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FT Business of Aerospace & Aviation Summit

Bringing Digital Innovation to the Aviation Sector

London |
Speakers include:
Nick Earle

Nick Earle

Virgin Hyperloop One

Simon Lamkin

Simon Lamkin

Brussels Airlines

Thorsten  Dirks

Thorsten Dirks

Board Member, Lufthansa

Overview

​Digital programmes are key for supporting strategic business objectives and unlocking additional value. Digital transformation forms an integral part of corporate strategies within aviation. Digitalisation is being utilised to create new revenue streams, thereby supporting future research, development and innovation.

  • How can data-driven models complement and enhance the existing infrastructure network?
  • How can digitalisation improve processes and business models to provide new opportunities?
  • Which are the most relevant technologies for aviation and how can the value be unlocked?
  • Who are the new users of the skies?

The FT Business of Aerospace & Aviation Summit series is designed specifically for CIOs, CDOs, CTOs and Heads of Innovation or Strategy from airlines, airports, ATMs and OEMs to track the impact of digital innovation and disruption. This Summit brings together 100 decision-makers to review technological developments, benchmark leading strategies, discuss best practices, find solutions to key challenges and enable collaboration across the sector.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 04/18/2018 08:00:0004/18/2018 17:00:00trueFT Business of Aerospace & Aviation Summit ​Digital programmes are key for supporting strategic business objectives and unlocking additional value. Digital transformation forms an integral part of corporate strategies within aviation. Digitalisation is being utilised to create new revenue streams, thereby supporting future research, development and innovation.How can data-driven models complement and enhance the existing infrastructure network?How can digitalisation improve processes and business models to provide new opportunities?Which are the most relevant technologies for aviation and how can the value be unlocked?Who are the new users of the skies?The FT Business of Aerospace & Aviation Summit series is designed specifically for CIOs, CDOs, CTOs and Heads of Innovation or Strategy from airlines, airports, ATMs and OEMs to track the impact of digital innovation and disruption. This Summit brings together 100 decision-makers to review technological developments, benchmark leading strategies, discuss best practices, find solutions to key challenges and enable collaboration across the sector.FT-Business-of-Aerospace-&-Aviation-Summit-c5624fb937c7fab37b1b327d6fd531c3MM/DD/YYYY

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Testimonials

“FT Business of Aerospace & Aviation summit is an excellent event to get valuable insight from leading figures from various stakeholders in the industry.” Edd Soole, Lufthansa Group.

“A great forum for cross industry discussion around how the industry needs to collaborate to improve.” Christine Druce, Heathrow.

“Relevant information for anyone who wants to keep in pace with the aviation industry.”
Antonio Aguiar, TAP Portugal.

“Great exchange platform, creates a room and provides options to a disruptive challenge; perfect networking opportunity.” Carl Schmidt-Ehemann, Lufthansa Cargo.

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Full overview

With a combination of forward-facing sessions and practical solutions to current challenges faced in the market, the Summit series will continue to deliver value, insight and networking opportunities for the digital aerospace and aviation community.

Digital programmes are the key to supporting strategic business objectives and unlocking additional value within aviation. Increasingly digital transformation projects are part of corporate strategies. Digitalisation creates new revenue streams, thereby supporting future research and development and innovation.

  • How can data-driven models be developed to complement and enhance the existing infrastructure network?
  • How can digitalisation improve the processes or business models and provide new opportunities?
  • Which are the most relevant technologies for aviation and how can the value be unlocked?

The 2018 Summit will continue to focus on top-line, strategic subjects aimed at a C-level audience who are responsible for leading the digitalisation strategy across the business, demonstrating value to stakeholders, securing investment, keeping up to date on industry trends and technologies, driving innovation and collaboration. The sessions will continue to be a fusion of interactive thought leadership sessions, keynotes, case studies, live interviews, dialogues and panels. The speaker panel will be expanded to include lessons learnt from a cross-industry perspective, thought leaders, innovators and disruptors.

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Agenda - 18th Apr

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair's opening remarks

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote

    Nick Earle, SVP Global Field Operations, Virgin Hyperloop One

  • 9:30am
    Live interview: How digitalisation has enabled Doha Airport to become a 5 star airport connecting the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
    • What are the growth opportunities from fast-developing emerging technologies? Which are the most relevant for aviation and how can the value be unlocked?
    • What are the top three strategies for transformation?
    • How do you focus on ‘game changers’ rather than incremental improvements?

    Suhail Kamil Kadri, Vice President Information Technology, Doha International Airport, Qatar

  • 9:45am
    Board level dialogue: Utilising digitalisation to support existing business models, enable new services and drive internal innovation and collaboration
    • How can industry wide digital collaboration be fostered to enable innovation and overcome industry challenges?
    • How is digital transformation being prioritised across the business?
    • Which digital innovations are likely to have the most impact on traditional business models and how can the industry prepare for this opportunity?
    • How do organisations maintain both the culture and skills within their workforce to deliver digital innovation?
    • What do board members want to know from digital and IT teams in order to acquire the budget for a new technology as part of an overall digital transformation plan?
    • How are financing and revenue streams being made available and commercial conditions being optimised to monetise digital technologies?

    Thorsten Dirks, CEO, Eurowings and Board Member, Lufthansa

    Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair and Vice President - Board of Directors, APEX

    Rachel Izzard, CFO, Aer Lingus

    Hamish Taylor, Consultant and professional speaker and former General Manager of Brands, British Airways and CEO, Eurostar

  • 10:25am
    Networking break
  • 10:55am
    Nextgen sessions: Nurturing innovation to keep ahead of the curve and anticipate forthcoming industry changes (Part A)

    Case study: The future of air travel and mobility: Re-inventing the travel experience and new value creation beyond comfortable transportation from A to B
    Case study: Innovation journey: Amadeus and Qantas on how to keep travellers moving using big data analytics to optimise landing and take-off times and minimise number and length of delays
    Case study: Accelerating innovation: Creating "labs" and "hubs" with internal cross-functional stakeholders and external partnerships to develop new technologies

    Dr. Torsten Wingenter, Senior Director Digital Innovations, Lufthansa Group

    Baptiste Chatrain, Manager, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence research team, Amadeus

    François Chopard, Founder and CEO, Starburst Accelerator and Starburst Ventures

  • 11:45am
    360 panel: New users of the sky: What role do these companies play in the future of aerospace?
    • Who will be the new users of the sky and what role will they play going forward?
    • Is it reasonable to believe that one day aircraft can be considered like any other IoT device, highly connected to one another and the infrastructure?
    • Looking at the developments around self-driving cars, is the future of flight unmanned? If so, what are the implications for aviation infrastructure?
    • Uberisation' of the skies and beyond: What is the future of virtual airlines?

    Mathias Thomse​n, ​​​​General Manager​ -​ Urban Air Mobility​, Airbus​

    Shashank Nigam, Advisory Board Member, Whitetail Airlines and Founder & CEO, SimpliFlying

    Ralph Schepp, VP Programme and Project Management, Group Technology, Deutsche Telekom

    Moderated by: ​Alain Siebert, Chief Economist & Master Planning​, SESAR Joint Undertaking

  • 12:30pm
    Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    360 panel discussion: Examining the rise of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in aviation
    • What is the difference between a CDO, Chief Information Officer, Chief Customer Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Technology Officer? How are they using this to their advantage?
    • How can knowing what stage of the digital maturity journey your organisation is at influence the type of digital leader required?
    • Leading from the top: How can we influence the mindset of the Executive team to galvanise the organisation as a whole?
    • What are the challenges?
    • How should they develop digital talent to enable a flexible and dynamic, high-performing team?

    Paul Elich, EVP Information Services and CIO, AIR FRANCE - KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES

    Simon Lamkin, Chief Information Officer, Brussels Airlines

    John Mansfield, Chief Digital Officer, GE Aviation

  • 2:10pm
    Nextgen sessions: Nurturing innovation to keep ahead of the curve and anticipate forthcoming industry changes (Part B)

    Case study: The skies and beyond: How the best airlines in the world are innovating in the age of Uberisation 

    Case study: The future of Airline Retail: Reinventing customer and partner engagement through digital platforms?

    Shashank Nigam, Advisory Board Member, Whitetail Airlines and Founder & CEO, SimpliFlying

    Aidan Brogan, CEO, Datalex

  • 2:45pm
    Digital dialogue: Perceiving data as an opportunity: What are the keys for unlocking the full power of big data, advanced analytics and machine learning?
    • How can global aviation businesses navigate the vast number of regulations ie data protection, privacy and cyber security laws; without impacting standardised service offerings and customer experiences?
    • How can big data and machine learning be combined to drive higher operational excellence and performance?
    • How can better data sharing via ecosystem technologies improve the service proposition?
    • What are the most effective futureproof cybersecurity compliance programmes?
    • How can data privacy compliance be utilised as a competitive advantage by monetising data and building trust with the customer base?

    Ken Sain, Vice President of Digital Aviation and Analytics, Boeing

    Mariano Albera, Chief Technology Officer, Expedia Affiliate Network

    Pascal Clement, Head of Airline Data Unit, Amadeus

  • 3:20pm
    Short networking break
  • 3:35pm
    Nextgen sessions: Nurturing innovation to keep ahead of the curve and anticipate forthcoming industry changes (Part C)

    Case study: A future of travel through avatars: Enabling people’s consciousness to be transported instantaneously across the globe and beyond
    Case study: New digital business: Creating deal-flow and developing new skill-sets for transforming the core business ecosystem
     
    Akira Fukabori, Intrapreneur - Digital Design Lab, ANA Holdings and Kevin Kajitani, Intrapreneur - Digital Design Lab, ANA Holdings
    Florian Messner-Schmitt, Director Intrapreneurship, Deutsche Bahn

  • 4:10pm
    360 degree panel discussion: Upgrading the operational model to determine business potential
    • Projecting yourself forward: What could digital mean for your business in 10 years time? How might these changes affect the approach to designing the business?
    • How can data-driven models be developed to complement and enhance the existing infrastructure network?
    • How can digitalisation improve the processes or business models and provide new opportunities?
    • How can technology be utilised to alter business models?
    • How does the challenge of regulation impact innovation?
    • How can standardisation be developed when no one is prepared to share their own standards?

    Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair and Vice President - Board of Directors, APEX

    Stuart Birrell, Chief Information Officer, Heathrow Airport

    Mattias Forsberg, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines)

    Rob Watkins, Executive Technical Director, NATS 

  • 4:55pm
    Chair's closing remarks

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

Speakers (25)

Nick Earle

Nick Earle

SVP Global Field Operations
Virgin Hyperloop One

Nick Earle is the Senior Vice President of Global Field Operations at Virgin Hyperloop One. As a highly respected sales leader with over 30 years of Global IT industry experience, he led the Cisco Services global field organisation, growing the business to over $10B US in revenue. He has held senior executive roles at Hewlett Packard, was the CEO of StreamServe, and ran EMEA Operations for Ariba, Inc., which was acquired by IBM. Mr Earle is an authority on emerging business models, having co-authored two books. He holds a first class honors degree and an Honorary Doctorate in Computing from Liverpool University, and is an Associate fellow of the University of Bradford MBA programme.

Simon Lamkin

Simon Lamkin

Chief Information Officer
Brussels Airlines

Simon Lamkin is the Chief Information Officer at Brussels Airlines, responsible for Technology and Innovation to ensure that the airline stays at the forefront of innovation and digitalisation.

Mr Lamkin is a top executive with a vast experience in the aviation industry. He joined Brussels Airlines after a successful career at easyJet, where he was the Head of IT Operations Systems. During his time at easyJet, he was responsible for many innovations, including the introduction of Windows tablets in the cockpit; “Halo”, an internet based mobile boarding solution and a fully automated bag drop solution across many European airports. He has over 25 years of experience with the IT environment for which 18 have been delivering, designing, developing and implementing innovative solutions within the travel sector. He was also recognised as one of the top 100 CIOs in the CIO100 2017.

Thorsten  Dirks

Thorsten Dirks

CEO, Eurowings
Board Member, Lufthansa

Thorsten Dirks is the Chief Officer of Eurowings and Aviation Services and Member of Executive Board at Lufthansa. Prior to this, Mr. Dirks served as the CEO of Telefónica Germany, CEO of E-Plus Group, and member of the board at KPN where he was responsible for the international mobile business. From 2015 until 2017, he was elected President of Germany‘s digital industry association: Bitkom. His personal emphasis in that position was on digitising the country‘s smaller and medium-sized companies, modernising the education system and utilising new technologies to improve the way people work. Mr  Dirks joined E-Plus in 1996, where he spent several years as member of the board in charge of areas including innovation, networks and IT. He was mainly responsible for the company’s successful multi-brand strategy. 

Juha  Jarvinen

Juha Jarvinen

Vice President - Board of Directors, APEX
Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair

Juha Jarvinen has 20 years of aviation experience with positions in sales and marketing, commercial strategy functions, customer experience and airport operations, customer fulfilment centre services as well as cargo logistics. After 14 years with Scandinavian SAS Group in various European locations and at their head office in Stockholm, he joined Finnair in 2012 as Managing Director for Finnair Cargo.

In 2014, he took over as Chief Commercial Officer for Finnair, with current responsibility for airline's commercial functions (network planning, alliances and partnerships, market access, brand experience, global sales and marketing, revenue management and pricing, distribution, loyalty and travel services business). In May 2016, Mr Jarvinen was chosen as Board member to US -based Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), which drives global airline passenger experience development, bringing together the airlines, entertainment and technology vendors and wider aviation community to develop the exciting global industry. He holds a BA Honours from the UK and MBA degree from Austria. 

Suhail  Kamil Kadri

Suhail Kamil Kadri

Vice President Information Technology
Doha International Airport, Qatar
Mattias  Forsberg

Mattias Forsberg

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
SAS (Scandinavian Airlines)

Mattias Forsberg has been Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for SAS since 2016 with responsibility for all IT, digital development, and technology innovation capabilities. He is part of the SAS Group Management located in Stockholm, Sweden.

Prior to joining SAS, Mr Forsberg was CIO at Systembolaget, the Swedish nationwide retailer of alcoholic beverages. In 2013 he was rewarded “CIO of the Year”, the most prominent CIO award in Sweden. In addition, Mr Forsberg was the CIO at B&B Tools and strategy or management consultant at Accenture - where his duties included responsibility for Accenture’s IT Strategy Group in Sweden. He has a broad strategy and management profile with focus on business development and transformation execution. During his career he has worked with some of the largest companies in the Nordics or Europe as well as with start-ups. 

Mr Forsberg holds a Master Degree in Engineering Physics (specialising in data communication) and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Uppsala. 

Paul Elich

Paul Elich

EVP Information Services and Chief Information Officer
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Paul Elich has been the CIO and Executive Vice President Information Services for KLM since 2014 and has been a member of the Executive Committee of KLM since 2007.
Prior to this, he was the Executive Vice President Inflight Services, Executive Vice President Ground Services, Vice President Hub Operations and held several functions in the KLM Cargo Division, both with operational and commercial responsibilities. In 1989, Mr. Elich joined KLM as head of the project Cargo 2000, responsible for the co-expansion of the logistical facilities of KLM Cargo at Schiphol Airport.
In 1981, as a graduate from the Technical University of Delft with a master degree in Architecture and City planning , Mr. Elich joined the local municipality in the city of Bergen op Zoom, initially as a city planner, and later in different managing positions.

Mariano  Albera

Mariano Albera

VP and Chief Technology Officer
Expedia Affiliate Network
Ralph  Schepp

Ralph Schepp

VP Project and Programme Management, CTO- Technology Economics & Transformation
Deutsche Telekom AG

Ralph Schepp is responsible for key projects and programmes in Deutsche Telekom’s CTO area, has solid experience in strategy development, transformation and innovation management, with a strong focus on ICT and high-tech. In his current role he drives DT’s ‘Connected Drones’ programme, Technology Strategy and is managing DT’s radio spectrum portfolio and acquisitions across Europe.

Previously, Mr Schepp served as Vice President for Foresight and Industry intelligence at Deutsche Telekom’s group strategy. In this role he managed DT’s core industry partnerships, ran several group-wide strategic programs and advised the Board in future industry and competition scenarios. Before that, he was Vice President of Portfolio management for DT’s Products and Innovation unit, where he initiated and successfully managed a group-wide product-portfolio reduction program. At the same time, he was leading DT’s global scouting and customer foresighting activities. Ralph began his career as a senior consultant working on various large-scale projects, including the launch of Germany’s biggest public WiFi network.
Ralph holds a diploma in economics.

John  Mansfield

John Mansfield

Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
GE Aviation

John Mansfield is the Chief Digital Officer for GE Aviation. In this role, he leads the technology and business growth of the Aviation digital portfolio.
Prior to joining GE, Mr Mansfield had a successful career at Hitachi Limited, where he most recently served as president, general manager and chief technology officer of the Product Platform Division.
Mr Mansfield holds two bachelor's degrees in Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Georgetown University. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and had six years as a naval aviator flying the A6 Intruder.

Dr Torsten  Wingenter

Dr Torsten Wingenter

Senior Director Digital Innovations
Lufthansa Group

After founding the Social Media Team, Dr Torsten Wingenter led Lufthansa to one of the globally leading airlines in social media. The Lufthansa Digital Innovations team develops the digital strategy and innovations for Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS Airlines. He is one of the most experienced digital practitioners and thought leaders in the airline industry. For example, Lufthansa is the industry leader in virtual reality, from pioneering content up to selling upgrades at the gate via VR. With the Lufthansa FlyingLab, Dr Wingenter launched a unique flying innovation platform where guests can experience the future of air travel in a digital world. Many partners like SAP and Mercedes have already benefited from this unique space for their mission and the media has widely reported on it. 

Dr Wingenter’s favorite topic is the future of flying in this unique captive space to ultimately create new forms of value and a totally new experience for passengers. For him, it’s about re-defining air travel beyond transporting people comfortably from A to B as premium carriers.

He is engaged as lecturer and examiner for several universities in Europe and a member of the jury of the German Marketing Award. Besides his contributions to several books, his work is internationally recognised by leading media including the New York Times and Handelsblatt.

Rob Watkins

Rob Watkins

Technical Services Director and Executive Committee Member
NATS UK
Ken Sain

Ken Sain

Vice President of Digital Aviation and Analytics
Boeing

Ken Sain is Vice President of Digital Aviation and Analytics for Boeing Global Services. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the organisation’s operation and its mix of products and services. Additionally, Mr Sain plays a leading role with Boeing AnalytX, the enterprise capability that transforms data into actionable insights and customer solutions across Boeing’s commercial and defence portfolios.
Prior to this role, Mr Sain was Chief Operating Officer for Digital Aviation, and he led Flight Optimisation Solutions and the Professional Services organisation responsible for seamlessly implementing and supporting the broad suite of airline optimisation systems within the Digital Aviation portfolio. Mr Sain previously served as director of strategy and business development for Boeing Fleet Services where he managed strategy development and execution across
freighter conversions, airplane modifications, maintenance and engineering services and information services.
Before joining Boeing, Mr Sain was a principal at A.T. Kearney and specialised in strategy, top-line growth and new market entry for transportation companies including airlines, aviation aftermarket service providers, airline alliances, global distribution system providers and air cargo carriers.
Additionally, Mr Sain co-wrote an investor memorandum for a start-up Part 121 airline, helping to secure launch funding and successful operations. He served the airline in multiple functions, including operations and director of Marketing as the company grew to employ more than 1,000 people. Mr Sain holds a Master of Business Administration from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University.

James Harrison

James Harrison

CEO
Sky Futures

James Harrison is the CEO and co-founder of Sky-Futures. He is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and former corporate strategist with Deloitte. Passionate about data, he has pioneered the creation and commercialisation of proprietary cloud based drone inspection software, the use of AI for automated inspection techniques, and built a drone inspection service offering across 4 continents globally. Mr Harrison has raised over US $15m from venture capital and corporate investors including MMC Ventures, Bristow and Mitsui & Co.
Keen on challenges, Mr Harrison has completed a number of tough and unique sporting challenges, raising over $45k for various charities.

Mathias  Thomsen

Mathias Thomsen

General Manager​ -​ Urban Air Mobility
Airbus​

Mathias Thomsen joined Airbus in a newly created role as General Manager, Urban Air Mobility in November 2016. In this role, he is responsible for developing new urban air mobility solutions, to coordinate technology development and demonstrators. He works with the emerging urban air mobility ecosystem, to accelerate the pace of innovation.
In 2015 Mr Thomsen joined Uber Technologies, the on-demand ground transport service company as the General Manager for Denmark. In this role he launched and grew the service and scaled it to mainstream adoption. From 2010 to 2015 at the Boston Consulting Group in Copenhagen and in London, he was acting as consultant, project leader and principal in the global transportation and logistics practice. Mr Thomsen began his career working in various roles on development of global transportation networks at Maersk, the global transport carrier and in transport M&A at Deloitte Corporate Finance. He holds an MBA from the London Business School in Finance and Private Equity and a Bachelor degree from the Copenhagen Business School.

Stuart Birrell

Stuart Birrell

Chief Information Officer
Heathrow

Stuart Birrell joined Heathrow in 2015 from McLaren Technology Group as Chief Information Officer. From his early career in various engineering and operations roles, he transitioned into IT in 2001. Since then, he has held several IT leadership roles across several industries. He holds an MBA from Warwick University, is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a Chartered Engineer.

​Alain Siebert

​Alain Siebert

Chief Economist & Master Planning​
SESAR Joint Undertaking

Alain Siebert is responsible for all economic and master planning aspects of the SESAR programme. In this position he is also responsible for organising and managing the involvement of civil airspace users and for Performance, Demonstration and Corporate Risk Management activities. He oversees the cooperation arrangements with EASA, National Authorities and the Deployment Manager. Prior to joining the SESAR Joint Undertaking Alain started his career as a Management Trainee at Air France and later joined SAS Group as Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer. He was later promoted Manager for Strategic Development under the responsibility of the Chief Operating Officer. Alain holds a MSc in Management and was educated at the Toulouse Business School and the London School of Economics.

Akira  Fukabori

Akira Fukabori

Intrapreneur - Digital Design Lab
All Nippon Airways

Akira Fukabori has a vision to leverage the strengths of airlines to connect all 7.5 billion people on earth. He belongs to ANA's newly established Digital Design Lab and is a prize developer behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE concept which won top honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit. Mr Fukabori started at ANA in 2008 after graduating from Tokai University with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. His Blue Wing business model, which is a partnership model that bridges for-profit and non-profit organisations, was the grand prize concept of the Tokyo-based 2010 Global Agenda Seminar programme. This earned him an invitation to the 2011 World Economic Forum. Mr Fukabori is a serial intrapreneur who has helped to launch multiple initiatives within ANA together with his colleague Kevin Kajitani.

Kevin  Kajitani

Kevin Kajitani

Intrapreneur - Digital Design Lab
ANA Holdings

Kevin Kajitani is passionate about improving the world through innovative business models. Together with his colleague, Akira Fukabori, he has played a central role in the launch of multiple initiatives within ANA including their cause-related Blue Wing programme and the airline's WonderFLY crowdfunding platform. Mr Kajitani is also a prize developer behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE concept which won top honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit. After graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Washington with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, he worked as an aerodynamics engineer on the 787 program in the US before relocating to Japan. He now works in ANA's newly established Digital Design Lab where he is in charge of rapidly prototyping new business and service concepts that he hopes will impact all 7.5 billion people on earth.

Shashank  Nigam

Shashank Nigam

Founder & CEO, SimpliFlying
Advisory Board Member, Whitetail Airlines

Shashank Nigam is a globally sought-after consultant, speaker and thought leader on airline branding and customer engagement strategy. He is the Founder and CEO of SimpliFlying, one of the world’s largest aviation marketing firms working with over 75 clients (airlines and airports) in the last six years. Mr Nigam is also the youngest winner of the Global Brand Leadership Award.
Mr Nigam’s perspectives on airline marketing have been presented in hundreds of leading media outlets, including the BBC, CNBC, Reuters and Bloomberg, and leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He writes a dedicated monthly column in Flight’s Airline Business, challenging the typical assumptions about airline marketing.
His new book on airline marketing, SOAR, is an Amazon bestseller that’s shaking up the industry and inspiring other industries to learn from the best airlines. He hosts a popular live daily show on Facebook and Twitter discussing aviation marketing, entrepreneurship and work culture.
Mr Nigam studied Information Systems Management and Business Management at Singapore Management University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Hamish Taylor

Hamish Taylor

Consultant and professional speaker
former General Manager of Brands, British Airways and CEO, Eurostar

With a CV that the Times described as “takes some beating”, Hamish Taylor is an award winning CEO whose career has taken him from international consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble, Price Waterhouse and British Airways to become CEO of the channel tunnel railway Eurostar, and then CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank ... all before he was 40! 

In all cases, he left behind a record of significant business growth triggered by a willingness to challenge the normal way of doing things – so much so that his advice and assistance is now sought by organisations all over the world in many different industries. 

Regularly featured in broadcast media, today Mr Taylor acts as an advisor to some of the world’s largest companies - and even Governments, assisting with specific innovation projects, customer focus and or people leadership.

Aidan Brogan

Aidan Brogan

CEO
Datalex

Aidan Brogan joined Datalex in 1994 and was appointed to the Board in June 2012, and took up the role of CEO in September 2012. Prior to taking up the CEO position, he was SVP of sales, and was instrumental in building the leading product and market position for Datalex. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the airline and travel industry, Mr Brogan’s background includes project management, system design, product development, marketing, business planning and international sales. Previous to this he served in a variety of roles for Westinghouse in Dubai, in its airline and travel business in the Middle East such as Regional Sales Manager and a range of support and development roles.

Florian  Messner-Schmitt

Florian Messner-Schmitt

Director Intrapreneurship
Deutsche Bahn

Florian Messner-Schmitt is the Director of Intrapreneurship at Deutsche Bahn AG where he is responsible for the new digital business and DB Digital Ventures and Intrapreneurship. Prior to this he was a Senior Business Analyst and Junior Project Manager - Strategy at DB Schenker where he was responsible for corporate strategy and digitalisation.
He holds a Diploma in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the University of Mannheim and a degree in Business Economics from University of the West of Scotland.

Pascal  Clement

Pascal Clement

Head of Airline Data Unit
Amadeus IT Group

Pascal Clement holds the position of Head of Airline Data Unit at the headquarters of Amadeus IT Group S.A., a leading technology partner for the global travel industry.
Mr Clement joined Amadeus in 2013 to create and manage the Travel Intelligence business unit. Travel Intelligence leveraged both Amadeus data richness and travel expertise, in order to offer innovative solutions for all the analytics needs of its customers.
Prior to creating the Travel Intelligence BU at Amadeus, Mr Clement spent over 25 years in IT, with senior global leadership roles. He has been working around the data world since 1992, with software vendors like Cognos, Comshare, Showcase, SPSS, Business Objects and SAP. His role has gone from Sales to CEO, based mainly in France, California and now Spain for the last five years.
Mr Clement holds a Masters in Engineering from the French Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) in Toulouse, France.

François  Chopard

François Chopard

Founder and CEO
Starburst Accelerator and Starburst Ventures

As Founder and CEO of the Starburst Accelerator, François Chopard is pioneering today’s aerospace renaissance, uniting early-stage technology innovators with private investment to build the next wave of transportation, communication and intelligence. Since founding Starburst in 2012, Chopard has created six innovation hubs around the world (Paris, Munich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Singapore, Montreal), where his global team works alongside 300+ technology startups that are developing new aircrafts, spacecrafts, satellites, drones, sensors, AI, and software.

An entrepreneurial futurist, Chopard is a 20+ year veteran of the aerospace and defense sectors who has been instrumental in identifying future trends, product strategy, and investment thesis for companies. He’s been a Managing Partner for Impulse Partners, a Partner for Paris-based, Oliver Wyman, CEO of Arendi Consulting, and a Consultant for PwC. Chopard received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Supérieur d’Electricité (Supélec) in Paris, France, and started his career as an Airbus Engineer and spent two years in a U.S. Air Force research lab.

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Advisory Board (10)

Peggy Hollinger

Peggy Hollinger

Industry Editor
Financial Times

Peggy Hollinger was appointed the FT’s industry editor in September 2014. Prior to this, she had been a leader writer since September 2011. Ms Hollinger has also held the positions of the Paris bureau chief and Paris correspondent. Before that she was a UK company news editor and the retail correspondent. Joining the FT in 1987, she has also covered UK utilities and oil and gas and written for Lex. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with an honours degree in history.

Tom Lattig

Tom Lattig

Managing Director – EMEA Sales
American Airlines

Tom Lattig has been the Managing Director – EMEA Sales at American Airlines since September 2017. In his new role as ranking commercial leader for Europe,
he will oversee sales activities including supporting American’s growing network of routes throughout Europe, alongside American’s Joint Business partners British Airways, Iberia and Finnair. In addition he will manage the strategy relating to customer relationships including corporate, small and medium businesses, travel agencies and distribution.
Mr Lattig joined American Airlines in 1999. Most recently, he served as Director – Corporate Sales Programs based at American’s global headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. During his 18 years with the airline he has led teams in Strategic Alliances as well as Global Corporate and Alliance Sales.He is a graduate of Washington University in St Louis, with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also holds an MBA from the University of Texas.

Stuart Birrell

Stuart Birrell

Chief Information Officer
Heathrow

Stuart Birrell joined Heathrow in 2015 from McLaren Technology Group as Chief Information Officer. From his early career in various engineering and operations roles, he transitioned into IT in 2001. Since then, he has held several IT leadership roles across several industries. He holds an MBA from Warwick University, is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a Chartered Engineer.

Patrik  Forsström

Patrik Forsström

former Service Delivery Lead, Global Business Services
Cathay Pacific Airways

Patrik Forsstrom is an airline expert with more than 16 years in the airline industry. He has worked within the industry in several different roles in both IT and Finance. He was a Shared Services Director at Finnair establishing a new captive Multifunction Shared Service Centre nearshore to Finland, producing a broad range of services for the Finnair group. He has also worked extensively in airline Business Intelligence, Enterprise Data Warehousing and Analytics and has been leading both the Cathay Pacific’s and Finnair’s Business Intelligence Competency Centres. In addition he has run several strategic restructuring projects within the airline industry across the different business functions.

Mr Forsström is very passionate about the potential benefits of Internet of Things, Big Data, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for the airline industry and believes there are major opportunities for airlines and the travel industry e.g. for preventive maintenance in airline engineering and personalisation for our customers in sales and marketing. Chat Bots and Robotic Process Automation are also key for the airlines to provide efficient services both externally and internally. He sees many opportunities for Big Data and analytics not only in Asia's the travel sector, but also across the different industries.

​Alain Siebert

​Alain Siebert

Chief Economist & Master Planning​
SESAR Joint Undertaking

Alain Siebert is responsible for all economic and master planning aspects of the SESAR programme. In this position he is also responsible for organising and managing the involvement of civil airspace users and for Performance, Demonstration and Corporate Risk Management activities. He oversees the cooperation arrangements with EASA, National Authorities and the Deployment Manager. Prior to joining the SESAR Joint Undertaking Alain started his career as a Management Trainee at Air France and later joined SAS Group as Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer. He was later promoted Manager for Strategic Development under the responsibility of the Chief Operating Officer. Alain holds a MSc in Management and was educated at the Toulouse Business School and the London School of Economics.

Thomas  Buchanan

Thomas Buchanan

Head of International Affairs & Corporate Compliance,
Skyguide

Thomas Buchanan has spent nearly his entire professional life in air traffic control. Trained as a Tower and Approach controller for Geneva Tower, before taking on a role in the Federal Office for Civil Aviation, the Swiss civil aviation authority in the domain of Instrument Flight Procedures approvals.
A couple of years later, he returned to the Swiss Air Navigation Services Provider and took over the Instrument Flight Procedure Design Office, allowing the entity of making the transition into the 21st Century by getting rid of all the paper support and incorporating the digital information into the design process. He actively participated in various meetings on the European level and provided his expertise in various working structures within Eurocontrol and also in the ICAO Regional Office in Paris. He also participated in the ICAO Obstacle Clearance Panel as an advisor, thereafter as the representative of a grouping of the Austrian, the Benelux, the Irish and the Swiss State as member to the panel. Between 2006 and 2011, he acted as Chairman of the Panel, reporting into the Air Navigation Bureau and also into the Air Navigation Commission of ICAO. Under his oversight, the Panel evolved into a more complete Instrument Flight Procedure Panel, increasing the responsibility of its work into the Flight Operations domains and the Human Factors stemming from the cockpit. This allowed also to publish the ICAO Quality Assurance Manual for Instrument Flight Procedure Design (Doc. 9906).
In 2007, he joined the international affairs division of skyguide that he has been leading since 2010. The division is now also responsible for the Corporate Regulatory Compliance. As from 2014, Thomas Buchanan is also the SESAR 2020 bid manager for skyguide, allowing the company to become a confirmed SESAR 2020 Member for the 2016-2021 timeframe.
He also contributed in the development of the Virtual Centre Business Model that skyguide is currently deploying between its two area control centres in Geneva and in Zurich, allowing skyguide to operate on centre from two locations.

Alison  MacMaster

Alison MacMaster

Head of International Policy
NATS

Alison MacMaster joined NATS, the UK Air Traffic Service Provider in 1990 and having held a variety of senior management roles, including a 3 year secondment to CANSO, the ANSP’s trade association, as Director Industry Affairs,  is now Head of International Affairs; responsible for NATS engagement with the European Union, European bodies such as Eurocontrol and EASA.  Prior to this, she served as an officer in the Royal Air Force logistics branch after graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University with an honours degree in Economics and Politics.

​Aage  Dünhaupt

​Aage Dünhaupt

Head of Communications
Airlines for Europe (A4E)

Aage Dünhaupt is the Head of Communications at A4E - Airlines for Europe. Prior to this he was the Senior Vice President Communications at airberlin, Director Communications Southeast Europe, Middle East & Africa and Head of CCO Communications and Director Corporate Communications Europe at Lufthansa, and Head of International Communications
for Lufthansa Technik.

​​Henk  van Klaveren

​​Henk van Klaveren

Public Affairs & PR Manager
Airport Operators Association (AOA)

Henk van Klaveren represents the Airport Operators Association, where he looks after public affairs and PR. In a previous role at Maitland Political, he worked with technology companies on reshaping public service and transport delivery. Before that, he worked as a Press Officer for the Liberal Democrats, which included managing social media for the press office and then-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Adam Ward

Adam Ward

Senior Sales Leader, Aviation Digital
GE Aviation

Adam Ward is Director of Digital Sales for GE Aviation in Europe with responsibility to provide airline customers with valuable insights to manage assets and operations. Mr. Ward's GE career includes several leadership roles in commercial and operational management and business integration. He is a global business leader with depth of experience in both, mature and high growth markets such as Europe, China, Middle East and Africa. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Business Management and a B.Eng in Engineering from the University of Warwick, Coventry, England

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Why Attend?

  • Network with over 100 CEOs, CIOs, CCOs, COOs, CDOs and Heads of Digital, Innovation and Technology to grow your position within this evolving industry
  • Gain insights on nurturing innovation to keep ahead of the curve and anticipate forthcoming industry changes from Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa, All Nippon Airways and Whitetail Airlines
  • Hear from over 25 thought leaders, including cross-sector, on what we can expect from the next phase of disruption and innovation to prepare your organisation
  • Experience 360 degree perspectives on upgrading the operational model to determine business potential from Heathrow, Finnair and SAS
  • Discover how digital leaders and experts across the industry overcome common challenges to benchmark your progress along the digital transformation journey
  • Learn how to become a data-driven organisation in order to optimise asset efficiency and service continuity from Boeing and Amadeus
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Fees

Ticket Type

Fee

 

Early Bird Ticket (ends 28 Feb 2018)

£749 

Standard Summit Ticket

£999

 

 

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Venue

Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane
Hamilton Place
Park Lane
London W1J 7DR

United Kingdom


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Organiser (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Founding Partner (1)

GE Aviation is bringing together best-in-class analytics and deep domain expertise to help customers solve their toughest challenges.  It starts with Predix, GE’s open and configurable platform that connects engines, aircraft and operations for unprecedented productivity and predictability.  With GE’s extensive aviation experience, they’re able to create digital solutions that turn real-time data into actionable insights and positive outcomes for customers. GE Aviation supports operators across the aviation ecosystem by leveraging data science, domain expertise and software capabilities, which, combined with our operational experience, increase productivity and asset utilization.

An operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, integrated avionics, digital solutions and electrical power systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world's Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.

Associate Sponsor (3)

Amadeus provides the technology which keeps the travel sector moving - from initial search to making a booking, from pricing to ticketing, from managing reservations to managing check-in and departure processes.

Our products and solutions help to improve the business performance of our customers; travel agencies, corporations, airlines, ground handlers, hotels, railways, car rental companies, airports, cruise lines and ferry operators.

At the heart of our approach is innovation. Amadeus was recognised in 2014 and 2015 as the leading European investor in R&D for the travel and tourism sector by the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, which ranks European companies by total investment in R&D. Over €4 billion have been invested in R&D since 2004.

It is this strong commitment that we believe will enable us to continue working with our customers and partners to shape the future of travel.

Amadeus works in more than 190 markets with a worldwide team of more than 14,000 people.

Amadeus is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange and forms part of the IBEX 35 Index.

 

Datalex is a market leader in digital commerce for travel retailers. The Datalex Commerce Platform enables a travel marketplace of over one billion shoppers covering every corner of the globe, driven by some of the world’s most innovative airline retail brands. Its customers include Aer Lingus, Air China, Air Malta, Air Transat, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Hainan Group, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa Group, Philippine Airlines, SITA, STA Travel, Swiss International Air Lines and Virgin Australia. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and maintains offices across Europe, USA and China. Datalex is a publicly listed company and is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE: DLE). Learn more at http://www.datalex.com or follow on Twitter @datalex.

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Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Aegean, airBaltic, Air France KLM, Cargolux, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and Volotea, and plans to grow further. With more than 550 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s  journeys, operating more than 2,700 airplanes and generating more than EUR 100 billion in annual turnover.

About SESAR

As the technological pillar of the EU’s Single European Sky initiative, SESAR aims to modernise and harmonise air traffic management (ATM) in Europe. The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) was established in 2007 as a public-private partnership to support this endeavour. It does so by pooling the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate innovative technological and operational solutions. The SESAR JU is also responsible for the execution of the European ATM Master Plan, the roadmap for ATM modernisation in Europe. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU has 19 members, who together with their partners and affiliate associations will represent over 100 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SESAR JU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators and the scientific community.