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SAE Media Group's Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2022 conference is returning for its seventh successful year on the 18th - 19th May 2022 as a live and in person event in Budapest. As the only conference specialising on rotary systems in the Central and Eastern Europe, this will be a unique opportunity to network with numerous leading Air Force and Helicopter Programme Managers.

Unlike other events, this conference is a meeting for the military helicopter community across Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on the selection and procurement of new platforms and systems as a means of securing strategic success, whilst putting in place the necessary mechanisms for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of existing legacy platforms. This is the only event that provides a regional focus on Eastern European nations seeking to develop and modernise their fleets, along with NATO and international partners seeking strategic insights into cooperation and interoperability across the region.

 

This conference represents a unique opportunity to explore new technologies and programmes from industry and exhibitors at the only regionally dedicated military helicopter conference in 2022

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2022 Highlights:

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers from Central and Eastern Europe
  • A unique focus on multipurpose helicopter technology and joint force interoperability
  • Briefings on: Rotary Procurement, Platform Upgrades and Modernisation, Interoperability, and National Defence Priorities and Capabilities
  • Informal networking time so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional helicopter programmes today
  • The opportunity to hear from and meet key industry experts as well as influential military representatives




 

 

  • Military Helicopter Programme Managers and Leaders
  • Helicopter Manufacturers
  • Helicopter Engine Manufacturers
  • Integrated Mission Systems
  • Sensor Technology Providers
  • Weapons System Experts
  • Protective Systems Engineers
     

Aeromedia A S; AgustaWestland; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH; Army Air Corps; Babcock International; Bell Helicopter; Bell Helicopter Textron; Breeze-Eastern ; British Embassy; Commando Helicopter Force; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; DE&S; DSTL; FN Herstal; French Air Force; French Embassy; Honeywell; Joint Helicopter Command; Kongsberg; Leonardo; Letectví a kosmonautika; Lidové Noviny; MBDA; MBDA UK Ltd.; Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic; Mladá Fronta a.s. ; National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research; NAVAIR; Naval Air Systems Command; Patria Aviation Oy; Polish Armed Forces; S3, Inc.; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Slovakian Air Force; Slovenian Ministry of Defence ; Smith E; U S Army Aviation Center; United States Marine Corps; US Embassy Prague; Vector Aerospace International Ltd; Zespól Badan i Analiz Militarnych Sp. z o.o.; Zodiac Aerospace - Data Systems;
 

Conference programme

8:20 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Tamas Bali

Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Base Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces 86. Szolnok Helicopter Base

9:00 Lessons from the Integration of H145M And H225M Platforms into The Hungarian Air Force

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller, 86th Helicopter Base Garrison Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
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• The technical challenges of upgrading from legacy platforms.
• Overcoming generational training gaps within the Hungarian Air Force.
• Creation of national H145M pilot training capability and its initial incorporation into cadet training.
• The impact of the HForce weapon system on maximising operational efficiency.
 

9:30 Update on the Croatian Airforce’s Helicopter Capability

Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

Brigadier General Michael Krizanec, Commander, Croatian Air Force
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• Reviewing the role of the Mi fleet in Croatian service.
• Progress of the implementation of the UH-60M into the Croatian Air Force.
• Status of the OH-58D and Bell-206
• Evaluating training trends and updates.
• Future plans for the Croatian Air Force.
 

10:00 Morning Coffee

10:30 An Update on the Procurement and Implementation of New Helicopter Technology Across the Czech Armed Forces

Colonel Martin Jandourek

Colonel Martin Jandourek, Commander 22nd Wing, Czech Air Force
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• Preparation for the arrival of Uh-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter platforms intended to replace the Russian made Mi-24/35.
• The way ahead to keep the Mi-171Sh fleet serviceable and interoperable.
• Operational and training challenges of a small-scale fleet operator.
 

11:00 Perspectives of the new German Army Helicopter Command and its role in training cooperation and future developments of Army Aviation

Colonel Bodo Schutte

Colonel Bodo Schutte , DCOM & Director of the Trainig & Education Division, German Army

• Evaluating the role of the International Helicopter Training Centre, and the Rotary-Wing Army System Centre in promoting international cooperation and mission success.
• The use of virtual and simulated training in enhancing pilot skills.
• Operational lessons about the requirements for German rotary capacity.
 

11:30 Modernization of MIL Mi-8/17/171 helicopters - PBS

12:00 Enhancing Austrian Rotary Wing Capabilities Through the Procurement of Upgraded Platforms

Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger, Commander Austrian Aviation Brigade, Ministry of Defence, Austria
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• Discussing the recent procurement deal for 18 Leonardo AW169M helicopters to replace and expand on the capability of the Alouette III fleet.
• Overview of the S-70 Black Hawk upgrade programme.
• Utilising assets in support of regional allies, as well as internationally.
• Reflecting on the importance of joint exercises for enhanced interoperability in areas of tactics and training.
 

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Enhancing The Potential of Rotorcraft to Provide Greater Reach, Lethality and Protection

Major General Walter T. Rugen

Major General Walter T. Rugen, Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, U.S. Army
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• Progress on the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme.
•.Transforming Battlefield Geometry
• The operational and strategic opportunities of the FVL programme.
   

14:00 Enhancing Slovenian Air Operations Through the Use of Both Bell 412 and Eurocopter AS532 Platforms

Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube, Wing Commander and Air Force Commander, Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF)
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• The suitability for multirole utility platforms for Slovenian air operations.
• Evaluating the success of the acquisition and implementation process of modern platforms into the Slovenian Air Force.
• Challenges for future upgrades to Slovenian rotary wing capability.
• Plans to develop Slovenian rotary capability.
 

14:30 Afternoon Tea

15:00 Enhancing Helicopters Survivability – Innovative Technologies in the Field of Airborne Missile Protection Systems

Mr Gur Cohen

Mr Gur Cohen, Marketing Director, Bird Aerosystems Ltd
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15:30 How The European Defence Agency Helicopter Programme Delivers Interoperability

Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin, EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency
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• The status of EDA helicopter training delivered through the Helicopter Tactics Course (HTC) and the Helicopter Instructor Tactics Course (HTIC).
• Promoting enhanced cooperation in helicopter training between allied nations.
• Evaluating the success of the BLADE series helicopter exercises and exploring what has been learnt.
• Preparation and goals for the ‘Fire Blade 2022’ exercise to take place in Hungary.
• Maximising the potential of multinational helicopter training initiatives through the establishment of the Multinational Helicopter Training Centre (MHTC) in Sintra, Portugal.
 

16:00 The Value of The Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) In Maximising Interoperability

• Widening the ‘spectrum of training’ delivered on new platforms.
• Evaluating the core efforts of the MATC to maximise V4 cooperation and interoperability.
• Improving the capabilities of participating forces through expert knowledge and scenario development.
• Evaluating the utility of tactical simulated training in enhancing pilot skills.
 

Major Szabolcs Varga

Major Szabolcs Varga, Air Certification Officer, MATC

Lieutenant Colonel Petr Juracek

Lieutenant Colonel Petr Juracek, Aviation and Airworthiness officer, MATC
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16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Colonel Tamas Bali

Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Base Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces 86. Szolnok Helicopter Base

8:20 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Tamas Bali

Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Base Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces 86. Szolnok Helicopter Base

9:00 Developing Future Platforms Alongside Upgrading Existing Capability in Order to Enhance US Army Rotary Aviation

• How shared solutions result in better programme outcomes for aviation in the US Army.
• Expanding the US Army’s capability and capacity through the development and implementation of the UH-60V variant.
• Core goals for aviation development in the US Army.
 

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr, Program Executive Officer, Aviation, US Army
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Mr Jeffrey Langhout

Mr Jeffrey Langhout, Director, Aviation and Missile Center, United States Army
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9:30 Advancing the Use of Rotary Platforms in the German Armed Forces

Mr. Axel Hoffmann

Mr. Axel Hoffmann, Program Director NH90, Bundeswehr
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• Enhancing the availability of the German rotary fleet through implementation of (D)EMAR.
• Evaluating the NH90 programme.
• Increasing the efficiency of rotary wings to deliver mission excellence.


 

10:00 Morning Coffee

10:30 Rotary Wing Capability in the French Air and Space Force

Major Nicolas Salbego

Major Nicolas Salbego, Commander of the French Air and Space Force test and evaluation squadron, French Air and Space Force

• Evaluating the use of the Eurocopter EC725 Caracal in CSAR roles.
• Maximising capability through replacing the SA330 Puma.
• How the AS555 Fennec delivers French excellence in rotary wing training.
 

11:00 Ensuring Mission Success in The Slovak Air Force Through the Acquisition and Implementation of the UH-60M

Colonel Marek Homola

Colonel Marek Homola, Commander 51st Wing, Slovak Air Force
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• Evaluating the logistical and technical challenges of operating new platforms alongside legacy systems.
• Maximising the value of the UH-60M in pursuit of Slovak Air Force priorities.
• Future plans for Slovak Air Force rotary capacity and implementation of the UH-60M.
 

11:30 Teaming Manned/Unmanned Systems In Multi Domain Operations

Major General Walter T. Rugen

Major General Walter T. Rugen, Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, U.S. Army
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Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr, Program Executive Officer, Aviation, US Army
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Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller, 86th Helicopter Base Garrison Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
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Mr Jeffrey Langhout

Mr Jeffrey Langhout, Director, Aviation and Missile Center, United States Army
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12:15 Networking Lunch

13:15 Developing Czech Military Capability Through Enhancing Rotary Wing Excellence

Colonel Petr Sliva

Colonel Petr Sliva, Section Head, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
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• The role of the Force Development Division in coordinating the process of retraining and developing armed forces capabilities.
• Overview of the recent Bell rotary platform procurement process.
• How rotary advancements fit into the overall plan for developing Czech capability.
• Challenges in regard to retraining on western rotary wing platforms.
 

13:45 Planned Upgrades to Helicopter Platforms in the Lithuanian Armed Forces Through the Procurement of UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters

Lieutenant Colonel Andrius Stuknys

Lieutenant Colonel Andrius Stuknys, Commander Maintenance Depot, Lithuanian Air Force
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• Evaluating the current capacities of the Lithuanian Air Force.
• Contrasting operations with legacy platforms such as the Mi-17 alongside modern platforms such as the Eurocopter AS365.
• Predicting the challenges of integrating the new UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
• Ensuring upgrades to ageing equipment for increased survivability and safety.
• Future overhaul and procurement plans to enhance the rotary capabilities of the Lithuanian Air Force.
 

14:15 Afternoon Tea

14:45 The Role of NAHEMA in Supporting a Multinational Helicopter Programme

Mr. Giorgio Gomma

Mr. Giorgio Gomma, General Manager, NAHEMA
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• Overview of the NH90 Programme and the role of NAHEMA in managing this multinational collaboration effort.
• Working with partners in order to deliver an automated and integrated supply chain to secure support capability for NH90 helicopters.
• Capabilities of the NH90, including tactical transport and maritime applications.
• Collaborative efforts with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency and NHIndustries.
 

15:15 The Role of the NSPA in Ensuring Efficiency and Success in RotaryCapabilities Life Cycle Management

Mr. Cyril Heckel

Mr. Cyril Heckel, Acquisition & Development Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
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• How the Acquisition Planning and Development Office (APDO) leads the NSPAs Next Generation Rotary Capability (NGRC) project.
• Providing a multinational framework in which partner nations can combine their design, development, and acquisition efforts.
• NGRC 2022 Concept Stage developments.
 

15:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Colonel Tamas Bali

Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Base Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces 86. Szolnok Helicopter Base

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

86th Helicopter Base Garrison Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

Commander, Croatian Air Force
Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Program Executive Officer, Aviation, US Army
Colonel Marek Homola

Colonel Marek Homola

Commander 51st Wing, Slovak Air Force
Colonel Martin Jandourek

Colonel Martin Jandourek

Commander 22nd Wing, Czech Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Wing Commander and Air Force Commander, Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF)
Major General Walter T. Rugen

Major General Walter T. Rugen

Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, U.S. Army
Mr. Giorgio Gomma

Mr. Giorgio Gomma

General Manager, NAHEMA
Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

86th Helicopter Base Garrison Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

PRESENT ASSIGNMENTS:
 

Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Garrison Commander.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in Military Science
  • Doctoral School of Military Sciences, National University of Public Service, Budapest
  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Armed Forces Legal Adviser
  • Faculty of the Law of International Humanitarian and Military Operations, Rome, Milan
  • Helicopter pilot, helicopter engineer
  • Kilián György Aviation Technical College, Szolnok/Frunze (former Soviet Union

 

OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS:

(HDF Air Mentor Team) Kabul, Afghanistan, 2012
Contingent Commander, Regional National Senior Officer.


 

Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

Commander, Croatian Air Force
Brigadier General Michael Krizanec
  • 1997-2003 Pilot, 28th Transport Helicopter Squadron
  • 1998-2000, 94th AFB Head S-3
  • 2003, Air Force G-3 Staff officer
  • 2004-2009, Multirole Helicopter Squadron Deputy CO
  • 2009-2013, Multirole Helicopter Squadron CO
  • 2013- 2014 General Staff J-3 Joint doctrine
  • development staff officer
  • 2014- 2016 Executive officer to Chief of the General
  • Staff of Croatian Armed Forces
  • 2016-2017 91. AFB Commander
  • 2018 – 2019, CoS and Deputy CO, AF HQ
  • 2019 – Commander AF

 

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Program Executive Officer, Aviation, US Army
Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie, Jr. graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1990 where he was commissioned as an aviation officer. He holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and is a graduate of the Air War College and the Command and General Staff College. Within Program Executive Office Aviation, he served as Assistant Product Manager for the UH-60M; Project Manager, Cargo Helicopters; Executive Officer; Military Deputy and Deputy PEO. He served as the Chief of Staff for the Assistance Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Barrie has received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge and is rated in the Chinook, Black Hawk and Huey helicopters.

Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

Commander Austrian Aviation Brigade, Ministry of Defence, Austria
Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger

Key positions during military career: Helicopter pilot since 1987, instructor pilot since 1990, different staff positions in 1st Helicopter Wing, G2/Air Division (1997), G4/Air Division 1997 till 2000, National Contingent Commander AUCON/KFOR in Kosovo (1999), Chief of planning division/Austrian International Peace Support Command (2000), MOD Air Staff (2001), Head of operations/plans/training division/Austrian Air Force 2002 till 2006, Commander 3rd Engineer Battalion 2009 till 2010, several times Commander Austrian Helicopter and Aviation Detachment EUFOR/ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Commander Air Support Brigade (2019), Chief Plans and Training Division and Deputy Chief of Expert Staff Air (2020).

Present position: Deputy Director Military Aviation Division/Ministry of Defence.

Colonel Bodo Schutte

DCOM & Director of the Trainig & Education Division, German Army
Colonel Bodo Schutte

Colonel Karel Valvoda

Director, The Multinational Aviation Training Center
Colonel Karel Valvoda

Colonel Valvoda took over MATC leadership in November 2018. His background is military pilot flying both Mi-17/171 and Mi-24/35 helicopters. After joining the Czech Air Force in 1989, he was working on various positions from Helicopter Regiment up to Air Force Command. His last assignment prior MATC was Chief Flight Safety at CZE AF HQ. He was involved in several NATO operations, last time in Resolute Support Mission as Commannder 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron tasked to train Afghan helicopter pilots. His military career includes two assignments in NATO Military Structures, last time as member of Czech Military Delegation to NATO HQ Brussels.

Colonel Marek Homola

Commander 51st Wing, Slovak Air Force
Colonel Marek Homola

Colonel Marek Homola, Commander, 51st Wing Prešov, Slovakia, commissioned in 1996 and graduated from the Air Force Academy, Košice, Slovakia in 2001 as a helicopter pilot.
 

He has flown the MI-2, Mi-17 and currently is an active instructor pilot with over 2700 hours in the UH-60M. During his career he was deployed three times with Slovak helicopter unit as a pilot in command in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to his current assignment, he was the deputy commander of the Helicopter Wing Prešov, before it became the 51st Wing.
 

Colonel Martin Jandourek

Commander 22nd Wing, Czech Air Force
Colonel Martin Jandourek

Col Martin Jandourek has joined The Czech Armed Forces in 1994 just after the split of Czech republic and Slovakia. After graduation from the Military Academy Brno in 1998 he was assigned at the 33rd Helicopter AFB Prerov and became an active transport helicopter pilot. During his career in Prerov he became an instructor pilot, evaluator, test pilot, Air Base combat training inspector and 232nd SQN Commander. In 2013 the Prerov AFB was canceled and 22nd Helicopter AFB has been established at Námešt nad Oslavou. There he has held the post of the 221st “Tiger” SQN Commander, Deputy Air Wing Commander and Wing Commander.
 

During his career, he has been deployed in Bosnia and Hercegovina and Afghanistan as an active pilot.
 

His current assignment is the 22nd Helicopter Wing Commander.
Col Jandourek is a helicopter pilot with 4,000 flying hour experience.
 

Colonel Petr Sliva

Section Head, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
Colonel Petr Sliva

 Col Petr Sliva has joined The Czech Armed Forces in 1995. After graduation from the Military Academy Brno in 1999 he was assigned at the 23rd Helicopter AFB Prerov and became an active Mi-24 pilot. During his career he became an instructor pilot, evaluator, test pilot, 221st SQN Commander and 22nd Deputy Air Wing Commander. From  2020 he become a Head of Development of Air Force Training Section at Force Development Division, Czech MOD. During his career, he has been deployed in Kosovo and Afghanistan as active pilot. He has flown the MI-2 and MI-24 with 2000 flying hour experience.


Colonel Tamas Bali

Deputy Base Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces 86. Szolnok Helicopter Base
Colonel Tamas Bali

Lieutenant Colonel Andrius Stuknys

Commander Maintenance Depot, Lithuanian Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Andrius Stuknys
  • 2002 07 22 - 2002 09 29 LF Great Lithuanian Hetman J. Radvila Training Regiment, shooter
  • 2002 09 30 - 2003 02 03 General Jonas Zemaitis Lithuanian Military Academy commanders course, soldier
  • 2003 06 26 - 2004 09 30 Air Force I Aviation Base technical group, aircraft maintenance and periodic work, the head of radio-electronic equipment repair and periodic maintenance section
  • 2004 10 01 - 2007 10 27 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot, avionics repair works and periodic maintenance department, the chief of radio-electronic equipment section
  • 2009 05 04 - 2009 07 31 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot public relations officer
  • 2009 08 01 - 2012 09 30 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot, Quality Control Department, engineer of radio-electronic equipment
  • 2012 10 01 - 2014 10 26 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot Technic repair and maintenance squadron commander
  • 2014 10 27 - 2018 09 17 Deputy Commander of LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot
  • 2018 09 17 - 2019 08 12 LAF Engineering service, senior engineer for radio communication and navigation
  • 2020 07 10 Commander of LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot

Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Wing Commander and Air Force Commander, Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF)
Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Current assignment:

2019 – ...
Commander, 15th Wing, SAF
 

Previous assignments:

2015 – 2019 Commander, 152nd Fixed Wing Squadron

2013 – 2015 Senior Flight Safety Officer, 15th Wing

2005 – 2013 Deputy Commander, Flight School SAF

1999 – 2005 Commander, 1st Combat Flight Squadron

1994 – 1999 Flight instructor (Pilatus PC-9 and PC-6; Zlin 242 and 143),
Deputy Commander of the unit


Operations:


2007 – 2008 Deputy Air Ops Commander -EUFOR, Bosnia and Herzegovina


 

Lieutenant Colonel Petr Juracek

Aviation and Airworthiness officer, MATC
Lieutenant Colonel Petr Juracek

 Lieutenant Colonel Jurácek is MATC Aviation and Airworthiness officer. His background is military technician served both Mi-17/171 and Mi-24/35 helicopters. After joining the Czech Air Force in 1992, he was working in various positions from Helicopter Regiment up to Air Force Command. His last assignment prior to MATC was Senior Officer aircraft armament and ammunition at CZE AF HQ. He was involved in several NATO operations, last time in Resolute Support Mission as Deputy Commander Czech Air Advisor team tasked to train Afghan helicopter technicians.

Major General Walter T. Rugen

Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, U.S. Army
Major General Walter T. Rugen

Major General Walter Rugen was born and raised in Onalaska, Wisconsin, and was
commissioned through the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1989.
His first assignment was as an aviation platoon leader, Camp Page, Republic of Korea.
 

In 1992, he was assigned to 9-101st Aviation Battalion (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky, where he served in a variety of positions and commanded B/9-101st. MG
Rugen was then assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
(Airborne), where he served as an MH-60K platoon leader and company operations
officer in D/1-160 SOAR (A). From 2000-2002, he commanded D/160th SOAR (A) at
Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico and flew extensively in Central/South
America and the Caribbean. In 2003, he transitioned to become the battalion
operations officer for 3rd Battalion 160th SOAR (A) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia,
where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
 

In 2005 he was assigned as a strategic plans officer in the J5 at the United States
Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In 2007, MG Rugen
commanded 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment and again
deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2009-2011, MG Rugen was assigned to
the Army Staff in the aviation directorate at the Pentagon, where worked on multiple
strategic issues affecting Army Aviation. In 2011, he was designated an Army Fellow
and served at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
From 2012-2014, he commanded the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade in the Republic of
Korea. He then transitioned back to the Pentagon where he became the Chief Army
Aviation Force Development Division in the Army G8 from 2014- 2016. From 2016-
2017, he served as the Director of Materiel in HQDA G8 before serving as the 7th
Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General - Support at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,
Washington from 2017-2018.

Currently, MG Rugen is the Director of U.S. Army Futures
Command’s Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Major Nicolas Salbego

Commander of the French Air and Space Force test and evaluation squadron, French Air and Space Force
Major Nicolas Salbego

Major Szabolcs Varga

Air Certification Officer, MATC
Major Szabolcs Varga

Mr Gur Cohen

Marketing Director, Bird Aerosystems Ltd
Mr Gur Cohen

Gur Cohen is a senior Marketing and Business Development Director in BIRD Aerosystems, working with customers all over the world on their Land and Airborne Missile Protection and Airborne ISR Requirements. 

He has joined BIRD in 2014. Previously he has been working in various senior Marketing roles in several leading Defence Companies including RAFAEL Advanced Defence Systems Ltd and Elbit Systems Ltd. 
 
Gur has served in the Israeli Defence Forces in various positions as an Armored Corpse Officer and Intelligence Officer. 
 
He holds an L.Lb. from the University of Tel Aviv and an MBA from the University of Haifa with Concentration on International Marketing

Mr Jeffrey Langhout

Director, Aviation and Missile Center, United States Army
Mr Jeffrey Langhout

 Mr. Jeff Langhout assumed the duties as the Director, Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation and Missile Center in January 2021 where he leads 3000 civilian and more than 7000 contractor engineering and business professionals providing the total life cycle engineering for the US Army Aviation and Missile and Ballistic Missile Defense materiel enterprise.

He leads the Army’s Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio in the aviation and missile domains in support of the Army’s modernization priorities. He oversees more than $4B in annual revenue with reimbursable and S&T efforts. As the Director, Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (2018-2021), he led a workforce of approximately 1800 civilians and approximately 300 contracting personnel dedicated to providing engineering expertise across the life cycle to the Army’s ground combat and combat support materiel domains. He led the S&T in support of the Army’s ground modernization portfolio.

He served as the Director, Systems Simulation Software and Integration within the Aviation and Missile Center (2016-2018) where he led a workforce dedicated to developing cyber resilient systems, and building, delivering, operating, and sustaining simulation environments including hardware in the loop and high fidelity integration labs in support of the Army’s Aviation and Missile and Ballistic Missile Defense materiel enterprise. This organization also serves as one of the Army’s designated Life Cycle Software Engineering Centers providing software professional expertise across the life cycle.

Mr. Langhout entered the Senior Executive Service in 2013 where he served for over 3 years as the Director for the Aviation Engineering Directorate within the Aviation and Missile Center. In that role, as the delegated airworthiness authority for the US Army, he led more than 800 engineering professionals dedicated to ensuring airworthiness for the Army Aviation.

Mr. Axel Hoffmann

Program Director NH90, Bundeswehr
Mr. Axel Hoffmann

 Axel Hoffmann has a comprehensive knowledge in the national and international aeronautical defence sector. His extensive experience in the field of military helicopters is based on a military career as helicopter pilot and on various technical and management assignments in the Federal Defence Administration and within the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR). In his current role as Program Manager of the NH90 program Mr. Hoffmann is responsible for all aspects related to development, procurement and in-service support of the German NH90 variants. Besides the helicopter domain with a specific focus on TIGER and NH90, the professional background of Mr. Hoffmann covers also projects like the Multi Role Transport Tanker aircraft (MRTT) or Unmanned Reconnaissance Vehicles such as the LUNA UAV.

Mr. Cyril Heckel

Acquisition & Development Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
Mr. Cyril Heckel

Cyril Heckel is currently Acquisition and Development Officer at NSPA leading the integration activities (for Concept Stage) of the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability project on behalf of the Participating Nations. He has been working within international defense programme environment for the last 15 years, operating 7 years at OCCAR and the last 3 years at NSPA. He concluded his 23-year Naval officer career in 2018 where he served on several operational units between 1997 and 2002 before directing his career towards Naval Programme Management. He was graduated from the engineering school SUPELEC (2002-2004) and more recently from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program (2016-2018).</p> <p>He has extensive experience in leading high-level performance teams for defense armament Programmes and he strongly supports dedication to customers&rsquo; satisfaction by establishing a solid acquisition framework, by developing relevant requirements and by securing needed funding

Mr. Giorgio Gomma

General Manager, NAHEMA
Mr. Giorgio Gomma

Mr. Giorgio Gomma is a retired Italian Navy Vice Admiral. He attended the Naval Academy in Livorno where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in Maritime and Naval Sciences.
 

He awarded his Naval Aviator wings in the USA in 1985 and spent most of his career serving in the Italian Naval Aviation. His tours of duty also include appointments in the United Nations HQ, at the Peace-Keeping Department, and in the NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk, USA), as Italian National Liaison Representative.
 

More recently, RADM Giorgio Gomma took the command of the Italian Fleet Air Arm and Director of the Naval Aviation Department (2013-2017), and of the Joint Deployable Command at the Italian Joint Operations HQ (2018-2020).
 

Since April 1 2020, he is the General Manager of the NATO Agency responsible for the Design, Development, Production and in Service Support of helicopter NH-90 (NAHEMA).
 

Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency
Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

José Pablo Romera began his career in 1998 graduating from the Spanish Army Academy as a military field Engineer. He finalised his Army helicopter pilot course in 2000 and he was posted during 5 years to the 3rd Manoeuvre Helicopter Battalion, deploying to Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan in the years 2000 and 2002.
 

Between the years 2005 and 2010, he was employed by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), located in Bonn (Germany) to work as technical manager of the French/Spanish Tiger HAD helicopter, responsible for all the technical activities related to its development.
He returned to the organization during the period 2013 to 2017 as HAD Type Manager, with overall responsibility for the through life management of the Tiger HAD programme, in charge for the qualification of the Tiger HAD helicopter and the delivery of more than 30 helicopters to the French and Spanish Armed Forces.
 

From the year 2017, he has been working at the European Defence Agency (EDA) as Project Officer Rotary Wing, managing EDA helicopter programmes and new initiatives.
He graduated from the Spanish Defence College and he is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP). 
 

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Budapest Marriott Hotel

Apaczai Csere Janos u.4., Budapest, Hungary

Tucked along the banks of the Danube River, our hotel is near some of Budapest's most treasured landmarks, from the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle. Intuitively designed rooms and suites, all updated in a major renovation, offer scenic views of the river and home-like comforts including high-speed Wi-Fi, deluxe bedding and an ergonomic work-space.

A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SAE Media Group. SAE Media Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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Speaker Interview - Lieutenant Colonel Mickael Le Gemble, French Air and Space Force

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Speaker Interview - Lieutenant Colonel Cedric Loubet, French Air and Space Force

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Speaker Interview - Colonel Karel Valvoda, The Multinational Aviation Training Center

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Speaker Interview - BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL KRIZANEC, Croatian Air Force

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Speaker Interview - Brigadier General Jozsef Koller, Hungarian Defence Forces

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Bird Aero

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http://www.birdaero.com

BIRD Aerosystems, a global provider of innovative airborne defense technologies and solutions, protects the helicopters and aircraft of leading air forces, governments and related agencies based on its industry leading missile protection solutions. BIRD’s Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS) family of solutions provides complete protection against all known Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs). AMPS is an end-to-end solution providing enhanced airborne protection using countermeasure decoys or Directional Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM). Based on the patented SPREOS DIRCM, AMPS is unique in its ability to deliver zero false alarm rates. AMPS is fully operational on hundreds of platforms worldwide, from small helicopters to large wide-body aircraft. BIRD provides turnkey programs, including design and certification services, as well as installation in its wholly owned MRO. The company integrates world-class engineering, with its own patented technology, to deliver end-to-end solutions to customers like the US DoD, UN Air Operations, and various leading NATO air forces.


PBS

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PBS Velka Bites has more than 20 years of experience in the development and production of small turbine engines. Our flagship product is the world-renowned PBS TJ100 turbojet engine, which excels with its thrust-to-weight ratio of 1,250 N to 19.5 kg. However, the PBS engine product family covers a wide thrust range, from 395 to 1,500 N. All PBS engines come in a compact design with the possibility of further modification to meet the requirements of each customer. Our propulsion units are meant mainly for UAVs, especially target drones, remote carriers, and disposable applications.

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IDAG

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https://idagcorp.com/


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Homeland Security Research Corporation

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http://www.homelandsecurityresearch.com

HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.


Soldier Modernisation

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http://www.soldiermod.com

Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


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.


Defence Today

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http://defencetoday.com

Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


Blog Before Flight

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http://www.blogbeforeflight.net/

Blog Before Flight is an online news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. It offers daily news about new products, future projects, military exercises and operations, airshow info and reportages made in close contact with the international armed forces. Blog Before Flight combines technical concepts with a common language to reach everyone wants to know more about aviation.


Army Technology

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http://www.army-technology.com

Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


Armada International

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http://armadainternational.com

ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


Asian Military Review

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http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


Military Systems and Technology

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http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


Airport Suppliers

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http://www.airport-suppliers.com

Airport Suppliers is the global airport industry’s number one meeting place for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airport related organisations and governing bodies in the world


Airline-Suppliers.com

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http://Airline-Suppliers.com

Airline-Suppliers.com is the global airline industry's fastest growing meeting place for Airline CEOs, Directors, Food/Beverage Managers, Purchasers, Catering Companies, Flight Kitchens, OEMs, MROs, Ground Handlers, Cargo Carriers, Airside Managers, Contractors, Consultants and System integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airline equipment, technology, design and services and allows potential buyers to connect with suppliers the world over. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airline related events, organisations and governing bodies in the world.


Wojsko i Technika

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http://zbiam.pl/nasze-wydawnictwa/wojsko-i-technika/

This is a professionally edited magazine which focuses on the most important problems of the Polish military, security and defence industry. Much attention is paid on the current political and military situation in the region, new models of armament and military equipment, weaponry exhibitions, current tenders and laid contracts.


ArmedForces.co.uk

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http://www.armedforces.co.uk

The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk


21st Century Asian Arms Race

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https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

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.


Airforce Technologies

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http://www.Airforce-technology.com

Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.

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Budapest Marriott Hotel

Apaczai Csere Janos u.4.
Budapest H-1052
Hungary

Budapest Marriott Hotel

Tucked along the banks of the Danube River, our hotel is near some of Budapest's most treasured landmarks, from the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle. Intuitively designed rooms and suites, all updated in a major renovation, offer scenic views of the river and home-like comforts including high-speed Wi-Fi, deluxe bedding and an ergonomic work-space.

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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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