Speeches in Ecological and Electric Aviation Conference Helsinki, March 6, 2019

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Guest Speakers:

Dr. Tassilo Wanner: Lilium Jet

Tassilo Wanner is the VP of Global Public & Regulatory Affairs at Lilium. He oversees the company’s world-wide stakeholder engagement, advocacy efforts, and regulatory and government affairs strategy.

Previously, Tassilo was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, leading TTL (Transport, Travel, and Logistics) as well as strategy and change management studies. Before joining McKinsey, he spent four years in political planning and strategic communication roles for the Parliamentary Leadership in the German Bundestag as well as for the German Federal Minister of the Interior in Berlin.

Tassilo studied at LMU Munich and Georgetown University, and earned a Doctorate in Political Science and Modern History. He is married and father of three children.

MSc Maarten Frijling: Diamond Aircraft – The development of HEMEP, the Hybrid Electric Multi Engine Plane, M.Sc Maarten Frijling, Project Leader Electric Aircraft

Maarten Frijling is responsible for the development of electric aircraft within Diamond Aircraft in Austria. Currently, he is the project leader of HEMEP, a serial hybrid electric aircraft which recently flew for the first time. In the years before, Maarten has always been active in the aviation field, working on various state-of-the-art projects in the Netherlands. 

Maarten has always had a passion for electric and sustainable mobility. During his studies, he participated in the World Solar Challenge. A prestigious competition in which teams all over the world compete to build the most efficient solar racing car. His hard work was rewarded as his team won this race in 2013 and the years following. 

Maarten has studied Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and holds and master’s degree in Aerospace Structures and Materials. Further, Maarten is an enthusiastic glider and motorized airplane pilot. When he is not busy designing aircraft, he can often be found flying them. 

MBA, BSc Jaakko Schildt: Towards More Responsible Air Travel

Jaakko Schildt, MBA, BSc Engineering, is the Chief Operating Officer of Finnair, a Finnish airline specialized in passenger and cargo traffic between Europe and Asia. He started in this latest Finnair position in 2016. He joined Finnair from Thomas Cook Airlines UK where he held the position as Accountable Manager. Previously, he  has worked as the head of Finnair Technical Services, as well as in various leadership positions within SAS Group. He started his aviation career as an aircraft mechanic. In his leisure time he enjoys snowboarding and racing enduro motorbikes.

Glenn Llewellyn: Airbus - Bringing Zero-emission Technologies to Aviation

Glenn Llewellyn is the General Manager for Electrification in the Corporate Technology Office (CTO) of Airbus. He is responsible for all company-wide hybrid and electric propulsion research. Prior to this, Glenn has held various roles including as a programme lead for several systems on the A350 aircraft. Having studied Aeronautical Engineering, Glenn joined Airbus in 2000.

MSc Kimmo Mäki: Finavia and the Future of Ecological Aviation in Finland

Kimmo Mäki is the CEO of Finavia Corporation since January 2018. He holds an MSc in technology as well as an eMBA and has extensive work experience of the service and logistics industry. Kimmo Mäki worked as the CEO of Port of Helsinki during 2011–2017. Prior to that he worked as SVP at Steveco Oy and Logistics Manager at Stockmann plc and other companies. Kimmo Mäki is a Board Member of VTS Finland Oy since 2019. He served as a chair of the Board of Finrail Oy in 2015–2017 and as a member thereof in 2017–2018. Kimmo is married and a father to one child. His interests involve soccer, fishing and sailing.

Dr. Virpi Kröger: Neste – Decarbonizing Aviation


Virpi Kröger is responsible for commercialization of renewable jet fuel at Neste Renewable Fuels. She is a passionate promoter of sustainable choices and has extensive experience in business development, business strategies, and industrial partnerships from several roles at Neste. Before that, Virpi worked in industrial chemicals business development at Yara. Virpi holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Business. She is married and mother of twins. Virpi is a snow enthusiastic who loves skiing. In summertime, she enjoys playing golf and hiking.

MSc Architect Juha Lampi: City and the Sky - Four-dimensional Blood Circuit of the Built World

Juha Lampi is Director of Design, Logistics and Transport/Traffic and Innovations at Innovarch Arhitects. He has been designing both superterranean built environment and underground/rock spaces. His works range from new buildings to renovation projects, city planning logistics studies to single residential, educational, commercial and cultural projects. He also is a member of Vahanen Academy, an internal educational organization in Vahanen Group, has a steering position in Innovarch marketing, research and development team and leads Innovarch’s part in Lähiöfest2019 – festival of neighbourhoods –an open event which celebrates the city and its suburbs inviting everybody to join. He graduated from Helsinki University of Technology 1982. He also is a retired reserve officer from the Finnish Air Force, an ultralight pilot and teacher/choreographer of rhythmic expression. He is married and a father of three adult daughters and four grandchildren.


Dr. Janne Ropponen: MAF Finland Aid Flights

Dr. Janne Ropponen is the Chief Executive Officer at MAF Finland. MAF Finland sends aviation staff and funding for MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) operations and flights in developing countries in areas where travelling otherwise is difficult or insecure. These flights respond to the needs of the world's most vulnerable people who often suffer from the effects of the climate change.

Dr. Ropponen has graduated from the university of Jyväskylä with business administration and information technology as his majors. His doctoral thesis focused on software risk management in IT projects. Before his flight career he served as a Senior Process Development Engineer at Nokia Telecommunications in the software production of Nokia mobile networks.

Janne Ropponen also holds current air transport pilot license and flies Airbus 330 long haul flights with Finland's national flag carrier airline Finnair. Previously, he has also served as a MAF pilot in Uganda and Mongolia where he lived together with his wife and four children 7 years. Practical and effective help delivered to the most needy people by MAF flights is still motivating him as he continues to work in the background to raise funds and awareness for these flights in the developing countries. Fighting climate change is also close to his heart and he gladly serves as the chairman of the first Ecological and Electric Aviation Conference in Finland. He enjoys outing and fishing in the fresh water lakes of Finland.

Janne Vasama: Helsinki Electric Aviation Association

Janne Vasama is Founding member and chairman of Helsinki Electric Aviation Association. The aim of the Helsinki Electric Aviation Association is to build an electric aviation ecosystem around Pipistrel Alpha Electro electric plane to support the development of electric aviation in Finland. New ecosystem will support training, research, and development.

Janne Vasama is also member of Electro Mobility Branch Group at Technology Industries of Finland. The aim of the branch group is to support and facilitate the electrification of traffic in Finland. Janne has been working in several roles in electronics components business and has been an entrepreneur from 2005. Janne started flying 1978 with gliders and has license for several difference airplane categories.


LL.M. Timo Latikka: Finnish Aeronautical Association

LL.M. Timo Latikka is Executive Director of the Finnish Aeronautical Association (SIL). In 1919 founded association is the national and central organization of sport and recreational aviation in Finland. The sphere of activity of SIL includes ten different air sport disciplines: powered flying, gliding, experimental flying, ultralight flying, hang gliding, paragliding, parachuting, ballooning, aeromodelling and drones. Timo previously worked on politics being responsible for training politicians. Timo's leisure time goes with reading, writing, politics and association law. Too rarely in the forest.

Debate: Ecological and Electric Aviation develops – how about Finland?

Debat hosted by Sami Saikkonen, Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Instructor Pilot

Sami Saikkonen has become well known in Finland as an actor, soloist dancer, choreogrpher at Finnish National Ballet as well as one of the judges at various TV-shows including Talent Finland and Got-to-dance Finland. In the year 2011 Sami fulfilled his dream of becoming an aviator, consequently proceeding to fly aerobatics and perform at air shows in Finland. Saikkonen also holds frequent mentoring and coaching sessions and encourages everyone to follow their dreams! It is never too late!

Eveliina Heinäluoma, Candidate for Parliament, The Social Democratic Party of Finland

Eveliina Heinäluoma is a city councillor and chair of SDP’s council group in Helsinki. She is also a member of Urban Environment committee which is responsible for planning, construction and maintenance, building supervision and environmental services in the Helsinki city. Eveliina works as a communications expert. She is running for the Parliament elections for the first time. Eveliina’s leisure time goes with reading, running and culture.

Ari Jalonen, MP, Transport and Communications Committee,  The Blue Reform Party

Ari Jalonen is Member of Parliament. He is Chairman in the Transport and Communications Committee. He has been worked in Committee 8 years. Before that he was fire manager in fire department in city of Pori. Mr. Jalonen has served also UN-operation in the Middle East. He is Vice Chairman in parliamentary group of Blue Reform.

Jyrki Kasvi, MP, Transport and Communications Committee, The Greens in Finland

Mia Nygård, Candidate for Parliament, The National Coalition Party

Mia Nygård is a city councillor and member of National Coalition Party. Mia is chair of board of Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and member of board of Vantaan Energia. HSY is municipal body, which produces waste management and water services, as well as providing information on the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and environment. Mia has long experience in business world and currently works as Growth and Strategy Business Advisor, helping small and mid-sized companies to grow. Mia is running for the Parliament elections for the first time. Mia loves to spend her leisure time in  the nature.

Mika Raatikainen, MP, Defence Committee, The Finns Party

Mika Raatikainen has been a Member of Parliament since July 2014. He represents the Finns Party and is currently on leave of absence from the Helsinki Police where he has mostly investigated organized and drug crimes. Raatikainen has served also the UNDPKO (United Nations Department of Peacekeeping operations) and UN Secretariat in the Middle East and Kosovo almost ten years. His last mission before becoming an MP was European Commission Anti-Corruption twinning project in Jordan. Raatikainen is known to be a strong supporter of historical Malmi Airport in Helsinki.

Kimmo Tiilikainen, MP, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, The Centre Party of Finland

Kimmo Tiilikainen was appointed Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing in May 2017. Before that he served the same Government as the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment since May 2015. Mr. Tiilikainen has been a Member of Parliament since 2003 and previously served as the Minister of the Environment from 2007 to 2008.

Mr. Tiilikainen is a graduate of the University of Joensuu (currently University of Eastern Finland) and holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry. He is also an organic farmer and forester and has a long-standing personal interest in finding solutions to the challenges of the global climate change.

Kari Salmi, Entrepreneur, Brigadier General

Kari Salmi was born in 1960 and raised in the country side on a dairy farm in Luumäki. He served in the Finnish Air Force as a fighter pilot and pilot instructor, as well as in many staff duties, too. He retired in 2014 being the Chief of The Air Force Command. Salmi is married with one 8 month old child and I have two adult children from my previous marriage. I'm also a grandfather. Salmi is running for the parliament as a candidate of The Swedish People's Party. He will promote Finland's and its citizen's security, nature, equal parenthood, education, science and innovations, language, culture and off course aviation.

Mirita Saxberg, Liike Nyt

Mirita Saxberg is Helsinki city councillor and chairperson of Liike Nyt Movements group in Helsinki City Council. She works in the Parliament of Finland as the general secretary of Liike Nyt Movements parliamentary group. Mirita launched her private business since 2006 and has co-operated with research and development of converted electric cars since 2007, nowadays her interest being in promoting environment friendly traffic and loading solutions. Against political parties in Helsinki Council she is a defender of Malmi Airport (city airport in Helsinki, suitable for electric aviation).

Mirita holds MSc in public administration and intercultural communication, with BBA in international business. She is PhD candidate in leadership, as well as qualified vocational teacher specialized in business and social relationships. Mirita is running for the Parliament elections for the first time. This lady gets her energy from nature, reading and running, and spends all spare time with her daughter and family.

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