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Edito - The time of innovation

By Max Armanet, President of Paris Air Forum Scientific Committee

The health crisis across the planet is accompanied by a social and economic crisis.
Aerospace, an industry of innovation, has been hit hard. Having proposed New Horizons as the theme of our 2020 event, the Paris Air Forum Scientific Committee had identified a transitional era, between technology and environmentalism, in which models were being reinvented.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic was first announced, we have been sharing information and analysis.

We quickly saw the need to take a step back from the situation to learn the lessons of this unprecedented crisis.
The postponement of our event to November 20 gave us six months to rethink our program in light of the evidence and data we gather each day.
A culture of the third dimension, flexible and reactive, will be more essential than ever for us to rebuild after the crisis and plan our future resilience. New Horizons calls on us to apply ourselves and build the future together.

Speakers and Broadcasting program


Jean-Christophe Tortora - Chairman & CEO, LA TRIBUNE
Max Armanet - President, Paris Air Forum Scientific Committee
Augustin de Romanet - Chairman & CEO, GROUPE ADP

Can France and the Regions manage without planes ?

Valérie Pécresse - President of Ile-de-France region
Nicolas Bouzou - Economist, President of Les rencontres de l'avenir, Directeur of Cabinet AsterĂšs

Europe’s aeronautic and defense industry and the challenge of Covid

Dirk Hoke - President, BDLI & CEO, Airbus Defence and Space
Eric Trappier - Chairman, GIFAS & Chairman & CEO, Dassault Aviation

Is air transport a scapegoat?

Bertrand Piccard - CEO, Solar Impulse
Karima Delli - MEP & Chair of European Parliament Transport & Tourism Committee

Economic recovery through innovation

Mauro Sponza - Head of Michelin's LB Avion

Can aviation really win the CO2 battle ?

Augustin de Romanet - Chairman & CEO, Groupe ADP
Guillaume Faury - CEO, Airbus
Philippe Petitcolin - CEO, Safran
Ben Smith - CEO, Air France-KLM
Patrick Pouyanné - Chairman & CEO of Total

Aeronautics and ecology : a planetary challenge, exemplary cooperation

JĂ©rome Rein - Managing Director and Partner at BCG
Guillaume Faury - CEO, Airbus

Keynote : From resiliency to recovery

Marc Gellé - Managing director for Europe of the Aeronautics and Defense sector at Accenture


Interview of Alexandre de Juniac - CEO of IATA

Interview of Bernard Bichler - Partner at Bain & Company

Interview with Bain & Company

Bernard Birchler - Partner at Bain & Company
Marwan Lahoud - Charmain of Executive Board, ACE Management

How to develop resilience and autonomy in the defense sector ?

Joël Barre - Head of French General Delegation for Armaments, DGA
Patrice Caine - Chairman & CEO, Thales
Elie Girard - CEO, Atos
General Philippe Lavigne - Chief of Staff for the French Air & Space Force
Christian Cambon - President, French Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence & Armed Forces

What will the world’s next companies, airports and travellers look like ?

Anne Rigail - CEO, Air France
Edward Arkwright - CEO - Development, Engineering & Transformation, Groupe ADP
Michel Dieleman - President, French Association of Travel Managers

Space: Are France and Europe well equipped for the world after ?

André-Hubert Roussel - CEO, ArianeGroup
Hervé Derrey - Executive Vice-President Space, Thales
Jean-Marc Nasr - Executive Vice-President Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space
Jean Yves Le Gall - President, CNES

USAIRE Awards 2020 Ceremony

Prize giving Ceremony of the USAIRE Student Awards : Michel Dubarry, President Rolls-Royce Europe&North Africa, EVP USAIRE, and Carl Chevillon, Managing Director of Raytheon Systems France, President of USAIRE Conclusion of the Prize giving Ceremony of the USAIRE Student Awards by the Ministe of Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebarri and announcement of the 2021 topic USAIRE and Air&Cosmos Prize of the Personality of the Year : Pascal Parant, VP Corporate Marketing AAR International, Executive Vice President USAIRE, and Hubert de Caslou, President of Air&Cosmos


Patrick Ky - CEO, EASA

Tomorrow's aviation: The vision of a major US equipment manufacturer

Steve Timm - Chairman & CEO of Collins Aerospace

Utilization of resources in space: From science fiction to reality ?

Jean-Jacques Dordain - Former Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)
Mohammed Al Ahbabi - Director General, United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA)
Bruno Pagliccia - CEO/Founder of SeisBEE
Marc Serres - CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA)

Will the world after be a real springboard for New Space ?

Nicolas Capet - CEO, Anywaves
David Henri - Co-founder & CEO, Exotrail
Antoine de Chassy - Co-founder and Co-Chairman & CEO, Loft Orbital
Clément Galic - Co-founder & CEO, Unseenlabs
Olivier Piepsz - Chairman and founder, Prométhée

What will 5G bring to airports ?

Guillaume de Lavallade - CEO, Hub One
Sergio Colella - CEO, Sita Europe

A year after its creation, does France’s Space Command have the resources for its ambitions ?

General Michel Friedling - Commander of French Air Force Space Command
Emmanuel Chiva - Director, Defence Innovation Agency
Franck Poirrier - Chairman & CEO, Sodern & representative for space equipment manufacturers, COSPACE
Philippe Gautier - CEO, Hemeria

How does the aerospace industry seize on technological opportunity ?

General André Lanata - Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, NATO
Guillaume Poupard - Director General, French national cybersecurity agency - ANSSI
General Grégoire de Saint Quentin - Chairman of consulting firm, Petra Advisors
Stephane Mayer - CEO, Nexter

Alternative fuels: When to hit the throttle ?

Constance Thio - VP Sustainability & Compliance, Air France-KLM
Nicolas Jeuland - Manager of Environmental Prospective and Low Carbon Fuels, Safran
Paul Stein - CTO, Rolls Royce
Claire Rais-Assa - Bureau Chief for environment, air quality and emerging issues, DGAC
Chris Raymond - Chief sustainability officer for The Boeing Company and member of the Executive Council

Extraterritoriality: The instrumentalization of law by the major powers

Frédéric Pierucci - Founder, IKARIAN
Raphaël Gauvain - Deputy for SaÎne-et-Loire
Sophie Scemla - Member of the Bar, Paris and New York, Partner at Gide Loyrette firm, Vice-Chair of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee & member of the special committee on corporation investigations for the French Bar Association
Nicolas Ravailhé - Professor at School of Economic Warfare

Will low-cost airlines really win the fight in Europe ?

Jozsef Varadi - CEO of Wizz Air

Covid-19: Lessons learned on the strengths & weaknesses of the defense industry ?

Bruno Even - Chairman & CEO, Airbus Helicopters
Pierre-Eric Pommellet - Chairman & CEO, Naval Group
Eric BĂ©ranger - Chairman & CEO, MBDA
Hervé Grandjean - Advisor in industrial affairs, French Ministry for Armed Forces

Covid-19, compliance, competition, ITAR
 how to ensure the long-term viability of Made in France exports

Thierry Carlier - French Armaments Director & Director of International Development, DGA
Philippe Keryer - Executive Vice President Strategy, Research & Technology, Thales
Alexandre Ziegler - Senior Executive Vice-President, International & Public Affairs, Safran
CĂ©dric Perrin - Vice-President, French Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence & Armed Forces Committee

How do we rebuild air connectivity ?

Thomas Juin - Chairman, UAF
Olivier Jankovec - Director General, ACI Europe
Carlos Muñoz - Founder, Chairman & CEO, Volotea
Nathalie Stubler - Chairwoman & CEO, Transavia

Sovereignty: What strategy and what tools are needed to preserve France’s defense industrial & technological base (BITD)?

Antoine Bouvier - Director of Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Affairs, Airbus
Thomas Courbe - Director General for Enterprise, DGE
François Mestre - Head of Industrial Affairs and Economic Intelligence Unit, DGA
Françoise Dumas - President of National Defence and Armed Forces Committee of French National Assembly

What support from banks and funds is available to French businesses ?

Jean-Louis Girodolle - CEO, Lazard
Marwan Lahoud - Chairman of Executive Board, ACE Management
Emmanuel Viellard - CEO, Lisi Group
Jean-Louis Thiérot - French Deputy

A hydrogen plane by 2035: Is this really plausible ?

Jean-Brice Dumont - Executive Vice-President, Head of Engineering, Airbus & President, CORAC
Bruno Sainjon - Chairman & CEO, ONERA
Pierre-Etienne Franc - Vice-President, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit, Air Liquide

What is the future for French carriers ?

Alain Battisti - President, FNAM & CEO, Chalair
Jean-François Dominiak - President, SCARA - Chairman & CEO, ASL Airlines France
Marc Rochet - Member of the board of Air CaraĂŻbes & CEO of French Bee
Pascal de Izaguirre - Chairman & CEO, Corsair International

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