José Ramón BAUZA
José Ramón BAUZARead more
José Ramón Bauzá, former president of the Balearic Islands, pharmacist, Spanish Army reservist and MEP for Renew Europe.
In the European Parliament, he is the spokesman and Coordinator for Transport and Tourism of Renew Europe, the European Liberal Group, and Co-chair of the European Tourism Task Force.
He is also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Delegations to the United States and the Arab Peninsula, coordinating the Liberal Group's policy towards the Middle East and North Africa.
From 2015 to 2019, he served as a Senator for the Kingdom of Spain. Before that, he was President of the Government of the Balearic Islands from 2011 to 2015.
He is a strong advocate of the free market and individual responsibility. He is a polyglot and speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German and Italian.
José Ramón Bauzá holds a degree in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid and has completed his studies at the prestigious universities of Harvard, Oxford, Deusto and IE Business School.
Carlos BRANARead more
Carlos BRANA has been appointed on July 1st 2019, as Senior Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft at DASSAULT AVIATION. The Civil Aircraft department is in charge of the marketing, sales and support of Falcon aircraft.
Carlos joined DASSAULT AVIATION (headquarter in France) in 1984 as an engineer in the design office where he worked on the RAFALE demonstrator, the MIRAGE F1 and the MIRAGE 2000 programs. After his MBA, he was appointed as contract manager for Qatar and Taiwan MIRAGE 2000-5 contracts and entered the military jet sales force in 1998. In that position, he led the negotiation team for the RAFALE in Korea and was then appointed as Middle East Vice President for military sales.
Carlos joined DASSAULT FALCON JET in 2005 (DASSAULT AVIATION owned company based at Teterboro, New-Jersey) as Director of Sales for Asia, and then became Vice President and CEO’s assistant before being appointed as Vice President of Contracts & Specifications in 2008. In that role, he oversaw the Specification team, the Contract team and the Customer Completions Administrators who are taking care of the completion follow-up and the delivery of the aircraft.
In August 2013, Carlos is promoted as Senior Vice President of Teterboro Operations, responsible for the Customer Service, Finance, Contracts & Specifications departments. He also oversaw DASSAULT AIRCRAFT SERVICES in charge of the Dassault-owned Service Centers in the western hemisphere.
On October 2016, he is appointed Senior Vice President Civil Aircraft to assist former Senior Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft, particularly on the worldwide sales and marketing fields.
Carlos is graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1982 where he received his engineering degree. He also has an MBA from HEC (France).
Flor DIAZ PULIDO
Flor DIAZ PULIDORead more
After studying law at the ULPG (University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona and completing a master’s degree in European law at Granada University, Flor Diaz Pulido followed up studies in diplomacy and international relations at the “CEI International Affairs” of Barcelona, including short periods at Cambridge University, Sciences Politiques (Paris) and the "Hautes Études Internationales" in Geneva.
She started her career as European Commission official in 1995 in the Legal Affairs department of DG Fisheries. She joined the Directorate General for Energy and Transport in 2000. She focused mainly on aviation and maritime transports, internal market, competition law, consumer affairs related to transport and passenger rights. Flor was appointed Deputy Head of Unit at the Passenger Rights Unit in DG MOVE in 2010.
In 2013, she joined DG GROW (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) as Deputy Head of Unit C2 Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. In 2017, she joined the European Space Policy (currently DG DEFIS-Defence and Space) as Deputy Head of Unit in the direction of the Galileo space program. Flor came back to DG MOVE in June 2018, where she is currently the Head of Unit in the Aviation Policy Unit, in charge of sustainability policies of the aviation sector and the internal market of aviation and airport services, as well as coordination with ECAC and ICAO.
Raphaël DOMJANRead more
Raphaël Domjan completed the first solar-powered round-the-world trip in history.
Raphaël is a committed explorer and speaker, entrepreneur, sailor, pilot and skydiver.
In 2001, he co-founded the company Horus Networks, the world's first solar web hosting company.
After realizing the effect of climate change, in 2004 he imagined the PlanetSolar project. The purpose of this project was to demonstrate the potential of solar energy by making the first solar-powered round-the-world trip with a boat powered entirely by the sun. This world record was carried out on the PlanetSolar boat between 2010 and 2012.
In 2015, he sailed over 300 km with sailor Anne Quéméré over the Northwest passage with a solar kayak. He thus achieved the first polar solar navigation. Raphaël has co-written several books and produced documentaries on his solar adventures. As President of the PlanetSolar Foundation, he carries on with his
commitment to promoting electric mobility and solar energy in Switzerland and around the world.
And the adventure continues... Today, Raphaël is the initiator and pilot of the SolarStratos mission, which aims to reach the stratosphere in a solar aircraft.
In 2020, he did the first jump from an electric aircraft and the first ever solar skydive
from the SolarStratos solar airplane. His commitment to protecting our climate has led him to give many
conferences each year around the world.
Aaron FARRUGIARead more
Aaron Farrugia is Malta’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects. He previously served as Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning after serving as Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue at the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality. Farrugia was elected to the House of Representatives of Malta in June 2017. As an economist, Farrugia worked as an Advisor to the Maltese Delegation in the Committee of the Regions and later on as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Freeport Corporation. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Finance at the University of Malta in 2002 and obtained a Master of Arts degree in European Politics, Economics and Law in 2005. He graduated as Bachelor of Laws L.L.B. in 2011 and obtained a Doctor of Laws in 2013.
Bernhard FRAGNERRead more
“Bernhard started his aviation career more than 20 years ago. Today an experienced Chief Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the aviation industry. Strong entrepreneurship, balanced leader professionally skilled in operations management.
A passionate aviator himself, Bernhard is a strong believer in revolutionizing short haul travelling by applying the air taxi model, which maximizes aircraft utilization along with strong IT support. With these objectives and a strong focus on customer service he became one of the first movers in the air taxi industry operating the world’s largest homogeneous fleet of Textron Citation Mustang, currently counting 21 jets.
Bernhard is driven by his personal mantra ‘Passion into Profession’ and pushes his team to new limits each day, making sure particularly customer service – one of the very main pillars of his business model – is performed with extreme precision and care to exceed clients´ expectations.
During last 15 years Bernhard has managed to position GlobeAir as an innovative market leader in Europe, providing clients with a newly enriched experience in customer care.
Bernhard graduated as a civil engineer in mechanical plant design from Vienna University and attended an MBA aviation management program at the Blue Danube University in Krems, Austria. Furthermore, he holds an EASA ATPL license, including a type rating instructor and examiner authorization. After having worked as a commercial director in industrial plant design for several years he was trained in all EASA post holder management positions.
Bernhard has been awarded for his success with various prestigious awards like the Flight Safety award by EBAA in 2015, the price for the best performing Austrian exporting business in 2016, Austrian Pegasus award for best business in 2016 and recently for the best business jet operator award in 2017 and lifetime achievement in aviation by Sapphire.”
Marian-Jean MARINESCURead more
Member of the European Parliament since January 2007, Marian-Jean Marinescu is currently the coordinator of the EPP Group for transport policies and Chair of the European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup 2019 - 2024.
During the past legislatures, MEP Marinescu was vice-president of the PPE Group, chair of the PPE Working Group "Budgets and Structural Policies", coordinator of the PPE working group for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and member of the Board of Directors of the European Agency for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GSA).
In 2017, MEP Marinescu received the annual award of The European Business Aviation Award (EBAA).
In 2020, MEP Marinescu received the annual award MEP of the Year for Transport and Tourism category.
Filip NEGREANU-ARBOREANURead more
Filip Negreanu-Arboreanu is the Head of Cabinet for the Transport Commissioner at the European Commission and is responsible for overall strategy, policy coordination and senior personnel management. Previously, he held the Deputy Head of Cabinet position and oversaw relations with the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, the European Green Deal and the coordination of the digitalisation of transport. He joined the European Commission in December 2019.
Prior to this, Filip spent ten years in the European Parliament as a Policy Advisor to the Chair of the Industry, Research and Energy and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committees. During this time, he coordinated policies on energy infrastructure, Emissions Trading Scheme, CO2 emissions, eCall and EU innovative funding mechanisms, such as Project Bonds.
Filip holds a PhD in Geopolitics at the University of Bucharest, focusing on the development of a regional gas hub in Southeastern Europe, and a Master of Arts in Business Administration.
Catherine NICHOLSONRead more
Catherine Nicholson is European Affairs Editor at France 24. For her ‘Talking Europe’ programme on France 24, she regularly interviews decision-makers, including EU Commissioners, heads of state and government, and ministers from the EU and beyond.
Previously, Catherine anchored France 24’s flagship morning international news programme ‘Live from Paris’. During her twelve years at the network, she has also undertaken field reporting assignments ranging from austerity protests in Athens, to French presidential elections and the Cannes Film Festival. Prior to joining France 24, Catherine worked freelance for outlets including Agence France Presse (AFP), the BBC, and UK regional radio. She began her career at Bloomberg’s German business news TV channel.
Catherine is fluent in English, French and German, having gained first Class Honours in French & German Studies at Warwick University (UK).
Steven TRUXALRead more
Steven Truxal is Professor of Air and Space Law and Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Before taking over the Leiden Chair, Steven was Reader in Air Law and Associate Dean (International) at City, University of London, and before that he was Visiting Professor and Dean of Studies at the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin. Steven completed his doctorate in Air Transport Competition Law in London. In addition to several articles for academic journals and book chapters, Steven has published two monographs: Competition and Regulation in the Airline Industry: Puppets in chaos (2012) and Economic and Environmental Regulation of International Aviation: From inter-national to global governance (2017). He has spent time on sabbatical at McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law and at the Centre for Enterprise Liability, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. Prior to pursuing his career in academia, Steven held positions at Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Juergen WIESERead more