6-7 June 2023

Miami Beach Convention Center

The CSI Conference & Workshop Program, in partnership with NEWH, is certified with CEU-accredited sessions. Check out the full program and speaker line-up below.


Tuesday 6 June

10.50 – 10.55

Opening Remarks by Chair of CSI Advisory Board


George Scammell headshot
George Scammell, ASID, IIDA
Director, Interior Design | Princess Cruises
10.55 – 11.00

NEWH Scholarship Presentation

11.00 – 11.45

Leaders Debate – State of the Industry

  • Returning back to profitability: new horizons, and the impact on cruise interiors and the business strategy
  • Materials, sustainability and buying locally – what is available today that supports interior design which is environmentally friendly?
  • How are suppliers delivering the products which the owners are asking to be designed?
  • Working with partners on increasing visibility of future costs
  • Distinguishing on brand: how are cruise interior designs evolving brands, and how does the brand define design concepts?
  • Leadership – how are the cruise lines viewing corporate responsibility, and what are design teams aiming to achieve?
  • Future demographics: how are brands developing the future of cruise and the guest experience?
  • What does the next generation of cruisers want from their cruise experience?


alison clixby
Alison Clixby
Director Hotel Design & Projects | Carnival UK
Trevor Young headshot
Trevor Young
Vice President of Newbuilding | MSC Cruises
Sascha Lang headshot
Sascha Lang
Vice President, Architectural & Design – Newbuild & Innovation | Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
My Nguyen headshot
My Nguyen
Director Interior Design | Holland America Group
Greg Walton headshot
Greg Walton
CEO & Founding Partner | Studio DADO

Wednesday 7 June

10.15 – 10.45

Marine Design 101: In conversation with cruise interior design masters

  • Newcomers to the industry and students of cruise interiors bring their questions to the Advisory Board
  • Submitted questions will be drawn from a pot, and our panel of experts will share their expertise with the audience
  • This is a live session; questions can be submitted on the day
  • A must-attend for students and those who are new to the sector and eager to learn from the masters!


gary annett
Gary Annett
CEO | MJM Marine
willie traeger
Willie Traeger
Design Manager – Interior Asset Management | Holland America Group
anne mari gullikstad
Anne Mari Gullikstad
Senior Interior Architect, Partner & CEO | YSA Design
Helena Sawelin headshot
Helena Sawelin
Partner and Business Director | Tillberg Design of Sweden
George Scammell headshot
George Scammell, ASID, IIDA
Director, Interior Design | Princess Cruises
12.45 – 1.15

Spaces: Supporting guest experience using visuals, branding & artwork

  • Developing visuals and branding which communicate to guests in a non-verbal way
  • From branding to artwork – how both contribute to storytelling in cruise interiors
  • How can branding, graphics and artwork develop a 3D narrative around particular touchpoints?
  • How does branding complement art?
  • How does choice of colour, tone of voice, font etc. work in harmony across different design disciplines (interior design, FF&E, graphics and artwork)?
  • Collaboration: working with artists, clients and the shipyard
  • Possibilities when designing with digital tools


Benjamin Wilson
Head of Architecture | MSC Cruises
jennie drummond
Jennie Drummond
Head of Art | SMC Design
alun roberts
Alun Roberts
Associate Graphic Design | SMC Design
andy yuill
Andy Yuill
Managing Director | SMC Design
1.45 – 2.15

A tale of design – creating an emotional connection

Storytelling allows designers to create an emotional connection with their audience – whether we are watching animations, taking a cruise or on vacation land side.

  • Elevating the guest experience through design, service and storytelling
  • The importance of authenticity for designing interiors which evoke emotional connections
  • Designing for the senses


Audra Tuskes
Vice President of Design | Marriott International
Kristin Cullen
Interior Design Director | Dash Design
christopher stubbs
Christopher Stubbs
AVP Sailor (Customer) and Crew (Employee) Experience | Virgin Voyages
trisha poole
Trisha Poole
President | Design Poole Inc, past International President | NEWH