Tineke Bakker-van der Veen
Managing Director Boeing Benelux & NordicsTineke Bakker-van der Veen graduated from Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. She fulfilled several engineering, operations and project management roles at Rolls-Royce in the UK from 2003 until 2008. Before being named a Managing Director at Boeing, she worked for GKN Fokker Technologies as Gulfstream Programme Director. Her powerful character and enthousiasm for energizing young talent make her the perfect chairman of the VSV Symposium 2019.
GKN Chief Technology Officer and Head of Strategy
After fulfilling a variety of managing roles for 17 years at Airbus, Russ Dunn joined GKN Aerospace. Supported by his background in Aeronautical Engineering, which he has studied in England, he lead multiple technical projects such as the development of A350 XWB Wing. Now, as CTO and Head of Strategy, he has obtained technical leadership position with additional responsibilities for overall business strategy. With his broad experience in two of the largest aerospace companies, Mr Dunn will definitely be a great asset to our symposium.
Colonel United States Air Force, ret.
With the age of 91 Joseph has fully experienced the evolution of aviation himself. His rich history in the aviation sector and setting a world record, make this man a true living pioneer. Josepth Kittinger, born in 1928, is a retired colonel and Command Pilot in the United States Air Force. Serving as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he was shot down and spent 11 months as a prisoner of war in a North Vietnamese prison. Besides flying fighter aircraft, he flew in high altitude balloons setting a world record for the highest skydive (31 km) in 1960. He was the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon, and the first man to fully witness the curvature of the Earth. In 2012, he participated in Red Bull Stratos project as capsule communicator, directing Felix Baumgartner to beat his own skydive world record.