Minna Kivimäki, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland
Permanent Secretary Minna Kivimäki has worked at the Ministry of Transport and Communications since 1997 and held several positions, including Director of Unit and Director General at the Transport Policy Department. Before transferring to Brussels in 2016, she acted as Director General of the Services Department. In Brussels, Kivimäki worked as Deputy Permanent Representative and Coreper 1 representative at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU. At the beginning of June 2021, she was appointed Permanent Secretary. The Ministry of Transport and Communications seeks to promote the well-being of people and the competitiveness of businesses by ensuring that people have access to well-functioning, safe and reasonably priced transport and communications networks.
George E Bye, CEO, Bye Aerospace
Mr. Bye is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Bye Aerospace. He is the innovator behind Bye Aerospace, which was founded in 2007, with two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur, engineer and executive, balancing internal development with research of advanced concepts.
Bye has developed several aircraft designs. He is the driving force behind the concept and development of the all-electric eFlyer 2, eFlyer 4 and eFlyer 800 aircraft.. The eFlyer 2 is now in the FAA certification process. Previously he designed the 14-foot wing-span solar-electric hybrid UAV, “Silent Falcon,” now in production in a former Bye Aerospace subsidiary. He also conceived the new, piloted solar-electric SOLESA design which has recently begun flight test.
Bye is a well-known pioneer and conceptual design engineer and has been asked to consult with major OEMs on their advanced development programs. He has authored articles for industry journals, textbooks and publications, holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington and is an ATP rated pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. He was a USAF instructor pilot in the supersonic T-38 for Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, C-141B Aircraft Commander and is a Desert Storm veteran.
Dr. Anders Forslund, CEO, Heart Aerospace
Anders is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Heart Aerospace. He founded the company in 2018 together with Klara Andreasson with the aim of electrifying short-haul regional aviation, with an early focus on the Nordic countries.
Before starting Heart, Anders was an aerospace researcher at Chalmers, where he was a driving force behind the research project Elise-Electric Aviation in Sweden, funded by the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova. He spent 2013-2014 at MIT, where his work on geometric variation of aerospace components was awarded the Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal. He is also a founding member of the Nordic Network for Electric Aviation.
Anders has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Product Development and a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Chalmers. He has a dual M.Sc. in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University and Luleå University, as a part of the SpaceMaster program. He is also a member of the Prince Daniel fellowship for young entrepreneurs.
Riku Aho, Vice President Fleet Management, Finnair
Riku Aho is a sourcing professional who joined Finnair in 2011 and acts currently as VP Fleet Management and Managing Director of Finnair Aircraft Finance Oy. In this role Riku looks after aircraft trading, leasing and asset management. During this time he has engaged in simplifying, modernizing and restructuring Finnair’s fleet by the phase-out of several aircraft fleets including MD11s, B757s, A340s and E170s, and introduction of the A321 sharklet and A350. Riku has also overseen Finnair’s aircraft financing transactions including sale and leaseback and ECA financing. He has a background in engineering and physics and has held various positions in sourcing and quality management in Australia and Finland. Riku’s interests lie in fleet planning, strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management and future technologies enabling zero emission flight. Riku holds an M.Sc (Eng) degree from Tampere University of Technology.
Oliver Walker-Jones, Head of Marketing, Communications & Brand, Joby Aviation
Oliver leads Marketing and Communications at Joby, a company developing all-electric air taxis for commercial passenger service. Joby recently listed on the NYSE and employs around 1000 people at its base in California and around the world.
Before introducing Joby’s revolutionary vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to the world earlier this year, Oliver worked at Lilium, a German company developing similar technology and Rolls-Royce where he also introduced an air taxi vehicle as part of his role leading global aerospace communications. Oliver has a degree from Cambridge University and a background in political campaigning, having worked for politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
Massoud Javaheri, Commercial Development Manager, Renewable Aviation, Neste
Massoud Javaheri serves as the Commercial Development Manager at Neste Renewable Aviation. He has been working 17 years within the Oil industry starting at Preem in Sweden and the past 11 years with Neste. Massoud has had several commercial roles, starting with Distillate Trading at Neste’s Geneva office and he moved later to Gasoline trading. He has also served as Sales Manager for Neste Renewable Diesel and Key Account Manager for Scandinavian market and since 2019 with Renewable Aviation team located in Stockholm.
Massoud Javaheri’s focus at Neste is to support sales team to open new markets and establish new supply chains for making SAF more available to customers. He is also involved in PA work in Scandinavia. Massoud has a Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University in Sweden.
Paul Stith, Associate Vice President of Global Transportation Initiatives, Black & Veatch Strategic Growth
|Paul Stith is associate vice president of global transportation initiatives for Black & Veatch Strategic Growth, where he focuses on building ecosystems needed to plan, finance, deploy and operate sustainable transportation and distributed clean energy infrastructure at scale. His projects support investors, utilities, fleets, energy and transportation providers in electrifying, decarbonizing and automating their ground, aviation and marine fleets. Stith has a decade of zero-emission vehicle infrastructure experience and serves on Forth and NACFE boards of directors and supports numerous industry working groups and taskforces including SAE, CharIN, Community Air Mobility Initiative, EUROCAE, Smart Electric Power Alliance, Vertical Flight Society and NASA Transformational Electric Flight.|
His team collaborated with NASA on a groundbreaking study for Urban Air Mobility Infrastructure in 2018 and is working with numerous stakeholders and aviation facilities across industry to make aviation electrification a reality.
Dr. Petri Mononen, VTT Research
Dr. Petri Mononen is a Principal Scientist at VTT and has a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management. He is leading the Unmanned Aviation Excellence Node at VTT, consisting of 50 VTT experts involved in unmanned and electric aviation related research. He is currently coordinating two major scale research initiatives in unmanned aviation, namely AiRMOUR and Drolo. He is also External Advisory Board member for Safir-Med (SESAR JU) and ASSURED-UAM (H2020), which both are unmanned aviation projects.
Prior to VTT Mononen worked in University of Oulu Faculty of ICT as a Research Manager and as member of the faculty management board. He has also worked as team leader and member of company management group in Liidea Ltd., and before that employed by Mott MacDonald Group (UK) and Jaakko Pöyry Group. His expertise covers unmanned aviation, Urban Air Mobility, large scale international project lead & coordination, socio-economic impact evaluation, and co-innovation and business ecosystem facilitation. Mononen has been the coordinator for several EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects incl. TeleFOT IP, TeleFOT-InCo, AiRMOUR (www.airmour.eu) and other large scale projects Drolo (ww.drolo.fi) and SmartRail2. He was awarded the 2013 iMobility Award for excellence in ITS implementation activities by the European Commission and iMobility forum at den Haag Netherlands; and also the VTT STOR TIC award for outstanding work as leader in strategically important large scale European projects with high visibility.
Steinar Normann Bjugn, CEO Ehang Scandinavia AS
- 25 years’ experience within the Oil & Gas industry
- Lead role within BP Norway and the BP Group Corporate Management,
- Executive Member of BP Global Emergency Response Team Management, Major Project Management, Operations Management Leadership Team, SPA for Operating Management Systems and ERP Systems Implementations.
- Business startups and innovation,
- Aviation Collaboration Solutions and Autonomous Drone Command and Control Center Services. Certified RPAS Operator
Ehang Scandinavia AS (ES) is a Norwegian company based in Stavanger, specializing on operating cargo and passenger UAV`s including integrated UTM systems. Over the last three years ES has, in co-operation with Norce, ES have prepared relevant documentation and applications to achieve operational permits for the Ehang ecosystem platform and vehicles. ES received a formal approval for executing the E216 flight and test-plans from the Norwegian CAA according to Norwegian and EASA regulations. This is currently the first regulatory approved flight permit for the E216/UTM system outside China.
Fredrik Kämpfe, Swedish Aviation Industry Group
Fredrik, a Swedish national, worked for several years with the Swedish CAA, first as rulemaking officer, then legal adviser and finally manager for the legal office. He joined EASA in September 2004 as the agency’s deputy chief legal adviser and took up the position as manager for the Agreements and External Representation Section in the International Cooperation Department in May 2016 where he stayed until February 2018.
Fredrik came back to Sweden in March 2018 to take up the position as Director Industry Affairs for the Swedish Aviation Industry Group which forms part of the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises. In addition to his LLM from Uppsala University, where he graduated 1998 with his final thesis EC Air Transport Regulation and the Chicago Convention: a study of possible violations, Fredrik has a second master’s degree in International Air and Space Law from the International Institute of Air and Space Law at the University of Leiden (class of 2000/2001); his Leiden thesis looked closely at the procedural and legal feasibility to introduce a truly Global Airworthiness Code and Worldwide Type Certification Process.
Fredrik has also a technical background with an upper secondary school degree in mechanical engineering and Military service as a Battalion Engineer with the Swedish Armed Forces. Fredrik is a private pilot with over 400 flight hours as pilot in command and has worked several years at Stockholm Arlanda Airport for a ground handling company. He also maintains a bus driver’s license, diving certificate and is a licensed coastal skipper. Transport, he says, is part of his life.
Janne Ropponen, Ph.D., CEO, MAF Finland
Dr. Janne Ropponen is the Chief Executive Officer at MAF Finland. MAF Finland sends aviation staff and funding for MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) operations and flights in developing countries in areas where travelling otherwise is difficult or insecure. These flights respond to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people who often suffer from the effects of the climate change.
Dr. Ropponen has graduated from the university of Jyväskylä with business administration and information technology as his majors. His doctoral thesis focused on software risk management in IT projects. Before his flight career he served as a Senior Process Development Engineer at Nokia Telecommunications in the software production of Nokia mobile networks.
Janne Ropponen also holds current air transport pilot license and flies Airbus 320 aircraft with Finland’s national flag carrier airline Finnair. Previously, he has also served as a MAF pilot in Uganda and Mongolia where he lived together with his wife and four children 7 years. Practical and effective help delivered to the most needy people by MAF flights is still motivating him as he continues to work in the background to raise funds and awareness for these flights in the developing countries. Fighting climate change is also close to his heart and he gladly serves as the chairman of the first Ecological and Electric Aviation Conference in Finland. He enjoys outing and fishing in the fresh water lakes of Finland.
Janne Vasama, Chairman of Helsinki Electric Aviation Association
Janne Vasama is Founding member and chairman of Helsinki Electric Aviation Association. The aim of the Helsinki Electric Aviation Association is to build an electric aviation ecosystem around Pipistrel Alpha Electro electric plane to support the development of electric aviation in Finland. New ecosystem will support training, research, and development.
Janne Vasama is also member of Finnish Aeronautical Association board, chairman of The board of Finnish Air Sports Institute and advisory board member of LYGG, the private aircraft platform for short-haul travel. Janne has been working in several roles in electronics components business and has been an entrepreneur from 2005. Janne started flying 1978 with gliders and has license for several difference airplane categories.