Antonio Tajani

- President of the European Parliament

In 2017, Antonio Tajani was elected President of the European Parliament. He is a member of the European People’s Party and founding member of the Italian centre-right party Forza Italia. Antonio Tajani started his career as an officer in the Italian Air Force and worked as an Air Defense Controller. Later, he worked as a professional journalist for several Italian media (Il Settimanale, RAI 1 radio, Il Giornale). In 1994, he was elected in the European Parliament for the first time, and was reelected in 1999 and 2004. He was Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport from 2008 to 2010 and for Industry and Entrepreneurship from 2010 until 2014. In 2014, he was reelected in the European Parliament.

Maroš Šefčovič

- Vice-President of the European Commission

Maroš Šefčovič is Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union and the coordination of the European Union Space Policy. In this capacity, he leads the Energy Union project team of 14 commissioners that works on establishing a European Energy Union. Having previously served as European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (2010-2014), and as European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth (2009-2010), it is now his third term as Commissioner. Prior to his work in the Commission, Maroš Šefčovič has built a professional career as a diplomat, working as Ambassador to Israel (1999), followed by prominent positions at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU.

Violeta Bulc

- Commissioner for Transport

Violeta Bulc is the European Commissioner for Transport. She is a member of the Slovenian SMC Party (the Modern Centre Party). Before switching to the public office, she has gained experience working in executive positions for several companies in the IT- and Telecoms industry. In 1991, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Information Technology at the Golden Gate University in San Francisco, she kick-started her career in Silicon Valley. She then returned to Slovenia in 1994, where she held various positions at Telekom Slovenia and Telemach Ltd. From 2000 to 2014 she was owner and CEO of Vibacom, a company engaged in business solutions on sustainability and innovation. After her time as a CEO, she became Minister responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion in the Slovenian government. That same year (2014) she was assigned the transport portfolio in the European Commission by Jean-Claude Juncker.

Mariya Gabriel

- Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Mariya Gabriel was nominated in 2017 as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. In this capacity, she works to facilitate and complete the digital single market. She is a member of the Bulgarian GERB party and of the EPP group. With two terms in the European Parliament (2009 and 2014), she is known for her work on foreign affairs, gender equality, visa policies and enlargement. From 2014 to 2017, she was Vice-President of the EPP group and Head of the Bulgarian Delegation in the EPP group in the European Parliament. She has been particularly active on the EU’s migration policies and visa liberalisation agreements with third countries. As a Vice-President of the EPP Group, she was responsible for maintaining the EPP Group’s relations with countries from the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa regions.

Nadia Calviño

- Director General, DG BUDG

Mrs Nadia Calviño is Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Budget. As economist and lawyer by training, Mrs Calviño worked as civil servant in Spain in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, where she held senior management positions such as Deputy-Director General for Mergers and then Director General for Competition. She entered the European Commission in 2006, where she became first Deputy-Director General for Financial Services in the Directorate General for Competition. In 2010, she became Deputy-Director General for Internal Market and Service, until 2014 where she was named head of the Directorate General for Budget.

Warren East

- CEO of Rolls Royce

In July 2015, Warren East became Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce succeeding John Rishton.  He was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee. Warren is a Non-Executive Director of Dyson Limited.  He is a Chartered Engineer, educated at Oxford and Cranfield Universities.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS.  In May 2017, Warren was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Warren worked for ARM Holdings plc and was CEO from 2001-2013.  He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on several boards of Engineering and Technology companies.  In 2007, Warren was named Business Leader of the year at the National Business Awards and was named in Barron’s list of the world’s best 30 CEOs in 2011 and 2013.  He was made CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for services to Engineering and Technology.

Tom Enders

- CEO of Airbus

Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) Enders was appointed CEO of Airbus SE in 2012, after having been CEO of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Division since 2007. Before that he served as Co-CEO of EADS between 2005 and 2007. He was Head of the Group’s Defence Division from 2000 to 2005. Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991, Enders worked, inter alia, as a Member of the “Planungsstab” of the German Minister of Defence and in various Foreign Policy think tanks. Enders was President of the BDLI (German Aerospace Industry Association) from 2005 to 2012. In 2014, Enders joined the Advisory Council of the Munich Security Conference as well as the Senate of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. He is patron of the German Mayday Foundation which supports airmen, women and their families in times of need.

Eric Trappier

- ASD President & CEO of Dassault Aviation

Eric Trappier has been Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation since 2013 and President of the ASD Defence since May 2017. After his military service in the French Navy as an officer, Eric Trappier joined Dassault Aviation in 1984 as a system engineer at the design office. Dassault Aviation is a French aerospace company with proven dual expertise as a designer and manufacturer of both military aircraft and business jets. In 1986, he was assigned to the NATO Interoperability Group. He became Vice-President, military aircraft sales, for the Middle East and Africa in 2000, and took over the worldwide military exports position a year later. Eric Trappier is also Chaiman of the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS) and a member of the Circle of the Industry Association.

Ioan Mircea Paşcu

- Vice-President of the European Parliament

Ioan Mircea Paşcu is Vice-President of the European Parliament and, as such, a member of the Working Group on ICT Innovation Strategy. He is also a member of the Parliament’s Bureau, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. Member of the Parliament since 2007, he has been elected Vice-President in 2014. He previously served as Minister of Defence of Romania from 2000 to 2004, after occupying several positions on the national politic level. In parallel, Ioan Mircea Paşcu has been an academic in political sciences and still is, today, Professor of International Relations in the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration of Bucharest, a faculty where he occupied the position of Dean from 1990 to 1996.

Karima Delli

- MEP, Chair of the TRAN Committee

Karima Delli is a French politician for the party Europe Écologie Les Verts, and a Member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. Born in Roubaix, Delli graduated from Sciences Po Lille. She was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2009 on Daniel Cohn-Bendit’s list as the second youngest French MEP, and again in 2014. Delli is known for her contributions to the investigation following the Dieselgate scandal. She was vice-chair of the committee of inquiry that was set up by the European Parliament to investigate the scandal. As the chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), she is very involved in issues related to transport and sustainability. She’s a substitute for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs where she is active on social dumping. In addition to her committee assignments, Delli has been a member of the parliament’s delegation for relations with India since 2009. In 2014, she published La politique ne me fait pas perdre le Nord.

Inés Ayala-Sender

- MEP, S&D

Inés Ayala-Sender is a Spanish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the group Socialistes et Démocrates (S&D). After studies in Philology and Law, she completed postgraduate studies in sustainable development. From 1984 to 1990, she worked on social questions notably women and exclusion at national level, then became expert on fight against exclusion for the European Commission from 1990 to 1994.From 1995 to 1997 national expert for DG Environment and political advisor for the Parti Socialiste Européen. In the meantime, she was from 1994 to 1995 Co-Director in charge of European Programmes at the Foundation for the Development of Cooperativism and Social Economy (Fundescoop). Elected 2004 at the European Parliament, then again in 2009 and 2014. In the Parliament, she is a member of the Budgetary Control and of the Transport and Tourism Committees. She is also substitute in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food safety and has been as well for the Special Committee on organised crime, corruption and money laundering.

Christian Ehler


Christian Ehler is a Member of the European Parliament from the European People’s Party (EPP) and a former member of the regional Brandenburg parliament for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) (1999-2004). From 2000 to 2010, he was managing director of the Co:bios Technology Centre in Henningsdorf, allowing him to gain a thorough understanding of the industrial sector. Since 2004, Christian Ehler is a member of the European Parliament, where he focuses on industrial, research, and energy policies. As a full member of the ITRE Committee, he was rapporteur on the « Rules for Participation » for the EU-2014-2020 research framework program « Horizon 2020 ». He is first Vice-Chairman of the SEDE Committee (Sub-Committee on Security and Defence), and chair of the European Parliament delegation for relations with the United States.

Ismail Ertug

- MEP, S&D

Ismail Ertug is a German politician (SPD) and Member of the European Parliament. After finishing his apprenticeship as industrial management assistant, he worked as a customer consultant for enterprises at the German general health insurance (AOK) where he studied business management. Following his studies, he worked as coordinator and social insurance expert in the marketing department of the AOK Bavaria. Since 2002 he held different positions in local politics at SPD Amberg, Germany. He was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2009 and was re-elected in 2014. He is a full Member and Coordinator of the S&D Group in the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).  In addition to his political activities, Ertug is a member of the German United Services Trade Union (ver.di), Greenpeace, the German Worker’s Welfare Association (AWO), Mobifair, Rail Forum Europe, “Gemeinsam leben und lernen in Europa e.V.” and of the German coalition for action against racism “Bunt statt braun”.

Jacqueline Foster


Jacqueline Foster is a British politician and MEP of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR). Working for British Airways for twenty-five years, she became the UK Transport and General Workers’ Union representative. In 1989, she co-founded an independent trade union, Cabin Crew ’89 in which she served as Deputy General Secretary until her election at the European Parliament in 1999, where she became member of the  Transport and Tourism and Industry Committees, where she specialised in aviation and was very active in space-related questions. Not re-elected in 2004, she became consultant and advisor for the Aerospace, Space and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD) from 2005 to 2009. Re-elected in the European Parliament in 2009, she kept a strong role in Aerospace questions by becoming the Vice-President of the Sky & Space Parliamentary Intergroup. Deputy Leader of the Conservative Delegation in 2013, she was re-elected in 2014 and produced a ground-breaking Report on the Safe Use of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (drones) in the civilian sector. She is a member of the EU-US Parliamentary Delegation with the United States and Vice-President of the Australia-New Zealand Parliamentary Delegation.

Theresa Griffin

- MEP, S&D

Theresa Griffin is a British politician and Member of the European Parliament representing the North West of England. She is a member of the Labour Party and a committed trade union activist who has campaigned closely with unions on employment rights, rights for young people and against the far-right. Griffin attended Bishop Ullathorne Comprehensive school and achieved a first class B.A. and an M.A. from Lancaster University. From an early career in community theatre, she became Director of Communications and Research at North West Arts. Her parliamentary work centres on fuel poverty, energy security, regional funding, equalities, industrial strategy, universities, health research and the promotion of a digital single market. In 2014, she was elected to the European Parliament for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). She is a full member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and a substitute member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).

Monika Hohlmeier

- Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup

Monika Hohlmeier is a member of the European People’s Party and of the German party CSU. She was member of the Bavarian parliament from 1993 to 1998 and later became Bavarian State Minister for Education and Schools (1998-2005). Since 2009, she has been a member of the European Parliament. She is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgets, member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China. MEP Hohlmeier is also the President of the Sky and Space Intergroup in the European Parliament. Her parliamentary work is focused on issues such as security and the fight against terrorism.

Marian-Jean Marinescu


Marian-Jean Marinescu is a Romanian politician and MEP of the European People’s Party – European Democrats (EPP), and Officer of the Order of the Star of Romania. Having graduated as aeronautics engineer in 1984, he worked in the direction of accounting and management firms before following a formation of civil servant in Italy in 1997. Elected municipal counsellor for the Democrat Party of his city of Craiova in 1992, he becomes prefect of the department in in 1996 until 2000, then department counsellor from 2000 to 2004. Elected 2004, to the Romanian Parliament, he is head of the Romanian observation delegation to the European Parliament from 2005-2007. He is elected to the European Parliament as vice-president of the EPP group, and re-elected in both capacities in 2009 and 2014. During his previous tenures, he was member of the temporary committee on Climate Change and the committee for civil liberties, justice and internal affairs. Member of the Tourism and Transport committee, he is substitute at the committees for Budgetary Control and for Industry, Research and Energy.

Gesine Meissner


Gesine Meissner is a German politician and MEP of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE). Initially formed and working in hotel management, she took a new orientation in 1975. After graduating in nutritional sciences and philology in 1980, she worked as director of the Lower Saxony Association for Adult Education, and established herself as an independent communication trainer 1993, activities she retains as of today.  In 2003, she is elected in the parliament of the Länder Lower-Saxony and becomes president of the Social Affairs Committee, until her election to the European Parliament in 2009. Entering the ALDE group in 2008, she became 2013 vice-president of the party network for equality. Re-elected in 2014, she is member of the Transport and Tourism committee, and substitute at the Environment, Food Safety and Public Health and the Industry, Research and Energy committees. President of the “Seas, rivers, islands and coastal areas” intergroup.

Clare Moody

- MEP, S&D

Clare Moody is a Member of the European Parliament for the South West England region and Gibralter, and a member of the Labour Party. Before her election as an MEP, she started working at the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union before becoming a trade union officer for the UNITE union, representing people in a wide variety of industries. She also has political experience working as an advisor under the Brown Government. In 2014, she was elected to the European Parliament (the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats). She is a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), and Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE). In addition, she is a substitute member in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), and the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM). Other topics she is interested in include animal welfare, trade, food waste, conflict minerals.

Franck Proust


Franck Proust is a French politician (Les Républicains) and Member of the European Parliament. He is the head of the French EPP Group delegation in the European Parliament. Franck Proust, who has a degree in marketing and management sciences, has a background in business and, prior to his political career, he worked as an insurance agent in Nîmes. After several local mandates in Nîmes, he now is the first deputy mayor. He took office in the European Parliament for the first time in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014. He is a full member of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) and a substitute member of the Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN). In addition, Franck Proust is vice-chair of the Sky and Space intergroup.

Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl


Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl is a German politician, member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). After obtaining her degree in Chemistry at the University of Leuven, she has had a rich academic career as a researcher and a teacher, working, among others, for the University of Hildesheim and the Hannover Medical School. Since the end of the 80s, she actively works in politics in Lower-Saxony. In 1989, she became a Member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party. She is one of the senior members of the party and member of the EPP Group Bureau. Her parliamentary work concentrates on international trade and foreign affairs. She is a full member of the INTA and DROI Committees and a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). She also is Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Canada.

Dominique Riquet


Dominique Riquet is a French politician and MEP of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Surgeon specialised in urology, he practiced from 1979 to 2009. In the meantime, he was head of the Urology Department of the Valenciennes Hospital (1981-2007), and was member of the Board of the Lille University Faculty of Medicine from 1984 to 1990. Entering French political life in 1989, he became deputy mayor then mayor of the city of Valenciennes until 2014, while being member of the regional council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais from 1992 to 2009. Dominique Riquet entered the European Parliament in 2009 and became member of the committee on budget. Re-elected in 2014, Dominique is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism since 2012. He becomes in 2014 member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China, and substitute in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and for the Delegation for relations with Japan. Founder of the Intergroup for long-term investments and reindustrialisation in 2015, which he still presides.

Paul Rübig


Paul Rübig is an Austrian politician from the Österreichische Volkspartei (Austrian People’s Party). Being elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 1996, and re-elected in 1999, 2004 and 2009, he is the longest-serving MEP from Austria. He is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and his parliamentary work concentrates on budget, research and innovation. As a former entrepreneur himself, he is very involved in protecting Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs). In 2012, he founded SME Europe, the official business association of the EPP that aims at defending the interests of small and medium sized enterprises at European level. Paul Rübig serves as a full member of the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

Andreas Schwab


Andreas Schwab is a Member of the European Parliament from the European People’s Party (EPP) and currently Vice-Chair of the CDU South Baden and Chair of the Schwarzwald-Baar CDU District Association. He studied law in Germany and graduated in Political Sciences in the IEP of Paris. From July 2003, Andreas Schwab worked as a civil servant in the Ministry for Culture, Youth and Sport in Stuttgart, where he was a personal adviser of the Minister. In 2004, he became a lawyer. Andreas Schwab has been a member of the European Parliament as part of the EPP group since 2004. Since 2007, he’s also a member of the EPP Bureau and Internal Market spokesman. He is a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Pavel Telicka


Pavel Telicka is a Czech politician for the political party ANO and Member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Prior to his election in parliament he has worked in various diplomatic roles representing the Czech government. In this capacity, he negotiated the Czech entry into the EU in 2004. Soon after, Telicka set up BXL Consulting to provide consultancy in EU affairs. However, this company ceased to exist when Telicka was elected to the European Parliament in 2014. He now is full member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and Vice President of the European Parliament. In 2017, he was the rapporteur of a report on an aviation strategy for Europe.

Stéphane Abrial

- Senior Executive Vice President, International and Public Affairs of SAFRAN

Stéphane Abrial is the Deputy CEO of Safran since 2013. Born in 1954, he is an engineer from École de l’Air de Salon-de-Provence. He holds several degrees from Military universities in France and the US. Stéphane Abrial started his career as a fighter pilot in 1977 and has held a number of leadership positions within the French Military. In 2002, he became Head of the Prime Minister’s Military Office. In 2006, he was selected to become Chief of Staff of the Air Force with the rank of general. In September 2009, he was appointed as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, located in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Having left the military in 2012, he joined Safran in January 2013 as Advisor to Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safran, before being appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Office on July 1, 2013. He was appointed as a Director of the Atlantic Council in April 2013, member of the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute France in December 2013 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Paris Air and Space Museum in February 2014.

Hans Büthker

- CEO of Fokker Technologies

Hans Büthker is CEO of Fokker Technologies and a member of GKN’s Aerospace Executive Committee. Prior to the acquisition of Fokker by GKN Aerospace, Hans Büthker was Chairman and CEO of the Fokker Technologies Board of Management, responsible for the daily operation of the company and performance of Fokker Technologies. Before joining Fokker in 2006 as President of the Fokker Aerostructures Business Unit, he was Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of Stork NV. Previous assignments include Managing Director of Stork Industrial Modules and Stork Precisie. Hans Büthker holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Filip Cornelis

- Acting Director for Aviation, DG MOVE

Filip Cornelis has been Acting Director for DG MOVE Directorate E in the European Commission, in charge of aviation since October 2015. He has also been Head of Unit for Aviation Policy since October 2016. He joined the European Commission in 1994 and covered political, economic and commercial affairs in the European Commission’s mission in Kiev as deputy to the Head of Mission. From 1998 on, he worked in the Task Force for Accession Negotiations, in charge of the EU’s accession negotiations with Hungary. He then led the Commission team drafting the Treaties of Accession for the 12 new EU Member States. In January 2006, Filip Cornelis moved on to transport policy by joining the office of the Director-General for Energy and Transport, Matthias Ruete. He was the leading member of the office from 2008. He was then appointed Head of Unit for Aviation Security in the European Commission in September 2010. He moved on to become Head of Unit for Aviation Safety from December 2012 until October 2016.

Clara de la Torre

- Director for Transport, DG RTD

Clara de la Torre is the Director for Transport at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission. After graduating in Economics and Business Administration, she worked a couple of years in the private sector, in the field of research policy. In 1987, she started her activities in the European Commission where she has held various high-level positions ever since. She worked at the EU Joint Research Centre both in Brussels and Seville, as advisor to the Director of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. From 2008 to 2010, she was Director responsible for “Inter-institutional and legal matters related to the Framework Programme”. During three years, she was Director responsible for “Research and Innovation”. In 2014, prior to her current role, she was Director responsible for « Key Enabling Technologies » in the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.

Pierre Delsaux

- Deputy Director General, DG GROW

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) since January 2015. He is responsible for Space Policy and Research (Directorate I) and Galileo and EGNOS Programme Management (Directorate J). Prior to this role, he has executed several high-level functions within the European Commission, particularly at the former DG Internal Market and Services (MARKT). There, he served as Director of Directorate F from 2007 to 2011 and as Head of Unit responsible for Money Laundering (2004 -2007), for Financial Markets (2004) and for Public Procurement (1997-2000). Before his career at the European Commission, Pierre Delsaux has worked, among other things, as a researcher at the Liège University where he gave lectures in Intellectual Property law.

Florian Guillermet

- Executive Director of SESAR Joint Undertaking

Florian Guillermet has been leading the SESAR Joint Undertaking as Executive Director since 1 April 2014. He had joined the SESAR Joint Undertaking first in 2008 as Chief Programme Officer to manage the SESAR Programme, and then as Deputy Executive Director Operations and Programme in 2012. He is an engineering graduate from École Polytechnique and the Civil Aviation Engineering School in France and holds a Master’s degree in aeronautics and airport management. Florian has been working in the field of civil aviation for more than 20 years, starting in the flight planning department of Air France before going on to the French Air Navigation Service Provider (DSNA), where he held several managerial positions. He then joined the European Central Flow Management Unit at Eurocontrol, where he contributed to a range of operational and IT projects. His experience ranges from ATM systems definition and implementation, to network operations management.

Dr. Marcel Huber

- Bavarian State Minister of Federal Affairs and Special Tasks, Head of the State Chancellery

Marcel Huber is a German politician (CSU). In September 2014, he took over the leadership of the Bavarian State Chancellery and became Bavarian State Minister of Federal Affairs and Special Tasks. Prior to this role, Marcel Huber has been a member of the Bavarian State Parliament and of the Bavarian State Government. From October 2013 to September 2014 he was State Minister of Environment and Consumer Protection. Previously he was State Minister of Environment and Health. Before his political career, Marcel Huber worked as an academic at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, he received his doctorate in veterinarian studies in 1983.

Tiit Jürimäe

- Executive Director, Clean Sky JU

Tiit Jürimäe studied organic chemistry at the Tartu University in Estonia. He joined the European Commission in 2005 and, since 2007, has been working as a Head of Unit in the Directorate-General of Research and Innovation. After coordinating the European research policy linked to increasing the private investment in research, he was leading the Aviation Unit responsible for Aeronautics and Air Transport research funding under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. He has been actively involved in developing the European Aviation vision Flightpath 2050 and setting up the Clean Sky 2 Public-Private Partnership. Since September 2016, he has been seconded to the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking as an Interim Executive Director.

Rolf Henke

- Member of the Executive Board of DLR

Rolf Henke joined the DLR Executive Board on 1 November 2010 and is responsible for Aeronautics research. Born in Lüdenscheid in 1956, he studied Aerospace Technology at the Technical University of Berlin and did a research placement at the Cranfield Institute of Technology in 1981. Before his current position, Henke worked at the TU Berlin Aerospace Institute and MBB (now Airbus Operations). From 2002 to 2006, he also headed the EU technology platform AWIATOR, and was a Senior Project Manager and a member of the Airbus Research and Technology Management team. During this time, he was also a co-initiator and founding member of the Steering Committee at the German High-Lift Center, set up to safeguard the German work share, and Head of the Cluster for Conceptual Aircraft Design (CCAD) at LHD. In 2006, Henke became Head of the Institute of Aerospace Technology at the Technical University of Rhineland Westphalia in Aachen. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Programme Committee of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the Aeronautical Journals of the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS). Moreover, since 2013, he is President of the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics Lilienthal –Oberth (DGLR).

Patrick Ky

- Executive Director of EASA

Since September 2013, Patrick Ky has been the Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the Agency to become a worldwide reference in aviation. Prior to his appointment as EASA Director, Patrick Ky was Executive Director of SESAR, the technological pillar of Europe’s Single European Sky (SES) initiative (2007-2013). He also held different managerial positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority, in a consulting company, and in Eurocontrol. He combines degrees in economics and engineering, as well as 24 years of working experience in civil aviation.

Jack Metthey

- Acting Deputy Director General, DG RTD

Jack Metthey is Acting Deputy Director-General of the DG RTD. In 1998, he moved to the Directorate General for Research and was named Director of Space and Transport. In 2002, he was appointed as Director for Transport research, leading to the first research strategic agenda for European aeronautics and the inclusion of Space as a policy in the EU Treaty. He launched the European Research Council (ERC) in 2006 and set up its Executive Agency. In January 2011, he became Director for the Framework programme and Policy Development at Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, in charge of the preparation of the Horizon 2020 package. Since February 2016 he is Director in charge of Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, dealing in particular with the COP21 follow-up and, since April 2017, he is deputy Director General (acting) in charge of Research Programmes.

Hervé Multon

- Executive Vice President Europe and International Organizations of Thales

Hervé Multon has been occupying his current position since January 2016. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and ENSTA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées) and holds a Master degree of Science from Stanford University. His professional career began at the French Procurement Agency DGA, within the French Ministry of Defence. For 15 years, he held various positions in this institution, first as Programme Manager for Franco-Italian ASTER missiles and launchers, then as Head of Office for Missiles and Electronic Programmes within the Programmes, Acquisition Methods and Quality Directorate. Hervé Multon was appointed Private Secretary to the head of the DGA, Jean-Yves Helmer, and also worked in the Procurement Agency’s Human Resources Management. In 2002, he joined Thales as Director of the Eurocat E Business Unit within the former Air Systems Division, running the business of ATM control centres for Europe. He then went on to manage the French Operations of Thales Raytheon Systems, the French-US joint-venture, worldwide leader in air defence command and control systems and ground-based radars. Since December 2009, he was Vice President, Deputy to the Strategy Senior Vice President of Thales.

Olivier Onidi

- Deputy Director-General of DG HOME

Olivier Onidi is the Deputy Director-General for Security of the DG Migration and Home affairs (HOME). From 2002 to 2005 he was Head of Unit « Satellite Navigation Systems (GALILEO/EGNOS)” at the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. From 2004 to 2010, he was Head of Unit respectively « Internal Market, Air Transport Agreements » and « Air Safety and Environment », again at the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Günther Oettinger (then in charge of the Energy portfolio). Prior to joining the DG Home in 2016, he has worked for the DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE), where he was Director for “Innovative and sustainable Mobility” and “European mobility Networks” (2012-2016).

Jan Pie

- Secretary General of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)

Jan Pie is the Secretary General of ASD, the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, and Chairman of ICCAIA, the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations. As Secretary General for ASD, he represents the industry in the European advocacy work. In addition, he is the Delegate for the Employers Category in the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee. From 2010-2013, Jan held the position of Secretary General for the Swedish Security and Defence Industries Association. Previously, he served for 15 years (1995-2010) as Director in the Swedish Company Group, SOS Alarm. Jan Pie’s educational background is in the insurance and business sector.

Arndt Schoenemann

- Managing Director of Liebherr-Aerospace

Arndt Schoenemann joined Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH (Lindenberg, Germany) in 2008 as Managing Director. He has over 27 experiences in the aerospace industry working in leading positions for Sell GmbH in Herborn, DASELL Cabin Interior GmbH in Hamburg and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) in Berlin. Beside his position in Liebherr-Aerospace, he currently holds the following functions: Vice President of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and Chairman of the Section Equipment and Materials; Chairman of the Supply Chain Commission and SME Group of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD); Chairman of the Board of Directors of Liebherr-LAMC Aviation (Changsha) Co. Ltd., Changsha, Hunan, China, a joint-venture between Liebherr-Aerospace and LAMC; and Chairman of the Shareholders‘ Committee of Aerospace Transmission Technologies (ATT), a joint company of Liebherr-Aerospace and Rolls-Royce.

Rainer von Borstel

- Co. KG President of Corporate Division Board Diehl Aerosystems

Rainer von Borstel has been Member of the Executive Board of Diehl Stiftung since April 2010 and also became President of Corporate Board Diehl Aerosystems in October 2010. In this function, he is leading one of five Corporate Divisions of the Diehl Group. Before his current appointments, he spent almost two years as Head of the Aerospace Division at the industrial services supplier EDAG GmbH. In that capacity, he was also CEO of galley manufacturer Mühlenberg Interiors GmbH and engineering service provider ELAN GmbH. Earlier, he spent most of his previous professional career at aircraft manufacturer Airbus, where he held a number of increasingly senior positions between 1985 and 2008. In 2007 and 2008 he was first Senior Vice President Center of Excellence (CoE) Cabin and Cargo Customisation, then Senior Vice President CoE Fuselage and Cabin. Rainer von Borstel was born in 1959 in Cuxhaven (Germany) and attended the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Hamburg.

Ian Waddell

- National Officer - Aerospace & Shipbuilding for Unite the Union

Ian Waddell represents over 60,000 aerospace industry union members in the UK.  He is a passionate advocate for the Aerospace and Shipbuilding industries and believes that the union can play a crucial role in helping to create the right conditions for the industries to grow, proactively using Unite’s extensive community and political influence through an army of workplace representatives.  He sits on the UK Aerospace Growth Partnership and the Board of SEMTA, the UK’s former Sector Skills Council for Manufacturing. Ian is the Chair of IndustriAll Europe’s Aerospace Committee and is a member of the Executive of the IndustriAll Global Aerospace Committee.  He has been a regular visitor to Brussels, highlighting the potential impact of Brexit on the whole European aerospace industry.