Keynote Speakers

Captain Mark Kelly
Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission

NASA space mission commander and American hero Captain Mark Kelly demonstrates how focus, dedication and persistence can help you tap into your potential to succeed in any competitive setting. With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, Mark has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer, and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. Currently, Mark is on the Commercial Crew Safety Board at Space X—and is the only person at Space X who has commanded a space mission—and is co-founder of World View, a full-service commercial space launch provider. Mark captivates audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he reveals the foundations for success so you can accomplish your mission in life and work.


Dr. Doris Höpke
Member of the Board of Management
Munich RE

Dr. Höpke joined Munich Reinsurance Company in 1999, where she worked as in-house legal counsel until 2001 and was head of section at Munich-American RiskPartners (MARP Munich) until 2003. In 2003, she took on the project management for "Business Group Master" as part of Munich Re's global IT project GLORIA (Global Reinsurance Application). From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Höpke was head of the divisional unit Aerospace & Special Services. In 2011, Dr. Höpke became head of Munich Re, Madrid. Since 1 May 2014, Dr. Höpke has been a member of the Board of Management of Munich Reinsurance Company and was responsible for Munich Health until 31 January 2017. In February 2017, she took over responsibility for the division Special and Financial Risks. At the end of April 2017, she also assumed global responsibility for human resources in the reinsurance field of business, including the function of Labour Relations Director.

Ed Bolen
President and CEO

Ed Bolen became the president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington, DC, on Sept. 7, 2004. Prior to joining NBAA, Bolen was president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) for eight years. Bolen joined GAMA in 1995 as senior vice president and general counsel. GAMA’s board of directors elected him president and CEO in November 1996. In 2001, Bolen was nominated by President Bush to serve as a member of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. Established by Congress, the commission’s objectives were to study and make recommendations on ways to ensure American leadership in aerospace in the 21st century. Bolen was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the Management Advisory Council (MAC) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He chaired the council from 2000 to 2004. Bolen is the incoming chairman of RTCA, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that functions as a Federal Advisory Committee to the FAA on matters related to communications, surveillance, navigation and air traffic management. He previously served as RTCA's vice chairman. He also serves on the Aviation Advisory Board of the Mitre Corporation, a federally funded research and development corporation.

Guy Buesnel
PNT Security Technologist, Spirent

Guy is Spirent's PNT Security Technologist, with the responsibility of developing Spirent's approach to address the issues of GNSS vulnerability such as Jamming, Spoofing and Cyber-attack. Guy has more than 16 years' experience working protecting GNSS Receivers from emerging threats , having started his career as a Systems Engineer involved in the development of GPS Adaptive Antenna Systems for Military Users at Raytheon Systems Limited in the UK. Guy has a BSc Honours degree in Physics with Atmospheric Physics and a Master’s Degree in Communications Engineering. As well as being a Chartered Physicist, Guy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation in 2015 for his services in the field of GNSS vulnerabilities.