About / Our team
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Please meet the people driving Water Revolution Foundation, key figures from the superyacht industry as well as experts in their respective fields.
Henk de Vries III
Feadship – De Vries Scheepsbouw Chair
Henk was born in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands in 1958. He studied business economics at VU University in Amsterdam, after which he worked as a business consultant in various sectors.
He joined Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw and Feadship in 1987 as sales manager and became director and shareholder in 1996. Together with cousin Tom de Vries and later joined by Rob and Roderick de Vries, they expanded the family business to its current size with seven operating companies and 1200 employees. De Vries still is completely family-owned and owns 50% of Feadship.
Dr Vienna Eleuteri
Initiator & Vice-Chair
Vienna has coordinated several international projects in sustainable development, human health and the environment.
She works with governments and communities to introduce sustainable practices and adaptive technologies that reduce vulnerability to climate change and promote sustainable development. She is working on Yachting 4.0, a computational sustainability programme which supports decision making in production processes. She also coordinated the development of the WateRevolution model, a strategic partnership platform, recognized by the United Nations (UN) as a best practice, then taking this a step further by initiating Water Revolution Foundation.
Philippe Briand Design
Early insights into naval architecture and advanced hydrodynamics during an internship with Swedish designer Pelle Petterson armed Philippe with the skills to create dozens of successful production yacht models, of which over 12,000 have been built.
Philippe’s first foray into superyachts came in 1995 with a winning submission for the design of the ground-breaking, award-winning 44.7m S/Y Mari Cha III, and then Mari Cha IV. The success of these lightweight, high-performance cruising racers propelled him into the world of superyachts, where he has enjoyed considerable success. His studio produces yacht designs and naval architecture oriented around use of new technologies both for sailing and motor yachts.
The Superyacht Group
Having graduated in business studies and mathematics, Martin joined a 90-foot sailing yacht which served as his introduction to the world of superyachts.
In 1992, Martin developed a brand new magazine. The Superyacht Report has now established itself as the authority in the market, with intelligent and informed reporting on all aspects of the superyacht world. With sister magazine titles developed over the years, and the creation of a solid digital portfolio and intelligence division, The Superyacht Group is one of the leading information suppliers to the market. Martin has spent time on over 1,500 yachts around the globe, interviewed hundreds of owners, CEOs and designers, providing a rare insight and unrivalled knowledge of the superyacht market.
With an educational background in shipbuilding and industrial engineering in Germany and business administration in the United States, Peter Lürssen joined the family company as 4th generation in 1987.
He had already familiarized himself with various Lürssen departments and spent a year as a construction inspector at different Japanese shipyards. Under the leadership of Peter and his cousin Friedrich the company further expands with eight shipyards across northern Germany and 2,700 employees. Lürssen is 100% family-owned with all shareholders being members of the family.
Carlos is Vice President of the Rybovich Superyacht Marina & Refit in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Carlos received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in 1987 as well as his Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991. Carlos has been working with the Rybovich project since 1995 and was instrumental in establishing its original concept plan. Today, Carlos is primarily responsible for the expansion of the Rybovich facilities into Riviera Beach as well as elevating the brand’s international recognition. Carlos is a recognized figure in marine industry circles and has worked cooperatively with ICOMIA, SYBAss, USSA, FYBA and other industry organizations.
Louis van Beurden
Treasurer & Secretary
Louis has a financial background and was educated as a tax lawyer before he started to work at the Big Four, then moving in-house at international companies such as Compaq HP and Lyondell.
In 2014 he helped set up Ultra Capital, a private investment vehicle focused on improving infrastructure projects to help alleviate constraints of the world’s most critical resources such as agriculture, energy, waste, and water in a more affordable, reliable and sustainable way. In 2017 Louis co-founded TIMII International, an initiative to develop sustainable housing in East Africa while generating high social impact with a fair financial return.
The day to day activities of Water Revolution Foundation are run by a small team of sustainability experts, determined to make the industry more sustainable.
Robert van Tol
Robert’s passion is uniting people and organisations to achieve things that are beyond the scope of the individual.
While finalising his masters in Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, he started working for the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) shortly after its founding in 2007. In his role of operational director, Robert compiled statistics and economic reports for SYBAss members, worked on ISO standards, researched the Hong Kong (recycling) Convention, conducted a superyacht fleet carbon-offset study as well as an economic impact study, and managed the SYBAss Sustainability Committee. He currently volunteers as the international liaison for the Dutch chapter of Young Professionals in Yachting.
Dr Elisabetta Zerazion
Elisabetta has a PhD in engineering and a background in marine biology and environmental sciences.
Elisabetta is a life cycle assessment (LCA) expert and brings with her a valuable skillset that is rare to find in the superyacht industry, yet crucial if we are to measure our environmental impact. She has previously worked on projects where she applied the LCA’s multidisciplinary approach on different fields in both the public and private sectors. In 2016, she was recognised as the “Junior Expert in Species and Habitat Conservation” by the Italian Federation of Parks and Nature Reserves. Elisabetta is passionate about protecting the oceans and is a keen scuba diver.
Jelena has a Master degree in Materials Sciences & Engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
During her master thesis in Amsterdam she got deep insights into thin-film solar technologies. She is focused on renewable energies and biosourced materials, and is determined to co-create a more sustainable future. During her microplastic research in the Barents Sea, Siberia she developed her fascination for marine life and maritime transport. Jelena is a keen kitesurfer and outdoor lover with a strong commitment to its conservation and regeneration.