Keynote Speakers

11th EASN International Conference Keynote Speakers


The 11th EASN International Conference programme includes important Keynote Lectures, given by distinguished personalities of the European Aviation and Space Community, including industry, research and policymaking. 
The so-far confirmed names of this year's Keynote Speakers are the following, in alphabetical order:  

Mr. Bart de Vries 
KLM | Advisor Operations Strategy and ACARE | Co-chair

Keynote title: Digital transformation in aviation

Bart de Vries is Captain on Boeing 777 & 787 aircraft at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Over the last 15 years he has held various management positions within KLM in addition to his flying duties. Currently Bart is active as Managing Director of the Flight Academy of the KLM group and acts as adviser to the COO and Board of KLM on strategic operational matters. In this capacity he is vice-chair of ACARE representing the end-users of the civil aviation eco-system.

After joining KLM as a pilot Bart started his career in various projects. Thereafter he was appointed as Director of Quality Assurance, followed by being Vice President Operational Safety & QA where he was responsible for flight Safety, Compliance and the Quality program of the KLM Air Operator Certificate. Later he held the position of Vice President of the 737-unit of Flight Operations overseeing the Boeing 737 pilots and operations. In this period Bart played an extensive role in digitizing flight operations where personal Electronic Flight Bags where introduced. Also was he responsible for the successful introduction of mixed fleet flying of the B777 with the B787, a program generating significant cost savings for the company while maintaining a robust level of safety.

Until late 2018 Bart has held the position of Executive Vice President Flight Operations, being member of the KLM Executive Committee. As such he was responsible (nominated person) for the flight operations executed by KLM and for the training and checking of all KLM crew.

Bart de Vries has extensive international experience. He has for several years been a member of the Flight Safety Foundation board of governors and was Chairman of the Technical & Operations Committee of the Association of European Airlines. Within the International Air Transport Association he has fulfilled a variety of roles including membership of the Operations Committee.

In his free time Bart is an active pilot in historic aviation and he regularly takes part in formation flights at air shows.


Dr. Sebastiano Fumero 
European Commission | Directorate CLEAN PLANET, DG Research & Innovation

Keynote title: Aviation research in the frame of Horizon Europe

Languages:Italian (mother tongue), English, French, Spanish

Professional Experience:

  • Currently, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Adviser “Future Air Transport’.
  • From April 2016 until June 2019. European Commission, Head of Unit H3 "Aviation".
  • From November 2008 to March 2016: European Commission, Research Executive Agency, Head of Unit C3 "Participant Validation and Support ".
  • From December 2003 to October 2008: European Commission, DG Transport and Energy, responsible for the coordination of research activities in the domains of Transport and Energy.
  • From July 2003 to November 2003: Seconded to the Italian Ministry University and Research (MIUR) during the Italian Presidency of the European Union.
  • From October 2000 to June 2003: European Commission, DG Research, SMEs unit.
  • From January 2000 to October 2000: European Parliament. Policy Adviser, Regional and foreign affairs files.
  • From November 1995 to December 1999, European Commission, Member of Mrs Emma Bonino's Cabinet. European Commissioner.
  • From October 1993 to October 1995: European Commission, Directorate-General V - European Social Fund, "Italy, Spain, Ireland" unit.


University Training and postgraduate courses:
Political sciences, (mention T.B.), major in international politics in University of Torino - Italy (thesis on American history and politics).

Fellowship on diplomatic and international career, O.I.T. (International Labour Organisation), Turin (January-June 1990).

Fellowship on the institutions, economics and politics of contemporary France, ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration), Paris. Grant from the diplomatic institute in Rome (1991).

Fellowship in private law and economy of the European Communities, Turin University. Grant from the “Fondation Jean Monnet” (1992).


Mr. Andreas Kötter 
Altran Deutschland SAS & Co. KG. | Advanced Business Manager Technology & Innovation

Keynote title: Circular economy boosting aerospace industry


Significant Experiences:

Coordination EU & national Innovation initiative Management

  • Project Coordination for FP7, H2020, LuFo, Clean Sky, Clean Sky2
  • >50Mio€ Budget
  • Multi-national Consortia building
  • Securing to bring project ideas from low TRL to serial production and integration

Business Lead Business Manager

  • Future Aircraft developments
  • Responsible for "ONE Innovation Path" – cooperation meetings between Airbus and Altran to follow one strategy together
  • Monthly presentations for >100 consultants addressing future technologies
  • Project planning and –controlling
  • Preparation of Financial Audits and Business reviews
  • Organization and management of regular target reviews, negotiations (project in- & external), workshops, project meetings and management support


Education and Certification

2007: Diploma Degree in European Studies from Germany, Austria, China, Vietnam


Skills & Competencies

  • Project Management
  • Project leader
  • Business Manager Innovation
  • Management Consulting
  • Intercultural Management
  • Sales Consulting
  • Quality Management
  • Workshop management
  • Toolkits creation
  • Demonstration of "Idea tool"
  • Business cases setup
  • Operational and financial follow-up
  • Reporting
  • Business Innovation
  • R&D


Mr. Axel Krein
Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking | Executive Director

Keynote title: The future is green: the role of Clean Sky to deliver European impactful research

Since February 2019, Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky, the European Public-Private Partnership developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft.

Prior to Clean Sky, Axel’s career started in Airbus in Hamburg in 1992. He held various positions including heading the Cyber Security Program Directorate (September 2014-January 2019); Senior Vice President Research & Technology (2007-2014); Senior Vice President Strategic Development (2004-2007); and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (2000-2004). Axel holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen and worked at the university in the field of hypersonic space transportation.


Dr. Marco Protti
Leonardo Aircraft Division | VP Advanced Research

Keynote title: The future of aviation: the technology challenges ahead

Marco Protti joined Leonardo Aircraft Division (formerly Aeritalia) in 1987.
He is currently VP of Advanced Research and he has the responsibility to oversee the Division Innovation process including research projects portfolio definition as well as the industrial exploitation of the developed technologies and management of the national and International research collaboration network.
In the past 30 years he has matured a large experience in managing National and International research projects acting as Technical Project coordinator and Program Manager.
Since 2014 is member of the Governing Board of the Clean Sky JU where he acts as deputy chairman.
He is the chairman of ACARE Italy, member of the General Assembly of ACARE, of the ASD R&T Commission, of the European Materials Modelling Council - Industrial Advisory Board (EMMC-IAB), of the Technical Committee of the Italian Aerospace Technology Cluster.
He has been also member of the SESAR JU Administrative Board.


Prof. Dr. Dieter Schmitt 
EASN | Stakeholders Advisory Board Chairman and Independent consultant for aeronautics

Keynote title: The new challenges for aviation after COVID-19

Academic background:
7 years as Researcher at TH Darmstadt (1968-1975)
7 years as Professor at TU München (1996-2002)

Industrial background:
25 years working at Airbus in Hamburg and Toulouse
Last position “VP Research and Technology” (2002 – 2007)

Research Background:
Technical Director of “Bauhaus Luftfahrt” in Munich (2008/9)

Support to national and EU agencies like ACARE, CS, CS2, BMWi, CA (since 2007)
Member of CS2 Scientific Committee (2014 – 2021)

1 book: Air Transport System; published Springer 2016;
~100 technical papers