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Maarten Koopmans

Vice President Component Services, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines



Maarten Koopmans has been working for KLM since 1998. After a two-year management trainee program and he started his career as an Operational Manager in Jet Engine Maintenance.

In 2003 he became Director of Airport Strategy within KLM. After a few years (2006) he was appointed Head of Airport and Environmental Strategy.

                Two and a half years later he earned his first Vice President title and moved to the Inflight Services department. In August 2012 he became the Vice President of Passenger Services.

                In July 2016 Maarten made his latest switch back to KLM Engineering & Maintenance. He became Vice President of Component Services, changing Component Services to a more commercial and customer focused organization.



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Robert Jan de Boer, MsC PhD

Director of Amsterdam Campus for Northumbria University



Robert J. de Boer MSc PhD (1965) was trained as an aerospace engineer at Delft University of Technology. He majored in man-machine systems and graduated in 1988 on the thresholds of the vestibular organ. After gaining experience in line management and consulting he joined Fokker Technologies taking on the role of the Director of Engineering. In this role he supported and guided an increasing number of engineers (up to 300) occupied in a large number of new design projects across the globe. From 2009 to 2018 Robert was appointed as Professor of Aviation Engineering at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (Hogeschool van Amsterdam). Robert is currently the Director of the Amsterdam Campus for Northumbria University.


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Colin Dennis, Hon DUniv. BSc. C.Eng, FSaRS, FIMechE

Retired Technical Director of RSSB



Colin Dennis has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield, is a Fellow of both the Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and has a degree in Energy Technology, from Aston University. Colin retired as Technical Director of RSSB in 2015 after 35 years’ experience in Safety and Reliability Engineering.

Additional bio information: During his career in industry and consultancy Colin was involved in the development and application of safety and reliability analysis techniques, including large risk models, in the nuclear, railway and other industries – most notably the UK mainline railway Safety Risk Model.  Colin was the Chair of SaRS from 2016 to 2018, and is a member of the SaRS Council.


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Stathis Malakis, PhD

Air Traffic Controller at the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority



Stathis Malakis is an air traffic controller working for the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority since 1999. He holds tower, approach procedural, approach radar and instructor/assessor ratings and endorsements. He is the safety focal point of Rhodes/Diagoras International Airport Air Traffic Control section. He holds a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in Air Transport Management and a PhD in Cognitive Systems Engineering. His PhD was supported by a Research grant from EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre and the field study was conducted in the Institute of Air Navigation Services and Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre. He has published many peer-reviewed journal papers in human performance, simulator training, error recovery processes, organizational safety, decision-making and accident investigation in aviation and air traffic control. He is the coauthor of the book ‘Cognitive Engineering and Safety Organization in Air Traffic Management’. Recent work with the European Commission includes modeling and design of safety management systems in the aviation.


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Tamara Pejović, MEng MSc PhD

Senior Safety Performance Expert at EUROCONTROL, Performance Review Unit



Dr. Tamara Pejović is an aviation professional, with over 20 years of experience gained in industry, consultancy, regulation, and academia. She is a senior safety and quality of service performance expert at EUROCONTROL, associate adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), and founder and Board member of the Women in Aviation chapter - the Netherlands. Tamara is currently in charge of strategic transversal safety and operational activities at Performance Review Unit at EUROCONTROL, actively working on bridging the gap between safety theory and practice with the ultimate aim to improve overall performance of the ATM/ANS system, including safety. Tamara holds a PhD from Imperial College London (UK), an MSc in Aeronautical Science from ERAU (US), and MEng in Air Traffic and Transport from University of Belgrade (Serbia).


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David M. Lindley, MSc MIET MRAeS

Head of Aviation Safety and Quality Assurance at Hybrid Air Vehicles

ICSC: The Next Big Aviation Safety Challenge – Is it Inside or Outside the Cockpit?


Mr Lindley is an aviation safety professional with +30 years of experienced from Military Front Line Operations, Defence & Commercial industry. Currently the Head of Aviation Safety at Hybrid Air Vehicles the world leaders in Hybrid Lighter than Air aircraft, holds a MSc in Aviation Safety Management and CAA and EASA Form 4 approvals, responsible for the implementation and management of SMS, Quality Assurance and Human Factors for Airlander, a new Type Certified aircraft type that combines lighter-than-air, fixed and rotary wing technology for both commercial and military use, delivering unique aircraft capabilities, coupled with less noise, less pollution, a lower carbon footprint, longer endurance and better cargo-carrying capacity that will make hybrid aircraft a mainstay of future aviation. David is also currently the Vice Chairman of the IETs Aerospace Technical Professional Network having previously been the chairman and is a standing member of the IETs Transport Policy Committee.


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Arnold Gad-Briggs, PhD

Director of EGB Engineering

ISATECH: Aircraft Deployed in Different Roles - Effects and Considerations


Arnold Gad-Briggs is the founder, Exec. Director of EGB Engineering UK, a consultancy company that specialises in the field of power and propulsion. He has experience within the energy (including renewables), aerospace, defence and nuclear industries. He has worked with clients such as Babcock, Assystem, Safran, United Technologies and Rolls-Royce, and has been involved on Airbus and Boeing projects. 

He is a Chartered/Professional Engineer and hold several professional memberships with European and worldwide institutions. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, UK and is involved in research activities and has authored numerous journal papers and conference proceedings in the field of power and propulsion.


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Ümit Kuş, BSc MSc PhD

Training Manager at myTECHNIC

ISATECH: Productive & Sustainable Workforce Technique in Aircraft Maintenance Center


Ümit Kuş is the Training Manager at myTECHNIC Aircraft Maintenance Center Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a BSc with high honors in Aeronautical Engineering from ITU, an MSc with high honors in fluid mechanics from ENSAE and an PhD with high honours in mechanics from ENSAM.

   His career started in September 1996 as the Training & Simulation Department Director at infoTRON. On April 2002, he founded KM-TEK Ltd. where he was Managing and Training Director.

In May 2014 he started working at myTECHNIC as a Continuous Improvement Officer until December 2014. Since then, he has been working as Training Manager at myTECHNIC. 


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