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SMi Group Ltd

Global Event Producing Company

The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest Quality Events in Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors, which are timely, relevant and important to you and your company!

We pride ourselves on being connected to the best and most Knowledgeable Expert speakers in your business sector. We believe in bringing you together with your peers in order to Learn, Engage, Share and Network with the very best. We hold events in over 30 major cities throughout the world including London, Paris, Singapore and have welcomed over 200k participants from 80 countries to our events.

We are Experts in knowing Experts and have been bringing you this Expertise since 1993!

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Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling - 13/07/2016

Boeing, Airbus Defence and Space and Antonov confirm their presentations

SMi is delighted to announce the confirmation of speakers and their presentations from Boeing, Airbus Defence and Space and Antonov at the 17th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on 29th - 30th November 2016 in Florence, Italy:

Supporting Airlift…Anytime, Anywhere and Air Refuelling - 21st Century Capability and Support
Pam Valdez, Director, Derivative Fleet Support and Sustainment, Global Services and Support, Boeing
James Eisenhart, Director, Sales and Marketing, C2ISR and Mobility Platforms, Boeing

Airbus Defence and Space Developing Military Capabilities
Didier Vernet, Head of A400M Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space

Antonov Transport Aircraft - New Capabilities in Tactical and Strategical Airlift
Oleksandr Kiva, Marketing and Sales Director, Antonov

Europe’s largest bespoke military airlift conference will feature an international line-up of senior military, multinational commands and expert industry speakers who will provide a comprehensive overview of strategic and tactical airlifts in the region. The two-day event will also enable you to participate in discussions on interoperability enhancement and how emerging technology will impact next-generation airlift capabilities.

Chairman for 2016:
Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling, European Defence Agency

Host Nation Addresses from:
Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga, Commanding Officer of the 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
Colonel Gustavo Cicconardi, Chairman of NATO Air-to-Air Refuelling Working Group, Italian Air Force

Military Speakers include:

  • Major General Christian Badia, Commander, European Air Transport Command
  • Colonel Torgeir Aas, Commander of the Gardermoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE
  • Group Captain Andrew Killey, Assistant Head of DSCOM, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Group Captain Martin Cunningham, Chief of Staff - Air Mobility Headquarters, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • Michele Rega, Fixed Wing Officer, European Defence Agency
  • Kenneth Carhart, Consultant, NSPA

Plus, don't miss the post-conference complimentary site visit to the Pisa Air Force Base on 1st December 2016:
Following SMi’s 17th Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, all delegates are invited to our post-conference site visit to the Pisa Air Force base. Transport will be provided to and from the conference hotel for this visit, where delegates will have the opportunity visit the facilities and the aircraft.

To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit

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