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8th International Breakfast Meeting 2023

Qualification & skills: Addressing current and future challenges

International Breakfast Meeting 2023

boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry will celebrate the eighth edition of the annual International Breakfast Meeting on January Tuesday 24th from 08:30 to 10:30. The topic will be "Qualification & skills: Addressing current and future challenges

Register now for the International Breakfast Meeting

boot Düsseldorf and the European Boating Industry will host the eighth annual International Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday 24 January from 08:30 to 10:30.

This year will focus in one of the most expanded challenges for the industry, the lack of workers with the skills needed by the industry. Under the title "Qualifications and skills: Addressing the current and future challenges", top-level speakers from the sector, associations and European institutions will get together to discuss and share solutions for the boating industry.

Agenda of the 8. International Breakfast Meeting 2023

Qualifications & skills: Addressing the current and future challenges

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & breakfast

09:00 – 09:10 Introduction & Welcome

Petros Michelidakis (Director, boot Düsseldorf)

Robert Marx (President, boot Düsseldorf)

09:10 – 09:40 Showcasing the problem and finding solutions

Ione Astondoa (Astondoa, Marketing Manager and a Management Board Member)

Christos Petreas (SITESAP, Scientific Advisor)

Paris – George Loutriotis (SITESAP, President)

09:40 – 10:10 Best practices pitches

Vinzenz Batt (Association Suisse des Constructeurs Navals, Director) – TBC

Jean Paul Chapeleau (Groupe Beneteau, Adviser & FIN, President)

10:10 – 10:25 Reaction from the European Commission

Andy Kontoudakis (DG MARE - Unit A1 - Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment, Policy Officer)

10:25 – 10:30 Closing

Jean Pierre Goudant (EBI, President)

A boot admission ticket is not required for participation at the breakfast. To enter the trade fair itself afterwards, you must show an admission ticket.

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Ione Astondoa - Astondoa, Marketing Manager and a Management Board Member

Ione Astondoa is Marketing Manager and a Management Board Member at Astilleros Astondoa, where she has been working since 2018. She has had various roles, especially in the communication and marketing management department, as well as in the management of the company.

She holds a degree in Tourism and Business Administration from Universidad de Alicante, the same institution where, years later, she completed the Executive Programme in Strategic Productivity Management. Ione also holds a Master's Degree in Digital Marketing from ESUMA.

Christos Petreas - SITESAP, Scientific Advisor

Christos Petreas is a USA educated tourism and business economist, expert in regional, tourism and SME development. He has worked as an advisor to the Greek Ministers of Tourism and other ministries, and in European programmes of technical assistance to governments of third countries (Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean basin).

Mr. Petreas has published numerous works (books, contributions to chapters, scientific papers, articles - >200), reports and research projects (>120), and is professionally active as an independent consultant in supporting institutions, organisations, public and private governmental entities, for the valorisation, improvement, strategic economic development and for the promotion of tourism resources, activities and destinations, with emphasis on special - alternative forms of tourism. He is also an accomplished academic (>25 semesters) as a teacher, lecturer, instructor.

Paris Loutriotis - SITESAP, President

Paris Loutriotis has been engaged in the activities of professional tourist boats for more than 30 years, in various capacities; while also owning and managing boats, he has been active in professional and trade union bodies and organizations. In 2004 he founded and is Managing Director of EXADAS YACHTS – CHARTERS – SERVICE – SALES.

Mr. LOUTRIOTIS holds various diplomas in nautical knowledge and boat skippering, among others from the British organization RYA/MCA and for training in technical and rescue issues and management in the tourism industry. He is licensee from the Ministry of Tourism for the profession of Shipbroker since 2009, and since 2004, he has been the Technical Director – After Sales Manager, of AZIMUT Yachts Greece.

Member of SITESAP – Hellenic Professional Bareboat Yacht Owners Association since 2002; elected continuously as Member of the Board of Directors of SITESAP – currently serves his second term as President. He has also served as Vice President of the Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association and of the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises and is a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.

Since 2017 he is Founding Member and Chairman of the Steering Committee of “COLLECTIVE AND SOCIAL BENEFIT COMPANY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, USE AND EXPLOITATION OF NAUTICAL MOORING FACILITIES” a Social Cooperative Enterprise of yachting business persons.

Jean Paul Chapeleau - Groupe Beneteau, Adviser & FIN, President

Jean-Paul Chapeleau is adviser to the CEO and Chairman of the French Federation of Nautical Industries. Previously he was Deputy CEO in charge of industrial operations and development. He was part of the Group's Management Board from 2014 to 2022. Since 2009 and until March 2020, he was the General Manager of Jeanneau and Prestige. He passed the helm to Paul Blanc in April 2020.

A business school graduate, Jean-Paul Chapeleau joined Jeanneau in 1980. After a first five-year assignment in sales management, he was Director of Logistics for Jeanneau until 1995. He then served as Aftersales and Customer Service Director for 10 years. From 1992 to 1999, Jean-Paul Chapeleau was instrumental in the development of Jeanneau's production in Poland. From 2006 to 2009, he was in charge of Jeanneau's marketing, before later heading up its business development.

Andy Kontoudakis - DG MARE – Unit A1 – Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment, Policy Officer

Andy Kontoudakis is currently a policy officer in DG MARE, in the unit for Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment (A1). She is a shipping and maritime economist and an energy economist with a Masters’ degree in European and International Studies.

Prior to her post in DG MARE she has held office as a special scientist in the Greek Energy Regulator (RAE – until 2006), as a European Commission policy officer in various DGs (DG Education and Culture and DG Energy – from 2006) and as the Greek energy attaché and an Atomic Questions attaché on behalf of the Greek Permanent Representation to the EU in the Council of the European Union (period 2009 -2013), negotiating relevant legislation. She is currently in charge of the files of skills and training in the blue economy, of blue investments under InvestEU, of Ocean Literacy and of ocean and decarbonisation in her Unit.

Review 2022

boot Düsseldorf and the European Boating Industry have held the seventh edition of the annual International Breakfast Meeting online due to the cancellation of boot Düsseldorf. On 25 January from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (CEST), high-ranking panelists from business and politics met to discuss international trade opportunities and challenges in the supply chain.

Every year, the International Breakfast Meeting (IBM) held at boot Düsseldorf offers trade visitors, industry, and journalists the opportunity to exchange information on the latest market trends, regulations, and innovation, as well as to develop new contacts and networks. The 2021 edition, held online, was attended by 220 participants and boasted the participation of European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius. This marked the first time a European Commissioner participated in IBM, showing the prominent presence of the event and the boating industry in EU policy-making.

In January 2022 for its seventh edition and held online once more, the IBM will again tackle a crucial topic for the boating industry under the theme of “International trade opportunities and supply chain challenges”. The main topics will be the EU’s new trade policy and the supply chain challenges that are affecting the boating sector. This will be informed by presentations from the EU institutions, speakers from the boating sector and other sectors, such as automotive and logistics.

The aim of the discussion at IBM 2022 is to help businesses navigate the EU’s future approach to trade, as well as discuss potential solutions to supply chain challenges and identify new opportunities for the boating sector over the coming years.

Our experts 2022

. Petros Michelidakis (Director, boot Düsseldorf)

. Robert Marx (President, boot Düsseldorf & BVWW)

. Cristina Rueda-Catry (Cabinet Expert, European Commission Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis)

. Marc Diening (CEO, Bavaria Yachts)

. Alessandro Gianneschi (CEO, Gianneschi Pumps and Blowers & Vice-President, Confindustria Nautica)

. Michael Heinemann (CEO, Phoenix Contact)

. Jean-Pierre Goudant (President, European Boating Industry)


  • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Petros Michelidakis