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Chief Operations Officer
European Business Aviation Association
  • Robert BALTUS
    Robert Baltus' aviation experience spans nearly 20 years advising and supporting senior management and executive Boards of a variety of aviation related companies. He has worked for aircraft management, fractional and charter operators and has built strong relationships with the leading business aviation companies in the industry. A business aviation specialist, Baltus is experienced in start-ups, fleet selection, training and strategic change management. He has a business management degree from HES Amsterdam, an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and is a commercial pilot rated on the 737.
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Aedrian BEKKER

Aviation psychologist
Center for Aviation Psychology
  • Aedrian BEKKER
    Aedrian Bekker (MA, ClinPsych; MSc, Occ Psych) works as a clinical and organisational aviation psychologist. 
    Having started out as a clinician within the UK’s NHS, Aedrian has worked in aviation and aerospace for the past 20 years. In this time he has built an expertise in both consulting and the project delivery of behavioural interventions at enterprise levels across the globe. 

    In 2016, Aedrian co-founded the Centre for Aviation Psychology with the mission of providing accessible, psychological support to safety critical professions within aviation. Since then he has pioneered and delivered peer support programmes for AOCs of all sizes across Europe and beyond. More recently, he has developed a programme specifically tailored to business and rotatory wing operators, recognising it as an underserved sector of the industry. 
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BALPA Captain A380
European Pilot Peer Support Initiative
    Dave Fielding studied Classics at Cambridge before making the perfectly logical step and becoming an airline pilot. He joined British Airways in 1993 on the Highlands and Islands Division, flying the BAe ATP which taught him a love for Scotland and a hate for aircraft which keep breaking down and have no cockpit heaters. When Highlands Division closed he moved down to London on the B757 and achieved his command on the Airbus A320 in 2001, with perfect timing the day before 9/11. Since then he has been a captain on the B767, B777 and the A380, which is his current type.
    Dave has been a union rep since 1996, and unsurprisingly given his classics background gravitated towards the quasi-legal field of disciplinaries. This led to an interest in alcohol and welfare cases, which in turn led to him creating a BALPA peer intervention programme to identify problem individuals upstream and away from the airline operation. The Germanwings crash of 2015 changed the game dramatically, and he worked with British Airways in the period following to adapt and improve the programme. In January 2017 the Pilots Assistance Network (PAN) became the first peer support programme in Europe to be launched post-Germanwings, and has been a significant success. Most of the major UK airlines have or are in the process of implementing the BALPA / BA programme in some form.
    Dave sits on the Executive Board of the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI) which has drawn together all the European expertise in setting up PPSPs. He has also been closely involved with IPPAC, a global version of EPPSI which aims to promote best practice and standards in Pilot Peer Support worldwide.
    He would love to retire to warmer climes but is too young and finds this work far too interesting.
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Senior Manager, Safety and Regulatory Affairs
  • Johan GLANTZ
    Johan Glantz, FRAeS, is currently Senior Manager Safety and Regulatory Affairs at the EBAA.

    Retired from an airline career late 2017 as a Training and Check Captain flying for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) on the B737NG fleet. His commercial career started in SAS in 1989 as an FO on DC9 and he has since then flown B737NG, A340 and A330 as FO and MD80 and B737NG as Captain. He has been involved in training as a simulator instructor and examiner as well as line training. Prior to SAS, Johan was a career officer with the Royal Swedish Navy, serving both on Surface Warfare Ships and Anti Submarine Helicopters.

    Before joining EBAA and beside flying, Johan held positions as Executive Board Member Technical Affairs at the European Cockpit Association, chaired the Swedish Flight Safety Committee, was a member of the SAS internal investigation and emergency response teams, was active within IFALPA as an expert in Accident Investigation, Safety Management and Flight Data since early 2000.

    He has academic studies in Human Factors/CRM from University West, Sweden and the Air Safety Management program, Ciry University, London.
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Antonio LICU

Head of Operational Safety, SQS and Integrated Risk Management Unit
  • Antonio LICU
    Tony is Head of Safety Unit within Network Manager Directorate of EUROCONTROL (European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation). He leads the deployment of safety management and human factors programmes of EUROCONTROL. 
    He has extensive Air Traffic Control operational and engineering background (master degree in avionics).
    Safety Culture and Just Culture are two key areas, where Tony’s aim is to clarify and promote the concepts. In this respect, he leads the initiative to bring together the aviation and judiciary domains. He has particular technical personal developments e.g. safety tools and methods to investigate aviation incidents and accidents, how to mitigate and work under degraded modes of operations and development of contingency plans etc.
    In the past years together with his team, Tony is pushing a paradigm change in Safety management thinking. Safety management should move from ensuring that ‘as few things as possible go wrong’ to ensuring that ‘as many things as possible go right’. This perspective is termed Safety-II or rather System Thinking and relates to the system’s ability to succeed under varying conditions. The foundation for that is System focus. Safety must be considered in the context of the overall system, not isolated individuals, parts, events or outcomes.
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Keynote Speakers
  • Edith TIEBER & Kerstin MUMENTHALER
    Edith's biography
    There is no category for Edith. She is a helicopter private pilot who started her academic career in the United States of America, where she was awarded a full scholarship due to her athletic excellence. During her years abroad, she competes in university and professional tournaments. After studying Media and Communications and English Literature she returned to Switzerland where she also graduates as a business economist and earns a post-graduate diploma in applied psychology.
    Her professional milestones include working as a Resource Deployment Manager at IBM before joining Credit Suisse as a Consultant. Most recently, she worked at Flughafen Zurich AG where – amongst others – she built up and managed the market research department. In 2014 she obtains her private pilot’s license for helicopters
    In addition, Edith is a certified coach and consultant in the area of self-management, dealing with contradictions and compatibility of work and family with a focus on stress, resilience, high-performance, comeback and change. Edith is co-founder of #clearedtoland and mother of a son. 

    Kerstin's Biography:
    Kerstin has never wanted anything other than flying and broadening her horizon. Downtime is not her thing, her heart beats for safety and crisis management.
    In addition to her training as an airline pilot, Kerstin was therefore studying for a Master of Science in Air Safety Management and attended various courses in project management. As a former airline pilot, her logbook contains more than 6’000 flight hours on the Airbus A320 type.

    Today she is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute, Partner of HelpKEY GmbH and owns her own brand aim4safety, a consulting firm for Business Continuity and Safety Management. She is a renowned expert in safety and crisis management matters. She is currently pursuing further education at the University of St. Gallen in Change & Innovation Management. Kerstin is mother of a son.
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European Pilot Peer Support Initiative
  • Paul REUTER
    Paul Reuter has been an airline pilot since 1995 is currently a Captain on the Boeing 737-700 and -800 for Luxair, which he joined in 1996.
    Until 2018 a Director, Technical Affairs for the European Cockpit Association, he  is currently the chairman of EPPSI, the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative, regrouping major European Peer Support organizations and promoting Peer Support best practices.
    He has been a member of the EASA Germanwings Task Force and has contributed to the Task Force’s Final Report and is a member of the Steering Board of EASA’s Data4Safety initiative.
    Paul is also involved in the Just Culture aspects of Safety Management and he is an IFALPA Accredited Aviation Accident Investigator. He was also co-chair on the DG Move’s European Industry Just Culture Model Policy Working Group.
    In the past, he was the President of ALPL, Luxembourg’s Airline Pilot Association as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Luxair.
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Accountable Manager
Cat Aviation AG
  • Iris RIESEN
    After my studies in business administration in Berne, Switzerland, I spent most of my working career in aviation.
    First 9 years with Swissair in various Ground Operations and Management functions followed by 2 years sabbatical travelling around Asia/Oceania.

    Thereafter I worked for 20 years with Jet Aviation of which 18 were spent in Singapore and Hong Kong as Managing Director establishing the Asia operations and growing the managed fleet in Asia. In December 2015 I returned to Switzerland and joined Cat Aviation AG as Accountable Manager and am currently furthering my studies and hold a DAS in applied organizational psychology.  
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President Aviation Services
Luxaviation Group


Group Safety Manager
Marketing/PR Manager
ASL Group
  • Maxime WAUTERS
    Maxime started flying gliders at the age of 13 in the Belgian Ardennes. After graduating high school, he started his commercial pilot training and simultaneously started working for a major flight training organisation, holding various functions, including Safety Manager.

    After having spent almost 10 years in the airline pilot training industry, period during which he also followed various aviation-related and management courses, Maxime started his career in the business aviation industry by joining ASL Group both as a pilot, flying the Cessna Citation XLS+ and as Safety Officer & Marketing Manager. Nowadays, Maxime has taken the function of Safety Manager for the Group and now flies as Captain on the Embraer Legacy 450 and 500. He still also manages Marketing for the Group and has become one of the company Directors.

    Maxime is the proud and happy father of a 5 year-old boy and is passionate about jazz, martial arts, motorbikes, sailing and foreign cultures.
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Juergen WIESE

Chairman Board of Governors
Juergen WIESE
  • Juergen WIESE

    Juergen Wiese was appointed EBAA Chairman in September 2016. With over 30 years’ experience in aviation, he currently oversees BMW’s global corporate aviation operations including EASA Part 145 and Part M organisations. Juergen began his aviation career as an officer in the German Air Force, serving in the Air Crew Selection Program for Air Force and Navy in his last assignment.
    After working as a flight instructor and developing and managing a start-up air charter business he joined BMW AG in 1995. He also served as the Managing Director of BMW’s Global Corporate Travel Service for more than six years.

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