THE FOUNDING BOARD
Please meet the founders of 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.
Vienna Eleuteri | EULabor | 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. Next to her role as SYBAss Sustainability Commmittee chair, she is working on Yachting 4.0, a computational sustainability programme which supports decision making in production processes. She also coordinated the development of WateRevolution, a strategic partnership platform, before initiating Water Revolution Foundation.
Philippe Briand | Philippe Briand Design | Board member
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 – ranging from 6 to over 100 metres, both for sailing and motor yachts.
Martin Redmayne | The Superyacht Group | Board member
Having graduated in business studies and mathematics back in the early 80s with a love of sailing, Martin joined a 90-foot sailing yacht. This introduction to the world of superyachts lasted no more than a year and after a swift return to London, an interest in the media was fulfilled when a senior position became available at Boat International. Five years later, in 1992, a rash decision was made to fly solo and develop 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.
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. Louis has also a passion for art and since 2012 is the president of the supervisory board of the SBK, the oldest social art library in The Netherlands, and, since 2014, treasurer of Arti et Amicitiae, the oldest artist association of Amsterdam.
Robert van Tol | Executive Director
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. Robert has also served as partnership manager at The Superyacht Life Foundation and was director of membership services at the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). He currently volunteers on the board of the Dutch Society of Association Executives and as the international liaison for the Dutch chapter of Young Professionals in Yachting.