Guest Speakers

This list will be updated as we receive information from guest speakers.

Minna Kivimäki, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland

George E Bye, 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.

Anders Forslund, Heart Aerospace

Eveliina Huurre, Finnair

JoeBen Bevirtt, Joby Aviation

Massoud Javaheri, Neste

Paul Stith, Black & Veatch

Dr. Petri Mononen, VTT Research

Steinar Bjugn, Ehang Scandinavia

Fredrik Kämpfe, Swedish Aviation Industry Group


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 330 long haul flights 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 Electro Mobility Branch Group at Technology Industries of Finland. The aim of the branch group is to support and facilitate the electrification of traffic in Finland. 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.

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