BIMA Conference: 60 seconds with Anita Sengupta

6 Aug 2019

Posted by Rachel Johnson


Dr. Anita Sengupta has been working at the edge of transport technology for most of her career. At the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, she was part of the team that landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars. From there she went on to become the Senior VP of Engineering at Virgin Hyperloop.

Dr. Sengupta will be coming to London to talk about her latest and boldest adventure in revolutionising Urban Air Mobility. She is co-founder of electric aviation startup Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX) who are seeking to create Vertical Take-Off & Landing aircraft. Imagine an electric Harrier Jump Jet used for sustainable commuting and you wouldn’t be too far from the vision that Anita is building.

Ahead of her keynote ‘lesson’ at BIMA’s inaugural conference, we gave Anita Sengupta one minute to answer just a few questions about the conference and what we can look forward to hearing from her...

BIMA: What sort of things can we expect to take away from your session?

Anita: Technology can and should lead to a greener, cleaner, more connected future.

BIMA: What do you see as the biggest opportunity and the biggest threat facing your area of expertise right now?

Anita: Insufficient number of pilots and aviation professionals.

BIMA: What one change would have the most profound and positive effect on the industry?

Anita: Commitment by all nations to shift to fully electric vehicles by 2050 and no individual cars, only mass transit in urban areas.

BIMA: Who are you most interested in hearing from at Lessons from the Future?

Anita: All of the voices 

Join Anita on the 18 September at the IET Savoy, London to hear more of what she has to say.  Book your tickets here.

Rachel Johnson
Posted by Rachel Johnson

Rachel has recently joined BIMA having worked for more than 20 years in the world of Marketing. Rachel has many impressive client, charity and agency-side results to her credit and stories to tell. As both a team player and independent advisor, Rachel loves to see the bigger picture and is a strong strategic thinker. She has led ambitious projects for start-ups, worked alongside growing businesses and has been fortunate to work with some of the UK’s most respected and renowned agencies. A self-motivated original thinker, Rachel is also an extremely able marketer. She brings out the best in people at all levels. Her wealth of transferable skills includes project management – often with direct budgetary control - results-driven commercial awareness, proven networking strengths, digital marketing expertise and broad IT literacy. However, her achievements do not end there! In her spare time, she makes full-use of her Cumbrian home-town environment, walking, biking and running, and spending time as an enthusiastic side-line rugby and football mum for her two boys – Louie and Harley.

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