GSMA Connectivity for Aviation at MWC Barcelona 2021

GSMA Connectivity for Aviation at MWC Barcelona 2021

Start: Monday 28 June 2021 08:00

End: Thursday 1 July 2021 16:00

Venue: Fira Gran Via & My MWC Online

Location: Barcelona, Spain

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market is one of the fastest growing and innovative sectors of the IoT and presents a huge commercial and strategic opportunity for operators and their technology partners.

The GSMA is actively working with the telecoms and aviation industries to maximise the use of beyond-visual-line-of-sight capabilities for UAS, develop new use cases and help create an open and trusted regulatory environment.

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Conference Session – Industrial Applications for Mobile-Enabled Drones

16:00 – 17:00 | Tuesday 29 June | Aud B, Hall 2

Session Details

Time Topic Speaker
16:00 Welcome and Introduction Richard Cockle, Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data, GSMA
16:05 Panel Discussion: Industrial Applications for Mobile-Enabled Drones Moderator: Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Director of Communications and Strategy, CIVATAglobal

  • Patrick Castagnino, Airbus
  • Toby Townrow, Drone Evolution
  • Philippe Vallée, Thales
16:30 Presentation: Commercial Drone Market Insights, Trends and the Evolution of Drone Connectivity Hendrik Bödecker, Drone Industry Insights
16:35 Panel Discussion: Future Opportunities for Mobile-Enabled Drones Moderator: Greg Hull, CEO, Stonecraft Consulting

  • Marc Beltran, BCN Drone Center
  • Hendrik Bödecker, Drone Industry Insights
  • Elena Neira, The MITRE Corporation
  • Nicholas Zylberglajt, Unmanned Life


Patrick Castagnino

Connectivity Business Development for Digital Aviation & Co-Chair of GSMA Digital Industries Forum, Airbus

Patrick CASTAGNINO has more than 20 years of connectivity experience working in the aviation industry with multiple roles (Engineering, customer support, Maintenance, Project & Program, Digital Transformation & Connectivity innovation…) . He is now Connectivity Business for Digital Aviation at Airbus with the role to develop the connectivity business for Airbus Commercial and global convergence for AIrbus group: 5G Connected Aircraft, Aircraft remote predictive maintenance and future seamless passenger connectivity, 5G IoT for Manufacturing, Internet-of-Things (IIoT), new technologies.

Philip Butterworth-Hayes

Director of Communications and Strategy, CIVATA Global

Philip Butterworth-Hayes is Director of Communications and Strategy at CIVATA Global

He is also the editor and publisher of EUROCONTROL’s Skyway publication ( and the editor and publisher of and

For more than 25 years Philip has specialised in delivering highly complex technical and industrial aerospace information and advice to a

His background includes posts as the director of communications and strategy at the Civil Aviation Navigation Organization (CANSO) in Amsterdam, the launch editor of the European Defence Agency’s European Defence Matters, the Manager of Jane’s Air Transport Division and lead consultant for Jane’s Information Group on civil aviation consultancy studies, founding editor of Jane’s Aircraft Component Manufacturers, Jane’s World Airlines and Jane’s Airport Review, a former editor of Interavia Aerospace Review, Airports International, Jane’s Defence Industries, Jane’s Military Aircraft and several unmanned air system publications. He has been an aviation consultant to BBC Television and Time-Life books.

He has authored a wide number of reports and studies based on future markets and analysis of current aerospace trends. These include The Market for ATC Equipment (Jane’s Information Group) 1997, 1998, 2001; the Market for Civil Aircraft Maintenance and Services (Jane’s Information Group) 1997; The Market for Civil Aircraft (Jane’s Information Group) 1998; The very light jet market (PMI Media Ltd) 2006, 2007, 2008; and The growth of aircraft manufacturing in low-wage economies 2005-2009 (PMI Media Ltd) 2010.

In 2007 he left CANSO to concentrate on developing aerospace consultancy and market report company PMI Media Ltd. Over the next two years he developed the Aviation Supply Chain Intelligence database, to map global trends in aerospace manufacturing.

Marc Beltran

CEO & co-Founder , EU Drone Port™

Marc Beltran is a the CEO & co-Founder of the EU Drone Port™. He holds a BSc & MSc in Aerospace Engineering. He has co-founded several drone businesses, worked at the Canadian Center for Aerospace Research in Vancouver, and at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in a project in cooperation with NASA.

Toby Townrow

Co-Founder and Business Development Director, Drone Evolution

Toby Townrow is the co-founder and Business Development Director for Drone Evolution, a UK national drone services provider and developer of new drone tech formed in November 2018. The company recently completed its 1500th flight with a 100% safety record, having flown missions in all four corners of the UK. The Drone Evolution products team have also developed SkyWire, the world’s first tethered drone system that can be powered directly from a vehicle, capable of flying at heights of up to 120m for hours at a time. It is with this tech that Drone Evolution will be entering the 5G market, to provide automated infrastructure inspections powered by IoT.

Hendrik Bödecker

Founder and CFO, DRONEII

Hendrik is an expert in aviation law and UAV with over 10 years of experience in the field. At Lufthansa Technik he was the single point of contact to Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) of Germany, Middle East and Asia. He used this experience to form the backbone of regulatory expertise at Drone Industry Insights. Not only has he built up a portfolio in assisting clients in regulatory matters, but he also authors DRONEII’s yearly drone investment report.

Greg Hull

CEO, Stonecraft Consulting

Greg Hull is a mobile industry veteran and trusted executive suite advisor on enterprise-grade products, solutions, strategy, revenue, marketing, and operational effectiveness. As an early pioneer in wireless data communications, machine to machine (M2M), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) he has been engaged in the strategic efforts to enhance the reliability and safety of complex enterprise systems, and to promote the life-cycle management of key enterprise assets and products. His industry tenure has included roles at Time Warner, McCaw Cellular, BellSouth, VeriSign, and other notable corporations in the advancement of mobile communications.

Philippe Vallée

Executive Vice-President, Digital Identity and Security, Thales

Philippe Vallée is a graduate in engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and from the ESSEC business school. He began his career with Matra. Philippe Vallée joined Gemplus in 1992. He held a number of positions in marketing, product management and sales in Europe and in Asia, including Vice-President of Gemplus Technologies Asia based in Singapore. He was afterwards promoted Vice-President of Marketing, and then President of the Gemplus Telecom business unit. He was promoted Chief Technology Officer of Gemalto in 2006, Then, in 2007, he was appointed as Executive Vice-President in charge of the Telecommunications Business Unit until 2013. He was the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2014 to 2016, with operational responsibility for all the Company’s businesses. Philippe Vallée was the CEO of Gemalto from 2016 to March 2019, Since March 2019, he is Executive Vice-President, Digital Identity and Security, Thales.

Nicholas Zylberglajt

CEO, Unmanned Life

Nicholas is the CEO of Unmanned Life where he leads the vision, overall strategy and investment efforts.

He is a leader with more than 13 years of experience in the technology and entrepreneurship space, having approached the adoption of new technologies from different perspectives such as deep tech, start-up creation, open innovation, regulation, mentoring and supporting more than 1500 start-ups in their growth journey.

He has a track-record in B2B/B2G, in particular in Logistics, Telecoms and Industry 4.0 engaging globally with customers and partners. I have worked and done business with corporations such as Telefonica, Swiss Post, UPS, SEAT, Etisalat and more.

Nicholas has shared his vision about the future of societies, logistics and autonomous robotics in different conferences such as MIT Technology Review, Mobile World Congress, GSMA, Lisbon Investment Summit, 4YFN, Global Innovation Summit, Dubai 10X, Plug and Play, Dubai Future Foundation, Wayra, European Parliament and more.

He is a big believer in Transatlantic relations. He is an Alumni of the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) run by the US State Department. He has actively engaged in promoting diversity in the European Tech ecosystem and proudly counts more than 1000 women founders who have been supported through the programmes he led.

Richard Cockle

Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data , GSMA

Richard leads an international team developing new capabilities and revenue opportunities for the mobile sector. Most recently he lead the GSMA programme expanding the business reach of Mobile Identity services with 70 mobile operators in over 30 countries; the services are now being used by over a billion people worldwide.

With over 15 years of experience, leading vital projects in the mobile ecosystem, Richard has an exceptional understanding of the critical challenges faced by the industry. In the past, Richard led the GSMA IoT programme where he secured industry agreements to essential standards for M2M chipset design and remote SIM provisioning. These two are now widely deployed. Richard also has a wealth of experience working with governments and regulators.

In addition, Richard Cockle currently holds an advisory role with HR Tech consultancy SilverCloudHR, where he works with blue-chip companies to develop and implement their HR Tech strategies. Prior to the GSMA, Richard held several technology delivery roles in Vodafone and BT.

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