The 14th aviation management conference focuses on a sustainable future for the aviation sector and how to get there.  On this page, you can find an overview of the programme of the 14th Aviation Management Conference.

During the 14th Aviation Management Conference, the guests will attend two workshops between the keynote presentations. These workshops are linked to People, Planet or Profit. Besides these workshops, the aviation management team will present their research to possible future scenarios at this time. The topics of the other workshops can be found in the programme below. The programme will start at 09:00 hours and will end around 17:30 hours.

Paul Peeters
Professor at Breda University of applied sciences

Paul Peeters is Professor at the Centre for Sustainability, Tourism and Transport (CSTT) of Breda University of applied sciences, BUas, the Netherlands.

Paul is specialized in the impacts of tourism on the environment and specifically on climate change. His publications cover a wide range of topics like global and regional tourism and climate scenarios, system dynamic approaches to tourism research and modelling, air transport, tourism transport mode choice, and model shift, policy making and transport technological developments. 

During his keynote and workshop, he will use his expertise to analyse the effects of the tourism industry on our climate, now and in 2050. Our main question, how do we get our license to operate in 2050? will also be covered. 

Mattijs ten Brink
CEO at Transavia

After working in various management positions for The Royal Nedlloyd Group, UPS, and KLM, Mattijs ten Brink is now CEO of Transavia.

During his keynote, Mattijs will take you through the dynamics of future leadership. He will explain his vision towards a sustainable future in aviation and how to realise this from a leadership’s perspective. The question is how to balance the interests of numerous stakeholders, the (social) interest of society as a whole and the survival of the industry.  “What do you do if everybody sees the problem, but nobody has the answer?”

Maartje van der Helm
Head Strategy & Capacity Management at LVNL

Maartje van der Helm is a member of the managementteam of LVNL and responsible for corporate communications, strategy and capacity management. She is involved in strategic issues like the future of Schiphol, Dutch airspace redesign and the introduction of sustainability within LVNL.


In her keynote Maartje will share LVNL’s vision on a sustainable future for aviation. She will offer an insight on how LVNL works on the sustainability of the organization in a changing world. Worldwide trends like the speed of technological development and the rise of social media force the organization to open up and connect far more with the stakeholders.  Secondly she will talk about how LVNL can play its part in earning the license to operate for aviation in 2050. She will state that there is much resemblance between what LVNL has to do as an organization and what we have to do as a sector. It all comes down to LVNL’s mission: enabling aviation together.

Denise Pronk
Program Manager Corporate Responsibility at Royal Schiphol Group
Jelmer Offenberg
Data scientist at Transavia

Jelmer Offenberg currently works as data scientist at Transavia. In his job, he is developing and implementing advanced analytics within Transavia. This includes creating visions for stakeholders which are useful for the decision-making process but also for developing tools which can function autonomously.

The climate problem is very large and complex. In his function as a data scientist Jelmer tries to make a more efficient use of resources. Within the bigger problems he tries to approach the smaller problems, like overloading and food waste with data science. One example of this is the dynamic loading of aircraft to reduce food waste.

Who has to adapt when discussing sustainability? The government? The airline? The consumers? Is there just one group which has all the necessary influence to solve the problem?

During their duo workshop Arjen and Jelmer will give an insight in the sustainable efforts of Transavia. During the second part of the workshop the group will think hands on about some rigorous solutions and a set of potential product changes for Transavia to become more sustainable.

Arjen Kieskamp
VP Ground Services at Transavia

Arjen Kieskamp works at Transavia as VP Ground Services. His task is to make sure that all Transavia passenger-. Baggage-, and platform processes happen in a safe, on-time and cost effective way. However at the moment this does not suffice. Sustainability of aviation is also about creating sustainable processes around the core activities of aviation.

In the past year sustainability in Aviation has become increasingly more important. Confronted with the changing market, together with some likeminded people within the organization, Arjen is working on an integral companywide approach for sustainability. Moving from solo initiatives towards one approach that matches the purpose of Transavia.

Who has to adapt when discussing sustainability? The government? The airline? The consumers? Is there just one group which has all the necessary influence to solve the problem?

During their duo workshop Arjen and Jelmer will give an insight in the sustainable efforts of Transavia. During the second part of the workshop the group will think hands on about some rigorous solutions and a set of potential product changes for Transavia to become more sustainable.

Michael Lunter
Senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Michael Lunter has been working as a senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Infrastructure for many years and is a specialist in the field of aviation and the environment. Nowadays, Michael Lunter coordinates environmental policy issues concerning international civil aviation at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Next to this, Michael Lunter represents The Netherlands in the Committee on Aviation and Environmental Protection (CAEP) of the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization and is chairman of the environment committee of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ANCAT).

Joris Melkert
Researcher at Delft University of Technology

Ir. J.A. (Joris) Melkert is an all-round aviation researcher and senior lecturer at the Delft University of Technology and Aerospace Engineering. He has been following the sustainable developments of the aviation industry very closely from the start. During his career he has published over 94 researches of which over 8 researches concern alternative fuels in aviation.

During his workshop he will provide an insight into the world of synthetic kerosene. Together with the workshop participants the business side of synthetic kerosene will be discussed. What is required to make synthetic kerosene a competitive alternative for fossil kerosene? How can the Dutch aviation industry benefit from this new technology?

Omid Aazami
Entrepreneur at Bright Independent

Omid Aazami develops programs for the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Three years ago he initiated the Aviation Academy Sustainability Graduation Studio, where students perform their thesis research in the domain of sustainability in collaboration with the sector. Since last year, he has been working on a program that focuses on the growth of qualities and attitudes for young professionals. This is an answer to the growing need for professionals who have the capacity to consciously act and reflect on the basis of their inner qualities, next to the application of their skills and knowledge which are being predominantly nurtured in educational institutes.

Omid will provide an interactive workshop with students and professionals. They will collectively seek to answer the question: “What characteristics define an effective professional leading change in an industry where sustainable transformation is incumbent?”

Rogier Doffegnies
Senior Consultant and co-owner of AirportCreators

Rogier Doffegnies is a Senior Consultant and co-owner of Airport Creators. The airport development company searches for non-traditional solutions to solve the problems an airport faces. Since the aviation industry is very dynamic, Airport Creators uses innovative concepts to keep up with the developments in aviation.

The traditional way of investing in an airport is not in sync with the dynamic aviation industry. Investments in aviation are often long term, high value investments focused on a long-term vision. In today’s rapidly changing aviation environment one might ask if this way of investment still suffices.

Rogier will give a workshop on “Incentives to overinvest”. He will speak about a balanced way of investment which meets the current requirements of the aviation industry but leaves opportunities for renewed investments in the future.

Students of the AUAS

During both workshops presented by students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, extreme future scenarios will be discussed. These scenarios are used to see how the aviation sector has to adapt to meet customer demands during such scenarios. Each workshop addresses two scenarios.

During the first session, the first scenario is about a doomsday scenario in which the climate will change and the people have to adapt to this. The second scenario of this workshop is about sustainable behavior and how sustainable behavior influences the aviation sector.

The second session sees two very different scenarios. In one scenario, technology will solve the climate problems of the aviation sector. The other scenario focuses on geopolitical measures to improve the sustainability of the aviation sector.