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Final Conference Draft Programme


8.30        Registration and welcome coffee



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



9.40        Setting the scene – work done and next steps, 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  


                Bertrand Carette, Head of Strategic Workforce Planning, Safran 


                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


                 Benoit Consolini, Training Supervisor, Aerocampus Aquitaine  


                 Villiko Nurmoja, CEO, Threod Systems 


                 Andrzej Rybka, Director of Polish Aviation Valley


                 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, member of RAND Europe Council of Advisors and former Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


                Loris di Pietrantonio, Head of Unit, DG EMPL 


                Getter Oper, Chief Scientific Officer, Estonian Ministry of Defence


                Francesco Rogo, Head of Engineering and Knowledge Processes, Leonardo 


                Klaus Bolving, CEO, CenSec


                Discussion followed by Q&A



15.15      End of conference and networking coffee



15.45 - 17.00     General Assembly of the European Defence Skills Partnership