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. 

Ms Rosalinde van der Vlies 
European Commission | Director of the Clean Planet Directorate, DG Research and Innovation

Keynote title: Horizon Europe R&I for ensuring climate-neutral aviation by 2050: a dream or a reality?

Ms Rosalinde van der Vlies, is the Director of the Clean Planet Directorate in the European Commission’s, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Before her appointment as Director, Ms van der Vlies was the Head of Coordination & Interinstitutional Relations Unit, and acting Head of Communication & Citizens Unit.

Previously she held positions in Directorate-General Environment, Directorate-General Justice and Home Affairs, and in the private office of Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for the environment. Before joining the European Commission, she worked as a competition lawyer in an international law firm in Brussels and was a part-time teacher at the Catholic University in Brussels.


Ms Jane Amilhat 
European Commission | Head of Unit, C3, DG R&I

Keynote title: European Aeronautics R&I policy in Horizon Europe

Jane Amilhat who took over the management of unit C3 (low emission future industries) in DG RTD is coming from DG ENER where she was 3 years Deputy Head of Unit in charge of Energy infrastructures and Regional cooperation. Jane Amilhat worked in the private sector after her engineer/economist study in France and Germany. She started her career in the industrial/energy sector (Danone, Gaz de France/Engie, RWE Trading). She joined the European Commission in DG ENV (CLIMA now) from 2006 until 2008 where she was responsible for international climate change negotiations and sectorial climate policies. She has been dealing with Energy and industrial issues when she started at DG TRADE at the end of 2008. She was responsible for Russia and the Eastern Partnership but also the Western Balkans and Switzerland when she became Deputy Head of Unit at DG TRADE in 2014.


Mr. Christophe Bonnal 
Air & Space Academy | Launcher Directorate, CNES, France

Keynote title: Sustainable activities in space: Space debris problematic in a nutshell

Bachelor Degree in 1977
Engineer Preparatory School (Lycée St Louis – Paris) from 1978 to 1980
Engineer degree from Ecole Centrale de Lille – IDN in 1983

Various training sessions with Flopetrol (Indonesia), CEA (Saclay-France) and Risø Nal Lab (Denmark).
Military duties (1983) as Sports Teacher in a public school in Germany

Fluent in English (1.5 years in the US as a youngster)
Fairly fluent in Danish (Danish mother)
Notions of Russian (first language at school) and German
Sports: Swimming (Life-guard state diploma), Rugby, Ski


1984-1992 Aerospatiale – now Ariane Group
Les Mureaux - France
1984-1987 Technical studies on Ariane 4 and Ariane 5 launchers:

  • Dynamic behavior of the launcher – Pogo effect
  • Trajectory and Transitory phases studies for Ariane 5
1987-1990 Futures projects – Project manager for:

  • ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) and RRL (Reusable Rocket Launchers)
  • EAL (Liquid Booster on Ariane 5)
  • PLS (Small Launcher)
  • Responsible for Space Debris activities (from 1987 to today)
1190-1992 Member of the Ariane 5 Industrial Architect Team, responsible for:

  • Mission Analyses, Trajectories – Performances
  • Stage kinematics, Mass budgets
Since 1992 CNES – Launcher Directorate
Evry, then Paris - France
1992-1997 Ariane 5 Programme Directorate – Systems Division
Responsible for various development activities:

  • Mission Analyses, Trajectories – Performances – Mass budgets
  • Phase syntheses

Responsible for Launcher System Tests:

  • Full scale Dynamic Mock-up tests (EAP, Upper-Composite tests)
  • Combined tests (EMC, shocks, separations, acoustics, thermics…)
  • Flight Tests:
    • Author of the Technological Flight Tests Specifications
    • Measurement Plan
    • Previsions – Post Flight Evaluations – Chair of 502 Level 0
1997-1005 Future Projects
Responsible for the preliminary studies of Upper Cryotechnic Stage of Ariane 5
Co-Author of the ESC Programme File
1998 Head of the Future Launchers Division (then Senior Project Manager) CNES representative in numerous Working Groups (Groupe Prospective Arianespace, Launcher Cooperation: JAXA – Tsniimash – NASA)

Division in charge of some 20 topics

  • Market analysis, strategy, with Arianespace, and Defense aspects
    New Programmes Proposals (ESC, P80, …)
    Improvements of Ariane 5 - Ariane 5 alternatives - ELV 2020 initiative
    Reusable Launchers: ANGEL proposal, Pre-X proposal, …
    Project manager for ESA FLTP and OURAL (with Russia)
    Small, mini, micro launchers, advanced propulsion, advanced missions
2005 Senior Expert - Technical Associate Directorate
Syntheses on multidisciplinary activities on any launcher, future projects or R&T
Member or Panel Chair of Programme Reviews for European Launchers, current or future.
In charge of the organization of CNES-DLA tutorial activities, in house (Cours Lanceur) and at European level (Engineer schools, Universities, Professionals …)
2018 Senior Expert – Launcher Directorate
Directly attached to the Director – Member of the Directorate Board
Technical expertise activities, internal to CNES and external
Representative of Launcher Directorate in international fora, Associations, Academies, …


1987-1992 In charge of Space Debris Activities for Aerospatiale Launchers
Since 1992 Responsible for Space Debris Activities and Near Earth Objects in CNES DLA

  • Member of the ECSS Working Group on Space Debris
  • Member of ISO/TC20/SC14/WG7 on Space Debris
  • French delegate to IADC (Inter Agency Debris Committee)
  • Former Chairman of IADC Working Group 4 in charge of mitigation
  • Responsible to technical activities related to Near Earth Objects

Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) – Commission V.
Full Member of Air and Space Academy (AAE)
Fellow of Association Aéronautique & Astronautique de France (3AF).
Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Chairman of the IAA Space Debris Committee.
Chairman of the IAA “Private Human Access to Space” (PHAS) conferences 2008 – 2011
Coordinator of the A6 Symposium “Space Debris” of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Member of the IPC Steering Group of the Intenational Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Member of the of the IAC Progam Evolution Working Group and IAF Honours & Awards Committee (HAC)
Founding member and General Secretary of EUCASS (European Conference for Aerospace Sciences). Chairman of the EUCASS “System Integration” symposium. Co-chair EUCASS 2019 Technical Committee

Co-Editor of “Acta Astronautica”
Co-Editor of the “CEAS Space Journal”.
Co-Editor of “EUCASS Advances in Aerospace Sciences” books.
Co-Editor of AIAA “Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets”
Co-Editor of the IAA Space Debris Position Papers

220+ professional publications (Acta Astronautica, IAF, AIAA, COSPAR, ISTS, 3AF, Euroconsult…).
Book “Pollution Spatiale” (Belin Editors)
Member of the JAXA-ISAS Evaluation Board 2013 (Japan)
Expert for EC H2020, ESA Space Safety Program, ANR (France), NSERC (Canada), CSTN (France)

7 patents – 3 Soleau.

  • Prix de l’Innovation Aéronautique et Spatiale 2005 – Aéroclub de France.
  • IAA Space Engineering Sciences Book Award 2018
  • IAF Distinguished Service Award 2019
  • Yuzhonye award “Decoration for personal contribution to space exploration”, Ukraine 2019
  • IAASS Joseph Loftus Space Sustainability Award 2021



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.


Mrs Valérie Guénon 
Safran Aircraft Engines | VP Products Environment Policies

Keynote title: How to attract more women in aerospace


Valérie Guénon holds a mechanical engineering degree from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France) and a Master of Applied Sciences in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Delaware (USA).

She has been with the Safran Group since 1988, where she held technical and management positions such as materials research scientist, aircraft engines design engineer, Safran Group’s European research programmes manager, Quality VP at Safran Landing Systems, Safran Group’s VP R&T institutional affairs and Director of Safran University.

As part of her R&T activities, she participated in founding the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative in the mid 2000's. In the 2010's, she chaired the ACARE1 working group on Energy and Environment, led the preparation of the ACARE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, advised the European Commission on transport research and contributed to the French CORAC2.

Since February 2019, she is VP environment policies for Safran Aircraft Engines.

Valérie's two adult children have nicely grown during their mother's career.

Valérie is Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

1 Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe
2 Conseil pour la Recherche Aéronautique Civile


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


Dr. Angela Vozella 
Italian Centre For Aerospace Research | Head of Safety and Security Department

Keynote title: Evolution through Space

Angela Vozella, Ph. D ICT, Complex Systems & Environment. Head of Reliability Availability Maintainability Safety & Security (R.A.M.S.&S.) Department.

With 30 years professional experience in the system reliability engineering for safety critical application (On-board aircraft systems and equipment, software and hardware) she has been an active participant in many projects funded by the European Commission and project manager of collaborative projects in space and transport.

In CIRA Unmanned Space Vehicle project she has led the team in charge of performing verification and validation activities for on-board software and for Safety Analysis to obtain the Permit to Fly. For VEGA launcher she has been leading the CIRA team in charge of performing RAMS analysis for 20 years.

Acting as a member of The European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety, as a European Expert for Critical Infrastructures, belonging to the Program Committee of Conquest International Conference on Quality Engineering in Software Technology, Program Committee member for International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems (IJCCBS) by Inderscience Publishers, Software Testing Engineer (STQB certification).

Invited system reliability expert in the CHINESE AEROSPACE RESEARCH CENTRE (Apr 08), Editorial Board member of International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems; EASA preselected expert for rulemaking activities for the Agency (01-10-07); compliance verification engineer (EASA) for a certification process of a small helicopter and its engine.

Safety and Security dynamic, multi-risk approach expert within FP7 and H2020 projects, Member of EREA Working Group on Aviation Safety and Security (Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics ); Chairperson of GARTEUR Working Group on Aviation Security (Group for Aeronautical Research and Technology in Europe); member of ACARE (advisory council for aviation research and innovation in Europe) working Group on Safety and security.

She was involved in many CSAs in Transport domain, supporting the definition and implementation of methodologies to assess the state of the art in research towards Flightpath2050 goals in the domain of safety, security, cost efficiency, competitiveness Research activities.

Currently involved in: CONOPS definition for Higher Airspace Operations (project ECHO H2020) together with relevant European and national stakeholders: ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority), Airbus, Thales, Dassault, Eurocontrol, etc.; other national initiatives on suborbital flights and space related activities.

On December 2020 received an award by European Defence Agency: European Defense Innovation prize 2020: