Jamie Black

Anna von Groote

Director General

Anna von Groote has joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in 2011, and since 2022 she is the Director General.

Before joining EUROCAE, she worked at the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) since 2006, where she assumed responsibilities for the organization’s work programme in different sectors. In her role as Programme Manager at CEN, she was responsible amongst others for the aerospace and air traffic management sector.

Anna holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Centre for European Integration Studies / University of Bonn (Germany) and a Master of Laws LLM in Technology and Intellectual Property Law from the University of Liverpool (UK).

Email: anna.vongroote@eurocae.net
Phone: +33 1 49 46 19 71

Anna Guégan

Senior Technical Programme Manager

Anna Guégan has joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in 2018.

Before EUROCAE, she has gained experience in international relations and ICT policy, working both for the private and public sectors. She was consultant on satellite regulation and ICT market access in London, advising the leaders of the industry. She also worked for the French embassy in Beijing and Tsinghua University, and at a Brussels-based think tank.

Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies from the INALCO/Langues’O in Paris, and a Master’s degree in Political sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She also has a CISSP certification in information system security and an HAREC radio licence.

Email: Anna.Guegan@eurocae.net
Phone: +33 1 49 46 19 67

Yago Grela

Communication & Training Manager

Yago Grela joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in October 2022.

He studied Journalism at the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Rennes 1, and specialized in Corporate Communication at the European Communication School. He is currently a doctoral student at the Complutense University of Madrid, where he researches the influence of cultural differences on political communication.

He has been a correspondent in Paris with the EFE Agency, led the communication of Vueling Airlines, and he was director of communication for Impress. Currently, he is also university professor at the UOC University (Spain).

Email: yago.grela@eurocae.net
Phone: +33 1 49 46 19 74

Alain Vallée

Graduated from the Ecole de l’Air, he spent 25 years in the French Air Force as a fighter pilot, then as a test pilot and finally as a programme officer, in charge of electronic warfare, avionics and light aircraft.He acted as the French Air Force representative to the NATO Air Force Armament Group (NAFAG) and participated in the activities of some of its sub-committees (aircraft, avionics, weapons, electronic warfare).

He joined Sagem - now Safran Electronics & Defense - in 2000 as an expert engineer, working on future combat systems and coordinating European R&T defense projects for European Defense Agency (EDA) or European Commission (EC). Amongst the various projects initiated, were studies on Concept of Operations, Detect and Avoid systems and Automatic Taxi systems for UAS.

He has been a member of the EUROCAE community since 2008 and became Co-Chair of WG-105 on UAS from 2016 until joining the EUROCAE Secretariat as Technical Expert on UAS until end of 2020.

Email: alain.valle@eurocae.net

Mark Watson

Technical Programme Manager

Mark Watson joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in May 2023.

After 8 years in the telecommunications industry, Mark joined the aeronautical domain in 1996 (EUROCONTROL) to validate the draft ICAO Doc 9705 ATN upper layers, ADS, CM and CPDLC applications. He then gained significant experience in the validation of new operational concepts and controller tools using the EUROCONTROL ATM real-time simulation platform.

Since 2010, Mark has worked closely with the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (SESAR 3 JU) in the ramp-up and execution of SESAR 1 (via ‘Industrial Support’ managed by Airbus) and SESAR2020 (via ‘SESAR Development Support Services’ managed by ArianeGroup). He managed a team of experts who assisted the SESAR 3 JU as well as SESAR 3 JU Members in the overall development and delivery of SESAR Solutions.

Email: mark.watson@eurocae.net

Javier Diana Lopez

Technical Programme Manager

Javier Diana Lopez joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in June 2023.

Before joining EUROCAE, he worked as UAS/U-space Engineer at ISDEFE taking part in SESAR JU projects, then turned into UAS/U-space Engineer at INECO, working in the Drones Business Development Department from ENAIRE with the U-space quality and certification framework.

Javier holds a Master’s of Science in Air Traffic Systems (MUSTA) from Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University in Madrid.

Email: javier.diana@eurocae.net
Phone: +33 6 61 30 00 70

Alexander Engel

Attache seconded from EUROCONTROL

Alexander Engel supports EUROCAE since November 2012 in the Technical Program Management. He is on a 50% secondment from EUROCONTROL.

After almost 17 years in the German Air Force, including 12 years as military Air Traffic Control Officer at Lechfeld aerodrome and the Maastricht UAC, he joined EUROCONTROL in 1996 as Teamleader of the RADNET/RMCDE Implementation Team supporting users of surveillance data networks.

In 2005 he joined the Surveillance Unit at EUROCONTROL Headquarters in Brussels working in the domain of surveillance data distribution and managing the development of the surveillance data format ASTERIX. After moving to the Standardisation Unit in 2011 he is - apart from his ASTERIX work - mainly supporting the development and maintenance of EUROCONTROL Specifications and Guidelines.

Email: alexander.engel@eurocae.net
Phone: +32 (0)2 729 33 55

Thuc Nguyen Tri

Technical Programme Manager and IT Support Specialist

Thuc Nguyen Tri has joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in April 2022.

Before joining EUROCAE, he worked as Professional Trainer of Skywise Big Data Platform at Airbus then turned into Key Account Manager in Aviation at FPT Software Europe

Thuc holds a Master’s of Science in Aerospace International Air Transport Operations Management from Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) of Toulouse and Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnic University in Vietnam.

Email: trithuc.nguyen@eurocae.net

Alex Milns

Technical Programme Manager

Alex Milns joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in August 2022.

Before EUROCAE, Alex was with Airservices Australia from 1992, working as an Air Traffic Controller and Supervisor in Brisbane.  He also held a range of positions focussing on surveillance, ATM and AIS/MET systems management.  Alex was an inaugural co-chair of the ICAO Asia/Pacific Surveillance Implementation Coordination Group (SURICG) and was active in regional programs supporting implementation of ADS-B into ATC operations.  Alex also contributed to the work of the Performance Based Surveillance Sub-Group of the ICAO Surveillance Panel.

Alex holds a Diploma of Applied Science (Air Traffic Services) from the University of Tasmania.

Email: Alex.Milns@eurocae.net
Phone: +33 6 67 16 91 46

Esther Hoyas Vicente

Esther Hoyas Vicente

Technical Programme Manager

Esther Hoyas Vicente has joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in 2023.

She has gained experience in international relations in the public sector working in the Spanish Consulate in Brussels and in the International Cooperation Secretariat of the Civil Guard of Spain in project management, bilateral activities and peace missions. She also worked for the aviation R&D industry in Programme Management focusing on Operations Quality Control.

Esther holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University Carlos III in Madrid, and a Master’s degree in Big Data, Marketing and Management from the Toulouse Business School.

Email: esther.hoyas@eurocae.net
Phone: +33 7 62 06 18 95

Jamie Black

Madhvee Jha

Administrative and Accounting Manager

Madhvee Jha has joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in April 2022.

Madhvee holds a Master’s degree in International Business. She brings experiences in administrative operations, recruitment, and partnerships management from India and from France.

Email: madhvee.jha@eurocae.net

Jamie Black

Sarah Kobeissi

Office Manager and Administrative Assistant

Sarah Kobeissi has joined the EUROCAE Secretariat in October 2023.

After dedicating 8 years to the management of restaurants, Sarah decided to explore a new professional path and seized the opportunity to become a part of the EUROCAE team. In her role, she will support the team in administrative operations, assist her colleagues, and handle various office management tasks. Additionally, Sarah's diverse skill set includes her academic background in languages, which she pursued at the University of Paris 8.

Email: sarah.kobeissi@eurocae.net