Expert Speakers

Join the leading experts shaping the future of urban air mobility to get the first hand updates on the ground breaking developments at the AIRTAXI World Congress!

When not in meetings, delegates can join in cutting-edge discussions at the Summit Hall as well as more deep-dive sessions at the Briefings, Pitches & Announcements Hall.  

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Marc Tembleque
Avolon
Head of Avolon-e

Marc Tembleque is Head of Avolon-e, leading Avolon’s eVTOL program which so far has placed 550 zero emissions aircraft with leading airlines worldwide. In his current role, Marc is responsible for eVTOL aircraft procurement and marketing as well as the development of a leasing product and supporting global customers establish viable eVTOL operations. He joined Avolon in 2019, and until mid 2021 he led the company’s airline fleet planning advisory function and helped develop Avolon’s large scale A330 freighter program. Before joining Avolon, he worked at Airbus for 6 years in various sales roles.


Marc holds a Master of Science in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Tom Muniz
Archer
Chief Operating Officer

Tom Muniz has served as our Chief Operating Officer since March 2021. Before being promoted to COO, Mr. Muniz served as our Vice President of Engineering from December 2019 through February 2021. From July 2019 to December 2019, Mr. Muniz served as Vice President of Engineering at Wisk, an eVTOL company. From January 2011 to July 2019, Mr. Muniz served in a variety of roles at Kitty Hawk, an eVTOL company, including Lead Engineer, Battery Systems Group, Director of Subsystems Engineering, and VP Engineering. From May 2009 to December 2010, Mr. Muniz served as an Aerospace Engineer at Desktop Aeronautics, Inc., a developer of aeronautics software. Mr. Muniz holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

Oguzhan Demiral
Freebird Airlines / Gozen Holding
Deputy Managing Director

B. Sc. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (1988), M. Sc. Degree in Mechanical
Engineering (1991) both from İstanbul Technical University. Civil aviation carieer started in İstanbul Airlines in 1993 as aircraft systems and airworthiness engineer. Has been working at Freebird Airlines since start-up in 2001. Currently holds following posts within Gözen Holding;Freebird Airlines, Deputy Managing Director, Freebird Airlines Europe (Malta), Continuing Airworthiness Manager, International Flight Training, Center (IFTC), Deputy General Manager, Gözen Holding, eVTOL Project Leader. Focused on commercial aviation maintenance system set-up and management,
airworthiness, airline fleet management, aircraft lease in/out transactions, flight
simulator operations & maintenance, eVTOL operations. Married, two kids. Food and kitchen fan.

Renan Gökyay
Nurus Group
Chief Design Technology Officer

Renan serve as a Chief Design Technology officer at Nurus Group where he is also a
shareholder. He studied Industrial Design at METU late 80’s. He had PP certification with almost
600hrs. He has a proven history of Design Management, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology,
Material Science for Aero structures. Renan is running a Research Center for advanced Materials and Manufacturing Techniques with around 30 skilled engineering and technicians, as well as Acoustic & Reverberation Labs. This Lab has many achievements about aircraft passenger seats and aircraft transparent. He is a Member of German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung) as well as served as a juror for German Design Council Awards 2016-2020. Renan also a Member of Fraunhofer IAO, Office 21 future research project. As an entrepreneur, he backed many startups for eVTOL such as Zyron and Aircar.

Eng. Cristiano Bronzi
Dronepad Italy
Aerospace Engineer

He has been working in the Automotive, Elevators, Aluminium technology, Photovoltaic and Helicopters
Facilities industries. Starting from 1998 in Ford Motor Company, then he faced more and more challenging tasks first in Otis Elevators, then in Donati Group up to the first decade of the new Millennium. Afterwards, the experience turned to a more international one by going freelance and setting up solar farms in Italy, in the UK, Jordan, Philippines, UAE, Ukraine and Romania. Finally he landed in Helidecks and as Operation Manager largely contributed to the definition of the engineering of the systems of the Dronepad, both electrical and mechanical.

Victor Lefevre
Eve Air Mobility
MEA Lead

Victor is an aviation & mobility enthusiast. Over the past 10 years, he worked for the MEA region, selling Embraer’s aircraft (3rd aircraft manufacturer in the world) to airlines. In 2020, he took on a personal challenge and crossed Africa by land from Cape Town to Cairo.

He is now leading MEA for Eve Air Mobility, a company that produces electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for the future of sustainable urban air mobility.


Ahmad Bakkar
Royal Schiphol Group
Board Advisor

Ahmad Bakkar is currently responsible of Advanced Air Mobility development at Schiphol Group and looks after innovation at Rotterdam the Hague Airport (Schiphol Group Innovation Airport). He was previously Director Business Development and Strategy at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre. He has a broad knowledge of Civil Aviation. He served as an Aerospace Engineering Consultant at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Royal Dutch Airline, KLM and Fokker Aerospace Since 2009. He also has over 5 years’ experience in Oil & Gas at Shell. He holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science, both in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology. Ahmad speaks over 5 languages fluently.

Ivan Huang
Nextra Aerospace
Co-founder

Ivan Huang co-founded Nextra Aerospace Inc. and serves as Chief Executive Officer. He is an aeronautical professional with a business background. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science. He is an aeronautical professional, pilot, and leader. His crossover experience in flying, innovating, and management make him particularly capable of producing results in consumer-facing aeronautical technology sectors.

Mammen Tharakan
Edmonton International Airport
Director, E-Commerce, Cargo, Aviation Real Estate

With over twenty years of leadership in sectors including Aviation, Entertainment, and Technology,
Mammen Tharakan joined Edmonton International Airport as the Director, E-Commerce, Cargo &
Aviation Real Estate. Together with a passionate & dedicated team, Mammen works with a strong
customer mindset to retain Canada, and Edmonton’s positions in global supply chains. His duties
include identifying new technologies and partnerships that support the community in responsible
growth. Recognizing the crucial role that travel provides in connecting the world, he is committed to
advancing the industry through collaboration and innovation. Mammen holds a Masters Degree in
Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
USA.

Carlo Tursi
UrbanV
Chief Executive Officer

Carlo Tursi's entire career has been dedicated to the world of innovation and start-ups and he boasts over 15 years of international experience in Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, mainly in the sectors of mobility and venture capital.

A mechanical engineer with an MBA from MIT Sloan, Carlo began his career as a consultant at Kearney. Later, he was Director of Corporate Development for Better Place, an Israeli-American start-up focused on developing infrastructure for electric mobility. He was an Associate at Quantum Pacific, a London-based family office where he worked primarily in the automotive and energy sectors, while also contributing to the company's venture capital activities. For almost 5 years he was General Manager for Italy at Uber, the largest ride-hailing company in the world. Most recently he was in TIM, the leading Italian telecommunications company, where he was Head of Business Development and CEO of TIM Ventures.


Bruno Rampinelli Rota
To70 Italia
Managing Director

Bruno Rampinelli Rota is Managing Director at To70 Italia, part of To70 Aviation, world leading aviation consultant and engineering firm. Bruno has more than 10 years of international experience in Australia, Europe and US in the aviation industry, ranging from manufacturing to airports’ operations to policy and regulations. At his time in General Electrics Aviation, he supported the development and production of aircraft engine parts using additive manufacturing. With To70, Bruno supports airports, authorities and ANSPs in facing important challenges and future developments, such as capacity, efficiency, airspace design, AAM and UAM, safety and sustainability.

Corvin Huber Skyroads
CEO

Corvin Huber – aerospace engineer, multiple company founder, board member, innovator. Success built reliably. Corvin's CV combines many years of top management assignments in aircraft manufacturing and high-tech development with profound experience in international business development, including an IPO at the London AIM.

In his extensive professional career, Corvin led several German aircraft manufacturers (EXTRA, REMOS, Econoflug) to exits with international investors (UK & US) and managed a small/mid-cap tech investor.

Building on his experience as CEO, COO and Managing Director, the Munich native with British and Irish roots founded Skyroads (former D3 Technologies AG) in July 2019

His mission today: Building the Skyroads System that enables Advanced Air mobility to scale through Automation - with a powerful team of industry experts.

Hamid Hamidi Limosa Inc
CEO

As an entrepreneur who thinks twice on humanity, Hamid is on a mission to improve the quality of people's life. Thanks to his vast experience in the aviation industry, Hamid and his passionate team at Limosa are trying to play a role in the transition towards emission free and robust aerial transport. They are building a new aircraft called LimoConnect which is an all-electric Vertical and Conventional Take-off and Landing (eVTOL+eCTOL) vehicle. 

Hamid received his PhD in mechanical engineering and worked in different aerospace companies such as Bell Helicopter and Bombardier aerospace. Hamid is a musician and plays an Iranian traditional music instrument called ‘’Tar’’.


Christoph Selig Unisphere
Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer

Christoph is co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Unisphere, a German deep-tech company developing digital twin solutions for automated drone flights and vertiport planning. He holds a Ph.D. in innovation management and has spent most of his career working in innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded the local academic startup initiative and has extensive experience in developing digitalization & innovation strategies and consulting established companies and startups.


Gonzalo Velasco Ferrovial Airports
Business Plan & Innovation Director

Gonzalo Velasco serves as Business Plan & Innovation Director at Ferrovial Airports, being responsible for the development of the long-term business plans for the assets in the portfolio and also for the bidding processes of the division. In addition, he leads the innovation strategy and the delivery of innovation projects. He is a member of the Board of Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports, a member of ACI World Economics Committee and the Chair of ACI World Non-Aeronautical Revenues & Activities Committee. Gonzalo has a Master in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politecnica Madrid and an MBA from IE Business School.

Yusuf Selamoğlu, iGA Istanbul Airport - Master Plan Director

Mr. Selamoglu; Master Plan Director of iGA Istanbul Airport, has over 25 years of planning, design, construction and operation experience in aviation, transport, commercial and educational sectors. He has a broad geographical experience including Turkey, USA, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait with different clients both public and private. Currently at iGA Istanbul Airport, he is directing the Airport Planning Department to ensure the operational integrity of the airport master plan and flexibility for future development in terms of airspace and airside infrastructure, CNS/ATM development and integration, aviation safety & security, operational effectiveness, level of service, constructability, infrastructure capacity, logistics and connectivity."

Damian Kysely
Skyports
Head of EMEA

Damian Kysely is Head of EMEA for Skyports Infrastructure. He leads Skyports’ vertiport infrastructure business in Europe and Middle East, focusing on business development, government affairs, project management and technology deployment. In his previous role at Skyports, he managed the design and development of the world’s first vertiport in Singapore in October 2019.

Prior to joining Skyports, Damian founded a UK government backed company developing analytics tools for drone infrastructure deployment in built environments and held previous roles in transport technology consulting and early stage venture capital.

Damian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The University of Manchester.

Pasi Nikama
Fintraffic
Senior Vice President, CMO & CCO

Pasi Nikama works as SVP in Fintraffic Air Navigation Services Ltd taking care of marketing and customer relations. He has a long history in Air Traffic Management and Air Traffic Control facing back to 1991 when starting his career in aviation. Pasi has been involved in various projects and manager positions during his career and he still holds his ATCO license valid in Area Control Centre. Currently Pasi is leading Fintraffic ANS digitalization project with UTM involvement.

Adam Goldstein
Archer
Founder & CEO

Adam Goldstein is Archer’s Founder and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Archer and a member of the Archer board of directors since October 2018. Prior to co-founding Archer, Mr. Goldstein also co-founded and led Vettery from November 2012 to December 2019. Before Vettery, Mr. Goldstein served as Co-Managing Partner of Minetta Lane Capital Partners from March 2011 to August 2012. From February 2011 to November 2019 Mr. Goldstein served as Portfolio Manager at Plural Investments and from September 2005 to October 2009 Mr. Goldstein served as a Senior Analyst at Cedar Hill Capital Partners. Mr. Goldstein serves as a member of the board of directors of the Museum of American Finance. Mr. Goldstein holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business.

Brian Davey
Joby Aviation Government Affairs, EMEA Region

Having been in the market over 10 years, Brian's experience ranges from Head of Communications for Rolls Royce, Head of Communications at Lilium and now, Oliver is heading Marketing, Communications & Brand at Joby. Joby Aviation is a Californian venture-backed aerospace company, developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that it intends to operate as an air taxi service.

Edward Espiritu
United Airlines
Senior Manager

Edward currently leads the aerospace and aircraft technology vertical for United Airlines Ventures (UAV), having led the group’s transactions in Archer Aviation and Heart Aerospace. The company officially launched UAV in June 2021 as a corporate venture capital fund focusing on opportunities among three main pillars of sustainability, aerospace and technology. In addition to UAV, Edward also is part of the company’s Corporate Development team, where he led the company’s acquisition of its wholly owned flight training school and also worked on the company’s minority investment in Clear Secure, Inc. He has been with United since 2014, starting his career with the airline in Finance and has supported numerous operational groups and enterprise wide initiatives before moving into Corporate Development and ultimately UAV.

Michael Spellacy
Atlas Crest Invesments
CEO

Michael Spellacy has served as a member of Archer’s board of directors since September 2021. Mr. Spellacy was appointed Atlas Crest Investment Corp.’s Chief Executive Officer on October 2, 2020, and a director on October 14, 2020. Mr. Spellacy has extensive experience in technology, data and analytics, capital markets and private equity and has worked as an investor, investment banker and consultant. Mr. Spellacy served as a Senior Managing Director at Accenture plc and Global Industry Leader of Accenture Capital Markets while overseeing Accenture’s Asset Management, Wealth Management and Investment and Trading businesses. Mr. Spellacy began his role at Accenture in 2017. Prior to Accenture, Mr. Spellacy was a Senior Partner, Asset and Wealth Management, at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2015 to 2017 and before that role, he was a Partner at Broadhaven Capital from 2013 to 2015 and Senior Executive, Management Committee Advisor at Bridgewater Associates from 2009 to 2013. He also held roles at Boston Consulting Group from 2003 to 2009. Mr. Spellacy received his B.S. in Economics from the London School of Economics and MBA from the University of Hartford.


Andreas Perotti
Ehang
Chief Marketing Officer

Andreas has over a decade of extensive international marketing and communications experience with senior marketing roles in the aerospace industry, government and telecom sectors, including the European Parliament, Telekom Austria Group or FACC.

Eduardo Dominguez Puerta
Vertical Aerospace
CCO

Eduardo drives commercialisation and the path to market for Vertical Aerospace, supporting the business as it continues to build on its mission to make air travel personal, on demand and carbon free. Drawn from some of the world’s leading businesses, such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar, Vertical’s team has a unique depth of talent. Hand-picked from aerospace and advanced automotive, the world class team has already certified and supported 30+ aircraft and propulsion systems.

At Airbus, Eduardo was responsible for the subsidiary in charge of development, design and manufacturing of eVTOLs, including technology, regulation, certification, infrastructure, unmanned air traffic management and ridesharing services (Voom).

Eray Altunbozar
AirCar
CEO

Founded in 2017 by Eray Altunbozar, AirCar is an urban air mobility company developing and manufacturing an all-electric, autonomous, vertical take-off and landing aircraft, and 200kg payload carrying cargo drone. Company founded in 2017, and conducting test flights with full-size technology demonstrator since 2021. Company will showcase its new prototype. AirCar is an eVTOL aircraft for two passengers tested with sub-scale prototypes over 1000+ flights. 

Munish Khurana  Eurocontrol
Senior Manager
Business Development

Munish currently works at EUROCONTROL as a Senior Business Development Directorate European Civil-Military Aviation Co-operation and Strategies at Eurocontrol, responsible for developing ATM/Unmanned Traffic Management business with international stakeholders.

Martin Boll
Rolls-Royce
Programme Lead Urban Air Mobility

Martin Boll studied physics in Mainz and Munich and owned a PhD in Quantum Physics with the Max-Planck Institution. He started his career in aerospace with Siemens eAircraft in 2016 as a project manager on materials for electric and hydrogen aerospace applications, before changing to electric system design optimization. He joined Rolls-Royce Electrical in October 2019. Since November 2020 he is leading the Urban Air Mobility Programme of Rolls-Royce Electrical with the goal to develop electric propulsion systems for the Urban Air Mobility market driven by our lead customer projects with Vertical Aerospace (VX4) and EVE.


Darrell Swanson
NASA
Strategic Adviser

Darrell is an advisor to NASA’s Transformative Vertical Flight programme, the Advance Air Mobility panel at ADS Group, the Community Air Mobility Initiative and is a board member of the British Aviation Group. Darrell has over 20 years’ experience as an aviation consultant on airport masterplanning projects thru to airport acquisition advisory services.

Clem Newton-Brown
Skyportz
CEO

Clem Newton-Brown is CEO and founder of Skyportz, the only Australian business developing a network of landing sites for a future air taxi network. Clem’s background as a former Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Member of Victorian Parliament and barrister specialising in planning and property development has put him at the forefront of this emerging industry.
Clem serves on several Federal, State, industry and international committees advancing the development of the rules and regulations around establishing a whole new era in clean, green electric aviation. The success of the industry depends on these changes along with a network of Skyportz sites from which air taxis will operate. Skyportz already has over 400 property partner sites in Australia and New Zealand which are ready to activate when regulations permit.

Alexander Paul Johnstone
ATC Inspector
UK Civil Aviation Authority

Alexander Paul is responsible for the Air Traffic Control Regulation and over sight of the main London TMA airports (including Heathrow, Gatwick and London City) and the London Terminal Control Approach Radar Units (Heathrow, Gatwick, Essex Radar (Luton and Stansted), Thames Radar (London City, Biggin Hill)

Jarek Zych
EAMaven

Co-Founder

Jarek is Partner and Co-founder of EAMaven, a management consultancy firm focusing on solving
the key challenges in the area of AAM infrastructure through the provision of AAM strategy support,
demand modelling, infrastructure design and due diligence services.
Jarek has spent the last 16 years working for and providing services to leading aviation companies
including airlines, airports, leasing companies, aviation consulting firms and suppliers. He
specializes in demand modelling for Advanced Air Mobility, air service development and traffic
forecasting for airports/airlines.
He holds a Master’s degree in International Management, and Postgraduate degrees in Air
Transport Sector Management and Finance.

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