VANESSA HAUMBERGER was born in Leuven (Belgium) and grew up near Brussels. She studied business administration at the International School of Management in Dortmund, Hawaii Pacific University in the USA and the European Business School in Paris.
After two years at The Boston Consulting Group, her career took her to Munich Airport, initially in corporate strategy, while at the same time completing her MBA at the University of Seekirchen.
From 2011 to 2020, she headed the Political Affairs department while also managing the project for the political realization of the 3rd runway at Munich Airport from 2015 to 2018. In 2021, as part of an Group-wide restructuring, the department was transformed into amore comprehensive “Political Affairs” unit. As Head of Policy, Vanessa Haumberger continues to be responsible for the political representation of the airport at regional, national and EU level. Aditionally, she took over as Deputy Head of Communications and Policy at the end of 2020.
In her role as Head of Association Affairs, she is active on all political levels: nationally as a member of the Strategy and Policy Working Group (BDL), internationally as Chair of the Policy Committee of ACI Europe, and regionally as a member of the transport committees of vbw (Bavaria) and IHK (Munich and Upper Bavaria).
Vanessa Haumberger is married and lives her love for aviation in her private life as well as professionally- besides reading and sports, travelling is one of her favorite pastimes.
MARKUS FERBER, born in 1965 in Augsburg and an engineer by profession, has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1994. During his time in office, he has served in multiple high-profile roles, such as Chairman, CSU delegation in the European Parliament and Co-Chairman, CDU/CSU delegation in the EPP Group. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of the European Peoples Party (EPP) in the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON). On 1 January 2020, Ferber became Chairman of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, a political foundation associated with the CSU. In July 2021, he was elected Vice-President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).
DR. SASKIA HORSCH is Head of Public and Regulatory Affairs Europe at the German air taxi start-up Lilium. She joined the company in April 2021 and is based at the company’s headquarters in Munich. In this newly created position, Saskia is responsible for relations with governments, regulatory authorities, aviation agencies and associations as well as airports and partners across Europe.
Prior to joining Lilium, Saskia worked at Amazon for over 10 years in European and country leadership roles across the External Affairs, Public Policy, Internal Communications, Employee Relations & Human Resources functions. During her tenure at Amazon, Saskia built the company’s Public Policy function in Germany, developed corporate reputation management and community engagement strategies and led pan-European public affairs campaigns in the areas of data protection, consumer rights, copyright and competition law. In addition, Saskia provided political and regulatory support for the successful establishment of over 50 logistics locations in Europe, building up extensive expertise in urban mobility and infrastructure projects.
Prior to her employment with Amazon, Saskia spent seven years with the Brussels-based consultancy firms Interel and Cambre Associates providing public policy advice to clients in various industry sectors. She has also previously worked at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition and as a competition lawyer in Germany.
Saskia studied law at the Universities of Freiburg i.Br., Geneva and Bonn and holds a PhD in European competition law from the University of Cologne. She is married and has two children.
05/2021 – today
Head of Corporate Responsibility Strategy
05/2017 – 05/2021
Vice President Transformation & Business Development
03/2016 – 04/2017
Vice President Strategic Cooperation Projects
06/2012 – 02/2016
Senior Director Fleet and Capacity Development
08/2010 – 05/2012
Senior Director Sales and Marketing Canada in Toronto
11/2007 – 07/2010
Chief of Staff in the Area Management Americas in New York City
12/1997 – 10/2007
Product- and Innovation Manager for Cabin Concepts
KLAAS PEL joined Neste as Head of Renewable Aviation Regulation in February 2021, tasked to lead the Aviation Business Unit’s global advocacy efforts.
Prior to joining Neste, Klaas worked as a consultant advising airports, airlines and governments worldwide on market access and regulation issues, EU aviation law and policy.
From 2008 to 2015 Klaas headed Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Public & European Affairs department and before that, he led international aviation negotiations on behalf of the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure. During this 8 year spanning stint, he was also seconded as an aviation expert to the World Bank and the European Commission.
STEFAN HÄBERLEIN has been serving Munich Airport as Vice President Corporate Strategy & Sustainability since 2012. He is passionate for finding practical solutions that work, regarding both, ecological and social implications as well as economic ones. Stefan started his career with Munich Airport in 2008 as Senior Manger Corporate Strategy & Sustainability. He studied at Munich University and at ETH Zurich and holds a diploma in economics.
PROF. DR. MIRKO HORNUNG is acting Executive Director Research and Technology at Bauhaus Luftfahrt (since January
2010) and holds the Chair of Aircraft Design at the Technical University of Munich. Since October 2020 he is also acting Dean of the new founded Faculty of Aerospace and Geodesy at Technical University Munich. From 2003 to 2009 he held several executive positions at the Military Air Systems branch of EADS Deutschland GmbH. Most recently, he worked as Senior Manager System Concept Design. In January 2003, after a five-year experience as a researcher at the Institute for Aeronautics at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich, Mirko Hornung received his PhD on the Design of an Airbreathing Upper Stage and Overall Optimisation of a Trans-Atmospheric Space Transportation System« with honours. Mirko Hornung holds further relevant positions in the aeronautical research sector (i. a.): Mirko Hornung has been member of the Transport Advisory Group of the European Commission. Since January 2012 he has been a member of the Presidium of the “German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics e.V. (DGLR)”. He has been also founding member of the “Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. (aireg)”. Since July 2010 he has been member of the Munich Aerospace e. V. General Assembly (since October 2018 also member of the Executive Board) and member of the “Ludwig Bölkow Campus” Coordinating Council.