In 2017, Antonio Tajani was elected President of the European Parliament.
He started his career as an officer in the Italian Air Force and worked as an Air Defence Controller.
In 1994, he was elected in the European Parliament for the first time. He was Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport from 2008 to 2010 and for Industry and Entrepreneurship from 2010 until 2014.
Since November 2014, Mr Šefčovič has served as the Commission’s Vice President in charge of the Energy Union.
In this capacity, his far-reaching initiatives include: the Smart Financing for Smart Building initiative to renovate housing stock, the European Battery Alliance to create a competitive, sustainable battery ecosystem in Europe; the Platform for carbon-intensive regions in transition and related country teams; and URBIS to finance smart and clean solutions for cities.
Having previously served as EU’s Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth (2009-2010) and as European Commission Vice President for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (2010-2014), it is now his third term as Commissioner.
Elżbieta Bieńkowska is European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since 2014.
In the field of space, Ms Bieńkowska focuses on setting the right regulatory conditions for the development and deployment of space applications and services in Europe and delivering innovative projects, such as Copernicus, EGNOS and GALILEO.
She is also in charge of the new Space Programme – a proposal for the next long-term budget (2020-2027) for EU space activities that is currently being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council.
Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, since November 2014. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has placed priority on digitalisation, decarbonisation and innovation in transport.
In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry and she has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom.
Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.
Günther Oettinger serves as the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources as of 1 January 2017.
In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the EU budget, for negotiating the annual budget, for steering the preparation of the future Multiannual Financial Framework beyond 2020 and for presenting the execution of the budget to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Court of Auditors.
Prior to his current role, Mr Oettinger served as European Commissioner for Energy (from 2010 to 2014) and as the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (from 2014 to 2016).
Patrick Ky is the Executive Director of EASA.
Since 2013 his mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the Agency and to make the European aviation regulatory system a reliable framework.
Before EASA, he was in charge of the SESAR program. He also held various positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority, Eurocontrol, European Commission. He has over 20 years of experience in Civil Aviation.
Monika Hohlmeier is a member of the European Parliament and the Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup.
She is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgets, member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, member of Special Committee on Terrorism and member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China.
Eric Trappier has been Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation since 2013.
Mr Trappier is President of the ASD Europe since May 2017.
Dassault Aviation is a French aerospace company with proven dual expertise as a designer and manufacturer of both military aircraft and business jets.
Tom Enders was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Airbus on 1 June 2012.
He has been a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus S.E. since its creation in 2000.
Airbus is an European aerospace corporation that designs, manufactures and delivers aerospace products, services and solutions to customers worldwide and manufactures in multiple countries both inside and outside of the European Union.
Matteo Zaupa is a Senior Consultant at The European House – Ambrosetti management consultancy firm since 2013.
Mr Zaupa is also Policy Lead within The European House – Ambrosetti think tank division.
The European House – Ambrosetti is a leading management consulting firm established in 1965, headquartered in Milan and leveraging on a network of foreign offices in Europe and around the world. It has also been nominated No. 1 Think Tank in Italy, placing in the European top ten and listed in the top one-hundred independent Think Tanks globally.
Warren East is Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce and has occupied this position since 2015.
He is a Non-Executive Director at Dyson Limited.
Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver the cleanest, safest and most competitive solutions to meet the planet’s vital power needs.
Francesco Bernardi was appointed Senior Vice President Strategies, Marketing and New Initiatives of Alenia Aermacchi (now Leonardo Aircraft Division) in 2015.
Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security.
Between 2013 and 2015 he served as Vice-Chairman of the Civil Aviation Business Unit of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association.
Mr Bernardi is a Member of the Board of Directors of Saphire International Aviation & ATC Engineering Co.Ltd; a Member of the Board of Directors of Advanced Male Aircraft LLC; a Member of the Aircraft Sectoral Group of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association.
Arndt Schoenemann joined Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Lindenberg, Germany in 2008 as Managing Director.
Since it was founded in 1960, Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH develops and manufactures integrated systems for the aerospace industry. The landing gear systems, flight control systems and actuation systems made by Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH are in use in aircraft and helicopters made by all major manufacturers.
Lieve Wierinck is a Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament since 2016.
In her capacity as Member of the Industry, Technology, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Ms Wierinck has been involved in discussions on the development of an ambitious EU industrial strategy, on the inclusion of air transport in the emissions trading system (EU ETS), and on EU funding for Research and Innovation.
Françoise Grossetête has been Member of the European Parliament as of 1994 and Vice Chair of the EPP Group since 2014, a position she already held between 1999 and 2007.
Ms Grossetête sits in the Committee for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and in the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy.
In this capacity, Ms Grossetête has been rapporteur of the legislative proposal for the establishment of a European defence industrial development programme (EDIDP) devoted to boosting innovation in European defence industry – including cyber security -, strengthening the single market for defence and making EU products more competitive.
Thomas Kropp is a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee since 2015, representing Germany.
In his capacity, Mr Kropp is a Member of the specialist section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) and has been rapporteur for the EESC opinion on ‘Challenges and Industrial Change in the EU Aerospace Sector’.
Stéphane Cueille was appointed SEVP and CTO of Safran, in charge of Research, Technology & Innovation, and joined the Executive Committee of Safran in July 2016.
As a high-tech industrial Group operating on all continents, Safran is a key player in the propulsion and aerospace equipment, space and defense sectors.
Ignacio Mataix was appointed Executive Director of Indra and T&D business Senior Vice President in January 2018.
Mr. Mataix has a wide and varied professional experience, having held senior level positions in large multinational investment banks, leading engineering companies and high-tech manufacturers.
Indra is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide
Hans Büthker became Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace in November 2017.
GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business, with 50 locations and 17,000 employees in 14 countries around the world. Our advanced aerostructures, engine systems and special technologies improve the performance of more than 100,000 flights every day.
Jacqueline Foster is the Conservative Transport Spokesman in European Parliament.
She specialises in Aviation and Aerospace, and is the Vice-President of the Sky & Space Parliamentary Intergroup. She was the draftsman of the groundbreaking Report on the Safe Use of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (drones) in the civil sector.
In 2004, Inés Ayala Sender was elected Member of the European Parliament. She is a Spanish politician and MEP for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D).
Before that, she was a national expert in DG Environment and a political advisor for the S&D for various EP committees (TRAN, ENVI, REGI) and delegations.
In the Parliament, she is the S&D spokesperson for the Budgetary Control and a full member of the Transport and Tourism Committee. She is also substitute member in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food safety, in the Committee of Women’s Rights & Gender Equality and in the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. She is also Chair of Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union and the Chair of the Conference of Delegation Chairs.
Henrik Hololei, is Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission since 2015.
In his capacity, Mr Hololei is involved in the promotion and development of essential pillars for DG MOVE’s work on aviation, such as the EU aviation strategy, the Single European Sky (SES) policy and the SESAR Joint Undertaking.
Mr. Hololei is also Chair of the Administrative Board of the SESAR Joint Undertaking.
Hervé Multon is Executive Vice President for Europe and International Operations, since January 2016. Before, he was Executive Vice President, Strategy, Research & Technology since 2013.
From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, Thales helps its customers think smarter and act faster – mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €15.8 billion in 2017.
Marc Kegelaers is co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of UniFly.
He is Vice President of the GUTMA – the Global UTM Association.
UniFly is specialised in aviation software development. Its primary goal is to facilitate the safe integration of drones into the aviation system. The Unifly UTM platform connects authorities with pilots to safely integrate drones into the airspace.
Dr. Catalin Nae has been elected Chairman of the Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA) in November 2017.
Dr. Nae is also General Manager & CEO of INCAS Bucharest since 2007.
EREA is a non-profit association with the objectives to intensify the co-operation of EREA and its members with third parties in the field of civil, military and space-related aeronautics and to facilitate an integrated management of joint activities, thereby contributing to Europe’s role as a global player in aeronautics.
Jana Rosenmann is Head of the Unmanned Aerial Systems at Airbus Defence and Space since March 2017.
In this position she is responsible for all civil and military UAS programmes within Airbus and is a member of the Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee.
Marian-Jean Marinescu is a Romanian politician and Member of the European Parliament since 2007.
In his capacity of Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and of the Committee on Budgetary Control, Mr. Marinescu has been involved in discussions about civil aviation, EASA and SES, and the implementation of the budget of the Clean Sky JU and SESAR JU.
Mr. Marinescu is also Vice-Chair of the EPP Group of the European Parliament.
Signe Ratso is Deputy Director General of DG RTD of the European Commission since 1 March 2018, after having fulfilled different senior management positions in DG TRADE since 2006.
In this capacity, her particular areas of responsibility include International Cooperation in Research and Innovation as well as R&I in Industrial Technologies and in the area of Transport.