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SAE Media Group are proud to present the 8th Annual Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe Conference, taking place on the 1st and 2nd of March 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.

The Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe conference is revered as the highest-level meeting for defence logistic leaders and supply chain managers from the region’s most forward-thinking military nations. As the only logistics conference specifically dedicated to the region, this is the critical forum where senior officers, military logistics commanders, and industry experts are brought together to discuss the modernisation and cooperation of defence logistics from the High North to the Black Sea.

The importance of defence logistics as a capability in its own right continues to grow with the increasing prevalence of systematic multilateral cooperation between armed forces and the continual development of new technologies with exciting logistics application. Through extensive research and consultation across the industry, Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2023 will continue to break the mould and create an event that will channel these developments and reflect the most pressing priorities of NATO allies and partners.

Furthermore, the conflict in Ukraine has reinforced the fundamental importance of logistics as the facilitator of tactical, operational, and strategic military capabilities. From ensuring the security of essential supplies to maintaining the frontline troops, this event will provide a forum to consider and respond the profound implications of the conflict on the region.

We strive to deliver real insight and genuine learning experiences which can be applied to optimise the future of defence logistics for the Central and Eastern Europe region.

Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2023 will continue to break the mould and create a platform that will give you detailed knowledge and vision into the latest developments and reflect on the most pressing priorities of NATO allies and partners. At this event you can expect:

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers from Central and Eastern Europe
  • A unique focus on defence logistics technology and joint force interoperability
  • Expert analysis of the direct and indirect logistics implications of the conflict in Ukraine for NATO allies and partners in the region and beyond
  • High level panel discussions featuring supply chain and procurement managers from the military as well as industry
  • Military logistics equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology
  • Informal networking time factored in so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional logistic systems today

What's different this year?

The conflict in Ukraine has reinforced the fundamental importance of logistics as the facilitator of tactical, operational, and strategic military capabilities. From ensuring the security of essential supplies to maintaining the frontline troops, this event will provide a forum to consider and respond the profound implications of the conflict on the region.

This is the ONLY logistics conference specifically dedicated to the region. It is a critical forum where you will find senior officers, military logistics commanders, and industry experts brought together to discuss the modernisation and cooperation of defence logistics from the High North to the Black Sea.

National militaries:
• Military logistics specialists
• Equipment procurement officers

Industry:
• Businesses looking to break into the regional market
• Established players in the regional market
• Developers and innovators in military technology

Transnational/Continental/Euro-Atlantic organisations/bodies:
• Organisations who wish to equalise the European defence capability
• Those who seek improvement of the security and strength of Europe’s front line
• Businesses wishing to bolster the national economies and industries of Eastern and Central Europe
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Brigadier General Istvan Filótás

Brigadier General Istvan Filótás, Deputy Commander, Force Modernization and Transformation, Hungarian Defence Forces
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9:00 Progressing the Force Development of the Hungarian Defence Forces

Lieutenant General Dr Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi

Lieutenant General Dr Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)
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• The new priorities of Phase II.
• Expanding cooperation and participation in joint NATO exercises and bodies to achieve strategic goals.
• Changes to modernisation priorities caused by the war in Ukraine
• An overview of the new logistics platforms being procured by the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF).
 

9:30 The role of Logistics Directorate in coordinating the set-up of Logistic Hub for NATO Allies in Romania

Brigadier General Liviu Marian Mazilu

Brigadier General Liviu Marian Mazilu, Head of the Logistics Directorate - J4, Defence Staff of the Romanian Armed Forces
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• Development of Romanian military logistics network and capabilities in accordance with the transformation of the Armed Forces by 2040 year
• The Fuel Implementation Arrangement with DLA Energy as a reliable option to support the planning process for multinational exercises/operations
• Iveco truck acquisition programme - milestones and way ahead
• Meeting the support requirements of NATO Battle Groups established in Romania.
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Ensuring adequate development of the Logistics within the dynamic transformation of the Polish Armed Forces in the changing security environment

Brigadier General Mariusz Skulimowski

Brigadier General Mariusz Skulimowski, Chief of Logistics Division - J4, The General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces
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  • Main directions of logistics development 2021-2035
  • Recent operations and how these are shaping priorities of Polish acquisition
  • Ambitious plan of modernisation of the Polish Armed Forces and its impact on logistics system
  • Support and assistance to Ukraine - logistics challenges
  • 11:30 Maintaining the momentum of logistics modernisation and integration to secure Albania from changing threats in the second decade of NATO membership

    Brigadier General Ilir Xhebexhia

    Brigadier General Ilir Xhebexhia, Commander, Support Command, Albanian Armed Forces
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    • Overview of the progress of the Albanian military modernisation towards full unified logistics capacities with NATO members states:
    o Success of co-hosting ‘Defender Europe’ 2021 exercise
    o Preparations for ‘Defender Europe 2023’
    o Creation of bespoke NATO military infrastructure and forces:
    ? The Porto Romano project
    ? The logistics success behind certification of the Light Infantry Group – Battalion and future planned developments
    • Steps taken to unify standards in equipment, techniques, systems, and training
    • Outstanding defence logistics needs to fully accomplish military operations of a larger spectrum
    • Securing defence logistics systems and infrastructure from Electronic Warfare (EW) – Albania’s experience & response to Iranian EW
     

    12:00 Supporting NATO and the Wider Shipping Community to Ensure Security and a Steady Flow of Logistics Supplies for the Alliance

    Captain (Navy) Niels Markussen

    Captain (Navy) Niels Markussen, Director NATO Shipping Center NSC, Allied Maritime Command
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    • The logistics mission of the NATO Shipping Centre
    • Updates on supporting Operation Sea Guardian, ensuring maritime security and defending shipping lanes against the threat of piracy
    • Assessing the future threats to NATO shipping operations and how the Centre can assist in preventing them
    • Ensuring the security of maritime supply lines via shipping and infrastructure
    • Updating port infrastructure to serve the requirements of alternative fuel supplies (especially expanding imports of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)).
     

    12:30 Lunch Break

    13:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:00 Providing Medical Support to Czech Armed Forces’ Operations and Maintaining a Fighting Fit Force

    Colonel Ladislav Slechta

    Colonel Ladislav Slechta, Director, Military Medicine Agency
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    • Establishing an efficient medical supply chain through incorporating enhanced production capacity and technical ability
    • Assessing the capability for international cooperation and networks between the Czech Armed Forces and their allies
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of Operation Vigorous Warrior 2022, the largest NATO military-medical exercise of all time
    • Discussing the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the results of two years of medical support and disruption
     

    14:30 The Medical Implications of Geopolitical Change: The Challenges and Adaption of the NATO Military Medicine Centre for Excellence (MILMED COE)

    Colonel Dr. László Fazekas

    Colonel Dr. László Fazekas, Director, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
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  • Integrating the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic situation into long-term military medical practice
  • Reconsidering the system of wartime tasks to accommodate geopolitical changes
  • Cooperation between MILMED and the Multinational Medical Coordination Centre / European Medical Command (MMCC/EMU) to strengthen transnational military medical support and interoperability:
  • Feedback from Exercise Vigorous Warrior/Casualty Move 22
  • Plans for future exercises
  • 15:00 Session Reserved for CTG

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 The DLA: Strengthening the European Warfighter

    Colonel Faith Chamberlain

    Colonel Faith Chamberlain, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Europe and Africa DLA E&A, Defence Logistics Agency - Europe
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  • Facilitating mutual progress among allied partners by promoting inter-agency exercises and platforms to achieve greater cohesion
  • Sustaining and extending rapid deployment team capabilities and strategically positioning DLA platforms to ensure mission readiness across the globe
  • How the DLA 2020-2026 Strategic Plan supports US DoD objectives of building military aptitude and enhancing cooperation between the US and European partners
  • Reviewing the impact of multinational exercises on enhancing interoperability:
  • Saber Junction 22
  • Swift Response 22
  • Defender Europe 22
  • Noble Partner 22
  • 16:30 British Army Logistics Modernisation

    Colonel Jon West

    Colonel Jon West, Assistant Head Sustainment, British Army
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  • Assessment of the maturation and outstanding challenges of Additive Manufacturing
  • Identifying opportunities for improving heavy lift and material distribution capabilities through incorporating future technologies
  • Examining the development of ‘blood logistics’ and ‘deployed patient data’ in medical support
  • Improving last-mile resupply through the utilisation of unmanned and autonomous systems
     
  • 17:00 Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás

    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás, Deputy Commander, Force Modernization and Transformation, Hungarian Defence Forces
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    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás

    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás, Deputy Commander, Force Modernization and Transformation, Hungarian Defence Forces
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    9:00 Innovation and Transformation of the Hungarian Defence Forces

    Major General Dr. László Sticz

    Major General Dr. László Sticz, Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces, Force Modernization and Transformation Command
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  • The Transformational Challenge of the 21st Century
  • The development of the Transformation of the HDF
  • Main tasks and goals of the newly established Force Modernisation and Transformation Command
  • 9:30 NATO JSEC - Reinforcing and Sustaining the Alliance for Credible Deterrence and Capable Defence in Europe

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander, Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) & Multinational Joint Headquarters (MNHQ), Ulm
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  • The logistics mission, capabilities, and area of operation of JSEC.
  • Reviewing the first calendar year of full operational capability. 
  • Persistent challenges posed for improving multinational coordination for logistics operations.
  • Proven strategies for maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship with the host nation.
  • Strategies and tools for improving coordination between NATO nations and partners in the JSEC area of operations.
     
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Activities of the Hungarian Defence Export Agency from its establishment to the present day

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Dr. Gyula Keszthelyi

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Dr. Gyula Keszthelyi, President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association
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  • Evaluating the growth of the Hungarian defence-industrial base
  • Methods to prevent national industry players from being shut out of increasing G2G transactions
  • Highlighting Hungarian achievements in Heli Tech and Armoured Vehicles
  • Expanding Hungarian national industry presence in international markets and events
  • Re-shaping national industry domestic focus to the international.
     
  • 11:30 Removing the Barriers to Credible ‘Deterrence by Denial’ by Increasing Military Mobility in Europe: The Work of the PESCO ‘Military Mobility’ (MilMob) Project’

    Brigadier General Hendrik 'Henny' Bouman

    Brigadier General Hendrik 'Henny' Bouman, Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, Netherlands MOD
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  • Assessing the key remaining tangible and intangible challenges to overcome for the mobility men and materiel
  • Exploring the challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from the first integration of non-EU states into a PESCO project
  • Demonstrating how coordination of PESCO Military Mobility links into the Netherland’s role as the Gateway to Europe and a technological leader
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  • 12:00 The MCCE – Delivering Flexible multimodal solutions for its Member Nations

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassarà

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassarà, Incoming Commander, MCCE
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  • The role of the MCCE in providing logistical support services as a broker for strategic transport
  • MCCE: maximizing synergies, reducing costs, increasing capacities for the Nations
  • Future logistics opportunities and strategies of the MCCE
  • 12:30 Military Logistics Interoperability – The Contributions of the Multinational Training Exercises and Tools Provided by Finabel

    Mr. Mario Blokken

    Mr. Mario Blokken, Director PSec, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
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  • The role of the EAIC in promoting and facilitating the interoperability of land forces through the harmonisation of military concepts, doctrines, and procedures
  • Update on the THESUS project of autonomous last-mile resupply and leader-follower vehicles.
  • Redesigning Europe-wide supply chains.
  • Methods to improve industry-defence relations and cooperation.
  • Increasing military openness to off-the-shelf logistics solutions.
  • 13:00 Lunch Break

    14:00 Doing More with Less: Utilising next-generation technologies to enhance operational capabilities whilst reducing the logistics footprint.

    Mr. James Gavin

    Mr. James Gavin, Head of the MOD DES Future Capability Group, FCG
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  • Strategies to enable the same operational outcomes with smaller headcounts.
  • Identifying the right technology and applications to create a virtuous circle of modernised logistics enabling inherently smaller footprints and greater sustainability.
  • Development of UAS technologies to serve logistics needs:
  • Last-mile resupply of troops.
  • Ongoing development of heavy lift capability (the Royal Navy heavy lift challenge).
  • Integration of battlefield electronics:
  • The successful use of lithium-ion batteries to power equipment in the Ukrainian Armed Forces
  • Batteries and hybrid vehicles to render battlefield generators redundant
  • Using battlefield electronics to reduce logistics reliance on oil & gas to environment and economicbenefit.
  • Government strategies to facilitate the creation of open, international defence research and development – to enable more innovative and responsive solutions to military demand.
  • 14:30 Sponsor Presentation - Spee3D: Sustaining Combat Capability through Combat Manufacturing

    Mr. Calum Stewart

    Mr. Calum Stewart, Director - European Defence Programmes., SPEE3D
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  • The military business case for manufacturing closer to the point of need is clear and has been proven out over the last 3 years. The military supply chain is marvellous, but expeditionary manufacturing ensures greater combat capability & availability. More kit in the fight, more of the time.
  • The technology exists to have the impact that Defence Forces should rightfully expect.
  • Whilst western militaries grapple with the challenge of allowing themselves to use the parts that they manufacture, industry has solved the problem. All militaries need do is ask for the solution.
  • Like all military capability, manufacturing will become a competition between the nations who are looking for a competitive and fighting edge.
     
  • 15:00 Co-ordinating and cohering international logistic support to Ukraine: The Operation and future of the IDCC’

    Brigadier Tim Crossland

    Brigadier Tim Crossland, Commander, International Donor Co-ordination Centre
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  • The Creation of the IDCC in response to the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and merging discrete British and American units.
  • Securing the West to East supply chains of resources into Ukraine and accompanying materiel with requisite skills to ensure their effectiveness and maintenance.
  • Safeguards and co-ordination methods to ensure that national and regional defence capabilities are protected
  • Understanding, refining, and evolving the Ukrainian demand signal
     
  • 15:30 Logistic Command’s Role in Preparing the Finnish Defence Force (FDF) for Integration into the NATO alliance: Preparations and Priorities

    Lieutenant Colonel Henrikki Haapamaki

    Lieutenant Colonel Henrikki Haapamaki, Chief of Plans, Finnish Defence Forces
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  • An overview of the logistic underpinnings to Finland’s ‘’Hybrid Defence’ doctrine.
  • Discussing the preparatory impact of measures to interoperability of the FDF with NATO and Scandianvian partners prior to accession talks
  • Assessing future priorities to complete the integration of FDF logistics capabilities with NATO materiel and procedures:
  • Results of Exercise Vigilant Knife
  • Highlighting the unique logistics challenges posed by Finnish terrain and length of direct land and sea border with the Russian Federation
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 The Enhancement of Situational Awareness in Defence Logistics demonstrated by the Utilisation of New Technologies during the War in Ukraine

  • Identifying the new technologies which have been utilised during the conflict, highlighting:
  • Observation
  • Navigation
  • Communication
  • Detailing the support provided by MUT Warsaw towards training Ukrainian troops according to NATO standards.
  • Possible implementations of Ukraine’s war experiences in military logistics systems
  • Priority areas for future development of logistics capabilities.

     

  • Colonel (Ret'd) Professor Slawomir Augustyn

    Colonel (Ret'd) Professor Slawomir Augustyn, Deputy of Director at Implementation of Innovative Technologies, Military University of Technology
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    Lieutenant Gregorz Wiejak

    Lieutenant Gregorz Wiejak, PhD Student, Military University of Technology
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    17:00 Panel Discussion: Sustaining NATO’s Eighth Strategic Concept on the Eastern Flank

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander, Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) & Multinational Joint Headquarters (MNHQ), Ulm
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    Lieutenant Colonel Henrikki Haapamaki

    Lieutenant Colonel Henrikki Haapamaki, Chief of Plans, Finnish Defence Forces
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    Brigadier General Liviu Marian Mazilu

    Brigadier General Liviu Marian Mazilu, Head of the Logistics Directorate - J4, Defence Staff of the Romanian Armed Forces
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    17:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás

    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás, Deputy Commander, Force Modernization and Transformation, Hungarian Defence Forces
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Lieutenant General Dr Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi

    Lieutenant General Dr Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi

    Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Dr. Gyula Keszthelyi

    President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association
    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Dr. Gyula Keszthelyi

    Full name: KESZTHELYI, Gyula
    Nationality: Hungarian
    Date of Birth: June 12, 1951
    Marital status: Married
    Address: Fiumei út 16, 2. lph. 3/3, 1044 Budapest, Hungary
    Mob.: (+36) 30 417 3402
    E-mail: gyula.keszthelyi@gmail.com

    Experience
    1973-1984. 31th Fighter Wing Taszár, Hungary

    • Technician, Test and flight evaluation shop
    • Chief of “I” level maintenance organization

    1984-1998. Air Defense and Air Force Command Budapest, Hungary

    • Chief Engineer of fighter aviation
    • Deputy chief of maintenance department of Hungarian Air Force
    • Chief of Institute of Aviation Technology

    1998-2002. General Directorate of Logistics Budapest, Hungary

    • Deputy General Director

    2000-2002. Joint Logistics and Support Command Budapest, Hungary

    • Commander

    2002-2005. JFC Naples Italy, Naples

    • Chief of Logistics Department

    2006.12.31. Retired from active duty Budapest, Hungary
    2008-2010. Ministry of Finance Budapest, Hungary

    • Senior Executive of Military Budget Planning

    2010-2013. MoD Armament and Quartermaster Office Budapest, Hungary

    • General Director

    2016-2019. EAC Consulting & Investment Budapest, Hungary

    • Adviser

    2021-2022 VEX (Hungarian Defense Export Agency) Budapest Hungary

    • CEO

    Education (diploma)
    Ph.D.: 2008. National Defense University Budapest, Hungary
    Military Technical Science
    MSc.: 1998. National Defense University Washington, Dc., USA
    National Resource Management
    1977. Zukovszkij Aviation Engineering Academy Moscow, Soviet Union Aeronautical Engineer
    BSc.: 1977. Aviation Engineering College Szolnok, Hungary
    Aeronautical Engineer
     

    Language: English, Russian, Hungarian
     

    Experience:

    • Program Management (MiG-29, JAS-39 Gripen, transport aircrafts, helicopters)
    • Aircraft Maintenance Management
    • Logistics Management, logistics engineering
    • Special aerodrome projects requirement drafting (Kecskemet MiG-29 hangar, dual use of Kecskemet airport, SAC project (hangar, workshops) Papa)
    • Defense Export promotion (VEX Hungary)

    Social activities:

    • President of Hungarian Military Logistics Association
       

    Brigadier General Hendrik 'Henny' Bouman

    Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, Netherlands MOD
    Brigadier General Hendrik 'Henny' Bouman

    Brigadier General Henny Bouman was born in Rhenen in 1963. His military career began in 1982 in the Marine Corps. In 1983, he transferred to the Royal Netherlands Army and started officer training in Breda. In 1985, he took up his first posting in Deventer, as officer for nutrition and  paymaster. From 1988 to 1994, Bouman was Head of Economics and Finance at the Royal Netherlands Army Training Command.


    While in this role, he undertook a three-year course at the Netherlands Institute for Higher Management to become a controller. After finishing this course, he held several controller positions at 1(NL) Corps in Apeldoorn, 1(GE/NL) Corps in Munster and finally 41 Light Brigade, which made him the first controller to work within an operational unit in the Royal Netherlands Army. As an extension of this role, he was appointed Chief Budget NL at 1(GE/NL) Corps in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Munster, and tasked with establishing controller organisations in the army corps brigades.


    From 2001 to 2003, Bouman attended the army’s Advanced Military Studies course. This was followed by a position at the Control Directorate of the Royal Netherlands Army Staff, which is responsible for the Royal Netherlands Army budget. In 2005, he continued his military career as  commander of an independent unit, 330 Maintenance Company. In 2007, he was deployed to the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, together with most of his staff. There, he was Commander of Combat Service Support, tasked with training and mentoring the
    military personnel of the Afghan brigade in Tarin Kowt. In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of colonel and became Head of Financial Control as well as Deputy Director of Planning and Control at Joint Support Command. He fulfilled this position until 2011. This was followed by a brief placement as Head of Management Control with the Defence Staff . At the end of 2011, Bouman was appointed Deputy Director of the Principal Directorate of Information and Organisation and tasked with setting up the Principal Directorate of Business Operations, which was being established at the time. After completing the final reorganisation plan for the Principal Directorate of Business Operations, in 2012 he was appointed Commander of the Logistics Training Centre, as well as knowledge adviser in the field of land operations logistics.

    In this role, he was tasked with leading the reorganisation of the supply and transport units as project leader in 2013. In September 2015, he returned from his deployment as part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, where he served as Chief CJ-4 of TAAC North and also as Senior National Representative. In February 2016, Bouman was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff J4 at the NCS JFC HQ Brunssum. In this role, he was Commander of the Joint Logistic Support Group in the NATO Response Force 2016 and 2018. Since June 2019, Brigadier General Bouman has held the position of Commander of the Logistics Task Force with the Defence Staff, leading the EU PESCO Military Mobility project and representing the Netherlands in the NATO Logistics Committee.


    Brigadier General Bouman is married, has a son and a daughter and six grandchildren.

    Brigadier General Ilir Xhebexhia

    Commander, Support Command, Albanian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Ilir Xhebexhia

    Brigadier General Ilir XHEBEXHIA

    BG Ilir XHEBEXHIA. has been born on October 3-rd 1970 in Has Region Albania.
    On March 1994 he has finished "Skënderbeg" Military Academy in the J2 Branch (SIGINT).

    Task he has accomplished are as follows;

    • 1994 – 1995, Platoon Commander in “Commando Regiment”.
    • 1995 – 1996, Lieutenant rank has been serrved as Analyses Section Specialist in J2 Directory (GS) .
    • 1996 – 2004, Captain (OF-2), in different posistions in J2 Directory.
    • 2004 – 2007, Major (OF-3), S-2 Chief in AAF SIGINT Centre.
    • 2007 – 2008, Depyty Commander (XO) of SIGINT Centre.
    • 2008 – 2011, Lt. Colonel (OF-4), Intel staff officer for Albanian Representatives in NATO Hq Bruxelles Belgium,
    • 2011 – 2013, SIGINT Head Chief in AAF Military Intelligence Agency.
    • 2013 – 2014, Colonel (OF-5), Director of SIGINT Directory in AAF Military Intelligence Agency.
    • 2014 – 2015, G-3/7 Head Chieff in AAF Land-Forces Command
    • 2015 – 2018, J3/7 Head Director in AAF General Staff.
    • 2018 – 2020, Deputy High representative in NATO Hq & Albanian Defence Attache for Kingdom of Belgiom & France Republic (non-rezident)
    • On September 2020 has been promoted as Brigadier General (OF-6).
    • Octoberr 2020 –January 2022 AAF Navy Forces Commander .
    •  January 2022 he was asigned as AAF Support Command Commander

    Misione dhe detyra jashtë vendit:

    • ? September 1997 – June 1998, Anbanian Contingent Liaison Officer in SFOR Ops. Rajlovac, Sarajevë, BiH.
    • ? June 2003 – January 2004, Intelligence Officer in “Iraqi Freedom mission” Coalition Forces Hq in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Education & Qualification:

    • May – December 1994, Commando Basic Course in Egirdir Isparta, in Turqey;
    • 1995, Intel Basic course in Turqey
    • 10 April 1994 -10 March 1995, Intel Analyses Course, DIA, Tirana, Albania;
    • August - December 2002, International Staff Officer Course, in Netherland
    • April - June 2003, Basic Staff Officer Course in AAF military Academy, Tirana, Albania;
    • October 2011 – July 2012, Military Intelligence Course.

    In his Career he has been awarded with significant medals and decorates, for his brilliant military career..
    BG XHBEXHIA has published 2 books

    • "Iraqi Freedom Ops." in 2006
    • "Integrating Processes in South Eastern Europe" in 2007

    BG XHBEXHIA speaks fluently 3 foreign languages (English, Turkish, Serbian).

    BG XHBEXHIA is married with 3 children (2 sons & a daughter).
     

    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás

    Deputy Commander, Force Modernization and Transformation, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Brigadier General Istvan Filótás

    Personal data

    • Name: FILÓTÁS, István
    • Military rank: Brigadier General
    • Birth data: 15 January 1968
    • Marital status: married, 3 children

    Current position: Deputy Commander, Force Modernization and Transformation Command

    Education, skills

    • BSC - Engineer of military vehicles - Military Technical College (HUN) - 1990
    • MSC - Mechanical engineer - St. István University of Gödöllo (HUN) - 1993
    • Postgraduate degree on Quality Assurance - National Defence University (HUN) - 2002
    • NATO Defence College - Senior Leaders’ Course (ITA) - 2020

    Military carrier

    • After graduation, he started his military carrier as squadron maintenance officer at a T-72 tank brigade, responsible for regular preventive maintenance tasks as well as repairing.
    • Later in his carrier, he gathered experience at all levels of military hierarchy in vehicle maintenance, that eventually made him eligible for the position of Deputy Chief of Vehicle Maintenance Services for the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF).
    • Followed by his promotion to Colonel, he was assigned to be the head of MoD Armaments Development Department, then being promoted to BGEN, assigned to be director of MoD Defence Technology Research Center, after that HDF Modernization Institute.
    • Currently he is deputy commander of HDF Force Modernization and Transformation Command responsible for defence related research, technological development and innovation, as well as directing force adaptation and transformation.

    Foreign military service

    • He served as logistics exchange officer with the Canadian Forces Joint Support Group between 2002-2005 as branch head of logistics lessons learned, in Kingston, Ontario.

    Other assignments

    • During his carrier he used to be assigned for member of Board of Directors (BoD) of RÁBA Holding, and president of BoD of ArmCom government owned companies, as well as Hungarian delegate to NSPA BoD.
    • Earlier he also filled the position of National Armaments Director, and currently he represents Hungary as National Research and Technology Director at international forums.

    Language profile

    • English STANAG: level 4 4 4 4

    Brigadier General Liviu Marian Mazilu

    Head of the Logistics Directorate - J4, Defence Staff of the Romanian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Liviu Marian Mazilu

    Brigadier general Liviu Marian Mazilu was appointed as head of the Logistics Directorate as of December 10, 2021.
     

    Throughout his military career, he has performed the following functions:

    • August 2018 – December 2021 Deputy for Resources of the Land Forces Staff Chief;
    • 2017 – July 2018 – Acting Deputy for Resources of the Land Forces Staff Chief;
    • 2016 – 2017 – Head of service for coordination of units directly subordinated to the General Staff;
    • 2015 – 2016 – Head of Logistics Management Section within Logistics Service of the Land Forces Staff;
    • 2010 – 2015 – Head of Logistics of 1st Infantry Division "Dacica";
    • 2008 – 2010 – Head of the Intendance Office at 1st Infantry Division "Dacica";
    • 2004 – 2008 – Commander of the 300th Staff and Service Battalion;
    • 2002 – 2004 – Head of Logistics, 313th Reconnaissance Battalion;
    • 2000 – 2002 – Deputy Commander for Logistics of the 313th Reconnaissance Battalion;
    • 1998 – 2000 – Student, Defence Academy;
    • 1987 – 1998 – Staff officer (supply, cls II), 1st Artillery Regiment and 1st Artillery Brigade

    Between 27 January 2006 and 30 July 2006 he was the commander of the National Support Element in the in Iraq theatre of operations.

    He graduated the following educational institutions and attended the courses listed below:

    • 2017 – Evaluator of suppliers and training programs, Pitesti;
    • 2015 – Psychological & pedagogical studies program, level II certification for teachers;
    • 2014 – Psychological & pedagogical studies program, level I certification for teachers;
    • 2012 – Postgraduate training course for strategic management (joint level);
    • 2008 – Intensive English course, intermediate level, Bucharest;
    • 2007 – PhD in Military Sciences, Bucharest;
    • 2005 – Command postgraduate course (joint level), Bucharest;
    • 2004 – Master's degree, Valahia University, Targoviste;
    • 2000 – Defence Academy, Bucharest;
    • 1998 – Intensive English course, beginner level, Bucharest;
    • 1995 – Market economy specialization course for intendance officers, Bucharest;
    • 1984 – 1987 – Military school for commissioner officers "Nicolae Balcescu", Sibiu;
    • 1980 – 1984 – "Tudor Vladimirescu" Military High School, Craiova.
       

    As a sign of appreciation of his service and the remarkable achievements, he was awarded the following distinctions:

    • 2016 –The Land Forces Emblem of Honor;
    • 2014 – Emblem of Merit "In the Service of Peace", third class;
    • 2012 – Honorary Sign "In the Service of the Homeland" for 25 years of service;
    • 2011 – The Logistics Emblem of Honor;
    • 2008 – The General Staff Emblem of Honor;
    • 2007 – Honorary sign "In the Service of the Homeland" for 20 years of service;
    • 2007 – The Romanian Army Emblem of Honor;
    • 2002 – Honorary sign "In the Service of the Homeland" for 15 years of service.

    Speaks English.

    Born on February 6, 1966, in Draganesti town, Olt county, married, one child.

    Brigadier General Mariusz Skulimowski

    Chief of Logistics Division - J4, The General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Mariusz Skulimowski

    Education:

    • 2020 Academy of the Art of War, Defense Policy Studies, Warsaw
    • 2018 Doctorate in Social Sciences, Slovakia 
    • 2008 National Defence Academy, Warsaw
    • 2006 Higher school of Management and Administration, Opole
    • 2000 Staff Officers Course, Branch Heads Level, Warsaw
    • 1991 – 1995 Military Officers Highschool, Mechanized Forces Faculty, Wroclaw

    Service career:

    • March 29, 2021 J-4 Logistics Directorate Chief, General Staff of Polish Armed Forces, Warsaw, Poland 
    • 2017 - 2021 Commander, 1st Logistic Brigade, Bydgoszcz, Poland
    • 2017 - 2017 Commander, 10th Logistic Brigade, Opole, Poland
    • 2013 - 2017 Deputy Commander, 10th Logistic Brigade, Opole, Poland
    • 2011 - 2013 Commander, SOF, NIL, Cracow, Poland
    • 2008 - 2011 Commander, SOF Support Unit, Cracow, Poland
    • 2007 - 2008 Team Leader, SOF, GROM, Warsaw, Poland
    • 2005 - 2007 Commander, National Support Element, 10th Logistic Brigade, Opole, Poland
    • 2004 - 2005 Deputy Commander, Logistic Battalion, 10th Logistic Brigade, Opole, Poland
    • 2001 - 2004 Officer, Operational Section, 10th Logistic Brigade, Opole, Poland
    • 2000 - 2001 Chief, Reconnaissance Section, 7th Cavalry Battalion, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
    • 1998 - 2000 Commander, Signal Company, 7th Lancers Regiment, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
    • 1995 - 1998 Commander, Assault Platoon, 7th Lancers Regiment, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland

    Deployments:

    • 2014 Deputy Commander, Polish Military Contingent, Afghanistan (ISAF)
    • 2006 Commander, National Support Element, Pakistan (Humanitarian Mission)
    • 2004 Commander, National Support Element, Iraq (NTM-I)
    • 2003 Chief of Support Section, Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom)
    • 1999 Deputy Company Commander, Polish Military Contingent, Bosnia Herzegovina (SFOR)

     

    Brigadier Tim Crossland

    Commander, International Donor Co-ordination Centre
    Brigadier Tim Crossland

    Brig Tim Crossland commissioned into the Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army in 1999 and has served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan along with appointments at Army HQ and the PJHQ. From 2016 he commanded 6 Regiment RLC and upon promotion in 2018 he served as DCOS 1st (UK) Division.

    In 2020 he served at PJHQ planning and executing the deployment to Mali, the extraction from Afghanistan and the logistic requirements for the Carrier Strike Group. In 2022 he took over command of 102 Operational Sustainment Brigade and deployed as Commander of the International Donor Coordination Centre in support of Ukraine.

    Captain (Navy) Niels Markussen

    Director NATO Shipping Center NSC, Allied Maritime Command
    Captain (Navy) Niels Markussen

    Captain Niels Markussen graduated from the Royal Danish Naval Academy in 1990. He received his first command the same year, as commander of a patrol vessel operating in Danish waters and in the Baltic Sea. Most of his career he has spent at sea and he has had a total of five periods as commanding officer, including two periods as division commander. He has commanded Fast Attack Crafts, Arctic Patrol Vessels, Arctic Patrol Frigates and advanced Air Defense Frigates. He has spent much of his career at sea in the Arctic, in the waters around Greenland.
    His career also includes service as Executive Officer for the Danish Navy Special Forces, Teacher in Operations at the Royal Danish Defense College, Chief of Staff at the Naval Academy and as Deputy Commander for the Executive Branch in the Danish Defense Command.
    He attended the Junior Staff Course and the Principal Warfare Officers Course in 1993 – 1995, the General Staff Course at the Royal Danish Defense College in 2003 – 2004 and the Senior Officers Course at NATO Defense College in 2020.
    The captain has participated in NATO operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and national out-of-area in the Middle East and Africa.
    He took over the position as Director NATO Shipping Center in February 2021.
    The captain is farther to two grown up children.
     

    Colonel (Ret'd) Professor Slawomir Augustyn

    Deputy of Director at Implementation of Innovative Technologies, Military University of Technology
    Colonel (Ret'd) Professor Slawomir Augustyn

    Slawomir Augustyn is Dep. Director for Implementation of Innovative Technologies and teacher at the Logistics Institute, Military University of Technology, Warsaw. He developped his competencies by participating in numerous courses, e.g. Air Transport System, ISO 9001 Quality Assurance with NATO Standard AQAP 2110. He is an author of numerous publications in international scientific magazines and books. In addition, he is a member of the program board of ARMIA military magazine and the board of reviewers of International Journal of Computer and Information Technology. Furthermore, he is also a member of the Polish Department of the Management Board of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

    Colonel Dr. László Fazekas

    Director, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
    Colonel Dr. László Fazekas

    Positions:

    • 1980 Cadet of Hungarian Defence Forces
    • 1984 – 1991 Education as military physician at Kirov Military Medical Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • 1991 – 1993 Battalion chief medical officer
    • 1993 -1999 Regiment chief medical officer
    • 1997 Specialization to a General Practitioner
    • 1999 – 2000 Deployment to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as chief medical officer in Hungarian SFOR Engineer Contingent
    • 2001 Main physician responsible for healthcare to forces in HDF HQ Land Force Command
    • 2001 – 2005 Brigade Surgeon (Commander of Medical Centre) at HDF 5th Mechanized Infantry Brigade
    • 2005 – 2008 Medical officer (physician), Deputy MEDAD at HQ NATO Joint Force Command South, Naples
    • 2008 - Training Branch Chief, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
    • 2013 - Deputy MEDAD, Afghan National Security Forces Development, ISAF Regional Command North, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
    • 2014 - Deputy Director and Chief of Staff, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
    • 2016-2019 Director, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
    • 2019-2022, Assistant Chief of Staff, JMED / SHAPE Medical Advisor
    • 2022- Director, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine

    Promotions:

    • 1987 Warrant Officer
    • 1991 2nd Lieutenant
    • 1994 1st Lieutenant
    • 1996 Captain
    • 2001 Major
    • 2006 Lieutenant Colonel
    • 2009 Colonel

    Awards:

    • Bronze, Silver and Gold level Service Medals
    • Peacekeeper Service Merit
    • NATO Service Merit
    • NATO Balkan Awards (Bosnia-Herzegovina 3, Kosovo 1)

    Languages spoken:

    • English
    • Hungarian
    • Russian

    Major courses:

    • NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course
    • Operational Planning Group Course
    • Senior Medical Staff Officer Course
    • NATO Medical Evaluation Course
    • Emergency Management of Battlefield Injuries Course
    • NATO Medical Standardization Course

    Medical specialization: General Practitioner


    Colonel Dr. Fazekas László is married to Erzsébet and has two sons. With his sons he shares an interest in computers, computer games and outdoor activities.

    Colonel Faith Chamberlain

    Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Europe and Africa DLA E&A, Defence Logistics Agency - Europe
    Colonel Faith Chamberlain

    A native of western Pennsylvania, Faith was commissioned in 1999 as a Quartermaster Officer from West Point. She began her career with the 596th Maintenance Company in Darmstadt, Germany as the Ground Support Equipment Platoon Leader deploying to Macedonia in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization KFOR mission. She served as the unit’s Class IX Accountable and Executive Officers and transitioned to the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana as the Operations Group Maintenance Officer and Company Commander. In 2005 she deployed to Iraq with the 142nd Corps Support Battalion in support of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. As the S3 Operations Officer, she was responsible for overseeing intra-theater combat logistics patrols.


    She was selected as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Department at West Point and then as an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2013, she deployed to Kuwait as the Executive Officer of the 840th Transportation Battalion supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Spartan Shield. She then served as the Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. She commanded Defense Logistics Agency Korea and managed fuel for all Joint Forces in South Korea and provided quality assurance for fuel used across INDOPACOM from 2016-2018.

    Following command, she was assigned to HQDA Deputy Chief of Staff G4 and seconded to the newly established Joint Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center where she worked with Service AI Task Forces, Service Labs, Academic Partners, and Commercial Industry to improve predictive maintenance of the Joint H60 fleet. Then the Army afforded her an invaluable opportunity to return home for a year and give back to western Pennsylvania and its future leaders as the Three Rivers Battalion Professor of Military Science (ROTC). She was responsible for developing 260+ Cadets who attended the University of Pittsburgh and 13 Crosstown Schools.

    She holds a B.S. from West Point, a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

    Colonel Chamberlain’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, (3 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist and Rigger Badges, and various campaign and service awards.

    She is married to Bob Chamberlain and they have two children, Luke (12) and Mimi (11).

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassarà

    Incoming Commander, MCCE
    Colonel Gioacchino Cassarà

    Col. Gioacchino Cassarà is an Officer of the Italian Air Force.
    He was born in Partinico (Palermo) in 1971, entered the Italian Air Force Academy in 1990 and earned his commission in September 1993.

    After Navigator training at Randolph AFB (USA) - (1995-1996), Lecce AFB (IT) (1996), TTTE Cottesmore (UK) (1996) and Coningsby RAF (UK) (1996-1997) he has been assigned as a Navigator and Weapon System Operator at 53rd Wing Cameri (ITAF), and after at 36th Wing Gioia del Colle (ITAF), flying Tornado F3 - ADV (Air Defence Variant) for almost ten years. He has participated at numerous international exercises and real operations.

    He has been assigned at 4th Wing Grosseto from 2004 to 2009 managing the implementation of the Eurofighter (EF-2000) Ground School and Synthetic Training at the 20th Squadron OCU (Operational Conversion Unit).

    His duties have also included a KFOR assignment (2008-2009) as Chief Air Operation at MNTF-W (Multi-National Task Force West – Pec - Kosovo), Chief Flying Safety Office and Chief Training and Standardization 4th Wing Grosseto (ITAF), Chief Program ASTA (Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids) - Eurofighter Program.

    Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 2009 he was seconded as Chief of Italian National Representative at MCCE (Movement Coordination Centre Europe) in Eindhoven (NL) where he took the duty of AAR Staff Officer (2009-2010) and AAR Branch Chief (2010-2013).

    Promoted Colonel, in 2013, he has served at the Air Mobility and Special Forces Command in Rome (2013-2016). Commander of Brindisi Air Force Base (2016-2018) he has also served in the Italian Air Force Logistic Command as Chief of Planning, Logistics and Infrastructure Organization (2019-2020), as Chief of Standardization Office (2018-2022) and Chief of Programs/Projects and Quality Office (2018-2022).

    He is the Director of MCCE (Movement Coordination Centre Europe) from 7th September 2022.

    Colonel Jon West

    Assistant Head Sustainment, British Army
    Colonel Jon West

    Colonel Jon West commissioned into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1999 and is delighted to have been appointed as Assistant Head Sustainment in Futures Directorate in Army Headquarters from February 2022.

    Colonel Jon West was born and grew up in Gloucestershire. He was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham and graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 1997. His first posting as a Troop Commander was to 3 Close Support Regiment, deploying to Bosnia on Operation PALATINE and the following year to Canada with 31 Squadron supporting 3 (UK) Division Units on exercise in BATUS.

    In 2003, he moved to 27 Transport Regiment as a Captain and immediately deployed to Northern Ireland to command the Roulement Transport Squadron on Operation BANNER. In 2005, he was appointed Adjutant of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment. Promoted to Major in 2007, he served as an Operations Officer with 43 (Wessex) Brigade for the Military Aid to Civil Authorities response to the flooding in Gloucestershire.

    After a stint as SO2 Logistic Plans branch at Headquarters Land Forces in Wilton, he returned to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment to assume command of 52 Port Squadron where he deployed Port Task Groups in support of Operation HERRICK. In 2012, he moved to Army Headquarters as SO2 Combat Service Support Commitments, within the Army Directorate for Operations and Contingencies. In this role he deployed to Afghanistan with PJHQ on several Theatre Capability Reviews and Operational Planning Teams conducting planning for Operation HERRICK redeployment.

    Selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2014, he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course completing the Capability module. Post Staff College, he was assigned to Army Headquarters as SO1 Logistic Capability Development within Capability Directorate. In 2017, he assumed command of 27 Regiment in Aldershot, leading the Regiment through a full training cycle for Divisional Support Area operations with 3 (UK) Division. This was followed by a period of high readiness for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations for the 2018 hurricane season in the Caribbean; as well as preparing for Op TOSCA, the United Nations mission in Cyprus.

    In 2020 he was appointed Colonel of the Royal Logistic Corps establishing the Corps HQ in its new home location in Worthy Down and led the Corps through a challenging 2 years with much of the Corps committed to UK resilience operations in support of the COVID-19 Pandemic response.

    Colonel Ladislav Slechta

    Director, Military Medicine Agency
    Colonel Ladislav Slechta

    Date and Place of Birth:

    • 27.3. 1974, Rychnov nad Kneznou, The Czech Republic,

    Education:

    • 1992-99 Military university of Defense, Vyskov, Military Chemistry Branch,
    • 2009-10 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
    • 2016-18 US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, USA

    Assignments:

    • 1995-2002 NBC battalion staff positions
    • 2002-11 Hospital Base Staff positions
    • 2011-14 CBRN/ETEE Staff Officer, SHAPE, Belgium
    • 2014-15 Deputy Executive officer of Military Medical Agency
    • 2015-19 Deputy Director of Military Medical Agency
    • 2020- Military Medical Agency Director

    Deployments:

    • Enduring Freedom, 2002, Kuwait
    • Enduring Freedom, 2003, Iraq
    • ISAF, 2007, Afghanistan
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    Lieutenant Colonel Henrikki Haapamaki

    Chief of Plans, Finnish Defence Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Henrikki Haapamaki

    Henrikki Haapamäki is an officer who graduated from the National Defense University in 1999 and currently works as a Chief of planning in the FDF Logistics Command Headquarters. He graduated as a general staff officer in 2011. Haapamäki has worked, among other things, as the Chief of operations in the Second Logistics Regiment and as the Commander of the Kuopio Logistics Battalion. He has international experience from two NATO-operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan. Haapamäki's special expertise is military logistics, financial planning and strategic planning. His home is in Tampere, Finland, and when he is not busy with work, he spends time with his family at a summer cottage.

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank

    Commander, Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) & Multinational Joint Headquarters (MNHQ), Ulm
    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank was born in 1966 and spent his formative years in Weiden, Bavaria. He joined the German Army in 1986 with an initial assignment in the 112th Armored Infantry Battalion.


    He commanded troops on various levels: He served as Commander Special Forces Command, as Commander 23rd Mountain Infantry Brigade, as Commander 232nd Mountain Infantry Battalion. He commanded a Light Infantry Company, a Mountain Infantry and an Armored Infantry Platoon.
    In Operations as a Battalion Commander he commanded the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) Regional Command North (RC N) in Afghanistan (ISAF) in 2008/09 and prior to that the Operational Reserve Force Battalion (ORF) in the Balkans with deployments to Bosnia-Herzegowina (EUFOR) and to Kosovo (KFOR) in 2007. As a Mountain Infantry Platoon Leader he served in Somalia during UNOSOM II in 1993/94.


    As a Staff Officer, among others, he served at Federal Ministry of Defense, at DEU Operations Command and at DEU Army Training and Doctrine Command. He was the G3 10th Panzer Division as well as the Chief of Staff of Specialized Operations Division/Rapid Forces Division and Chief of Staff German Army Command. In his previous assignment he served in a special advisory role for the Chief of Defence on matters regarding the further development of operational command and control of the German Armed Forces.
    As an Instructor he served training Officer Cadets at Infantry School, as well as an Instructor and Tutor for Students at General Staff Officers' Course at German Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg.


    His studies included Political and Social Science at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, courses at the University of Texas in Austin and the completion of the 42nd Command and General Staff Officers' Course at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg.
    Since March 2022 he is the Commander of the Joint Support and Enabling Command and the Multinational Joint Headquarters in Ulm/Germany.


    His awards include the Bundeswehr Medal of Honor, the bronze, the silver and the gold Bundeswehr Cross of Honor as well as the Bundeswehr Cross of Honor for Exemplary Service in silver which he was awarded for his performance as Commander Quick Reaction for Force.
    He is married to Anja and has two daughters. He loves to enjoy his spare time by practicing mountain sports.
     

    Lieutenant General Dr Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi

    Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)
    Lieutenant General Dr Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi

    Name: Romulusz RUSZIN-SZENDI (PhD)
    Rank: Lieutenant General
    Birth data: 05. 05. 1973
    Children: Two daughters: Romina (2002), Ronett (2007)


    Schools
    1987 – 1991: János LENKEY Kadet College (DOBÓ István High School), Eger
    High School graduation
    1991 – 1995: Lajos KOSSUTH Military College, Artillery – geodetic engineer department, Szentendr; Artillery officer and geodetic engineer, Diploma” tripos”;
    German language exam, basic level
    2001 – 2003: Miklós ZRÍNYI National Defense University, the art of war faculty, Budapest, Military Leader Department, Diploma “tripos”
    2006: Special Forces Qualification Course, Hungary
    2007: Special Forces Staff Course, Hungary
    2009: Joint Special Operation University (USA), Combating Terrorism Course
    2009: Special Forces Advance Urban Operation Course, Germany, 10th SF Group
    2010: Miklós ZRÍNYI National Defense University, art of war, PhD degree
    2011: Joint Special Operation University (USA), Advance Combating Terrorism Course
    2014: US Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies
     

    Assignments, appointments
    1995: Lieutenant, 5. “Csobánc” MLRS Artillery Regiment, Tapolca, target acquisition sound battery, platoon commander
    1996: 5. “Csobánc” MLRS Artillery Regiment, Tapolca, staff battery, artillery observer training officer
    1997: 101. „Szigetvári” Zrínyi Miklós Mixed Artillery Brigade, Pécs
    3. MLRS battery, first platoon commander (deputy battery commander)
    1997: 101. „Szigetvári” Zrínyi Miklós Mixed Artillery Brigade, MLRS battalion, training officer
    1998: Captain 101. „Szigetvári” Zrínyi Miklós Mixed Artillery Brigade, MLRS battalion, chief of staff
    1999: 101. „Szigetvári” Zrínyi Miklós Mixed Artillery Brigade, MLRS battalion, deputy commander
    2003: Major, Land Forces Component Command, G-3 operations, senior officer at the doctrinal section
    2004: MH 25. Klapka György Light Infantry Brigade, chief of plans
    2005: MH 25. Klapka György Light Infantry Brigade, acting head of G-3
    2006: MH 34. Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion, chief of staff
    2007: Lieutenant colonel
    2008: MH 34. Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion, commander (acting)
    2008: MH 34. Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion, Deputy Commander
    2009 :MH 25/88. Light Infantry (Airmobile) Battalion Commander
    2010: Colonel
    2014: Hungarian Defense Forces, General Staff, J-3, Head of Land Forces Department
    2015: Hungarian Defense Forces, General Staff, Acting Chief of J-3
    2016: Brigadier General
    2016: MH 5. Bocskai István Infantry Brigade, Commander
    2019: Hungarian Defense Forces, Reserve Command
    2019:Ministry of Defense, Head of Office MoD
    2020: Ministry of Defense, Undersecretary of the Department of Human Resources Management
    2021: Major General
    2021: Commander of Hungarian Defence Forces
    2021: Lieutenant General

    International missions
    2007-2008: Military Advisor and Liaison Team (MALT) COMMANDER, Iraq, Baghdad
    2011-2012: Commander of HUN PRT, Afghanistan


    Academic work
    2003: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pro Scientia gold coin
    2004: Hungarian Association of Military Science, Korponay János Golden Ring
    2010: PhD degree
     

    Awards
    1999: Medal of Flood Prevention
    2000: Service Medal of Flood Prevention
    2001: Officer Service Medal III. Class
    2005: Service Medal Bronse Class
    2006: Service Medal of Flood Prevention
    2007: Peacekeeping Service Medal
    2007: NATO Medal for NTM-I
    2008: US Army Achievement Medal
    2009: Service Medal Silver Class
    2011: Officer Service Medal II. Class
    2012: Service Medal Gold Class
    2012: Peacekeeping Service Medal
    2012: NATO Medal for ISAF
    2016: Military Knight of Cross from the Order of Merit of Hungary
    2016: Service Medal of Illegal Migration Crisis Prevention
    2018: Medal of Disaster Management

    Civil awards
    the Commander of the Year in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County title
    2019: Honorary Citizen of the University of Miskolc
    2019: Pro Urbe Award of the city of Debrecen
     

    Other
    2000: Member of the Hungarian Association of Military Science
    2010: Chairman of the Szolnok Honvéd Parachutist Association
     

    Languages
    German intermediate level
    German STANAG 6001 2222
    English advance level
    English TOEFL IBTTM
    English STANAG 6001 3332
     

    Hobbies
    Reading, Sport (soccer, running, parachute jumping)

    Lieutenant Gregorz Wiejak

    PhD Student, Military University of Technology
    Lieutenant Gregorz Wiejak

    Grzegorz Wiejak joined the Polish Armed Forces in 2014. He graduated from the Military University of Technology (MUT) in Warsaw with a degree in military logistics. From 2022 he is working at MUT as a research assistant with following areas of research interests: transport, military logistics, new technologies. He is also responsible for conducting LOGFAS software operation courses for national military personnel as a lecturer and international courses “Standardization within NATO”.

    Major General Dr. László Sticz

    Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces, Force Modernization and Transformation Command
    Major General Dr. László Sticz

    Major General Sticz was born in 1967 in Eger, Hungary, He is married and has one daughter.

    Work Experience:

    • 2022 - Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces, Force Modernization and Transformation Command
    • 2016-2022 Head of the Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Staff
    • 2010-2016 Deputy Commander, Chief of Staff, HDF Medical Centre
    • 2006-2010 Branch Chief, Ministry of Defence, Development and Logistics Agency
    • 2003-2006 NATO Force Planner, Allied Command Transformation Staff Element Europe, Mons, Belgium
    • 2001-2003 Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Defence, J-5
    • 2000-2001 Land Desk Officer, Kosovo, Pristina, KFOR MAIN HQ (J-3)
    • 1999-2000 Senior Desk Officer, Defence Planning Directorate (J-5)
    • 1992-1997 Infantry Company Commander, Infantry Battalion COS, Commander, Rétság
    • 1990-1992 Infantry Company Commander, Gyöngyös
    • 1989-1990 Infantry Company Commander, Zalaegerszeg
    • 1988-1989 Infantry Platoon Leader, Zalaegerszeg

    Promotions:

    • 2021 Major General
    • 2019 Brigadier General
    • 2007 Colonel
    • 2004 Lieutenant Colonel
    • 1999 Major
    • 1995 Captain
    • 1992 First lieutenant
    • 1988 Lieutenant

    Education:

    • 2015-2016 Senior course, NATO Defense College Rome, Italy
    • 2012-2013 Health, Economics and Strategic Specialist expertise, Szent István University,
    • 2010 Postgraduate course in Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Evaluation system (Romania), Ministry of Education Research and Innovation – National Defence University “CAROL I”, Regional Department for Defence Resources, Management Studies.
    • 2007-2010 PhD studies, Doctorate School for Science of War, Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University,
    • 1997-1999 Master studies degree equivalent, Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University Faculty of Operational
    • 1985-1988 Speciality: Infantry military officer, Kossuth Lajos Military College
    • 1981-1985 Military Secondary School in Eger
       

    Special Trainings:

    • 2009 Military English (STANAG 4444) language course, Bournemouth, United Kingdom,
    • 2003 NATO Force Planners Course, NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany.
    • 2002 Leaders for the 21st century course, Marshall Centre, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
    • 2002 NATO/Partner Operational Course, NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany.
    • 2002 ECDL Course, Budapest
    • 2001 Military English (STANAG 3333) language course, Bournemouth, England
    • 1997-1999 Military English correspondent language course, Budapest
    • 1996-1997 Military French intensive language course , Budapest

    Languages:

    • Hungarian
    • English (STANAG 4444)
    • French (Intermediate level)
    • Russian (Basic level)

    Interests:

    • Football
    • Formula-1 Grand Prix racing
    • Physical fitness - gym

    Mr. Calum Stewart

    Director - European Defence Programmes., SPEE3D
    Mr. Calum Stewart

    Calum Stewart is SPEE3D’s leading expert on military logistics and expeditionary manufacturing. A 13 year veteran, Calum was a Chartered Engineering Officer in both the British and Australian Armies and was the world’s first military logistic officer to deploy cold-spray metal additive technology into the expeditionary environment - and use it to make military parts. Calum has taken SPEE3D’s technology on deployments with the Australian Navy, Australian Army, the British Army and the US Army. Calum also currently chairs the UK MOD’s working group in additive manufacturing and certification.

    Mr. James Gavin

    Head of the MOD DES Future Capability Group, FCG
    Mr. James Gavin

    James Gavin is the head of the Future Capability Group (FCG) at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).
    The FCG exists to help explore new capabilities so that they can then be exploited at scale. Increasingly projects are ‘Agile By Default’ to deliver early operational advantage. The Group works closely with all the Front-line Commands, and innovation teams in the UK MOD such as DSTL, the DIU and DASA. James has served in the UK military, the UK civil service and industry before joining DE&S. He is a passionate advocate of delivering Operational Advantage through a better application of strategic thinking on innovation, inclusive cultures and sustainability.
     

    Mr. Mario Blokken

    Director PSec, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
    Mr. Mario Blokken

    After his career in Belgian defence and NATO, Mr BLOKKEN became Director of the Finabel Permanent Secretariat in 2016. In this position, he is the international
    representative of the organisation. He works very closely with the Chiefs of Staff of Finabel's 24 EU Member States in harmonising doctrines and improving interoperability.
    Based on official cooperation agreements, he also contributes to the bilateral knowledgesharing platforms with the European Military Staff and the European Defence Agency.


    As a senior specialist in Cyber and Artificial Intelligence, he provides guidance and recommendations to several NATO and EU bodies.


    Within the European land force environment, he directs the new ambitious land force innovation hub where information sharing and future European cooperation between
    land force innovation cells will be realised.


    He is a permanent member of the NATO Land Operations working Group. As an SME, he also has a chair in the NATO Land Interoperability Steering Group, and the NATO Doctrine and Procedure working Group and the EU Land Defence Industrial Group.


    Mr Blokken is married and has one daughter, Valérie.

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    GOFA ”Gocher Fahrzeugbau GmbH” is a specialist for production, service and repair of trailers, road tankers and tank containers. GOFA´s German plant is ranked by several commercial customers as one of the best stainless-steel tank builders worldwide. Per working day, GOFA produces over 100.000 Liter tank volume.

    The GOFA product portfolio includes also different tailor designed solutions of tank containers and road tankers which enable Governmental Organizations fuels, potable water and other liquids to store and deliver worldwide where they are required.

    GOFA is a daughter of CHART Industries US with manufacturing locations in US, China, India, Italia Check Republic and Germany. Chart works worldwide with approx. 5000 employees.

    CHART is producing stainless steel tanks from 2 up to1.000.000 liters volume and other complex stainless-steel equipment. GOFA is using this worldwide CHART network for production, service and support.



    Plasan

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.plasan.com

    Plasan is the leader in the design, development and integration of advanced armored protection systems for all types of wheeled and tracked vehicles. Being at the forefront of technology on the future battlefield, Plasan focuses on advanced technologies for land maneuvering operations, including unmanned ground vehicles and robotics solutions.

    In recent years the demands for local production in different countries has been growing. International defense companies are required to address this reality. We invite you to meet with Plasan’s new and creative solutions.



    Spee3d

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.spee3d.com

    SPEE3D is a cutting-edge metal additive manufacturing technology supplier. SPEE3D is dedicated to the research, development, and delivery of metal 3D printers and integrated systems utilizing its patented cold-spray technology. SPEE3D products enable significantly faster, lower-cost, and more scalable production than traditional metal printing techniques for a wide range of metals, including copper, stainless steel, titanium, high-strength aluminum, nickel-based carbides and other materials.


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    ASD MEDIA

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    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
    • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
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    • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
    • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
    • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
    The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

    For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
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    Defense Express

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    http://www.defense-ua.com

    Limited Liability Company “DEFENSE EXPRESS MEDIA AND CONSULTING” highlights events in security, defense and military cooperation areas. Regular information products of the company: - Daily News Wire and Analysis on http://www.defense-ua.com; - Weekly newsletter “Ukrainian Defense Survey”; - “DEFENSE EXPRESS” Magazine; - “Ukrainian Defense Review” Magazine (in English); - Book series “Weapons of Ukraine”. Company also provides advice and assistance based on deep analytical skills and knowledge of the conditions and characteristics of Ukrainian military market to companies, government bodies and intermediaries in the implementation of their strategy, relating to finding new partners and interests promoting.


    Actualidad Maritima y Portuaria

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    http://actualidadmp.com/

    Oferta diaria de empleos en los sectores marítimo-portuario y logístico Noticias, Buques, Empresas, Puertos, Aduanas, Eventos … Daily Offer of jobs into the maritime, port and logistics sectors News, Vessels, Companies, Ports, Customs, Events … Más información: www.actualidadmp.com (http://www.actualidadmp.com/)


    Defence Global

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    www.barclaymedia.uk.com

    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.


    Homeland Security

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    http://www.homeland-sec.de/en/epaper-global-security/

    HOMELAND SECURITY is a publishing house that produces specialist periodicals. “Homeland Security“ is a quarterly specialist periodical in German language and “Global Security“ is released twice a year in English language. They focus on international political, scientific, technical and additional up-to-date challenges arising from the sectors of safety and security, civil protection, disaster assistance and security research. The periodicals aim at decision makers in politics, ministries, public services and industry. Our specialist editorial team is located all over the world (e. g. USA, Canada, Australia, Asia). Accordingly, reporting is being carried out on the spot. Please have a look at a sample issue of our magazine “Global Security”: http://www.homeland-sec.de/en/epaper-global-security/


    Defense Advancement

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    https://www.defenseadvancement.com/

    DefenseAdvancement.com (DA) is a defense marketing and supplier sourcing platform, showcasing supplier capabilities across aerospace, land, naval and security domains. Operated by the team behind UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com, DA connects governments, armed forces and the entire defense and security supply chain, giving suppliers an online platform to showcase their technologies and capabilities.


    Epicos

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    http://www.Epicos.com

    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.


    Unmanned Systems Technology

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    http://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com

    Unmanned Systems Technology.com (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned systems. Our website and weekly e-newsletter provide up-to-the-minute information about technological developments in this sector – both military and commercial – to a global audience, with over 80,000 visitors from over 200 countries every month. Our comprehensive supplier profiles showcase products, services and capabilities in the unmanned land, sea and air vehicle industry.


    Global Military Communications

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    http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


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    ETSA is a Community Interest Company (CIC) comprising Member organisations, Individuals, Government agencies and military end-users, Academia, Media and other Strategic Partners from within the MS&T community. As such, it is owned by the Members and operates for the benefit of the Members and the Modelling, Simulation and Training Communities in general. ETSA represents the European training and simulation community. It provides a non-partisan environment for government bodies, academia, users and suppliers within Europe to network, exchange opportunities, ideas, information and strategies on education, training and simulation technology and methodology.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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