Mr. Bahri KESICIActing Director General of Civil AviationTURKEY
H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al ZaabiCEO of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA)OMAN
Mr. Piotr SamsonPresident, Civil Aviation AuthorityPOLAND
Mr. Sameh El HefnyPresident, Civil Aviation AuthorityEGYPT
Mr. Athanasios VourdasSecretary General, Ministry of Infrastructure and TransportGREECE
Mr. Saripuddin KasimSecretary General, Ministry of TransportMALAYSIA
Ms. Maheshwaree MadhubPermanent Secretary, Prime Minister's OfficeMAURITIUS
Mrs. Marina KösterDeputy Director General of Civil Aviation, Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital InfrastructureGERMANY
H.E. Saleh bin Nasser Al-JasserDirector General, SAUDIASAUDI ARABIA
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H.E. Akbar Al BakerGroup CEO , Qatar AirwaysDOHA
Ms. Angela GittensDirector General, Airports Council InternationalCANADA
Mr. Jeff PooleDirector General, CANSONETHERLANDS
Mr. Alexandre de JuniacDirector General, International Air Transport AssociationCANADA
Mr. Andrew HerdmanDG, Association of Asia Pacific AirlinesMALAYSIA
Mr. Stephen BeattyGlobal Chairman, KPMGCANADA
Mr. A. M. Mosaddique AhmedMD & CEO, Biman Bangladesh AirlinesBANGLADESH
Mr. James R. Muhs Sr. (Jack)Regional President, MEISA Divisional HQ, FEDEX Corp.DUBAI
Ms. Verinda FikeRegional Director, South & Southeast Asia, U.S. Trade and Development AgencyUSA
Mr. Anand E StanleyPresident & MD, Airbus IndiaINDIA
Mr. Gotthard BörgerDirector, Strategy at Harris Orthogon GmbHAUSTRALIA
Mr. Stefano BaronciDirector of Economics, Airports Council International (ACI) WorldCANADA
Mr. Bruno Benveniste-ProfichetVP Marketing, Nordic Aviation Capital SINGAPORE
Ms. Tulsi MirchandaneyManaging Director, Blue DartINDIA
Mr. Murali RamachandranCEO, Celebi Aviation Holdings LimitedISTANBUL
Mr. Kapil KaulCEO - Indian Subcontinent & Middle East, CAPAINDIA
Mr. Adam WelshHead of Asia Pacific Public Policy, DJICHINA
Mr. Pravin PrajapatiFounder and CEO, Indrones Solution Pvt. LtdINDIA
Mr. Vinay DubeCEO, Jet AirwaysINDIA
Mr. Sugat Ratna KansakarCEO, Nepal AirlinesNEPAL
Mr. Marc PissensPresident - Global Aviation Division, Securitas ABUSA
Mr. Simon WilcoxLead - Automation, Heathrow AirportUNITED KINGDOM
Mr. Erik KrielSenior Vice President, Landrum & BrownMELBOURNE
Mr. Von CameronSVP Worldwide Operations, AirMapCALIFORNIA
Mr. Akihide YoguchiVice President, Marketing Strategy & Research, Japan AirlinesSINGAPORE
Mr. G V Sanjay ReddyVice Chairman, GVKINDIA
Mr. Emmanuel MenanteauCo-CEO, Kansai AirportJAPAN
Mr. Leslie ThngCEO, VistaraINDIA
Mr. Don ThomaCEO , AireonWASHINGTON D.C.
Mr. Mark CryanVP, Middle East & Asia, Pratt and Whitney, HartfordCONNECTICUT
Mr. Johan LandinVice President Marketing, Saab Digital Air Traffic SolutionsSWEDEN
Mr. Sidharath KapurExecutive Director, GMR AirportsINDIA
Mr. Dinesh KeskarSenior Vice President, Asia Pacific & India, BoeingINDIA
Mr. Rafal MilczarskiCEO and President of the Management Board, LOT Polish AirlinesPOLAND
Mr. Deepak BaglaCEO, Invest IndiaINDIA
Ms. Nadia Abdul AzizPresident, National Association of Air Freight & LogisticsUAE
Mr. K. Shyam SundarCEO, Air India ExpressINDIA
Mr. Adel Abdullah AliCEO, Air ArabiaUAE
Mr. Julien CoffinierManaging Director Asia Pacific, Groupe ADPPARIS
Mr. Daniel BircherCEO, Zurich Airport AsiaKUALA LUMPUR
Mr. V ThulasidasCEO, Kannur International Airport LtdINDIA
Mr. Svilen RangelovCo – Founder & CEO, DronamicsBULGARIA
Mr. Graham BoltonGlobal Practice Leader at Mott MacDonald and Vice-Chair of the British Aviation GroupUNITED KINGDOM
Mr. Anil V. NanduriVice president, New Technology Group and General Manager, Unmanned Aviation Systems, Intel CorporationUSA
Mr. Jerome de ChasseyPresident, India at Smiths Group PLC and Vice President, Asia Pacific at Smiths DetectionINDIA
Mr. Palash Roy ChowdhuryMD India, Pratt & WhitneyINDIA
Mr. Fabien NestmannGlobal Head – Public Affairs and Special Projects, Volocopter GmbHGERMANY
Mr. Wolfgang Prock-SchauerChief Operating Officer, IndiGoINDIA
Mr. Vikram RaiCountry Head, GE AviationINDIA
Mr. Prasad GadkariHead - Strategic Investment & Policy Advisory Group, National Investment and Infrastructure FundINDIA
Mr. Ajay SinghCMD, SpicejetINDIA
Mr. Adam YoungDirector Asia Pacific, EmbraerSINGAPORE
Dr. B. P. SharmaCMD, Pawan Hans LtdINDIA
Mr. Rajeev JainCEO, Mumbai International AirportINDIA
Mr. Viroj SirihorachaiVice President, Thai AirwaysTHAILAND
Mr. Jon R DamushDirector, Boeing Next USA
Mr. Sunil ChackoChief Financial Officer, Cochin International Airport Limited,INDIA
Mr. Justin MillsVice President, Rolls RoyceeSINGAPORE
Mr. Michal FijolChief Commercial Officer, Lot Polish AirlinesPOLAND
Mr. GV Sanjay Reddy, Vice Chairman, GVK
Besides being the Vice Chairman of GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited, he is also the Managing Director of Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. and GVK Biosciences Pvt. Ltd. He is also one of the Board of Directors for Taj GVK Hotels.Mr. G V Sanjay describes his passion for excellence as his core competency. Educated in the United States, he combines his professional expertise and knowledge with a global perspective and a practical approach to business. He holds a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Mr. G V Sanjay Reddy was elected as the Chairman of CII, Southern Region for 2012-13. He actively participates and contributes to various programs of national interest through forums like the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Mindmine Summit and the prestigious Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art. He was declared as the “Emerging Business Leader of the Year” by AIMA Managing India Awards, in 2011.
Mr. G V Sanjay was one among the 25 Indians chosen as Young Global Leaders 2007 by the World Economic Forum and was primarily selected for his professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping a better future.
Mr. Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Patrick Ky became the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 1 September, 2013. His aim is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the Agency to become a worldwide reference in aviation and to make the European aviation regulatory system a fully consistent, efficient and reliable framework.
Prior to leading EASA, Patrick Ky was incharge of the SESAR program, Europe’s ambitious ATM modernisation program. He also held different managerial positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority, in a consulting company, and in Eurocontrol. In 2004, he joined the European Commission to work on SESAR.
In 2013, Patrick Ky was the recipient of The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award of the Air Traffic Controllers Association as a recognition of his achievements in the field of aviation and for being an advocate of innovation and change in air traffic control. In 2015, he was designated “Industry Leader of the Year” by the German publication Fliegermagazin for his commitment to developing a simpler, better and lighter rules for General Aviation.
In total, Patrick Ky has more than 24 years of work experience in Civil Aviation. A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and the Civil Aviation Engineering School in France, Patrick Ky also holds degrees in economics from the University of Toulouse and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Patrick is married and a proud father of three sons. In his leisure time, he plays tennis and enjoys all types of mountain sports (ski, mountain bike, trekking).
Ms. Tulsi Mirchandaney, Managing Director, Blue Dart
Tulsi Nowlakha Mirchandaney is the Managing Director and Accountable Manager for Blue Dart Aviation, India’s only domestic cargo airline and South Asia’s largest, with a fleet of six Boeing 757 freighters. Blue Dart Aviation is the only cargo airline that has sustained its operations in India for the past twenty two years. During her tenure, the company expanded its capacity with the induction of four additional, more fuel-efficient freighters. Her responsibility spans the organization’s flight and ground operations, in-house airframe line and heavy maintenance, and ground handling activities, with a workforce of over 1100 committed professionals.
She has been actively associated with the airline and express industry in India for over forty five years, and with the Blue Dart group for twenty two years. Having been involved with the launch of Blue Dart Aviation prior to its inception in 1996 she was responsible for setting up the air cargo products, interline arrangements, and major contracts including Post mail, and initiating charter operations, all of which continue to contribute to the organisation. Her erstwhile functions at Blue Dart included Marketing and Projects, during which time the company acquired its first brand awards. She spearheaded First Choice, the Group’s continuous improvement programme, and was the first Senior Advisor for First Choice in Blue Dart. She also initiated the CSR programme. In Blue Dart Aviation, she has been instrumental in bringing about policy changes in civil aviation to acknowledge the contribution of air express and support the distinctive requirements for the sustainability of the cargo airline industry in the country.
Tulsi has an MBA degree in International Aviation from Concordia University, Montreal, and has been felicitated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for her contribution to Civil Aviation in the country.
Mr. Jeff Poole, Director General, CANSO
Jeff Poole, Director General of CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) was appointed on 1 December 2012. In addition to leading and managing CANSO, he represents its Members as the global voice of air traffic management. He is responsible for delivering the CANSO strategic plan for air traffic management, Vision 2020; further expanding CANSO’s worldwide membership; and strengthening CANSO’s relationships with the International Civil Aviation Organization, industry associations and other stakeholders. Jeff received the Air Transport ‘Leader of the Year’ Award in March 2018.
Jeff previously served at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2004-2012 in roles including Director, Government and Industry Affairs and Director, Industry Charges, Fuel and Taxation. Prior to joining IATA, Jeff served at Airbus, Toulouse where he was responsible for the development of all business aspects of the Airbus A380 programme. His final position was as Senior Vice President for Procurement Strategy and Services. His previous positions in the defence industry, including with BAE Systems, covered the commercial, contractual, business development and strategy aspects of a number of major defence programmes and businesses in the UK and internationally.
Jeff has extensive experience of working with Governments and major international institutions.
Mr. Bruno Benveniste-Profichet, VP Marketing, Nordic Aviation Capital
Bruno Benveniste-Profichet serves as the Vice President Marketing with 6+ years’ experience in the commercial aviation industry. Bruno joined Nordic Aviation Capital in 2015. He is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with airlines and partners in South Asia.
Before joining NAC, Bruno worked for Aviation PLC, Airbus and Thales in Singapore. The majority of Bruno’s previous activities were within the realm of Sales and Commercial Management including his roles as Marketing Manager and Vice President Marketing covering the European, Americas and Middle East territories.
Bruno holds a Master’s Degree from ISEP (France) in Telecommunications.
Mr. Mayur (Mac) Patel, Regional Sales Director, OAG Aviation
Mayur (Mac) Patel is the Regional Sales Director, JAPAC of OAG Aviation, based in Singapore.
OAG is the leading global provider of digital flight information and provides accurate, timely and actionable information, applications across the travel sector to the world’s airlines, airports, government agencies, aircraft manufacturers, consultancies, and travel related companies.
Mac is responsible for business development and leading the sales organisation in Japan and Asia Pacific for OAG Aviation to provide a cutting-edge data services to the travel industry.
Prior to joining OAG, he was with Amadeus and IATA overseeing sales of Travel Intelligence products and services in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.
He holds a Bachelor of Business (tourism management major) from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Issam Al Qassimi, Chairman, Sharjah Civil Aviation
H.E. Sheikh Khalid Bin Issam Al Qassimi is the Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation in Sharjah, UAE. He is also a member of the Executive Council of Sharjah Government, which is chaired by H.H. Crown Prince of Sharjah.
Through his career, Sheikh Khalid has served in various posts in both Sharjah Airport Authority and Department of Civil Aviation. In 2012, he was appointed as Director General of Sharjah Civil aviation, and in early 2014, Sheik Khalid was elected as the Chairman of Sharjah Civil Aviation.
Besides the above-stated responsibilities, H.E. Al Qassimi is a board member of the General Civil Aviation Authority of UAE, and a board member of Sharjah Aviation Services LLC. Sheikh Khalid holds a bachelor degree in Commerce and a master degree in International Business.
Mr. Stefano Baronci, Director of Economics, Airports Council International (ACI) World
Stefano Baronci is ACI World’s Director of Economics and Programme Development. His responsibilities include leading airport industry economic policy development; overseeing the collection, dissemination and analysis of airport traffic and economic data; acting as the Secretary of the World Economics Standing Committee; collaborating with ICAO on its Economics Panel and related activities; engaging with multilateral financial and economic development entities; assisting with capacity-building in airport commercial and economic areas; and representing ACI at meetings and conference as a subject matter expert in the areas of economics and statistics.
Stefano has more than 15 years of analytic and representational experience at national and international levels in the aviation sector, having represented both the airport and the airline industries. With particular regard to the airport industry, he served as Secretary General of Assaeroporti, an Association of 37 Airport Operators in Italy, where he contributed to the approval of a new economic regulation extending a duality system for all Italian airports.
Before this, he was a Senior Policy Manager at ACI EUROPE, where he successfully represented the airport sector on the European rules about airport charges through engagement with key policy makers from the European Union, national civil aviation authorities and Ministry of Transport representatives. In support of ACI and its Member Airports, he contributed to the revision of ICAO’s Policies on Charges for Airports and Air Navigation Services (Doc 9082). Stefano has also worked at the European Commission in the Directorate General of Energy & Transport.
Stefano has a degree in Law from La Sapienza University in Rome and a Master’s in Business Administration from Warwick University in the UK.
Mr. Stephen Beatty, Global Chairman KPMG Infrastructure (Non-Exec), KPMG International
Mr. Stephen C. Beatty, also known as Steve, serves as the Non-Executive Chair for the Global Infrastructure practice and, Chair of KPMG's Cities Global Centre of Excellence. He is a partner with KPMG in Canada and previously led the Canadian Infrastructure Advisory practice. Steve has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA with honours from York University.
With over 28 years' experience in the infrastructure sector, Steve is well recognized as an expert in public infrastructure projects and has worked on engagements across six continents.
During his career, Steve has been involved in numerous negotiations on complex infrastructure projects and has been instrumental to his clients in delivering large infrastructure projects.
Steve has led many major infrastructure transactions and has advised both public and private sector clients extensively in privatization strategy, transportation planning, public-private partnership (PPP) policy development and project financing.
He has assisted public sector clients in project scoping, process design, process execution, and negotiation with private developers. For private sector clients, his assistance has included business strategies, financing approaches, and preparation of bids related to highway and other infrastructure projects.
Mr. Vinay Dube, CEO, Jet Airways
Mr. Vinay Dube, an American National, was appointed at Jet Airways (India) Limited as Chief Executive Officer in August 2017.
An accomplished aviation professional, with close to three decades of international experience in the aviation industry, Mr. Dube has a demonstrable track record of leadership in varied roles at Delta Airlines Inc., Sabre, Inc., and American Airlines in the USA, Europe and Asia. As SVP-Asia Pacific for Delta Airlines Inc., his most recent post, Mr. Dube headed the region as Business Head with P&L responsibility and was also a Board Observer at China Eastern.
During his tenure in Asia, Mr. Dube has turned around the Asia Pacific markets, restructured the network, established strategic partnerships, worked extensively on brand-building and successfully brought about a transformation in the work culture of his teams. He has also held various Board-level positions over his career.
Mr. Dube holds M.S. in Operations Research from the University of North Carolina, USA; Bachelors in Economics & Mathematics from Knox College, Illinois, USA and is also an International Baccalaureate from United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, United Kingdom.
Mr. Anand E Stanley, President & MD, Airbus India
Anand E. Stanley is President and Managing Director of Airbus India and South Asia, with responsibility for Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Defense & Space, Helicopters, government affairs, customer support & training engineering & innovation, industrial partnerships & procurement and the global information management center.
Anand, 41, brings international experience in P&L management, sales, M&A, aftermarket and manufacturing. Anand served as Global Executive Vice-President, Strategy and M&A, at The Linde Group, a German DAX 30 leader, prior to joining Airbus.
Anand started his Aerospace career at Pratt & Whitney before holding multiple leadership roles within UTC and Lockheed Martin. His last aerospace position was Head of Sikorsky’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region with an installed fleet of over 1,000 aircraft and a backlog of an additional 1,000 aircraft. Anand had established UTC’s global R&D center in Hyderabad and in 2006, at the age of 29, he was appointed as the youngest executive at UTC.
Anand has an MBA, Bachelors in Engineering, Masters and Diplôme from the University of Virginia-Darden, Andhra University; IMI-Delhi and Alliance Française respectively. He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, worked in eight countries and studied six languages, including French, Turkish and Arabic.
Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India
Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, an IAS officer of 1986 batch (Gujarat Cadre), is the Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI), India's largest Airport Operator and sole Air Navigation Service (ANS) provider in the country. AAI is a Mini-Ratna Category-I public Sector Enterprise.
An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Dr.Mohapatra completed his Post Graduation in Political Science and M. Phil in International Relations from the same University. He earned his Ph.D from M S University, Baroda and an MBA from Faculty of Economics, University of Slovenia.
With an experience of over 30 years in various Department of State and Central Government, he has served in various positions in various sectors including Urban Development, Power and other industries.
Dr. Mohapatra had a long stint in the power sector, where he was involved in comprehensive reforms in the power sector and restructuring of the erstwhile Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) into several commercial entities. He has rich and varied experience in the chemical and fertilizer sector, as he has worked as the Managing Director of Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd. (GACL) and Managing Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Company Limited (GNFCL).
An avid proponent of creating infrastructure well ahead of demand, Dr. Mohapatra has held various responsibilities with the Government. He worked as a Municipal Commissioner of Surat, Gujarat. Under his leadership, the process of converting Surat into one of the models of urban governance with its thrust on Solid Waste Management, quality infrastructure and sound financial management were completed. He also held the position of Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad City for more than 3 years. During his stint, he was instrumental in developing iconic projects such as Sabarmati Riverfront, BRTS, Kankaria Lakefront and Heritage Promotion of city.
Prior to Joining AAI, he worked as a Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce in Government of India.
Mr. James R. Muhs Sr. President, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, and Africa (MEISA), FedEx Express
James R. Muhs is the regional president of the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, and Africa (MEISA) region for FedEx Express. Based in Dubai, Muhs leads over 11,000 FedEx Express and TNT team members, and is responsible for providing the strategic direction for the region.
Prior to his appointment in MEISA, Muhs served as president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks, which specializes in air and ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and international trade facilitation solutions. He also previously served as senior vice president of global planning, engineering, and global trade services for FedEx Express, where he was responsible for the company’s U.S. export business, as well as the planning and engineering of the FedEx Express global network.
Since joining FedEx in 1984, Muhs has held many management positions, including managing director of Global Operations Control beginning in 1996. Following that appointment, he became vice president of Global Network Planning and Operations Control in 1998. He is a four-time recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, the company’s highest award for individual leadership and contribution.
Muhs holds a BBA from the University Of North Dakota and an MBA from the University of Memphis. He currently serves as the chairman of the North American Leaders Group of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. A. M. Mosaddique Ahmed, MD & CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Mr. A.M Mosaddique Ahmed joined the Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited as the Managing Director & CEO on June 1, 2016. Mr. Ahmed after passing out from the Bangladesh Military Academy served in the Bangladesh Army from May 1977 to March 1982, retiring as a Captain. He began his career at Biman in 1983 as Assistant Manager. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Dhaka and an MBA with major in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. He received various professional training in airline management at home and abroad. He has also attended a good number of IATA seminars and conferences.
During his 33 years of chequered career in Biman, he served in various important management positions including District Manager, Country Manager, and General Manager and as Director Marketing & Sales. He also played a key role in aircraft leasing and acquisition as General Manager and Director Planning. He played a pivotal role in materializing the Boeing Purchase deal. In devising many system and policy, he acted as the key person in Biman. As Director Customer Services, he redefined the ground and in-flight services of introducing new branding elements. As Director Finance, he acted as the Project leader in aircraft financing. Mr. Mosaddique Ahmed represented Bangladesh in a good number of state-level Bilateral Consultation meetings. He also participated in many commercial consultations with other airlines both as a member of the team and as the team leader.
Mr. Ahmed is married and blessed with two daughters. He enjoys reading and travelling and is a keen angler.
Mr. Gotthard Börger, Director Products & Strategy at Harris Orthogon GmbH
Mr. Gotthard Börger is the Director of Products and Strategy at Harris Orthogon with two decades of hands-on experience solving airspace resource problems by designing ATC decision support tools.
In recent years, Gotthard´s focus has been the development of airfield optimization solutions. He worked on projects with major ANSPs like NATS, Nav Canada, CAA Singapore or Hong Kong CAD as well as with airport customers like London Heathrow, Gatwick airport and Changi airport.
Gotthard was also the Co-Chair in the Canso A-CDM focus group and is responsible for the Harris Orthogon SESAR research contributions.
Mr. Emmanuel Menanteau, Co-CEO, Kansai Airport
Mr. Emmanuel Menanteau has been the Co-Chief Executive Officer at the Kansai Airports since April 2016 & serves as its Representative Director.
Emmanuel is a graduate from the School of International Relations. He also graduated from Paris Institute of Economics and Commerce. He started his career at Sextant Avionique where he held a range of positions as Sales and Marketing Manager then as Head of the company's office in India. In 2004, he joined France's Thales, a world leading company for the Defence, Transports and Aerospace markets, as Vice-President, Sales and Marketing.
In July 2011, Emmanuel was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cambodia Airports, a subsidiary of Group VINCI Airports holding the concession of the country's network of international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Mr. Mario C. Diaz, Director of Aviation, Houston Airport System
Diaz is responsible for the overall management of the Houston Airport System’s three aviation facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD). He is one of the industry’s leading authorities in the study of future developments in commercial aviation.
Since his arrival in Houston in 2010, Diaz led efforts along three broad strategic fronts: establish Bush Airport as the region’s long haul, full-service international airport; convert Hobby Airport to a regional international airport of the Americas; and to develop Ellington as the nations’ 10th licensed spaceport.
Bush Airport welcomed more than 11.5 million international passengers in 2016, thanks in large part to the continued expansion of its international service providers and growing route map. The airport has welcomed 10 new international passenger airlines and three new international cargo airlines since 2013. Thanks to that growth, 23 air carriers overall now provide international service out of Bush Airport, connecting passengers to 71 international destinations in 38 countries. Recently, the airport celebrated the opening of a new Terminal C North complex, which will begin the process of the construction of a new Mickey Leland International Terminal.
In October 2015, Hobby Airport celebrated the completion of a new $156 million terminal expansion and in 2016, its first full year with international service connecting to the growing market in Latin America, Hobby Airport welcomed more than 800,000 international passengers.
In June 2015, Ellington Airport became the 10th licensed commercial airport in the United States, and is in the process of constructing a new control tower that includes dedicated mission control facilities for commercial spaceflight operators.
In 2013, Diaz was named “Airport Director of the Year” by Airport Revenue News Magazine and was named “Public Official of the Year” by the University of Houston Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program in 2014. The Houston Business Journal also named him as a finalist in its inaugural “CEO of the Year” competition in 2015.
Prior to his appointment in 2010, Diaz was the deputy general manager for Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in 1999, where he was responsible for ensuring the daily operational activities of the world’s busiest airport. In 1981, he began a 17-year tenure with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that included key management positions in leasing, finance, marketing, operations and properties. During this period, Diaz also served 18 months as the assistant director of the redevelopment program at John F. Kennedy Airport. He also worked at Newark Liberty International Airport and Teterboro Airport.
A native of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, and a licensed private pilot with instrument certification, Diaz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He also earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration in New Jersey.
Mr. Adam Welsh, Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy, DJI
Adam Welsh is Asia Pacific head of public policy for DJI.
He has worked on policy and regulatory issues within the Asia region for more than 17 years. His work has spanned emerging technology issues including cloud computing, data privacy, fintech, and the sharing economy.
He is based in Canberra, but has lived and worked in Asia for the past 16 years.
He has a master’s in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA
Alexandre de Juniac became the seventh person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 September, 2016.
De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government.
De Juniac served as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM (2013-2016) and prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under de Juniac’s leadership, Air France and Air France-KLM underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance. He has also served on the IATA Board of Governors (2013-2016).
De Juniac has broad aviation sector experience, including 14 years at French aerospace, space, defence, security and transportation company Thales, and its predecessor companies Thompson-CSF and Thompson SA (1995-2009). In his last position at Thales, de Juniac was responsible for the company’s operations and sales in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
De Juniac has also held positions in the French government. His career began with the Conseil d’Etat (State Council) from 1988 to 1993. Subsequently, he served in the Department of Budget (1993-1995); and in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011).
A French citizen, de Juniac was born in 1962. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and Ecole Nationale de l’Administration. At IATA, he works from both the association’s main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines
Andrew Herdman has held the position of Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) since 2004. In this role, he is committed to expanding the role of the Association as the leading trade organization for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, addressing a wide range of both regional and global policy issues affecting the industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable growth of international civil aviation.
Prior to joining the AAPA, Andrew held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, the parent company of Cathay Pacific Airways, with other diverse interests in aviation, property, beverages, marine services, trading and industrial sectors, predominantly based in the Greater China region, as Director Corporate Affairs at Swire Pacific and a Director of the parent holding company, John Swire & Sons.
Mr. Herdman spent much of his earlier career in a variety of senior aviation-related roles with Cathay Pacific Airways and its associated companies, including: Managing Director, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Managing Director of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO), Chairman of Xiamen-based TAECO; Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo; Director and General Manager of ABACUS, and a board member of Worldspan.
Mr. Herdman is a graduate of Oxford University, with BA (Hons) and a post-graduate BPhil in management studies. Married with two daughters, he also enjoys tennis, sailing and hiking.
Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World
Angela Gittens began her tenure as Director General of Airports Council International (ACI World) in 2008. She was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport. In other previous roles, Gittens served as Vice-President, Airport Business Services for HNTB Corporation, where she led the firm’s practice in airport business and strategic planning. In addition, as Vice-President at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada.
Gittens is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees including the FAA Management Advisory Committee, the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Committee, the National Civil Aviation Review Commission (“the Mineta Commission”), the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways.
Mr. Florian Reuter, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Mr. Florian Reuter is responsible for the development of technology start-ups as Venture Manager in central research with Siemens AG Munich.
He previously worked for Contrium Consulting AG in Hamburg. During this time, Mr. Reuter was responsible for projects in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, post-merger integration, strategy, organization, and operational performance improvement worldwide.
He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Karlsruhe, during which he accomplished additional academic training at the University of Barcelona in Spain and wrote his Diploma thesis in Japan.
Mr. Bertrand de LACOMBE, Director of International Cooperation of the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile
Bertrand de LACOMBE, 47, has always been working in the field of transports.
After having begun his career at car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën, he spent 8 years at SNCF (French railways), where he occupied various functions, mainly for the management of regional trains and for European affairs.
In 2007, he was appointed diplomatic advisor of the French minister of Transports, notably in charge of the French presidency of the EU (2008).
From 2009 to 2013, he was transports Councillor at the French Permanent representation to the European Union (Brussels).
He then joined Aéroports de Paris, as Director of Public affairs.
Since September 2015, he is Director in charge of International cooperation of the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (French Civil Aviation Authority).
Mr. Nari Williams-Singh JP, Director General, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority
Mr. Williams-Singh joined the JCAA in 1997 as an Aviation Safety Inspector – Airworthiness/Avionics, having previously worked with Air Jamaica Holdings Ltd., and two companies in Ontario, Canada, as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.
His successful career at the JCAA has spanned various assignments of progressive responsibility, with appointments as Manager, Airworthiness; Director of Flight Safety and Deputy Director General – Regulatory Affairs.
He has amassed a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, and particularly, in regulatory affairs, having had lead responsibility for oversight activities related to flight safety within Jamaica’s airspace and the economic regulation of the industry to ensure its safe and orderly development.
Mr. Williams- Singh was appointed Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), effective February 1, 2015.
He serves on the Boards of the JCAA, AEROTEL Limited (a subsidiary of the JCAA) and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS).
Nari is married to wife, Trisha. He enjoys sport shooting and cricket in his spare time.
Ms. Winsome Lenfert, Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports
Winsome Lenfert was appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports on February 1, 2017.
The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operations (including international harmonization of airport standards). Each year, the office awards approximately $3.3 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totalling approximately $2 billion. The office is also responsible for national airport planning, as well as environmental and social requirements. The office establishes policies related to airport rates and charges, compliance with grant assurances and airport privatization.
Winsome graduated from Indiana State University with a double major in Professional Pilot Technology and Aviation Administration with a minor in Business Administration and from Indiana University with a Master’s in Public Affairs. She has a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and held a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. She began her aviation career working for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) as Chief Airport Inspector.
She began her career with the FAA as an Airport Certification Safety Inspector. Since then she has held many positions with the FAA including Airport Certification/Safety Specialist in Washington, DC; Community Planner for the O'Hare Modernization Program in Chicago, Illinois; Assistant Manager of the Detroit Airport District Office in Detroit, Michigan; and both Manager of Regional Operations and Director for the Airports Division Southern Region in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an active member of Indiana State University, Indiana University and Sigma Kappa Alumni Associations; and Women in Aviation International.
Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra, Director General, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)
K. Rajesh Chandra is an IPS Officer of the 1985 batch borne on Bihar Cadre. He is a post-graduate in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Mr. Chandra has served in various capacities such as ASP Patna City, ADC to Governor of Bihar, District SP of Aurangabad, Siwan, Gopalganj, Begusarai, Muzaffarpur, Bokaro, Chatra, Dhanbad, and Senior S.P. Patna as well as Range Deputy Inspector General of Police, Eastern Range, Bhagalpur handling crime and law and order problems.
He has also served as S.P. Special Branch, Bihar. On deputation to Government of India, Shri Chandra served as DIG and IG of Special Protection Group (SPG), handling Prime Minister’s Security.
He has undergone various Police Training programmes in India and abroad. On return from the Government of India deputation, he served as Inspector General of Police (operations) and later as Additional Director General of Intelligence, Bihar.
Presently, he is serving as Director General, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, at Delhi. He has been designated as the “Appropriate Authority” by the Government of India for the purposes of aviation security regulations.
Mr. Chandra is a recipient of President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Police Medal for Meritorious Service, Special Duty Medal and Antarik Suraksha Medal.
Shri Balwinder Singh Bhullar, Chief, Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Balwinder Singh Bhullar, IAS has been the Chief of Directorate General of Civil Aviation since December 5, 2016. Mr. Bhullar is Joint Secretary – Ministry of Civil Aviation.
A 1986 batch IAS Officer from the UP Cadre, Mr. Bhullar had been Additional Charge as DGCA Chief since July 2016. He serves as Director of Air India Limited and Airports Authority of India. Bhullar is the seventh IAS officer to become DG in past eight years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences from Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab.
Bhullar’s work is cut out as he has to strengthen the aviation safety oversight capacity of DGCA as India is witnessing the fastest growth in aviation globally.
Bhullar, known to be a no nonsense officer who adopts zero tolerance for anything that could affect safety, will have his hands full as he takes over the regulatory agency.
Mr. Mahmood Shah Habibi, Director General, Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA)
Mahmood Shah Habibi holds a Master degree in Aviation Management from the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has completed the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program and has received as the first Afghan the International Airports Professional “IAP” designation from International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airport Council International (ACI).
Mahmood Shah Habibi was working as a Deputy Director General on a Deputy Minister Rank for the newly constituted Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) in 2013. Habibi was responsible for all of the civil aviation activities in the country such as Airports operations and Development, Air Traffic Management including Afghanistan’s Airspace Control, Aviation Security, and Flight Safety Oversight of both national and international airlines flying into Afghanistan, Communication Navigation Surveillance (CNS), Civil Aviation Institute and Meteorology Department of Afghanistan.
Habibi had also served as the deputy minister for operations at the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority and has worked as FAA management specialist at Federal Aviation Administration.
Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President, International Civil Aviation Organization
Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu is the fifth and current President of the ICAO Council. Having initially assumed the position on 1 January 2014, he was re-elected by acclamation on 21 November 2016.
From January 2005 to December 2013, Dr. Aliu was the Representative of Nigeria on the ICAO Council. He served as the governing body’s First Vice-President and as Chairman of both its Technical Cooperation and Finance Committees. He also served as Chairman of the ICAO Council Working Group on Governance and Efficiency (WGGE) and as Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the ICAO Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa (AFI Plan).
Dr. Aliu graduated in 1983 with a MSc. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Kiev Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers. He obtained a PhD in 1987. He holds an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License with multiple ratings and is an ICAO certified SMS Instructor. He holds an IATA Diploma in Civil Aviation Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Air and Space Law from McGill University, Canada.
Dr. Aliu’s extensive professional experience in civil aviation spans over 30 years. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of safety oversight, economic regulation and negotiations of bilateral and multilateral agreements, including as Chief Airworthiness Surveyor, Director Air Transport Regulation and Technical Adviser to the Minister of Aviation. He played an active role in the formulation of the National Civil Aviation Policy leading to commercialization, liberalization and institution of competition and consumer protection programmes in the Nigerian air transport industry.
He led the development of the African Civil Aviation Policy (AFCAP) under the auspices of the African Union Commission. Since 1998, he has participated in all sessions of the ICAO Assembly and has chaired numerous international meetings.
H.E. Abdulhakim bin Muhammad Al Tamimi, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia
After completing his aeronautical studies in the United States and pursuing a career in aviation, His Excellency Mr. Abdulhakim bin Muhammad Al Tamimi has been appointed as the President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation at the rank of minister, inaugurating an iconic journey in the field of aviation and air transport.
As a delegate from the US Federal Aviation Administration, Al Tamimi acquired a number of aviation licenses to become a certified pilot. He also received an aviation trainer certification and a commercial pilot certification, both from the United States, with qualifications in a number of jetliners.
Looking back on Al Tamimi’s history since his birth in 1961, we find that his relationship with aviation surpasses a third of a century. From 1982 to 1984, he worked in Aramco, the Arab Helicopter Company, as its first Saudi helicopter commander, in what is now known as the Aramco Aviation Department. Then, from 1984 to 1986, he served as the pilot in command in Learjet and Hawker aircraft.
His Excellency then moved to work in the field of Medical Evacuation in the Armed Forces from 1986 to 1988, as a pilot in command and the director of medical evacuation training of Learjet and Gulfstream aircraft. Afterwards, he established the first Saudi company specializing in aerial photography and surveillance and served as its General Manager from 1989 to 2002.
Al Tamimi’s experience was diverse, varying locally, regionally and globally. From 2003 to 2005, he worked as a Senior Aviation Trainer at the Emirati Company CAE, and from 2005 to 2008, he worked as an Operational Manager at NAS, as well as the Director of Aircraft Operation for the Royal Court. He also contributed to the technical licensing of Fly NAS.
From 2008 to 2015, he became CEO of the Gulf Aviation Technology Company specialized in light aircraft maintenance and licensed by the General Authority of Civil Aviation and the European Aviation and Space Administration (EASA) and around 14 other countries. He also became an Airbus pilot and a Consultant to the NAS General Manager of Operations.
Mr. Artem Sikorsky, Director of Aviation Department, Republic of Belarus
Born in 1983 in the city of Soligorsk, Minsk region.
In 2006, he graduated from the Minsk State Higher Aviation College, in 2017 - the Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Belarus (with honors).
From 2006 to 2016, he worked at the joint stock company Transaviaexport Airlines on IL-76 and Boeing 747 aircraft.
From 2016 to 2018 - Deputy Director of the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus.
By the order of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus of September 3, 2018, No. 92-P A. Sikorsky appointed to the post of Director of the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus.
Mr. José Ricardo Pataro Botelho de Queiroz, Director-President of Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency
José Ricardo Pataro Botelho de Queiroz was appointed as the director on 01/09/2015, with term of office until 3/19/2020. Graduated in Law from the Catholic University of Salvador (1992-1996), Postgraduate in Criminal Sciences from Jorge Amado University (2003-2005) and Public Security Management by the National Police Academy (2009). He has been a Federal Police Department delegate since 1999, a graduate degree from the FBI National Academy (with a Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia) and courses by the National Executive Institute NEI / FBI, with courses at the John F. School of Government Kennedy, at Harvard University.
He served as an Advisor to the Minister of the Office of Institutional Security of the Presidency of the Republic, and received honourable mention upon leaving the post. Soon after, he was Chief of Staff and Coordinator of the International Criminal Police, where he coordinated the activities of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in Brazil, in addition to international agreements and legal cooperation of the Federal Police. He also coordinated the Federal Police adductions around the world.
He served as National Secretary of Security for Major Events (Ministry of Justice) from 2011 to 2012, with the responsibility of elaborating Brazil's security and budget plan for major events such as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Worked at the Brazilian Diplomatic Delegation at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, as “Alternate Representative” at the ICAO / UN Council (2012-2015). In that period, it also had a direct participation in the amendments to the text of the Tokyo Convention, especially in matters related to the In Flight Security Officer (IFSO). He participated in the work for Brazil's entry into the ICAO's Public Key Directory (PKD) and in the systematization of the Advanced Passenger Information (API) in the country besides working on rules against acts of unlawful interference (AVSEC), all in favour of civil aviation.
He has an honourable mention of the Japanese Government, as well as recognition for outstanding partnership of the DEA and NCIS, as well as he was awarded the medals of friend of the Navy and Almirante Tamandare.
Marc Pissens, President - Global Aviation Division, Securitas AB
Marc Pissens is a member of Group’s Management within the Securitas AB group, he is President of Securitas Global Aviation’s Division, the latter representing today more than 30,000 security employees at 250 airports in 36 countries.
Whereas aviation has always been his primary target, Marc Pissens strongly believes that mutual recognition and good understanding between the authorities and the private sector are vital for the execution of outstanding security services.
A legal framework, execution by the private security industry and good control by the government are the basics of a professional industry.
Soon after Marc Pissens started his career in the security sector in 1985, he was appointed the president of the APEG/BVBO (Belgian association of security services), and in 1999 he also became, and still is, President of CoESS (Confederation of European Security Services). Since that day, he has been involved in the setting of standards and the elaboration of rules and regulations for the security industry in Europe.
In addition, Marc Pissens was the initiator and founder of ASSA-I - Airport Security Services Association International - of which he also holds the presidency.
Marc Pissens is also a member of ACI, ASIS, IACA and IATA.
Erik Kriel, Vice-President, Landrum & Brown
Erik is the Vice-President of L&B, with 19 years of experience ranging from operational research to terminal design, airport master planning and strategic airline consultation. He previously headed Airport Planning for the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).
Erik has recently worked at some of the largest hub airports in the world, including Dubai and Hong Kong. He is currently the Lead Consultant on the Melbourne Airport Master Plan. Erik is comfortable and experienced at engaging multi-disciplinary teams. With exposure to projects in South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, Erik appreciates the breadth of issues that can influence an airport plan.
Mr. Filip Cornelis, Director, Civil Aviation, European Commission
Filip Cornelis is Director for Aviation (DG MOVE Directorate E) in the European Commission, in charge of Aviation since October 2017. He is also Head of Unit for Aviation Policy since October 2016.
He joined the European Commission in 1994 and covered political, economic and commercial affairs in the European Commission’s Mission in Kiev as deputy to the Head of Mission. From 1998 on, he worked in the Task Force for Accession Negotiations, in charge of the European Union’s accession negotiations with Hungary and of negotiating chapters 2 (free movement of persons) and 21 (regional policy) on a multi-country basis. He then led the Commission team drafting the Treaties of Accession for the 12 new EU Member States.
In 2003-2004, he was seconded to the University of Pittsburgh, USA, as European Union Fellow at the Center for West European Studies.
In January 2006, Filip Cornelis moved on to transport policy by joining the Office of the Director General for Energy and Transport, Mr Matthias Ruete. He was the leading member of the Office from 2008. He was then appointed Head of Unit for Aviation Security in the European Commission in September 2010. He moved on to become Head of Unit for Aviation Safety from December 2012 until October 2016.
H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, Chairman, Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE
H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi is a member of the Government of Ras Al-Khaimah Executive Council.
H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi has been the Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah since 1997 after serving the dual role as Chairman of the Airport Board and Director General of the Department. He has been responsible for stabilizing management and financial positioning of the organization and currently leads a 350-person workforce with full responsibility for the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport including all management, business development, marketing, human resources and administrative affairs.
His career included the role of Head of the British Ras Al Khaimah Joint Committee established by the Amiri Court where he developed long and short-term strategic business plans, managed diplomatic relationships and worked closely with Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Ambassador of the U.K.
H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi holds an Executive Certificate in Innovations in Governance from Harvard University – USA September 2005, Executive Certificate from INSEAD from Fontainebleau, France May 2005, Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from the American University of Sharjah, UAE 2001 and a Bachelors of Science in Mining Engineering (BSMNE) from University of Arizona, Arizona, USA 1997.
Mr. Von Cameron, SVP Worldwide Operations, AirMap
In Mr. Cameron’s current role, he is responsible for worldwide operations for AirMap’s Unmanned Traffic Management Services (UTM), enabling authorities, enterprises, and recreational users to manage and fly unmanned aircraft safely and efficiently. Mr. Cameron prides himself on enabling unique business models that create win-win situations for his customers and AirMap.
Upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Cameron began his career as military officer and transitioned to civilian life as a Booz Allen & Hamilton management consultant. After long stints in a management consultant role and strategist in the communications industry, Mr. Cameron moved into sales, leveraging his consultative selling approach to aid customers.
Currently, Mr. Cameron has successfully led both public (Smith Micro) and private organisations (Narus, Actility and now AirMap). He leverages logic and his considerable math skills both in his hobby as an avid poker player and to aid his customer's operational and economic decision-making.
Mr. Pravin Prajapati, Founder & CEO, Indrones, India
Pravin Prajapati started his introductions to Drones in early 2012 with initially a college project to build a Humanitarian Drone for Dropping Medical and Food Packets.
He started his professional journey in Drones with Government where he worked where he led a team of engineers to explore and grow the use of Drones and Drone Data for Surveying and GIS Mapping Applications.
With all the experience and Drone Industry growing exponentially, he founded Indrones in the year 2015 along with Mr. Ravi Singh (Co-Founder & CTO, Indrones).
Indrones is one of leading end-to-end Drone Solutions Company in India with capability on working on large scale mapping projects and so far worked on over 5000 sq. km. of mapping work. Although drone data has seen a widespread use in last few years in almost all the industries, Indrones focuses on GIS and Surveying, Infrastructure and Utilities, Mines and Quarry and Agriculture.
Mr. Yeshwanth Reddy, Founder, Aarav Unmanned Systems
Yeshwanth Reddy is a co-founder and currently the COO at Aarav Unmanned Systems(AUS), a leading commercial drones’ technology start-up. He is also leading product design and future projects at AUS.
Yeshwanth has a post-graduation degree in Aerodynamics from IIT Bombay, where he has also served as the General Secretary Academic Affairs.
He has represented India numerous times at international forums and competitions prior to AUS.
Mr. Mrinal Gurudath Pai, Co-founder Skylark Drones, India
After winning the Human Resource Development Ministry’s scholarship, Mrinal Pai started his undergraduate studies in the R.V College of Engineering where he became an active member of Team Vyoma, an aerodynamics club, holding the position of Chief Design Engineer.
During his time there, he worked on multiple UAV projects, participating and eventually leading the team in international competitions, the crowning achievement being the NASA Systems Engineering Award for engineering a holistic UAV based solution.
It was around this time that, Mrinal had decided to collaborate with one of his Vyoma teammates, Mughilan to start a company that could use drones to deliver solutions that made a difference to the way we plan, build and manage the world around us.
Skylark Drones was thus born with a mission to serve the pillars of the economy such as mining, infrastructure, agriculture and clean energy. Skylark Drones went on to be recognised by the likes of ET, LiveMint, YourStory and others for their ideas and prototypes that helped them win startup competitions at IIM-A, Intel and others.
Mrinal manages the design and business operations divisions of the company. Together with Mughilan, he has led the company to collaborate, and deliver drone-based solutions that help decrease operational costs, and transition to a digital way to manage assets and projects to over 40 clients such as Tata Steel, L&T, Syngenta and CleanMax.
Mr. Simon Wilcox, Head of Automation and Optimisation, Heathrow Airport Ltd
Simon Wilcox leads Heathrow Airports Automation of the Passenger Journey program which is focused on the development of an end-to-end passenger journey which is personal, simple and reliable. He is an experienced airport operator with over 15 years in the aviation industry and has an MSc in Air Transport Management.
Simon is a Chartered Manager who holds an MSc in Air Transport Management. He started his career at a flight training center leading the flight operations department, and overseeing the running of the aerodrome, whilst studying for his commercial pilot’s license. He later moved to work for BAA at both Southampton and Heathrow airports and took on senior roles in Airside ops, Terminal Management, Security, Operational Readiness and ultimately running the day to day operation at Heathrow. Having worked in the Middle East with Qatar Airways in 2010 and 2011, Simon returned to Heathrow and has spent the last five years involved in the running of Heathrow’s £3bn Capital Portfolio.
Simon has a passion for leading transformational change and is a qualified executive coach. In addition to his main job Simon is also Chair of Governors of a West London College. Outside of work Simon is a keen skier, enjoys travel and being out on the water.
Mr. Francis Regis, Director-General, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Civil Aviation Authority
Mr. Francis Regis was appointed Director General of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority effective March 04 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Regis was the Executive Manager Safety Regulation at the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, from August 2001, having been part of a core group of five (5) persons selected in September 1998 by the Ministry of Works and Transport to assist in the formation of the Authority.
He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Anglia Ruskin University of the UK. He is a certified in several areas including, Project Management and holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology with personal interests extended in the areas of agriculture and carpentry.
Mr. Regis is a qualified aircraft maintenance engineer, having held a Trinidad and Tobago licence from 1983, as well as an FAA Aircraft Mechanic Certificate issued in 1981. His thirty nine years (39) Industry experience started when he joined BWIA in August 1979 progressing to hold several positions including, that of mechanic, Shift Engineer, Quality Shift Supervisor, Quality Manager, and then Senior Manager Head/Quality, Director Quality.
As a maintenance engineer and subsequently the Head of the Quality Department at BWIA he was trained qualified and authorized to conduct engine ground runs and return to service the DC9, MD83, and L1011 aircraft. He also successfully managed several heavy maintenance (D and C) checks on both the MD83 and L1011 aircraft.
Mr. Mattijs Smith, Head Of International Development, CAA International
Mattijs Smith is an aviation executive with broad international experience managing and developing airports around the world. He started his aviation career at Schiphol Group in the corporate strategy and business development department focusing on the strategic development of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Thereafter, he moved to Schiphol international where he was responsible for the acquisition and development of international airport participations of Schiphol Group, such as JFK International Airport, New York and Brisbane Airports Company, Australia.
After Schiphol, Mattijs became an aviation consultant, advising airports and governments in areas such as Airport Strategy & Business Planning, Master Planning, and Operational Efficiency. In this period, he also became an IATA instructor amongst others of the course Airport Strategic Management.
From 2013-2015, Mattijs was the Managing Director of Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company, responsible for the management, operations and development of Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.
Currently, Mattijs is Head of International Development for CAA International, the technical cooperation, advisory and aviation training arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). CAA international aims to improve aviation standards sustainably across the globe, connecting states with expertise from the UK CAA.
Mattijs holds a master’s Degree in Economics.
Mr. Don Thoma, Chief Executive Officer, Aireon, Washington D.C.
Don Thoma is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aireon. Thoma held various senior leadership positions at Iridium Communications following his arrival in 2001, serving most recently as Executive Vice President of Marketing.
As Executive Vice President of Marketing, Thoma was responsible for strategic marketing of Iridium’s products and services, corporate communications and leading corporate initiatives related to the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.
Thoma currently serves as a member of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Executive Committee, which is accountable for the overall performance of CANSO and served as Chairman of the Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA), an industry trade group that works to advance the use of hosted payloads on commercial satellites.
Prior to joining Iridium, Thoma served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for ObjectVideo, Inc and has held various positions of responsibility at ORBCOMM, ranging from Senior Director of Transportation to Founder and General Manager of the Vantage Tracking Solutions Business Unit and Vice President of Business Development. Prior to ORBCOMM. Thoma’s experience included Director of Integration and Launch Operations for Orbital Sciences Corporation.
Thoma served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Space Division and holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara - (Tata SIA Airlines Limited, India)
Mr. Leslie Thng joined Vistara as the Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. He has been associated with the Singapore Airlines Group since 1999, having held many senior positions in airline’s head office in Singapore as well as overseas. Prior to joining Vistara, he served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH), which owns and manages SIA's low-cost subsidiaries Scoot and Tigerair.
Mr. Thng brings with him significant leadership experience and deep knowledge of the aviation sector across international markets. Prior to being appointed to the BAH role in May 2016, he was the Chief Executive of SIA's regional arm, SilkAir, since September 2012. He had earlier been SIA's Vice President Network Planning, since December 2011, and before that was based in Frankfurt as General Manager Germany, since June 2009. He had also held positions in China and Italy for Singapore Airlines, as well as in the Company's Loyalty Marketing and Revenue Management departments.
Mr. Thng holds a Bachelor Degree (Honors) in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.
Mr. Rafal Milczarski, CEO and President of the Management Board, LOT Polish Airlines
Rafal Milczarski is CEO and president of the Management Board at LOT Polish Airlines. Milczarski is a manager with extensive international experience in the transport industry.
He graduated in Economics from the University of Cambridge. During his studies, he has been a trainee, among others at UBS Bank in Zurich and JP Morgan in London. After graduation, he worked in the maritime and railway logistics department at Foster Yeoman Limited in Great Britain.
He co-founded the Baltic Rail, one of the first private railway carriers of goods in Poland. In 2005, together with an industry investor Freightliner Group in the UK, he founded Freightliner PL – a freight rail carrier. As a president and co-owner, he led the company from a start-up to the achievement of a few per cent share of the freight market in Poland.
He is also the founder and former CEO of Freightliner DE - a German subsidiary Freightliner PL and the Association of Independent Railway. He is interested in economics and history.
Mr. Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & India
Dinesh Keskar is senior vice president, Asia-Pacific & India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a position he assumed in February 2012. He is responsible for the Boeing business relationships with airline customers in Asia Pacific & India and for sale of commercial airplanes to customers in those regions.
From 2009 until his present assignment, Keskar was vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing India. In that role, he was responsible for representing the entire enterprise and for leading Boeing-wide efforts focused on expanding the company’s local presence and pursuing new growth and productivity initiatives in India.
From 2004, Keskar served as Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for South and Southeast Asia. His responsibilities included overseeing all commercial airplanes activities in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
In 2000, Keskar was the vice president, Sales, and president of Boeing Aircraft Trading. In this dual role, he was responsible for marketing all types of aircraft, owned by Boeing, to customers worldwide, and managed all commercial airplanes sales activities in India. Keskar served as president of Boeing Aircraft Trading until March 2005.
From 1995 to 2000, Keskar served as president of Boeing India for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, he was responsible for sales and marketing of commercial airplanes, airline support and industrial partnership activities in India. From 1987 to 1995, Keskar was a director of International Sales, where he managed all of Boeing’s airplane sales and marketing activities in India, and was responsible for managing relationships with government-operated Air India and Indian Airlines, related civil aviation government offices and new India-based private airlines.
Since he joined Boeing in June 1980, Keskar has held senior positions in engineering, marketing and sales. From 1980 to 1986, he was responsible for research and consultation in the areas of system identification, digital signal processing and modern control theory. Keskar developed the techniques to conduct flight tests and analyse flight test data to obtain airplane math models for the 737, 747, 757 and 767 flight simulators. Before joining Boeing, Keskar worked as a research associate in the Flight Dynamics and Control Division at NASA Langley Research Center.
Keskar serves on several boards and organizations, including the national board of directors of the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin; former chairman of Amcham India, chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s FICCI civil aviation committee; the advisory board of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati; U.S.-India Business Council Board Member Emeritus, which operates under sponsorship of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
From 2003 to 2007, he served as a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, an organization that serves as the official voice for the entire commercial transport aircraft secondary marketplace, and was a member of the executive committee of the Indo-American Society. Keskar remains an active member of Indian community organizations in the United States.
In 1999, Keskar was honored with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” by the University of Cincinnati for meritorious achievement, recognized stature and conspicuous success in the imaginative blending of engineering education with highly productive endeavors in industry. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Achievement award from the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin.
Keskar received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nagpur India with a Gold Medal in 1975. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1976 and 1978, respectively. Further, he received an MBA from City University in Seattle in 1987 and was a recipient of the President’s Honor Roll. In 1994, he attended the Berkeley Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Mike Ferguson, Lead – Asia Pacific, Skyscanner Pte Ltd
Mike Ferguson is based in Singapore and is responsible for sales and business development across APAC at Skyscanner.
Prior to joining Skyscanner, Mike was the Head of Classified for Scottish Television (STV Plc) at a time when the company diversified its commercial offerings to focus more on digital revenues.
He also previously led the sales team for digital media company, s1, and was instrumental in the company’s success and growth.
Mike joined Skyscanner in 2015 as a Senior Business Development manager, leading the partnerships team globally before moving to Singapore.
H.E. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO , Qatar Airways
Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in shaping the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world – named Airline of the Year 2017, 2015, 2012, 2011 and runner up in 2016, 2014, and 2013 by global industry audit Skytrax.
Mr. Al Baker has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircraft in a regional capacity prior to his appointment. Qatar Airways currently flies 210 aircraft to more than 150 destinations across six continents.
Mr. Al Baker is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH). AACO is the organisation responsible for the development of the airline industry in the Arab world, IATA is the world regulatory body of airlines, and HAH is the company responsible for the running and development of the UK’s largest airport.
The President of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande, presented Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker with a Legion of Honour in June 2015 in recognition of his leadership in the aviation industry.
A highly motivated individual, Mr. Al Baker has been a successful businessman in Doha for more than 25 years, holds a private pilot licence, and is also CEO of several divisions of Qatar’s national airline – these being Qatar Executive, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Duty Free and Internal Media Services.
Born in Doha, he is a graduate in Economics and Commerce and worked at various levels in the Civil Aviation Directorate before becoming Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive in 1997.
H.E. Hadi Abubakar Sirika, Hon’ble Minister of State for Aviation
Hadi Abubakar Sirika is a former pilot and a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He represents Katsina North, Senatoriat district under the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Mr. Sirika was previously the Vice-Chairman of the Millennium Development Goals Standing Committee of the Nigerian Senate. He became a senator in 2011.
Before then, he served as a member of the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007 on the platform of the ANPP.
Mr. Sirika was General Manager of Katsina State Transport Authority from 1999 and 2000 and is currently the Minister of State for Aviation.
Dr. Mohammad Qasim Wafayezada, Hon'ble Deputy Minister for Planning and Policy
Qasim Wafayezada was born in Waras district of Bamyan Province in July 1980.
He completed his schooling from Panjab High School and graduated from the Journalism Faculty of Kabul University in 2005. He was awarded MONBUKAGAKUSHO Scholarship from 2007-2013. Mr. Wafayezada earned his doctorate in international relations from Kanazawa University. His research focus has been on state building, nation building, ethnic politics, democratization and peacebuilding in post-conflict multi-ethnic societies.
As a practitioner, he was the social and cultural affairs expert at the Secretariat of the Ministers’ Council of Afghanistan. Mr. Wafayezada has also worked extensively with Afghan media, namely as editor in chief of Mardum Weekly, editor in chief of Misaq Wahdat Weekly, etc.
Since 2013, he serves as the Deputy of Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) for Policy and Planning. As part of the new leadership of the Afghanistan civil aviation, Mr. Wafayezada has set a clear vision and mission for the ACAA which envisions sound and healthy development of Afghanistan civil aviation, endeavours for meeting the ICAO and other international standards, and removal of Afghan airlines from the EU blacklist. New regulations and codes of conduct have been developed under his leadership to fill the legal gaps and lay the ground for extensive but smooth and healthy reform within the aviation sector in Afghanistan.
Beside his career, as an academic, Mr. Wafayezada has authored several books including “Ethnic Politics and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: The Root Causes of Political Conflicts and the Problems of Democratic Transition” published in 2013 by Scholars’ Press.
H.E. Robert Montague, Hon'ble Minister of Transport & Mining, Jamaica
Robert Montague is a proud son of St Mary with an outstanding record of service at the local, regional and international levels.
His leadership qualities emerged as student at St Mary High School where he was active in student life and had the distinction of serving as President of the Key Club and head boy.
He was later to serve as distinguished Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis movement.
He continued his education at the College of Agriculture, now the College of Agriculture Science and Education, graduating as a trained agronomist.
As the island’s Chief Agro-Consultant for Bayer Company, Minister Montague was able to help farmers across Jamaica improve their productivity and economic welfare.
Growing up in a farming community it was natural for his love of the land and the rich farming tradition of his native St Mary to become a banana farmer himself.
He has continued in his involvement with farming with interests in forestry and agro processing.
Minister Montague has been very active in public service and community development for all his adult life.
He has been a champion for the cause of golden age homes and is passionately committed to strengthening local government and its role in improving the lives of citizens and communities.
His deep commitment to his community and the people of St Mary has led him into representational politics starting with serving as a councillor in the St Mary Parish Council, then Mayor and Chairman of the St Mary Parish Council and Member of Parliament for Western St Mary.
His experience at the local and constituency level prepared him for political service at the national level as the Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party.
He has provided leadership in the Government as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Minister of Agriculture; Minister of National Security and since March 2018 as Minister of Transport and Mining.
At the regional and international levels, he served as the Chairman of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Chairman of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers, and President of the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities.
Minister Montague brings to the Transport and Mining portfolio a collaborative approach to leadership that is essential to building partnerships between the Ministry, its departments and agencies and the citizens of Jamaica.
He is an action-oriented leader who is committed to working with his team to find practical and innovative ways to overcome the serious challenges of crime and violence that Jamaica is experiencing in the mission to build a peaceful and prosperous Jamaica.
H.E. Andrzej Adamczyk, Hon'ble Minister for Infrastructure
On January 9, 2018, Andrzej Adamczyk was appointed the Minister of Infrastructure.
Since 2005, Mr. Adamczyk has been a member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland in the V, VI, VII and VIII terms. A long-term vice-chairman of the Sejm Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Communications Committee with Poles Abroad. He participated in the work of the subcommittee: for construction and spatial and housing management, for monitoring the use of European Union funds and for land transport.
Specializes in road and railway infrastructure and construction. In the parliament, Mr. Adamczyk dealt with, inter alia, the government's draft law on road special purpose vehicles, an amendment to the "Construction law" law and a bill on the simplification of the investment process in housing.
As a councilor of the Kraków Poviat, he presided over the Infrastructure Committee for two terms.
He is a member of the Małopolska Chamber of Civil Engineers.
He has a university degree in economics.
Mr. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director , SpiceJet Limited
Mr. Ajay Singh is the Principal Shareholder, Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, a low cost airline in India.
He helped start SpiceJet in 2005 with the objective of making flying affordable for all. After a successful tenure, he exited from the airline in 2010 before buying it back again from near shut down in 2015. He has since scripted one of the most remarkable turnaround stories in global aviation.
From imminent closure, the airline has achieved 14 consecutive quarters of profit. The passenger load factor (occupancy) of the airline has been highest every month for 44 months in a row. This is a global aviation record. The airline has one of the best on-time performance of all airlines in India and one of the lowest cancellation rates. SpiceJet’s stock was the world’s best performing aviation stock in 2017 as per Bloomberg.
Mr. Singh is a first generation entrepreneur and is regarded as the face of the Indian aviation industry. Under his leadership, SpiceJet placed an order of 205 aircraft --- one of the largest orders for new airplanes in Boeing’s history a fact that was lauded by US President Donald J. Trump for helping create tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. SpiceJet followed up the Boeing order with an order for 50 Bombardier Q400 planes --- the single biggest order for the Q400 in Bombardier’s history.
Mr. Singh was the media head of the campaign for the election of the present federal government. He is credited with coining the popular 2014 campaign slogan ‘Abki Baar Modi Sarkar’ which means ‘Now is the time of Modi Government’. This hugely popular slogan helped the current Prime Minister win the election by a large margin.
Mr. Singh has had many ‘turnarounds’ to his credit. Before SpiceJet, he worked to turn around the loss-making Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and the national Television Broadcast network, Doordarshan.
In 1996, he was asked to serve on the Board of Delhi Transport Corporation and prepare a plan to revamp the DTC. DTC was in a state of despair with a few hundred buses. In the two and a half years that he spent at DTC, the Corporation saw a spectacular revival.
Mr. Singh also worked to revamp Doordarshan, the national broadcaster and played a key role in the launch of DD Sports and DD News.
Mr. Singh also worked as an advisor to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology where he helped draft the National Telecom Policy and the Information Technology Act. He played an important role in reducing the cost of mobile calls and in revolutionising the telecom and IT industries in India.
Mr. Singh, a keen sports person, is the President of the Boxing Federation of India and also the Vice President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA). In the last one year, Indian boxing has achieved tremendous success including the largest ever medal tally at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Mr. Singh attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, from where he received a degree in engineering. He then attended Cornell University in the United States from where he got a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). Mr. Singh also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from Law Faculty, University of Delhi.
Mr. Rahul Bhatia, Chairman and Managing Director, Indigo
Mr. Rahul Bhatia is the interim Chief Executive Officer and Director of InterGlobe Aviation Limited. He also serves as the Group Managing Director of InterGlobe Enterprises Limited.
Mr. Bhatia was instrumental in the formation of InterGlobe Enterprises in 1989 with its flagship business of air transport management. It is under his able captainship that the InterGlobe diversified manifold.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry. He has developed a number of travel-related new businesses. He worked for two years with IBM and was involved in the pilot project to establish a fully automated screen manufacturing plant.
Mr. Bhatia holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Sidharath Kapur, Executive Director, GMR Airports
Sidharath Kapur, 53, is the Executive Director of GMR Airports Ltd.
Mr. Kapur is a rank holder chartered accountant and a company secretary and has extensive experience of over 28 years of financial management in financial services and corporate finance with various sectors including financial services, oil and gas and infrastructure.
In his role, Mr. Kapur oversees the various airports in the GMR Group and handles the business development activities including bidding for new airports.
Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India
Rajiv Nayan Choubey, is the Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, since June 5, 2015.
A 1981 batch IAS Officer from the Tamil Nadu Cadre, Mr. Choubey served as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India, from February, 2014 to September, 2014 and as Special Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India, from October, 2014 to May, 2015.
Previously, Mr. Choubey held several assignments under the Government of India. He served the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, for seven years; three years in the Telecom Regulator Authority of India; about two years in the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India; worked for the Ministry of Petroleum, Government of India, for two years.
Before serving the Government of India in several capacities, Mr. Choubey worked in Tamil Nadu from 1982 to 1998. During this period, he held various charges such as Collector of Kanyakumari and Madurai for three years, worked in the Industrial Development Corporation in Tamil Nadu for three year and carried out the service at Finance Department in the Secretariat for about three years.
He holds a Master's degree in physics from St. Stephen College, Delhi. He also holds a Master's degree in Social and Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.
H.E. Rabindra Adhikari, Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Rabindra Adhikari joined student politics in 1980s and has been actively involved in politics since 1989. He had been jailed for 8 months for his involvement in the movement against the Panchayat regime and was arrested four times during the movement against the monarchy.
Mr. Adhikari was elected to the first Constituent Assembly (CA) from CPN-UML from Kaski-3 constituency in 2008. He was also re-elected for the second CA from Kaski-3 constituency in 2013. Since 2013, he is a Central Committee member of CPN UML.
He holds a master’s degree in Management Studies from Tribhuvan University.
Mr. Adhikari used to write regularly in local papers and magazines. He has an independent following in the party and is seen as an upcoming leader of importance.
He was also the Chairman of Akhil Nepal Free Students Union. He was also the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Development in the Legislature-Parliament.
In the parliamentary elections held in 2017, Mr. Adhikari was elected to the House of Representatives from Kaski-2 Constituency and has been appointed as Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in the Oli-led government.
H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al Zaabi, Chief Executive Officer, Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA)
HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Nasser Al-Zaabi has more than 22 years of experience in multi-disciplinary functions ranging from project management, financial and contractual management, strategic planning, budgeting, and more in different fields of constriction, engineering, and corporate affairs.
He has a degree in quantity surveying and a master’s in projects management.
He also has a PhD in privatizing government services.
H.E. Akaki Saghirashvili, Hon'ble Deputy Minister for Economy and Sustainable Development
Akaki Saghirashvili was appointed the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia on October 1, 2018.
Previously, Mr. Saghirashvili worked for the Georgian Railway LLC in several capacities. He served as the Head of Corporate Management Department from 2015-2018, Deputy Director of Infrastructure Branch (in charge of administrative and legal issues) from 2011-2015, Head of Legal Services Office, Head of Permanent Commission on Capital for three years.
Besides, Mr. Saghirashvili worked with Caucasus School of Law as a lecturer, Department of Civil Laws from 2009-2011.
Captain Sameh El Hefny, President, Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority
Sameh El Hefny is the current President of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, and former Chairman of Egyptair Holding Company. Mr. Hefny holds a PhD in Aviation Crisis Management, and two Master’s degrees, one specialized in Aviation and Aerospace from Toulouse Business School, and another specialized in Public Administration.
Mr. El Hefny has a diversified wealth of experience in the aviation Industry that spans over 30 years, ranging from being a pilot in command/examiner over several aircrafts (such as B747 & A340), to holding several high-level managerial positions within the Civil Aviation Sector, including Chairing the Egyptian Aviation Academy.
During his career, Mr. Hefny held a number of administrative and technical positions within EgyptAir Holding Company and its subsidiaries, including but not restricted to, VP of Aviation Training GM at EgyptAir Airlines (Flight Operations Sector), then, GM of EgyptAir Airlines (Chairman Bureau). He also held GM of Aviation Training (Flight Training Center), and followed by VP of EgyptAir Training Center. Furthermore, Capt. El Hefny led and was involved in various significant strategic committees during a transitional and critical period of EgyptAir’s business path including the famous Star Alliance joining and many other notable feats.
Mr. Hefny was elected to be a member of IATA Board of Governors and the Nominating Committee in 2014.
With regard to the regulatory aspect of the industry, Mr. Hefny held the highest posts in the regulatory world of Egyptian aviation, such as VP of Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), and later on, Chairman and President of ECAA. Following his tenure at the ECAA, Mr. Hefny was appointed to Chairman of the Egyptian Aviation Academy due to his strong managerial skills and diversified wealth of experience in the field.
Internationally, Mr. Hefny has succeeded in obtaining a strong presence, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region due to his occupation of a multitude of leading roles in conferences and panels, such as Chief of the Regional Group of Aviation Safety in the Middle East, and member of the Superior Panel of Aviation Safety Level in the Middle East.
Mr. Hefny was also elected the Chairperson of the RASG-MID conference in 2011, and member of the TLST-MID conference as well. He is also EgyptAir’s representative in the ICAO Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Mr. El Hefny is passionate about continuous learning, and self-development, especially in his field of work.
Mr. Vasudevan Thulasidas, CEO, Kannur International Airport Ltd
Vasudevan Thulasidas serves as the Managing Director of Kannur International Airport Limited.
Mr. Thulasidas serves as the Director of Tourism in Kerala, India. He was the Managing Director of National Aviation Company of India Limited from December 22, 2003 to March 2008 and its Chairman until March 2008. He worked as Chief Secretary to the Government of Tripura.
Mr. Thulasidas served as Member of the Board of Governors of International Air Transport Association.
Mr. Adel Abdulla Ali, CEO, Air Arabia
Adel Abdullah Ali is the Chief Executive Officer & Air Arabia Board Member since 2003.
Mr. Ali received award for the best CEO of low-cost carrier in the world for the years 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 in recognition of his efforts in founding the first low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa.
He was also selected as the best business man for the year 2011.
Mr. Ali has more than 28 years in aviation world & strategic planning.
His deep knowledge in tourism and commercial operations are well reflected in Air Arabia’s performance since 2003.
Before Air Arabia, Mr. Ali served in various aviation positions; he served as vice president of the commercial & customer services in Gulf Air where he played a key role in restructuring the company.
He also served for more than 20 years in different management positions with British Airways last of which was General Manager of the Middle east and Africa.
Mr. Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India
Mr. Deepak Bagla is the Managing Director & CEO of Invest India, the official Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Government of India.
Mr Bagla brings two decades of work experience starting with the World Bank in Washington DC, followed by a stint with a major Indian business conglomerate, where he was involved with corporate planning and establishing green field projects.
Mr. Bagla worked with Citigroup since 1989 in various roles including structured financial solutions for State Governments, Capital Markets, Financial Institutions and public/private Corporations. From 1996, he was involved with global equity offerings by Corporations in Europe and Asia. He was a member of the Banking & Finance Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (ISO affiliate 2005-06).
He was also a member of the committee established by the Government of India to recommend corporate governance norms for independent directors (2006).
Mr. Bagla has a Bachelor’s degree with in Economics from St Stephens College and a Master’s degree in International Trade & Finance and Diplomacy, from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC.
Ms. Nadia Abdul Aziz, President, National Association of Air Freight & Logistics
Nadia Abdul Aziz hails from a family of successful entrepreneurs whose business legacy includes establishing DULSCO, one of the largest work force suppliers to aviation, shipping and logistics industries in the Gulf and the oldest of its kind in Dubai.
Her early exposure in the sectors prepared her for greater responsibilities in running the family-owned UNASCO LLC (Union National Air, Land and Sea Shipping Company) since 2003. The company offers competitive solutions for sea and air freight, trucking and warehousing, to and from the UAE.
An active member of the National Association of Freight & Logistics (NAFLUAE) for many years, Ms. Nadia was elected president of the group, the Gulf's first national freight forwarders association formed in 1992 to bring together in one body all the major players in the UAE freight forwarding, logistics and shipping industry.
Ms. Nazia is NAFL's first Emirati and woman president. In that capacity, she was elected in 2017 as the vice president of the International Chamber of Commerce-ICC: Steering Committee for Customs and Trade Facilitation UAE Chapter as well to the Extended Board of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA).
Under her leadership, NAFL successfully got its revalidation permit from FIATA to offer internationally recognized courses and promoted numerous campaigns and activities. She has also hosted regional and global conferences in the UAE. Likewise, she had participated in numerous international conferences and exhibitions promoting the logistics industry in the UAE.
Ms. Nazia has a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Advertising from the American University in Dubai. She also has a Master's Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified ISO Internal Auditor since 2001. She also studied at London Oxford College and Edinburgh University, taking up certificate courses.
She has received numerous international and local awards for her leadership skills and dedication to humanitarian and philanthropic causes, most notably at the Al Noor Center for Children with Special Needs, which earned her the H.H.Sheikh Mansoor Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award in 2015.
Mr. Julien Coffinier, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Groupe ADP
Julien Coffinier began his career in the telecommunications industry in the UK, and then joined the European food retail company Louis Delhaize in Belgium as Senior Financial analyst in charge of mergers and acquisitions in 2004.
In 2008, he joined Groupe ADP as General Manager for business planning and finance strategy.
He was in charge of the financial negotiation of the five-year Economic Regulation Agreement, and was successful in several acquisitions projects, including the 38% take-over of TAV Airports in 2012.
In 2013, he was appointed deputy Chief International Officer of Groupe ADP.
Since 2017, he has been the Director of Groupe ADP in Asia Pacific, responsible for developing and managing all of the Group's Asian activities including architecture, engineering, concessions, investments and services.
He is a member of the Boards of ADP Ingénierie and ADP International; he is also a member of several Board Committees including TAV Airports and TAV Construction.
Muhtar Shaibu Usman is the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the apex aviation regulatory authority in Nigeria.
He was born on December 5, 1956, in the famous city of Zaria, in Kaduna State. He started his elementary education at Government Secondary Technical School, Soba and finished in 1972. In 1973, he proceeded to the Government Technical College where he passed out in 1975 after obtaining Federal Craft Training Certificate.
This is where the allure of aviation kept beckoning. The young Usman got admission to Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT), Zaria, in 1975 to pursue a course in Aero Electronics and Telecommunication where he obtained a Diploma certificate.
During his career, he worked as a Flying Instructor at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT), Zaria from 1981 – 1985. He proceeded to the Nigeria Airways Ltd, Lagos between 1985 – 2004 where among other assignments he flew the B 737 Aircraft. As a fleet captain’s assistant, he assisted in fleet technical and operational administration.
Mr. Bahri KESICI, Acting Director-General of Civil Aviation, Turkey
Mr. Bahri KESICI was born in 1956 in Kavak, a district of Samsun Province. He graduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of METU in 1981. After he studied and graduated as a military student from the Air Force Academy, he was assigned as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer at Eskisehir 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center, where plant-level and depot-level maintenance of fighter Jets are carried out, as an Aeronautical Engineer Lieutenant. He served as a maintenance engineer for a period of 3 years at such station.
He was assigned as a manager at the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory for Calibration, which is situated at the above-mentioned center, and he served for a period of 5 years at such station. He accomplished that the laboratory was certificated by the USA within such period. Then, he was commissioned as an official responsible for the Avionics Systems Workshops and maintained his duties for a period of 4 years. He has undergone the training for depot-level maintenance of significant systems in the USA within such period.
He was assigned as the Commander of the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory at the fourth Main Jet Base Command in 1993 and accomplished the certification of the laboratory.
He was assigned as a Technical Liaison Officer on behalf of the Ministry of National Defense in WPAFB / Ohio with the purpose of supporting the F-16 Aircraft manufacturing program between 1994 - 1996.
He served at the F-16 Program management department of the Ministry of National Defense between 1996 and 1997. He served at the Air Forces Command in respect of the CASA aircraft manufacturing project, Cougar Helicopter manufacturing Project, Tanker Aircraft supply project between 1997 - 2000. He retired at the rank of Senior Major at the beginning of 2000.
He served as an ISO 9001 and EU project consultant at the private sector between 2000-2003, and he served as a Business Development Manager at a private company manufacturing machinery.
He served as the Mayor of Kavak, a district of Samsun Province, between 2004-2009.
He was assigned as the Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation in 2009. He assumed duties at the realization of the projects of the Information Management System (automation) and Electronic Document Management System of the mentioned institution. He currently serves as the Deputy Director General, in charge of the Aerodromes Department, Aviation Security Department and Air Transport Department in addition to his duty as the Quality Representative of the Institution.
Ms. Kirsten Riensema, FRAeS, Head of Strategic Relationships, UK Civil Aviation Authority
The UK CAA International Group was formed to help realise the CAA’s strategic objectives of raising aviation standards worldwide. Ms. Kirsten’s team is responsible for developing fundamental partnerships and international engagement, growing our relationships with States, ICAO and other international bodies to influence international aviation regulation and tackle major common aviation problems.
Our State Safety Partnership work is an integral part of the UK State Safety Programme, engaging in partnerships with other States and their Industries to improve operational safety performance of UK airlines overseas and foreign airlines in the UK.
Ms. Kirsten has just returned from over 3 years as the UK nominated Air Navigation Commissioner to ICAO, serving as its First Vice President and recently chaired the 13th ICAO Air Navigation Conference. Prior to this Kirsten had over 25 years of senior management, operational and regulatory experience in aerodrome management, implementation of SMS and airline ground operations.
A holder of a BSc in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kirsten is currently undertaking an MSc in Human Factors.
Mr. K. Shyam Sundar, CEO, Air India Express
K. Shyam Sundar was appointed as the CEO of Air India Express in March 2014.
He is a post-graduate in Business Management with over 35 years of professional career in Indian Airlines / Air India / Air India Express.
Air India Express leads the industry in aircraft utilization, CASK and on other measures of productivity of assets / resources.
Prior to taking charge of Air India Express, he served as the Executive Director Commercial; GM Revenue Management; GM Route and Network Planning in Air India.
Widely exposed to all aspects of the aviation industry, Mr. Sundar possess in-depth knowledge of the airline industry with proven expertise in the areas of strategic planning, scheduling & network development / optimization, revenue management, bilateral, international relations, commercial cooperation and sales & marketing.
H.E. Alexander A. Yurchik, Hon'ble Deputy Minister of Transport
Alexander A Yurchik was appointed the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russia Federation on December 12, 2017. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
Prior to this, he worked as the Deputy Head of Protocol for the State Council of the Russian Federation of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation from 2015-2017.
He served the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation in various capacities. He worked as an aide to the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation from 2014-2015. He was the advisor to the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation from 2008-2014.
Before working for the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, he worked as the Deputy Head, Acting Head, Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency from 2004 – 2007.
Mr. Yurchik was awarded with an honourable sign “Honorary transport worker” (2007), honorary degree “Merited transport worker” (2011), Medal of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” of the second degree (2014), award pin “Best of Air Transport” (2015).
In 1978, he graduated from the Leningrad Higher Command School of Railway Troops and Military Communications n.a. M.V.Frunze specializing in Command tactical operation of railroads.
In 1989, he graduated the Military Academy of Support and Transport In 1997 graduated the State Management Academy n.a. Sergo Ordzhonikidze specializing in management.
Born on November 25, 1957 in the village of Ogorodniki, Vysokovsky Region, Brest District, Mr. Yurchik has served the Russian army from 1974-2004.
Mr. Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder & CEO, DRONAMICS
As CEO, Svilen Rangelov leads the business team at DRONAMICS in developing the world-leading cargo UAV "The Black Swan" - a fixed-wing aircraft that can transport 350 kg at a distance of 2,500 km cheaper than any aircraft in existence.
In 2014, he co-founded DRONAMICS with his brother Mr. Konstantin Rangelov, an aerospace engineer, with a mission to leverage advances in autonomy, aerodynamics and production, in order to democratize airfreight and accelerate e-commerce in emerging markets.
The Rangelov brothers are leading a small but growing team of world-class aerospace engineers and logistics experts, and their pioneering work has won them numerous international awards.
In 2018, DRONAMICS became IATA's first strategic partner for drones worldwide.
Prior to DRONAMICS, Mr. Rangelov managed projects in marketing and business development on four continents. He is an Economics graduate of Davidson College, USA.
Mr. Julien Coffinier, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Groupe ADP
Mr. Julien Coffinier is the Managing Director Asia Pacific of Groupe ADP and Executive Director of ADP International
Born in 1979, Julien Coffinier is a graduate from ESCP Europe business school (class of 2003).
He began his career in the telecommunication industry in the United Kingdom, before joining the European food retail company Louis Delhaize in Belgium as Senior Financial analyst in charge of mergers and acquisitions from 2004 to 2008.
In 2008, he joined Groupe ADP as General Manager for business planning and finance strategy, he was in charge of the financial negotiation of the five-year Economic Regulation Agreement, and he succeeded in several acquisitions projects of which TAV Airports taking over in 2012.
In 2013, he is appointed the deputy Chief International Officer of Groupe ADP and a member of several Board Committees of TAV Airports (listed company) and TAV Construction.
Since 2017, he is the Managing Director Asia Pacific of Groupe ADP in charge of developing and managing all Asian activities of the Group. He is also a Board member of ADP Ingénierie.
Mr. Wang Zhiqing, Deputy Administrator, Civil Aviation Administration
Wang Zhiqing was born in March 1966 in Tianjin.
Mr. Zhiqing was appointed as the Deputy Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Leadership Group in March, 2014.
Previously to this appointment, Mr. Zhiqing had served the CAAC in served in various capacities. In August 2010, Mr. Zhiqing was appointed Party Committee Secretary and Deputy Director General, and then Director General and Deputy Party Committee Secretary, CAAC Northwest Regional Administration. In November 2008, he became Director, General Office of CAAC, and then Director-General, Department of General Affairs, CAAC (Director-General level).
Before joining the Department of General Affairs, he worked for the Department of Planning, Development and Finance at the CAAC, where he served as the Deputy Director-General in September, 2004.
In June 1992, Mr. Zhiqing became a staff member, and Deputy Director, Division of Investment Planning, Department of Planning, CAAC; he then served as an assistant consultant at the Administrator's Office, General Office; Director, Division of Investment, Department of Planning, Science and Technology; and as Director, Division of Infrastructure Development, Department of Planning, Development and Finance.
Mr. Zhinqing began his career in 1988. He started to work at the Airport Administration Division, Beijing Capital Airport, having served as a member and deputy leader of the Airport Field Service Group.
In May 1987, Mr. Zhiqing joined CPC.
He has a PhD degree in Management Science from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics majoring in Management Science and Engineering.
Mr. Daniel Bircher, CEO, Zurich Airport Asia
Daniel Bircher is the Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Airport Asia. He is accountable for Zurich Airport’s regional Office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Prior to this, Mr. Bircher was the Chief Operations Officer of Aeroporto Internacional de Belo Horizonte (Brazil) in 2015-2018. At Aeroporto Internacional de Belo, he was responsible for the operations of Belo Horizonte International Airport. His responsibilities included terminal operations, airside operations, airport operations control center, security, safety, emergency management and firefighting, operations planning, route development/ airline marketing, cargo center (250 FTE, 750 FTE of outsourced services). He was also a member of the executive team and of the BH Airport board of directors. He was responsible for the start-up of the new Terminal 2 in 2016/2017.
As the CEO of Aeroporto, Mr. Bricher achieved the best punctuality performance of any Brazilian airport in 2016 (87 %). He managed the start-up of the new Terminal 2 and increased the airport service quality (ASQ) satisfaction score from 3.88 to 4.45 (Q1 2015-Q1 2017). He accomplished outsourcing of cleaning, security, medical and firefighting services with a significant quality increase and cost reduction (15% cost reduction). He increased the number of directly served destinations from/to Belo Horizonte International Airport from 37 to 42.
From 2011-2015, Mr. Bircher served as the Director Operations at Bangalore International Airport Limited (India). As the Director of Operations, he was accountable for the operations of the Bangalore International Airport. His overall responsibilities included daily operations and guest relations, security, ICT, safety, emergency management and firefighting, operations planning and quality as well as airline marketing and business development.
At Bangalore International Airport, Mr. Bircher successfully over-achieved all relevant operational key performance indicators (punctuality, waiting times, baggage delivery, and quality measurements). He productively introduced new meet & assist services and passenger tracking system increased the ASQ overall satisfaction score from 4.14 to 4.65. He won various awards for ICT Innovation and for the most successful Airline Marketing Team.
From 2006-2011, Mr. Bircher worked as the Head of Safety Office at the Flughafen Zürich AG (Zurich Airport). During his tenure, he initiated and implemented the Safety Office and recruited a team of experts, developed necessary management and reporting structures and successfully achieved the aerodrome and safety management system certification. He further implemented a management reporting system for operational safety issues. He productively led the national and international civil aviation rulemaking groups (EASA, ICAO, ACI).
Mr. Bircher’s key achievements at Zurich airport included an effective implementation of the first safety management system in the Swiss Airport industry. He received numerous invitations to participate in expert panels and rulemaking groups on aviation safety. He also introduced a web-based safety training and awareness tool for 25,000 airport employees.
Mr. Bircher was the head of risk management at the Ernst Basler + Partner AG (Zurich) from 1966-2006. As the head of the risk management, he developed the risk management business unit. He developed a client portfolio in public administration, public and private trusts, airlines, airports, railway companies and financial institutions.
At Ernst Balser + Partner AG (Zurich), Mr. Bircher received research grant to publish a book on Corruption in the public tendering process in Switzerland. He successfully co-founded the Swiss trust InfoSurance in 1999 (Public-private partnership project to sensitise public and private enterprises about information security risks).
He holds a MBA degree from the University of St.Gallen.
Mr. Graham Bolton, Global Practice Leader at Mott MacDonald and Vice-Chair, British Aviation Group
Graham Bolton is accountable for proving strategic direction and technical oversight across Mott MacDonald projects and programmes within the aviation sector.
Being the Vice Chair of British Aviation Group, Mr. Bolton brings particular expertise in project definition, business case development and delivery strategy – drawing on nearly 25 years’ consultancy experience within aviation, covering all stages of the project development cycle on airports globally.
Mr. Bolton’s in-depth aviation expertise is complemented by the international cross-sector management and operations consultancy experience.
Mr. Bolton holds a post-graduation degree in Engineering and a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance.
Mr. Takeshi Muraoka, Director-General for Natural Disaster Prevention Civil Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Takeshi Muraoka was appointed the Director-General for Natural Disaster Prevention, Civil Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan in December 2018.
Mr. Muraoka joined the Japanese Ministry of Transport in April 1987. He has served the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in several capacities. He was appointed the Deputy Director General, Kyushu Regional Development Bureau in July 2017. He held the office of Director for Coastal Administration and Disaster Management Division, Ports and Harbours Bureau (PHB), MLIT in June 2016. He also worked as the Director of Ports, Harbours and Airports Development Division, Kyushu Regional Development Bureau, MLIT in April 2013.
In June 2011, Mr. Muraoka was appointed the Director of International Policy Planning Office, International and Environmental Policy Division, PHB, MLIT. He served as the director of Construction Planning office, Engineering Planning Division in July 2009.
Mr. Muraoka holds a post-graduation degree in engineering from the Kyoto University, a master’s of science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.Phil from Cambridge University.
H.E. Mikołaj Wild, Hon'ble First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Poland
Mikołaj Wild, Secretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure, is the Plenipotentiary of the Government for matters of the central transport hub for the Republic of Poland.
He is a graduate from the Faculty of Law and administration at the University of Warsaw, Mr. Wild is the author of several publications and scientific studies.
In the years 2003-2006, he was employed in the Team of Jurisprudence and Studies at the Office of the Constitutional Tribunal.
From 2006, an employee of the General Counsel to the Republic of Poland.
In the years 2008-2017, he was an employee of the Institute of Justice, where in the years 2013-2017, he was the Chairman of the Section for Constitutional Law, Civil Law Section and a member of the Scientific Council.
In the years 2015-2017, the deputy minister of the Treasury, supervising, among others, Legal and Process Department, Property of the Treasury, and the Audit and Inspection Office and exercising personal supervision over the aviation sector companies, including PLL LOT S.A.
On 9 May 2017, he was appointed for the position of the Plenipotentiary of the Government for the Matters of the Central Transport Hub for the Republic of Poland.
Mr. Johan Landin, Vice President Marketing, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions
Johan Landin serves as the Vice President Marketing and Sales at the Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS), a joint venture, between Saab AB and the National Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider, LFV, founded in 2016.
SDATS leverages Saab’s innovative and technological leadership in the remote tower technology paired with LFV’s unique operational experience from implementing remote tower service concepts as the first in the world.
Mr. Landin has a broad experience from aviation as both a commercial pilot and working at Saab in various positions within the aviation sector for the last decade. In addition, he has completed his military service with the Swedish Air Force and he holds a master degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Currently, Mr. Landin is managing a number of remote tower customers and pursuits all over the world.
Mr. Athanasios Vourdas, Secretary General, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Thanos Vourdas is the General Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation.
He obtained his degree of Administration and Production Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Crete.
He has been the Managing Director of ERGOSE S.A from July 2015 until March 2017.
He has also served in positions of high responsibility regarding public administration, such as, special advisor for Ministry of Internal Affairs, Public Governance and Decentralization, scientific advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture and Administration Consultant for Electrified Buses of Athens and Piraeus (ILPAP).
Moreover, he has been the Head of teams for preparing suggestions regarding issues of Digital Convergence, as well as teams of administration of works for corporate accounts in the private sector.
He was also coordinator of the Unit of Strategic Planning of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Public Governance and Decentralization for the People Help Desks (KEP) and for projects of the “Society of Information”.
He was member of the Committee for the Communication Actions of the Ministry of Transportation, member of the working teams of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for the Third Community Structural Fund and member of the teams for planning of the City Transport, for the Athens Olympic Games.
As freelancer he cooperated with companies such as Unisystems S.A., REDECON S.A., Kapa Research and Emos Interactive.
Mr. Murali Ramachandran, CEO, Celebi Aviation Holdings Limited
Murali Ramachandran is a service industry professional with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality and aviation sectors.
A hotel management graduate and a Welcome Group Management Institute (ITC Hotels Program) pass out, Mr. Ramachandran worked for 13 years with ITC hotels in various managerial positions.
Mr. Ramachandran moved from hotels to the aviation industry starting with Jet Airways where he initially managed their busiest hub, Mumbai and was eventually in-charge of the airport services operations in India for Jet Airways.
In 2007, Mr. Ramachandran joined the upcoming domestic airline then, Kingfisher Airlines as Vice President for Ground Services and Cargo. He was associated with the airline till 2013.
Mr. Ramachandran moved thereafter to the airports sector and was heading the operations of the Mumbai International Airport in the capacity of Executive Vice President, Operations.
In the last 5 years, Mr. Ramachandran has been heading the business for the Çelebi Aviation Holding, a Turkey-based Aviation Services Company, as the CEO for India.
Çelebi is the largest private Ground Handling Company in India as on date.
H.E. Kyaw Myo, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications
Kyaw Myo worked in the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), under the then Ministry of Transport, for 33 years from 1977 to 2010 before retiring as Director of Air Transport.
During his service in DCA, he worked in various disciplines including aeronautical communications, airworthiness, aerodrome visual aids, airport project management, air transport and international affairs. He also served for six years as a non-executive director of a government joint venture domestic airline.
After retiring from DCA in 2010, he worked as an executive director of another government joint venture airline for three years and then as CEO of a private domestic airline for another three years up to April 2016.
In May 2016, he was appointed as Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications in which capacity he is responsible for overseeing eighteen departments and state-owned enterprises. He is also the Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Mr. Vo Huy Cuong, Deputy Director General, Civil Aviation Authority
Vo Huy Cuong was appointed the Deputy Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV), Ministry of Transport in 2012.
Prior to this, Mr. Cuong held several assignments under the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam(CAAV), the Ministry of Transport. He served as the director in-charge of air transport from 2006-2012; deputy director of Air Transport Department, in-charge of air transport policy, bilateral air negotiations, and multilateral cooperation with ASEAN, APEC and WTO from 2004-2006; senior expert, Air Transport Department, CAAV, in charge of bilateral air negotiations, strategy for air transport development and cooperation in ASEAN, APEC and WTO accession negotiations from 1992-2004.
Mr. Cuong holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the National Institute of Administration, Vietnam.
Mr. Anil V. Nanduri, Vice president, New Technology Group and General Manager, Unmanned Aviation Systems, Intel Corporation
Anil V. Nanduri is the vice president in the New Technology Group and general manager of unmanned aviation systems at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for Intel’s unmanned aviation systems business and for pursuing opportunities for growth in this segment.
Prior to his current role, he was most recently responsible for new business opportunities for Intel RealSense technology and building awareness.
During his Intel career, Mr. Nanduri has held roles encompassing chip design, platform enabling, and technical and product marketing. He served as chief of staff and technical assistant to the general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group.
From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Nanduri led netbook marketing at Intel, a role that included establishing the category and promoting its growth through marketing strategies and design wins. Earlier in his Intel career, he managed platform strategy and marketing for Intel’s next-generation mobile platform.
Mr. Nanduri initially joined Intel in 1997 as a chipset design engineer. In 2007, he left to serve as director of marketing at Powercast Corp., and then rejoined Intel in 2008. His contributions to Intel’s mobile platforms have earned him three Intel Achievement Awards.
Mr. Nanduri received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, in India; and his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He holds one U.S patent, with another patent pending.
Mr. Sandip Somany, President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
Widely recognized as a pioneer of the Indian ceramic industry in India, Sandip Somany is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of HSIL Limited, the leading building materials company in India. An entrepreneur at heart, he joined the family business in the year 1982 and is the driving force behind the company today.
He brought with him freshness in the company's thinking, evaluated the market needs and gradually changed the face of HSIL from being just a sanitary ware manufacturer to a home solution provider.
It was under his leadership that HSIL invested significantly into glass technology and acquired AGI, Krishna Ceremics, Raasi Ceramics and then Garden Polymers. In tune with the company's new vision of providing customers with a quality of life as per global market trends, branching out into premium kitchen products, luxury sanitary ware and faucets, consumer products, etc.
Recognizing his pioneering initiatives in the field of glass and sanitaryware, Mr. Somany was the President of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2012. He is the former President of International Chamber of Commerce India chapter (headquartered in Paris), Chairman of Indian Council of Sanitary ware Manufacturers (INCOSAMA) and member of the Executive Committee of FICCI and Governing Council of All India Glass Manufacturers Association.
Mr. Somany holds a degree in engineering from the University of California and has a bachelor's degree from the Delhi University.
Mr. Vikram Rai, Country Head, GE Aviation
Vikram Rai has over 16 years of experience in the civil aerospace sector covering both the airlines and airports domain. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in Sales and Marketing in marquee companies of the aerospace domain.
Mr. Rai has been with GE Aviation since 2012 with positions of growing responsibility (2012-2015 as Sales Director 2016-2017 as Senior Sales Director) and has been heading their commercial engines business since 2017.
Prior to joining GE, he worked with Rolls-Royce as General Manager South Asia and early in his career lead a core team in HBE Aviosec that was responsible for implementing Communication/Navigation/Surveillance/Terminal equipment in 50+ airports across India.
Mr. Rajeev Jain, CEO, Mumbai International Airport, India
Rajeev Jain is Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd., which has developed the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai and has been operating this airport since May 2006. Mr. Jain has been involved in the project since the beginning and has very senior level experience in the infrastructure sector spanning steel, telecom, aluminium and airports over a period of more than 32 years.
Mr. Jain is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also a fellow member of various other professional institutes in India and abroad.
Mr. Jain is the Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL) which has been operating Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai since 2006. He joined the company as its President in the year 2006 and was later elevated to the position of CEO in 2011.
Mr. Jain successfully spearheaded the expansion project of Terminal 2, which was aimed at enhancing capacity, achieving operational excellence and efficiency, improving passenger satisfaction, and increasing revenue both aeronautical and non-aeronautical. He successfully mentored the management team of MIAL in initiating several projects for enhancing passenger experience and improving quality and safety standards at the airport. His unwavering commitment to excellence resulted in a steep increase in the service quality rating of CSIA.
Mr. Jain has wide-ranging experience of working in the infrastructure sector with leading steel, telecom and aluminium corporations before joining MIAL. His expertise lies in general management, driving operational efficiency, cost reduction, and solving complex issues.
Mr. Jain is a fellow member at each of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK.
Mr. Jain has been honoured with a ‘Distinguished Fellowship’ of the Institute of Directors, India and the ‘Best CEO with HR Orientation’ award at the sixth edition of Asia’s Best Employer Brand awards.
Mr. Adam Young, Director Asia Pacific, Embraer
Adam Young is the Asia Pacific Marketing Director for Embraer Commercial Aviation. He joined Embraer as a Senior Airline Marketing Manager, and has experience in the fields of network and fleet planning, aircraft performance, airline economics, and business plan development.
Prior to joining Embraer, Mr. Young served in a variety of progressively senior program and marketing roles at another aircraft manufacturer in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region.
Mr Young began his professional career in 2003 with Honeywell Aerospace in Ontario, Canada before relocating to the United Kingdom in 2005 where he gained further exposure through diversified employment in the oil & gas and medical equipment fields.
A Canadian citizen and Singapore permanent resident, Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada), and is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario.
Dr. B. P. Sharma, CMD, Pawan Hans Ltd, India
Dr. B P Sharma has over 30 years of wide operations and management experience in the aviation industry verticals. He has started his career with Airports Authority of India (AAI) and subsequently worked as ICAO expert in International Civil Aviation Organization transition project in Kabul, Afghanistan.
During his career span of 30 years, Dr. Sharma has worked under different capacities in different portfolios in AAI. Further, he has been involved in the execution of several prestigious projects of AAI. He was nominated as Executive Director for AAI’s prestigious project i.e. Kolkatta Airport, which received “Best Airport Award” for excellence in project management in the Mega Project category in Asia Pacific Region from Airport Council International.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Sharma gained varied experience and competence in the area related to the aviation management including development of airports, heliports and helicopter operational management, which has the distinction of on time execution without any cost overrun with customer delight.
Dr. Sharma holds a Phd in Civil Aviation Management. Presently, he is holding the position of Chairman & Managing Director in Pawan Hans Limited. His interests include yoga and reading spiritual books.
Mr. Mark Cryan, Vice President, India, Middle East & Africa, Pratt and Whitney
Mark Cryan is an aerospace professional with over thirty years of experience in the industry with gas turbine engines and aircraft OEMs.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cryan has held progressively challenging roles in engineering, commercial, sales and marketing and has had significant interaction with the financial and leasing community. He is currently Vice President, Customers, and leads the team covering India, Middle-East and Africa for Pratt & Whitney.
Mr. Cryan holds a B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Warwick and an MBA from the Loughborough University.
Originally, from the UK, Mr. Cryan has lived and worked in the USA since 1996 and he is now an American citizen. He is married with three children and lives in Connecticut. When time permits, he enjoys cycling and motorcycles.
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.
H.E. Santisouk Simmalavong, Vice Minister, Ministry Public Works and Transport
Santisouk Simmalavong was appointed the Vice Minister of Public Works and Transport in 2016.
Prior to this, Mr. Simmalavong served as the Chief of Cabinet for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. From 2004-20011, he worked in the capacity of Deputy Chief of Cabinet (Deputy Permanent Secretary) for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
From 2001-2004, Mr. Simmalavong served as the Secretary to the Minister of
Communication, Transport, Post and Construction.
Mr. Simmalavong holds a post-graduated study for PhD in biology from the Rostov State University, Russia.
Mr. Jon R Damush, Director, Boeing Next
Jon Damush is the director of new business ventures for Boeing NeXt, a business division building the ecosystem that will define the future of urban, regional and global mobility. He is responsible for collaboration with third parties to advance Boeing’s future mobility initiatives, including oversight of the SkyGrid joint venture that is developing a software platform for the safe integration of unmanned and autonomous vehicles in the global airspace.
Mr. Damush was formerly the chief growth officer for Insitu, Inc., a Boeing subsidiary that develops unmanned products with over 1.3 million hours of combined operational flight hours. During his tenure at Insitu, he established the commercial business unit and oversaw the strategy and marketing functions of the company. Damush came to Insitu through Boeing’s acquisition of 2d3 Sensing, where he was president and CEO.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Irvine. He is also a licensed commercial pilot and certified flight instructor.
Ms. Verinda Fike, Regional Director, South & Southeast Asia
Verinda Fike serves as the Regional Director for South & Southeast Asia for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), where she is responsible for developing the agency’s strategy, infrastructure project preparation activities, and innovative public-private partnerships throughout the region. She also leads USTDA’s Global Transportation Sector Team.
Ms. Fike has travelled and worked in over 50 countries and has managed projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Ms. Fike began her career at USTDA in 2010, and previously served as Country Manager for Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and for East Asia. Prior to joining USTDA, Ms. Fike consulted U.S. private sector and USAID overseas missions on creating effective public-private partnerships in developing and emerging economies. She also spent three years in China managing patient relations and marketing for several women's health clinics in cooperation with Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Ms. Fike holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, as well as a B.A. from the University of Colorado in International Affairs and Mandarin Chinese.
Mr. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Operating Officer, IndiGo
Mr. Prock-Schauer is IndiGo’s Chief Operating Officer & Accountable Manager, India’s largest airline by market share. A key member of IndiGo’s Executive Committee, he has responsibility for all aspects of their Operations such as Flight Operations, Maintenance & Engineering, Inflight Services, Airport Operations and Operations Control Center.
Mr. Prock-Schauer holds a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Vienna.
Mr. Prock-Schauer has over 37 years of experience in the aviation industry and has worked in senior leadership positions with some of the major airlines across Europe and Asia, including Austrian Airlines and as CEO of Jet Airways (India), British Midland International (UK), Air Berlin (Germany/UK) and Go Air (India).
Mr. Justin Mills, Vice President, Rolls Roycee, Singapore
Justin Mills joined Rolls-Royce plc in 2007 as a leadership trainee and became a Customer Business Manager in 2010. His responsibilities focus on long-term jet engine service contracts on key accounts in the airline industry.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Mills worked as an Operations Manager in the Rolls-Royce UK large jet engine final assembly and test facility, as well as undertaking a number of engineering roles.
Mr. Mills worked in the oil and gas industry before joining Rolls-Royce, and was awarded an aerospace engineering MSc from Cranfield University whilst on a British Army bursary.
A qualified pilot and rugby supporter, Mr. Mills lives in Nottingham.
H.E. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Arabia
H.E. Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser serves as Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation.
Prior to this, Mr. Bin Nasser Al-Jasser served as the Chief Executive Officer of The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia. He has over 30 years of professional experience in different areas of industry in both private and general sectors.
Mr. Bin Nasser Al-Jasser holds M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the King Saud University, Riyadh and B.Sc in Industrial Engineering from King Abdulaziz University. He has a master's degree in business administration from King Saud University.