Flops2019 Speakers

Speakers’ profiles in alphabetical order by their surnames.


David Amer
Airfield planning and operations Lead
Heathrow Expansion
David has been working in strategic airfield planning for nearly 20 years. He started his career with the British Airports Authority in the group planning function, working on development strategies for all the group’s airports. David has worked across a broad range of projects with major stakeholders including Airbus, Boeing, British Airways, Virgin, NATS, ICAO, EASA and the CAA. Some of his projects include introduction of the A380, changing the airfield design characteristics and clearance requirements, improvements to runway performance and ILS. In 2016 David was asked to deliver the airfield strategy including operational readiness for an expanded Heathrow, an ambitious and technically challenging project. He leads a small team of subject matter experts who are focused on safety, excellence with a strong change agenda.
Davide Bardelli
Director Consultant
Lufthansa Systems Airline Consulting
Davide Bardelli is Director Consultant at Lufthansa Systems Airline Consulting. Aeronautical engineer and MBA, his focus is on flight planning processes, airline operations control, ATM and management of change. Former Head of Dispatch in a few European airlines, he is experienced in developing operational organizations and in SESAR R&D and SESAR deployment.
Felix Behrendt
Project Manager & Consultant
Lufthansa Industry Solutions
Felix studied Business Economics and Information Technologies in Hamburg, Germany and joined Lufthansa Industry Solutions in 2012. He worked on different technical documentation projects focusing on usability aspects for mobile applications in cabin and cockpit environments.
Gerben Bondt
Flight Policy & Standards Coordinator
Wizz Air
I help my company grow fast but healthy. As an airline captain, I can do that with a significant understanding of what Flight Operations needs, and thereby enable the growth goals we have. Having flown for Wizz Air since 2008, I grew from cadet to the line-training captain I am today. In 2017 I was welcomed by the back office team of Flight Operations and maneuvered myself into the area of EFB and generally Digital Flight Operations. This speciality works out well for me and builds on my hobbies, especially in the field of computer science. My focus is now on delivering an EFB that can easily handle W@300.
Phil Camm
Flight Support Specialist – EFB and Weight & Balance
Joined Flybe in 2007 working within the Flight Operations Publications department and is now within the Flight Ops Engineering department charged with the responsibility of all flight operations documentation and became the EFB Administrator for the airline in 2011 managing over 1,000 devices’ access across the airline alongside access to an further 1,500 users to online flight operations systems. He is also responsible for all aircraft weight and balance data on the operational side of the business and has been involved in the introduction to service of several aircraft types and the recent Project E-Fly that saw Flybe introduce the Amadeus Altea system for both Customer and Flight Management software in the summer of 2018.

Prior to joining Flybe, he was previously with Brymon Airways where his career in aviation began (joining in 1997) working within the Flight Operations administration team. As well as attending courses relating to his various roles including Flight Operations Engineering, Database & Business Rules management and Mass & Balance Theory, he is now studying for his Pilot’s Licence.
Andy Coupland
Aircraft Analytics
Within weeks of starting his career in aviation in the Planning Division of British Caledonian Airways way back in 1977, Andy was touring Africa to research the market prospects for new routes for the airline’s fleet of 707 freighters. Many such assignments were to follow, and his exposure to long-haul commercial airline operations during that era of great dynamism and turbulence in the air transport industry underscored a passion for working at the interface between the operational, commercial, and financial facets of commercial aviation which he has never lost. Through much of the ‘80s he was Commercial Director of a specialist cargo and passenger operation based throughout the UK, until leaving to found ‘Independent Aviation Group’ with two others in 1990. As MD of IAG he built the business into a successful integrated travel group with its own in-house aircraft operation utilising an innovative commercial structure which he conceived and pioneered. Since selling his interest in the company in 1999 he’s worked in aviation consultancy and interim management, which has included a two-year period as CEO of a charter airline.
Leszek Danielski
Flight Operations Engineer
LOT Polish Airlines
Leszek Danielski holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology. He has joined LOT Polish Airlines in 1990, right in time to take part in fleet transformation from Tupolevs and Ilyushins to Boeings, Embraers and Bombardiers and that was exciting experience. Since joining LOT Leszek has dealt with all aspects of flight operations engineering like takeoff, landing and enroute performance, flight planning, ETOPS, aircraft performance monitoring as well as manual and computerized weight and balance. He was involved in numerous aircraft IT projects focused on aircraft performance compute solutions, flight planning systems and departure control suites. Leszek is a member of SAPOE (Society of Aircraft Performance and Operations Engineers, sapoe.org ).
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Sander de Moor
Director Airline Efficiency and Fuel Efficiency Team Lead
Aircraft Commerce Consulting
A licensed flight dispatcher with 30+ years’ experience in all areas of flight operations support, Sander has fully specialised in fuel and operational efficiency strategies since 2007. For 2 years he was a core member of the IATA Green Teams, helping to shape that program. He then developed further enhancements to these programs and processes to deliver successful Fuel Efficiency programs at various airlines where he was in charge of Fuel Efficiency, including LOT Polish Airlines (2011-2013), Etihad Airways (2013-2016), Air Serbia (2016) and Air Seychelles (2016). In recent years, he has worked with a leading Fuel Efficiency Software Vendor as an airline consultant and since 2017 in support of Efficiency & Performance topics on behalf of Aircraft Commerce Consulting. Currently he is producing the aircraft performance interactivity of the new Aircraft Analytics venture.

Sander is a regular speaker at industry leading events regarding establishing, delivering and enhancing Fuel Efficiency programs, and his workshops are well attended.
Font,Capt. Francisco Dalmau
Capt. Francisco Dalmau Font
Deputy Flight Operations Manager
Air Nostrum
Francisco Dalmau is presently a CRJ Captain at Air Nostrum and holds a TRI/TRE. He is also Deputy Flight Operations Manager.

Francisco has been working at Air Nostrum since it started operations back in December 1994. He first worked in the OCC department, and 6 years later he started flying on the ATR72-500 fleet. After transitioning to the CRJ 2 years later, he upgraded to Captain in 2005. Later on, he became Line Training Captain, and eventually gained is TRI and TRE.
Previous to Air Nostrum, he had worked at Air Europa’s OCC at its Palma de Mallorca base. Ha also has flight instructor experience gained in the US.

Francisco graduated from Parks College of St. Louis Univeristy in 1991 with an Aviation Management Degree, before obtaining his FAA Flight Licenses in Arizona and California. He gained UK CAA Licenses in 2000 and in 2018 he transferred them to the IAA.
Ian Gilbert
Avionics Consultant
IG Avionics
Ian Gilbert started in the aerospace business in 1967 as an apprentice with BEA. After gaining his degree he was involved with the development and introduction of the first auto-land and FMS systems as a Development Engineer with British Airways. In 1980 he moved on to Bendix Aerospace later becoming Director Technical Services Europe, Middle East and Africa for Honeywell Aerospace. Since leaving Honeywell in 2007 he has worked as an independent consultant and expert witness specialising in data link, FANS, ADS-B and SatCom/connectivity. For over ten years Ian has worked closely with European agencies on the implementation of data link. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Jeff Green
Consulting Engagement Manager
Oliver Wyman
Jeff Green is a Chicago-based project leader in Oliver Wyman\\\'s Transportation & Services practice, delivering impact for clients in the aviation industry. He is a founding member of the Oliver Wyman Flight Operations Survey team.

Jeff has experience in the areas of flight operations, operational resilience, strategy, finance, fleet programs, network planning & scheduling, revenue management, and organizational effectiveness. He holds an MBA degree from Wharton, where he majored in Finance and Management.
Guido Harling
Executive Director and Founder
ETSverification GmbH
Guido Harling is the founder and executive director of ETSverification GmbH, the verification body for the aviation industry. He holds a bachelor of science (Dipl. Chem. Ing.) and a master of business (Dipl. Wirt. Ing.) degree. Furthermore, he is IRCA accredited ISO 9001, 50001 auditor and ISO 14065 greenhouse gas verifier. In 2010 Guido Harling started ETSverification GmbH, Germany’s first and only DAkkS accredited verification body dedicated solely to the aviation industry. ETSverification GmbH offers verification services within the framework of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and CORSIA. Currently ETSverification GmbH is offeringng CORSIA & EU-ETS Pre-Verifications for airlines.
Martin Harrison
Global Managing Director - Airline, Aerospace & MRO
Martin Harrison, a Vice President at ICF in London, has been serving the aviation industry for more than 30 years.

As a consultant, he works with clients around the world on operations projects that span tech ops, ground ops and flight ops.

Prior to joining ICF in July 2012, Martin was the Chief Operating Officer at Pluna Airlines in Uruguay and he has also held executive operational positions at Spirit Airlines and easyJet Airlines.

Martin started his career at British Airways in hands-on maintenance and then engineering roles before moving on to Total Engine Support Ltd. in the United Kingdom, providing consultancy services that were focused on engine asset management.
Martin holds an MSc from Bristol University and an MBA from IESE in Spain.
Hof ,Henk J.
Henk J. Hof
Head of ICAO and Concept Unit
In his current position, as Head of the ICAO and Concepts Unit, Mr. Hof is responsible for the contribution of the EUROCONTROL Agency to ICAO and for strategic initiation and facilitation on Concept development.

Henk J. Hof started his professional carrier in 1985 as policy advisor on Communication, Navigation and Surveillance matters for the Dutch ATC authorities. He was member of the Dutch delegation for the ICAO FANS I and II committees and member of a number of ICAO Panels.

In 1991 Mr. Hof joined the EUROCONTROL Agency where he started as Project Manager responsible for the standardisation and implementation of the Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN).
As Head of the Master Plan Maintenance Unit and Leader of the SESAR Master Plan Work Package, he was responsible for the development and maintenance of the European ATM Master Plan; the strategic plan for the evolution of European ATM.

Mr. Hof is the EUROCONTROL member and the chairman of the ICAO ATM Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP) and chairman of the ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) Advisory Group. The GADSS Advisory Group maintains the GADSS Concept of Operation and guides GADSS related developments.
Gary Hudson
Airfield Transformation Manager
With forty years’ experience working at Heathrow Gary has seen the airport develop and adapt to the ever-changing needs of the airlines and passengers.
Since 2001 Gary has been directly involved in ensuring the airfield development programme is delivered safely whilst ensuring operational disruption is kept to a minimum. This has required close liaison with airlines, ground handlers, NATS and the Civil Aviation Authority. Some of the projects delivered are Terminal 5, Terminal 2, runway resurfacing, taxiway and stand reconfiguration.

For the last two years Gary has been driving the strategy for the design and operation of the expanded airfield, in the Heathrow Expansion team. In collaboration with designers, NATS and other key stakeholders, runway and taxiways bridging the M25 and changes to ILS critical areas are some examples of the challenges currently being explored.
Peter Isendahl
AVIATAR Customer Communication
Lufthansa Technik
Peter is in charge for the Customer Communication of AVIATAR, Lufthansa Technik’s open, modular and independent platform for aviation and MRO industries. AVIATAR, launched in April 2017 is the centrepiece of the digital MRO Ecosystem, which enables Lufthansa Technik customers, partners, suppliers and even competitors to use and co-create digital fleet solutions and apps. The new independent platform AVIATAR is open to 3rd parties, neutral and modular in offering digital solutions to master big data challenges for the whole aviation industry. Please visit AVIATAR.COM to find out more about the new platform, its current apps and future innovative opportunities it offers for global MRO and aviation communities.

Within Lufthansa Technik Peter held various positions before he joined the newly founded Product Division Digital Fleet Solutions recently. His areas of responsibility included innovations, product management, sales and marketing for MRO services of airliners, VIP and special mission aircraft. He served operators of Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier aircraft types.

Prior to joining Lufthansa Technik Group in 2005 Peter was Director Communications for International Aero Engines based in the USA and started his career at BMW Rolls-Royce (Rolls-Royce Deutschland) in Germany, where he was part of the development team for the BR700 engine family. He has a diploma in aerospace engineering of the Technical University in Berlin.
Janne Kulmala
Managing Director and Entrepreneur
Lift Airline Support Ltd.
Janne holds a Master of Science in Technology in aeronautical engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology. He wrote his Master’s Thesis for Blue1 Technical Operations department, where he continued working after his graduation.

In early 2011 he moved to Blue1 Flight Operations department where he worked five years as a Manager Support & Engineering. He was responsible for the Blue1’s fuel efficiency program, EU-ETS emission monitoring and reporting, and the EFB project manager and EFB administrator.
Blue1 ceased its operation at the end of 2015 and for Janne it meant a new start. His passion and enthusiasm to aviation led him to start as entrepreneur at Lift Airline Support Ltd. where he can provide his knowledge and expertise to the aviation industry. Airlines can benefit his wide knowledge, and he is always open to explore new business opportunities.
Juha Kulmala
Head of Standards & Procedures, Technical Pilot
Juha joined Volotea in 2016 and has been working in the Barcelona HQ of the airline as Head of Standards & Procedures and Technical Pilot since 2017. He is also a Line Training Captain on the Boeing 717. Juha is actively involved in Flight Operations activities and projects such as EFB, Flight Planning System, Fuel and cost efficiency and more.

After Aeronautical Engineering studies, ab-initio flight training and some business flying, Juha started his airline career in the former SAS Group company – Blue1 – in Finland in 2003 as a first officer on Avro RJ. He became Assistant Technical Pilot less than a year later and then worked as Technical Pilot and Deputy Chief Pilot on MD90 and B717 fleets from 2006 to 2016. In addition to regular Technical Pilot duties Juha managed several projects, including implementation of a new flight planning system and takeoff and landing performance calculator and, he had a key role in EFB implementation, fuel efficiency, introduction of new aircraft fleets, producing Operations Manuals and MEL and he was Blue1 representative in the SAS Group Datalink team.

Juha also worked as a private entrepreneur and consultant and provided a turnkey selection and implementation project of a new takeoff and landing performance solution for an all cargo MD11 operator.

Apart from airline activities, Juha is co-founder of a Finnish craft beer project called Kolme Pukkia (Three Billygoats).
Mahieu ,Maxime
Maxime Mahieu
Chief Executive Officer
Smart Airport Systems
Maxime Mahieu is Chief Executive Officer of Smart Airport Systems, part of the Alvest Group, worldwide leader in Aviation Ground Support Equipment. Smart Airport Systems has developed innovative Pay By the Hour solutions allowing Airlines to save fuel on the ground at no investment and no risk. Prior to leading Smart Airport Systems company, Mr. Mahieu was CEO of Lebrun company, a Belgian refrigeration company specialized in aircraft cooling with a long lasting experience in the refrigeration industry for centuries. In addition to his role at Smart Airport Systems, Maxime Mahieu is Chairman of Lebrun and is part of the Alvest Group Executive Committee. We welcome Mr. Mahieu to elaborate further on the APU OFF and ENGINE OFF solutions developed by Smart Airport Systems.
Graeme Ogilvie
SUM Aviation Group
Graeme Ogilvie has spent his whole career in Aviation. After he obtained his PPL in 1964, he entered the Royal Air Force in 1965 where he remained until retiring in 1979. The next 27 years were with Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong in a variety of management posts but always flying (B747-2/3/400, Tristar and A300-600). Graeme obtained his MBA at Hong Kong University and amongst other management experiences, he was instrumental in turning around Air Hong Kong to become a profitable company as Director Operations & Engineering. Cathay Pacific recalled him again to manage the rebirth of Air Hong Kong when the shareholding changed and it became a joint venture between DHL and Cathay Pacific. Charged with the complete rebuild of the airline and the purchase of eight new A300-600, AHK soon saw success. Forced to retire from Cathay Pacific in 2006 because of the then age rules, Graeme now runs his own consultancy which takes him all around the world. Airlines in post-accident recovery plans, as well as a turn-around of the French basic flight simulator manufacturer Alsim. More recently he has been involved in start-ups and advising airlines applying for TCO approval. Graeme is passionate about Safety and is leading the Group to ensure safe and efficient operations are delivered to the clients.
Stig Patey
Captain B737/Manager Fuel Saving
Stig has been with Norwegian as a pilot since 2006 and manages fuel and cost saving initiatives in the Company, which currently is ranked as the most fuel efficient airline across the Atlantic by ICCT. He is mostly in his office but gets the chance to fly as a captain on the B737 now and then.
Daniel Rye
Oliver Wyman
Daniel Rye is a New York-based Principal in Oliver Wyman\\\\\\\'s Transportation & Services practice, helping solve global airlines’ most pressing issues. He is a founding member of the Oliver Wyman Flight Operations Survey team and has worked with major network airlines on key strategic Flight Planning issues, including planning, scheduling, labor relations, and post-merger integration. His most recent industry writing about strengthening pilot connections was published in Air Transportation World.

Daniel has worked across the aviation value chain with extensive crew-related experience in Crew integration, crew strategy, crew planning, crew scheduling, support model design, crew labor relations,
Sachdeva ,Nikhil
Nikhil Sachdeva
Project Manager
Roland Berger
Nikhil is a thought leader in aerospace innovation including electrical propulsion and urban air mobility. He is also an international speaker, having spoken at conferences and been featured on BBC Radio and in Aviation Week and the Financial Times. He currently works for Roland Berger as a senior consultant advising clients in the aerospace, automotive and energy industries. Prior to Roland Berger, Nikhil worked at Rolls-Royce and Boeing. He holds a master\\\'s degree in Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Spyros Sakkas
Human Factors Focal
Boeing Global Services Digital Solutions & Analytics Lab Frankfurt
Spyros Sakkas is a Human Factors Focal and Business Analyst with Boeing Global Services. In his position as part of an EFB Software development Team he plans, designs and leads Human Factor Sessions. In his role as a Business Analyst he provides the pilot’s view to the teams and helps drive the development of innovative EFB solutions.

Being with Jeppesen and Boeing for the last 8 years, Spyros has spent his career on coding of Terminal Procedures for FMS Systems, developing Applications and Modules of EFB Charting solutions and conducting Human Factor Trials on EFB Solutions. His current focus is the development and testing of Jeppesen Airport Map.

Spyros graduated from the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida with his Commerical Pilot License and flew both, as First Officer and as Captain in the Business and Corporate Aviation domain in worldwide operations. Spyros holds a “Mini MBA” by the Frankfurt School of Finance and completed the Human Performance and Error Module at the Cranfield University in the UK.
Georg Schiefer
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Georg’s educational background ranges from Grammar and High school in Vienna to a degree in Business Administration from the University of Economics Vienna. He went through pilot training in the USA and in Austria and was an ATP.

Georg spent most of his working career in aviation companies, starting out in positions as Punctuality Manager, Head of Dispatch and Director of Operations Control and Dispatch at Austrian Airlines. He moved on to become Head of Marketing and Sales at Swissair Flight Support and later Director Sales at Lido FlightNav in Zurich in 2001, where he was responsible for worldwide sales of paper and electronic charts and FMS databases. In 2003 Georg joined flugwerkzeuge (f:wz) as Director Sales of their flight planning solution. In 2010 the company was sold to Sabre Airline Solutions where he spent 6 years there as part of the EMEA Sales team. In 2016 Georg regrouped with some of his former colleagues from f:wz and together they founded FLIGHTKEYS and in 2017 SPACEKEYS with the target to bringing the most innovative and efficient flight management and RAIM prediction solutions to the aviation community. In addition to his activities in the aviation world, Georg build up the company „GutesinGläsern“, which specialised in producing highest quality Pasta Sauces and Pestos and served the Delicatessen Market in Austria and sold it in 2017. Georg resides with his wife and son in Vienna, Austria.
Anthony Spouncer
Senior Director Global Operational Support
Tony has worked in aviation and defence for over 30 years, implementing business systems’ solutions and connectivity. Previously he worked for easyJet, where he performed numerous roles from Engineering Systems Manager to Business Systems Manager for IT Operations – Digital Operations, Engineering and Safety. There he and his team defined and implemented the ‘Connected’ program of work, resulting in cockpit EFB deployment; Crew Portal outsourcing and integration; and Enterprise Mobility Management for the operation of cabin mobile devices for the crew.

Tony is passionate about providing mobility to Operations teams, supplier partners, and the Complete Connected Aircraft. Now as Inmarsat’s Senior Director of Global Operational Services, he helps define and deploy the next generation of high-capacity, reliable, affordable broadband connectivity solutions to help bring airlines ultimate visibility into their operations. Developing the Inmarsat Aviation Certified Application Provider Programme, Tony works with market leading application providers to help create and promote the next generation of connected applications and benefits.

Inmarsat is the trusted provider of satellite communications services to the majority of the world’s airlines, providing essential connectivity where it is needed, when it is needed around the globe. For over 25 years we have been delivering industry-leading satellite safety communications services and are building on this heritage to develop next generation solutions for the Complete Connected Aircraft.
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Mark ter Hove
Director, Global Air Transport
Cobham Aerospace Communications
In 2020, Mark will celebrate 25 years of working in front line of aviation. He spent 11 years leading operations at two UK based carriers before taking on a role as an airline network manager at Gatwick Airport.

In a position of leadership, Mark served the Military customer as part of the Boeing organization (Jeppesen) and the Commercial Aviation sector with Navtech (now NAVBLUE, an Airbus company) with navigational and operational solutions for over a decade.

Since 2016, first with Inmarsat and more recently with Cobham, Mark has been leading the connected aircraft evolution by connecting airlines, aircraft, ANSP’s and airports. In his current role with Cobham Aerospace Communications Mark is carries a global responsibility working closely with application vendors, aircraft OEM’s, datalink operators, the regulatory environment, design organizations and the airline community.

(Mark is considered an aviation industry Connected Aircraft/Airline SME in addition to expert understanding of all other navigational and operational industry solutions.)
Dominik Weber
Team Lead Flight Operations Support
Lufthansa CityLine
Dominik, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, started his career in the Lufthansa Group in 2015, shortly before graduating in International Marketing Management. Since then he has been working in the Flight Operations Support department at Lufthansa CityLine, as well as in the Area Management Asia-Pacific (Singapore) before returning to Lufthansa CityLine as Manager Flight Operation Support.
Shortly after, he took over the Team Lead of the division, as who he is currently responsible for operational procedures, fuel saving strategies, management of the electronic Flight Bag (EFB) as well as documentation control, among others.