIRUS AEVE (1994-1997), a company that products and sales “feta” cheese. He has participated in several conferences in Greece and abroad.

Martinho Fortunato

CMM, Chair, ICOMIA Marinas Group

Martinho Fortunato CMM is CEO of Marlagos, which owns Marina de Lagos, a 462 berth marina in Algarve, Portugal. He started as manager of the marina in 2000 and since then has managed not only the marina itself but also the commercial area around the marina and the construction, opening and management of a 4* hotel development (Marina Club Suite Hotel – 140 rooms, spa and restaurant). Martinho became a certified marina manager in May 2005, after completing his studies at the Advanced Marina Management School.
Before becoming CEO of Marlagos, Martinho worked in both the marine and tourism industries. He was CEO of Centro Náutico de Algés – The Lisbon Boatyard and CFO and founder of the hotel management company Unlock Boutique Hotels. Martinho was also the president of the Portuguese Marina and Ports Association (APPR) for 6 years and now holds the position of vice-president.
Martinho is the Commodore of the Lagos Sailing Club and a member of the Lagos Tourism Commission and a member of the board of directors of the holding company MSF-Tur.Im, SGPS. The MSF Group has tourism and real estate developments in Portugal and abroad. He is also member of the board of IMCI (International Marine Certification Institute) and chairman of the ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) Marina’s Group.

Jason Ludlow

CEO & Co-founder, Beds on Board

Jason has had a successful career in business management, events & hospitality and now the sharing economy as co-founder and CEO of Beds on Board.
Leaving the IT industry to setup his own corporate events business, Jason successfully sold Event Management Group in 2014, in order to focus on developing Beds on Board, peer-to-peer marketplace that connects guests and owners for amazing stays on boats.
As an RYA Yachtmaster & former RNLI crew member, boating has been an integral part of Jason’s life and bringing new people into boating is a key part of the Beds on Board vision.

Rosemary Pavlatou

Director, A1 Yacht Trade Consortium

Rosemary has been working in the yachting business in Greece for the past 40 years and is shareholder and a director of both A1 Yacht Trade Consortium and BWA Yachting. Her main interests have been in yacht charter but spans agency and yachting legislation. She is responsible for promotion and advertising within the company and writes in the international yachting press making specific efforts to promote Greece and to encourage visitors to the Eastern Mediterranean.
She is an active member of MYBA and is past chair of AYSS, the international yacht agents’ association, which has given her an insight into many aspects of the yachting industry both in Greece and abroad.

Mats Eriksson

VD, Swedish Marine Industries Federation

Mats Eriksson, 56 years old, has been CEO at Sweboat – The Swedish Marine Industry Association since 2008.
Previously he has been vice-president at Berghs School of Communication and marketing manager at Vodafone Sweden.
Profile: Marketing communications and education. Inspired by the US organization NMMA, Mats has initiated a project in Sweden, called ”Discover Boating”. Due to the success of the project, Mats is now chairman for the Grow Boating Committee within ICOMIA. Mats is a member of the ICOMIA Executive Committee.

Kemal Saatcioglu

Consultant, Marina Solutions International

Kemal Saatcioglu was born in Izmir, Turkey on 27.06.1968. He started sailing training at the age of 7 at Istanbul Sailing Club. He was graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Economics. He later completed his Masters’ Degree on “Management of Maritime Administration” at the Institute of Marine Science and Technology of Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey.
He worked on board yachts, sailed national regattas in Turkey as well as international regattas around Europe.
He started his career in marina business at Setur Kusadasi Marina as chief of harbour services. After Kuşadası, he got promoted to his first marina manager position at Setur Cesme Marina. This was followed by Setur Kusadası Marina, Netsel Marmaris Marina and Setur Kalamis & Fenerbahçe marinas.
As of the business development of Setur Marinas, he attended several national and international tenders and took part in developments of several new marinas of Setur.
He was the organiser of the “Aegean Yacht Rally” between 2000-2010.
In February 2011 he became the general manager of Camper & Nicholsons Cesme Marina.
From March 2014 to May 2018 he was the CEO of D-Marin Marinas Group of Dogus Holding.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Marine Tourism Association.
He is married and the father of a son and a daughter.

John Kalogerakis

CEO & Principal Trainer, JMK - Anthropocentric Corporate Training & Development

Dr Kalogerakis was born in Crete in 1957. He received his B.Sc. in Naval Architecture/Engineering, M.Sc. in Production & HR Management & Ph.D. in Applied Robotics from Strathclyde University, Scotland. Since 1982 has worked in a number of managerial positions for national & multinational companies in the UK, the Middle East and Cyprus.
He returned to Greece in 1988 and lectured at the National Technical University of Athens. As a visiting professor to various British & Greek universities, he has given numerous lectures and seminars internationally emphasizing the anthropocentric approach to sustainable corporate development. He has given numerous Management Skills Development seminars in 4 continents.
Since 1993 he has lectured regularly at the Hellenic Management Association on people skills, empowerment, motivation and personal skills development.
The programs offered cover many aspects of soft skill personal development, from leading with emotional intelligence to ethics, managing millennials and leading change.
The characteristic of all of his training seminars is the unique anthropocentric and ethical approach which has been developed over the last 36 years of entrepreneurial, managerial and coaching experience. In 2010, he published 15 different anthropocentric seminars on DVD (
Today, he is the CEO of JMK, with offices in Greece & Cyprus specializing in anthropocentric human resource development. He is married with a son.

Willy Fux

LHM conseil

Willy Fux has been involved in mountain tourism for 27 years. He started his career in direct customer contact situations, then took different sales & marketing and management positions in mountain destinations (Les Arcs, St. Moritz, Tignes, Val d ’Isère, Flaine). He has worked for tour operators, tourism boards, a ski school and a specialist real estate developer. In 2009, Willy stepped out from in-resort operations to start LHM which conducts industry-specific market and consumer research. His clients include mountain resort operators, local and national tourism boards, tour operators, accommodation businesses and developers, as well as start-ups. He holds a master’s degree from the Chambéry business school and has been a guest lecturer in France (Université de Savoie, INSEEC Chambéry) as well as at MCI in Innsbruck.

Jean-Michel Gaigné

CMM, Chairman, TransEurope Marinas

Jean-Michel Gaigné CMM is a long-time expert in the yachting field. He successfully organized the famous French sailing event “Tour de France à la Voile”, led the communications department of a worldwide watersports company, developed new marina facilities in France, and currently manages a 1.000+ berth marina in Brittany (France). Jean-Michel is a member of ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), member of The Yacht Harbour Association council (TYHA), member of the advisory board of Global Marina Institute (GMI) and chairman of TransEurope Marinas, the largest European network encompassing 80 marinas in 11 countries. He is also acting as a marketing and development consultant for marinas and waterside activities.


Alkman Granitsas

Associate, Kyklos Associates

Alkman Granitsas is a communications expert with 25 years experience in international media including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNBC, BusinessWeek and Reuters. In 2015, he founded Kyklos Associates, an Athens-based boutique communications consultancy with clients in Europe and the Middle East, focusing on business and political communications.
Prior to that, he served eight years as Greece & Cyprus bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal directing a team of journalists in two countries and helping coordinate coverage of the European financial crisis.
Before coming to Greece, he worked for almost a decade in Hong Kong and Singapore as a journalist for major international media and also providing consulting services for leading global clients in the financial services industry.
After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in international economics, he began his career as a journalist in Washington, D.C. covering government affairs and politics. His areas of expertise include international trade policy, economics and finance.

Aris Xenofos

Executive Chairman, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Aris Xenofos is the Executive Chairman of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF).
He was born in 1963. He has professional experience of many years in the financial sector and fund management. He has served as Deputy General Manager at Alpha Asset MFMC (Greece) and Chief Executive Officer at Eurobank Asset MFMC (Greece).
Internationally, Me. Xenofos has served as Chairman at Eurobank FMC SA in Luxembourg and Chairman at EFG Eurobank MFMC SAI SA in Romania. In 2015 he took over the position of the Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) and successfully concluded the 3rd recapitalization of the Greek banking sector. He joined HRADF in November 2017 and he was appointed Chairman of the BoD.
He has also served as a member in a number of executive committees of Eurobank, as the Chairman of the Hellenic Fund and Asset Management Association (HFAMA) and as a Member of the BoD of Athens Stock Exchange.
Mr. Xenofos holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Economics, with Honors, from Athens University of Economics and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nabil Farhat

Editor-in-Chief, The World of Yachts & Boats

Nabil Farhat, holder of Lebanese and British nationality, graduated from the faculty of commerce of the Cairo University in 1975. He has been a publisher and editor-in-chief of the World of Yachts magazine (Alam AlYoukhout in Arabic) since early 1993. Awarded by UCINA with the “The Boating Pioneer 2016 Award” in the category of Foreign Journalist. Member of the Yachting Journalist Association (YJA) in UK and executive committee member of the Arab Marine Industries Association (AMIA). Nabil has launched and organised from 2002 several conferences in the Middle East and the Gulf region covering marinas & seafront developments.

Anthony Baro

Managing Partner, Power Docks

• Master in Business Administration – General Management, Nova Southeastern University
• Master Certificate in Government Contracting, George Washington University
• Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering, Roger Williams University

CO-Founder & Managing Principal – PowerDocks LLC, Newport, R.I. 4/2016 to Present – PowerDocks develops Marine Autonomous Powered Docking Platforms (MAPDs) designed and produced to serve the operational needs of Marine Electric Propulsion Vessels, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Surface Autonomous Vehicles (SAV), Aquaculture Farming and related system technologies for Defense, Commercial, and Oceanography customers worldwide.
Founder & Managing Principal – E2SOL LLC (Efficient Energy Solutions), Providence, R.I. 2010 to Present
E2SOL is Renewable Energy General Contracting firm dedicated to developing Energy Efficient and Sustainable Renewable Energy Projects for Commercial and Industrial customers. Please refer to attached file for a more detailed summary.
Prior Experience Included: Subcontract Program Manager III & Subject Matter Expert – RAYTHEON COMPANY – Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) – Tewksbury, MA. A $22+ Billion industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business aviation and special mission aircraft. Program Manager – Military Tactical Land Navigation Products – KVH INDUSTRIES – Middletown, R.I. A $40M manufacturer of mobile satellite communications and military tactical navigation systems. Product Line Manager – New Product Introductions & Advanced Manufacturing – SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, Boca Raton-Fla. (currently Tyco). A $1B manufacturer of fully integrated electronic security products for commercial and industrial global markets. Senior Mechanical Engineer – SIPPICAN INC. (Lockheed Martin (Marion, MA) – A global security and aerospace company engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Awarded Patents: Tamperproof Alarming Tag for an Electronic Article Surveillance Systems – US Patent #5,367,289. Provisional Patents: Low Profile Marine Vertical Axis Wind Generator, Closed Loop Hydronic Power Generator System, and an Electric Motor Power Co-generator.

Thanos Belalidis

Head of Communication Services, Sympraxis

For the past 25 years Thanos Belalidis has been exploring ways to promote a sustainable and caring world. Today he is an accomplished project manager and advertiser, focused exclusively on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Contribution projects.
Ηe is a founding member of “Sympraxis Team”, an agency with 17 years of experience in operational planning, fundraising, project management and communication of environmental and social projects.  Sympraxis Team has supported more than 300 initiatives, worth about 25.000.000€, funded by 100 businesses, 7 foundations, the European Commission and other institutions.
Thanos is particularly proud for his contributions to projects such as:

  • The “school that you want” initiative, renovating schools, on behalf of Coca Cola 3Ε.
  • The “” campaign for the United Nations Refugee Agency, the first initiative of its kind in Greece.
  • The installation of a recycling program for OTE COSMOTE (Deutche Telecom Group) used by 10.000 company employees.
  • The “Some forests have their own aura” campaign, reforestating Greek mountains (the overall campaign results exceed 75.000 surviving trees), supported by the AVRA spring water brand.

His interviews have appeared and were published in media such as Frankfurt Algemeine, the London Times, the National Geographic and the Discovery Channels. He has presented in various events such as TEDx, Sustainable Brands and the International Fundraising Conference. He has also presented in Institutions such as the Universities of Copenhagen, Villabajo and Crete.

John Hogan

Chairman, Global Marina Institute

John Hogan, CEO of the Superior Group, has an extensive professional background which includes many years in concrete, engineering, mining, project and general management roles in both Australia and the United States. As Vice President & General Manager of a US based concrete product producer he introduced new, cost effective technology into the US market.
John is a tradesman Boilermaker and holds an AD in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Business (Management) Degree and is a Certified Marina Professional (Global Marina Institute). His varied background and overseas consulting and career experience enable him to bring a multi industry and international perspective to growing the Superior brand worldwide.
In addition to being the author of the ‘Sustainable Marina Development’ (MDS 577.6990994) book, John is a Director and Gold Sponsor of the Marina Industries Association, an active member of the Association of Rotational Moulders Australia Inc and is the Chairman of the Board of the Global Marina Institute.

Aashim Mongia

Chairman & Managing Director, West Coast Marine Yacht Services

Having been associated with boats all his life, Aashim is a highly decorated yachtsman. Awarded with the Arjuna Award for the sport of yachting by the Government of India, he has represented India at various Asian Games and World Championships where he has won several medals.
Being around yachts, he has been able to harness his skills into his yachting business. After a short stint in the Indian navy, he started his own marine business of yacht management and repairs and he now runs a very successful boatyard. West Coast Marine has also grown as a consultancy firm and has consulted on marina projects and water transportation projects for their clients. West Coast Marine Yacht Services is now the leading one-stop-shop marine company in India. The company caters to the who’s who of Mumbai and is trusted by top industrialists of the country with their most expensive assets.
Aashim is also highly respected in the international yachting industry with over 150 superyachts having visited India under his company’s support. He is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Super Yacht Association and of the Association of Super Yacht Services. Aashim has been invited as a speaker at several national and international yachting forums.
The company is well networked with the development cycle in India and has been able to garner to prestigious projects – the Goa Marina, a 245 berth full service marina, and the Mandwa Port, which has been leased to them for a 5+5 year basis for further development.
He is currently the president of the Indian Marine Federation.

Gulu Lalvani

Chairman, Royal Phuket Marina

Travelling and yachting are amongst Mr Lalvani’s greatest passions, and having had the opportunity to pursue both wholeheartedly he then discovered Phuket and fell in love.
At the time, Phuket was in its early stage of development but it had all the elements for the perfect yachting destination and Mr Lalvani saw an immense opportunity. Royal Phuket Marina is the result of his ambition to put Phuket on the map as an international yachting and lifestyle destination on par with many of the world’s most coveted destinations.
Having chosen the perfect site, strategically located on Phuket’s east coast, Royal Phuket Marina broke ground in 2004 and undeterred by the tsunami in December 2004 Mr Lalvani continued full steam ahead. The outcome is evident for all to see today: A multi award-wining marina and the only 5 Gold Anchor marina in Thailand; a residential community of luxury villas, condominiums and the world’s first Aquaminiums; retail, businesses and offices; a world-class health club; floodlit tennis courts; and Phuket’s largest independent Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Nearing full occupancy year-round, and continuing to receive enquiries from yacht owners all around the world, Royal Phuket Marina recently expanded with the addition of a second dry stack storage and now has a total capacity for 296 boats up to 35 metres with 24/7 year-round access.
An entrepreneur at heart, Mr Lalvani will soon begin on Phase V of Royal Phuket Marina, which, in his visionary style, will again deliver something that Phuket has never before seen.
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Robert Brown

President, GCM Contracting Solutions

Robert Brown began his construction career as a concrete and masonry contractor. In 1988, the Florida-licensed General Contractor founded GCM Contracting, which initially specialized in residential construction. In 2000, the company began doing tilt wall construction, focusing on commercial and industrial projects. Today, the company is building more than 2 million square feet of tilt wall per year, including warehouse/manufacturing facilities such as Croci North America, and aviation projects such as Private Sky Aviation at RSW. In 2004, Brown led GCM to create its first design-build project, and the company has now built millions of square feet as a design-build general contractor. In 2008, GCM completed its first marine project, Hamilton Harbor. In 2012, Brown added Coastal Erosion Protection Systems, a beach dune reinforcement product, to combat beach erosion and sea level rise.

Marine Experience

  • Hamilton Harbor Marina
  • Rose Marina
  • Gulf Star Marina

Additional Projects

  • WAREHOUSE: Croci North America
  • LARGE RETAIL: Miromar International Design Center, Miromar Outlets
  • AVIATION: Private Sky Aviation, Flying Seas Aviation

Gary Groenewold

CMM, Vice President, Westrec Marinas

Captain Gary Groenewold, CMM is Vice President, for Westrec Marinas, one of the largest Marina owner/operators in the United States.  Responsible for all operations and business development throughout Florida, the Caribbean, South, and Central America, he has over 20 years’ experience working on marina development and consulting projects which encompassed the design, construction, and operation of a variety of marina facilities offering both wet and dry storage and their ancillary amenities.
Gary has served on the Executive Board of the International Superyacht Society (ISS) since 2004.  He is an active member of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), and the International Marina Institute.  Gary is the former Chairman Emeritus of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and a recent member of the Board of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).  He holds a 500 gross ton captain’s license and is the Vice Chairman of the International Marinas Group (IMG) of the International Council of Marine Associations (ICOMIA).

Colin Bransgrove

Executive Officer, Marina Industries Association

Colin Bransgrove is the executive officer of the Marina Industries Association Ltd (MIA). He commenced this role in 2008. MIA is the peak industry body for the marina industries with a growing membership across the wider Asia/Pacific region. Membership has grown to 300 at an average of 4% per annum since 2008. MIA has a clear focus on the provision of marina industries education, accreditation and research.
Colin has played a lead role in managing MIA’s long standing relationship with the Recreational Marine Research Center, Michigan State University, USA. The collaboration has resulted in eight years of groundbreaking marina research focused on the economic, social and environmental performance of marinas in Australia.
Prior to his role with MIA Colin was CEO of another peak industry organisation on the back of heading up a number of tourism associations during a diverse 25 year career within the tourism industry. Positions included director industry development with Tourism New South Wales and director of a successful start-up adventure travel business.
Colin has a degree in Education and a Master of Business in Tourism Development.

Oscar Siches

CMM, Yacht Harbor

With navy school background and as an offshore racing and cruising yachtsman, Oscar Siches has broad experience in the boating industry. He has skippered sail and power yachts in South America, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Partner and manager of two marinas in Mallorca (Spain) for nearly 20 years, Oscar is a consultant for design and operations of marina projects in various countries, and a designer of customized marina elements. His latest “baby” is the Marasi marina at the Dubai canal, which was completed in November 2017.
He is a Certified Marina Manager, honorary Certified Marina Professional, one of the founding directors of the Global Marina Institute and member of ICOMIA’s Marinas Committee, PIANC RecCom, Spanish expert in yacht harbors at the ISO organization and founding member of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association. He is also a marina inspector for the International Marine Certification Institute.
Oscar Siches has given more than 40 speeches in marina conferences and seminars in more than 10 countries, including the last four World Marina Conferences and is a contributing writer for Marina World and the Mallorcan Nautical magazine Gaceta Náutica, where he has his column “Messages in a Bottle”.

Andrea Razeto

President, ICOMIA

Andrea Razeto is vice-president of the Italian Marine Industry Association-UCINA and president of ICOMIA. Andrea has been involved in the marine industry since 1990, when he began running a family business in northern Italy, which specialised in the manufacture of marine hardware for yachts and ships. The door locks, handles and cabinet hardware that his company manufactured were used by boat builders the world over.
Andrea has been a member of the ICOMIA Executive Committee since 2012 and was elected as president in June 2018. His term will run until June 2020. It was important to him that he got more involved with ICOMIA in order to serve the industry on an international level. At the time, he was also a member of the METSTRADE Exhibitors Committee. Andrea said: “I am proud to be part of ICOMIA, which achieves these aims by removing technical and trading barriers, making boating easier and safer by harmonizing rules and encouraging the sharing of market information. Together these activities make ICOMIA the most influential organization in our industry”.
Andrea grew up at the Italian Riviera and is a boating enthusiast. He is passionate about encouraging more people –especially youth– to take up this wonderful hobby, which is key for the growth of the marine industry.

Grigoris Stergioulis

Chairman & CEO, Enterprise Greece

Grigoris Stergioulis was appointed chairman of Enterprise Greece in June 2018. He is a chemical engineer and holds a master’s degree in Advanced Integrated Design from the Houldsworth School of Applied Sciences, University of Leeds in the UK, from where he graduated with distinction. He has extensive professional experience in the oil industry and has worked in various companies both in Greece and abroad.
Since 1984 he has held various managerial positions in different areas of the Hellenic Petroleum Group. He was a member of the management team responsible for the upgrade of the Aspropyrgos refinery during the period 1984-1987, where he was assigned several design and process activities, mainly in process control and production optimization. During the period 2008-2014, he was the project coordinator for the upgrade of the Elefsina refinery.
In May 2015, Mr Stergioulis was appointed as managing director of Hellenic Petroleum SA, a position he held for three years.
He has published several technical articles on topics such as process control, optimization and advanced control systems. He is the author of a book entitled The Oil Market in Southeast Europe, published by the Institute of Energy of South-East Europe and the Greek General Confederation of Labor. He has participated as a speaker in many conferences.
Since February 2017, Mr Stergioulis sits as a councilor of the General Council of the Bank of Greece, while in June 2018 he was appointed to the board of directors of LARCO.
He speaks English and French.

Baxter Underwood

CEO, Safe Harbor Marinas
  • Prior history of acquisitions and asset management
  • Former CIO of CNL Lifestyle Properties
  • B.A. University of Chicago
  • A. Stanford University

Nanke den Daas

CEO, Den Daas Recreation

Nanke den Daas is CEO of Den Daas Recreation, a family owned company, specialized in the development, acquisition and exploitation of high quality leisure projects with focus on marinas in The Netherlands. Having a degree in Biochemistry and Veterinary Medicine, she started her career in research and development in the cattle industry. In 2004 she succeeded her father as CEO of Den Daas Recreation. Today she manages and operates a total of four high quality marinas. Her challenge is to further develop and exploit leisure services in a world that has changed 360 degrees in the past eight years.

Ulrich Heinemann

CEO, International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI)

Ulrich (Uli) Heinemann is a graduated naval architect from RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany.
Being an active sailor since the age of 10 he is since 1996 the CEO of the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) in Brussels, Belgium. IMCI is the market leader in CE-certification according to the Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU.
He is active on several technical committees of CEN and ISO.
Uli chairs the Recreational craft Sectoral Group (RSG) in Brussels which is working under the umbrella of the EU Commission and chairs the technical committee of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) – both in Brussels.
He is the EU Senior Inspector of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Chicago, IL and member of the ABYC Technical Board, Annapolis, MD – both in the USA.
In his role as the convenor of ISO TC 228 WG 8 he deals with a set of ISO standards to define the quality level of marinas for small craft as well as for superyachts.

Stavros Katsikadis

President of the Board, Greek Marinas Association
Managing Director, LAMDA Flisvos Marina

Born in Athens in 2 November 1968, married with two sons.
Graduated from Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Dpt of the National Technical University of Athens, participated in postgraduate research for EEC project in 1994.
Started career in the marine industry as engineer on board with Bilinder Marine Corp. (Latsis Group) and then as technical superintendent in Consolidated Marine Mgt, managing ships’ technical operations and special surveys in Greece and overseas until 2003.
Graduated ALBA P-MBA School in Athens in 2002 and joined the sea tourism field as a marina manager in 2004 during the development, renovation and operation of Flisvos Marina.
Managing director of LAMDA Flisvos Marina S.A. since 2008.
President of the board of the Greek Marinas Association since 2011, representing the marinas sector in Greece and working for the development and upgrade of the Hellenic sea tourism.
Member of: ICOMIA Marinas Group, Association of Chief Executive Officers, Hellenic Management Association, CEO’s Club Greece, Technical Chamber of Greece, Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers.
Hobbies: tennis, shooting club, jogging

Udo Kleinitz

Secretary-general, International Council of Marine Industry Associations

Udo Kleinitz is the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) secretary-general. He holds the German master craftsman qualification in boatbuilding, which he obtained having worked for 15 years in yards at the lakes in the Munich area.
In 2008 Udo relocated to UK after being appointed as technical manager at ICOMIA – a post he held for five years, before leaving to join British Marine as head of technical services.
Udo returned to ICOMIA in June 2015 as secretary-general; his extensive industry knowledge and expertise enables ICOMIA to continue to represent the global marine industry.
An avid sailor, Udo spends his summer weekends on the water cruising the UK south coast and the English Channel.

Sergey Moiseev

President, Russian Yachting Association

President of the Russian Yachting Association.
Director of the Training Centre “Captain” for marine crews.
Expert of the Informal Working Group on recreational navigation of the UNECE.
Higher education graduate, author of books and publications. He has taken part in regattas and rallies. He has worked at the Moscow University and the Space Research Institute. He has a fleet and a yacht school, in which a thousand yachtsmen have been trained.

Roberto Perocchio

Chairman, UCINA – Italian marine industry association
member, ICOMIA Marinas Group

Roberto Perocchio, graduated from Law School, has been managing director of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, the cruise port of Venice, from 2005 to 2016. He owns three companies specialized in the development of marinas and real estate, such as Marina del Cavallino, and is currently president of ASSOMARINAS, the Italian Marina Operators Association. His further professional experience includes among others:

  • Since 1990 Board member of UCINA
  • Since 1991 Board member of ICOMIA Marinas Group; appointed chairman in 09/2009
  • 2008 – 2012 President of Venice Yacht Pier
  • Since 2013 National VP of Federturismo-Confindustria

Klaus Peters

Coordinator of the Marinas Group of ACOBAR (Brazilian Marine Manufacturers & Trade Association), Brazil

Klaus Peters is a Brazilian entrepreneur dedicated to waterfront development and marinas in his homeland.
Graduated from architecture school in New York (USA), holds an MBA from INSEAD (France).
An avid advocate to have marinas recognized and classified as infrastructure necessary to sustainably explore valuable natural resources by granting access to and from the water.
In the past decade he has been actively involved in governmental and non-governmental initiatives to revise regulations for the implementation and operation of marinas in order to expedite the licensing process and ensure the much needed preservation of the environment.
Founding member of the Nautical Forum of the State of Rio de Janeiro and member of the Sao Paulo State Nautical Forum and the National Working Group for Nautical Tourism.
He has sailed competitively in many classes –from windsurfers and multihulls to offshore racing– and organized numerous events to promote sailing in Brazil.

Donald R. Sadoway

John F. Elliot Professor of Materials Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy are all from the University of Toronto. He joined the MIT faculty in 1978. The author of over 170 scientific papers and holder of 25 U.S. patents, his research is directed towards the development of rechargeable batteries as well as environmentally sound technologies for metals extraction. He is the founder of two companies, Ambri and Boston Electrometallurgical. Online videos of his chemistry lectures hosted by MIT OpenCourseWare extend his impact on engineering education far beyond the lecture hall. Viewed 1,800,000 times, his TED talk is as much about inventing inventors as it is about inventing technology. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Theodosis P. Tassios

Em. Professor, National Technical University of Athens

Em. Prof. of the National Technical University of Athens (GR); member of the Academy of Sciences of Torino (IT); doctor honoris causa of Liege University (BΕ), S.E. University of Nanjing (CN), Democritus University of Thrace (GR), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), University of Cyprus (CY), the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR), and the Panteion Univeristy (GR); has served as expert and consultant of United Nations and of the European Union, as well as president of international scientific societies. He is honorary president of the Hellenic Society of Philosophy, and president of the Society for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology. He is the author of over 440 papers and over 50 books in several languages. In September 2013, he received the International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering (IABSE, Zurich).

Contact Details

Conference Host
Greek Marinas

Greek Marinas Association
Head Office: Flisvos Marina, 175 61 Paleo Faliro

Tel: +30 2109871024 • Fax: +30 2109871060

Conference Organizer

Hazlis and Rivas

Hazlis & Rivas Communications Ltd.
43, Poseidonos Avenue,
174 55 Kalamaki
Tel: +30 210 9408750 • Fax: +30 210 9408753

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2018


Setting the scene for collective development and growth

Conference Host
The Greek Marinas Association

Flisvos Marina, 175 61 Paleo Faliro, Greece
Tel: +30 2109871024
Fax: +30 2109871060

Conference Organizer
Hazlis & Rivas Communications Ltd.

43, Poseidonos Avenue,
174 55 Kalamaki
Tel: +30 210 9408750
Fax: +30 210 9408753