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The programme for this year’s Global Superyacht Forum, held from 16 – 18 November in Amsterdam, has been unveiled. The event will be defined over three days as The Investors, The Innovators and The Inspirations. A mix of panel discussions, keynote presentations, technical workshops, industry specific focus groups and think tanks, the 21st edition is sure to be the best yet.
Day One: The Investors
As the industry continues to recover from the Global Financial Crisis, day one will look to discuss the most effective strategies that will make our industry the best it can be. A host of experts from the superyacht market will share their prudent advice and development plans, providing an authoritative glimpse into what new investments mean for the superyacht world. Following Martin H. Redmayne’s annual State of the Industry address, market influencers Fred van Beers, CEO of Blohm + Voss, Paolo Casani of Camper & Nicholsons International, Sergei Dobroserdov, Dynamiq Yachts and Guillaume Roche of Sunrise Yachts will be on stage for ‘Investing for The Future’, a candid discussion to see how we can make the superyacht market stronger. The panel presentation ‘Superyacht Valuations’ will see Martin Baum of Pantaenius and Paul Miller from Yachtsure24 discuss the direct and indirect effects of valuations on our industry and the day will close with ‘ReguLegacy’ with Chris van Hooren, SYBAss, to discuss his thirty years of experience with regulations.
Complementing the panel debates and keynote presentations are intimate focus groups and workshops. Smaller sessions taking part simultaneously, day one will debate hybrid yachts, superyacht duty of care, cleaner fuel for superyachts and the formula for successful coatings.
Day Two: The Innovators
Day two will explore emerging, groundbreaking technologies, concepts and products. Trailblazing keynote speakers will take to the stage to present technical developments and pique the audience’s interest with their disruptive thinking. The opening panel discussion ‘Next Generation Projects’ features the Magma Structures team behind the innovative masts for Superyacht ‘A’, composite specialist Rudy Jurg, Gurit and naval architect Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects, who will look at challenging traditional methods of shipbuilding and building the next generation of superyachts. The afternoon will see three creative geniuses take to the stage for ‘Putting the Fun back into the Fundamentals’, Rob Henderson of UNStudio, Marnix Hoekstra, Vripack and famed Danish designer Johannes Torpe, to put the fun back into how we think about yacht design. 10 focus groups and workshops will take place on Tuesday, looking at the future of fuels, security, connectivity, yacht management and many more pertinent industry topics.
Day Three: The Inspirations
The closing day of GSF will see inspirational leaders, thought provoking debates, blue sky thinking and more, as the audience is motivated to question age-old traditions, think organically and develop fresh ideas. The first session, ‘Yachts of the Sky’ will see three experts from the aviation industry take to the stage, Robert Baltus, Executive Jet Management (NetJets), Jim Dixon, Andrew Winch Designs and Conrado Dornier, Dornier Seawings. What can we take away from this sector and apply to the world of superyachts? A closing keynote session will feature a presentation from inspirational adventurer and expedition leader Justin Packshaw. ‘Above and Beyond Human Boundaries’ will examine how we can push the limits of our achievement – how can we apply these practices to every day life?
Four focus groups will debate superyacht fiscal issues, challenge stale business practices with disruptive thinking, discuss the future of superyachts and see how regulations change our industry’s designs.
To view the Global Superyacht Forum programme in full, visit www.GlobalSuperyachtForum.com/programme.html
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