7th International Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management
“Discover, learn and share about complex systems engineering.”

Keynote Speakers

Find in this part the keynote speakers of CSD&M Paris 2016. We keep you informed, here, about the new invited VIP as soon as we got confirmation.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

You will find here after the first biographies of our invited speakers.



Andrew Anderson, Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate Technology Office at Airbus Group, has 37 years of experience in Defence Systems.

In 1976 he started his career as an electronics engineer in South Africa for ADS (now Thales) working in different engineering and management positions before being recruited by DASA in 1997. His role in Germany was focused on the development combat systems for the German F124 and K130 programs. From here on Andy led the development starting in 2000 of the ‘Advanced Naval Combat System’ an EADS product sold to Finland and which is currently being further developed for the German F125 program, now entering service.

In 2007 he was transferred to ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, a Joint Venture of EADS, as a Divisional Director and was appointed as CTO of ATLAS Group in 2008. As CTO of ATLAS Andrew was responsible for the technical portfolio and strategy of the ATLAS Group which is primarily spread across Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa with some local representations in Korea, USA, Finland, Denmark, Malaysia and Canada.

In 2011 he was transferred to CASSIDIAN as Head of Engineering. After the formation of Airbus Defence and Space GmbH in 2014 he took over the position as CTO.

In September 2015 he joined the Corporate Technical Office at Airbus Group. As COO he manages the operational aspects of the Group’s research and technology program which includes the Group’s strategic roadmaps of which the hybrid/electric program, cognitive intelligence, sensor systems are major pillars.

During various programs Andrew has worked in Israel, Chile, Spain, Finland and Malaysia.


Thierry Brizard

Thierry Brizard is currently Executive Vice President, Technology, Chief Technology Officer of Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG), a position he has held since October 2010, when he joined the company. Based in Massy, he coordinates the Research and Development and the Technology across the group.

Thierry started his career in the Underwater Activities Division of Thales in 1980 as a sonar engineer. He then held a variety of technical and management positions at Thales before being appointed in 1997 Technical Director of MIDSCO, an internal joint venture in the US in charge of military communications.

In 2000, he took a break in his Thales career and created his own company XIOS in Switzerland, to exploit one of his patents and develop a low-cost navigation system for divers. He returned to Thales in 2002 where he held the position of VP R&D, first in the Air Defense Division, then in the Naval Division in 2007 and finally in the Land Division in 2009.

Thierry Brizard graduated as an engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris (ENST) in France.


Pascal Brosset

Pascal Brosset is SVP Strategy & Technology at Schneider Electric Global Solutions.

The Global Solutions Business Unit combines the Software and Services businesses of Schneider Electric and is in charge of the Industry go-to-market. In collaboration with the other BUs, it leads Schneider’s evolution towards solutions and drives group-wide strategic initiatives in the area of IIoT.

Pascal previously was the Group CTO, in charge of the technology strategy across all BUs, with a specific focus on innovation. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of SAP, coming from a High Tech and Consulting background.

Presentation available HERE


Alan D. Harding

Alan Harding is the head of the information systems engineering discipline for the BAE Systems Military Air and Information business. He was also appointed a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow in November 2010, recognising his professional expertise and activities promoting systems within the company and in the wider UK and international community.

Alan is the 2016-2017 President of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the global professional society for systems engineering. He is a practicing systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in defence and security applications. Specialist interest areas include capability, systems-of-systems, architecture, and competency development.

Presentation available HERE


Paulien Herder

Paulien Herder is department head of the Engineering Systems & Services department of the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of the Delft University of Technology. In the context of her chair, engineering systems design in energy & industry, she studies the design and management of energy systems and more specifically she is interested in energy systems integration and the transition to a sustainable energy provision. In this research, engineering sciences as well as social and behavioural sciences play an important role.

Selected current positions: • Member of Dutch National TopTeam Energy • Chair of Delft Energy Initiative • Member of Executive Committee of Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN) • Member of Steering group Advanced Dutch Energy Materials (ADEM) • Member of Steering group “Computational Sciences for Energy Research” (NWO-FOM) • Member of Council of Experts for Metrology, chemistry/energy

Paulien is active in the field of energy and industrial systems since 1994. She has an MSc degree in chemical engineering and a PhD degree in the engineering (systems) sciences. She is a (co-)author of more than 150 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infrastructure Complexity (Springer) and she is reviewer for many other scientific journals, conferences and research programmes and grants.

Presentation available HERE


Thierry Jean-Marius

Thierry Jean-Marius is managing the System Design department in Airbus Safran Launchers which belongs to the Operations (Technical Directorate) and has two main missions : to develop Methods, Processes and Tools as well as People skills on System Engineering for the company and to support all programmes in their System Engineering tasks. His team is today deeply involved in the A6 and M51.3 developments, as well as Airbus Safran advanced projects.

Thierry has been working on space transportation systems since 1991 when he joined the former Aerospatiale company. In his career, he has worked on systems such as the Ariane family, Ballistic Missiles, the Automated Transfert Vehicle, Entry Descent and Landing systems for space exploration and Ballistic Missile Defense. He started his career in the Operations working on mechanical/propulsion instability on launchers. From 1996 to 2001 he led the Navigation and Data Fusion Systems service. From 2001 to 2007, he managed technical departments in charge of Mission Analysis, Guidance, Navigation, flight Simulation and flight Preparations. He was project manager for Engineering Optimisation in the Boost08 improvement programme, before leaving the Operations in 2007 to join the M51 programme direction to manage the System Teams and the ballistic missile advanced project programmes. In 2014, he came back to the Operations to build the newly created System Design department to foster and unify System Engineering skills and practices in the company.

Thierry Jean-Marius is at the board to the System Engineering Steering Group of Airbus and is a member of INCOSE.

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Virginie Maillard

Since 2014, Virginie Maillard has been Vice President of the research division for Renault group, within the Alliance Renault-Nissan in Guyancourt Technocentre, France. She was also appointed as responsible for the research strategy for Renault group.

Virginie Maillard graduated as an engineer in Mechanical Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon (INSA Lyon), France. During her 20-year career in Renault engineering, she has performed and led different positions in vehicle development and research. In 1993, she began as Mechanical Engineer in body equipment division, and switched to research engineer position, project and team management in the Acoustics research team from 1999 to 2008. Then she was appointed general manager of durability test and validation for body equipment in Lardy test center. From 2009 to 2013, she led the development division of car opening systems where she deployed a system engineering based organization.

In 2015, Virginie Maillard was awarded as Rising Star by the Automotive News Europe newspaper.

Presentation available HERE


Garry Roedler

Garry Roedler is a Fellow and the Engineering Outreach Program Manager for Lockheed Martin (LM). His 30+ years of systems engineering (SE) experience spans the full life cycle and includes technical leadership roles in both programs and systems engineering business functions. During his career he has performed and led systems engineering activities on a wide range of programs including the space, aeronautics, and intelligence systems domains, as well as commercial systems integration.

Garry joined INCOSE in 1994 and has maintained an active role in the organization ever since. As a result of the dedicated service and leadership to both INCOSE and the discipline of systems engineering, he became an INCOSE Fellow and was the recipient of the INCOSE Founder and Outstanding Service awards.

Garry holds degrees in mathematics education and mechanical engineering from Temple University and the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification from INCOSE. Garry is author of numerous publications and presentations, and the recipient of many awards, including the DoD Meritorious Service Award, INCOSE Founders Award, INCOSE Outstanding Service Award, Best SE Journal Article, IEEE Golden Core, Lifetime Achievement Award from USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering, Lockheed Martin Technical Leadership Award and Lockheed Martin NOVA Award (highest technical honor in Lockheed Martin), among many others.

Presentation available HERE


Matthew Silver

Matthew Silver has sixteen years of experience in engineering design, entrepreneurship, and business strategy. As Founder & CEO of Cambrian Innovation, he has played a key role in developing and scaling the underlying technology, building the team, fund-raising, and successfully penetrating commercial markets.

Prior to founding Cambrian Innovation, Matt worked for ten years in the aerospace sector. He is co-inventor on several awarded patents, author of over 25 research and conference publications, and testified before the United States Senate on early stage innovation in 2011.

Matt received a Doctorate in Engineering Systems and two Master’s (Astronautical Engineering and Technology and Policy) from MIT. He has a Bachelor’s from Williams College, cum laude.