Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for Internal Market
European Commission

Thierry Breton is European Commissioner for internal market. He ran several companies and served as CEO at Bull, Thomson Multimédia and France Télécom. From 2005 to 2007, he served as French Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industry before joining Harvard Business School as a Professor. In 2009, he became CEO at Atos, a function he held until 2019 when he became European Commissioner for Internal Market. His portfolio includes industry, goods and services, digital, defence, space, tourism and audio-visual topics.

João Gomes Cravinho

Minister of National Defence of Portugal
Ministry of Defence of Portugal

João Gomes Cravinho is Minister of National Defence of Portugal. He holds a doctorate in Politics by the University of Oxford (1996) and a Master’s degree in Politics of the World Economy by the London School of Economics (1987).
He was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Governments between March 2005 and June 2011, and was the European Union’s ambassador to India from December 2011 to July 2015, and to Brazil from August 2015 to October 2018.

Kadi Silde

Undersecretary for Defence Policy
Estonian Ministry of Defence

Ms Kadi Silde is the Undersecretary for Defence Policy at the Estonian Ministry of Defence since January 2019. The Undersecretary for Defence Policy coordinates policy planning, NATO and EU matters, and international cooperation in the ministry. Prior to becoming the Undersecretary for Defence Policy, she was seconded to the European Commission where she worked on the European Defence Fund.

Cristian Silviu Bușoi

Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
European Parliament

Dr Buşoi entered the Romanian Parliament in 2004 and, in 2013, became President of the Romanian National Health Insurance House. Since 2007, he has been elected to the European Parliament for three consecutive terms. There, he is also Member of the Delegation for Southeast Asia, as well as substitute Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Delegation for the Arab Peninsula.

Timo Pesonen

Director General, DG DEFIS
European Commission

Timo Pesonen started his career in Finnish foreign affairs before joining the EU Institutions, where he held several high-level positions. Among others, he was Chief of Cabinet of EU Commissioner for EU Enlargement Olli Rehn, Director-General of DG Communication from 2015 to 2019, and Director-General at DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) from 2019 to 2020. In January 2020, he became Director-General of the newly created DG Defence industry and Space.

Matteo Bisceglia

OCCAR Executive Administration

Vice Admiral Matteo Bisceglia is since September 2019 the Director of the OCCAR Executive Administration. OCCAR is the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation which is a European intergovernmental organisation that facilitates and manages collaborative armament programmes. Prior to this, with the rank of Vice Admiral, he served as the Director of Naval Armaments at the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate.Among his functions Vice Admiral Bisceglia has been: the Italian co-Chairman of the IT-FR FREMM (Multi Mission European Frigates) Programme Steering Committee;  the Programme Committee member of the Italian PPA (Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura – Multirole Offshore Patrol Vessels) and the IT-FR LSS (Logistic Support Ship) Programmes.

François Arbault

Director for Defence Industry, DG DEFIS, European Commission
European Commission

François Arbault is Director for Defence industry at the European Commission. He previously exercised various responsibilities within the Commission, the most recent being the policy coordination of the “European Green Deal” in the Secretariat-General, and his participation in the negotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement of the United kingdom from the EU at the “Article 50” Task Force. François had previously been the Head of the “Public procurement strategy” and the “Industrial Property” units in the Commission, after he was successively a member of the cabinets of Commissioners Jacques Barrot and Michel Barnier (2008-2013).

Katarina Björklund

Vice President Group Strategy

Katarina Björklund is Vice President Group Strategy at SAAB. Katarina has vast experience from international collaboration, e.g. leading the EDA’s project ‘Future Air Systems for Europe’.
Since 2012, Katarina has been actively working with Research and Technology (R&T) within ASD, the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe. In recent years, Katarina has had a special focus on EU-related R&T activities, such as the EDF and its preparatory actions, coordinating the work both within Saab and with the Swedish authorities. In her current function within Group Strategy, her work focuses on EDF, innovation and related strategies. In 2017, she was also responsible for the Strategic Business planning within Saab.

Alice Mizrahi

Scientific Researcher

Dr. Alice Mizrahi is a researcher at Thales Research & Technology (Palaiseau, France), in the joint laboratory with CNRS and Université Paris Saclay. She works on developing novel hardware for artificial neural networks using nanotechnology. The goal of her research is to bring artificial intelligence into embedded systems with strong constraints in terms of reduction of size and energy consumption. She currently coordinates the Spin-IA project funded by the French Defence Agency and the SPINAR project funded by the EC within the PADR program.

Hans-Martin Pastuszka

Head of Business Unit - Defence Technology Foresight
Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT

Hans-Martin Pastuszka, is senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT in Germany. Together with his team, he is responsible for delivering the quarterly “Defence Technologies Forecast” to the German FMoD, identifying and assessing emerging and dynamic technological developments worldwide regarding their potential future defence relevance.

Antonios Peppas


Antonios Peppas, CEO of ETME is steering the company for more than a decade, through transition from a traditional civil engineering hydro works SME to a disruptive innovation company. A civil hydro-engineer by education, Antonios has been involved from invention and concept design to product delivery in the offshore wind industry of a new wind and marine environment monitoring asset class, namely FloatMast, funded by HORIZON2020. He has been leading EDIDP 2019’s largest SME consortium at the DECISMAR Project, with more than 12 companies across seven EU countries. The latest venture is the development of a new defence product suitable for the offshore environment, namely USSPs (Unmanned Semi-fixed Sea Platforms).