2019 Keynote speakers announced for UDT, AOC EW Europe and ITEC


The three events are co-located in Stockholm, Sweden, taking place between 13-16 May, 2019

Clarion Defence & Security is pleased to announce that the full line-up of keynote speakers for Undersea Defence Technology (UDT), AOC Electronic Warfare (EW) Europe and ITEC has now been finalised.

The three co-located events, taking place between 13-16 May 2019 in Stockholm, will bring together leading industry, government, R&D and academic players from across undersea defence technology, electronic warfare and military simulation and training to share latest ideas, showcase innovation and foster new collaboration.

Conference delegates will hear keynote speakers address the topical issues facing their respective communities, with an emphasis on the global emerging defence and security challenges in 2019 and beyond. Sweden has published its 2016-2020 defence and security strategy that encapsulates many of these global challenges, but also highlights the key areas that are and will affect Sweden’s future. Key leaders from the Swedish defence and security world will share their views, alongside others from around the world.

On the morning of 13th May, the UDT 2019 conference will begin with a keynote address from Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, Chief of Navy, Royal Swedish Navy. This address will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the conference theme ‘Total Defence: Undersea Defence and Security in a Deteriorating Global Environment’. Speakers joining the high-level panel include:

· Rear Admiral Odd Werin, Director Naval Systems, Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) –Sweden;

· Dr Frank DiGiovanni, Deputy Director Expeditionary Warfare Division, US Department of Defense;

· Commodore Michael Houghton, Director General Future Submarine Program - Department of Defence – Australia;

· Captain (N) Herman de Groot, Commanding Officer Submarine Service Netherlands, Royal Netherlands Navy.

Beginning on the morning of 14th May, the ITEC conference will commence with a keynote address from Major General Karl Engelbrektson, Chief of Army, Swedish Army. General Engelbrektson will then join a distinguished panel drawn from leaders in the defence, civil protection and industry who will focus on the theme of the conference “Interoperable by Design: connecting people, technology, and nations”. The panel comprises:

· Dr Frank DiGiovanni, Deputy Director Expeditionary Warfare Division, US DoD;

· Dr Raed Arafat, Secretary of State - Head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs – Romania;

· Dan Eliasson, Director General, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB);

· Hans Lindgren, Head of Business Development - Training and Simulation, Saab AB – Sweden.

The AOC EW Europe conference will be led on the morning of 14th May with a keynote address from Brigadier General Fredrik Bergman, Head of the Test & Evaluation Division, Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) – Sweden. This session will be followed by an opening address on ‘New Threats and Future EW Systems’ from Johan Falk, Head of Department - Radio EW Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).

“With all three events co-located under one roof in Stockholm this year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from some of the top commentators currently operating in their respective fields,” Tracy Bebbington, Event Director, Clarion Defence & Security, said. “We have had excellent engagement from the Swedish armed forces across all three events, which will provide valuable insight into the operational and technological experiences of the Swedish defence forces in the wider European defence and security landscape.”

“This years’ keynote speakers will provide an insider view of both the Swedish outlook and a truly international perspective on training and simulation, undersea technology and EW requirements as we look toward the coming decade,” Simon Williams, Chairman, Clarion Defence & Security, said. “But they won’t be considered in isolation – as reflected across the wider conference themes, the critical component of these events is the collaborative element, the ability to connect and share ideas and reach conclusions that have application across companies, governments and national borders.

“I look forward to welcoming delegates to ITEC, UDT and EW Europe 2019 and expect the level of engagement to be first class across all three events.”

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

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