Speakers - Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe
ADAM D. TIHANY

ADAM D. TIHANY
Principal & Founder | Tihany Design

Adam D. Tihany illustrates how the shift towards experiential travel has placed a high premium on design, especially within the cruise sector. In his roles as Creative Director for Italy’s Costa Cruises and Britain’s iconic Cunard line, as well as Designer for Holland America and ultra-luxury Seabourn, Tihany has developed the design vision for some of the largest and smallest new ships at sea. Presenting case studies for 3,200-cabin Costa Smeralda, launching this October, and 132-cabin expedition ship Seabourn Venture launching in 2021, he brings to life the importance of creating a meaningful narrative in the development of thoughtful interior spaces that are tailored to each cruise line’s brand of hospitality and to the unique aspirations of the individual guest.

ADRIAN HIBBERT

ADRIAN HIBBERT
Operations Director | Marella Cruises

Adrian spent the first ten years of his career as a Deck Officer with P&O and Princess Cruises.  He gained command on cross channel ferries and his last sea going appointment was with Island Cruises before settling ashore in positions with Island Cruises and for three years at the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. 

In 2012, Adrian joined TUI as Operations Director for Thomson Cruises.  During the past seven years he has been at the forefront of the transformation and rebrand from Thomson to Marella Cruises and has overseen the introduction of four new ships in four years.

Adrian is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Trustee of the CHIRP Charitable Trust.

ALISON CLIXBY

ALISON CLIXBY
Director Hotel Design & Projects | Carnival UK

As Hotel Design Director at Carnival UK, Alison is responsible for Cunard and P&O Cruises interior brand vision, development and implementation of hotel design, standards and specifications for refits and newbuilds. Currently immersed in the delivery of P&O Cruises Iona (2020) and the design of Cunard’s new ship (2022), Alison influences all public area and cabin spaces and product selection including furnishings, lighting, signage and art. With 28 years cruise ship design experience, Alison brings exceptional skill and expertise to her role and will be a welcome addition to the Cruise Ship Interiors Awards judging panel.

ANDY YUILL

ANDY YUILL
Managing Director | SMC Design

Andy has over 25 years' experience in design and has worked internationally on many large-scale leisure developments. His continued drive and enthusiasm for innovative relevant design keeps SMC fresh, dynamic, and relevant. Passionate about good design, he is adept at combining years of experience with innovative and new thinking to produce unique and challenging creative solutions for clients. Andy believes that SMC’s success is down to its people and their approach to design, both of which continue to strengthen the company and benefit clients around the world.

ANNE MARI GULLIKSTAD

ANNE MARI GULLIKSTAD
CEO | YSA Design

Anne Mari Gullikstad is the Chief Executive Office of YSA Design, where she is also Partner and a Senior Interior Architect. YSA Design is based in Oslo, Norway and has specialised in designing cruise ships, small ships and river cruise vessels since 1985. She draws on over 26 years of experience with to head the company's management team, also fulfilling the role of project leader in key YSA Design assignments. 

With an Honours Degree and Diploma in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts & Crafts, Anne Mari brings a fresh and original approach to her architectural work, in which she has been certified to practice since 1993. As an interior architect and designer, her landmark projects have included some of the best-known cruise ships in the world, including Oriana (P&O Cruises), Disney Magic, Wonder, Dream & Fantasy, Silver Cloud and Wind, and the Seven Cruises ships Mariner and Voyager Radisson. She has also worked on a series of ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

As project leader (and interior designer), Anne Mari also oversees and manages some of YSA Design's most prestigious work, including assignments for Disney Cruise Line and SeaDream. She is currently leading YSA Design's extensive conversion project for the Costa Cruise ships Costa Venezia and Toscana. 

ANTONIO DI NENNO

ANTONIO DI NENNO
Lead Architect | MSC Cruises

Since 2014, Antonio Di Nenno has been lead architect of MSC Cruises’ new building department. Prior to this, he used to work in the yacht design industry. In this position, Antonio is involved in the development of all the new prototype ships designed for MSC Cruises, following the process from the concept design to the delivery. Antonio focuses his attention on the design and outfitting of guest cabins and public areas in order to ensure that the ship’s interiors are in line with MSC Cruises’ vision of the cruise experience.

ANU SHAW

ANU SHAW
Senior Interior Designer & Project Manager | Kudos Dsign

Having studied Leisure and Tourism management in UK and later qualifying as an interior designer has lead her working with hospitality sector. 

Anu started to work with larger hospitality and marine projects after she was hired by Pia Litokorpi, owner and CEO of Kudos Dsign. 

With the position as a senior interior designer and project manager at Kudos Dsign she has worked internationally with variety of brands for marine, hospitality and residential projects. 

'At Kudos our mission is to create tailor-made designs that stand out from the crowd, leaving both, our customers and the end-users surprised not only by the beauty but also practicality and functionality of the design. 

We have the passion and interest in finding the best solutions for the concept and interior design to fulfil the technical challenges, budget limitations and schedule requirements.'

Kudos Dsign is an international interior design agency based in Finland with long experience and its roots deep in the hospitality design for global cruise liners through a well known full turn-key suppliers. Kudos portfolio includes interior design projects such as Burj Al Arab Terrace in Dubai, Hilton at Resorts World Bimini in Bahamas and number of completed and ongoing international marine projects for Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises and Star Cruises. 

BAS LOOHUIS

BAS LOOHUIS
Commercial Director | Damen Cruise

Bas Loohuis graduated from the Maritime Academy in Vlissingen, the Netherlands as Bachelor Maritime operations.

Over the years Bas has followed courses like “ supply chain Management “ at Insead and several Damen Management courses.

Working for Damen for the last 22 years, Bas currently has the position of Commercial Director at Damen Shiprepair at Conversion. Which is a full daughter of the Damen Group, with 17 repair yards. Bas's responsibilities are focused on the large and complex projects including the maintenance and upgrade services for the Cruise Industry.

CHARLES RAE

CHARLES RAE
UK Sales Director | Hammer Carpets

30 years’ experience in the Cruise Industry, working with Fabric manufacturers Sekers, Skopos and now Hammer carpets. During this time Charles has been focusing on developing strong relationships with Interior Designers, Marine Contractors, Ship Owners and Ship yards all of whom play a vital role in the successful refurbishment of Cruise Ships. He believes the key to success in which ever field you are in, is to naturally strive to have expertise in your own area, but also to really understand the companies around you who also contribute to the final result. A beautiful refurbished Cruise ship, delivered on time, and in budget. It is this understanding and empathy for the other players around you that ultimately results in smooth business in sometimes choppy seas.

DARREN SMITH

DARREN SMITH
Project Sales and Surveying Manager | MJM Marine

Darren Smith is MJM Marine’s Project Sales & Surveying Manager responsible for securing new business, assessing and surveying potential projects and managing relationships with new and existing clients. MJM Marine is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading cruise ship fit-out company and has worked with some of the largest cruise companies in the world including RCCL, NCL, Carnival Cruises and Genting Hong Kong. As the lead Senior Sales Manager for MJM Marine in China, Darren played a key role in securing MJM Group’s first ever contract in China in January 2018 which saw the company refit Star Pisces in Shenzhen on behalf of Star Cruises. Over the past 12 months, Darren has been instrumental in securing new clients including Windstar for whom MJM Marine will soon commence the refit of Windsurf. Darren has spent his entire 26 year career in the marine industry, starting as an apprentice shipwright before gaining a wealth of experience in marine outfitting.

DAVID MCCARTHY

DAVID MCCARTHY
Director, Marine Projects | AD Associates

David has 25 years’ experience in the hospitality and maritime industry at Executive level, both operationally and in vessel newbuild/refurbishment design and delivery. Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in BSc (Hons) Hospitality Management, a 14-year sea-going career with P&O Cruises, (a Carnival Corporation brand) was followed by various land-based roles at Carnival UK, Southampton. Responsible for several refurbishments and newbuild projects, notably the P&O Cruises flagship, Britannia, where he is proud to have been presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Now at AD Associates, an award-winning, multidisciplinary design agency based in the heart of London, David oversees all marine projects as well as Sales & Marketing activity. Throughout its lifespan, his extensive managerial experience across complex projects and service delivery looks to add value, nurture relationships and build trust and credibility with clients and partners worldwide.

DUO YANG

DUO YANG
German Chancellor Fellow | Kühne Logistics University

Duo Yang is a German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro from Kuehne Logistics University (KLU). The German Chancellor Fellowship allows him to spend a year in Germany to work on a topic with the purpose of strengthening collaboration between Germany and China. The topic he has chosen focuses on how to improve marine equipment supply chains between Europe and China, especially for cruise ship components. His ambition in this project is to develop tailored solutions for marine suppliers and help them enlarge their sales and influence in the Chinese market.

ELEONORA BRUGNOLOTTO

ELEONORA BRUGNOLOTTO
Design Manager | Crystal Cruises

FREDRIK JOHANSSON

FREDRIK JOHANSSON
Owner & Executive Project Director | Tillberg Design

Part Owner of Tillberg Design of Sweden. During Fredrik's 25 years in the business, he has managed some of the world’s most creative and prestigious marine projects, including on private yachts, explorer ships and ocean liners, like Cunard's Queen Mary 2.

GEORGE SCAMMELL, ASID, IIDA

GEORGE SCAMMELL, ASID, IIDA
Director, Interior Design & Operations | Holland America Group, Princess Cruises

George Scammell is Director of Interior Design & Operations for Holland America Group, serving Princess Cruises.  He is responsible for leading the in-house design team in managing all interior design initiatives, supporting interior revitalization, refurbishment, and maintenance for Princess’ fleet of 17 International ships.  A global hospitality design leader, George has extensive experience in the hospitality, cruise, and leisure entertainment industry.  Leadership positions include VP of Global Design for Wyndham Worldwide, Principal for CORE architects, VP of Design for ForrestPerkins, and Design Management for Walt Disney World Resorts.  George earned his bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University, is a licensed Interior Designer, and a Professional Member of both the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Interior Design Association.

GREG WALTON

GREG WALTON
CEO & Founding Partner | Studio DADO Inc

Greg Walton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is founding partner of Studio DADO, a Miami-based design studio specializing in cruise ship and hospitality interiors, which has established itself as an integral part of the cruise design industry. Greg has designed projects such as Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class ships and the “Seven Seas Explorer” for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. With a Masters in Architecture from Georgia Tech, and an MS in International Business from Johns Hopkins, Greg has mentored cruise ship design students at Florida International University since 2007 and sits on the 2019 Cruise Ship Interiors Expo advisory board. Greg watches trends: he sees technology as a key driver of industry change and reminds emerging designers to consider the continual advancements in how we interface with and control our built environment. In his free time, Greg is a tireless world traveler who is rarely seen without his Italian greyhound, Enzo.

JACCO VAN OVERBEEK

JACCO VAN OVERBEEK
Director Maritime Division | Bolidt

JÉRÉMIE CHAUVET

JÉRÉMIE CHAUVET
Project Sales and Surveying Manager | Schmitz Textiles

With 8 years living in Asia (India and China) and 4 years of experience in the marine business, Jérémie is now based in Europe and dealing daily with designers, shipowners, cruise and ferry operators, contractors and shipyards. He is following for drapilux all the new built projects and the refurbishment of passengers vessels all over the world. He faces the problematics of the designers and operators and gives support and solutions to the contractors and shipyards by supporting the drapilux sales team to develop the business in the cruise and ferry business.

LUKE PEARSON

LUKE PEARSON
Director | PearsonLloyd Design

MARCO DE JORIO

MARCO DE JORIO
President | De Jorio Design

Marco de Jorio is President and CEO of DE JORIO DESIGN INTERNATIONAL, a leading company in top-end interior and exterior design of Luxury CruiseShips and MegaYachts, distinguished for innovation and creativity. Marco remarkably placed his creative footprint in all new buildings by MSC Cruises. Convinced of propulsive and emotional value of high-quality design for the Cruise market he has profoundly affected those traits that made the DJDI's repertory unique and recognizable. With 30 years of experience he's one of few eminences in the world holding the highest level of knowledge in the naval design dedicated to pleasure, fun and luxury.

MARLOES BOELE

MARLOES BOELE
Founder | MDesigns

Founder of Mdesigns, a design studio for trends and interiors for the hospitality and cruise industry, Marloes is a driven entrepreneur and a passionate designer. With a master’s degree in trend forecasting & interior design and over 20 years’ experience she is a creative professional with technical knowledge to create asthetical and functional perfection.

Although relatively new in the cruise industry Mdesigns has anchored itself firmly. In only 5 years Mdesigns was accountable for 20 refit & newbuild interior projects.

Marloes is known for her unique approach: translating future societal trends into the design in order to create interiors that are commercially well thought-out and future ready. And this approach keeps on spreading!

MICHAEL OLIVER

MICHAEL OLIVER
Co-Owner & Co-Chairman | Trimline

Mike Oliver is Co-Chairman of global marine interior specialists Trimline. One of the most knowledgeable people in interior outfitting, he boasts over 40 years in the industry. During his training on the Trimline shop floor he experienced many cruise and ferry refits. At the age of 21 he became Assistant Production Manager and over the next ten years became Production Manager, Contract Manager and Operations Director. Having amassed a wide range of industry knowledge, he then moved into the role of Sales and Marketing Director, the area of the business he’d always wanted to take responsibility for managing and directing.

MY NGUYEN

MY NGUYEN
Director of Interior Design & Operations | Holland America Line & Seabourn

Seattle-based designer My Nguyen holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts and currently works as director of interior design & operations at Seabourn. Throughout her career, My has earned accolades for award-winning and nationally recognised projects in marine, high-end residential, and hospitality design. She joined Holland America Group in a newly created leadership role to form an in-house design team that oversees the interior refurbishments and maintenance of Holland America Line and Seabourn’s fleet. My is also the head designer of staterooms on Holland America Line newbuild vessels. My’s diverse knowledge and expertise means she will be a valuable judge across all awards categories

PAUL NICHOLS

PAUL NICHOLS
New Construction Passenger Ship Lead Specialist | Lloyd’s Register

Born in Sunderland, Paul joined Austin and Pickersgill Ltd. in 1981 and served an apprenticeship in the Hull Drawing office. In 1988 he Graduated from Newcastle University in Naval Architecture and then joined Lloyd’s Register, then in 2016 completed a MSc in Marine Technology. He is a European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Marine Engineer and a Fellow of both the Royal Institution Of Naval Architecture and the Institute of Marine Engineers and a Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

During his time with Lloyd’s Register he has held various roles in several offices including surveying new build Cruise Ships in Italy for 9 years plus Gas Carriers in France for 2 years and surveying most existing ship types in both the U.K and Greece. He then worked as the Senior Project Manager on the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers for the Royal Navy.

Since 2008 Paul has worked as a Lead Specialist in Lloyd’s Register’s Passenger Ship Support Centre for New Construction working with new Cruise Projects, Pre-Contract work, Training Courses and representing Lloyd’s Register in various forums.

PER ERIKSSON

PER ERIKSSON
Senior Architect & Business Director | TDos

Per Eriksson started his career in the Cruise business building passenger cabins on a small sailing cruise ship in the early 80’s. He trained to be an Architect 10 years later and started his own architectural business focused on designing, selling and producing low energy housing for private clients. Since five years ago he is is now back in the cruise business, as member of the TDoS Senior Management team and also heading the sustainability work for the company.  

PETER JOEHNK

PETER JOEHNK
Managing Partner | JOI Design

Peter founded JOI-Design, one of the largest interior design practices in Europe and has worked within the hospitality design industry since 1984. During his career, he and JOI-Design have been awarded with around 100 international awards in interior design and have completed more than 600 projects. We are looking to forward to learning from his vast experience in the industry. 

STEFANIE JENTZ

STEFANIE JENTZ
Senior. Project Manager In-house Design | Hapag Lloyd Cruises

TAL DANAI

TAL DANAI
Founder & CEO | ArtLink

Tal Danai founded ArtLink in 1996 following a morning dream. In 1997, ArtLink partnered with Sotheby’s auction house to form ArtLink@Sotheby’s International Young Art, introducing a new segment of young and emerging art to the global art market. In 1999, CNN called it "the most exciting art business in decades". In 2002, Danai introduced ArtLink’s group of expert art curators, consultants, art project managers and logistics professionals to the hospitality industry. Since 2002, ArtLink curated and provided art collections to over 120 hotels and cruise ships in 32 countries. Among those cruise ship brands are Seabourn, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises and P&O.

TREVOR YOUNG

TREVOR YOUNG
Vice President Newbuilding & Refurbishment | MSC Cruises

As vice president of newbuilding and refurbishment, Trevor Young is currently coordinating the 13 new building projects that are currently part of MSC Cruises’ fleet expansion plan. He also coordinates all refurbishment projects in the Company’s existing fleet. Trevor’s career started with him earning a diploma of business and hospitality management, along with a certificate in hotel and catering Management which lead him to the cruise industry in 1996.