Monte Carlo

Monaco

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YPY Monaco was the second chapter to be founded and was officially launched in 2013. Our meetings occur every month (generally on the second Thursday of each month) and consist of sharing industry news, hosting professional development seminars and fostering professional development as well as networking and social activities.

Camille Lopez – YPY Monaco President

Our Chapter

Today’s Young Professionals in Yachting members will be tomorrow’s decision makers in yachting. Our goal is to give our members a stable professional network, engage them in ethical business practice and facilitate their professional success through the enhancement of their professional networks. YPY is making is a making a difference for our members and the yachting industry as a whole.

WHAT WE OFFER OUR MEMBERS

SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS ONCE A MONTH AT
THE YACHT CLUB DE MONACO

  • Informative and educational seminars on a wide range of topics covering all aspects of the yachting industry.
  • Introducing members to some of the most interesting and important people in yachting.
  • Excellent opportunities for networking to facilitate business.

SOCIAL GATHERINGS

  • After-work drinks, water sports, ski weekends, and local, cultural days out.
  • The “social” entity of the association allows new members to meet like-minded individuals.

SUPPORT & EDUCATION

  • YPY will help new professionals get a good overview of the industry and all its major players.
  • Many existing and affiliate members are keen to help and progress the younger generation.

RECIPROCAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Throughout the year, the YPYs of Monaco, Fort Lauderdale London and Holland organise joint events during international yacht shows (e.g. at the Monaco Yacht Show, Fort Lauderdale Yacht Show, London Boat Show and Singapore Yacht Show) where all members worldwide can join. Many affiliate members are keen to help and progress the younger generation where they can.
  • YPY members from Monaco, Fort Lauderdale, London, Holland and Germany have reciprocal membership benefits. Whenever our members are travelling to any of these locations, they are welcome to take part in the YPY events happening in these regions.

NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION

  • The organisation is run as non profit.
  • The speakers and coaches are all volunteers, offering their time and knowledge to help members.

WHAT WE STRIVE TO DO

  • The goal is to provide young professionals with a comfortable and educational environment which nurtures those who aspire to learn, succeed and secure the professional and ethical future of the yachting industry.
  • We want young professionals to have a place and identity of their own in the yachting industry, with emphasis on building long-lasting partnerships between our members, other industry veterans, and related groups and associations along the way.
Board Members

Meet the board of directors of YPY Monaco

Camille Lopez

Hy-Plug

We're passionate about technology and want to protect our environment, so we're offering consultancy and research services for sustainable technologies and green energies in the maritime energy transition with HY-Plug.

Camille Lopez
President

Juan Andrade

SuperYachts Monaco

Juan Andrade was always surrounded by yachts. Seven years ago he started his career in yachting learning from well-known industry professionals who taught him very important values. He joined YPY Monaco to pass the same values on to the new generation. Juan now works as a broker at SuperYachtsMonaco.

Juan Andrade
General Secretary

Iliyana Popova

SuperYacht Interior Consultant

With over 10 years professional experience in the luxury industry and styling highly confidential projects in private aviation, yachting and real estate, ILIOS Decor was created to assist clients with their interior needs and offer personalised styling solutions.

Having had the privilege to be part of the Owners Team and manage the interior of two truly outstanding super-yachts, MY A and SY A, have given me the opportunity to be closely involved with various interior aspects of managing and maintaining vessels of such size and complexity.

Service-oriented and performance-driven with excellent organizational, multitasking and problem-solving abilities.

Iliyana Popova
Vice President

Andrea Venezian

Founder PYXIS Engineering and Management

Andrea's passion and experience in the marine pleasure industry spans over two decades. With a background in naval architecture and marine engineering, coupled with years as a professional sailor, boats have been his focus, from design to construction to commanding. He operates Pyxis Engineering as a consultancy and co-founded Hydra Monaco, aiming to provide efficient telecommunication and cybersecurity solutions for yachts. Through partnerships like Hydra Monaco, Andrea embodies the networking spirit of YPY.

Andrea Venezian
General Secretary

Charlie Nguyen-Duc, CFA

BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Charlie Nguyen-Duc, CFA, is a finance professional with executive education from Harvard Business School and a Master's in Computer Science Engineering.

He has a rich history in wealth management, previously working with Edmond de Rothschild, Credit Suisse, and Standard Chartered Bank. Currently, he is a Relationship Manager at BNP Paribas Wealth Management, where he offers bespoke investment solutions to high-net-worth individuals, leveraging his extensive experience in asset allocation, portfolio management, and client relationship building.

Charlie's love for sailing complements his professional role at BNP Paribas, where he expertly tailors yacht financing solutions for vessels ranging from 35 to 60 meters.

** With nearly a decade of experience in the maritime industry, Harrison currently serves as the charter manager at YPI, overseeing assets valued at over half a billion. Originating from a long line of fishermen in Devon, United Kingdom, Harrison pursued his interest in the sea after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics and History. In 2017, he made the move to the South of France.

Growing up on the Devon coastline, Harrison embraced the seafaring traditions of his family. He has spent over six years working on various professionally managed charter yachts, sailing to destinations both famous and remote around the world. When not navigating the seas, Harrison enjoys seeking out fresh snowfall for winter activities or fervently supporting Manchester United.

Charlie Nguyen-Duc, CFA
Treasurer

Jaywloh Taplah

Biomimicry Monaco

My interest lies at the heart of innovation, yachting, and ecology. Where success, consciousness, and luxury intertwine to create a truly extraordinary experiences.

Originating from the maritime homeland of Liberia, Jaywloh is the current founder of Biomimicry Monaco, a registered Biomimicry Institute network group. Our purpose is to further amplify the interdisciplinary of Biomimicry within the Superyacht industry.

Jaywloh Edna Taplah
Brand Management

Jonathan Cecotto

STARS Yachting

Jonathan started his career in yachting when he purchased an ITAMA 38. He chartered it in South of France while being the skipper onboard, then proceeded by selling it, and from there he discovered the potential in yacht sales. Currently managing STARS Yachting, part of the family business of STARS Luxury Group.

Jonathan Cecotto
Partner-& Sponsorships

Sidney Bitter-Larkin

PR & Content Lead, International Yacht Company (IYC)

Half French, half American, Sidney has a diverse, multicultural background having lived in New York City, Geneva, Montreal, London, and Monaco.

Sidney is PR & Content Lead at IYC, based in the Monaco office, focused globally for the whole fleet and the company at large. Prior to this, Sidney was managing the PR and content for Fraser Yachts.
With extensive experience in the PR and content creation industries, Sidney has successfully developed results-driven creative strategies and influencer marketing for well-known brands such as Adobe, Audemars Piguet, UBS and Google. She was a contributing writer for a high-end magazine, and has significant expertise in social media management and strategy.
She also runs her own podcast (Tell Me More on Spotify) featuring interviews with successful young professionals in varied industries, highlighting insights from their career journeys.

Sidney holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Cultural Studies and Communications from McGill University and a Master's Degree in Arts and Cultural Management from King's College London. She is proficient in French and English and has competent command of Spanish, Swedish, and Italian.

Sidney Bitter-Larkin
Events

Harrison McManus

YPI Yachting

With nearly a decade of experience in the maritime industry, Harrison currently serves as the charter manager at YPI, overseeing assets valued at over half a billion. Originating from a long line of fishermen in Devon, United Kingdom, Harrison pursued his interest in the sea after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics and History. In 2017, he made the move to the South of France.

Growing up on the Devon coastline, Harrison embraced the seafaring traditions of his family. He has spent over six years working on various professionally managed charter yachts, sailing to destinations both famous and remote around the world. When not navigating the seas, Harrison enjoys seeking out fresh snowfall for winter activities or fervently supporting Manchester United.

Harrison McManus 
Memberships

Dr. Julia Riedmeier

Founder & CEO CODELUXE

Dr. Julia Riedmeier is a true luxury brand strategist – an advisor, strategy consultant, researcher, and lecturer in Luxury Brand Management. As the founder and CEO of CODE LUXE, she advises international luxury brands primarily in the automotive, jewelry & watches, and yachting industry. Working closely with company leaders, Julia helps develop luxury strategies that prepare their brands for the future. Additionally, she holds the position of editor for the ``Monaco Yachting Report`` and serves as an advisor for Robb Report Monaco Côte d’Azur. She is also an affiliate professor at the International University of Monaco.

In her projects and studies, Julia continually challenges the traditional codes of luxury and redefines them towards a more responsible approach. Alongside her forward-thinking role as a luxury professional and academic, she actively participates in various initiatives such as YPY (Young Professionals in Yachting) Monaco.

At the beginning of her career, Julia gained experience in communications and retail at Hermès and deepened her expertise through various strategy projects in the automotive, beauty, interior, jewelry and watch industries. Julia studied International Business, specializing in Luxury Management, in Berlin, Munich, Monaco, and Shanghai.
Miscellaneous:

Advisory Board Member, Editor at ``Monaco Yachting Report`` – Robb Report Monaco & Côte d’Azur.
Ambassador, Signatory Member – Monaco Capital of Advanced Yachting.
Board Member – Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) Monaco.
Expert – TV documentaries and articles on luxury and sustainability.
(Keynote) Speaker – Conferences.
Moderator – Panel discussions.
Jury Member – ``The Mark Challenge`` business plan competition.
Supporter – Water Revolution Foundation.
Think Tank Member – Haus von Eden online magazine.
www.juliariedmeier.com | www.code-luxe.com

Dr. Julia Riedmeier
Membership

Sophianna Bergonzi

Miss Yacht

Sophianna Bergonzi is a yachting professional known for her expertise in showcasing industry events, destinations, and vessels worldwide.

As a yachting brand strategist, she crafts compelling narratives that elevate brands and resonate with global audiences. Additionally, Sophianna is a yacht film presenter and director, capturing the allure of yachting in captivating visual stories. Sophianna is the founder of YACHTLLYWOOD Communications, a media production company dedicated to enhancing the yachting industry through visually stunning narratives. Sophianna is also the visionary behind ``The Minds of Yachtllywood`` podcast, featuring interviews with the leaders of the industry.

Sophianna Bergonzi
Media & Communications

Our Speakers and Sponsors

Our speakers are hand picked for their expertise and willingness to reach out to the younger generation to educate them on various topics so as to help young people grow in the yachting world and facilitate members to develop in yachting career.

Joint Speed Networking – in collaboration with the Monaco Yachting Cluster

Master Your Communication – with Elena Velema

The New Trends in Yachting – with Wealth X

Ethics in Yachting – with Richard Lambert (MYBA), Hein Velema (IYBA), Thierry Voisin (ECPY), John Leonida (Clyde & Co) and Glenn Weiss as moderator

Ballast Tank Regulations – with RINA Academy

Joint Speed Networking – in collaboration with MYBA
The Next Wave – with world acclaimed keynote speaker and business coach Tom Oliver

Yacht Shows – with Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the Monaco Yacht Show

Working on board, threats and opportunities – Bluewater Yachting

Meet the Owner – with Eddie Jordan

Expedition Yachting – with Monaco Explorations, Triton Submarines and the owner of M/V YERSIN, Mr. Francois Fiat

Membership

All shore-based professionals in yachting under the age of 40 can become members to YPY Monaco.

The individual annual membership fee is 120€ (January to December 2024)*

*Membership if you should join from July 2024 onward 60€ or IUM student (enrollment certificate required)

YPY Monaco offers exclusive pricing to companies who encourage and support their employees to join the association by paying their membership fees, please contact us at info@ypymonaco for more details:

Up to 7 Members (Nominative): 108€

7 to 15 members (Non Nominative):  96€

More than 15 members: 84€

YPY Monaco offers affiliate memberships to students of the International University of Monaco (IUM) who have chosen the yachting elective program. They can benefit from a reduced 50€ annual fee (sponsored both by IUM and YPY).

All Monaco nationals working in yachting can become YPY Monaco members for free.

Though YPY Monaco is an association dedicated to the younger generation of the yachting industry, most of our events are open to all including the not so young professionals in yachting. Non-members may attend our events for 30€ entrance fee; non-members events only.

First Event Based on YPY Member Referral
€0.00
Exclusive offer for those meeting YPY membership requirements
Non Member
€30.00
Payable per event (Only for Non-Members Events)
Annual Membership
€120.00
Membership Application
Contact us

The email address for all enquiries is
info@ypymonaco.com

Our address is:
Young Professionals In Yachting – Monaco
Yacht Club de Monaco
Quai Louis II
MC 98000 Monaco

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