Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2023
Bremen, Germany

Speakers

Meet our speakers

James Hunt

Future Propulsion Lead

AMRC

Dr. Miguel Ángel Castillo

VP Technology Development

Aernnova

Jenny Turvey

Strategic Space Policy Lead, Space Directorate

Department for
Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (UK)

Siegfried Monser

Space Co-ordinator 

Bremen State

Holger Krumme

Managing Director

HTV Conservation

Dr. Thomas Bielefeld

Senior Expert Additive Manufacturing

Premium Aerotec

Manfred Hader

Senior Partner

Roland Berger

Lea Pavlovic

Policy Manager

Access Partnership

Michael Harsch

Technical Sales Engineer

Velo3D

Bernhard Lietzmann

Partner

Ingenics

 

Georges Caseau

Key Account Manager Aerospace EMEA

Stratasys

Dr. Gerald Hagemann

Head of Liquid Propulsion Center

ArianeGroup

Florian Kruse

CEO

Evia Aero

Sven Wiebe

Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs

Ministry of Economic
Affairs, Labour and Europe

Dr. Ivan Janes

Executive Committee Member

Telespazio Germany

Willi Pitkowski-Rau

European Supplier Management

Boeing

Awadh Kapoor

Director – Digital Transformation

Microsoft 

Annika Wollerman Umpierrez

Senior Associate Consultant

Strategy&

Dr. Ivan Janes

Executive Committee Member

Telespazio Germany

Willi Pitkowski-Rau

European Supplier Management

Boeing

James Hunt

Future Propulsion Lead

AMRC

James has a background in materials engineering, following more than ten years as a researcher in the UK steel industry where he was involved in R&D across industries as diverse as construction, automotive, aerospace and energy, James moved to the University of Sheffield helping to expand the reach and capability of the innovative metals processing group. He was instrumental in expanding the facilities of the centre’s advanced manufacturing techniques ranging from inkjet printing to metal injection moulding, additive manufacturing and electron beam welding. 

Moving to the AMRC in 2016, he was responsible for establishing a combined strategy for the complete additive manufacturing (AM) process chain from powder feedstock, and design for manufacture, through to finished parts.  Now as Future Propulsion Lead, James continues to work closely with our research partners from industry and academia, to build capability around the key technology strands of, electric motors, battery packs, next generation gas turbine engines, thermal management devices, fuel cells and hydrogen storage tanks. Applying advanced manufacturing to industrialise the decarbonisation technologies for transport.

Dr. Miguel Ángel Castillo

VP Technology Development

Aernnova

33 years career in aerospace industrial companies, C.A.S.A. now Airbus, Boeing and Hispano Suiza currently SAFRAN.

From 2000 Miguel Ángel has held several Management and Direction positions in Aernnova and current duties are as Vice President of Technology Development.

Miguel Angel is author of several scientific articles, book chapters and patents and collaborates as Visiting Assistant Professor with Universidad Europea Madrid, Spain.

Jenny Turvey

Strategic Space Policy Lead, Space Directorate

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Currently leading on UK space strategy following the publication of the UK National Space Strategy in 2021, Jenny has a strong background in government infrastructure and decarbonisation policies. Her priorities for UK space policy include developing a strong skills pipeline for the sector, delivering regional growth and ensuring the space supply chain decarbonises alongside the wider UK economy in the coming years.

Siegfried Monser

Space Co-ordinator 

Bremen State

Siegfried Monser worked in the space industry for many years, most recently as Head of Communications for the space division of Airbus Defence and Space.

Before that, the economist worked for 13 years as Head of Internal Communications for Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium).

Since 2020 he acts as Space Industry Coordinator for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Europe in Bremen.

Holger Krumme

Managing Director – Technical Operations

HTV Conservation

Holger Krumme studied electrical engineering (communications engineering) at the Technical University in Dortmund, Germany. From 1994 to 2001 he worked for a company for hardware and software development of microcontroller circuits and quality management. Since 2001 he has been Technical Director of the test house HTV-GmbH in Bensheim, Germany, where he now works as an authorized Managing Director – Technical Operations. His responsibilities at HTV include all operational areas from testing electronic components, flashing microcontrollers, material analysis and long-term storage of electronic components. He is author of a large number of technical articles in relevant specialist journals and speaker on many conferences.

Thomas Bielefeld

Senior Expert Additive Manufacturing

Premium Aerotec

In 1993 he started his professional career as research engineer at the LEIBNIZ Institute for Material-Oriented Technologies (IWT). He managed national and international research projects and headed an engineering team focussed on process innovation and process chain reductions. After his PhD on short-time metallurgical effects in metals Thomas was awarded the International CIRP Taylor Medal in 2000.


Since 1999 he took leading positions in different industries. For ASTRIUM Space he served as Head of Production Center Tanks & Components with responsibility for satellite propulsion equipments like tanks, valves, thrusters, tubings and insulation. Joining AIRBUS in 2006 he get in charge of the competence center for production systems, an annual 65 M€ business on developing and producing advanced jigs & tools for carbon fiber placement and aircraft assembly lines. With foundation of Premium AEROTEC 2009 Thomas served the Board of Management on several improvement projects. As Head of Supply Management Detail Parts and Aerostructures he implemented new order and operational supplier management processes. 2015 PAG decided to industrialize Additive Manufacturing for aerospace serial production and Thomas lead the activities on technology development, process maturity and reproducibility, qualification, automation and digitalization.

His scientific and technological background is mainly in the field of short-time metallurgical effects in material removal and thermal processes, electron-beam welding and heat treatment of titanium alloys, laser welding and heat treatment of aluminium alloys and PBF-LBM of titanium/aluminium.

Manfred Hader

Senior Partner

Roland Berger

Manfred is a Senior Partner of Roland Berger and has been with the firm since 1998. He serves as Head of Roland Berger’s Global Aerospace & Defence Practice and Managing Partner of the Hamburg office.

Before joining Roland Berger, Manfred worked 8 years in high tech industries where he held various management positions in marketing, sales and international business development.

Since joining Roland Berger, Manfred has advised companies in the Industrials sector with a particular focus on Aerospace & Defence. His clients include primes, leading suppliers, airlines, MROs, investment funds and governments.

His areas of expertise include new market development (e.g. Sustainable Aviation, New Space), business and go-to-market strategy, crisis and disruption management, organization, program management/recovery, large cross-border transformation and performance improvement projects as well as M&A opportunity identification and transnational integration projects.  

Lea Pavlovic

Consultant

APCO Worldwide

Lea Pavlovic is a consultant at APCO Worldwide, based in Brussels. She leads APCO’s space work, specializing in EU space policy, as well as being a team member of APCO’s Technology Practice where she works for clients focused on cloud, data and cybersecurity policy. Lea also leads a working group in AmCham EU on space.

Prior to joining APCO, Ms. Pavlovic worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a junior consultant for the space sector on projects for the European Space Agency, the European Commission and private aerospace and defense companies. She participated in various projects such as research strategies, business evaluations, and market analyses, including notably a socio-economic impact assessment of the European launchers and published an internal strategy paper on the European defense industry and militarization of space.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from University of Kent, Canterbury and an MA in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris. She speaks English and German fluently, with an intermediate proficiency of French, and has an array of international living experience. 

Michael Harsch,

Technical Sales Engineer

Velo3D

Michael Harsch is a Technical Sales Engineer for Velo3D’s European team.

Michael has a strong background in mechanical engineering with a focus on product development specifically in aerospace-applications. During his master’s thesis at Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH, he first came in touch with metal-additive manufacturing and laser-powder-bed-fusion. Fulfilling the comprehensive certification-specifications of civil aviation while considering all steps of the AM-sequence of operations (pre-, main- and post-processing), he conducted a systematic product development-project within the A350 XWB-passenger-door-kinematic-system.

After successful completion of his Master’s, Michael started working as an application engineer in hybrid-additive manufacturing at a Japanese machine tool maker. There, he primarily acted as a technical specialist in pre- and after-sales and provided comprehensive consulting to both, potential and existing customers, as well as technology partners. He accompanied and coordinated manufacturing-projects from various industrial sectors – mainly based around tool- and stainless-steel alloys – from initial feasibility investigations, through part and process-re-design, to the final component. He was involved in driving the success of the AM-business-unit by deriving industry-specific package-solutions.

After five years of building fundamental knowledge in LPBF-process-technology and applications, Michael joined Velo3D in the beginning of 2022. He is the focal point for new customers by providing consultation on how their manufacturing challenges can be solved using Velo3D’s fully integrated solution.

Bernhard Lietzmann

Partner

Ingenics

Bernhard Lietzmann has been a partner at Ingenics AG since 2018 and is responsible for the aerospace sector. He is becoming increasingly involved in transformation projects in the aerospace industry. Previously, he worked as Director Global Key Account for Ingenics for five years and participated in numerous projects as project manager. With his degree in production management and his practical experience in the aerospace and automotive industries, Bernhard Lietzmann has a wealth of experience and outstanding expertise. His range of services extends from planning to optimization and efficiency enhancement.

Georges Caseau

Key Account Manager Aerospace EMEA

Stratasys

Georges is Aerospace market Leader for Stratasys in EMEA.
His role is to drive innovative technologies adoption among Aerospace players as well as adjust Stratasys roadmap according to industry needs.
He belongs to the Aerospace Business Unit that has been recently set-up by Stratasys as company’s strategy is to drive additive manufacturing market manufacturing transformation.
The core focus of Stratasys is polymer solutions, whether they are used for prototyping or tooling, up to EASA Form-1 flying parts production.

Dr. Gerald Hagemann

Head of Liquid Propulsion Center

Ariane Group

For more than 30 years Gerald is working in the space industry always with a focus on engines and propulsion. He started his career at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and joined DaimlerChrysler Aerospace in 1999. The company went through some changes, EADS Astrium Space Transportation, Airbus Defence and Space, Airbus Safran Launchers and finally ArianeGroup.

At ArianeGroup, Gerald heads the German – French development center for liquid rocket propulsion systems at the German sites in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen, Bremen, Lampoldshausen, and the French sites in Lex Mureaux and Vernon. In parallel he manages the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site.

His involvement continues to include participation in lectures on rocket engines at the Technical University of Munich, and he is a guest lecturer at RWTH Aachen, the University of Stuttgart and the University of Giessen.

Gerald Hagemann holds a degree in engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, and a doctoral degree in engineering from the University of Stuttgart.

Florian Kruse

CEO 

Evia Aero

Florian Kruse is CEO of Evia Aero, a company working to strengthen the development of the regional economy by giving customers the opportunity to travel affordably, time-efficiently and sustainably. With new aircraft and technology that reactivates lost markets and expands the boundaries of air travel in a scalable, sustainable and economically viable way.

Sven Wiebe

Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Europe

Sven Wiebe has been Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Europe of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen since 18.09.2019.
He was born in Cologne in 1963. He studied geography with a focus on economic geography and minors in urban planning and public law. He gained his first experience in the economy as an expert at Wibera Wirtschaftsberatung AG in the early 1990s.
His further professional path then led him to public administration in 1995.
Sven Wiebe is not affiliated with any political party and has been a department head and Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Europe for many years.

Dr. Ivan Janes

Executive Committee Member

Telespazio Germany 

As a member of the Telespazio Germany Executive Committee, Ivan is responsible for business areas: Cybersecurity, Mission-Critical ICT Infrastructure, Satellite Communications and Virtual Training Solutions in space and defence sectors. Prior to joining Telespazio Germany, Ivan was working in the Energy sector as a software developer, project and program manager, strategic development manager and business executive. Ivan has a strong professional background with a Ph.D. focused in Computer Science from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

Willi Pitkowski-Rau

European Supplier Management

Boeing

2000 – 2010: Sales account representative at Honeywell Product Group GmbH Hamburg.

2010 – 2011: Senior Sales representative at M&M Aerospace Consumable Solutions GmbH.

2011 – 2015: Supervisor Purchasing at B/E Aerospace Consumable Management GmbH.

2015 – 2016: Supply Chain Program Manager at KLS Aerospace Solutions GmbH.

2016 – 2022: Manager Procurement at Boeing Distribution Service GmbH.

2022 – present: Senior Manager, European Supplier Management at Boeing Distribution Service GmbH.

Awadh Kapoor

Director – Digital Transformation

Microsoft 

Awadh is a Digital Transformation Director at Microsoft, focussing on the Aerospace & Defence industry vertical. In his role, he works as an advisor for the Digital Transformation agenda of the CxOs of various major players across the value chain. 

Prior to joining Microsoft, Awadh worked as a Commercial Director at Airbus , where he was instrumental for the sales and growth strategy of Airbus’ digital platform for the aerospace ecosystem called Skywise. He has also worked as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in his early career years advocating the importance of emerging technologies in the Aerospace & Defence sector. His clients included major OEMs, MROs and Airlines.

With varied experience in the industry, his areas of expertise span across the product lifecycle going from Engineering to Manufacturing to Services, and he brings a 360 degree insight on the transformative needs of the various functions in this industry. With customer centricity as a core skill, his outlook has been instrumental in structuring some major transformation projects across the Aerospace & Defence industry.
He holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Sciences from Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France, with a joint scholarship from MBDA Missile Systems and the Government of France. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Manipal University , India.

Annika Wollerman Umpierrez

Senior Associate Consultant

Strategy&

Annika is currently an aspiring strategy consultant in the aerospace industry. While aerospace has been the constant not only throughout her career, but also in her family, she pursued her education in industrial engineering at the TU Clausthal, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Karlsruher Institute for Technology. She went on to research Digital Twins of aircrafts and jet engines at the University of Cambridge. She has also worked for the DLR e.V., for an airport master scenario planning start-up and founded her own consulting company as a student. Two years ago, she joined the Aerospace & Defence team at Strategy& and is now, besides her project work, involved in the business development across the growing New Space industry. Annika likes to point out that with her German-Spanish background, she combines the German love for engineering and perfectionism with her Spanish enthusiasm and passion. Her expertise, experience and multicultural background bring a unique perspective to the challenges the Aerospace industry is facing.