Regional minister for Internationalization
President of young industrial of CONFINDUSTRIA PIEMONTE
Member of the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
CEO, AIRBUS Italia
CEO and GM
Senior Vice President Sustainability
Actuation Systems Italy General Manager & Actuation Systems Helicopter & Components General Manager
Deputy CEO, ESVP Observation Exploration Navigation
Head of Earth Observation & Science
Managing Director, Boeing Southern Europe, The
Space Programs Senior Vice President
Strategy and Coordination Group Leader for Robotic and Human Exploration
Space Rider Payload and Exploitation Manager
Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer
Senior Vice President, Innovation & Research Aircraft division Leonardo
Vice President of Procurement, LEONARDO Aircraft Division
Head of Business Unit Procurement & Supply Chain, LEONARDO
Head of Business Unit Logistics
Senior Vice President Engineering, Head of Design Organization
Director of International Strategy & Sustainability Task Force Leader
Director, Supply Chain Actuation Systems Italy
Senior Vice President Procurement & Supply Chain
Vice President Supplier Sustainability & Development
Plant LPS Activities Coordinator, LEONARDO Aerostructures Division
Nola Plant LPS Activities Coordinator, LEONARDO Aerostructures Division
Head of Business Scenario – Unmanned Systems
Head of Technical Operations & Programs Directorate
CEO, NANORACKS Europe
Vice President – Domain Exploration and Science
Director, New Initiatives and Innovation, Exploration and Science
Strategic Sourcing Leader
Executive – Advanced Technologies, R&T Engineering Manager
Senior Marketing and Business Development Leader
Sales Director military turboprop engines,
Catalyst Life Cycle Engineering Manager
Executive Vice President, OBERON INFRASTRUCTURES
Editor of «Tuttoscienze»/ La STAMPA
Senior Technical Leader – R&D Sourcing
Technical Leader – R&D Sourcing
Senior Technical Team Leader – R&D Sourcing
Head of COE Transportation and Advanced Logistics Lab
Executive Sourcing Leader
Executive – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Leader
Gears Plant Leader
Managing Director, ACTION GROUP and Chairman, ADACI Sect. Piemonte & Valle d’Aosta
Head of Business Unit Service Provider Standard Materials
Chief Procurement Officer
Sales & Marketing Director
Chief Technology Officer
Airworthiness Regulation Director
Director of the CzechTrade and CzechInvest office in Italy
Associate Professor of Processing Technologies and Systems
Business Development Manager, Europe
Born in Savona 57 years ago, a graduate of Business and Economics at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Carlo Ferro has had a career of over 30 years in the management of companies highly oriented towards international competition in global markets.
Carlo Ferro assumed the presidency of the ITA – ICE Agency Board of Directors on the 7th of January 2019 after his resignation as Chairman of the Board at STMicoelectronics (Italia) S.r.l.
At STMicroelectronics NV from 1999, he held various top management positions rising to President Finance Legal Infrastructure and Services. He was also the Group’s Chief Financial Officer for over 15 years where he contributed to the development of one of the Italy’s and Europe’s technology champions worldwide, with growth results (a turnover from 2 to 8.5 billion USD from the Initial Public Offering (IPO), to when Carlo Ferro left as CFO last May) and in the same period, an increase in employment (from 20,000 to approximately 43,000 employees) and value creation (average annual total return for shareholders of 10.6% per year).
Carlo Ferro was Deputy Chairman at Assolombarda, as well as the designated representative for Industrial Policies and Revenue, and member of the Board of Directors of Digital Innovation Hub Lombardia, posts he resigned from to assure his total independence in the role of President of ITA – ICE Agency.
He is presently an advisor of the European Commission as member of the IPCEIC (the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest), as well as adjunct professor of the LUISS Business School, and co-scientific director of its Master’s programme in Corporate Finance.
A former manager at IRI of Finmeccanica and Vice-President of Elsag Bailey Process Automation, Carlo Ferro started his career as a junior controller at the steel mill in Taranto and then dedicated his career to the development on international markets of large scale technology firms, listed on capital markets with the participation of the Italian State.
In over 20 years of experience working abroad, he managed international alliances and joint ventures in the USA, Sweden, Holland, China, Singapore and Japan and has served on the governance bodies of 25 companies in different industries, and in 7 countries within Europe, Asia and USA.
Fulvia B. Quagliotti took the master degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Torino Technical State University).
She was at FIAT Aviation Division (later AERITALIA and now ALENIA), Space Division, taking part in several programs.
Then she carried out her activity at the Politecnico di Torino, in the Aerospace Engineering Department.
She retired in November 2016 and she is presently Adjunct Professor at Politecnico di Torino.
She was responsible of several research activities in the field of theoretical and experimental Flight Mechanics and experimental Aerodynamics and in the design of Micro and Mini aerial vehicles.
She was responsible of the design of Micro and Mini aerial vehicles.
She joined the AGARD Flight Mechanics Panel in 1991 till 1997, then she passed to NATO/RTO (Research and Technology Organization), where is the Italian Academia representative in the Applied Vehicle Technology Panel (formely in System Concept Integration Panel, Vice-chairman of the Panel and chairman of the Program Committee for seven years). Within the Panel she was member of the Strategic Committee and Panel Mentor for a Task Group on UAVs until the end of 2017.
Reviewer for several projects within the 6h an 7th Framework Programs and for the European JTI Clean Sky Project and is reviewer for Italian Space Agency, for the Italian University and Research Ministry and for European Commission H2020 Program.
Observer for the European Commission during a number of Calls within the European JTI Clean Sky Project.
2015-2017 she was member of the Scientific Committee of JTI Clean Sky Project.
She is Associate Fellow of AIAA.
She is member of the “Executive Advisory Board, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems“, Springer
Since 2020 she ist he President of the Piedmont Aerospace Cluster.
Franco Fossati has been appointed “Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Italia S.p.A.” since 1st July 2021.
He started his career in the space sector in 1989 in the company Aeritalia as a “Nuclear engineer”.
Franco then joint the company Alenia and subsequently TASI, dealing with the design and management of systems for satellites, inhabited platforms and transport systems, interacting mainly with institutional clients (ASI, ESA, NASA and MoD).
After twenty years spent in the Finmeccanica group, he migrated to Airbus. He was nominated as Head of Engineering of the subsidiary of Astrium Space Transportation in Turin.
Later, he moved to Bremen at ArianeGroup and then to Ottobrunn in Airbus Defense and Space as a Procurement Manager.
In 2020 he moved to Rome in Airbus Italia (an Airbus Defence & Space affiliate) to become Chief Operating Officer COO.
Born in Terni (Italy) in 1967, Riccardo is the father of two children. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering with full marks from the La Sapienza University in Rome, where he also received his doctorate with a specialization in turbomachinery.
Riccardo is the CEO and General Manager of Avio Aero, a GE Aviation business headquartered in Turin, and CEO of GE Additive.
He began his career at General Electric in 1996 in the Oil&Gas Division, filling a number of prominent managerial roles: Region Sales Manager Asia based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Head of the Maintenance Contracts Business Unit in Florence.
In 2006, Riccardo moved to New Delhi, where he was the Country Leader for India, with the objective of consolidating the company’s operations in that country, identifying and instituting important initiatives for localization and partnerships.
In 2009, he returned to Florence, where he was named the Product Line Manager for the Turbomachinery Division of GE Oil&Gas.
On April 1st 2013, Riccardo joined GE Aviation as Avio Aero Integration Leader, based in Turin, Italy. Following the formal completion of the acquisition process, on August 1st 2013, Riccardo has been named CEO of Avio Aero.
While in his role at Avio Aero, he also holds a few other positions: member of the Consiglio Generale of Confindustria (the association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy), Board Member of the Unione Industriale (Industrial Union) in Turin, Board Member of the Centro Studi Americani (American Studies Center), and Board Member of AIAD Federazione Aziende Italiane per l’Aerospazio, la Difesa e la Sicurezza (Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defense, and Security).
On May 2020 Riccardo assumed the leadership of the GE Additive business, in addition to his role as CEO of Avio Aero. Finally, on June 2020 the turboprop business – which includes the GE Catalyst and H-series engines – was aligned alongside Avio Aero, under the leadership of Riccardo.
Graduated in Electronic Engineering from Federico II in Naples, he began his activity in the space sector of the then Aeritalia as head of communication systems and on-board computers for satellites.
Previously responsible for scientific projects such as Hipparcos and Integral, he also worked for the International Space Station.
He was Vice President for Science and Exploration of Thales Alenia Space Italia dealing with the realization of important European projects such as GOCE, Herschel & Plank and the start of projects such as: BepiColombo which targets the planet Mercury, the Solar Orbiter project and the mission Exomars for the exploration of the red planet.
Since 2004 Member of the ISEC “International Space Exploration Committee”.
Today Vice-President Marketing & Sales for the institutional activities of Thales Alenia Space Italia and Chief Executive Officer of ALTEC S.p.A.
Renata Mele is Senior Vice President Sustainability at Leonardo since September 2020. She leads the sustainability strategy and the project portfolio at global level.
She holds a degree in physics from the University of Naples “Federico II” and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Milan.
Her career path is focused on sustainability and innovation in global business contexts, across different sectors, from energy to manufacturing.
She is author of about 50 scientific papers on peer reviewed scientific journals, co-editor of two books, issued by publishers of international relevance, and inventor in patents on power and telecommunication systems.
Massimo Claudio Comparini, former CEO at eGeos since 2016 and Director Line of Business Geo Information at Telespazio, has a long and proven track record in space industry, from technology to services, and in the earth observation domain. Massimo holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering, Remote Sensing and Radar Systems, University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy), and a Degree in Strategy from Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, CA (USA). He started his career in 1983 at Selenia Spazio (later Alenia Spazio), holding various management positions, up to the role of Chief Technology Officer. In 2013 he was appointed CTO of Telespazio, a joint-venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%). In 2016 he became the CEO of eGeos, an ASI (20%) and Telespazio (80%) company, an established international leader in the Earth Observation and Geo-Spatial Information, and, in his role, Chairman of GAF and EarthLab Luxembourg.
Since September 2018, Philippe Pham leads the Earth Observation and Science – EOS (until 30 June 2021 Earth Observation, Navigation and Science – ENS) Programme Line within Space Systems.
Present in four European countries covering 1.5 billion Euros of revenues and with more than 1150 employees, this unit has a wide spectrum of skills to address all the institutional and commercial challenges of Earth Observation satellite systems as well as Space Science and satellite exploration of the Solar System.
Before joining EOS, Philippe was Head of Data Analytics and Applications within the Digital Transformation Office for Airbus Defence and Space leading challenging analytics projects throughout Airbus Defence and Space Business Lines and Functions for a better operational efficiency and new business models and customer services revenues.
Philippe has a long experience in Airbus and held different leadership and management positions in defence and space systems and services, system engineering and large programmes, product lines, and proposals management, in both telecommunications and earth observation systems and services.
Angela is the Managing Director for Boeing Southern Europe, with responsibilities for Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. In this role, she builds on Boeing customer and stakeholder relationships and forges new connections to advance Boeing’s business goals in Southern Europe through proactive engagement.
Until December 2020 Angela was the Director – BCA Structures Engineering, Product Development and Technology, overseeing structural/airframe developments in support of BCA Product Development initiatives, with emphasis on creating an effective and competitive production system.
Angela was also the Technical Fellowship Executive Champion for BCA Structures Engineering, overseeing and guiding utilization and development of the approximately three thousand BCA Structures engineers located at sites around the world.
Prior to her Product Development role, she was Director for the New Midmarket Aircraft, leading a large multi-disciplinary engineering team and guiding design and production system development for the airframe fuselage and major airplane integration areas.
Prior positions with Boeing include: Chief Engineer – BCA Structures Engineering Product Development and Technology; Senior Manager – BCA Seats and Interiors Stress, where she strengthened relationships between Boeing and FAA and opened a new stronger communication channel with EASA; Manager – 737-10 MAX Landing Gear – Test and Stress; Manager – 777 Aft Fuselage Engineering; and Manager – BCA Product Development Advanced Structures Technology.
Before joining Boeing in 2012, Angela held leadership and engineering roles at Alenia Aeronautica. She was Alenia’s onsite 787 Engineering Program Manager over the course of the 787 development, collocated with the Boeing Everett 787 Program since 2004, with assignments in Everett, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina. Her responsibilities spanned Engineering, Manufacturing, Contracts, Supply Chain, Quality, and Material Management organizations. She held several other engineering leadership roles with Alenia in support of the 787 Program and Boeing Product Development. She started her career as a stress analysis engineer, contributing to structural development and substantiation for numerous metal and composite programs.
Angela served one year as Professor’s Assistant at the University of Naples (Italy) in Structures and Aero elasticity, working with the Italian Center for Aerospace Research (CIRA).
Angela holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Aeronautical Engineering, both from the University of Naples, Italy. She also earned certificates in “Modern Aircraft Structures” (University of Washington, 2017), “Additive Manufacturing” (MIT, 2018), and “Sustainable Business Strategy” (Harvard University, 2019). She recently also achieved certificates in « Leading Changes in Organizations » and “Model-Based Systems Engineering” Certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and two certificates in Negotiation from Yale and Michigan University, all in 2020. Most recently, she earned certificates in Archaeology « Wonders of Antique Egypt » (Pennsylvania University, 2020), in Psychology « Mindfulness » (Rice University, 2020) and 2 certificates in Economics – “Game Theory” (University of Stanford and University of Tokyo, 2020).
In June 2021 Angela Natale was appointed as a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy Board of Directors.
An active and engaged Society of Women Engineers member, she is a strong advocate for Diversity & Inclusion.
Angela is an avid reader, and enjoys fencing, painting, playing the piano, and walking her dogs.
Angela is fluent in Italian, English and French; she is a beginner in Spanish.
Following childhood in Africa, Marc has being alternatively working for agencies and industries. Formerly a pilot and a teacher, Marc started in space field as test engineer of cryogenic rocket engines, he has worked as system engineer, project manager, launch operation manager, head of production, business manager and program manager. Today Marc leads the space programs directorate of Dassault Aviation in Paris.
Didier Schmitt is head of the strategy and coordination group for human and robotic exploration at the European Space Agency.
From 2009 to 2018 he was stationed in Brussels, successively in the European Commission Space Policy Unit, as adviser to the President of the EC on science technology foresight, and at the EU diplomatic service dealing with space and security.
Previously he was head of Life Sciences for human spaceflight at ESA-ESTEC and beforehand Associate Professor at the Toulouse medical school and at the International Space University.
His educational background is PhD in biosciences and certified medical doctor (including mountain emergency medical care and aerospace medicine). His academic work brought him to various places like Cape Canaveral for scientific experiments on Shuttle-Spacelab programme and to Star City near Moscow for experiments on the Mir space station. In 2016/17 he was part of an Antarctic inland logistics expedition.
As a polpularizer, he Authored several books and was an active opinion writer in the top French press. He also authored “All you need is Space”, a comic booklet by the EU, distributed at 1 million copies in 25 languages. More recently he started a fiction science comic series (Red Safari) and is chief editor of a magazine-book series on space and exploration (Mook Mars).
Giacinto Carullo is the Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer of Leonardo since September 2020.
He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and owns a Master in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from MIP Business School in Milan.
Giacinto started his career path in the Automotive industry, covering different positions in Manufacturing and in Procurement. He worked in Denso, Magneti Marelli and FCA. He was in US to support FCA procurement post merging roadmap. Then he moved in Germany as VP Purchasing for Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting.
Giacinto joined Leonardo-Finmeccanica in 2013 as VP Strategic Sourcing for the Helicopter Division. In 2016 he served as Chief Procurement Officer for Leonardo Defence Systems, and in 2017 became SVP Procurement and Supply Chain for Leonardo Aircraft Division.
Giacinto currently is Member Board of Director of ATR aircraft in Toulouse, France.
Carmine Orsi is SVP Innovation & Research of Leonardo Aircraft Division since 2018. He also ensure the role and responsibility of Flight Safety Manger of the Division.
He is graduated in Electrical Engineering from Naples University “Federico II”
He started his professional career as Professor at Naval School in Procida Italy teaching Electrical Network Theory, Radio-navigation and on Board System architectures.
He joined Aeritalia Spa (today Leonardo Aircraft Division) in1984 at the beginning of ATR Regional Aircraft development. Since, he had the opportunity to cover different positions within GIE ATR (Airbus and Leonardo Company) in the technical (CTO) and Airworthiness (HDO) domains and finally in the Board of Directors.
He has been part of several Regional Aircraft International Programs in Italy, France, US and Germany.
Pierclemente Bottinelli is currently head of the Logistics Business Unit: LOB Helicopters, Aircraft, Customer Service and Military Bases.
Pierclemente has gained significant experience working for twenty years in Industrial Logistics and in production plants; covering roles of increasing responsibility for different types of projects and organizational units.
His areas of expertise include the re-engineering of business processes, the supply and optimization of logistic services, the reduction of costs.
He is currently in charge of a Business Unit of more than 150 direct employees and over 250 indirect, who deal with the management and optimization of the logistics services of the Leonardo factories and military bases.
SVP Engineering and Head of Design Organization ATR. He was VP ATR Chief Engineer and Head of Engineering Integration in charge of technical definition and development of product, continuous improvement and continuous airworthiness since 2016.He previously worked for AIRBUS Commercial aircraft division during more than 16 years.
He was A320 Incremental Development Chief Project Engineer in charge of Covering the Overall Physical Design, Overall A/C Design and Overall System Design defining and developing next steps for A320 program in the chief Engineering team.
He moreover participated to define the architecture and technical aspects of R&T Programs during 4 years as head of Overall a/c Design encompassing flight physics, engine, Flight Test Bed and Methods and Tools perimeter after having set up flight test demonstrator organization for R&T.
He has been also Head of A30X Flight Physics and Flight Dynamics Integrated team in charge of defining what could be a new Single Aisle a/c. The conclusion of those studies led to the launch of A320 NEO.
Prior to those roles, he has been deputy of A350 Flight Dynamics integrated team. He has been also in charge of France Aerodynamic Methods team same time supporting any development involving fluid mechanics (e.g. Aerodynamics, Aerothermic, Fuel, Bleed Air and Icing)
Furthermore, he is the owner of several patents in Aerospace field and was involved in several tiger teams supporting Airbus a/c programs.
He obtained his Ph.D Degree on Turbulence Modeling from SUPAERO/ONERA in 1995 after graduating as an Aeronautics Engineer at ENSMA (École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique) in 1992.
Phill Leads the Sustainability Task Force for Collins Aerospace and is responsible for developing strategies for sustainable aviation. Phill has more than 20 years’ experience in international aerospace in a broad range of strategy and change leadership roles. Phill has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing from the University of Nottingham.
Since February 2019, Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky, the European Public-Private Partnership developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2 and NOx gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft.
Prior to Clean Sky, Axel held various positions in Airbus, including Senior Vice President Cyber Security Program (2014 – 2019); Senior Vice President Research & Technology (2007 – 2014); Senior Vice President Strategic Development (2004 – 2007); and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (2000 – 2004). Axel holds a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany.
Mauro is currently General Manager of Secondo Mona SpA, an Italian-based private company, with more than 100 years of experience in aerospace.
Mauro started his carrier in 1986 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Production, Program Management, Marketing & Sales, Procurement for an aircraft manufacturer across his more than 15 years of experience and lately Group Chief Operating Officer for a group of companies focused on design and manufacturing of landing gears and aerostructures.
Since October 2019, Alessandro Vetrano is the Senior Vice President of Leonardo Aerostructure Division.
He earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from University “Federico II” of Naples. Alessandro started his career in Alenia Aeronautica S.pA. where, in continuity with his study, was appointed as Flutter and Vibration Specialist at Flight Testing Department.
After an experience in an Aerospace SMEs as Manufacturing Engineer, Program Manager and Plant Manager, Alessandro joined again Alenia Aeronauica S.p.A and started his career within the Procurement. In 2004 had the opportunity to spend 2 years in Boeing Everett (USA) as Procurement representative during the “Development Phase” of the new Boeing Airplane 787.
Starting from 2008 he covered different positions with increasing responsibilities within Procurement & Supply Chain Management, first in Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A. where he was VP Supply Chain Operation and then VP Procurement & Supply Chain Aerostructures, after in Leonardo Aircraft Division where he was VP Commodity Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
Ettore Mostarda, currently, is the coordinator of LPS activities of Aerostructures Division in Leonardo company starting from March 2021.
He earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering at “La Sapienza” University in Rome.
Ettore started his career path in helicopters industry AgustaWestland, became Leonardo Helicopter Division, covering different roles in the Manufacturing Engineering function in Anagni plant, starting from liaison engineer to industrialization responsible trough production engineer and tools designer. He was, inside the IPT group of US101 program, the control account manager & focal point for Anagni plant activities.
Ettore moved to Aerostructures Division in 2010 as shop floor manager in Grottaglie plant on Boeing 787 program. In this period, he covered also the role of focal point of the cross-functional team responsible of design, industrialize and manufacture the major lamination tools for Boeing 787 fuselage sections. Starting from 2014 he worked, as shop floor manager, in different areas of assembly line.
In 2016 he became responsible of Grottaglie plant continuous improvement and Production Engineering teams.
in 2019 he moved, as plant continuous improvement responsible, to Pomigliano plant to participate to LPS start-up in Leonardo up to beginning of 2021.
Francesco Saverio Di Martino has been the coordinator of LPS activities of Nola Plant (Aerostructures Division in Leonardo Company) since September 2019.
He earned a degree in Political Science at the “Federico II” University of Naples.
Francesco Saverio began his professional career in the Alenia Aeronautica company that has become the Leonardo company – Aerostructures Division. He started his career in Casoria plant, playing different roles: from the Manufacturing Engineering function, to Special Processes.
In 2013 he moved to Nola Plant and in 2016 he became Head of Sheet Metal Manufacturing Department.
In 2019 he became Head of Nola Plant Continuous Improvement and Coordinator of LPS activities .
Francesco Saverio is currently coordinator of the LPS 4.0 activities of the Nola Plant.
Alessandro Errico graduated in Aerospace Engineering in Pisa and earned an Executive MBA at SDA Bocconi Business School.
He started his career in Agustawestland, as part of the helicopter preliminary design engineering team, to be successively appointed as Value Stream Leader to increase modularity and commonality across civil helicopter products.
In 2016 he joined Leonardo Corporate Chief Technical Office to define technological and program strategy of aerospace product portfolio.
Since 2018 Alessandro has been leading the Business Scenario function in the Unmanned Systems Unit, set to enhance Leonardo’s market competitiveness on unmanned system segment, by defining a unified group strategy.
Since 2021 he also covers the position of CEO of UTM System and Services, joint venture between Leonardo and Telespazio which main aim is to support the industrial development of D-Flight.
Graduated at POLITECNICO di Torino in Aeronautical Engineering.
Recruited in 1980 by former Aeritalia Space Group, today Thales Alenia Space – Torino, he worked in the
Structural design & Analysis Group until 1989; in 1982, he served the Italian Air Force as Officer Responsible
of the Workshop in the Reparto Sperimentale di Volo – Pratica di Mare.
He was technical responsible of Structure and Mechanisms of the Italian Tethered Satellite and Study Manager
for the Pre-Phase A of ESA Scientific Satellite ARISTOTELES.
From 1989 to 2001, he was Program Manager for Alenia of several programs, e.g.:
HELIOS Case d’Adaptation & HELIOS/SPOT4 Plateforme, in Phase B & C/D. (HELIOS being a military
satellite for Earth Observation, resulting from France, Italy, Spain cooperation).
ESA SOHO (Service Module Structure and Harness, SOHO being a Solar Observation Satellite).
ESA ARD (ARD (Atmospheric Re-entry Demonstrator), Thermal Control and measurement chain harness of
re-entry demonstration capsule, launched with the second Ariane 5 flight).
ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle, European Cargo for the International Space Station). Responsible of the
Integrated Cargo Carrier (i.e. the forward half of ATV, inclusive of the pressurized module used by the
astronauts for loading and unloading activities as well as the docking system and the refuel, water and air
Since 2001, he is the Technical Responsible of ALTEC, nominated Operations Director in 2010.
From June 2016, he is Director of Programmes, Exploration, Science & Operations, now named Programs
and Operations Director, with the responsibility of Program Management, Purchasing, Engineering,
Infrastructures, Project and industrial control, Product Assurance and Safety.
From September 2020 he is the Chief Operating Officer of ALTEC.
CEO, NANORACKS Europe
Before joining Nanoracks Veronica was a Strategy and Business Development officer at RHEA, and appointed at the European Space Agency (ESA) – ESTEC as the Business Innovation Expert of the Commercial Partnerships’ Initiative for Space Exploration in the Directorate of Human Space Flight and Robotic Exploration.
Previously, Veronica worked for the ESA Technology Transfer Programme Office, Department of International Relations of the Italian Space Agency (ASI). She also worked at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, at the International Space University in Strasbourg, Telespazio SpA in Rome, Wave Energy Centre in Lisbon and worked as a researcher at different universities in Europe and in the USA. She has been a climate-KIC coach since 2012.
Veronica holds a master’s degree in system engineering from Electronic Engineering Department, a master’s degree in Space Policy, and a full Graduation in Law. She also pursued PhD Studies in Economics. In 2017 she was awarded as a “Leader” by the Italian Branch of the Business Professional Women Network.
After finishing his graduate studies in the field of aerospace engineering and technology, Walter Cugno joined the company in 1975 as a member of the Spacelab programme, the first European manned space system. He then held positions as Assemblé, Test and Integration manager of the Hipparcos satellite, and in project management roles on BeppoSax and on the International Space Station (ISS) programme, developing, amongst other things, the Node2 Harmony, Node 3 Tranquility and Cupola elements, as well as the PMM (Permanent Multipurpose Module) Programme and the Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module.
After time spent as the Director of the ExoMars Programme, he was then appointed as VP, Exploration and Science and head of Thales Alenia Space’s activities in Turin. Walter Cugno is a world-renowned expert in the field of human and robotic space exploration, as well as in the prospective studies of the exploitation of space resources in the “new space” economy.
Cristina Leone is SVP Projects, Grants and Agencies at Leonardo’s Chief Technology and Innovation Office. She is President of the CTNA, National Aerospace Technology Cluster, which is the national innovation pole, recognized by Ministry of Research, which includes the 12 main regional aerospace districts and the major industrial and aerospace research entities.Cristina Leone has been nominated expert to the European Commission DG DEFIS in the field of aeronautics, space and defense.She began her career in the space sector in 1996 at Alenia Spazio, holding the position of head of telecommunications equipment.In 1995, he received a degree in Electronic Engineering, Remote Sensing and Radar Systems from the University of Rome « La Sapienza ».
Manuela graduated as engineer. She joined Avio Aero in 2013 after 10 years’ experience in Valeo Transmissions and GE Capital. She is Avio Aero Strategic Leader, and she is in charge to develop parts and suppliers for NPI, define Sourcing long terms strategy in collaboration with Commodities and cost out projects.
Luca is an Executive Engineering Manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the aerospace business in the field of advanced technology and new product introduction. Currently he is the R&T leader in Avio Aero, coordinating the Advanced Technology Organization’s activities of GE Aviation in Europe.
In the first part of his professional career he contributed to develop the current generation of aircraft engines like the GE90-115B and the GEnx-1B up to their certification, covering different positions inside these programs. During this time, he also grew in the various engineering leadership roles.
He’s currently member of the Clean Sky Governing Board and together with his team he’s working to define and execute the technology roadmaps to meet the environmental goals and the customer requirements which are driving development of future aircraft engines.
Avio Aero executive in charge for the strategy, business development and marketing since 2017.
Working in the aerospace industry for 20 years he previously held several key positions in various companies.
After starting his career in the Fiat group working in Italy, France and Spain he joined Fiat Avio in 2002 as a programme manager.
In 2006 he joined the Safran Landing Systems in Paris as a Programme Director for regional, military and helicopter programmes. In 2009 he was appointed Customers and Sales Vice President being responsible for the world-wide customer support and services platform. In 2012 he joined ATR as the Services Vice President, responsible for the aftermarket commercial organisation with the airlines.
Massimo holds a Master Degree in Aerospace engineering at the Politecnico di Torino and he completed Executive Management courses at the Ecole de Management de Lyon.
Paolo is the Sales Director military turboprop engines since 2017. Working in the aerospace industry for 19 years, Paolo started his career in 2001 in Aermacchi (now Leonardo Aircraft Division), where he held several positions in Quality and Program Management; in 2010 he was appointed Head of Program Management, Developing Commercial Products. In 2011 he joined Piaggio Aerospace as Executive Program Director for P.180 and Hammerhead aircraft programs. In 2013 Paolo moved to Avio Aero as Program Director for the GE Programs.
Paolo holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino and a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
Alberto is a System Engineer with an experience matured thru different roles with increasing responsibilities and spanning across whole aeronautical engine product life-cycle in both civil and military applications. Alberto has worked in multiple fields of application, from engine controls and monitoring systems to mechanical transmission, and in all product phases, from low TRL research to supporting end of life fleets and including ITO/OTR. He is currently leading the Life-Cycle Engineering for the Catalyst engine, being responsible for the development and certification of all engine components and modules. In such a role Alberto is coordinating a wide and diverse team spread across multiple Countries.
Sérgio da Cunha Oliveira holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Beira Interior. Holds a Postgraduate degree in Project Management – IPMA Certificate, by ISG – Escola Superior de Gestão.
With extensive experience in management in various cultural environments – Brazil, Spain, UK, Saudi Arabia – and various industrial sectors- Aeronautics, Automotive, Energy and Oil & Gas, Industrial Construction, Mould and Tooling Manufacturing, among others. He was Executive General Director of PEMAS – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AERONAUTICAL INDUSTRY / AED PORTUGAL – CLUSTER INDUSTRIAL AERONAUTICS SPACE AND DEFENCE since 2008, International Consultant and Technical Trainer in the aerospace sector until 2016.
He was a founding member of the EACP – European Aerospace Cluster Partnership – International Network of Aerospace Clusters that brings together more than 40 clusters from 20 countries, also accumulates with the functions of Leader of the EACP Working Group for International Strategy for Aerospace. As Director General of the PEMAS Association he has been establishing the necessary contacts between Industry, Academia, and the Public Sector to create a comprehensive and sustainable vision for the development of a strong industrial capacity with global impact.
While in EACP, as Working Group Strategy lead, promoted several international joint projects, exhibition participations, B2B events with several countries (Germany, France, Spain, UK, Italy (with CIE Piemonte) Turkey and Poland, to name a few.)
Furthermore, he acted as consultant for the cluster policy definition and implementation for Hamburg Hanseatic State government in 2012/13 as well as consultant for policy advisory for the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster in 2014.
He was also a member of the Executive Committee of X AeroSystems, S.A., Portugal, an entity specialized in the development, manufacture, and operation of unmanned aerial systems for civil missions in maritime and land operations.
Later, he was invited by the Secretary of State of Internationalisation under the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the mission of internationalising the industry, namely, the Aerospace, Automotive and High-Tech sectors. On that aspect, he maintained regular contact with between the European Institutions and other European partners and the West African countries, GCC countries and China, South Korean and Iran (to name a few). The governmental collaboration ended in late 2017.
After, he was hired as CEO to an 28M€ industrial American investment deployment in Portugal that comprehended the concept definition, funding procurement and retention, architectural definition and construction of an state of the art industrial unit to produce high-end Printed Circuit Boards for mission critical application (aerospace, Space, MedTech and Defence).
Currently, his main activity is consultancy for renewable energy investments, with a mix of technical aspects and financial aspects that make the investments possible. Holding projects in Portugal, Ireland, Gibraltar, Cape Verde, and Brazil.
While in the industry, he worked as point of contact for the Tornado and JSF programmes in Spain, as consortium leader for Lockheed Martin offset programme in Portugal (one of the few successful offset programmes with a large consortium as beneficiary) under the P-3 modernisation programme, acted as Business Developer for more than 40 companies with considerable results, managing to develop several leads and include the companies onto several development programmes with reference OEMs.
Emre is Senior R&D Sourcing Leader at TEI, leading Raw material and Infrastructure / Invesment sourcing activities of TEI’s indigenous engine projects.
As an industrial engineer, he has 15 years of experience in total, 10 years at TEI dealing with sourcing both direct and indirect goods.
Expertise in Raw material supply chain from ingot to semi-finished product such as forgings, castings.
As TEI’s R&D Sourcing Team; our target is to extend our supplier network, built new collaborations and grow with them.
Alper currently works at Tusas Engine Industries (TEI) as Technical Leader in R&D Sourcing.
More than 10+ years of experience filled mostly with manufacturing and project management positions, Alper is now responsible for subsystems/accessories and test service procurements for TEI’s indigenous engine projects.
Together with his team, he is chasing new business collaborations.
Serkan is Senior R&D Sourcing Team Leader at TEI, leading manufacturing and special processes activities of TEI’s indigenous engine projects.
As an Mechanical engineer, he has 20 years of experience in total, 17 years at TEI. Worked as Process engineer, Supplier Development engineer, Supplier Development Leader at TEI.
Expertise in Manufacturing of aerospace products.
Giuseppe Fortuna currently leads Leonardo Logistics’ Transportation and Advanced Logistics Lab CoE
Giuseppe gained a signficative experience working for major international consulting companies , Leonardo’ Shared Services company and Corporate organizations, holding positions of increasing responsability roles for different kind of projects and organizations units, manily related to energy& facility management, business and customer service governance, logistics and transportation
His areas of expertise include business process reengineering, service delivery and optimization, cost reduction and digital transformation.
He is presently responsible for a Business Unit of more than 50 professionals working on management and digital transformation of Leonardo transportation and logistic services
Margherita started her career in former Fiat Avio back in 1994 when she joined the chemical laboratories as Specialist and Expert for Ecological Environment. In 1997 she was appointed as Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Manager. In 2000 she had the opportunity to join the Six Sigma Project as reference certified Black Belt for the Industrial Operations and in 2002 she was appointed Industrial Project Manager for Helicopters Programs in partnership with General Electric (T700&CT7-8 program). In 2004 she joined the Business Unit as Program Manager for GE Helicopters Programs. In the Business Unit she consolidated and expanded her role becoming Program Director for specific Aviation Civil, Marine & Industrial Programs in partnership with GE. In December 2012 she was appointed as Program Director for Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell Programs and in April 2014 as Program Leader for the same programs in Program Management & Product Support (OTR) organization. In January 2015 she was also appointed as Avio Aero Simplification Leader.
In October 2016 she moved in the Global Supply Chain as Sourcing Leader for Avio Aero, position that she is currently covering.
While working in the business unit, she attended and took certification (2008) at the General Management Program (MBA) with the ESCP-EAP school.Margherita attended Sciences Mathematics and Physics at the University of Turin (Italy) and graduated with honors in Chemistry in 1993.
Francesco is Avio Aero advanced manufacturing engineering leader since 2016. In his 31 years career he covered multiple roles also in design, systems engineering in aeroengine, industrial gas turbines & marine propulsion. Francesco graduated in mechanical engineering at the University of Rome.
Ezio lives in Turin, where he graduated as an aerospace engineer, and where he works in Avio Aero, an aeronautical propulsion company, as a production manager. He is the leader of a gear manufacturing Team inside the Rivalta di Torino plant, which industrializes and produces gears (shaft, bevel, spurs and power ones) which includes also all processes (mechanical, special one, inspection and NDT). The real strength of this team is always trying to imagine a path to build a smarter future.
Mechanical engineer from Turin, in 2004 he founded Actiongroup of which he is now managing director.
His main activity is cost saving, purchasing and production efficiency with a success-fee logic. He had previous experience in Fiat group, De’Longhi group, and in Accenture, which he left as a manager. He is recognized by MISE (Italian Ministry of Economic Development) as Innovation Manager and Temporary Export Manager and is member of the order of journalists.
He is currently President of the Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta section of Adaci (Italian Association for Purchasing and Supply Management). Founded in 1968, it has since the beginning been a precise cultural and professional reference for those who work in Procurement, Supply Management, Materials Management, Logistics and Facility Management.
Adaci promotes the development and knowledge of purchasing processes and Supply Chain Management in order to support the integration of the different players in the economic system, favours the growth and professional recognition of market demand operators and enhances and promotes the evolution of the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management function within companies, institutions, public institutions, universities and research centers.
GianPaolo Colombo currently leads Leonardo Logistics’ Service Provider Standard Materials Business Unit. GianPaolo’s held positions of increasing responsability across his 18 years of experience with Leonardo Group. His expertise includes mainly procurement and supply chain area. He is presently responsible for a Business Unit of more than 40 employees by leading its growth as a new Line of Business for Leonardo Logistics.
Electrical Engineer, Stock Trader, Licensed Investment Advisor Representative, Entrepreneur – CEO Exos Aerospace
Marie Hooper started her career with LAP in 2006.
As a sales manager for CAD-PRO laser projection systems, she is responsible for the worldwide business activities in the aerospace and wind energy industries.
Her many years of experience have given her in-depth expertise in wind power applications and profound knowledge in laser projection systems.
She holds a master’s degree in international sales management and brings a wealth of experience from abroad.
Mattia is the Founder, Chairman, CTO, and CEO of Sidereus Space Dynamics.
Since 2014, Mattia has participated as a keynote speaker in numerous conferences and events in Italy and Europe (ESA Space for Innovation in Spain; NASA Space App Challenge; TEDx Unina Federico II; University of Alabama Huntsville, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center, among others). After obtaining multiple prizes awarded by ESA and India (« ESA Space Exploration Master » in 2018; « Lab2Moon first prize » Team Indus-ISRO in 2017), in February 2019 he founded Sidereus Space Dynamics, becoming the youngest founder, administrator, and designer of an aerospace company in the world. The start-up is developing revolutionary space technologies and has recently received a €1,5M investment from Primo Ventures and CDP Venture funds for the development of EOS, a new generation orbital spacecraft, considered the personal computer of space vehicles.
EID Moh’d born in Jordan in 1964, master’s degree in Aerospace with honours at Politecnico of Torino in 1987.
Vice President and Founder of BLUE Engineering in 1993.
From 2016 guiding the Company with the CEO role of BLUE Engineering.
In 2018 he received the Chinese honour as one of the leading experts in the transport field.
Federico Ramazzotti, 42, graduated in Aerospace Engineering, master degree in “Space transportation system”, master degree in “Innovative propulsion engine”, Master in Business Administration. His career started in 2004 as a contractor at the European Space Agency. In 2006, he moved into the automotive industries and he covered several roles in Product Development for many OEMs. Since 2018, he has held the position of Sales & Marketing Director of FEV Italia, a company that he has considerably helped in its growth ever since he joined. Many are the initiatives carried out by Federico Ramazzotti which have led FEV Italia to expand the business in several areas and to strategically increase the customer portfolio.
Gianpiero Einaudi , born in 1960 , graduated from the Turin Polytechnic – Italy in Electrical Engineering in 1984, his thesis on Simulation and Optimization of Electronic Control of Electric Motors.
Early in his career he was researcher at FIAT Research Center, dealing with Gasoline-Diesel and alternative fuel Engine development, Electronic control, Combustion Analysis and Control, Vehicle Dynamics and Performance.
Later he was involved in development programs on Turbocharging systems, Knocking analysis and Control , Innovative cranking strategies and since 2000 Hybrid/Electric research Programs for Fiat Automobiles (Passenger cars) and Iveco (Light&Medium Duty Vehicles).
In 2010 he joined Landi Renzo, world leader in the gas systems, where he coordinated an European Funded Innovation Project on Hybrid Electric Motorwheel Retrofit for passenger car and a program for New control strategies development for gas injection. In 2018 he joined Daca-I Powertrain Engineering where he is actually Technical Director.
Taking advantage of an +30 years experience in the automotive industry with several responsibilities ranging from base and applied research to innovation, from application methodologies to product development for domestic and foreign customers he is author of several publications and patents.
Carmela Tripaldi, born in Rome on March 19, 1964. She graduated in Aeronautical Engineering in 1990 at the « Sapienza » University of Rome and has held various positions of responsibility both nationally and internationally in the Civil Aviation organizations: ICAO, JAA and EASA . He currently holds the role of Airworthiness Regulation Director in the National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and coordinator of the national Tak Force for Advanced Air Mobility. She is an expert in the field of safety management and regulation recently more generally she deals with research programs and the introduction of new technologies and innovations in the civil aviation sector.
After his experience in private sector he has completed the Diplomacy Course of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
He has worked as export consultant of the governmental CzechTrade Promotion Agency and in 2018 became the director of its foreign office in Italy, responsible for the support of the Czech-Italian business activities and commercial cooperation. Since 2019 he has been responsible also for the Italian activities of the Business and Investment Development Agency of the Czech republic – CzechInvest.
Marek Atanasčev graduated in the economy and languages from the Masaryk University in Brno, an EMBA candidate by LUISS Business School.
Fabrizio is a student of the Polytechnic of Turin, currently enrolled in the second year of
the Master’s Degree in Management Engineering and close to graduation.
During his studies, he always wanted to try his hand at challenges and projects, taking
care of both the strategic and planning topics and the economic analysis.
Besides being interested in economics, he has always been passionate about astronomy
and astrophysics: this led him to constantly look for experiences that could link this two
In October 2019 he obtained the role of Team Leaderin the Market Analysis section of
PoliTOrbital, a student team that analyzes suborbital tourism.
In 2021 he obtained the assignment for a thesis work, through DAP (Piedmont Aerospace
District) and Polytechnic of Turin, with the aim of analyzing in detail the Piedmontese
aerospace supply chain and its firms.
Luca Mastrogiacomo is Associate Professor of processing technologies and systems (ING-IND/16) at Politecnico di Torino. Co-author of 3 books, 2 patents and more than 100 printed publications in international and national journals and/or conferences, he carries out research in the fields of manufacturing technology, quality engineering and industrial metrology. He is currently Deputy Coordinator of the College of Management Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and alternate member of the AITEM board.
Grant Fretwell has been with Praxair Surface Technologies since 2003. He joined PST as an applications engineer and held various technical and commercial positions in the United Kingdom until 2018 when he joined the global technical development team. He is a leader in the chrome replacement efforts, focusing on the aviation market. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials Science and a PhD in Clinical Engineering (Biomaterials), both from the University of Liverpool.