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I’am an entrepreneur, strategic thinker and former athlete.


Having grown up in the antipodes to a family of seafarers and entrepreneurs I have always had a strong connection with the ocean & entrepreneurship.

At 15 years of age I had already competed at my first Olympic Games in Los Angeles 84’ (first of 5 successive Olympics for me) where I was the youngest athlete. That record still holds today. 

Highlights of my past sporting career include 13 individual windsurfing world titles, #1 world ranking (Olympic windsurfing), 2 times vice World Champion, recipient of the Order of Fiji and induction into the Sports Hall of fame.

As someone who is very lifestyle orientated I've always had a penchant to develop businesses that have a certain ‘art de vivre’. In recent years my company Smart Island Riviera (which I'am CEO & co-founder) has been working on developing new and innovative types of floating islands which are not only lifestyle orientated but environmentally sustainable and ocean sensitive.

Examples of these floating venues already in existence include Cloud 9 (Fiji) and CANUA Island (France).

Currently residing in Cannes (French Riviera) with my wife (fashion designer, interior decorator, art director & photographer) Alexandra Poenaru-Philp




For as long as I can remember my pathway has been a montage of many facets. Combining business and lifestyle for a fulfilling life is a philosophy which incorporates a zen, positive, approach to life with a good dose of integrity and humility which have been my mantra and key driver (i.e. healthy in body, mind & soul) since many years. The following selecting of PHOTOS are just a micro reflection and testament to my continuing passion for entrepreneurship, affiliation for the ocean and nature.


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