Andreas has always been passionate about the future of flight. He is fascinated by the fact, that everyone of us will be able to fly an air vehicle in the next decade. Currently he is focussed on the economics of Urban Air Mobility and new VTOL’s. He is convinced that the biggest challenges for Urban Air Mobility are the economic and regulatory domains. Furthermore he is a strong believer of all-electric flight. Before joining Airbus, he worked as an engineer for a jet propulsion program. He studied aerospace engineering in London and Munich and holds a Ph.D. in space propulsion.
Martin Kaiser, Dipl.-Ing., Safety Business Manager, IABG
– Functional Safety
– Prozess- und Methodenberatung
– Produktmanager und Zertifizierer (Prüfunternehmen Funktionale Sicherheit)
– Projektleiter und Entwickler (Branchen Automation, Automotive, Rail)
– Studium Elektrotechnik / Regelungstechnik, BWL
Methoden & Tools:
– IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IEC 61511, ISO 13849, ISO 12100, IEC 62061, ISO 25119, (IEC 62443)
– Maschinen-Richtlinie, (BetrSichV)
– Prozessberatung, FSM, RA, Sys, Req.Mmt., HW, (SW), FMEA, (FTA), V&V, (Mechanik), RiskMmt, PLM
– DOORS, SAP iPPE, Simulink, ASCET, Feldbusse
Referenzprojekte & Branchen:
– Risikoanalysen und Sicherheitskonzepte für Serviceroboter (Automation), Bremsassistent (Automotive)
– Beurteilung Sicherheitskonzepte Lenkung, Kombiinstrument (Automotive), Kraftwerks-Sicherheitskreise (Anlagenbau)
– Zertifizierung diverser Automation Produkte (Funktionale Sicherheit)
– Entwicklung elektrischer Antriebe, Hybrid ECU, Zündsteuergerät, DC/DC Konverter, Luftfedersteuerung, Prüfstände
– „Industrial Functional Safety Expert “ von SGS-TÜV Saar
– “Automotive Functional Safety Expert” von SGS-TÜV Saar
Co-founder and CEO Nilson has obtained a degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University College Maastricht, where he came up with the idea for Nomoko’s technology. Previously, he studied Mathematics at ETH Zurich and was a Swiss champion in figure skating during his time as a professional athlete. Owing to his educational background and his international business experience, Nilson has turned his ambitious vision into a successful Swiss startup and has forged connections with leaders of the industry from all over the world.
Joachim Langenwalter, Director Automotive Software at NVIDIA
Gunnar has been working since 2003 as the Director of Strategic Planning Projects Department within the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG), the Public Transport Company of Munich. This included responsibility for all the planning and projects of metro, bus, tram systems, as well as the development of MVG as a multimodal and fully integrated mobility provider. It includes an 18 years experience in carsharing cooperations, creation of a Bikesharing system (MVG Rad), a large investment program in E-Mobility for the city of Munich and a largely developed program of mobility management, where MVG has taken a leading role since 2004, including all other modes of transportation besides Public Transport. Finally, he developed the interfaces to urban development, economic development and environmental issues and politics.
Before that, he was Head of Product and Quality Management at MVG Munich. Until 2002 he was a Project Manager for large scale infrastructure projects and responsible for international relations at the Karlsruhe public Transport system. Besides that, he has been advising cities on sustainable mobility and been a speaker, panelist and moderator at international conferences. Gunnar has been a board member of Slocat Foundation for Low Carbon Mobility and the Special Envoy on UN Climate Policy for the International Union for Public Transport UITP. He is a longstanding appointed member of the German Academy of Urban and Regional Planning DASL.Since 2018 he is an independent consultant on urban development and future mobility.
He holds a master in civil engineering with majors in urban, regional and transportation planning from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany). Besides that, he studied urbanism and regional planning at the Trondheim Technical University (Norway).
Aleksey Matyushev, CEO / Co-founder, Natilus, holds a degree in aerospace engineering with a specialization in aerodynamics. Aleksey has led multiple engineering teams in programs involving Lockheed’s infamous Skunk Works (which produced vehicles like the U2), classified drone programs, and over 8 public aircraft.
Natilus is supported by some of the most high-profile Silicon Valley investors and has gone to recruit an incredible diversity of aerospace, Silicon Valley, Wall Street and air freight talent with the sole goal of reducing the cost of air freight through the use of large scale drones. Natilus products range from a 10m / 1100 kg prototype to 75 m/ 450,000 kg B747 replacement capable of transporting 120 tons on trans-Pacific routes at 50% the current cost of air freight.
Jürgen, Head of Business Development at High Mobility, has more than 25 years of experience in the software and automotive industry. During his career, he served as Director and Vice President for several software companies in the US, Canada and Germany.
He studied automotive engineering at RWTH Aachen and held also several lectureships in the field of interaction design, marketing and internet technologies.
Florian Petit is a roboticist and co-founder of Blickfeld. Prior to founding Blickfeld, he was concerned with the control of robots as part of scientific work at TU München, Stanford University, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the ETH Zurich. He obtained his PhD for work in the field of human aware robotics. Here he and his team develop solutions for visual environment detection, LiDAR scanners, which have various application possibilities in the fields of IoT and autonomous driving.
Jean-Michel Cambot, the original inventor of Business Objects (now part of SAP), founded Tellmeplus in 2011 and is now Chief Strategy Officer of the startup, bringing his vision and expertise in enterprise software and intelligence applied to decision tools. At Tellmeplus, Jean-Michel created Predictive Objects, a groundbreaking platform for predictive analytics that puts the intelligence where decisions need to be made: in the objects.
As seasoned entrepreneur Rolf has over twenty years of experience in creating new business, general management and innovation. As a student, he started his first tech company in 1994, selling this business in 1998. Rolf has also co-founded the company Technocon, which focuses on European location-based services and is still a leader in the field of development and the market launch of smart systems for connected cars. The company is working with partners as Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz.
In 2014, Rolf co-founded Undagrid and acts as CEO of the company. With his drive and long experience in entrepreneurship, pragmatic approach towards business challenges and strong connections in the worldwide IoT business, he is able to support global customers with Undagrid’s ground-breaking transportation / aviation solutions, focused on Industry 4.0 value creation.
Henner Heistermann is CEO and co-founder of Nitrobox GmbH, a Hamburg based startup, whose mission it is, to provide the most flexible Order-to-Cash cloud product on the market.
The Nitrobox central cloud platform enables enterprises to model, automate and API control their financial processes, so they are able to build and charge new digital business models such as connected car products, in-car purchase, car sharing or new mobility solutions.
Henner Heistermann started his career in the automotive electronics sector and later moved on to the Software-as-a-Service business. In 2009 he co-founded ShopStrategen e-commerce consultancy, advising clients such as Bayer, Continental, DPD, Bechtle or Linde Material Handling on how to enter the e-commerce market. In 2012 he co-founded Nitrobox where he is responsible for long term strategy and marketing.
Lex is a founder and CEO of MotionsCloud – an insurtech company that streamline and automate claims processes of property and auto insurance companies with mobile, AI and video communication technologies. MotionsCloud was founded since Jan 2016, since then, the company went through insurtech accelerators that backed by insurers and received an investment from the US investor. Currently, service his customer in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the US and in the Middle East. MotionsCloud is named by Gartner as one of the insurance cool vendors 2017.
Personally, Lex is a serial-entrepreneur, engineer and internet marketer. In the past, Lex worked in the insurance industry for more than 5 years as a claims manager and was one of the award winners of the HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award and Erasmus For Young Entrepreneur Award.
Max-David Falkner is the CTO and Co-Founder of Intefra, a Munich based Startup that deals with the digitalization of infrastructure.
The project he is currently involved in is called SIMAV (Site Information Modelling for Autonomous Vehicles), which aims to make highway construction sites digitally visible and provide autonomous vehicles with this information.
His first contact with the automotive industry was at the Adam Opel AG in Vienna, where he was responsible for the supervision of internal distribution of the technical components. Before that he passed through different positions at various companies.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Technical University of Munich and a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Chemistry from the Technical University of Vienna.
Karlheinz Wurm serves as CEO at Autonomous Intelligent Driving, a wholly owned subsidiary of AUDI AG.
He began his career as a Software Engineer with Evonik in 2003 in Alabama, USA. Since then he has held a number of leadership positions within Engineering.
At Skype, he was responsible for the core Real-time communication system bringing video telephony to the mass market. Karlheinz successfully led the integration into a fully incorporated Microsoft division post acquisition.
He holds a Master of Computer Science degree from UCONN University of Connecticut and OTH Regensburg.
Heiko Wilkens ist Gründer und Gesellschafter von astrofactum GmbH, einem New-Space-Unternehmen, das satellitenbasierte Services für die Erforschung des Weltraums entwickelt und vermarket. Das von Wilkens für astrofactum konzipierte Geschäftsmodell erhielt einen Innovationspreis von der Europäischen Kommission.
Nach seinem Studium der Technischen und Biomedizinischen Kybernetik an der Technischen Universität Ilmenau, das er als Diplom-Ingenieur für Technische Informatik abschloss, arbeitete Heiko Wilkens über 20 Jahre in verschiedenen Fach- und Führungspositionen für die Siemens AG in Berlin, München und Wien. Er verantwortete maßgeblich die Einführung der ersten konsumentenorientierten eHealth-Plattform in Deutschland und ebnete Machine-Learning-Technologien den Markteintritt. Eine Erfindung von Wilkens führte zu jährlichen IT-Serviceeinsparungen im siebenstelligen Bereich.
Später gründete Wilkens ein eigenes Ingenieur-Büro, das elektronische Komponenten und Software für Astronomie entwickelt. Seine Produkte, u.a. eine Software für hochauflösende Planetenfotografie, werden von Weltraumagenturen, Industrieunternehmen und wissenschaftlichen Instituten in aller Welt genutzt.
Heiko Wilkens ist Mitautor eines Buchs über bürgerzentriertes Gesundheitsmanagement und Co-Lektor eines Buchs über Optische Systeme.
I joined VTT in 1988, focusing on machine automation and moving machines. Over the years my focus has evolved towards smart machines, environment perception, mobile robots, and automated driving. I have worked as a group leader and research area manager, but now project management is priority.
I have participated to European framework projects for about 20 years, including coordination of a EU 6FP project FRICTI@N (2006-2009), which focused on embedding intelligent sensors to car tyres for continuous sensing of tyre-road friction.
In 2013 I led VTTs participation to the highly automated Next Generation Container Port Challenge –idea competition in Singapore, where our consortium was rewarded with 200 000 US$ price.
I participated to the Divertor Test Platform 2 (DTP2) establishment at VTT Tampere for remotely controlled maintenance robotics development for ITER fusion reactor. I have managed the industrial development contracts since their beginning 2014.
Two ongoing European projects – AutoDrive for fail-operational automatic cars, and Stardust for mobility in Smart Cities – are my current Automotive EU projects. Besides these I have planned and managed two projects, where all the environment perception and automatic driving functions are in a portable kit, which can be connected to the vehicle simply with a drive-by-wire connection.
I am also managing a number of confidential industrial contracts for smarter and more autonomous vehicles in both road, and off-road environments. I hold IPMA-C project management certification.
Nicole Magiera is working at Volkswagen Data:Lab since its beginning in 2014.
Currently she is leading the team of Urban:Mobility at Data:Lab in Munich and in parallel she is the head of the Smart:City department at Volkswagen Group IT in Wolfsburg.
During 2017 she supported the creation of the SEAT Metropolis:Lab in Barcelona onsite with her experience of the starting phase of the Data:Lab and lead the first projects of the lab in the area of Smart City and Urban Mobility, including the first startup cooperations.
Before, she was Business Function Responsible for Marketing & Sales, Data Protection Coordinator and partly Data Scientist at Volkswagen Data:Lab in Munich.
She studied Computer Science, IT Law and IT Project Management (M.Sc.). Before her time at Volkswagen Group IT, she was working as IT- and IT-Law-Consultant and was co-founding a Startup in the role as CTO.
Dr.-Ing. Andreas Schuster (47) studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (Degree: Dipl.-Ing) from 1992 till 1998. For his Diploma thesis „Investigation of shape memory alloys for satellite actuators“ he worked at Daimler-Benz AG, Research and Technology, in Ottobrunn. Followed by his PhD thesis Investigations of metallurgy and manufacturing process of a Velcro with woven shape-memory-alloy wires” at EADS Corporate Research Centre Germany/Ruhr-University Bochum, finalized in 2001 (Degree: Dr.-Ing.).
After being a research engineer in the area of shape memory alloys at Daimler/EADS (e.g. flown release mechanism on ENVISAT satellite, launched 2003) he was the assistant to the Head of EADS Corporate Research Center Germany. Afterwards he worked as the Head of Strategy & Partnership followed by the Head of Improvement of EADS Innovation Works.
In September 2011, he joint the project team “Ludwig Bölkow Campus”, initially as technical project manager, and then as Technical Manger “Ludwig Bölkow Campus GmbH”, the development and marketing company for the innovation campus for aerospace and security, which was officially founded in March 2012.
Jana Rosenmann was named Head of the Unmanned Aerial Systems programme line in 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. Since October 2015 she already headed all defence related UAS programmes within the Airbus Defence and Space division. Previously, she was the Head of Strategy & Marketing at Airbus Defence and Space, responsible for managing the strategy and portfolio of the division.
Jana Rosenmann began her career in South Africa managing the export team for an engineering company specializing in hydraulic starter motors for the mining industry. She joined Airbus in 2000 as Chief of Staff of the CEO of the defence division. Following that, she was a member of the Airbus North America team, responsible for delivering a Group wide North America strategy.
Between 2004 and 2012, she held various executive business development and marketing positions in the Airbus defence division managing activities in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. During this period, she also led multiple organizational restructuring projects and was a member of the Airbus Group Strategy Task Force that formulated a new strategy for the Group in 2012.
Born in South Africa, she graduated with a bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in 1994, followed through with her Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Kent in 1998. She is an avid reader of military history and enjoys spending time in the African bushveld.
Since March 2017, Peter Weckesser serves as Airbus Defence and Space´s Digital Transformation Officer. He joined Airbus from Siemens, where he has been the COO of Product Lifecycle Management, leading the Siemens IoT and Digital Enterprise business and activities.
Prior to this, he held various executive-level positions at Siemens, being CEO of Industry Services and CEO of Value Service Business Unit, as well as Vice-President of “Human Machine Interface”.
Peter Weckesser´s experience in Siemens spans around 20 years. Between 1997, when he began his professional career at the company, and 2004, he was working in various roles in product management and development.
In 2004 he accepted a new position as Director of Business Development and moved to Atlanta, where he led the business growth program in the Siemens Automation Business in the USA until 2007. Before this, he had been working in various roles in the Strategy and Portfolio-Management organization in Siemens Industrial Automation between 2002 and 2004.
Peter Weckesser holds a degree in Physics and a PhD degree in Computer Science, both from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), although he also spent a year studying at the Armstrong State University in the USA as part of his education in Informatics.
Peter Weckesser is married with two children.
Corporate Secretary of Airbus Defence and Space
Chantal Jonscher was appointed Corporate Secretary of Airbus Defence and Space in October 2016. She is also member of the Executive Committee.
Previously, she served as Head of Talent and Executive Management for the Airbus defence and space business.
With 8 years of working experience in Airbus Group, Chantal Jonscher started as a commercial lawyer where she wanted to feel the fascination of the outside world within the Defence Industry.
Having tasted customers’ relations, she travelled the world – meeting national institutions with a business portfolio and continued the voice of the customer in Bid Support.
Few years later, with a grown family, she wanted to combine business and people development where she started in recruitment and became Head of Talent and Executive Management for the Airbus Defence and Space Division.
By her experience so far, Chantal believes that we are greater then the sum of our individual ambitions and grow through adventures where people inspire one another and where a positive dynamic, trust and respect are key to success.
Dr. Christian Suttner is co-founder and managing partner of Starburst, a global Aerospace consulting company focused on supporting corporates regarding innovation, growth, and venturing, as well as helping aerospace startups to succeed. He studied computer science at TU Munich and Virginia Tech and after a Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence, he started his career in strategy consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton. He then spent several years in Venture Capital, focused on investing in ICT businesses. Transferring innovation know-how back to corporates, he joined global semiconductor company Infineon as Vice President heading in-house innovation scouting and business incubation (with 6 trade-sales and spin-outs of internally launched businesses). When Infineon IPO’d global DRAM company Qimonda, he took over corporate strategy and new business creation, and later became head of global sales management. As a long time entrepreneur, he has founded/co-founded 7 companies. Over time, he has supported numerous corporations and startups regarding strategy, innovation, growth, digitization, business planning, transformation and operational excellence. Dr. Suttner uniquely combines experience ranging from launching and investing in startups to driving innovation in corporations. Starburst runs the largest aerospace accelerator and technology scouting organization globally, providing a unique capability to help corporates leveraging the startup ecosystem efficiently and effectively.
Alexander Mager (48) finished grammar school in Munich in year 1988 before joining the German Armed Forces for two years where he ran through Officer training. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve.
During his trainee program with Airbus from 1990 to 1994, he studied part-time business information technology in Munich (Degree: Diploma), and subsequently (1995-1996) business administration (Degree: MBA) in Dallas, USA.
Mr. Mager worked from 1994 until 1998 in the sales and marketing organization of Airbus Helicopters in Dallas, USA and in Marignane, France. After a stay of two years in former Dasa (today Airbus) headquarters in Ottobrunn near Munich he was appointed “Head of CEO office” in year 2000 with former Astrium (today Airbus Defence and Space) in Paris, France. Starting in 2002, he worked as Head of Business Development and Strategy with the prime contractor “Galileo Industries” in Ottobrunn and Rome, Italy, which developed the European satellite-based navigation system “Galileo”. From 2008 until 2011, Mr. Mager worked once more with Airbus space division in Paris and accounted for “strategic marketing” and “export coordination” activities.
In September 2011, he moved to Airbus HQ in Ottobrunn to develop the “Ludwig Bölkow Campus”, initially as project manager, and then as Managing Director of “Ludwig Bölkow Campus GmbH”, the development and marketing company for the innovation campus for aerospace and security, which was officially founded in March 2012.
Dr. Stephan Appt, partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons, has considerable experience in commercial, intellectual property and information technology law matters, with a particular focus on the Automotive & IT sectors. He has advised extensively on legal matters arising in respect of high-profile user connectivity initiatives/product lines, including advice on the development and distribution of the underlying car2car and car2X connectivity functionalities, privacy law requirements where processing personal data in the course of connectivity operations, (particularly the use of ‘big data’ systems), regulatory aspects (telecoms) concerning the underlying machine-to-machine (m2m) communications, ‘frontend’ aspects (such as e-commerce requirements for the on-line sale of connectivity services) and associated sourcing agreements (including managed services supporting the connectivity ‘backend’).
1986 – 1991: Diplom-Ingenieur Aerospace Engineering / RWTH Aachen University
1997: Doktor der Ingenieurwissenschaften
1992 – 1997: RWTH Aachen University (Research Associate)
1997 – 2000: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, U.S.A. (Senior Research Engineer)
2000 – 2005: Euro Telematik AG, Ulm/Ottobrunn (Product Management Aerospace, Head of Department)
2005 – Today: IABG mbH, Ottobrunn (System specialist)
Since 2009: IABG Space Test Center (Head of Department)
Since 2013: Head of business development (Mobility, Energy, Environment)
Dirk Hoke is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space as of 1 April 2016. He started on 1 January as Deputy CEO. He is a member of the Airbus Group
Dirk Hoke joined Airbus Group from Siemens, where he had been CEO of the Large Drives Business Unit since 2014. He has held various executive-level positions at Siemens sincebecoming CEO of the Cluster Western & Central Africa in 2008. His career spans 21 years and five continents.
In 1994, Dirk Hoke began his professional career as R&D Engineer for process and software analysis in the automotive industry at Renault in Paris. In 1996, he joined Siemens through an international trainee programme with assignments in Germany, Argentina and Austria. He then held various management posts in the Transportation Systems Division based in Germany. He relocated to Sacramento, USA, as Head of the Transportation Systems restructuring team in 2001.
Dirk Hoke continued his professional career at Siemens as General Manager for the Transrapid Propulsion and Power Supply Subdivision from 2002 to 2005 including the Shanghai “Maglev” project. He was then promoted to President of Siemens Transportation Systems China and made Siemens the largest foreign railway supplier in the country.
In 2008, Dirk Hoke moved to Morocco to lead Siemens’ Africa activities. He returned to Germany in 2011 to become the Division CEO of Industrial Solutions with the special task to build up the services business for the Industry Sector. Afterwards, he was called upon to restructure the Large Drives Business Unit.
Dirk Hoke holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Brunswick, Germany. In 2010, Dirk Hoke became a member of the Young Global Leader Class of the World Economic Forum and in 2013, member of the Baden Baden Entrepreneur Talks.
Born on 2 April 1969, Dirk Hoke is married with two children.
Serkan Arslan serves as director of automotive at NVIDIA EMEA.
He leads the business development and ecosystem partner management in Europe for autonomous driving and transportation.
Arslan brings more than 15 years of international experience in automotive domains including infotainment & cockpit systems, connectivity, ADAS, telematics, and mobility services.
Prior to joining NVIDIA in 2015, Arslan held a variety of positions with companies including Daimler, Delphi and T-Systems.
He holds bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics, from the University of Heilbronn, in Germany and currently resides in Germany.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE R&D MANAGER
Audi AG (Ingolstadt, Germany):
Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg, Germany):
Mr. Bernhard Schmidt, born in Wetzlar, Germany, in 1960 is employed at the Fraunhofer Society since May 2015. In his position as Corporate Business Development Manager Aerospace and Mobility he is responsible for strategic customers and projects.
After studying Aeronautics and Space Engineering at the Technical University Munich, he started his career at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm in Ottobrunn, Germany, in 1986 as rocket development engineer. In the subsequent 25 years, he held various positions in MBB resp. its successors EADS and finally Astrium as development engineer, project manager, international business development manager, senior manager strategy and international team leader. He was involved in almost all segments of the Space business including Rocket Development, Space and Space based Services. During this period, he was located in Munich, Toulouse, Friedrichshafen and Paris.
In 2012, he took over the position as managing director of the Bavarian high-tech Cluster Aerospace/bavAIRia in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. This cluster, supported by the Bavarian government, is the representative of the Bavarian Aerospace industry. His focus was supporting SMEs mainly in the Aeronautics sector. He was responsible for the establishment of the Bavarian Aeronautic Policy.
In 2013, he was employed by Kayser-Threde GmbH, Munich, as Director Programmatics, however, left after one year due to integration of the company into the mother company OHB, followed by fundamental organizational restructuring.
Thereafter, he supported a Space start-up developing its business model.
In 2015, he took over the position as Manager Corporate Business Development Aerospace and Mobility in the Fraunhofer Society.
Hendrik has built his career over the last 10 years in various positions covering international Retail, Supply Chain and Security topics in the luxury industry on brand and corporate level before moving on to becoming Senior Manager at one of the Big4 consulting firms. He is now the Regional Business Manager – Central Europe for Starship Technologies.
At Starship we believe our robots will revolutionize local delivery. We see a world where you can send and receive anything you want, anytime and anywhere. Our engineering expertise, combined with our experience of co-founding Skype, is enabling us to turn this into reality.