Ron van Manen Head of Strategic Development Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking


Ron van Manen (Delft University of Technology Aerospace Engineering – 1987) started his career in at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and fulfilled several management positions in the Engineering & Maintenance Division before joining British Airways in a senior management position. After 4 years in the UK, Ron returned to The Netherlands to take the position of Vice President Business Development at KLM Engineering and Maintenance, and leading all commercial operations in this €1bn per annum MRO business.

In 2003, he joined QinetiQ in the UK as Programme Director Civil Aeronautics, directing its contract research and development projects with industry, UK Government and EU. In 2008, he was appointed Managing Director of the Aerospace Consulting business, directing all of QinetiQ contract research and engineering services for the UK Government and Aerospace clients such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Eurocontrol, Rolls-Royce.

In 2011, he joined the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking as Technology Evaluation Officer.
In 2014, he was appointed Programme Manager for the Clean Sky 2 Programme under Horizon 2020.

From 1 September 2019, he has assumed the post of Head of Strategic Development in the JU, concentrating inter alia on the preparations of a continued partnership under Horizon Europe.