Past Speakers

Chairman: Karl-Heinz Münzner, Major General (Ret’d), Former General Manager NAMSA
Karl Heinz MunznerFrom August 2004 until July 2009 Major General (Ret) Karl-Heinz Münzner was the General Manager of NAMSA, NATO’s Logistics’ Agency, organizing TPLS in support of the Alliance’s operation in Afghanistan, thus changing role and organization of the agency substantially. Since then he is consulting with partners in Germany, Great Britain and Luxemburg. Prior to his selection as NAMSA General Manager on 1st August 2004, he was the Department Chief responsible for budgeting and planning, armament and logistics within the Army Staff of the German Ministry of Defence. He managed several reform projects (PPPs and Privatization) of the Bundeswehr; such as “New Fleet Management” and “Army Maintenance Logistics”, in cooperation with industry.


Giuseppe Riccio, Chief Financial Officer, Head of US DCAA/DCMA Relations, Alenia Aermacchi a Finmeccanica Company (Italy)
Giuseppe Riccio was born in Rome, on July 12 1965. Graduated from San Giuseppe Villa Flaminia De Merode High School. Graduated with a Degree in Aeronautics & Space Engineering from the University of Rome with a dissertation in “Activities Cost Based Management in Aeronautics and Space Projects”, he started his career in Alenia Aermacchi in 1989 in Organization Department.  In 2012 he was appointed as Head of Liaison US Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). In this position he is the Author of F-35 “Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Dictionary”, F-35 “Cost and Software Data Report”, C-27J “Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Dictionary” and C-27J “Cost and Software Data Report” for Italian Activities.


Brigadier General Mats Ström, Head of Logistics Systems, FMV
Mats started my military career 1974. He served in several position in The 26th Armored Brigade; such as mechanized platoon- and company commander and ended 1990 as deputy armored battalion commander. His career as armored officer ended 2005 when he left his post as Commanding officer for The 9th Armored Brigade. Between 1990 and 2003 he graduated as General Staff Officer, had several positions in the Swedish Army Staff, was ACOS CJ3 at SWE Joint Forces Command etc. In 2007 his military logistic carrier started when he took over the command for The SWE Armed Forces Logistic Regiment, which ended after nearly four years of service in that position, when he got a new command, this time as Commanding Officer for SWE Armed Forces Joint Logistic Command (FMLOG). Since 1 JAN 2014 he is Head of Logistic Systems at FMV. During his career I also have served several times abroad in UN, EU and NATO mission.


Helmut von Schroeter, EU Military Staff Directorate Concepts and Capabilities Branch Force Capabilities, European Union Military Staff (EUMS)
Captain (Navy) Helmut von Schroeter served in the German Navy on Fast Patrol Boats and in Staff positions in the German Ministry of Defence. Since 2001 he has frequently worked in EU capability planning, as Advisor to the German PSC Ambassador and as Chairman of the Headline Goal Task Force. Since 2010, he is Branch Chief Force Capabilities in the EU Military Staff, responsible for strategic capability planning in support of the EU Military Committee.


Ahmet Karadere, Logistics management, Main Battle Tank Program, SSM, MoD Turkey
Ahmet Karadere was born in 1972. He graduated from Middle East Technical University/ Mechanical Engineering in 1995 with a high honor degree. After spending a couple of years in a defense company he started to work with SSM (Turkish MoD Undersecretariat for Defence Industries). He worked for Quality Test and Certification Department in SSM from 1998 to 2008. He has been serving as Project manager in Department of Land Vehicles since 2008. Currently he is managing the programs ALTAY Main Battle Tank, Tank Modernization Programs and Tracked Vehicle Programs.


Major General Erik Gustavson (RNoAF), ACOS Operations Division/Defence Staff Norway
Erik Gustavson joined the Norwegian Air Force in 1978, and have since then had several positions up to Battalion Commander within Ground based Air Defence. Since then he have hold several staff positions, including Inspector of Ground Based Air Defence, Commander of Inspectorate of Transformation, Chief of Staff/Air Force Staff and Senior National Representative Norway/ Chief Norwegian Liaison Team to US Central Command in Tampa USA. Erik Gustavson was appointed as Major General with effect from 9 August 2010 as ACOS Operations Division in the Norwegian Defence Staff.


Robert Hell, President, Systecon AB
Robert  is Managing Director of Systecon, a leading logistic support consulting and software provider. Before joining Systecon in 2003, Mr. Hell has a long history within the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), where he last had the position of Chief Engineer Integrated Logistic Support. Earlier titles at FMV include Head of the Aircraft Logistics Division, with responsibility for Integrated Logistic Support for all aircraft programmes (both fixed wings and helicopters) in the Swedish Defence. Mr. Hell has extensive experience from Logistics Engineering and Life Cycle Costing Air Force projects, including the JAS 39 Gripen programme.


Dr. Jörg Rissiek, Vice President Strategy and Enterprise Initiatives, Airbus Group
jorgrissiekDr. Jörg Rissiek is since spring 2011 Vice President in Corporate Development of the Airbus Group headquarters in Paris/Toulouse, focusing on the Airbus Group’s corporate strategy, services strategy and development, with a focus on integrated, life cycle services for both commercial and military aircraft. From 2006 to 2011, he has worked as Vice President Material and Logistics Operations in Airbus Customer Services at Hamburg Airport, managing the interface to 300 Aircraft operators. He joined Airbus following eight years spent with Lufthansa in various functions, the last one being Director VIP and Government Aircraft Customer Support at Lufthansa Technik. Jörg has also been a research affiliate in the Department of Economics at the Technical University in Ilmenau, Germany. He has a degree in Economics, Diplom-Volkswirt, from Münster University with a specialization in Transport Economics. Jörg lives in Toulouse and Berlin.


Colonel Jurgen van der Biezen (RNLAF), former Deputy Commander Redeployment Task Force, Netherlands Armed Forces
Colonel Van der Biezen started his Air Force career in 1981 at the Military Academy. During his active flying period, Col Jurgen van der Biezen accumulated some 2,200 hours in the F-16 with a grand total of 3800 flying hours in various types of aircraft.During 2010 he deployed for six months to Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander Redeployment Task Force. This redeployment was one of the largest logistic operations for the Netherlands Armed Forces since the Second World War.Returning from Afghanistan in 2011 he was appointed the position of Head Operations Division within the European Air Transport Command (EATC) stationed at Eindhoven Air Base, The Netherlands. His current position is head of the Program, Assortment and Vendor Management branch within the Demand and Supply organisation of the Joint Information Technology Command.


Achim Leukel, Head of Strategy Air Services, Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, Head of Strategy Air Services, Military Aircraft In his current function, Achim Leukel is responsible for the Air Services strategy for Military Aircraft. As Airbus Group project manager for Performance Based Services he is preparing the company for innovative business models and cooperations. Within Airbus Group, he has obtained broad professional experience, including the leadership of the operational customer support integration department, lobbying and political engineering as well as several marketing and sales functions. As ICAF graduate 2008 from the “National Defense University (NDU)”, Washington, D.C., USA, Achim Leukel has a strong academic background and international network.


René Braam, BBA, Royal Netherlands Army/ Ministry of Defence
Broad developed generalist with roots in procurement and logistics. Currently active as coordinator in the Land Maintenance Program. In this role responsible for bringing different stakeholders together and facilitate the dialog.


Colonel Raimo Petäsnoro, former Chief of Logistics Division, Army Materiel Command HQ, Finland
Born on June 21st 1959 in Oulu, Finland, Colonel Raimo (Juhani) Petäsnoro is now working as a Logistics Transformation Senior Advisor. He retired from the Finnish Defence Forces in the beginning of 2012. Last four years of his military career he was in charge of army logistics arrangements and common logistic services for the whole FDF. He served in various Logistics posts in the Finnish Army from Brigade toDefence Forces level 1992 – 2012. Col. Petäsnoro has broad and varied experience of development projects in national level Defence Logistics (since 2001).


Barrie Thomson, Global Defence Initiative – Military Advisor Defence and National Security, Fujitsu
A recently-retired UK Royal Air Force officer with a background in Logistics and Information Services, Barrie Thomson joined Fujitsu in 2014 as a Military Advisor on Global Defence solutions. He is widely experienced in the planning, coordination and delivery of operational logistics, including for coalition operations in Afghanistan and as the Base Commander at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. He has extensive experience in Defence acquisition and support solutions.


Dr. Matthias Möseler, CEO, Steep GmbH
Dr. Matthias Möseler, born December 16 1969, studied at the University of Bonn and Seattle University, Washington and graduated with degrees in political science and law in 1993. He then worked as a research assistant at the German Federal Parliament and in different management positions in the IT sector. From 2003 on, Dr. Möseler was the Managing Director of the humanIT Software GmbH. In 2008, he became head of the BetaTech GmbH,  a subsidiary of the Serco GmbH, before becoming Managing Director of the Serco GmbH in September of 2008. In July of 2012, he bought the company from the British Serco plc. through a management buyout and, since then, has been running it as CEO with its new name Steep GmbH.


Jeroen Wierenga, Captain, MSc, Royal Netherlands Army/Ministry of Defence
Broad developed generalist with roots in ICT consultancy (Capgemini). Recently build up a military career in maintenance and supply at the Royal Dutch Army. Served as project-secretary of the project “Reorganization Army Maintenance and Logistics Services” and currently active as coordinator in the Land Maintenance Program. In this role responsible for bringing different stakeholders together and facilitate the dialog.


Iikka Marttila, Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Defence Finland
Iikka MarttilaIn defence administration since 2005. Defence Command 2005-2008. In MOD since 2008. Working with Procurement (Army, Navy), contracts, partnerships, international co-operation. SERA 23 (2011).


Kolonel J.T.M. (Hans) Damen, Commander of the Army Maintenance and Logistic Command, Royal Netherlands Army / Ministry of Defence
Hans DamenColonel Hans Damen is Commander of the Army Maintenance and Logistic Command. He is responsible for Depot Level Maintenance, (Service) Logistics and Supply of all groundbased (weapon)systems of the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. He is also responsible for the reorganization of all operational and non-operational Army Maintenance units, including a reduction in personnel strength of more than 30 %. Colonel Damen has extensive experience in command & control, Logistics and politico-military affairs. His recent postings include a tour as diplomat at NATO HQ in Brussels, commander of the Interservice Logistics Training Center and deputy commander of the Land Operations Support Command.


Patrick Fesquet, Director of Procurement, Directeur des achats, NATO Support Agency
Patrick FesquetBefore becoming the NATO Support Agency Director of Procurement, Mr Fesquet was in charge of NAMSA’s team of buyers. He was responsible for tailoring NAMSA’s procurement function to the integrated logistics support requirements of new major programmes and NATO operations. He helped develop and implement the Agency’s concepts for integrated services and performance-based operational real life support contracting. Under his leadership, NAMSA’s procurement (commitments) increased from 428.2 million euros in 2002 to 2.08 billion euros in 2011. While Head of Corporate Planning and Development in NAMSA, Mr Fesquet led and finalized the negotiations with NAHEMA on NH90 helicopter support and with OCCAR on COBRA counter-battery radar support.


Rebecca Ingmarsdotter, Deputy Head of PRIO Department, Defence Staff, Swedish Armed Forces
Rebecca IngmarsdotterMs Ingmarsdotter started working at the SwAF Headquarters in 2002 in the Environmental Department within the Training and Procurement Staff, responsible for strategic Environmental questions. After three years she continued to the SwAF Logistic unit as Head of Rations, Administration etc. After this she became Head of the Environmental department within the SwAF Headquarters for a number of years. She then worked with Business process development as Special Advisor to the Chief of Armed Forces Training and Procurement. In 2010 she was hand picked to be Deputy Head of the PRIO Department, Defence Staff. As Deputy Head she is responsible for all commercial activities within the programme and chairs the Decision Board, where all development of the system in production is decided.


Lars Brühlmann, Director Business Development Europe, General Dynamics
Lars BruhlmannLars Brühlmann has been the Director Business Development Europe for GDELS since 2011. Before the appointment to his current position, he held various positions within General Dynamics over a career span of twenty years, including serving as the Deputy Director of Engineering for GDELS-Mowag and Director Advanced Wheeled Vehicle Programs for GDELS. Lars also served with the Swiss Army where he began his military service in 1987, culminating as the commander of a Swiss Air Defence Unit. He retired from military service in 2005. Lars is married and has two children.


Thomas Ekström, Deputy Research Director, FOI
Thomas EkstromMr Thomas Ekström is Deputy Research Director at FOI, the Swedish Defence Research Agency. Mr Ekström has been an operational researcher at FOI since 1994. Since 2002 his research focus has primarily been on military logistics and increasingly also on defence acquisition. Since 2009 he has been an industrial PhD candidate at Lund University in Sweden, where his research has been focused on Public Private Business Models for Defence Acquisition. Mr Ekström holds a Licentiate of Engineering in Engineering Logistics, a Master of Science in Military Operational Research and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.


Dan Lindell, Platform Manager CV90, BAE Systems
Dan LindellMr Lindell holds a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Örebro, Sweden. He has been working with BAE Systems since 2004 and in 2008 he was appointed Platform Manager for the CV90. As Platform Manager he is responsible for all strategic decisions regarding the CV90 Platform, research and development related to the CV90 and its future development. Previous positions for Mr Lindell at BAE Systems includes leading the survivability development of the CV9035 for the contract to the Netherlands as well as being Head of Technologies, leading the group where the majority of the R&D projects re-sides and are being conducted. The projects are spread around the key technolo-gies: Firepower, Mobility, C4ISTAR, Human Factors Integration and Survivability.


Col William (Bill) Black, Jr., USMCR, Deputy G3, (IMA) US Marine Forces Pacific
Bill BlackBill Black has over 37 years of experience in the United States Marine Corps focused on operations, maintenance, readiness, science and technology. He has pursued PLCS for use through his participation in NATO AC/327 Working Group 5 (UID of Items) and the U.S. Marine Corps Sense and Respond Logistics project. He has had significant involvement in developing successful tools and implementing efficiencies that have been demonstrated in multiple exercises such as the NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise (CWIX) series and the Marine Corps EXLOG WarGame. In his civilian role Bill is the President of Black & Rossi, LLC and is a founder/Board of Director of Nexus LCM.


Håkan Kården, CEO, Eurostep Group AB
åkan KårdénMr Håkan Kårdén holds a Master of Science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Mr Kårdén is the CEO and Board Member of Eurostep Group and was one of the founders of Eurostep in 1994. In this role, Mr Kårdén has lead Eurostep through its global expansion and to its current position as world class experts in the design and implementation of standards based PLM collaboration solutions. Previous to Eurostep he worked seven years at Digital Equipment Corporation as a consultant and advisor to large organizations like ABB, Swedish Defence, Saab, Hägglunds, Volvo, Ericsson etc. He is currently serving as a Board member of PDES, Inc in USA. He is Organizer and Programme Responsible for the annual PDT Europe Conference. Mr Kårdén has presented at several conferences in Europe, USA and China mostly on topics such as Standards Based PLM Collaboration, PLM in Virtual Organizations and Agility.


Brigadier M L Dunn (Mark) Head Of Support Chain Management, UK MoD
Mark DunnBrigadier Mark Dunn joined the Defence Logistics Operations Centre as Director in late 2007. During his tour the DLOC coordinated the UK element of the Drawdown from OP TELIC, the introduction of the “Sail/Fly” programme to Afghanistan and moved the DLOC to DE&S HQ. In 2010 he deployed to OP HERRICK as Commander BASTION, coordinating security and life support for the UK’s largest Operating Base in the World. In late 2010 he joined Support Chain Management Business Unit as Deputy Head Policy and Compliance, coordinating the writing of new Policy for the introduction of MJDI and BIWMS and formulating strategy such as the new UID Policy and the “Future SPS”. June 2012 Brigadier Dunn took over the appointment as Head of Support Chain Management at a particularly busy time where his focus will be on ‘rightsizing the Defence Inventory’, supporting better ‘Assurance’ across Defence, the drawdown from Op HERRICK and restructuring the Business Unit in line with the SDSR.


Olle Bååthe, MSc, LicEng, Head of Business Area Defence, Systecon AB
Olle BååtheOlle Bååthe has a long experience from work within the Swedish defence sector. Prior to his present position in Systecon AB, Mr. Bååthe spent 20 years at FMV, the Swedish Defence Material Administration, where he held various managing positions such as ILS manager for the JAS 39 Gripen programme and Head of strategic logistics development. Olle Bååthe received his MSc and Licentiate of Engineering degrees from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.


Shane Targett, MSc MIoD FCILT, Cranfield University
Shane TargettShane Targett is a widely recognised expert in Inventory Optimisation and has 30 years of Supply Chain Management experience. He pioneered inventory cost-optimisation in the UK MOD in the early 1990s and personally derived the Cost-Weighted Back-Order (CWBO) which reduced stock shortages by over 90% within 6 months of implementation at the UK Defence Support Group. Shane is now on the permanent staff at Cranfield University and lectures at the UK Defence Academy. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and the academic member of their Defence Supply Chain Forum. He is also the UK academic advisor to the multinational (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA and UK) Technical Cooperation Program action group researching “Demand Forecasting for Spare Parts”. In 2012 he was the academic advisor on the expert panel assisting the UK Government’s National Audit Office study into “Managing the defence inventory”.


Baudouin Heuninckx, Ph.D, D.Sc, MCIPS, Head of Aeronautical Programmes in the Belgian Defence Staff Procurement Division
Baudouin HeuninckxBaudouin Heuninckx, Ph.D, D.Sc, MCIPS, is Head of Aeronautical Programmes in the Belgian Defence Staff Procurement Division, part-time tutor in the Public Procurement Research Group of the University of Nottingham and part-time lecturer in management at the Belgian Royal Military Academy. Before that he worked for the Joint Organisation for Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR) and served as a staff officer in the Belgian Air Force. He has published a number of articles, papers and book chapters on the law of defence procurement and on the procurement of international organisations.


Colonel (Retired), Johan Kaelen, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Johan KaelenColonel retired Johan Kaelen MsC (1953) is managing Director of KD Innovative Advice and Senior Director of the Policy Research Corporation. He has been active in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Dutch Ministry of Defense for more than 30 years, and held different operational, management and policy positions. For the Ministry of Defense he was responsible for international materiel collaboration and collaboration with industry in the context of the Maintenance Valley initiative, of which he is the founding father, and the World Class Maintenance initiative. Furthermore he was project leader of the Public Private Partnership between the Ministry of Defense and DutchAero with respect to aircraft engine maintenance.


Thomas Stensson, HKV INS FTS-A0, KFA HKP, Swedish Armed Forces
Thomas StenssonThomas Stensson has been working in the Armed Forces for more than 30 years, the main part in different positions in the Swedish helicopter system. He has experiences from being a Helicopter Battalion CO, Wing Commander Flying, serving at HQ level focused on studies and development and lately in the Nordic Helicopter Program stationed in France.


Svein Nielsen, Director NDLO Maintenance. Commander SG (Ret), MSc, MBA.
Svein NielsenSvein Nielsen has 23 years of experience in the Norwegian Navy in operational, technical and management positions, including several years as Project Manager for different Navy projects. From 1994 to 1998 he served as Program Manager in NATO C3 Agency, providing CIS services for NATO forces in the Balkans. This included close cooperation with the users, the Commanders at SHAPE and NATO HQ as well as private industry world wide. He was one of the main architects in developing the Basic Order Agreements (BOA) frame contract regime. Nielsen has broad experience from the oil industry as Logistics Manager in FMC Kongsberg Subsea and as Management Consultant for Private and Public Companies. This includes one year as Consultant for the Qatar Armed Forces. He returned to the Norwegian Armed Forces as Director NDLO Maintenance in January 2008.


Lt. Col. Gerhard Rauniak Project Officer, Third Party Logistic Support European Defence Agency
Gerhard RauniakGerhard Rauniak is a Project Officer for Sustainment and Third Party Logistic Support at the European Defence Agency since 2009. He graduated from the Austrian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt in 1995. From 1995 to 2003 he has had several logistic appointments, including missions on the Balkans. He holds a Master of Defence and Security studies from the Defence Academy and the University of Vienna. From 2006 to 2009 ha was posted as the G4 and head of the logistic branch of the Service Support Command and the head of Cooperate Service in the Armament and Procurement Agency in Vienna.


Hans Engström, Commissary for the Management Training School, Military Academy Karlberg, Swedish Armed Forces
Hans EngstromHans Engström currently serves as commissary for the Management Training School at Military Academy Karlberg, the Swedish Armed Forces. Previously Hans has worked at the Procurement Unit at Swedish Armed Forces Logistics in operational procurement, primarily as regards the Swedish Contingent to ISAF. During the autumn of 2011 he also served as Logistics Coordinator in-theatre. Hans has an extensive background in the planning of strategic procurement coupled with experience in on-site, international and domestic operational procurement for deployed military units.