The DAME Jury is drawn from a mix of experts in their field, from the marine and broader industries. It typically includes those with naval architecture, boat design, interior design, user application and marine market experience and skills. The jury is supported by a non-voting secretary.
Birgit Schnaase (Chair)
Engineer and interior designer Birgit Schnaase runs the Schnaase Interior Design office in Hamburg, Germany. For more than 22 years she has worked internationally on a very wide range of projects including yachts, superyachts, houses and aircraft with the purpose of translating the personality of her clients to the interior designs that she creates, each of them being unique in concept.
Nigel Calder is a freelance marine technical writer and consultant with hundreds of magazine articles and eight books to his name, including the best-selling Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual. He was the technical director of the European Union’s HyMar (Hybrid Marine) research project and has been a long-time member of the American Boat and Yacht Council’s electrical Project Technical Committee.
Patrick Hemp is the Technical Manager for the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). He graduated as a yacht designer after spending many years as professional crew upon privately owned classic sailing yachts. After working as the design coordinator for the Gunboat multihull company in South Africa he started Hemp Marine which specialises in the design, project management and yacht management of recreational sailing craft.
Arjen J Jansen holds an Msc in Industrial Design Engineering and a PhD on the subject of Human Powered Consumer Products. He is Program Director of the Integrated Product Design and coordinator of the Sports Innovation program at the TU Delft university’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. He is also President of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) and an enthusiast sailor.
Kim Hollamby works as a consultant and non-executive director, focused on marketing, communications, business growth, change management, human resources and people development. Previously Kim was editor of Motor Boats Monthly and group editor of the IBI portfolio of publications, publisher of ybw.com and director of a technology team for Time Inc in the UK before moving to the board of an IT and software development company.
Jean François de Premorel
Jean François de Premorel has over 30 years of sail boat racing, boat design, construction and marketing experience in the sailboat and motor yacht sector. Inshore and offshore sail boat racing experience includes ten Atlantic crossings in competition on multihulls and monohulls. Since 2008 he has been Project Director for the creation of the Prestige Yacht motor yacht brand within the Bénéteau Group.
A keen sailor since childhood, Olivier graduated from the Toulouse University in mechanics and aeronautic technologies before joining Jean Berret in 1983. The pair created many highly successful yacht racing designs and designed many production boats for Bénéteau, including the ‘First’ range and their first catamaran for the Fountaine Pajot shipyard. Olivier continues to manage the Berret-Racoupeau design office today across a wide range of projects.
Davide Cipriani, President of yacht design engineering at Centrostiledesign srl, developed a love for boating in his childhood. He became passionate about the design world and soon began a career path in the 27-year-old family industrial design business focused on the marine industry, working with his father, Tiziano. Davide now manages the company, taking care of its customers and its 40 employees.
Elaine is Editor of Yachting World and SuperSail magazines. She been sailing since the age of six, beginning in racing dinghies and later crewed on a variety of cruiser-racers and one-designs in club events and regattas throughout the UK. She qualified as a sailing instructor in her teens and has cruised many of the world’s oceans and commented on many leading global sailing events.
Schnaase Interior Design
Schnaase Interior Design was founded 22 years ago by engineer of interior architecture, Birgit Schnaase, with the purpose of concentrating on maritime interior design. Based in Hamburg, she and her team contributed to various floating projects, new build and refit, for all lengths of motor-and sailing yachts. They have more recently worked on aircraft and house interiors.
Calder Marine Enterprises
Calder Marine Enterprises engages in marine technical writing and consulting, with a primary focus on recreational boat energy systems. In recent years, the focus has been on original research into optimised systems including exploiting emerging technologies and new product development that will radically improve the performance of these systems.
ICOMIA is the international trade association representing the global marine industry since 1966. It unites 35 national marine industry associations in one global organisation and represents them at an international level. ICOMIA membership is estimated to represent more than 90% of the world’s leisure boating business. With the help of its members throughout the world ICOMIA acts internationally on behalf of the recreational marine industry
IBI (International Boat Industry) magazine’s extensive investigations of the global leisure marine industry provide expert analysis of the latest commercial developments and market trends. Received by more than 12,000 senior managers in 120 countries, its unique perspective offers an unparalleled insight into the dynamics of this fast-moving sector. The magazine is owned by the UK-based Boating Communications Ltd.
TU Delft is the oldest and largest university of technology of the Netherlands: a university constantly seeking outstanding talent to keep it in the top rank. The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is a breeding ground for first-class designers; it’s a multidisciplinary study, where students learn about every aspect of product design, such as practical design skills, a broad technological grounding and extensive knowledge of innovation processes.
The Bénéteau Group
The Bénéteau Group is a French industrial company, founded in 1885. It designs, manufactures and sells boats and mobiles homes. The group is world leader of the pleasure boat and luxury yacht market under the Bénéteau, Jeanneau, Prestige, MonteCarlo, Lagoon,CNB, Wellcraft, Scarab, Four Winns and Glastron brands. It also provides mobile homes and wooden framed houses under the IRM, O’AHara, BH and Bio Habitat brands.
Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design
Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design was founded in 1994 and more than 15,000 Berret-Racoupeau designs are sailing today. At the end of 2007 Jean Berret decided to retired from the activity of the office. These days Berret-Racoupeau has a team of 10-12 people and manages an eclectic mix of production boats, superyachts, monohulls and multihulls and Olivier’s wife Isabelle oversees interior design.
Centrostiledesign srl is an industrial design company that is focused on yacht design, providing a very high quality service to clients who want to see their ideas become finished products, by following the production chain in every single step. The main value of the company is co-operative system: a highly qualified team works together every day and controls internally any production phase, from concept to prototype.
Yachting World is a part of the UK-based Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Sport & Leisure Network. It has had its finger on the pulse of sailing since 1894. Its editorial team state they are the most enthusiastic sailing fans in the world: “we love boats of all kinds, modern and classic, we like racing and cruising, are fascinated by innovation yet revere tradition
Hollamby Associates is operated by Kim and his wife, Michelle. It specialises in providing businesses services particularly to time-starved SMEs in the marine and other industries, including growth, change and project management, human resources, people development, governance, marketing, communications and publishing services.
METSTRADE is the world’s leading platform for professionals in the leisure marine equipment industry. This global business platform and community focuses on innovation, market developments and on-site networking and knowledge events such as the METSTRADE show, the world’s largest leisure marine equipment trade show.
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