Speakers confirmed for 2018 World Marinas Conference

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the Greek Marinas Association have announced the list of speakers for this year’s ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, which runs from October 25-27 in Athens, Greece.

More than 400 delegates are expected to take part in this three-day event to interact and openly debate with leading representatives from business, academia and politics, from Greece and abroad on “Cross sea challenges for marinas-Setting the scene for collective development and growth”. The event will consist of two conference days and a day touring some of the best marinas in Athens.

Theodosis Tassios, Professor of the National Technical University of Athens, will inaugurate the conference with an insightful opening address. Further enlightenment on innovation will be provided by Dr Donald Sadoway, John F Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT, who will be participating as keynote speaker.

There will also be a special report from John Kalogerakis, CEO of JMK Anthropocentric Corporate Training and People Development, on ‘Training Marinas the Anthropocentric Way’.

More than 40 speakers will be in Athens to share their views with the audience, including:

Anthony Baro, Managing Partner, Power Docks, USA

Esteban Biondi, Chairman, RecCom PIANC

Colin Bransgrove, Executive Officer, Marina Industries Association, Australia

Nanke Den Daas, CEO, Den Daas Group, Netherlands

Gulu Lalvani, Chairman, Royal Phuket marina, Thailand

Ulrich Heinemann, Managing Director, International Marine Certification Institute

John Hogan, Chairman, Global Marina Institute and CEO, Superior Jetties, Australia

Konstantinos Konstantinou, Chairman, Maritime Ventures, Cyprus

Sergey Moiseev, President, Russian Yachting Association, Russia

Aashim Mongia, Managing Director, West Coast Marine Yacht Services, India

Rosemary Pavlatou, Director, A1 Yacht Trade Consortium, Greece

Kemal Saatcioglu, Director, D-Marin, Turkey

Oscar Siches, Yacht Harbour Expert, former Founder Director of the Global Marina Institute, Spain

Delegates will also hear detailed reviews on the marina markets of the world, with an emphasis on America, Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean, MENA and Russian markets, as well as a special focus on Greece. Experts from the country’s marina sector will showcase current major waterfront and marina projects and discuss the Greek concession model in marinas.

There will also be speakers presenting their expertise on electric boat propulsion, solar piers, floating houses and floating infrastructures. Plus, delegates will learn about security issues at ports and marinas, oil pollution crisis management and marina marketing best practices. Other topics in the programme include the international growth of superyacht charter as well as managing change in boating and ownership.

In addition, ICOMIA will present its latest policy papers, introduce its Environment Guide and explore global issues affecting marinas – such as new international guidelines for marina design and ISO regulations for ports.

The World Marinas Conference is specially designed for marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, equipment manufacturers and service providers. Registration is now open and early-bird discounts are available until June 30, 2018.

For more information, visit www.worldmarinasconference.com

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