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Speaker Interview with Brigadier General Markus Kurczyk

Brigadier General Markus KurczykBrigadier General Markus Kurczyk, Director, Joint Support Service Headquarters, Training Directorate Forces will deliver the keynote address on Day 1 at 09:00.

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Speaker Interview with Captain A Thomas Bennington

thomas beningtonTom Bennington (Group Captain RAF (Retd)) Served as a military ISR pilot from 1985 to 2012 and has worked in several national command, policy and procurement related posts. Completing tours with the US Navy as a Test and Evaluation Department Head, on the NATO Maritime HQ staff as Chief of Staff Air and, most recently as the Assistant Head of Nuclear Capability and Programme Director of the Underwater Programme in the UK MOD. A professionally qualified Programme Manager, he hold a MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London and a BSc in Mathematics and Physics.

He has significant operational experience and was the Chief of Staff to the UK's Expeditionary Air Wing in Basrah, Iraq in 2007. Since joining the EDA in 2013, Tom has worked in several disparate areas including green energy, airlift, RPAS, helicopters and has led the Agency's efforts in Education Training and Exercises. He is the Chairman of the EDA's European MALE RPAS User Community and responsible for the creation of new Education, Training and Education projects.

                                              Read Thomas Bennington's Interview Here

Speaker Interview with Udo Keuter

wUdo 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.

Read Udo Keuter's Interview Here

Speaker Interview with Toby Barnard

toby barnardToby Barnard MSc BEng(Hons) PGCE is an Associate Partner in IBM's Talent and Engagement Team. Following an exciting career in the Royal Navy, working across the Royal Marines, Navy and specialist groups, I have combined a successful military background with experience in a leading consultancy firm. Now working as an account manager within UK Public Sector, I also represent IBM GBS as their European Learning Lead across all Sectors.

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Speaker Interview with Dr. Jay Bahlis

jay bahlis imagJ. (Jay) Bahlis, Ph.D., P. Eng. is the president of BNH Expert Software. Participated in the training analysis of multiple large scale military projects, assisted dozens of organizations in developing effective and efficient training strategies, and aligning training with missions/goals, evaluated several eLearning technologies, directed research on adult learning theory and managed the design/development of the training analysis tool ADVISOR Enterprise.

Dr. Bahlis is the author of “Technologies in Distance Learning and Workplace Training” Guide and “From Classroom to Boardroom – Strategies to Maximize Impact of Training” booklet. He holds a Doctorate in Engineering and Applied Mechanics from McGill University.

                                                 Read Dr. Jay Bahlis' Interview Here

Speaker Interview with Gareth Collier

itec Gareth CollierMaj Gareth Collier (Retd) completed 19 years of service with the Australian Army including 10 years in Special Forces - This included multiple command and staff appointments, with numerous operational deployments around the world and a three month attachment as an exchange instructor to the British Army Jungle Training Unit in Belize.

Gareth also completed a Masters of Business Program Management, a Masters of Capability Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Gareth held appointments as the ADF Special Operations Simulation Manager, Head of Capability Development - Commandos and Head of Training Development for ADF Special Operations. This blend of frontline experience of military operations within Special Forces, implementation of training and capability frameworks, and management of simulation architectures has enabled a holistic perspective to be applied to the implementation of simulation technologies to evolve military capabilities.

                                                            Read Gareth Collier's Interview Here

Interview with Bijou Van Haren

van harenMrs. Bijou van Haren MA Education and Training Command Royal Netherlands Army Mrs. Bijou van Haren is an education and training specialist, working at the Royal Netherlands Education and Training Command. Her primarily focus is to develop a roadmap for future education and training, which will provide the Army a visualization of the future learning environment.

Also, she is the initiator of the soon to be implemented fieldlab "Learning Experience Army Room Netherlands (LEARN!)", an initiative to develop and test todays and future learning methods and technologies. In 2016 she participated in the first TRADOC's “Mad Scientist Science Fiction Writing Contest 2030 – 2050”, where she wrote a paper on the future of learning within the Army.

Read Bijou Van Haren's Interview Here 

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