Executive Vice President
Head of Engineering
Airbus Defense and Space
Grazia Vittadini was appointed Executive Vice President Engineering in January 2017. She is member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Defence and Space. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President Head of Corporate Audit & Forensic, responsible for Airbus audit activities worldwide.
Prior to this position, Grazia was Vice President Head of Airframe Design and Technical Authority for all Airbus aircraft.
Always leading transnational teams in multiple locations, she also served as Chief Engineer on the Wing High Lift Devices of the A380 in Bremen from first flight to in service (2005 – 2009) and then contributed to securing first flight and type certification of the A350 XWB aircraft as Head of Major Structural Tests in Hamburg. The Major Tests for the A320 Extended Service Goal, A380 and A400M were also within her area of responsibility.
Grazia Vittadini started her career on the Italian side of the Eurofighter Consortium, before joining Airbus in Germany in 2002 and setting on her path towards senior management positions.
Currently, she serves as Director of the Airbus Foundation Board and is a member of the Airbus Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
Grazia graduated from the University Politecnico di Milano in Aeronautical Engineering, and specialized in Aerodynamics (1998).
Copernicus Programme Coordinator
European Space Agency (ESA)
Giancarlo Filippazzo is currently Copernicus Programme Coordinator at the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Space Office. Before joining ESA, Mr. Filippazzo was part of the Strategies and International Relations Unit of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) as Delegate and Advisor to several ESA bodies including the Industrial Policy Committee, the Launcher’s Programme Board, and the Earth Observation Programme Board. Prior to ASI Mr. Filippazzo worked for many years on several national and international space projects as Systems Engineer and Project Manager. Mr. Filippazzo has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA), a member of the steering committee of the European Aerospace working group on Cost Engineering (EACE), and a member of the Space Systems Cost Analysis Group (SSCAG). He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University, and has published articles on cost engineering, parametric modelling and risk analysis of space systems.