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.
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 | 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.
Peter Lürssen | Lürssen Yachts | Board member
With an educational background in shipbuilding and industrial engineering in Germany and business administration in the United States, as well as considerable professional experience from previous positions, 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. Photo: Oliver Reetz.
Wayne Huizenga III | Rybovich | Board member
Wayne Huizenga III joined Rybovich as account executive in 2018. He is responsible for managing over a quarter of the organisation's client relationships – something that puts him in constant communication with many of the world’s finest vessels regarding their technical, operational and mechanical issues. This provides him with an opportunity to also discuss sustainable solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Businesses Enterprise Management and grew up in a renowned entrepreneurial family in the United States. As the youngest member of the Water Revolution Foundation’s board, Wayne ensures that the next generations’ perspectives are represented.
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 Global Business & Sustainability 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 specialised in non-profit management and was co-founder of Water Revolution Foundation in November 2018. He also volunteers as international liaison for the Dutch chapter of Young Professionals in Yachting.
Elisabetta Zerazion | Scientific coordinator
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 looks forward to helping the superyacht industry assess and, ultimately, reduce its environmental impact. Elisabetta will start working on the case studies developed together with the foundation’s partners to further fine-tune our tool and onboard the partners, who invested in this tool, first.