CANSO Global Leadership Summit 2021

Globe and people

CANSO’s first global gathering of 2021 featured inspirational speakers and renowned experts from outside the ATM industry to explore what the world could look like in the years ahead.

One of the world’s top futurists, Gerd Leonhard, shared his view of what to expect in the next 3-5 years, and took us on a journey across key trends like the future of work, business travel and trade, and the geopolitical impact of the current crisis.

Following Gerd, Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde explored the social role of design, the importance of “Schoonheid” (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness) and his vision for the future.

Day two saw Isabelle Mauro, Director, Head Digital Communications Industry at the World Economic Forum, talk about digital inclusion and why it’s essential to economic recovery, and then Ian Painter, General Manager, Air Operations, Cirium, delivered a keynote speech in which he took a deep-dive into industry data and what it means for ATM

We also had wide-ranging conversations with our own industry leaders about how we can be stronger, fitter, and more resilient to the challenges that lie ahead.

This virtual summit allowed more than 300 people from across Air Traffic Management and beyond to connect with each other again and start talking about the exciting future that still awaits our industry, despite the challenges of the past year. 

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Our speakers

Daan Roosegaarde
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. He’ll explore with us the social role of design, the importance of “schoonheid” (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness) and his vision for the future.

Gerd Leonhard
Gerd Leonhard is one of the top 10 futurist keynote speakers in the world. With over 2,000 engagements in 60 countries since 2004, and a combined audience of over 2.5 million people, Gerd has been listed by Wired magazine as one of the Top 100 Most-Influential People in Europe. Renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative style, he uses cutting-edge creative motion design to give a unique immersive experience on the big screen.

Isabelle Mauro
Isabelle is Director, Head Digital Communications Industry at the World Economic Forum. Isabelle manages the portfolio for the telecommunications community and is responsible for managing and implementing the industry’s initiatives, including industry transformation, digital inclusion and impact of technology on the economy and society.

Ian Painter

Ian Painter
Ian was named General Manager, Air Operations, Cirium, in 2020 after Cirium’s acquisition of Snowflake Software where he was co-founder and CEO. As a critical leader in Cirium’s forward strategy, Ian is responsible for all products and custom solutions that deliver effective and efficient operations at Airlines, Airports and ANSPs across the globe. In addition to his sector responsibilities, Ian is responsible for Cirium Sky – Cirium’s ground-breaking aviation data management platform.

Our agenda

Day 1
Opening address from Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
Opening address from Captain Gilbert Kibe, Chairman, CANSO
Keynote address: The great transformation with Gerd Leonhard
In conversation: Gerd Leonhard talks to Martin Rolfe, Chief Executive Officer, NATS
Keynote address: How to design an innovative and sustainable future after Covid-19 with Daan Roosegaarde
In conversation: Daan Roosegaarde talks to Conor Mullan, Managing Director of Think.
Day 2
Opening address from Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
Keynote address: Digital Inclusion: Essential to the Economic Recovery, with Isabelle Mauro, Director, Head Digital Communications Industry at the World Economic Forum
In conversation: Isabelle Mauro talks to Alex Bristol, Chief Executive Officer skyguide
Keynote address: What does the data say? With Ian Painter, General Manager, Air Operations, Cirium
In conversation: Ian Painter talks to Don Thoma, Chief Executive Officer, Aireon
Closing remarks and wrap up from Simon Hocquard.

Event Details

24 – 25 March 2021 @ 13:00 to 15:00 CET



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