GUTMA Board of Directors 2020/2022

Co-President: Reinaldo Negron (Wing)

Reinaldo Negron is the Head of UTM for Wing, leading product development for UTM and Operator applications; UTM integration activities in the U.S., Australia and Europe, including how UTM services can provide SORA mitigations reducing operator risk; standards development including at ASTM; and fostering industry collaboration such as the InterUSS Open Source project. Reinaldo brings the perspective of an operator, service provider and manufacturer, and engages regularly with a broad range of stakeholders including ICAO, CANSO, CAAs and ANSPs, Federal, State and Local law enforcement as well as hobbyist and commercial UAS pilots and operators. He is a passionate advocate for the emerging UAS ecosystem and the role that UTM can play in accelerating access to the sky. Prior to Wing, Reinaldo developed technical solutions for large scale advertising clients at Google. He also spent nearly a decade designing air traffic management systems at Lockheed Martin – including integrated Arrival, Departure and Surface Management; Airport Collaborative Decision Making, and R&D in Collaborative Air Traffic Management focused on airspace constraint management and airline planning strategies.

Co-President: Sebastian Babiarz (Dronehub)

Sebastian Babiarz is VP of Business Development at Dronehub, where he identifies and evaluates new opportunities throughout Europe for the drone-in-a-box solution. Additionally, Sebastian advises and collaborates with European regulators and standards organisations as they work to build regional regulatory frameworks to enable safe and scalable drone operations. With more than 16 years of business experience in the drone and telecom industry, Sebastian is passionate about new technology and automation and how they can improve lives. Particularly, for the last 4 years, Sebastian was Heading Strategic Business Development at AirMap, successfully built the AirMap business across the EMEA region. Prior AirMap, he has focused on driving innovation within the mobile telecom industry through drones as well as the role drones play in a connected society and within the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Previously, Sebastian held various position in mobile networks R&D for Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent. He is a co-founder, board member and for the last 2 years co-president of the Global UTM Association.

Treasurer: Pending Appointment

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Matt Fanelli (Skyward, a Verizon company)

Matt Fanelli is the Director of Strategy for Skyward, a Verizon company. In this role, he leads the company’s policy and regulatory efforts by working with the FAA on the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability and on the Remote Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
He also serves on a number of standards groups and industry trade advocacy boards, including the Small UAV Coalition and AUVSI.
Matt is a frequent speaker on drone matters, having presented at the FAA UAS Symposium, the Global UTM Association, AUVSI Xponential, Interdrone and Mobile World Congress.

Heidi Schubert is the lead for the Amazon Prime Air team responsible for flight planning, the operator interface, and drone air-traffic control. Her focus is to build a safe, secure, and autonomous UTM to support delivering items to customers in 30 minutes or less. Heidi has 20 years of experience building innovative software. Prior to joining Prime Air, Heidi led teams developing software for Amazon consumer devices and built real-time middleware software at Real-Time Innovations (RTI).  Heidi has an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford in Aerospace Engineering from the Aerospace Robotics Lab.

Amit Ganjoo (ANRA Technologies)

Amit Ganjoo is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of ANRA Technologies, an Award Winning UAS Workflow and Traffic Management Platform provider based in Washington DC. ANRA is a platform and technology provider to multiple commercial and government entities internationally.
Amit has over 20 years of aviation, telecom and wireless experience in both the federal and the commercial space. He is an engineer, a licensed pilot, following a lifelong passion in aviation and builds experimental aircrafts. Until December 2016, he acted as the co-chair for FCC’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC) for 5G and IoT, which included ground and airborne autonomous vehicles. He was the Director of Engineering and Principal Architect at Ericsson, providing telecom solutions to commercial customers and the Federal Government, where he was the recipient of the Athena Award. Previously, he was the co-founder of a Mobile Marketing company from which he had a successful exit in 2009.

Michelle Bennetts (Airservices Australia)

Michelle has been an Executive General Manager at Airservices for the last 12 years. She was appointed into the Executive General Manager, Customer Service Enhancement role in early 2018. She is accountable for strategic engagement with customers, suppliers and the aviation industry to ensure service enhancement investments benefit all airspace users. This includes chairing the Future Services Portfolio which encompasses the Low Level Airspace Program.
Michelle’s roles have included leading the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service across the country, a team of nearly 1200 professional fire fighters, emergency vehicle technicians and support staff; and the Projects and Engineering workforce of over 1400 staff and responsibility for delivery of the $1.2 billion capital program.
Prior to Airservices, Michelle spent more than a decade in the professional services firms, working first with Deloitte and then with KPMG delivering audit, risk and governance services to many large organisations in a variety of sectors.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Commerce/Information Technology from the Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management, has completed the Advanced Management Program at the INSEAD business school and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Shinji Nakadai (NEC Corporation)

Shinji Nakadai is a Principal Researcher at NEC Corporation, which leads a national project on UTM in Japan. Within that project, in the consortium led by NEC, he leads the design of architecture and protocols. He has been involved with UTM since 2017 and has been a GUTMA member since 2018.
Within NEC he leads research on AI-based negotiation. And in the Japan national project, his group is researching several mechanisms for coordination and negotiation among UAS Operators. He has expertise in key technologies required for UTM, including wireless technology, network protocols, and distributed databases. He received his master’s degree in 2003 from Tokyo University, where his research focused on wireless technology. After he joined NEC, he began research on network protocols. From 2012 he was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, focusing on distributed databases and AI. Currently, he is a research member of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and a Ph.D candidate at Tokyo University, researching AI-based negotiation.

Rob Eagles (Airbus)

Rob Eagles is Strategy and Rule-making Lead at Airbus UTM and is actively engaged in the development of services, standards and functionality for UTM and Urban Air Mobility. Having spent more than 30 years as an air traffic controller and in the aerospace industry, he is recognized as an innovator in new airspace operations.
Rob’s technical work is complemented by practical worldwide experience, having held previous management and operational positions at Loon (part of Alphabet), International Air Transport Association (IATA), UK National Air Traffic Service (NATS) and Eurocontrol. With UK NATS, he was an R&D technical lead and inventor for an award-winning project that delivered the most significant advancement in London’s airspace in the past 20 years.
He holds a master’s degree (with distinction) in Air Transport Management from City University in London and is committed to seeing new innovative aviation operations, and the associated traffic management, become a reality.

Marcel Kägi co-leads the innovation and digitalization unit of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation of Switzerland (FOCA). He is in charge of strategy development and implementation with the view to position Switzerland at the forefront of disruptive innovation trends, such as drones and UTM. Marcel coordinates and represents FOCA’s interests in national and international regulatory and policy making efforts in these areas. In his previous positions he was in charge of international aviation safety regulation and represented Switzerland in the administrative and budgetary committee (Fifth Committee) of the UN General Assembly. Marcel holds a Master’s degree in political science and law from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and an Executive Mater in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK.

Secretary General

 

Koen De Vos retired from the European Commission in April 2020 and took a sabbatical. In the Commission, Koen had been working as senior drone expert since 2015. Before becoming drone expert, Koen had worked on airport noise and was between 2002 and 2009 attached to the Single European Sky team. He joined the services of the European Commission in 1993 to work on social and employment issues. Before the Commission Koen worked at the University of Antwerp and at the Higher Institute for Labour Studies in Leuven, Belgium.