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SMi Group are delighted to announce that Future Armoured Vehicles Central & Eastern Europe will return to it's home in Budapest for its 8th year between the 16th and 17th May 2022.

The Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe conference is the premier meeting for armoured vehicle programme managers and military commanders from within the Central and Eastern European region. In response to the ever-increasing digitalisation of the modern battlefield, and the emergence of new near-peer adversaries, there is a continuing requirement for the modernisation of armoured vehicle systems across the region.


 

FAVCEE is continuing to provide a world class event focused on military vehicles based in Europe, assisting with the continued learning and development of armoured vehicle programme managers and practitioners through briefings, panel sessions and focused discussion groups. Unlike other events, we strive to deliver real insight and learning experiences through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered, in detail.
 

This conference will provide an enormous range of insight from many different nations and bring together many senior leaders from within the Hungarian Armed Forces. Briefings during the two-day conference will examine what these nations are doing to enhance and overhaul their fleets of armoured vehicles, and embrace new technologies.

FAVCEE 2022 Highlights:

  • The 2020 and 2021 Virtual Conferences allowed for live and on-demand content, instant networking and assess to market-leading Industry Sponsor information. However, returning live in 2022 will provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking with peers and colleagues from across the region.
  • Keynote briefings from senior officers from friendly nations from across the Europe and beyond, proving insights into the latest technological and doctrinal developments with a focus on interoperability with NATO partners.
  • A unique focus on the key themes of interoperability, survivability, lethality, mobility, modularity, and situational awareness.
     

71st Mechanized Battalion; Austrian MoD; BAE Systems Hagglunds; Cielo Inertial Solutions Ltd; CMI Defence; Collins Aerospace; Croatian Defence Academy; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; Defense Express Media & Consulting Company LLC; Dept of Defense / Army; Diehl Defence; EnerSys Ltd; European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel; Faculty of Military Leadership, University of Defence; FMV; General Dynamics; General Dynamics European Land Systems; German Army; GMRE Inc; Hemi S.R.O; Horstman Defence Systems Limited; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH; Interlink CS; IRTS; Janes Missiles & Rockets; Kidde-Deugra Brandschutzsysteme GmbH; Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS; Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG; Lockheed Martin U K; Microflown AVISA; MILMAG The Military Magazine; MSI-Defence Systems Ltd; Nammo Raufoss; NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA); Nexter Systems; Northrop Grumman Corporation; OCCAR-EA; Parker Hannifin Ltd.; Parker Hannifin Plc; Patria; Pearson Engineering; Plasan Sasa Ltd.; PRAMACOM-HT; PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH; Rafael; Ray Service S R O; Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH; Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles; Slovenian Armed Forces; Soucy Defense Division; Spanish MoD; ST Engineering; Stryker Brigade Combat Team; SVOS Spol s.r.o; The Army of the Czech Republic; U.S. Army ; Ultra; US Army Europe

2D Cavalry Regiment; ARTEC GmbH; Austrian MoD; BAAINBw/MILVA; CMI Defence SA; Danish Armed Forces; Dstl; DTaQ (Defense Agency for Technology and Quality); Estonian Defence Forces; European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel; Export Support Team; German Army Headquarters; Hensoldt Optronics GmbH; HQ ARRC Sp Division; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC) ; Hungarian Defence Forces Modernization Institute; Hungarian Government; Hungarian Military Logistic Association ; Isdefe; John Cockerill Defense; Lithuanian Armed Forces; Moog Defence; NATO Support and Procurement Agency; NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA); OCCAR-EA; Pearson Engineering Limited; roda Computer GmbH; Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG; SAAB Tactical Electronics AB; Slovenian Army General Staff ; Thinke Company Ltd; U.S. Army; UK Defence & Security Exports;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Prioritising Modernisation for Armoured Vehicles within the Hungarian Land Forces

Major General László Sticz

Major General László Sticz, Head of Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
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  • Update on the current capabilities of Hungarian Armoured Divisions using modernised Leopard II MBT platforms
  • Integrating new armoured combat vehicles to boost infantry effectiveness
  • The ongoing challenges of modernising legacy armoured vehicles in the Hungarian Armed Forces
     
  • 9:30 Maintaining Mission Readiness with Highly Mobile Stryker IFVs

    Colonel Joseph M. Ewers

    Colonel Joseph M. Ewers, Regimental Commander, 2D Cavalry Regiment, US Army Europe

  • Current capabilities and structure of the 2d Cavalry Regiment
  • Mission and priorities to enhance NATO’s Collective Security through the Enhanced Forward Presence Operation
  • Training with European allied nations and maintaining freedom of movement in Europe to provide quick reaction capabilities
     
  • 10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Czech Armoured Vehicles Concepts to Dominate the Battlespace

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula, Land Forces Development Director, Czech Republic MoD
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  • An update on MBT
  • Czech Armoured Vehicles Concept
  • Future procurement and modernisation strategies for INF-H-BDE
     
  • 11:30 Remodelling Estonian Armoured Vehicle Capabilities Through the Enhancement of Current IFV’s and the Development of a Future Platform

    Mr Ivar Janson

    Mr Ivar Janson, Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
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  • An overview of the prioritise for the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment in developing vehicle capabilities
  • The CV90 upgrade programme in collaboration with Estonian industry
  • Working with partner nations to develop a future wheeled vehicle platform
     
  • 12:00 Session Reserved For Rafael

    Session Reserved For Representative

    Session Reserved For Representative, , Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Continuing to Develop Slovenian Land Forces Capabilities & The Challenges of Acquisition

    Mr Miha Matek

    Mr Miha Matek, Head of Project Management Section, Armament Division, Slovenian Ministry of Defence
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  • Current Slovenian Land Forces prioritised areas of development for fighting vehicles
  • Progress with acquisition of new platforms and capabilities, including C2 and network enabled technology
  • Update on the procurement of modern AFV platforms: BOXER
     
  • 14:00 Diversifying the Hungarian Defence Forces Armoured Capabilities and the Role of Hungarian Industry

    Mr Attila Zsitnyányi

    Mr Attila Zsitnyányi, President, Defence Industry Association of Hungary

  • Promoting the Hungarian Defence Industry amongst regional neighbours and international partners
  • Providing opportunities for interoperability amongst Hungarian and NATO armoured vehicles and wider defence equipment
  • How the Hungarian industry and the Defence Industry Association is supporting the HDF in the modernisation of AFV capabilities
     
  • 14:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 An Overview of the Role of the NSPA: Collaborative Multi-national Acquisition

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Robert Elvish, Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
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  • The work of the NSPA in promoting collaborative and multinational acquisition of vehicle platforms
  • Supporting life cycle management and in-service support of new and legacy armoured vehicle platforms
  • Future capability development for NATO forces to maintain their competitive edge: Demilitarization
     
  • 16:00 Updates on the BOXER Programme and the Work of OCCAR in Developing and Managing the Next Generation of Multi-Role Armoured Platforms

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , OCCAR

  • Current state of the BOXER programme
  • OCCAR’s role in supporting acquisition, service support and quality assurance through platforms lifecycle
     
  • 16:30 Chairmans Closing Remarks

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 An Operational Perspective of The Modernisation of Hungarian Armed Forces Armoured Vehicle Capability

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz, Commander of 25th Infantry Brigade, Hungarian Defence Forces
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  • An operational perspective of the Zrinyi 2026 Development Programme
  • An overview on the incoming modernised vehicles and weapon systems enhancing the Brigades capabilities (Leo2A4, Leo2A7, Pzh2000)
  • Working with international partners to deliver modern combat capabilities
     
  • 9:30 Modernisation, Current and Future Procurement Projects of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia

    Brigadier General Besnik Emini

    Brigadier General Besnik Emini, Operations Command Commander, The Army of The Republic of North Macedonia
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  • An overview of North Macedonia’s armoured modernisation using efficient procurement strategies
  • Optimising the European Recapitalization Incentive Program (ERIP) to ensure NATO-interoperability
  • Supporting NATO operations using mobile and flexible armoured personnel carriers and other platforms
     
  • 10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The UK’s Armoured Vehicle Development and Support UK Defence can Provide in Developing Armoured Capabilities

  • Building relationships with NATO allied nations in developing the next generation of armoured vehicle capability
  • Overview of the British Army’s armoured vehicle programmes and modernisation, updates and lessons learnt
  • The ongoing requirement for digitalisation and modernisation of armoured vehicle platforms and how the UK can support
     
  • Colonel Thomas Briggs

    Colonel Thomas Briggs, Senior Army Advisor, UK Defence & Security Exports

    Colonel Toby Lambert

    Colonel Toby Lambert, Industry and ExportsProgrammes, British Army HQ

    11:30 Spanish Armoured Vehicle Development

    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez Casado*

    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez Casado* , Head of Pizarro Program, Spanish Ministry of Defense
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  • Updates from the Pizzaro programme
  • *Subject to final confirmation

    12:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 The Slovak Republic’s Approach to Armoured and Mechanised Infantry Capability Development

    Mr Jozef Zekucia

    Mr Jozef Zekucia, National Armaments Director, Modernisation Department, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
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  • Current projects and strategies for modernising the Slovak armoured brigades
  • Procurement plans to develop 4x4 and 8x8 IFVs/APCs
  • Cost-effective methods for armour development with Slovak defence industry
  • How armoured vehicles fit in to the wider digitalisation occurring across the armed forces
     
  • 14:00 Research and Cooperation with Partners to Further Technological Innovation for Land Platforms

    Lieutenant Colonel Iliyan Hutov

    Lieutenant Colonel Iliyan Hutov , Associate Professor, Bulgarian Defence Institute

    • Current Research activities of the Institute of Defence relating to combat vehicles
    • Research and development into new technology in collaboration with partner nations and organisations
     

    14:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The Modernisation of French and Belgian Armoured Vehicle Capabilities, and Forming a Strategic Partnership based on Interoperability and Cooperation

  • An update on the French transformative SCORPION programme
  • Overview of the CaMo project
  • Strategic partnership between the Belgian and French armies and its implications on interoperability for armoured formations
     
  • Colonel Damien Sandeau

    Colonel Damien Sandeau, SCORPION Programme Officer, French Ministry of the Armed Forces

    Colonel Marc Bastin

    Colonel Marc Bastin, CaMo Project Officer, Belgian Army, French Ministry of the Armed Forces

    16:00 The Challenges to European Armoured Interoperability: Standardisation and Investment

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken, Director, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
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  • Promoting diverse approaches to land force interoperability in Europe
  • How the EAIC in promoting European interoperability of land forces and maintaining Euro-Atlantic security
  • The invetsment backlog and how partner nations can more effectively modenrise their armoured capabilites
     
  • 16:30 Chairmans Closing Remarks

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Besnik Emini

    Brigadier General Besnik Emini

    Operations Command Commander, The Army of The Republic of North Macedonia
    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Commander of 25th Infantry Brigade, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Colonel Damien Sandeau

    Colonel Damien Sandeau

    SCORPION Programme Officer, French Ministry of the Armed Forces
    Colonel Joseph M. Ewers

    Colonel Joseph M. Ewers

    Regimental Commander, 2D Cavalry Regiment, US Army Europe
    Colonel Marc Bastin

    Colonel Marc Bastin

    CaMo Project Officer, Belgian Army, French Ministry of the Armed Forces
    Colonel Thomas Briggs

    Colonel Thomas Briggs

    Senior Army Advisor, UK Defence & Security Exports
    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Land Forces Development Director, Czech Republic MoD
    Lieutenant Colonel Iliyan Hutov

    Lieutenant Colonel Iliyan Hutov

    Associate Professor, Bulgarian Defence Institute
    Major General László Sticz

    Major General László Sticz

    Head of Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Mr Attila Zsitnyányi

    Mr Attila Zsitnyányi

    President, Defence Industry Association of Hungary
    Mr Ivar Janson

    Mr Ivar Janson

    Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
    Mr Jozef Zekucia

    Mr Jozef Zekucia

    National Armaments Director, Modernisation Department, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Director, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
    Mr Miha Matek

    Mr Miha Matek

    Head of Project Management Section, Armament Division, Slovenian Ministry of Defence
    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

    Brigadier General Besnik Emini

    Operations Command Commander, The Army of The Republic of North Macedonia
    Brigadier General Besnik Emini

    Military Education:
    • Military Academy, Skopje, 1996-2000;
    • Course for Peace Monitors UNMOC, Amersfoort, Netherlands, 2005;
    • Master Studies – Specialization in Command and Staff Duties, Skopje, 2005-2006;
    • Course for Staff Officers to Work in NATO, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2006;
    • Course for Instructor – Media and Communications, Skopje, 2008;
    • Pre-deployment Training for Peacekeeping Missions – ISAF Zagreb, Croatia, 2010;
    • Fighting Assessment of a Battleground, Vyškov, Czech Republic, 2011;
    • Media and Terrorism, Ankara, Turkey, 2012;
    • Crisis Management, J. Cruzel, Skopje, 2015.

    Military Career:
    • Platoon Commander, 2000-2002;
    • Company Commander, 2002-2004;
    • Team Commander, 2004-2006;
    • Company Commander, 2006-2008;
    • Chief of Section, 2008-2012;
    • RB Deputy Commander, 2012-2013;
    • RB Commander, 2013;
    • SOR Chief of Staff, 2015;
    • SOR Deputy Commander, 2016;
    • Deputy Commander of the 1 st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, 2018;
    • Chief of Staff of JOC, April 2019;
    • Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade, July 2019;
    • Operations Command Commander, June 2021.

    Promotions:
    • Second Lieutenant 2000-2001;
    • Lieutenant 2001-2005;
    • Captain 2005-2009;
    • Major 2009-2013;
    • Lieutenant Colonel 2013-2017;
    • Colonel 2017-2020;
    • Brigadier General 2020.

    Career Achievements:
    • Commendation from the MoD of RM, 2002;
    • Commendation from the SOR Commander, 2008;
    • Monetary award from the ARM Chief of General Staff, 2009;
    • Commendation from the SOR Commander, 2011;
    • Commendation from the MoD of RM, 2012;
    • Medal ARCOM, Iraqi Freedom, 2007/2008.

    Language Skills:
    • English – excellent command;
    • French – basic command.

    Missions and Exercises:
    • 2007/2008 – “OIF 10th”, Iraq;
    • 2005 “NATO CAX 05”, Skopje;
    • 2007 “Balkan Flash”, Krivolak;
    • 2009/2010 “NATO CREVAL 1-2 LRSC”, Krivolak;
    • 2012 “LOGEX13”, Skopje;
    • 2012 “WISE WOLF B-9”, Krivolak.

     

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Commander of 25th Infantry Brigade, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    ASSIGNMENTS:
    1992 - 1993 Platoon Leader (tank platoon), 25th Armor Brigade, Tata
    1993 - 1994 1st Tank Platoon Leader (deputy company commander)
    1994 - 1997 Tank Company Commander
    1997 - 1998 G3 training officer, 25th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Staff, Tata
    1999 – 2001 Assistant G3, Chief Plans, 25th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Staff
    2003 – 2004 Desk officer for Hungarian units deployed to the Balkans (KFOR, SFOR),
    HQ Hungarian Land Forces Command
    2004 – 2007 Deputy Battalion Commander (2IC), 11th Separate Armor Battalion
    2007 - 2009 Training Officer, Afghan National Army Training and Equipment Support, Training Branch, Joint Education and Training, Implementation, Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk, USA)
    2009 - 2011 Training Officer, Counter Improvised Explosive Device integrated Planning Team, Joint Education and Training, Implementation, Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk, USA)
    2011 - 2012 Deputy Commandant (training) NCO Academy, Hungary
    2013 - 2016 Chief Operations Branch, SJ3, Hungarian General Staff
    2016 - 2018 Deputy Director, Operations Directorate (SJ3) Hungarian General Staff
    2018 May - Dec Acting Director, Operations Directorate (SJ3) Hungarian General Staff
    2019 Jan - Commander, 25th Mechanized Infantry Brigade
    MISSION TOURS: Commander, Hungarian Crowd and Riot Control (CRC) Contingent, EUFOR IPU, Sarajevo, BIH (2005)
    Chief Training, DATES ISAF Afghanistan (AUG 2008–MAR 2009)
    Chief CJ 3/5/7, TAAC-N RS, Afghanistan (FEB 2015- SEP 2015)
    PROMOTIONS:
    1992 Lieutenant
    1994 1st Lieutenant (below the zone)
    1997 Captain (below the zone)
    2003 Major
    2008 Lieutenant Colonel
    2012 Colonel
    2019 Brigadier General
    SCHOOLS, COURSES:
    1989 - 1992 Kossuth Lajos Military Academy (Armor Department)
    1996 - 1997 English language course
    1998 Armor Officer Advance Course (Fort Knox, USA)
    2001 – 2002 US Army Command and General Staff College (Ft. Leavenworth, USA)
    2002 – 2003 School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) - Earned degree: Master of Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) – planner, theater operations
    (Ft. Leavenworth, USA)
    2006 ECDL (European Computer Driving License) course
    2007 NATO Orientation Course (Oberammergau, Germany)
    2008 NATO C-IED Train the Trainer Course (JMRC, Germany)
    2009 C-IED Staff Officer Awareness Course, JWC Stavanger, Norway
    2011 C-IED Attack the Network course, JFTC Bydgoszcz, Poland
    2012-2013 Hungarian National War College
    2018 US OSCE Cyber Strategy Implementetion Course
    PERSONAL DATA:
    Language Proficiency: Advanced Level American English, STANAG 3.3.3.3.
    Computer skills: ECDL Full
    Awards: Officers` Service Cross of 10 Years (1999)
    Officers’ Meritorious Service Medal Bronze Class (2000)
    Officers’ Meritorious Service Medal Silver Class (2005)
    Service Medal for Peacekeeping (BIH) (2005)
    EUFOR ALTHEA Medal (2005)
    Service Medal for Protection Against Flood (2006)
    Italian Secretary of Defense Peacekeeper`s Medal (2009)
    Service Medal for ISAF Mission (2009)
    NATO ISAF medal (2009)
    Officers` Meritorious Service Medal Silver Class (2009)
    Officers` Service Cross of 20 Years (2009)
    NATO Service Medal after 4 years at NATO ACT (2011)
    Officers` Meritorious Service Medal Golden Class (2012)
    Soldier of the Year (General Staff nominee) (2014)
    NATO Resolute Support Mission Medal (2015)
    Service Medal for Fighting against Illegal Mass Migration (2016)
    HUNGARIAN GOLDEN CROSS OF MERIT
    Presidential Award (2016)
    HUN MoI Ministerial Award for Exceptional Service – Golden Class (2017)
    Officers‘ Meritorious Service Medal Laureate Golden Class (2018)
    Officers` Service Cross of 30 Years (2019)
    Order of St. John Kapistran Bronze Class (2021)
    Exceptional Military Service Golden Class (CHoD award) (2021)
    Family info: Married to Krisztina with two sons, Botond 23 yo., Zsombor 17 yo.
    Hobby: Motorcycle Enthusiast (touring chopper), Pumping iron and kettlebells, Travelling, bicycle tours, hiking.
     

    Colonel Damien Sandeau

    SCORPION Programme Officer, French Ministry of the Armed Forces
    Colonel Damien Sandeau

    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez Casado*

    Head of Pizarro Program, Spanish Ministry of Defense
    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez Casado*

    Colonel González entered the Officer´s Military Academy of Zaragoza in July 1981. At the beginning of his military career served in mountain units during 11 years but after doing the Satff Course in 1997, he has combined Staff posts with armored and mechanized Units. Before current assignment, he was the Asturias regiment commander between 2013 and 2015. He was commissioned as an infantry officer and served in three operational theatres (Bosnia, Kosovo and Lebanon). As the PIZARRO program manager, he was responsible for the delivery of the IFV PIZARRO Phase 2 between 2015 and 2017. Lately he has been involved in the development and procurement of a new engineer vehicle on PIZARRO chassis (AEV)

    Colonel Joseph M. Ewers

    Regimental Commander, 2D Cavalry Regiment, US Army Europe
    Colonel Joseph M. Ewers

    Colonel Marc Bastin

    CaMo Project Officer, Belgian Army, French Ministry of the Armed Forces
    Colonel Marc Bastin

    Colonel Thomas Briggs

    Senior Army Advisor, UK Defence & Security Exports
    Colonel Thomas Briggs

    Colonel Toby Lambert

    Industry and ExportsProgrammes, British Army HQ
    Colonel Toby Lambert

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Land Forces Development Director, Czech Republic MoD
    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    COL Zdenek Mikula, Director of Land Forces Development Department of Force Development Division, MoD

    COL Mikula was born in Trebíc (Czech Republic) the 27th of October 1972. He started studying at the Military High School in Martin (Slovak Republic) in 1987 and graduated in 1991. He continued with his education at the Military University of the Ground Forces in Vyškov (Czech Republic) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1995 and master’s degree in 2000. He attended Defense Management as a postgraduate at the Military University in Brno from 2002 to 2003. COL Mikula graduated US Army War College in 2018 with degree Master of Strategic Studies.

    COL Mikula started his military service in the 1st Artillery Brigade in 1995 where he held the positons of Platoon Leader, Battery Commander, Chief of Division Fire Support Cell, Chief of G2, Battalion Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander. From 2010 to 2014, COL Mikula was assigned to the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade where he performed as Chief of G3/G5 and as the 41st Mechanized Battalion Commander. Since 2014, he has held the position as Chief of the Mechanized & Infantry Department of Capabilities Development and Planning Division (General Staff) and from 2018 was assigned as 7th Mechanized Brigade Deputy Commander.
    COL Mikula has been deployed in foreign operations in 2004 and 2006 KFOR - Kosovo, 2007-2008 NATO Training Mission – Iraq and 2011-2012 ISAF – Afghanistan (OMLT Wardak).

     

    Lieutenant Colonel Iliyan Hutov

    Associate Professor, Bulgarian Defence Institute
    Lieutenant Colonel Iliyan Hutov

    Major General László Sticz

    Head of Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Major General László Sticz

    Profile:
    Currently a very active Hungarian general with a wide range of experience in force planning and defence planning activities obtained through the work at national and international organisations like at the Hungarian General Staff, Hungarian Ministry of Defence and at different NATO Strategic Commands (SHAPE and ACT). Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team, having first-class analytical, design and problem solving skills and dedicated to maintaining high quality standards. His leadership skills allow him to command and control specific military organizations at the headquarters level, responsible for strategic and operational matters.
     

    Education:

    2015 – 2016 NATO Defense College,
    Senior course, Italy, Rome NATO
    2012-2013 Szent István University, Health, Economics and Strategic Specialist expertise,
    2010 Postgraduate course in Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Evaluation system (Romania). Ministry of Education Research and Innovation – National Defence University “CAROL I”, Regional Department for Defence Resources Management Studies.
    2007-2010 PhD studies, Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University,
    Doctorate School for Science of War.
    1997-1999 Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University
    Faculty of Operational studies/master degree equivalent
    1985-1988 Kossuth Lajos Military College
    Speciality: Infantry military officer
    1981-1985 Military Secondary School in Eger
     

    Work Experience:

    2019- Head of Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces, Command Force Planning Directorate
    2016-2018 Deputy Chief of the Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Staff (Acting Chief until December 2018)
    2013-2016 Chief of Staff, HDF Medical Centre
    2011-2013 Head of Command Office, HDF Military Hospital,
    2010-2011 Deputy Commander, HDF Medical Centre,
    2007-2010 Branch Chief, Ministry of Defence, Development
    and Logistics Agency,
    2006-2007 Defence Planner, Ministry of Defence, Defence
    Planning Department,
    2003-2006 NATO Force Planner, Allied Command Transformation
    Staff Element Europe, Mons, Belgium
    2001-2003 Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Defence, J-5
    2000-2001 Land Desk Officer, Kosovo, Pristina, KFOR MAIN HQ (J-3)
    1999-2000 Senior Desk Officer, Defence Planning Directorate (J-5)
    1994-1996 Infantry Battalion Commander
    1993-1994 Infantry Battalion COS
    1992-1993 Infantry Company Commander, Rétság
    1990-1992 Infantry Company Commander, Gyöngyös
    1989-1990 Infantry Company Commander, Zalaegerszeg
    1988-1989 Infantry Platoon Leader, Zalaegerszeg

    Mr Attila Zsitnyányi

    President, Defence Industry Association of Hungary
    Mr Attila Zsitnyányi

    Mr Ivar Janson

    Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
    Mr Ivar Janson

    Mr Ivar Janson is a Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles at Estonian Centre of Defence Investment (ECDI). He is responsible for strategic investment activities in the category of armoured vehicles. His tasks include planning the investment budget, management the procurement projects, negotiating and management of the contracts, conducting market research and management of the supply base, technical specifications development and total cost of ownership. The area of responsibility includes all the armoured fleets of Estonian Defence Forces and the life cycle support of those vehicles: K9 SPH, CV9035 IFV, PASI APC, Leopard 1 support tanks. Currently the following major projects are under his management: CV90 support vehicle rebuild programme, K9 modification programme, 4x4 and 6x6 APC acquisition programme. Ivar Janson has graduated Estonian Military Academy as an artillery officer and has served in different positions in Estonian Defence Forces, Estonian Defence League and in the Ministry of Defence. His assignments include duty as Fire Support Team (FST) Cmd in operation ISAF in 2011.

    Mr Jozef Zekucia

    National Armaments Director, Modernisation Department, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    Mr Jozef Zekucia

    EDUCATION
    Military Academy, Vyškov na Morave, Czech Republic
    1989 - 1993, Military Economics - Fuel Provision
    Geological and Mining Secondary Special School, Spišská Nová Ves
    1985 - 1989, Surface mining
    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
    Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic/Modernisation Department
    2020 - present, Director General – National Armaments Director
    Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    2020, Advisor to the Minister of Defence on the military affairs and modernization
    Strategic Policy Institute Director
    2019 - 2020, Director
    NATO/NATO Force Integration Unit Slovakia, Bratislava
    2015 - 2018, Commander
    Slovak Armed Forces/General Staff
    2014 - 2015, Deputy Chief Logistic
    UN/UNFICYP HQ Nicosia, Cyprus
    2013 - 2014, UNFICYP HQ Liaison Officer for Turkish Forces
    Slovak Armed Forces/Logistic Battalion
    2010 - 2013, Commander
    Slovak Armed Forces/16th Slovak Contingent KFOR, Sajkovac, Kosovo
    2010 - 2010, Commander
    Slovak Armed Forces/General Staff
    2008 - 2010, Senior Staff Officer Logistic
    NATO/ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan
    2007 - 2008, Staff Officer Fuel Operations
    NATO/Allied Land Component Command HQ, Heidelberg Germany
    2005 - 2008, Staff Officer Multifunctional Logistic
    Deputy for Chief Logistic Operations
    Slovak Armed Forces/General Staff
    2003 - 2005, Staff Officer Logistic
    Slovak Armed Forces/Battalion level, Brigade, Army Corps
    1993 - 2002, Fuelling Section Head

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Director, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
    Mr Mario Blokken

    After his career in Belgian defence and NATO, Mr BLOKKEN became Director of the Finabel Permanent Secretariat in 2016. In this position, he works very closely with the Chiefs of Staff of Finabel's 24 EU Member States in harmonising doctrines and improving interoperability. Based on official cooperation agreements, he also contributes to the bilateral knowledge-sharing platforms with the European Military Staff and the European Defence Agency.
    As a senior specialist in Cyber and Artificial Intelligence, he provides guidance and recommendations to several NATO and EU bodies.
    He is a permanent member of the NATO Land Operations working Group. As an SME, he also has a chair in the NATO Land Interoperability Steering Group and the NATO Doctrine and Procedure working Group.
     

    Mr Miha Matek

    Head of Project Management Section, Armament Division, Slovenian Ministry of Defence
    Mr Miha Matek

    Miha Matek is employed in the Ministry of Defence. He is Head of Armament Project Management Division which is responsible for organization, investment documentation, technical specifications, risk and financial analysis, market researches for acquisition projects. Division is also responsible for the Slovenian defense industry.
    Actively participates in the planning and programming of defense capabilities. He also prepares normative regulation for project management and the contents of investment documentation.
    As Head of Department for Basic Acquisition Programs he was responsible for Defense Procurement and Contracting in Ministry of Defence.
    He was Project Manager for Fighting Vehicles, Special military and logistics vehicles.
    Early in his career he was Advisor for military equipment and logistic. In that time he has gained a lot of experience in technical specifications, criteria and evaluation models, negotiations and also as a contract trustee.
    As a Panel Business Member in Applied Vehicle Technology in NATO Research and Technology Organization he has gained experience and insight in research and development.
    Miha is leading Governmental working group for basic Acquisition programs.
    He attended the SERA - session européenne des responsables d’armement and other international acquisition management courses.
     

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Robert Elvish joined NSPA in 2018, after 35 years in the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
    He served with Canada’s Special Service Forces and later 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. Staff appointments include HQ 1st Canadian Division, SHAPE and more recently with Current Operations on the IMS at NATO Headquarters. Senior appointments include COS of Canada’s Land Equipment Program and Director of Armament Sustainment overseeing equipment fleets such as the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank, M777-Lightweight Towed Howitzer, Force Mobility Enhancement and the Tracked Light Armoured Vehicle.
    As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Mr Elvish participated in several overseas missions including Cyprus, Somalia, Croatia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. In addition to a BESc (Mech), he has a MA in Defense Management and Policy as well as having studied at the Geneva Center for Security Policy. He is a certified Professional Engineer and a Project Management Professional.
    Mr Elvish resides in Luxembourg with his wife. Two adult children and a dog remain in Canada.
     

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    Rafael develops and manufactures advanced defense systems for the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world. The company offers its customers a diversified array of innovative solutions at the leading edge of global technology, from underwater systems through naval, ground, and air superiority systems to space systems.

    Rafael is one of Israel's largest defense companies, with 2016 net profit of $123 million and record-high orders totaling $2.8 billion. Rafael is the largest employer in Northern Israel with approximately 7,500 employees and numerous subcontractor and service suppliers, indirectly providing employment for some 20,000 households.


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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