Achim Friedl President

Achim has been President of JEDA – Joint European Drone Associations since February 2022 and he is the Chairman of the Executive Board of UAV DACH e.V. – Unmanned Aviation Association in the German speaking area of Europe since 2016.

Before retirement Achim worked in a high management position at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. Achim began his career in 1974 in the German Federal Police, where he served as a professional helicopter pilot and the head of the Aviation Branch until 2004.

Philippe Boyadjis

Philippe has been Vice-President of JEDA since February 2022 and the President of french federation FPDC – Fédération Professionnelle du Drone Civil since July 2022, and in charge of JEDA’s annual drone european survey.

Philippe is the director of a professional training company for drone pilots in the Paris region, and himself holds French and European drone pilot qualifications.

Vidmantas Kairys

Vidmantas has been Vice President of JEDA – Joint European Drone Associations since February 2022 and he is a chair of Asociacija Dronea, Lithuania. With nearly three decades of experience in aviation business development, building strategies, and partnerships in the public and commercial sectors, Vidmantas served in a number of leadership roles in Airline, Airport, Air navigation service provider, Functional Airspace Block, and Ministry of Transport.

Sara Mangoni Secretary-General

Sara has been Secretary-General of JEDA – Joint European Drone Associations since February 2022 and she is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of ASSORPAS – Associazione Italiana per i Light RPAS as International Relations Manager .

She started working in the UAS sector in 2014 and, at present, she is Business Support Administrator and Project Manager of EuroUSC Italia, a consultancy company in the aviation field. As Financial Project Manager, she is involved in several H2020 and Horizon Europe Projects for the development of the U-Space services.

Laurent Geeraerts

Laurent GEERAERTS is a geographer, specialized in aerial mapping, and this is how he entered the world of  drones more than 10 years ago. 

He is currently the Head of Training at Noordzee Drones (Belgium), board member of BDF (Belgian Drone Federation) and treasurer of JEDA (Joint European Drone Associations).

In this capacity he participated to different work groups and meetings on the implementation of the UAS regulations but in Belgium and internationally.