The Global Industrial Cooperation Association Announces An Industry Premier Event

October 2021 - Forest Hill, Maryland, USA -- The Global Industrial Cooperation Association announced its premiere global Aerospace & Defence event, the 2021 Virtual Autumn Conference: Through the Tech Lens – the Industrial Cooperation Landscape, scheduled for 6, 7, 8 December 2021. The event will offer three half-day programming, set to begin at 08:00 Eastern Standard Time.

GICA’s Conference will host speakers from international government agencies offering updates on their Industrial Cooperation & Offset Policies as well as Industrial Cooperation industry innovators addressing technology and sustainability disrupters and their impact on the I/C Industry.

“I am very pleased that we can host our Autumn ‘21 Conference with such an expansive speaker agenda with the full, online attendee experience provided by our new single solution virtual platform partner,” GICA Chairman David Claridge (Leonardo, SpA) reported. “I am enthusiastic about rekindling relationships with industry and Government Authority colleagues and of course making many new,” Claridge continued.

Several Government Offset Authorities are confirmed and others have been invited to participate in the Conference, including Argentina (confirmed), Australia (invited), Brazil (confirmed), The Netherlands (confirmed), Norway (invited), Saudi Arabia/KSA (invited).

The current speaker line-up, which is still being added to and finalized, includes:

• Nathalie Arnoul, Director, Commercial & Contract Management, CAE Inc., Rethinking the Marketing of Offset Plans During COVID-19

• Murat Cizgel, Head of Industrialization Department, SSB, The New Industrialization Methodologies in Presidency of Defence Industries of Turkey

• Cindy DeCarlo, Director National Security and Government Strategies Cisco Industry Solution Group Cisco, Trustworthy Systems in Supply Chains

• Alexander De Mello Lima, Brazilian Authority, Brazilian Air Force Initiatives to Promote Offsets and Industrial Cooperation

• Jan Christian Dicke, Commissioner, Military Production, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Update on The Netherlands Offset Policy

• Joe Goldberg, Managing Partner Offset Education LLC, US Offsets - The Made in America Requirements

• David Hiley, Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, Sustainability as an Opportunity and a Challenge

• Jonghyun Kim, Director General of the KOTRA Dallas Office, Korea Aerospace Industry

• Martín Novella, Argentina Authority, Argentina’s New Offset Policy

• Vincent Panzera, Lockheed Martin, Doing Business with Primes

• Andrew Rizley, BAE Systems, Inc., Leveraging Technology Post-COVID to Deliver Offset Commitments

The 2021 Virtual Autumn Conference Champions are John Lichtenfeld, GICA Board member (Textron Bell), Harold Pierce, GICA Board member (Lockheed Martin), and Brandy Pessin, GICA Secretary (Boeing).

Rounding out the Task Force are Edrei Du Toit, GICA Vice Chair (Cisco); Eva Söderström, GICA Board member (Saab AB); Laurence Van Bockel, GICA Counsel (Constructive Edge); Jacques Purewal, GICA Board member

(Aerospace Ventures); Marie Louise Aaskov Hansen, GICA Board member (Thales); Mayank Patel, GICA Board member (Tri Polus, Ltd.); Tom Nolan, GICA Treasurer (Constructive Edge).

Registration is open Friday, 8 October 2021. GICA Members’ registration fee is complimentary, but advance registration is required. Non-members can attend for USD $499, per person. For additional information, visit GICA at, or email


Mary Connor, Executive Director

About the Global Industrial Cooperation Association:

Global Industrial Cooperation Association provides a forum for industry and government leaders to connect, share best practices, policy updates, success stories, and lessons learned for creating and implementing Industrial Cooperation & Partnership programs that deliver sustainable economic and social benefits to the countries where they are established.

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