Meet the 25 Superyacht Design Symposium 2018 Speakers


Philippe Starck

_Creator, designer and architect_

Philippe Starck is an internationally acclaimed French creator, designer and architect.

His profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his determination to change the world, his anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness - and the usefulness of intelligence - have accompanied one iconic creation after the other. From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary superyachts, individual windmills, electric bikes or hotels and restaurants that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places.

This untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creates unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful. @StarckOfficial/Instagram @Starck


Matthew Robertson

_Founder,_ Momentum Adventure

Founder of Momentum Adventure Matthew Robertson has an intimate passion for the wilderness. He cut his teeth on the rock faces of the Himalayas and the wilds of South America and Europe. As he puts it, “I’m living the dream and my mission is simple. I want people to experience genuine, raw, wild, natural beauty and this runs vicariously through everything we do.” His mantra: “To take ordinary people in to extraordinary environments and create memories that will last a lifetime”.

His vision is simple - to connect more people to the awesome power of the great outdoors. He’s hand picked a team of world leading climbers and guides to run adventures that span the Arctic, Canadian Rockies and the Brazilian Rainforests and Momentum Adventure has now established an intimate niche as a world leader in bespoke experience-based journeys.


Stephen Attenborough

_Commercial Director,_ Virgin Galactic

Stephen Attenborough is the Commercial Director for Virgin Galactic, joining the company as its first full-time employee in 2004, with responsibility for laying the commercial foundations and framework for the organisation, including spearheading ongoing sales, business development, marketing, public relations, licensing, partnerships and customer retention initiatives.

Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, Stephen worked for Gartmore Investment Management, a major London-based investment management firm, where he performed a number of management and senior management activities for more than 15 years. At Gartmore, his roles focused on the company’s relationship with sophisticated institutional and high net worth clients and prospective clients.


Christophe Albin

_Superyacht Owner_

Christophe Albin founded an Electronics Engineering & Manufacturing Services company in Penang, Malaysia in 1983, and currently serves as its Executive Chairman and sole shareholder. Christophe spent the following 30 years growing and expanding his business, both organically and through mergers and acquisitions. His group is active in many industries including instrumentation, industrial and residential controls, automotive, medical, communication, high end audio-video and household appliances, power tools, HVAC and has customers in more than 12 countries spread over three continents.

He started chartering superyachts in the early 2000s in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. These were between 25 and 42 metres and except for one were all sailing yachts.

With a desire to undertake a round the world trip, Christophe and his wife became increasingly interested in the superyacht industry, meeting naval architects, interior designers and shipyards all over the world. After viewing many yachts, Christophe and his wife made the decision to design and build a yacht to their exact specifications for their unique trip. S/Y Escapade, a 37.5m Fitzroy, was delivered in 2014 and went on to be a finalist in the Voyager’s Award at the 2017 World Superyacht Awards.


Henning Fehrmann

_CEO & Owner,_ Fehrmann Metallverarbeitung

Henning Fehrmann is driven by innovation. Henning’s company “Fehrmann Metallverarbeitung GmbH” has developed and manufactured windows, glass doors and special glass metal compositions for some of the most iconic yachts. Fehrmann’s products are installed, among others, on AZZAM, VAVA II, TOPAZ, Al Mirqab, Al Said, Lady Moura and Enigma (eco). In 1953 Fehrmann’s engineers developed weathertight sliding windows for Mr Onassis’ forward owner’s area at MS Christina. The windows are still in operation.

Based on the knowledge from severe damages Henning’s team has recently invented the world’s first windows against freak waves. At the metal division, their R&D project brought out a corrosion resistant aluminum alloy strong as steel. Today, Fehrmann’s engineers develop high-tech aluminum for 3D printing as well as Smart Windows.

Henning has been engaged as a mentor for startups i.e. Nuwiel (electric bike trailers) and Puttview (augmented reality putting app). He has co-founded YNICORN a company that evaluates the investment-readiness-level of startups and business models on an algorithm base. Henning is member of jury at several startup contests and shares his knowledge and thoughts about disruptive innovations and company transformation as a sparring partner with boards of large companies.


Axel Massman

_Founder & CEO,_ Yacht-Green

Axel Massmann is Founder and CEO of Yacht-Green, an end-to-end company that care and develop creative concepts for plants onboard yachts as well as their associated requirements such as irrigation and lighting. For the past 25 years, Axel has added fountains, shopping malls, atriums, rooftop gardens and other well-known projects all over the world to his portfolio. Yacht-Green is now working on several 100m plus yacht projects, as well as its own futuristic yacht designs.

A qualified engineer in landscape architecture, Axel’s resolve has always been to create custom-made green solutions that inspire tranquil settings in contrast to the busy lives people lead.

Before graduating as a landscape architect, Axel studied philosophy and psychology and continues to incorporate this knowledge and perspective into his work, creating and strengthening connections with nature and the environment.

Based in Hamburg, and temporarily in Nice, Axel and his team continue to explore the creativity of green opportunities in the superyacht industry.


Superyacht Design Symposium 2018 Speakers

Superyacht Millennial

With a grandfather in the Navy, yachting has always been a large part of Alex Gibbs’ life, and some of his earliest memories are of bouncing around on friends sailing boats in the Solent. At eight years old, Alex’s father bought his first Sunseeker, and Alex still routinely travels to the Mediterranean for voyages to the Balearic islands, the Balkans, Italy, France and the Greek islands aboard Elysium, a Predator 115, to be replaced with a 131 Yacht in Spring 2018.

Alex works alongside his father, Ron Gibbs, to develop numerous nautical projects, including Silver Arrows Marine, a company which builds luxury motor yachts with Mercedes-Benz branding and styling, and focuses on translating their design language to an entirely different environment. He has aided with the development of Mediterranean Yacht Agents, a full-service yacht agency affiliated with MRM in Montenegro and Lacoche Yacht Services in France, with a view to expand to North America in the near future.

Alex works in New York as a commodity trader at Setién, in an industry in upheaval from new technology and a shift in global preferences. He believes the yacht industry faces a very similar situation, and there is no better environment in which to innovate.


Manuel Bianchi

_Managing Director Europe, Business Development,_ Wealth-X

Manuel Bianchi is the Managing Director Europe, Business Development at Wealth-X and has built the client base in Continental Europe since the foundation of Wealth-X in 2010. Manuel leads the EMEA Commercial Team for all Sales & Account Management activities with all 4 sectors with whom Wealth-X engages and has brought over 100 companies on board over the past 6 years.

Prior to joining Wealth-X, Manuel completed a Masters degree in Hospitality Management in Central Switzerland. He also speaks 4 languages fluently and has served in the Swiss Army as a Sergeant.


Clive Scott

_Head of Tiltrotor and Unmanned Programs_, Leonardo SpA. (Helicopter Division)

Clive Scott is Head of Tiltrotor and Unmanned Programs for Leonardo SpA. (Helicopter Division). Based in Italy, he is responsible for all Tiltrotor and Unmanned rotary wing product lines; AW609 Tiltrotor, NextGen Tiltrotor, HERO and SOLO Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Programs.

Prior to this, under AgustaWestland Philidelphia Corporation (AWPC), Clive has been involved with some of the most iconic aircraft models. As AW609 Program Director he was responsible for the AW609 integrated team for FAA certification and EASA validation, transfer/transition of the 609 civil tiltrotor program from Bell to AW, and development, certification, production and introduction to service following the transition.

Clive has a variety of experience in worldwide military/commercial helicopter sales and service contracts across AW product lines. He can count the Turkish T-129 ATAK helicopter, EH101 Merlin RN Mk1 Helicopter/RAF Mk3, AW139, AW109, AB412 and CH47 Chinook Helicopters as part of his portfolio.

Having lived in the US, UK, France and Italy, Clive began his career at British Airways Engineering as Production Planning Engineer, overseeing Materials Management and Component Overhaul and has a BEng. (Hons) in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Southampton, UK.


Helen Robertson

_Organic & Preventive Conservator,_ Royal Museums Greenwich

During a career in the superyacht industry encounters with on board art inspired Helen Robertson to retrain in organic and preventive conservation. Recognising a need to advocate best care practices, Helen focused her Masters research on the benefit of adopting collections care management for working marine interiors.

A return to the yachting world was side tracked by an opportunity to work in ship model conservation, at the National Maritime Museum. On realising a passion to combine traditional hand skills, creativity, material and scientific research; she never left. This environment has allowed Helen to hone her conservation skills; however, she remains a fervent supporter in developing training initiatives and promoting protection of art at sea.

As the nature of the superyacht and art worlds evolve these two facets of the luxury industry are converging with increasingly extreme demands.  Helen’s professional experience offers a rare insight into how solutions can be found to protect the financial and cultural integrity of on board art.