The quality lineup of speakers at ASMEX 2018 reflected on the calibre of the event, proving that industry members value this platform and see benefit in the networking opportunities provided with key industry players, connections with government officials and the impressive line-up of speakers sharing their knowledge.

With the conference covering three industry sectors being Superyacht, Export and Commercial Marine it is important there are topics that are relevant for everyone. This year AIMEX developed breakout sessions where each industry had the opportunity to thrash out the key issues facing their sector. This was a great platform to inform both state and federal government officials about some of the key barriers facing each sector.




Martin Redmayne

Chairman of The Superyacht Report


Courtney Barry

Global Manager Campaigns, Tourism Australia

Bill Barry-Cotter

Founder, Maritimo

Vasco Buonpensiere

Co-Founder & Sales and Marketing Director, Cantiere delle Marche

Peter Busfield

Executive Director, NZ Marine & CEO, NZ Marine Export Group

Karen Fitzgerald

Global Manager Experiences, Tourism Australia

Andrea Francolini

Professional Sailing Photographer

Kiran Haslam

Marketing Director, Princess Yachts

Franziska Iseli

Co-Founder of BasicBananas.com, OceanLovers.com, YoursSocially.com and TheBusinessHood.com

Clint Jones

Managing Director, Oceanmax

Chris Lloyd

Vice President - Maritime, Thales Australia

James MacPhail

Managing Director, Pantaenius Australia

Peter Mahony

General Manager, Benetti Asia

Kitty McGowan

President at U.S. Superyacht Association, President of NautiCom Communications, Inc.

Wes Moxey

CEO Riviera Australia

Jodie Patron

Economist and Director, KPMG Economics

Gary Prosser

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, AMSA


Paul Archer

CEO Arrow Services Monaco

Martin Baum

Managing Director, Pantaenius Yacht Group

Hillary Buckman

Founder, Ocean Media

Kane Bygrave

Director, Aurora Global Logistics

Peter Staalsmid

Sales Manager at Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Export Breakout Sessions

Alistair Murray AM

Chairman and Partner, Ronstan International

Michael Taylor

Trade and Investment Advisor, Marine & Defence, Austrade

Donna Webster

Director, Capability Development AsiaLink

Commercial Breakout Session

Peter Besseling

General Manager – Birdon Pty Ltd

Mike Deeks

Managing Director, Forgacs Marine & Defence

Detlef Schlichting

Senior Sales Director - Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG

Superyacht Breakout Session

Captain Welwyn Gamble

Cruise Coordinator, Reef Pilots Association

Paul Hollingsworth

Director, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Biosecurity Operations Division

Glenda Hutch

Director Temporary Visas Program Delivery Visa & Citizenship Management Group Department of Home Affairs

Fred Nucifora

Director of Education Stewardship and Partnerships, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Ashley Page

CEO, AEC Group

Thomas Watson

A/g Director, Conveyances and Ports, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources