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Representing the three key elements – users, industry and academia - of the ITEC community, the ITEC Committee provides unique advice to the event organisers regarding the needs of their constituency and trends in the industry and the research base. The Committee assist in shaping the content of the conference to ensure it is relevant and fulfils the expectations of the wider modelling, simulation, training and education community.

2019 Committee Chair

Dr Elaine M. Raybourn, Sandia National Laboratories



Dr Elaine M. Raybourn
Principal Member of the Technical Staff
Sandia National Laboratories Center for Computing Research

Elaine Raybourn is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Center for Computing Research at Sandia National Laboratories. Her research focuses on transmedia learning and immersive simulations. As a European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) Fellow, she worked at Fraunhofer FIT in Germany, the French National Institute for Computer Science (INRIA), and BT Global Research and Development. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and a Graduate Certificate in Modeling & Simulation of Behavioral Cybersecurity from the University of Central Florida.

Rusmat Ahmed, Bohemia Interactive



Rusmat Ahmed
Bohemia Interactive

Rusmat is SVP Sales, EMEA for Bohemia Interactive Simulations since 2014 and leads all sales and business development activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has a wealth of business experience in defence, for projects for armies and air forces, and in both civil and military training and simulation.

Following a military flying career, Rusmat worked for Racal and Thales in business development, strategy, and bid and project management roles. He ran business units in civil and military avionics, and was project or operations director on large, multi-company PFI projects. Moving increasingly to customer-facing roles, he was a sales director at L-3 before joining BISim. Rusmat has an MBA from INSEAD France, and a degree in economics from the University of York.

Paul Appelquist, Babcock International



Paul Appelquist
Head of Future Business
Marine Naval Bases | Marine & Technology
Babcock International

Paul, a Chartered Engineer, served as a Weapons Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy’s Submarine Service for 22 years. Leaving as a Commander, Paul saw active service in the Gulf War and held a number of shore roles in FOST. Since leaving military service, Paul has worked in industry where he has used his experience to develop and grow a training capability to deliver personnel better prepared for the military maritime environment. Recognising the engineering skills shortage, he has been working closely with industry partners and the MoD to help resolve this critical issue through a Defence Enterprise Approach.

Juri Barollo, Alenia Aermacchi- Leonardo



Juri Barollo
Integrated Training Systems- Head of Training Center
Alenia Aermacchi- Leonardo

Juri started his career as Flight Simulation Engineer in 2001 contributing in the development of the former Alenia Aermacchi (now Leonardo Aircraft Division) engineering simulators of C-27J and Eurofighter; he was then assigned at Alenia North America as member of  the F-35 JSF Pilot Systems –Cockpit Integrated Product Team in Lockheed Martin (Fort Worth, TX). Back in Italy in 2007, he was appointed as Project Manager for the Italian Air Force  C-27J Full Flight Simulator. He now leads the Leonardo Aircraft Division  Training Center, managing ground crew and aircrew training courses for M346, C-27J, Eurofighter, P-72A, ATR TMPA.

Juri holds a US Commercial Multiengine IFR Pilot license.


Dr Benjamin Bell, Eduworks Government Solutions



Dr Benjamin Bell
Eduworks Government Solutions

Benjamin Bell is the President of Eduworks Government Solutions. Dr. Bell’s research has addressed simulation for training and education across a spectrum of applications, including K-12, higher education, military and national security training. He has held academic positions, chief executive positions in industry, and serves in leadership roles for several leading conferences. Dr. Bell is an adjunct professor at Embry Riddle, holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Debbie Berry, Lockheed Martin Corporation



 Debbie Berry
 Senior Staff Analyst 
 Lockheed Martin Corporation

Debbie L. Berry, has over 32 years with Lockheed Martin.  She currently manages the Innovation Demonstration Center in Orlando, FL.

Ms. Berry has supported the simulation and training industry, domestically and internationally, as an engineer, program manager, tradeshow manager and business development senior staff analyst.  As customer engagement liaison, she is responsible for management of capabilities demonstrations, business development and strategies.

Debbie is a founding member of the Women In Defense Central Florida Chapter (the first of four active Florida chapters), served as the inaugural chapter president and currently serves as an advisor to the chapter and the WID National Council.

Debbie served as Conference Chair of I/ITSEC 2001 and ITEC 2009.  She is a charter member of the Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification Commission (CMSP) and an alumnus of Leadership Orlando (Class 78).  She is a board member for the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation and a member of the Go for the Greens steering committee.

In recognition of her distinguished service, Debbie has been recognized with the prestigious NDIA Silver Medal, the AUSA Sunshine Chapter Royal of the Flamingo medallion and the Noble Patron of Armor.  She is the inaugural recipient of the WID CFL Debbie L. Berry Legacy Award.

Debbie received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Florida.

Martijn Boosman, XVR Simulation



Martijn Boosman, XVR Simulation



Martijn Boosman is Founder of XVR Simulation, creator and supplier of simulation training solutions for civil safety and security organisations worldwide.

Martijn studied Industrial Design Engineering studies at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. After his studies Martijn founded the company XVR and became lecturer at the European Master of Disaster Medicine thus combining his interest in crisis response and simulation technology.

Martijn has more than 20 years’ experience in design and development of virtual and constructive simulation solutions as well as educational use of these technologies in curricula of safety and security training providers. At XVR Martijn is responsible for strategic innovation and international business development.

Wayne Buck, NATO





 Wayne Buck
 M&S Analyst

Wayne Buck is a modelling and simulation specialist employed in the Future Solutions Branch in the Capability Development Division. His primary duties concern initiating, researching and writing policy and requirements concerning the use of modelling and simulation in Allied Command Transformation and in NATO.

Wim Huiskamp, TNO Defence, Security and Safety





Wim Huiskamp 
Chief Scientist, Modelling, Simulation and Gaming, TNO Defence,
Security and Safety

Wim Huiskamp has over 20 years of international experience in the field of Modelling, Simulation and Gaming.  Wim is program manager of the national simulation research program carried out on behalf of the Dutch MoD.  Wim served as chairman of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG) between 2013 and 2016. He is a former chairman of the NMSG M&S Standards Subgroup (MS3) and is the liaison of the NMSG to the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization SISO.

Wim is a board member of the European Training and Simulation Association (ETSA) and he served on the Conference Committees of ITEC11 - ITEC16 as theme lead for M&S Architectures and Technologies. He was ITEC17 Conference Chairman.

Jean-Louis Igarza, SISO Representative



 Jean-Louis Igarza
 Chief Scientist and SISO Representative
 Antycip Simulation

Jean-Louis has spent the main part of his career in DGA , the French MoD procurement agency where he had diverse positions in the M&S domain. He is a former chairman of the NATO M&S Group, and is still involved in this organization. He is an active member of SISO (the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization) and works now mainly for Antycip simulation as an adviser.

Udo Keuter, Airbus Defence and Space



Udo Keuter 
Head of Combat Aircraft Training Delivery & Operational Support, Airbus Defence and Space

Udo Keuter, has a military career from 1981 to 2001, with about 2500 hours as military jet pilot on various fighter types. He was an instructor pilot, fighter weapons instructor and Squadron commander. He has a degree in Business Administration of the German Armed Forces University in Munich. In 2001 he left the German Luftwaffe as LtCol and joined EADS (now Airbus). Since 2006 he is the Head of “Combat Aircraft Training Delivery & Operational Support”, in Airbus Defence and Space. His department is located in Manching, Germany, responsible for the development of innovative solutions for integrated training systems and training services for military and civil customers.

Aida Matta, NAWCTSD



Aida Matta
Director, International Programs

Aida Matta is the Program Director for International Programs (PDI) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) effective November 2013.  Mrs. Matta manages training programs, systems, services, and products in support of the Defense Security Assistance Program.  She distributes policy guidance and standardized procedures while executing Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases for training systems and equipment sold to foreign countries, as well as assists the Navy International Program Office in coordinating foreign disclosure, export licensing, and foreign visit requests.  She oversees the execution of training system programs valued at over $170M per year for over 40 countries.

Mrs. Matta has 28years of engineering and acquisition experience in support of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).  Her career started in 1989 as the propulsion engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst (NAWCADLKE) in support of Naval Air Systems Command Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program.  She managed and provided engineering expertise to propulsion, metals and composite materials projects, and their application to Department of Defense (DoD) weapon systems.  During this appointment, she identified production problems plaguing defense manufacturers and Navy repair and maintenance facilities, investigated weapon system production problems and developed manufacturing technology projects to find and apply solutions to these problems.  In 1992, she was designated as the lead project engineer in the Prototyping and Manufacturing Department, where she managed the prototyping and manufacturing of Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) and Support Equipment (SE) projects and it’s delivery to the Fleet.

In 2000, Mrs. Matta reported to NAWCTSD as the AV-8B Assistant Training Systems Program Manager in the Program Directorate for Aviation (PDA).  By 2007, she had been promoted to a Supervisory Program Manager/IPT Lead position at PDA.  While continuing to be instrumental in the delivery of AV-8B Training Systems for the USMC and allied customers, Mrs. Matta had the added responsibility of the CH-46, P-3, and KC-130 training systems to her portfolio of programs.  In 2011 she assumed the Deputy Training Systems Program Manager position under the Maritime and Unmanned Air Systems (MU) Department at PDA.  This position was dual hatted as NAVAIR Training Systems Program Office (PMA 205) MU Deputy, as well as NAWCTSD MU Lead and Supervisor Program Manager.  She was responsible for the leadership, management, direction, planning and execution of all training systems acquisition programs within the MU Department.  This portfolio of programs included nine (9) Aircraft Platform (P-8, P-3, EP-3, H-60, and 5 UAS) Training Systems, with 106 civilian, 21 military and 44 Contractor Support personnel, workforce, including domestic and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs, and overseeing execution of training systems programs valued at over $740M per year.

Mrs. Matta earned her bachelor degree in engineering from Boston University in 1989.  She received her Masters of Science and Systems Management degree from the University of Denver in 1992.  She is a graduate of the Senior Executive Management Development Program and is DAWIA Level III certified in Engineering and Program Management.



Graham McIntyre, ETSA



 Graham McIntyre
 European Training and Simulation Association (ETSA)

Graham McIntyre is the ETSA Chairman and NSC non-executive Director-Business Strategy. His whole career has been in the Defence Industry including Managing Director positions with GEC Marconi, Thomson (now Thales) and Lockheed Martin. With twenty years Simulation Industry experience, he is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Aeronautical Society. 

Michael Merritt, NAVAIR

Mike Merritt



Michael Merritt
Deputy Technical Director
NAVAIR 1.0 Program Management Site Lead

Michael Merritt serves as the NAVAIR 1.0 Program Management Site Lead and the Deputy Technical Director at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division.  He is responsible for workload planning, mission execution and collaboration with Government and Industry partners to effectively execute NAWCTSD mission tasking.

Michael Merritt was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1982.  His first assignment was to the Air Force Institute of Technology MSEE Program.  In 1984, he was assigned as an ICBM Test Manager at the Ballistic Missile Office.  In 1989, Captain Merritt was assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Research, a DoD Joint Activity directly reporting to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Space.  In 1994, Major Merritt was assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command in the Plans, Programs and Acquisition Management Directorate as Chief, Classified Technology Programs.  In 1998, he was assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB.  He served as a Systems Acquisition Manager within the C-17 Systems Program Office and as a Systems Management Directorate staff officer in the Systems Management Directorate.  In 2000, Major Merritt joined the NAVAIR team as the CV-22 Deputy Program Manager.  In July 2001, he was assigned as the Development Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead for the USMC Variant of the V-22.  As the MV-22 Development IPT Lead, Major Merritt was responsible for the acquisition management of the “Way Forward” development program to return the Marine Corps and Air Force tiltrotors to safe and operational use.

Retiring from active duty in 2002, Mr. Merritt continued to serve as the MV-22 Development IPT Lead as a Department of the Navy civilian. In 2006, Mr. Merritt was promoted to Program Director for Aviation (PDA) at NAWCTSD.  PDA also serves as the Naval Air Systems Command, Deputy Program Manager for Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205TD). Mr. Merritt became the Program Director for Cross-Warfare in 2014 until his selection in January 2017 to join the NAWCTSD Leadership Team.

A native of Central Florida, Mr. Merritt earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1982.  He received his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1984.  He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Course and completed the Leadership in a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute. 

Enrico Mollenhauer, Airbus Defence and Space



 Enrico Mollenhauer
 Project Manager Integrated Training Systems
 Airbus Defence and Space

Enrico Mollenhauer served as Fighter Bomber and Instructor Pilot in the German Air Force and at Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT), USA. He earned a degree in aerospace engineering and business administration. After his military career he joined Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, where his main responsibility lies in aircrew training solutions.

Pascal Peyronnet, Thales AVS France - Traning & Simulation



Pascal Peyronnet
Advanced Studies Project Manager
Thales AVS France - Traning & Simulation

Pascal PEYRONNET began his career as Image Generator software developer in 1982 at Thales (former Thomson-CSF). Then he became team manager for simulation databases tools & production. Becoming Advanced Studies Project Manager he contributed to several National and European Defence Research projects (EUCLID), and to HLA standardization (SISO). In 2006 he has taken in charge the management of different collaborative R&T projects addressing urban 3D modelling, simulation and animation (traffic, crowd). Since he has continued this activity, and also has participated to some National and European (PCRD – H2020) R&T projects addressing Human Behaviour Recognition.

Paolo Proietti, MIMOS



 Paolo Proietti
 MIMOS (Italian Modelling & Simulation Association)

Paolo PROIETTI, Electronics Engineer, started working on simulation since during University, following modelling courses and discussing a thesis on dynamic robot modelling. His working activity has been wholly devoted to simulation both as responsible for projects and as business development manager for simulation and training. In 2002 he was one of the promoters and founders and currently Chairman of the Italian Modelling and Simulation Association, named MIMOS. Among others, he is in charge of organising workshops and conference on important simulation topics, such as homeland defence and security, industry, and medical applications. He also chaired several conference sessions and, in particular some specifically related to medical and serious games. He has been appointed as Italian industry representative at the NATO STO HFM Panel (Human Factor & Medicine) as far as the technological and training aspects is concerned.

Enrico Raue, MASA



Enrico Raue
New Markets Development and Sales Manager

Enrico Raue began his career as a mechanical engineer in Sweden where he first became involved in simulation systems. He is now based in France and has been in charge of sales development in new international markets at MASA since 2011.  He leads MASA’s efforts to extend the reach of its products, both directly to end­-users, but also, and perhaps more significantly through the development of multiple distribution channels worldwide, including local and regional value­-added resellers, and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) system integrators. He has several years of experience in the ecosystem of virtual- and constructive- simulation solutions, and also specializes in the application of artificial intelligence in these fields.

Christophe Rind, Sogitec Industries


 Christophe Rind
 Marketing Training and Simulation
 Sogitec Industries

Riccardo Rovelli, Antycip Simulation 



 Riccardo Rovelli
 Area Manager, 
 Antycip Simulation 

Ing. Riccardo Rovelli, graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1999 at the Polytechnic of Milano, with specialization in Signal and Systems. After several experience in the simulation projects and market, especially for 3D Realtime Image Generation, Computer Generated Forces and HLA environment, he is working from 2003 in Antycip Simulation, a subsidiary of ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd, for the provision of independent modeling and simulation COTS tools, projection systems and related engineering services. With the role of  Regional Area Manager  for the Italian and German Market his main mission is actually to develop the business units that is in charge, with involvement in European projects.

Jeremy Humphreys, Halldale Group



Jeremy Humphreys
Business Development Director
Halldale Group

Jeremy Humphreys graduated in Material Science from Imperial College, London in 1984. After  working for 19 years in high tech manufacturing industry as an engineer and subsequently in general management supplying products to nuclear, microelectronics and defence markets Jeremy first entered the S&T world in 2003 as Business Manager with responsibility for MS&T Magazine, published by specialist S&T media and events publisher Halldale Group.

As Business Development lead for Halldale Group, Jeremy has wide ranging interests and broad experience in Education, Simulation and Training for defence, aviation, healthcare and other safety critical industries and an in-depth knowledge of international events and publishing business development and operations.

Jan Seidal, Rheinmetall Simulation



Jan Seidal
Head of Business Development 
Rheinmetall Simulation


Mr. Seidel holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, Germany and an MBA from the Henley Business School in Henley-on-Thames, UK. During 12 years he served as a Technical Officer in the German Air Force. A former Captain, he held various posts related to the Eurofighter Typhoon project. Before joining Rheinmetall he worked with MTU Maintenance in the domain of commercial aircraft engine MRO.

In his current position he and his department are in charge of Business Development, Bid Management and Marketing activities for Rheinmetall Defence’s business unit Integrated Electronic Systems. They are responsible for developing new markets, conducting market research, preparing strategy, carrying out marketing activities, performing competition analysis, managing sales processes and providing bid management services.

The Rheinmetall Group is an internationally successful player in the markets for automotive components and defence equipment. With a history going back to the 19th century today more than 20.000 people worldwide proudly develop products and provide services addressing the vital customer needs for security and mobility. Rheinmetall Defence is Europe’s foremost supplier of military technology and a longstanding partner of Armed Forces on all continents.

Harry Thompson, Applied Training Solutions (ATS)



Harry Thompson
Business Development Manager
Applied Training Solutions (ATS)


Mr. Thompson has over 30 years of experience in training and simulation.  He was a career US Army officer, working internationally and across NATO nations for more than 20 years.  Mr. Thompson has an extensive background in leading numerous international programs utilizing a wide array of different simulations and training devices including the establishment of simulation centers in 10 countries.  He has also led the development of initiatives for the reform of the professional military educational (PME) curriculums in several countries along with the development of a CBRN simulation center for the Czech Republic and NATO.

Skip Vibert, I/ITSEC











Skip Vibert
Government and International Advisor
National Training and Simulation Association


Skip Vibert is the managing partner of Innovation Transformation Consulting, LLC.  The company provides support to the National Defense Industrial Association specifically The National Training and Simulation Association.  They are the premier and largest association in the training, modeling and simulation industry. Responsible for the strategic and tactical development of government and international clientele associated worldwide with this industry.  The company supports policy entities throughout the industry as well and working with small entrepreneurial companies assisting them to develop and grow.  A key element of this industry growth is in the synergy between the government, academia and industry from small to large.  Innovation Transformation Consulting works to facilitate that synergy across the industry.

Prior to starting Innovation Transformation Consulting Skip was working with the Defense Department, reviewing and adjusting policy as a part of the Training Transformation team to better employ training,  modeling and simulation across the Defense Department and the government specifically for Major Defense Acquisition Programs.  The company draws on the diverse experience of its owners to bring best practices from training, testing and real world diverse operation experience from over many years.

Skip has a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin achieved from their inaugural class in Science and Technology Commercialization.  He was a Naval Flight Officer and a certified Project Management Professional.

Dale Whittaker, US Army, PEO STRI


 Dale Whittaker
 Program Manager Foreign Military Sales 

Dale has worked in the International Training System community for 15 years in support of 60 plus countries. He is currently the PM FMS for PEO STRI and was previously the International Program Director for NAWCTSD.  

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