SPEAKERS 2024

Pınar Coskuner Genç

Principal Race Officer (PRO), Olympic Games Paris 2024

Pınar Coskuner Genç started sailing at the age of 5 and began racing at Istanbul Sailing Club with the Cadet class in 1989 and with the 470 class from 1990 onwards. A member of the Turkish Sailing Team from 1990 till 1997, she sailed in the 470 class and from 2005 onwards with the Pirat…

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Francesca Clapcich

Professional sailor

Professional athlete Francesca Clapcich is one of the world’s most versatile sailors. She has twice represented Italy at both the London (finishing 19th) and Rio (finishing 5th) Olympic Games in the Laser and 49erFX classes respectively; was the first Italian woman to compete in the Solitaire du Figaro; and has raced around the world twice…

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Phil Sharp

Cleantech engineer and offshore sailor

Phil Sharp, engineer and professional ocean racer, heads up the IMOCA ocean racing project OceansLab which demonstrates scalable clean energy and materials innovations for the boating and maritime transport sector. He is also co-founder and CTO of Genevos, who develop the award-winning Hydrogen Power Module, a scalable solution to decarbonising vessels using high-durability fuel cell…

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Imogen Dinham-Price

Sustainability Manager, IMOCA Class

Imogen specialised in sustainability at the University of Southampton. First taking her learnings to the agricultural sector before jumping across to the marine sector.

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Gianguido Girotti

Groupe Beneteau's Deputy CEO and Chief Executive Officer of its Boat division

Gianguido Girotti is Group Beneteau Deputy CEO & Boat division CEO

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David Graham

Chief Executive Officer, World Sailing

David Graham has served as Chief Executive Officer of World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport, since July 2020.

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Damian Foxall

Director Foxall Munro Ltd. Coordinator of the Marine Mammal Advisory Group.

Damian Foxall (born 7 March 1969) is an Irish sailor from County Kerry. He has competed and worked with eleven round-the-world race teams which including four 1st place wins. In 1997 Foxall became the first non-French entry to win the rookie class in the Single-handed offshore race – La Solitaire du Figaro. From 2012 to…

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Amy Munro

Partner, FoxallMunro

Amy Munro studied oceanography at the University of Southampton before embarking on a career in the sports industry, focusing on sustainability strategy creation and implementation.

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Luca Rizzotti

Founder and president, Foiling Week

Luca is a foiling ambassador. Founder and president of the Foiling Week, a unique community event with wide ranging programs in research and education.

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Scott Dougal

Director of Communications and Digital, World Sailing

Scott Dougal is the Director of Communications and Digital at World Sailing, a position he has held since March 2022.

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Meg Reilly

Brand & Marketing Consultant 

Meg Reilly is a circumnavigator, entrepreneur and marketing consultant. Before quitting her day job to race around the world, Meg worked on Madison Avenue in Global Corporate Communications at Y&R.

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Shirley Robertson

Yacht Racing Forum Chair

Shirley Robertson OBE made history by becoming the first British woman to win Olympic Gold Medals at two consecutive Olympic Games.

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Victoria Low

World Sailing Trust's Women in Sailing Review

With three decades of experience in the yachting industry, Victoria currently heads up the World Sailing Trust, the official charity affiliated to the governing body of sailing.

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Benoit Lebizay

Managing Partner, Gunboat

An avid sailor his whole life, Benoit Lebizay jumped ship from the finance industry to build yachts. He now manages Gunboat.

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Christian Dumard

CEO, Marine Weather Intelligence 

Christian Dumard has been professional navigator during the 80s and the 90s (Corum Sailing Team, French America’s Cup Team). Christian has being doing weather routing and pre race weather analysis for the racing boats for the past 20 years (Trophée Jules Verne, Volvo Ocean Race, Figaro sailors, Route du Rhum, …). Great Circle was founded…

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