World ATM Congress 2019 Conference Programme

'Tackling the Big Issues in
ATM – Capacity, UTM Integration, People'

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World ATM Congress 2019 Conference Programme


'Tackling the Big Issues in
ATM – Capacity, UTM Integration, People'

World ATM Congress, 12-13 March 2019
Conference Theatre, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid

These are exciting times in air traffic management (ATM), driven not least by the continuing growth in air traffic, implementation of new technologies and the evolution of various new airspace users. There have been some very significant improvements in ATM performance in recent times yet the challenges keep growing and the pace of change continues to increase. The sense of excitement and anticipation will be prevalent at World ATM Congress 2019 where the entire ATM industry reunites at its annual hub for business, networking and discussions.

The scope for the Conference of World ATM Congress 2019 was therefore potentially very wide. However, our consultations on possible themes, topics and speakers revealed a strong desire for the Conference to address the big issues in ATM of capacity, UTM integration and people – so that is what we are delivering, but with some new approaches and new faces.

As usual, we are delighted that the Conference will be opened formally by the Minister of Development of Spain, our delightful and welcoming host country. We will then move on to our two keynote speakers to provide us with the ‘Big Picture’ in ATM globally.

The session on drones, UTM and the services drone operators require will start with a thought-piece on the humanitarian value of drones, followed by a panel on 'The Voice of UTM'. Four leaders in UTM will provide their unique insights into the present status, their visions for tomorrow and how to get there, and what that all means for ATM.

On the second day, the first focus will be on 'People in ATM'. We are delighted to welcome the inspirational Shaesta Waiz as the opening guest speaker. Shaesta will share experiences of her solo flight around the world but also her mission to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, especially young women. We then look at two specific people issues in ATM: recruiting and retaining enough women and millennials. Each will be approached differently but with the same objective of how ATM can best diversify through greater use of women and millennials to ensure the resources needed in future. 

The final session will be a robust debate on the very topical issue of present and future airspace capacity. A strong panel will address what can be done to overcome different capacity constraints in the different regions of the world. 

We hope that you will find that these very different sessions on subjects reflecting your preferences to be enlightening, topical, interesting and full of relevance and information for you to take away with you.  

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Tuesday, 12 March
09.15 – 09.50

Brief Introductions and Opening/Welcome

• Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)
• Jeff Poole, Director General, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)
Pedro Saura García, Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing and President, ENAIRE

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09.50 – 10.40

Session One: The Big Picture – Keynote Speakers

• Daniel K. Elwell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

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Dialogue: US-Europe Relations in ATM and Impact on Global ATM

10.40 – 11.10

Networking Break (Conference Lunch Area)

Sponsored by: 

11.10 – 12.30

Session Two: Drones, UTM and the Services Drone Operators Require
11.10 – 11.25 Thought-Piece: Prioritising Humanitarian Needs

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Special Guest Speaker: Sara De La Rosa, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator, Interagency Supply Chain Group (ISG) seconded by UNICEF to ISG

11.25 – 12.30 Panel: The Voice of UTM 

Moderator: Andrew Charlton, Managing Director, Aviation Advocacy

• Ben Marcus, Chairman and Co-Founder, AirMap, Inc.
• Richard Parker, Founder and CEO, Altitude Angel
• Marc Kegelaers, Chief Executive Officer, Unifly
• Todd Donovan, Vice President, Digital Aviation, Thales

12.30 Conference Lunch (Conference Lunch Area) and World ATM Congress Exhibition


Wednesday, 13 March
09.15 – 09.45

Special Guest Speaker 
• Shaesta Waiz, Founder and President, Dreams Soar, Inc.

09.45 – 10.45

Session Three: Investing in People as Critical Enablers – Diversity and Millennials in ATM 

Introduction and Moderator: Michael Bell, Senior Client Partner, Civil Aviation Practice, Korn Ferry

Part 1: Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling

Presenter: Michael Bell, Senior Client Partner, Civil Aviation Practice, Korn Ferry

Part 2: Attracting and Retaining Women and Millennials in ATM

Moderator: Michael Bell, Senior Client Partner, Civil Aviation Practice, Korn Ferry


• Kendra Kincade, Employer Brand Specialist, NAV CANADA and Founder and Board Chairman, Elevate Aviation
• Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• Anne Kathrine Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, Entry Point North
• Milena Bowman, Executive Manager ASP a.i., Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), EUROCONTROL
• Emma Parry, Digital Marketing Manager, NATS

10.45 – 11.15  

Networking Break (Conference Lunch Area)

Sponsored by: 

11.15 – 11.45

Session Four: The Big Crunch – Hard Talk on ATM Capacity             

Moderator: David McMillan, Chair, ATM Policy Institute and Non-Executive Director, Gatwick Airport Limited

• Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director, Airlines for Europe (A4E) 
• Maurice Georges, CEO/Director, DSNA (France)
• Tinnagorn Choowong, Executive Vice President (Operations), AEROTHAI (Thailand)
• Gabriel Giannotti, President and CEO, EANA (Argentina)
• Ryyan Waddah Tarabzoni, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) ( Saudi Arabia)
• Sandile Malinga, Chief Operations Officer, ATNS (South Africa)

12.45 Conference Lunch (Conference Lunch Area) and World ATM Congress Exhibition


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