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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.

2018 Conference Committee Chair

Udo Keuter, Head of Training, Airbus Defence and Space



Udo Keuter 
Head of Training, Airbus Defence and Space

Udo Keuter, is Head of “Training”, in Airbus Defence and Space, one of the three divisions of the Airbus Group. His department is located in Manching, Germany and responsible for the development of innovative solutions for integrated future training systems and for the development, conduct, and management of technical and non-technical trainings for military and civil customers. Since November 2010 his Training Academy in Manching is EASA Part 147 certified.

Rusmat Ahmed, Bohemia Interactive



Rusmat Ahmed
VP, EMEA Sales
Bohemia Interactive

Rusmat is VP 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 successful, large multi-company projects. Moving increasingly to customer-facing roles, he was a sales director at L-3 before joining BISim. The common thread through all of Rusmat’s customer-facing activities has been to bring innovation and clearer benefits to customers’ global solution needs. 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- Finmeccanica



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 Alenia Aermacchi 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 Alenia Aermacchi Training Center, managing ground crew and aircrew training courses for M346, C-27J, Eurofighter, P-72A, ATR TMPA.

Juri holds a US Commercial Pilot license.


Dr Benjamin Bell, Eduworks Government Solutions



 Dr Benjamin Bell
 President, 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

During her 29 years in the simulation and training field, Ms. Berry has fulfilled positions of Systems Engineer, Project Engineer, Program Manager and Senior Staff Analyst.  Her experience spans product design through delivery of fixed and rotary wing simulators, tank gunnery trainers, battle management training devices, instrumented training range systems and reconnaissance systems.  Ms. Berry manages the LM TLS Innovation Demonstration Center.  She serves on several boards and is Conference Chair Emeritus for ITEC 2009 and I/ITSEC 2001. 

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 18 years of international experience in the field of Modelling, Simulation and Gaming. He is Program Manager of the national Simulation research program (2014-2017). Wim is current Chairman of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG) and previous Chairman of the NMSG Modelling & Simulation Standards Subgroup (MS3).

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.

Dr Elaine M. Raybourn, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories Center for Computing Research, Cognitive Science & Systems



 Dr Elaine M. Raybourn, Ph.D.
 Principal Member of the Technical Staff
 Sandia National Laboratories Center for Computing Research, Cognitive Science & Systems

Dr. Elaine Raybourn is a social scientist applying games and transmedia to learning. As an ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) Fellow she worked at Fraunhofer FIT in Germany, Inria (French National Institute for Computer Science), and BT Global Research and Development. She is on assignment to the ADL Initiative, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness).  

Aida Matta, NAWCTSD


Aida Matta
Director, International Programs

Michael Merritt, NAVAIR

Mike Merritt



Mr. 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. 

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. 

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

Commander Paul Newall, Ministry of Defence

Paul Newall


 Commander Paul Newall
 Enterprise Approach Programme Manager
 Ministry of Defence

Paul Newall joined the Royal Navy in 2001.  After early deployments, he undertook commando training and served with the Royal Marines on operations in Afghanistan and the Far East before appointments in Navy Command and Abbey Wood.  Moving to MOD, he developed the UK’s first Collective Training Policy and now leads a strategic change programme to deliver enterprise capability management.

Pascal Peyronnet, Thales France


 Pascal Peyronnet
 SO2 DS Modelling and Simulation
 Thales France

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 European (PCRD) projects.

Paolo Proietti, MIMOS



 Paolo Proietti
 MIMOS (Italian Modelling & Simulation Association)

Paolo Proietti is one of the founders in 2002 and current President of MIMOS. Among others, he is in charge of organising workshops and conference on simulation topics, such as homeland defence and security, industry, and medical applications. He also chaired several conference sessions particularly related to medical and serious games. He is a focal point for simulation and training activity in Selex ES, a Finmeccanica Company. He is also Vice-chairman of Finmeccanica Simulation Community, named Mindsh@re SET2. He is also member of the NATO CSO HFM Panel

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  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.

John Schlott, L-3 Communications



 John Schlott
 Director Business Development
 L-3 Communications

John Schlott posses over 30 years experience in simulation and training.  While in the US Army he was part of the team that incorporated virtual training capabilities into the tactics and gunnery courses at the US Army Armor School in the late 1980’s.  With Lockheed Martin and L-3 Link he has held director positions in engineering, programs and business development.  He remains active in the simulation and training community as a member of the I/ITSEC and ITEC committees.

Andy Smith, The Halldale Group


 Andy Smith
 The Halldale Group

Harry Thompson, C4i Training and Technology


Harry H. Thompson
Business Development Executive
C4i Training and Technology


Mr. Thompson has over 25 years of experience in training and simulation.  He was a career US Army officer, working internationally and across NATO nations for more than 15 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.

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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