DELTA Innovation Award

Delta’s Innovation Award will be given to the student company which: has an innovative or effective approach for solving a problem or developing further a product, their idea has a potential to prosper and has an international prospect; their idea is easy to implement and has a functional business model.

Innovation can be considered as a verb – apart from inventing where the outcome is a new idea, the key factor in innovation is the successful implementation of the idea. Our values innovation highly – it can strenghten society, make organisations more efficient and enables to serve customers in the best possible way.


Delta’s Innovation Award is given to a student company which:

  1. Has an innovative or effective approach for solving a problem or developing further a product or service
  2. Idea has a potential to prosper and has an international prospect
  3. Idea is easy to implement and has a functional business model

Meet the Jury

Ilse Janssesns

Regional Sales Manager, Delta Air Lines

Ilse was appointed Regional Sales Manager for Delta Air Lines in April 2018. In this role Ilse is heading one of Delta’s commercial regions, encompassing Belgium, France, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Northern Europa. Together with our partners Air France and KLM, she oversees the flight performance for the region and focuses on increasing Delta’s brand awareness.
She joined Delta Air Lines 17 years ago in Brussels. In the following years Ilse performed multiple roles within the local and global commercial organization of Delta, Air France and KLM. Ilse recently spent 2 years in the UK, working with Delta’s partner Virgin Atlantic, before coming back to her home country Belgium.
Ilse started her career in the airline industry after having completed her Masters’ degree in Social Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Christine Marchand-Pardo

Managing Director, Delta Air Lines, France

Started in the airline industry in 1986 with Pan American World Airways in Paris CDG, worked in several positions including airport customer services, ramp and operations. Transferred to Delta in 1991 when Pan American World Airways closed. Was a supervisor and then became a deputy station manager in 1999. Moved to a regional role in catering operations in 2000 and came back to the airport operations as a station manager in 2003 in Paris Charles de Gaulle.
I moved to a regional role in airport operations for a part of the Europe Middle East Africa region in 2007, and then became Director in that region in 2011.
Since 2016, I have the entire Europe Middle East Africa and India region (32 stations) as a managing director.

Shane M. Spyak

Staff Vice President – EMEAI Sales, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Shane Spyak is head of sales for Delta Air Lines in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India. Based in Paris, France, he works closely with Delta’s Joint Venture partners Air France - KLM and Virgin Atlantic to improve the alliance’s value proposition to top clients and maximize profitability.
Prior to this, Shane was Managing Director, Latin America & Caribbean at Delta, where he represented the needs of Latin America customers across the organization to maximize the P&L and drive Delta’s long-term growth in the region. He was responsible for the formulation and execution of the region’s business plan, sales, and customer and employee engagement.
Throughout his 11 years with the company, Shane also held a variety of positions in Delta’s global sales organization, including global sales strategy, sales development and technology. He played a key role in the sales integration efforts during the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines, including technology, business processes and incentive programs for both employees and customers around the world.
Shane also led collegiate recruiting and talent development efforts for the commercial divisions, which has resulted in the hiring of over 150 individuals from top graduate and undergraduate institutions, many of whom are now leaders at the company. In 2016, Shane joined the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement – Americas, and has served as a member of the Board’s Strategy Committee.
Shane holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University in his native Cleveland, Ohio.

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“The Delta Innovation Award offers a great opportunity for us to inspire and be inspired by these young and brilliant minds. I was particularly impressed with the innovation demonstrated by Create, and the global potential of their business, which provides an innovative safety solution.”
Shane Spyak,
Delta’s Staff Vice President – Europe, Middle East, Africa and India Sales