Opening session

Master of Ceremonies Opening remarks

John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor, CNN

Welcome address from

Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Group CEO & Managing Director, Mubadala Development Company

Keynote address from

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways


Industry Talks

A blueprint for innovation and collaboration

Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin

Inspiring young people to choose science

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency

Rethink Innovation! We’re in the Experience Economy

Bernard Charlès, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systèmes

Partnerships and Aerospace

Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Finmeccanica


Interview with Bertrand-Marc Allen, President, Boeing International


Networking coffee break

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Panel Discussion

The commercial aerospace success story – is the industry doing enough to avoid economic downturn? 

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For over a decade, the outlook on commercial aerospace has been strong. Economic weakness in one region has been offset by growth in another, hence allowing major OEMs to increase production and grow their order books. However, a market contraction at some point is inevitable.

Key Topics for Debate

Are OEMs’ order books realistic or is there a danger of cancellations? If so, can the supply chain keep up with production?
Is there any danger that increased protectionism could slow growth in the long-haul market?
Can the industry overcome the workforce shortage?
Can our airports and ANSPs handle traffic growth? Can the infrastructure also handle this growth?

Arif Wibowo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Garuda Indonesia
Richard Welford, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, TATA Technologies
Dane Kondic, Chief Executive Officer, Air Serbia
Alex Thursby, Group Chief Executive Officer, National Bank of Abu Dhabi - NBAD

Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology


Networking lunch break

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Auditorium One – Panel Discussion

Getting the next one billion passengers in the sky: what do commercial airlines and OEMs need to do?

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The rapid economic growth of regions such as Asia and Latin America is gradually reshaping the global Commercial Aviation business with over 900 million extra passengers flying in the next five years in these high-growth regions. Many airlines, airframe manufacturers and other aviation service providers are looking at how to enter these new markets which provide an opportunity for expansion and growth.

The session will discuss how the industry is keeping up with the growing demand in emerging markets to cater to the next one billion passengers, from reforming business models to producing new and appropriate technologies that will fit with the markets’ existing infrastructure and requirements.

Key Topics for Debate:

How are airline companies changing their business models to expand to emerging markets?
Is commercial aviation ready to provide to the needs of emerging markets? How can OEMs support expansion in these markets?
Can the industry overcome the main challenges: infrastructure, regulations and qualified human resources?
Case studies: using appropriate technology and developing new innovative technologies
What is required to successfully build new business relationships in high-growth markets?

Adel Ali, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Air Arabia
Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports Company - ADAC
Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer, Air Seychelles
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer, flydubai

Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO)



Auditorium Two – Panel Discussions

Master of Ceremonies

Vago Muradian, Editor, Defense News

Predicting and counteracting the next generation of military threats

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Defence technology is developing to include more high-tech and autonomous solutions. This technology is not exclusively provided to governments; it is also available to insurgents and illegitimate organisations.

This creates new significant threats to state governments, and as it is not possible to completely block the provision of these organisations with military equipment and products, defence authorities are required to develop and utilise counteracting methods and solutions to protect their national security.

The session will discuss next generation threats and the risks they pose for defence authorities, in addition to how are they changing defence strategies.

Key Topics for Debate:

What is the impact of the applications of defence technologies in insurgent attacks to countries worldwide, especially on a transnational crime/terror level?
What is the impact of the applications of defence technologies in insurgent attacks to countries worldwide, especially on a transnational crime/terror level?
Can the industry revisit earlier defence solutions which came to a halt? For example, President Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ efforts as well as The Airborne Laser program
The procurement costs of cyber security – will governments and defence industries join forces to reduce these, especially that cyber systems are often embedded within UAVs?

Christopher Davis, Country Leader and President, UAE, Raytheon
Robert S. Harward
, Vice Admiral USN (Ret) SEAL & Chief Executive – UAE, Lockheed Martin
Dr. Theodore Karasik
, Senior Advisor, Gulf State Analytics
Simon Carroll, President and General Manager, Saab Middle East

Vago Muradian, Editor, Defense News


Panel Discussion

Safety vs. efficiency: are we going far enough to ensure safety?

Despite the fact that aviation is the safest means of transportation, the industry still needs to continuously improve safety and ensure the successful operation of each and every flight. Recent incidents have shifted focus from the performance of aircraft to human impact on aviation safety. The majority of aviation incidents and crashes are not caused by mechanical failure, but human error due to fatigue, inexperience and are often intentional.

This session will explore innovative options for improving aviation safety, focusing on human error and how to eliminate it.

Key Topics for Debate:

Can human error be eliminated through technology applications?
Do airline companies ensure their pilots are physically, technically and psychologically fit to fly?
Should we remove pilots from the cockpit and use a greater degree of automation in commercial aircraft to eliminate human error?
In regards to unmanned commercial aviation – what would transform public perception of UAVs and make passengers trust unmanned aircraft?

Captain Billy Nolen, Senior Vice President - Safety, Security & Operations, Airlines for America
Hussein Dabbas, Regional Vice President, Africa and Middle East, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Patrick Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Jet
Capt. Majed Al Marzouqi, Vice President Corporate Safety and Quality, Etihad Airways

Jens Flottau, Managing Editor Commercial, Aviation Week



Panel Discussion

Making defence more affordable 

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While trying to reduce procurement costs, the largest defence markets are spending less on military products and solutions. As military operations are growing, officials are increasingly using affordability as the main criteria for buying more military products at less cost. This change in the market is exerting pressure on OEMs, forcing them to adopt new cost-cutting strategies to meet their clients’ needs for high-end defence solutions at reduced prices.

The session will explore governments’ current and future affordability programs, and how defence OEMs and solution providers are coping with this change.

Key Topics for Debate:

What are the implications of government expenditure reduction? How is it impacting the defence sector and technology development?
Are OEMs able to produce cheaper, more affordable military aircraft and solutions while keeping the integrity and effectiveness of their products?
What are the best strategies to increase your products’ cost-effectiveness?
Is affordability only relevant to the product’s direct cost, or are governments looking to reduce the overall cost of defence (human assets, maintenance …etc.)
Will the infiltration of commercial aviation technology into defence help reduce the cost?

Ivor Ichkowitz, Group Executive Chairman, Paramount Group
Chris Boardman, Managing Director, BAE Systems
Ellen Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer, Textron Systems

Danny Edward Sebright, President, U.S.- U.A.E. Business Council


Networking coffee break

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Panel Discussion

Cyber security: is technology exposing your enterprise and critical assets to a greater risk?

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In a world where all products and services are becoming increasingly digitalised, cyber security has become a necessity to protect businesses, virtual and physical assets, as security breaches cost companies’ revenue, assets, reputation and crucial data. Aerospace is an industry susceptible to unique cyber threats, as more automation and unmanned systems are being utilised to enhance performance and productivity.

This session will discuss the cyber threats facing aerospace industries and the importance of developing cyber-secure networks to avoid the disastrous consequences of cyber security breaches.

Vern Boyle, Vice President - Cyber and Advanced Processing Advanced Concepts and Technology, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Hoda A. Alkhzaimi
, Head of Cyber Security and Cryptography Department, Emirates Technology Innovation Center (ETIC)
Eric Eifert
, Senior Vice President, Managed Security Services, DarkMatter
Dr. Javier Marti, Chief Executive Officer, DAS Photonics

Dr. Ihab Ali, Advisory Board Member, Defense Services Marketing Council







Panel Discussion

How far will UAV technology impact the wider aviation industry?

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are increasingly having an impact on aviation. From potentially reducing pilots on an airplane to the development and transfer of new technologies, the innovative technologies that come out of these programmes could be a major turning point for Aviation.

The session will discuss the integration of UAVs in civilian airspace, exploring the complex move towards true autonomy for unmanned systems and how the industry can adopt technologies as this evolution takes place.

Key Topics for Debate:

Far future of UAS: How will UAS technology be utilised in commercial aviation? Will there be an autonomous commercial aircraft 30 years from now?
How much autonomy could we use in civil aviation? What is the capacity of unmanned aerial vehicles to replace manned aircraft?
How do we deal with ATM of unmanned aircraft?
UAVs and cyber vulnerabilities: do we have a robust system to protect UAVs from cyber-attacks?

William Irby, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Unmanned Systems, Textron Systems
John Tylko, Chief Innovation Officer, Aurora Flight Sciences
Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)
Martin Rowe-Willcocks, Head of Business Development, FCAS, BAE

Mauricio Zuazua, Partner, Innovation, Government & Economic Development  Practices, A.T. Kearney


Panel Discussion

Introducing the next generation of environmental technologies into commercial aviation

Anticipating continued growth due to strong global demand for air travel, the commercial aviation industry has set aggressive goals to reduce its environmental impact. Aviation currently accounts for about 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions and, with the global fleet expected to double over the next 20 years, the industry is pursuing a range of options to decouple growth from emissions, from technologies that improve the efficiency of airplanes and airline operations to new and innovative sources of energy.

Improvements in current aircraft technology, as well as operational and infrastructure measures, will play a key role in driving down carbon dioxide emissions from air transportation. Additionally, new energy technologies, particularly biofuels, have been identified as being critical to achieving the aviation industry’s ambitious long-term carbon dioxide reduction targets. Clean energy is not new to the industry and some airlines have used alternative jet fuels already. Nonetheless, further research and development is required to increase global and regional supplies, incorporate biofuel into routine airport operations and reduce costs for commercial operators to use on a large scale.

The session will explore future aviation energy sources and the technologies and practices that the aerospace industry can employ to reduce the carbon footprint of commercial aviation and meet industry sustainability targets and environmental regulations.

Key Topics for Debate:

What advances are being made in commercial aircraft systems and operations that increase economic and environmental performance while simultaneously improving the travel experience?
What progress is being made in the alternative fuels sector to increase supplies and reduce cost and what are the barriers to achieving further progress? When will the cost of aviation biofuel become economical for airlines to use on a routine basis?
What policies or regulations would help support alternative fuels development?
Will other sources of energy, such as solar or electric power, be available to power flights in the near future?

David Hess, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Aerospace, UTC
John Swift, Director, NATS Middle East
Darrin Morgan, Director, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Linden Coppell,  Head of Sustainability, Etihad Airways

Dr. Steven Griffiths, Vice President for Research, Masdar Institute 

Panel Discussion

Aviation Technology: is it the solution to humanitarian and disaster relief?

An increasing need for safer, faster, and more efficient relief and disaster response operations around the world has prompted a need for alternatives.  As it is usually hard to reach relief locations where ground support is inoperable, utilising aviation technology becomes necessary to emergency operations.

A more advanced example of the use of aviation technology is ‘Rescue Robotics’, a term coined to describe the usage of drones to aid disaster response and relief, was brought to the fore along with many others to describe this new way of saving lives. The potential applications range from locating survivors amidst rubble to evacuation and extinguishing fires.

What are the humanitarian, safety, and economic benefits of using airplanes, rotary platforms and drones to aid disaster relief efforts?

Key Topics for Debate:

Recognizing the need for deploying aircraft on-site in disaster zones, and doing so in a shorter period of time (making usage common practice)
Identifying the need for human tele-operation (command and control) – whether the chance of error is reduced with complete automation
How can drone modalities (ground, water, aerial, underwater, water surface) be matched to the task at hand and relief response time?
Costs vs. benefits: Do the advantages of using drones in disaster relief outweigh the costs?
Airspace control – will agencies heavily regulate manned and unmanned aircraft hampering the progress of Rescue Robotics?
Trends in Rescue Robotics: multi-robot teams and communication networks

Emma Finlay-Broadbelt, MD, Phoenix Aviation
Jonathan Ledgard, Director, Future Africa, EPFL and Founder, Redline
Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology

Leandro De Sa, Partner, GlobAer Partners & Chairman, European-American Chamber, Southwest France





Closing remarks and end of the Summit Day One




Master of Ceremonies opening remarks

Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology


Industry Talks

Commercial space tourism – challenges of flight test

Mark Stucky, Lead Test Pilot, Virgin Galactic

How investment in the defence industry builds national capabilities

Luc Vigneron, Chief Executive Office, Emirates Defence Industries Company – EDIC

The importance of man’s mission to mars

Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, Apollo 11

India – emerging aerospace opportunity

S.P. Shukla, Group President – Aerospace & Defence, Mahindra Group

Keynote address from:

HRH His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President for Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH)


Networking coffee break

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Panel Discussion – Auditorium One

Setting your company to succeed: from international to global

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To further capitalise on foreign markets’ potential and cross-border business opportunities, aerospace companies are looking into restructuring their corporate organisations in order to strengthen local presence. Global corporate structure is aimed at helping companies reduce structure complexity and speed up deal-making to keep up with the fast growth in the targeted markets by localising decision-making.

The session will discuss the move of companies towards this new business model, as well as its impact on the global aerospace industry and the host countries.

Key Topics for Debate:

Why are companies restructuring their corporate organisation?
How will the global business model impact competitiveness?
Will restructuring simplify decision-making and help meet the needs and requirements of local markets? Or will it just add complexity, cost and distance amongst a company’s assets?

Thomas Vecchiolla, President, Raytheon International
Patrick Dewar, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin International
Kelly Ortberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rockwell Collins
Thibaut Trancart, Country Director UAE, Thales

David Melcher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)








Panel Discussion – Auditorium Two

New generation of space exploration: how far can we realistically go?

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Until recently, space projects were mainly government-led scientific research projects aimed at developing technologies, increasing knowledge and bolstering national prestige.

With the entry of private players, the industry has witnessed the emergence of a new sector, Commercial Space, also known as NewSpace. NewSpace entrepreneurs have ventured into several innovative commercial projects including asteroid mining and human settlements on Mars – just a few examples of the ambitious NewSpace era.

The session will discuss the development and feasibility of new commercial space projects and how they are impacting, not only the aerospace industry, but the quality of human life on earth as well.

Key Topics for Debate:

Looking at the development of new space projects – which are the ones that stand out?
What technologies are needed to make Space Tourism economical?
What is the time scale to see commercial mining in space? Is it technologically and commercially viable?
Human Space Travel – is the current technology able to achieve safe travelling, landing and establishing a settlement on another planet?
How are NewSpace investors’ interests protected? How will ownership of a project and property in the outer space be regulated?

Vincenzo Giorgio, Vice President, Institutional Marketing & Sales Thales Alenia Space
Steven Mirmina, Professor of Space Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Peter McGrath, Director of Business Development, Space Exploration, Boeing
Dr. Andrew Aldrin, Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, an Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology

Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology


Panel Discussion – Auditorium One

Creating successful partnerships with UAE and GCC local players

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Multilateral cooperation is essential to the growth of Aerospace. This session will focus on privatepublic
partnerships in the GCC, discussing the main challenges and the role of the Government in collaborating with the private sector, especially in R&D. The panel will also identify sectors and areas with potential partnership
opportunities in the UAE specifically, but also in other GCC countries. Examples of successful international partnerships and programmes will also be presented; examining how they worked and the lessons from the problems the Partners have had to overcome.

Key Topics for Debate:

How can international aerospace companies create effective and innovative partnerships with UAE and GCC key players?
What is the role of these partnerships in creating innovative products and technologies and driving industry growth in the region and globally?
Identifying examples of successful international partnerships and programmes, challenges faced and how they were overcome

William G. Wood, President Aerospace Materials, Cytec Solvay Group
Colin Mahoney, Senior Vice President, International and Service Solutions, Rockwell Collins
Dr. Hamid Mughal, Director of Global Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce Group

Danny Edward Sebright, President, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council

Panel Discussion – Auditorium Two

Who’s paying for us to get to space? Are they getting value for their money?

This session will look at how space projects are financed and the importance of incentives to encourage new entrants and attract more private capital to increase the economic viability of space exploration and transportation projects.
The session will also include a debate on the best investment type for the space industry, whether private or public.

Key Topics for Debate:

What are the reasons behind the growing interest of private investors in space?
Which technologies are they investing in and how are they contributing to the development of the industry?
Are there incentives to encourage new entrants and attract more private capital?
Which investment type is best for the space industry, private or public investment or a mix?
Does space have a large competitive market to drive technology development and improve cost efficiency?

Andrew Nelson, Founder and CEO, Karman Line Industries
Naser Al Rashedi, Director- Space Policy and Regulations, UAE Space Agency
Steve Landeene
, Chief Advisor, Abu Dhabi Spaceport, Virgin Galactic
Maher Ezzeddine
, CEO of Ideanco and President of Harvard Business School Aerospace Alumni Group

Matthew Cochran, Chairman, Defense Services Marketing Council





Networking lunch break

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Panel Discussion – Auditorium One

Increasing the aerospace supply chain competitiveness, how do you avoid the pitfalls?

As both commercial and military aviation demand is growing, aerospace OEMs need to ensure the efficiency of their supply chain to be able to manufacture their product in a cost-effective and timely manner. The session will discuss the impact of building global supply chain on the manufacturing process and how risk assessments for the selection of the suppliers and manufacturing sites could influence production throughout the product lifecycle.

The session will also look at the suppliers’ challenges and risks of moving to a new market and how to overcome them.

Key Topics for Debate:

Structuring your supply chain to ensure that it meets your business needs
How much extra capacity can the current supply chain provide?
Using risk assessment of the supply-chain to make informed, right and timely procurement decisions
Working with suppliers in new markets, what are the dos and don’ts?

Krishna Bodanapu, Managing Director and Chief Executive Offcer, Cyient
David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AAR Corporation
Dr. Phillip Lewis, CEO, Tawazun Precision Industries
Michel Tellier, Vice President Aerospace and Defense Industry, Dassault Systemes

Ross Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, Ross Bradley International Limited



Panel Discussion – Auditorium Two

Overcoming the challenges of introducing new, cost-effective technology into space programmes

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With ambitious plans to expand and grow space transportation and exploration, it has become a prime priority for space stakeholders to make their projects more affordable. Projects, such as recovery and reusability of launch vehicles, have a great potential in advancing space sector’s affordability and commerciality.

This session will explore the innovative projects and technologies targeted at reducing the cost of space launch and focusing on launch vehicle reusability. Panellists will also discuss the technologies required and key factors to be taken into consideration, such as retro propulsion technology, effectiveness, efficiency and safety of the projects.

Key Topics for Debate:

How far can reusable launch vehicles realistically reduce space project costs?
What are the technical and safety considerations? Can these be overcome?
What is the development in retro propulsion for launcher descent and landing? When will this technology be ready for use?

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ben Droste, Founding Partner, XCOR
Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology
Jean-Marc Astorg, Director of launchers, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Fu Zhiheng, Vice President, China Great Wall Industry Corporation- CGWIC

Andrew Nelson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Karman Line Industries


Panel Discussion – Auditorium One

Aerospace manufacturing: why is the industry slow in adopting new technology?

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Manufacturers are continually required to upgrade their technologies to produce products that meet the client’s needs and business targets. As well as innovating themselves, an important way for manufacturers to ensure their clients remain competitive is for OEMs and their suppliers to look at what is happening in other industries and take best practice from their competitors. The session will discuss the changes in aerospace manufacturing and how new technologies are affecting the advancement of innovation and efficiency.

Key Topics for Debate:

Can manufacturing be less reliant on people and increase automation? To what extent will the next generation of aerospace programmes involve more robotics in the manufacturing process?
How effective and commercially viable is Additive Manufacturing Technology? Can 3D parts qualification and certification by CAAs be simplified?
How have other industries introduced innovative manufacturing technologies? How were they impacted by the change?

Dan Murphy, Vice President, Project Development Middle East, Alcoa
Sami Issa, General Manager, Cognit
Amer Siddiqui, Chief Financial Officer, Strata
Peter Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nasmyth Group
Curtis Carson, Airbus Head of Research and Technology, Industrial Strategy and Systems, Airbus
Dr. Anutosh Moitra, Chief Engineer, Spike Aerospace

John Schmidt, Global Aerospace and Defence Lead, Accenture