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 this October in London! The programme is subject to constant update to keep in pace with the dynamic developments. Please contact us directly by emailing support@airtaxiworldcongress.com for all the news, updates and information on a Congress not to be missed.


Duncan Walker
Skyports
CEO

Duncan is co-founder and CEO of Skyports, that designs, builds and operates take-off and landing infrastructure for electric air taxis, as well as providing drone delivery within the medical, e-commerce and logistics sectors. Duncan has 20 years of commercial real estate experience. He was a Main Board Director at Helical plc, a FTSE listed investment and development company. 

Michael Spellacy
Atlas Crest 
CEO

Recognised as a Global 100 Irish Business Leaders, Michael is the CEO of Atlas Crest Investment, leading over 1,500+ Accenture consultants worldwide as they help drive transformational growth and technology led innovation for investment banks, asset and wealth managers, and exchanges. With over 23 years’ experience as a leader, investor and advisor, he is recognised for a global perspective of the capital markets sector, keen insight into the evolution of market segments, and the ability to envision, map and activate technology-led transformation, business growth and innovation.  

Ian Kiely
AIRTAXI World Congress
Moderator

Ian is an award-winning UAV specialist and developer with a particular interest in air taxis, eVTOL and drone connectivity. Ian was recently an adjudicator for the Galileo Masters and is working with the EU on the future of drone technologies.

Lizann Tjon
City of Amsterdam
Smart Mobility Program Manager

Lizann Tjon is the program manager smart mobility of the City of Amsterdam. Her professional career started at 2010 the City of Amsterdam, where she worked as strategic policy advisor for in the social department. In 2012, she switched to the Economic Department in the role of project manager, specifically to stimulate knowledge and innovation and enhance the role of the creative industries cluster and initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Currently she is responsible for innovation via the smart mobility program at the Chief Technology Office of Amsterdam.

Alban Negret
Groupe ADP
Head of Innovation and Corporate Venture Groupe ADP

Alban is leading the Innovation and Corporate Venture team of Aéroports
de Paris/ Groupe ADP, the leading international airports management
group. As a former strategy consultant with aerospace engineering
background, he is in particular in charge of ADP roadmap on Urban Air
Mobility (UAM), with Pontoise airfield UAM sandbox and Paris Olympics
2024 as a target, through vertiports development, partnerships and
contribution to new regulations.

Andrew Sage
NATS
Director Safety Transformation

Andrew is Director of Safety Transformation at NATS and is leading the safe integration of drones into UK airspace. As well as integrating UTM capability into today's operation, NATS is working closely with drone operators to develop sustainable safety cases for operations alongside manned aviation.

Munish Khurana  Eurocontrol
Senior Manager

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.

Winfried Finkeldei
Cologne Bonn Airport
Airtaxi Project Lead: Vertiport Infrastructure & eVTOL Operations

Winfried Finkeldei is an Aerospace Engineer with more than 25 years experiece in a broad range of aviation. As a graduated Flight Test Engineer, he has been involved in several commercial and military aircraft programmes. In different management positions he was working in the fields of Engineering, Manufacturing and Operations of fixed-wing aircrafts and helicopters. In 2018, ‘Winni‘ took over a position at the Cologne Bonn Airport, looking after EASA compliance, airside safety and training management. In addition, he is the acting Airtaxi Project Lead: Vertiport Infrastructure & eVTOL Operations.

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.

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.

Mareike Noack
Henkel Co.
Market Segment Manager UAM/ AAM

Mareike is the Market Segment Manger for the Urban and Advanced Air Mobility at Henkel. The company is supplying reliable solutions to the Aerospace and Automotive Industry including Adhesives, Coatings and Electronics, always having the various aspects of sustainability in focus. With these product portfolios and a long expertise in various markets Henkel is taking the step into the UAM. Prior to this, Mareike has worked in product development for the Aerospace Industry as the technical lead for different projects.

Nikhil Sachdeva
Roland Berger
Senior Manager

Nikhil Sachdeva is a Senior Manger at Roland Berger working on how the aviation sector can transition to more climate-friendly technologies, from electrical propulsion to hydrogen and SAFs, as well as the commercial and technological implications for the aerospace sector. As a consultant, he specialises in strategy projects for aerospace and aviation clients, having worked with major aerospace OEMs, suppliers, as well as major airlines. 

Phoebe Parry-Crooke
What3words
Partnerships Manager

Phoebe Parry-Crooke is a Partnerships Manager at what3words; helping businesses and organisations make use of their technology. Her main focus is around supporting infrastructure and UAV companies to integrate the technology and get their consumers using it. what3words is the simplest way to talk about location. The location technology company is enabling people around the world to identify and share any precise location using just three words. what3words has taken the globe, and divided it into a grid of 3m squares, giving each one a unique 3 word address, made of three words from the dictionary.

Phil Binks
Altitude Angel
Head of ATM

Philip, the Head of ATM at Altitude Angel is focusing on creating global-scale solutions that enable the safe integration and use of fully autonomous drones into airspace worldwide. Supporting both U-Space and UTM, its purpose-built cloud platform delivers class-leading services to drone operators, manufacturers and software developers by enabling them to access a rich source of real-time aeronautical, environmental and regulatory data all tailored to the individual operation dynamically.

Clem Newton-Brown
Skyportz
CEO 

Clem Newton-Brown is a former barrister, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Member of the Victorian Parliament. He is also the entrepreneur who played a role in getting Uber Air to choose Melbourne as the first international test city for their urban aerial ride sharing service. A fascinating keynote speaker, Clem draws on his vast experience in politics, business and with Uber Air to talk to audiences about the transport revolution that’s just around the corner. 

Clem is the CEO and Founder of Skyportz which is establishing the landing infrastructure for flying taxis. Drawing on his time in law and politics, Clem has a unique insight into how this transport revolution can be realised.

Kolin Schunck
Lufthansa Innovation Hub Future Aerial Mobility Mngr 

Kolin is Research & Intelligence Analyst at Lufthansa Hub with the focus areas on Future of Aerial Mobility (e.g. new technologies (electric, hydrogen, SAF), urban air mobility, autonomous flight, space travel, super- and hypersonic flight)

Brenden Hedblom 
Eve Air Mobility
Urban Air Traffic Management Program Lead 

Brenden Hedblom is the program lead for Eve’s Urban Air Traffic
Management business with experience in conventional and emerging traffic
management solutions. Within Eve, Brenden is responsible for the product
development and strategy of the traffic management systems and services
focused on advancing towards a more unified airspace construct. Prior to
the spin-out of Eve, Brenden led the collaboration between EmbraerX and
Airservices Australia to co-publish the Urban Air Mobility CONOPS.
Currently, Brenden is managing the Eve led consortium composed of
world-leading organizations participating in the CAA Innovation Sandbox
to enable the growth of UAM in the UK.

Jen Beran
Honeywell
Principal Scientist, UAM Architect

Experienced Technical Manager with a 5 year history of managing technology portfolio in avionics platforms in Honeywell ranging from high-performance computing platforms, cyber-physical systems architecture, displays & graphics, and electric power systems, In his role, Jan expanded the team up to 14 researchers, developed business proposals, interfaced with customers and enjoyed lead technical roles. He is a co-author of 1 published patent and several patent applications.

Jack Withinshaw Airspeeder
CCO

Jack is Chief Commerical Officer at Airpeeder, which is is the world's first electric flying car race series. Found at the confluence of frontier technology and new world entertainment, the Airspeeder race series is traditional Motorsport evolved. The sky is now our playground! The greatest champions, in the fastest eVTOL vehicles, racing head-to-head in three dimensions will drive innovation and adoption of the nascent Electric Vertical Take-Off & Landing Industry through sustained competition at the highest level.

Gökhan Celik
ATech SYN
CEO

Gökhan is the founder and CEO of A-techSYN. A-techSYN develops and manufactures proprietary Unmanned Aviation System (UAS) solutions including field proven LALE Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) fixed wing UAVs and mid to high speed Target Drones. A-techSYN is vertically integrated and does not only develop and manufacture UAS,Autopilot and key electronic components, but also trains operators and mechanics,
provides MRO and even flight services to customers.
Gokhan is founder and CEO of A-techSYN, which is a significant actor in the VTOL UAV
market and has designed and developed over 6 new UAV platforms, 2 Autopilots and
GCS Software besides 14 UAV Sub Systems since 2013.

Phil Mountain
Birdstrike Management UK
Director

Phil is the Director of Birdstrike Management UK, servicing the aviation bird and wildlife management sector. Prior to starting Birdstrike Management, Phil worked at the UK Government’s Fera/AHVLA wildlife management team and was responsible for delivering wildlife control and advice to the aviation industry. Phil is a highly motivated professional responsible for the delivery of birdstrike standards check projects for international airports and airlines. He has specialist skills and expertise in the mitigation of aviation birdstrike risk at airports, ornithological field survey and wildlife control. He has presented at IBSC, Eurocontrol and EASA on European Birdstrike Reduction programmes and has unrivalled experience in assessing bird hazard management programmes within Europe; Phil has also gained a great deal of experience in the Middle East and Africa. Specialities: Training, Safeguarding, Identification, Inspection and Risk Assessment of Aviation Wildlife Management. Field monitoring and control of risk from off-airfield bird and wildlife strike hazards.

Last updated 5 October 2021For an updated list please email info@airtaxiworldcongress.com