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Final Conference Draft Programme


9.00        Registration



9.30        Opening statement by Tomasz Husak, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska



9.40        Setting the scene – work done and next steps Director I, DG GROW



10.00      High level panel – What priorities for the next 5 years? chaired & moderated  by Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW


                Sabine Klauke, Head of Engineering - Airbus Defence and Space


                Thomas Stocker, Head of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer, Hensoldt


                Katarina Björklund, Vice President, Group Strategy, Saab  


                Safran (tbc)


                Discussion followed by Q&A 



11.15      Break



11.45      Panel discussion – Bridging the defence sector skills gaps through education and training, moderated by Christina Balis, Director of Services and Products Strategy, QinetiQ


                 Prof. Peter Nielsen, Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University


                 Jerȏme Verschave, General Manager, Aerocampus Aquitaine


                 Industry representative           


                 Discussion followed by Q&A



13.00       Networking Lunch



14.00       Panel discussion – Tapping into regional potential through ESIF for building defence skills, moderated by László Andor,  former Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (tbc)



                Slawomir Tokarski, Director DG GROW 


                Getter Oper, Chief Scientific Officer, Estonian Ministry of Defence



                Leonardo representative  


                Klaus Bolving, CEO CenSec & Member of the European Network of Defence-related Regions


                Discussion followed by Q&A



15.15      Break



15.45      General Assembly of the European Defence Skills Partnership



17.00      End