Thorsten Astheimer (Guest Speaker)

Paul McCann

Paul has been AirNav Ireland’s Director of ATM Operations & Strategy since 2022 and is responsible for all aspects of AirNav Ireland’s air traffic management business. His aim is to ensure the continued delivery of safe, high quality air navigation services whilst also growing the company’s commercial revenue in a sustainable manner. Prior to this role, Paul held several managerial positions within AirNav Ireland, including General Manager Terminal Services. During this time, he managed one of the largest projects that the company had ever undertaken, the commissioning of the new Visual Control Tower and readying AirNav Ireland for the new North Runway at Dublin Airport.
Paul has worked with AirNav for over 30 years, working initially as an Air Traffic Controller at both Dublin and Shannon and holds a BA in Management from the Institute of Public Administration.

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Katerina Pena

Katerina is an Space Downstream Market Officer at the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) since 2014. She is driving the EU Space data and services adoption in aviation and drones with a special focus on fostering the use of EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus. Prior to joining the EUSPA, she has worked at GE Aviation on Safety Management System. She holds a Master degree in Air Traffic Control and Management from Prague and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas.

Macarena Martin Viton

Aeronautical engineer with ten years of experience, mainly working at Airbus Design Office. Since 2015, Macarena has been working on the design of new cockpit functions (e.g. datalink communication functions between Flight Crew and Air Traffic Controllers, weather/turbulence display on EFB, traffic surveillance alerts) and new concepts of operations to optimize the aircraft trajectories and reduce the impact on CO2. Since 2020, Macarena acts as Secretary of EUROCAE WG-76 and she has recently joined the team of Advisors of ICCAIA for the ICAO Communications Panel – OPDLWG.

Nicki Harricharan

Nicki Harricharan’s professional career spans over 15 years across various departments and positions within the FAA. It started as an Air Traffic Controller at the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZDC) then to the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZNY) as a Front Line Manager, where she led a team of controllers with precision and oversight. In 2016, she transferred to the Severe Weather Unit at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), assuming the role of a National Traffic Management Specialist (NTMS). In this capacity, she meticulously analyzed data and traffic flow constraints, implementing strategic traffic management initiatives to effectively manage demand within the National Airspace System (NAS). She facilitated the seamless movement of air traffic during various events, including adverse weather conditions, Presidential movements, and rocket launches. Her most recent role involved overseeing the Central Altitude Reservation Function (CARF) Unit and Space Operations. Here, she orchestrated the integration of rocket launches into the NAS, skillfully coordinating and processing both military and civilian altitude reservation (ALTRV) requests for domestic and international airspace.

Luisa Propato

As Head of Leonardo SESAR Program and Deployment leads the ATM/UTM/CNS Innovation in ATM Line of Business.
Senior Program manager with more of 20 years of experience in ATM world, has a degree in Computer Science Engineering at La Sapienza University, Rome, an Executive Master in Business Administration, Certification on Financial Markets and Istitutions at PACE University, New York.
She had different roles in the past from technical to managerial and worked activily in India, Qatar,
Now she works mainly from Leonardo Tiburtina HQ, in Rome, and Brussel covering different international roles as LEONARDO Rapresentative in Governing Board and Program Committee SESAR3, Sesar Deployment Manager Responsible, ASD rapresentative.
She loves Innovation and works to build a sustainable, cost efficiency Single European Sky.

Holly King

Holly King is a Sr. International Representative with the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization for Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She has over twenty years of experience as an Air Traffic Controller working for the FAA, DOD and the U.S. Air Force. Since 2019, she has managed the International Airspace and Procedures Support group for Oakland Center Oceanic (KZAK) Flight Information Region (FIR), routinely engaging with Civil Aviation Authorities throughout the Asia Pacific Region, such as Japan, Philippines, and Indonesia. In addition, she regularly coordinates with Australia, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Nadi, and Canada, all of which share a common FIR boundary with KZAK. Holly’s expertise of the NAS includes air traffic control systems, air traffic management, and air traffic flow management projects to improve and promote safety and efficiency of day-to day operations. She has been instrumental in facilitating ATS Inter-facility Data Communication (AIDC) implementation with foreign neighboring Air Navigation Service Providers and has also worked at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters through her participation in the ICAO Separation and Airspace Safety Panel (SASP). She has an extensive background in Space Operations with experience in commercial as well as government related activity. She has also been a representative for the FAA in the Informal Pacific ATC Coordinating Group (IPACG) and the Informal South Pacific Air Traffic Services Coordinating Group (ISPACG) with adjacent FIRs, IATA and airline representatives to ensure harmonization of procedures and improved efficiencies in routes resulting in decreased flight time and cost savings.

Sara Hallouda

Sara Hallouda has been chairing the Working Group 6 (Strategic Deployment Objectives) for the 2024 ATM Master Plan revision campaign since October 2023
Since September 2023, Sara has been acting as policy advisor for SESAR at the DFS in the department for international affairs and business development. Before that Sara was working 10 years in the surveillance engineering department of the DFS as a data quality engineer for surveillance sensors. Sara Hallouda graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Cairo University and pursued her academic career in Germany to receive her Master of Science Degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Mechanical and Process Engineering.

Bobby Healy

Bobby began his career building video games for Nintendo. He then founded Eland (an airline tech company) which he sold to SITA. He then built CarTrawler over 15 years and led two successful LBOs for the business. For the last 4 years, he’s been building ‘Manna Drone Delivery’ – a business whose mission is to improve the world by making lightning-fast suburban deliveries affordable, green and safe. He is also a founder of Meili Technology with a mission to end the fiasco of care hire brokering.