Speaker Bio

Mariagrazia La Piscopia

SESAR Deployment Manager

Executive Director

The Single European Sky’s ATM Research project (SESAR) is one of the most ambitious modernisation projects launched by the European Union in the air transport domain, contributing to the implementation of the Single European Sky. The SDM is in charge of coordinating and synchronizing the deployment of the most innovative Air Traffic Management infrastructure and services, ensuring the full engagement and commitment of the ATM industry in the delivery of SESAR. The SDM function is operated by the SESAR Deployment and Infrastructure Partnership (SDIP), a consortium composed by Airlines, Air Navigation Service Providers, Airports and EUROCONTROL Network Manager. Mariagrazia has more than 20 years of experience in Aviation and Air Traffic Management at technical, operational and strategic level, spanning from R&D to Deployment. As Executive Director she is responsible for the overall strategic management and day to day operations of the SDM. Before being nominated as Executive Director, she covered the role of SDM Chief Strategy and Programme Management, in charge of planning, coordinating and executing the technical programmes. Before the establishment of the SDM, she was the Head of International Coordination and ATM Planning in one of the major European Air Navigation Service Providers (ENAV S.p.A.), contributing to the enhancement of the company role and the improvement of its positioning at European level. Her background is operational with an extensive experience in many air traffic management areas and technical domains, covering both the airport and the en-route dimension, from different aviation stakeholders’ perspective.