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Mobility and Transport

Connecting Europe by Air

The event is organised in collaboration with  SESAR Deployment Manager.

The event will take place on 3 April from 8:30-13:30 at Brussels Airport’s iconic Skyhall, located at the departures level.


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Time Session Title
08:30 – 09:10 Welcome coffee & side exhibition
09:10 – 09:15


  • Sylvie Van den Eynde, Chief HR & Corporate affairs, Brussels Airport Company
09:15 – 09:30

Keynote speeches

  • Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Belgium
  • Adina-Ioana Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport
09:30 – 10:00

Hot seat debate: Navigating European aviation's present and future

  • Magda Kopczyńska, Director-General, DG MOVE, European Commission
  • Arnaud Feist, CEO, Brussels Airport Company

Moderator: Victoria Moores, Europe & Africa Bureau Chief, Air Transport World

10:00 – 10:45

Panel debate: The role of aviation in EU transport network connectivity

  • Jan-Christoph Oetjen, Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI Europe
  • Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO, Brussels Airlines, Representative of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board to the European Commission
  • Markus Otto, SVP Aviation Europe, DHL Express
  • Brieuc De Meeûs, Deputy President, Union Internationale des Transports Publics

Moderator: Herald Ruijters, Deputy Director-General, DG MOVE, European Commission

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:30

Elevator pitch: Skyward shift: Essentials for transforming aviation by 2050

  • Nikhil Sachdeva – Principal, Roland Berger
11:30 – 12:15

Panel debate: Flight to sustainability: Catalysing aviation decarbonisation with collaboration, research, and financing

  • Paloma Aba Garrote, Director, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency
  • Mariagrazia La Piscopia, Executive Director, SESAR Deployment Manager
  • Pierre Hamelin, Vice-President Hydrogen Energy Partnerships Operations, Air Liquide
  • Glenn Llewellyn, Vice President, Zero-Emission Aircraft, Airbus
  • Leen Vander Kuylen, Director Supplier Management & Procurement, TUI Airlines

Moderator:  Maria De Las Flores Diaz Pulido – Head of Aviation Policy Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission

12:15 – 12:25


  • Sylvie Van den Eynde, Chief HR & Corporate Affairs, Brussels Airport Company
  • Maria De Las Flores Diaz Pulido – Head of Aviation Policy Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission
12:25 – 13:30 Networking lunch & side exhibition