Amsterdam | 2018, 13 - 15 November


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.

Elaine Bunting

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.

Davide Cipriani

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.

Patrick Hemp

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.

Kim Hollamby

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 and director of a technology team for Time Inc in the UK before moving to the board of an IT and software development company.

Arjen Jansen

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.

Olivier Racopeau

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.