Richard Van Wijk – Global Business Program Owner, Aviation

richard-van-wijkRichard van Wijk is the owner of the Aviation program inside Nokia. With over 25 years of experience in Telecommunications business development & consultancy, Richard has been instrumental in many projects for a number of companies like Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia: From contracting the first SDH/DWDM projects to contracting the first LTE Air to Ground Aviation project in Europe.



1.  What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

Nokia has a strong portfolio when it comes to business critical, mission critical and passenger solutions for Aviation (and for other segments like public safety, utilities, etc). After the webinar I hope the audience understand how Nokia solutions will benefit Passenger experience as well as airport financials.

2. What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

Every airport has their own particular challenges when it comes to increasing operational efficiencies, reducing costs, introducing new technologies, etc and I look forward to have a discussion on it

3. What do you enjoy most about your role?

The international aspect & the discussions with airports around their challenges / use cases which are very different from the traditional Telco world.

4.  How did you get into the industry?

I was driving the wireless solution for the Air to Ground project in Europe and obviously started to get excited about the world of Aviation which is quite different from Telco.

5. Where is your favorite place in the world and why?

Picking one place isn’t easy, I have many places I really like: Norway, Italy, Thailand. However, if I really had to pick one (and I think I have to J), it’s probably the Belgium Ardennes, feels like coming home, good food, good beer and a peaceful environment.

Join Richard in the Nokia webinar to discuss ‘Empowering Smarter Airports: Harnessing New Network Strategies’ Register now!

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