FINN Sessions

Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd July

Discover the exciting line up of topics and speakers already announced for the FINN Sessions.

Reserve your seat at each session to ensure you have full access to the exciting FINN Sessions programme.

More programmes, sessions and speakers are being added all the time, so make sure you keep coming back to stay up to date with all the latest information.

Please Note: All event times refer to BST​  







































FINN Sessions
FIA Connect: Opening Ceremony
09:00  to  10:20 v FIA Connect: Opening Ceremony

Introduction – Gareth Rogers, Chief Executive, Farnborough International

Senior Industry Leaders Panel

This headline event will bring together senior international aerospace and defence leaders to discuss their perspectives on the outlook for industry.

Moderated by:

  • Peggy Hollinger, International Business Editor, Financial Times


Gareth Rogers. Chief Executive Officer. Farnborough International.
Victoria Foy. CEO. Safran Seat GB.
Tony Wood. CEO. Meggitt.
Dr Charles Woodburn. Group Chief Executive Officer. BAE Systems plc.
Jacqui Sutton. Chief Customer Officer - Civil Aerospace. Rolls-Royce.
Guillaume Faury. CEO. Airbus.
Alessandro Profumo. CEO. Leonardo.
Peggy Hollinger. International Business Editor. Financial Times.
Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP. Secretary of State for Defence.
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Spotlight Session: airBaltic
10:30  to  10:45 v Spotlight Session: airBaltic

airBaltic's CEO, Martin Gauss, in conversation with Flight Global's  Max Kingsley-Jones. 

airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is one of the most punctual airlines in the world connecting the Baltic region with over 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds around 80% of the stock, while Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. airBaltic operates 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence and innovative services. In 2017, the airline received the CAPA Regional Airline of the Year award, while in 2018 and 2019 airBaltic received the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award as the Market Leader of the Year. In addition, in 2019 airBaltic received Sector Leadership Award by Airline Business.

Martin Gauss. CEO. airBaltic.
Max Kingsley-Jones. Executive Director, Content. FlightGlobal.
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Spotlight Session: EY
11:00  to  11:15 v Spotlight Session: EY

For the aerospace and defense industry to grow, it needs a talent pool that can take innovation to the next level. Yet, one of the most massive generations in a century is marching toward retirement and taking their know-how with them. How do aerospace and defense companies prevent “brain drain,” and win the war for talent with other industries like tech and life sciences? Paul Feeko, EY’s Americas Aerospace and Defense Leader, discusses these challenges and poses ways to overcome them.

Paul Feeko. Americas Aerospace & Defense Leader. EY.
Alan Peaford. Editor-in-chief. FINN.
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Sustainability: A future of clean skies, financial and human stability
11:30  to  12:20 v Sustainability: A future of clean skies, financial and human stability

The steep decline in commercial air travel following the COVID-19 crisis has brought about a number of environmental benefits weighed against major financial impacts.

Maintaining environmental progress is likely to require policy change, this panel will discuss potential government plans to support recovery of the sector along with protecting valuable environmental improvements. The contribution of manufacturers and those in the supply chain to achieving greener skies - for example through eco-fuel and greater innovation in engine technologies – will also be discussed.

Additionally, the far-reaching financial implications of COVID-19 are to be addressed as industry looks to rebuild and regain financial and workforce stability.



Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP. Secretary of State for Transport.
Tony Douglas. CEO. Etihad Aviation Group.
Tom Parsons. Low Carbon - Commercial Development Manager. Air BP.
Chris Raymond. Vice President. Boeing Sustainability, Strategy and Corporate Development.
Paul Stein. Chief Technology Officer. Rolls-Royce.
Craig Coulter. Global Aerospace & Defense Leader. Ernst & Young.
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Turning an idea into reality: Commercialisation of the SAF industry in the UK
12:40  to  13:15 v Turning an idea into reality: Commercialisation of the SAF industry in the UK

PA Consulting will showcase the findings from the latest SAF report and lay out a scenario for the commercialisation of the SAF industry in the UK that is directly enabled by all members of the value chain. In this session, you will discover what the practical considerations are in the commercialisation of the SAF industry in the UK, what levers exist to enable the realisation of the SAF roadmap and what the current blockers are.

In this session you will:

  • discover the practical impact of the recommendations laid out in the SAF roadmap. Will they have the impact required to accelerate the SAF adoption in the UK, as predicted in the Roadmap?
  • identify what practical first steps each player in the value chain could take to facilitate the acceleration and adoption of SAF
  • gain an understanding on the next steps required to move the industry forward
Kim McCann. Aviation innovation expert. PA Consulting.
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Why Mars: the out of this world benefits of space exploration
13:30  to  14:25 v Why Mars: the out of this world benefits of space exploration

From space tourism to landing on Mars, most of us regard further space exploration as expensive and incredibly challenging. Since the sixties, man has raced to travel further but with so much to fix on Earth, why such determination to push boundaries and see more? Join us to learn how some of many of our most valuable technologies come as a result of  space travel, and learn about the way humanity is cooperating in a way that transcends politics and worldly concerns.


Andrew Stanniland. CEO. Thales Alenia Space UK.
Richard Hollingham. Science and Space Journalist. Boffin Media.
Jan Wörner. Director General. ESA.
Graham Turnock. CEO. UK Space Agency.
Will Whitehorn FRAeS FCILT FMS. UKspace. President.
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Spotlight Session: MANNARINO Systems & Software
14:35  to  14:50 v Spotlight Session: MANNARINO Systems & Software

Interview with Mr. John Mannarino, President & Founder of MANNARINO Systems & Software regarding industry’s continuing struggles to keep software development and certification costs under control and how his disruptive software product will support future aerospace systems. The discussion focuses on advances in the MANNARINO real-time operating system (M-RTOS) to enable aerospace & defense companies stretch their R&D dollars while ensuring future designs adhere to safety and certification regulations.

John Mannarino. President. Mannarino Systems & Software Inc.
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Commercial Aviation Relaunch & Recovery 2021 & Beyond
15:00  to  15:55 v Commercial Aviation Relaunch & Recovery 2021 & Beyond

When will the airline industry recover and will it ever look like it once did?

This panel, made up of industry, government and regulators will address how to rebuild confidence and get passengers flying again, exploring clear and robust policy implementation, and plans by airports and airlines to ensure technology and revised hygiene practices are adopted.  

The panel will also debate how the next few years for industry could look; who will thrive and who may struggle to survive. 


David Stewart. Partner. Oliver Wyman.
LeAnn Ridgeway. Vice President Avionics and General Manager IMS. Collins Aerospace.
Mike Delaney. VP/Confident Travel Initiative Leader. Boeing Commerical.
Jack Goodwin. Deputy Director, Restart, Recovery and Engagement Unit.. Department for Transport.
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Spotlight Session: Mercury Systems
16:05  to  16:15 v Spotlight Session: Mercury Systems

Interview of Dr. William Conley, Chief Technology Officer from Mercury Systems regarding enabling commercial technology trends in microelectronics to support future autonomous systems.  The discussion focuses on advances in computing and artificial intelligence to enable trusted autonomy while balancing safety and security in future designs.

Dr William Conley. Chief Technology Officer. Mercury Systems.
Alan Peaford. Editor-in-chief. FINN.
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Elevated Mobility: Getting from demo to do! - in association with Deloitte
16:15  to  17:05 v Elevated Mobility: Getting from demo to do! - in association with Deloitte

Around the world, industry and governments are conducting pilot studies and tests, rapidly maturing the potential for Elevated Mobility to transform the way we move goods and people locally and regionally. But what are the critical ingredients needed go from “pilot study” to “operational practice”? How to scale urban air mobility to realize the full economic and social potential of elevated mobility? And how long will it take?

Ross Perot Jr.. Chairman. Hillwood.
Dr Will Roper. Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. United States of America Air Force.
Matt Metcalfe. Managing Director. Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Dr Eric Allison. Head of Uber Elevate. Uber.
Dr Michael Romanowski. Director of Policy and Innovation, Aircraft Certification Service (AIR). Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).