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Mr. Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman & CEO Royal Air Maroc Group

Abdelhamid Addou was appointed as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Royal Air Maroc in February 2016.

Mr. Addou is also Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).

Mr. Addou is Civil Engineer, Master’s Degree, graduated from Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingenieurs, class of 1997.

From 2014 to 2016, he served as CEO of Essaouira Mogador Development Company (SAEMOG), in charge of Azur Project.

He was CEO of Diana Holding Group, Moroccan Group, leader in agroindustry, from 2013 to 2014.

Mr Addou was appointed on 2008 as CEO of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), a government institution in charge of the Tourism Strategy and Promotion. As ONMT CEO until 2013, he participated in the design, planning and launch of Vision 2020, the development Strategy of the Tourism Industry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

In previous years, Mr Addou has been Vice President Méditel Entreprise Business Unit at Méditélécom, Channel Marketing Manager for North Africa at The Coca Cola Company, and Sales Manager for Casablanca Atlantic Region, National Key Account Manager at Procter & Gamble Morocco.

 

 

Mr. Abderahmane Berthe Secretary General AFRAA

Mr. Abderahmane Berthe is the Secretary General of African Airlines Association. He took office on 01 January 2018.

Mr Berthe was the CEO of Air Mali and Air Burkina. He has 28 years’ experience in airline industry and a total of 16 years as an airline CEO.

Mr Berthe built his career in various Airlines and multicultural environment both in Europe and Africa at positions such as aircraft performance and dispatch engineering, maintenance and operations quality, ground operations and Chief Executive Officer.

Abdérahmane is graduated from:

  • French Civil Aviation school in Toulouse (1987 Master Of Science degree).
  • French Aeronautical and Space school in Toulouse (1988 Master Of Science degree)
  • Business Institute in Toulouse (1989 Master degree)

He also obtained a Private Pilot License in 1985 for Single Engine Aircrafts

 

 

Mr. Alexandre de Juniac Director General & CEO, IATA

 

 

 

AUC

 

 

 

Mr. Papa Atoumane Fall Ag. Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC)

Papa Atoumane FALL has been serving as Interim Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission since March 2018 and also doubles as the Director, Safety and Technical Services. He was formerly the Director General of Senegalese Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority (ANACIM) from 2011 to 2013.

He worked with the Senegalese Civil Aviation Authority (ANACS) for ten (10) years from Director of Air Navigation to Director of Aeronautical Services Industries and Studies.

Prior to that, Mr. Fall worked with ASECNA – Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et Madagascar, for ten (10) years from Chief Air Traffic Services to Chief of Aeronautical Information for West Africa.

He holds a Master of Mathematics and a Civil Aviation Engineer Diploma in addition to his various ICAO certifications.

 

 

Mr. Vladimir D. Zubkov Secretary General The International Air Cargo Association

Vladimir Zubkov is the Secretary General of TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association), a position he has held since 1 January 2017. TIACA is a global not-for-profit trade association representing all the major segments of the air cargo and air logistics industry – combination and airlines, forwarders, airports, ground handlers, road carriers, customs brokers, logistics companies, shippers, IT companies, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, trade press, and educational institutions.

Between 2008 and 2016, Vladimir was Vice President of Volga-Dnepr Group of Companies, responsible for relations with international organizations and governments. In this role maintained relations with ICAO, IATA, ACI, WCO, TIACA and UN, and led a multi-disciplinary team in the introduction of paperless environment for cargo transportation (e-freight and e-AWB) in Russia and on development of e-commerce in the transportation sector, aviation security regime and training requirements. Member of TIACA Board from 2009 to 2016.

Started his career at Sheremetyevo International Airport as ground handling manager, later working for Aeroflot as General Manager for Denmark, Sweden and the UK, before moving to its HQ as Deputy Commercial Director and Director of International Finance and Accounting. Then worked 22 years for ICAO as Director of the Air Transport Bureau and Director, Planning and Global Coordination.

In 2011, was included in the list of the Top 1,000 Russian managers and was ranked in the top 5 in Russia in the category “Government and Industry Relations” (Transport sector).

 

 

Mr. Romain Ekoto Chief Aviation Officer African Development Bank

Romain Ekoto joined the African Development Bank in June 2018 in the newly created role of Chief Aviation Officer and is responsible for developing and executing the Bank’s framework to support the aviation Sector in Africa. The Bank’s intent is to sustain practical efforts by countries, regional organisations and African aviation sector companies to overcome their key challenges, towards a comprehensive transformation of the sector.

Before joining the Bank, Romain worked at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an UN Specialized Agency, where he ran the technical assistance and air transport programs for the Western and Central African Region. With civil aviation project management as his core skill, he successfully lead transformation projects in several Civil Aviation Authorities and Regional Safety Oversight Organizations and promoted ICAO Air Transport policies throughout the region including on the liberalization of the market.

Beginning his career, Romain worked for Air France where he managed several projects on the digital transformation of tools for the airline crew. He graduated from the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) with an Engineering degree.

 

 

Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam Chief Executive Officer Ethiopian Airlines

Tewolde GebreMariam was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines in January 2011. He began his career at Ethiopian in 1985 as Transportation Agent and has held a number of senior leadership positions in different divisions in the Airline including; Ethiopian Cargo, Area Offices and Sales & Marketing.

Mr. Tewolde serves as a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST) with United Nations. He also serves as Chief Executive Board member of Star Alliance, Board member of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airlink Advisory Council, and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.

Mr. Tewolde is also Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA); a member of Board of Directors of Africa Travel Association (ATA); and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO).

In July 2013, he became the first CEO of an African airline to receive “The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership” in the award’s 12 years history. Mr. Tewolde graduated from Addis Ababa University with B.A. Degree in Economics. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Open University in the United Kingdom.

 

 

Mrs. Yvonne Manzi Makolo Chief Executive Officer RwandAir

Yvonne Manzi Makolo was appointed RwandAir’s CEO on 6th April, 2018. She joined RwandAir in April 2017 as the Deputy CEO in Charge of Corporate Affairs. Previously, she worked with MTN Rwanda, the largest communication company in the country as the Chief Marketing Officer and briefly as the Acting CEO. She brings over 11 years of commercial experience to her current position.

With a fleet of 12 aircraft serving 26 destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa and was recently ranked among the Top Ten World’s Most Improved Airlines in 2018 by SkyTrax.

 

 

Mr. Sanjeev S Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer - Astral Aviation Ltd

Sanjeev S Gadhia is the Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation Ltd which is a dedicated all- cargo airline based in Nairobi, Kenya and operates a fleet of seven cargo aircrafts into Europe and within Africa.

Operating one of the most successful airlines in Africa for 18 years, Sanjeev is responsible for the overall management, network planning and fleet acquisition for Astral Aviation, along with its Pan African expansion strategy, which entails two new cargo hubs in West and Southern Africa, including diversification into Logistics, Airport Infrastructure, Executive Jets and Unmanned Cargo Aircrafts.

Sanjeev is rated as a “New Generation Leader for Africa” by the prestigious African Leadership Network, while Astral has been rated as the best all-cargo carrier in Africa in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018. In 2017, Astral Aerial (UAV subsidiary of Astral Aviation) won the prestigious IATA Cargo Innovation Award for its UTM (UAV Traffic Management) innovation for Africa.

In September 2016, Sanjeev was appointed Vice Chairman of AFRAA’s (African Airlines Association) Cargo Committee based on his extensive experience in the aircargo sector in Africa. In October 2017, Sanjeev became the first Director from Africa to sit on TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association)

A banker by profession, Sanjeev has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Schiller International University in London, in addition to being a member of EO Kenya (Entrepreneurs Organization) and YPO (Young Professional’s Organization) Africa Great Lakes.

 

 

Mr. Ernest Dikoum Chief Executive Officer Camair-co

Dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in turnaround and high-paced aviation industry, Mr. DIKOUM utilizes keen analysis, insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices.

In previous years, Mr. DIKOUM has been the Area Manager, Commercial Operations for EMIRATES in Southern Africa (Harare – Zimbabwe) and in West Africa (Dakar – Senegal) and Pricing Analysis Superintendent for the Americas. At ICELANDAIR, he held the position of Senior Market Analyst.

He is at ease and well connected with governments’ officials, Industry Agencies and Multinationals across the Middle East and Africa.

He brings along with him, a solid creative approach focusing on solutions to unforeseen situations.

 

 

Mr Desire Balazire Bantu Chief Executive Officer Congo Airways

Mr Desire Balazire Bantu is the Chief Executive Officer Congo Airways, a position he has held since 2016.

Specific skills

More than thirty years of experience in financial management, audit, management and accounting

  • Public finances ;
  • Strategic Management, planning and project evaluation
  • Financial management, portfolio management and financial analysis ;
  • Audit and Internal Audit ;
  • Integrated accounting (general, analytical and budgetary);
  • Negotiations;
  • Administrative organization , HR management and Leadership ;
  • Private public partnership ;
  • SMS and SeMs;
  • Training of trainers

Background

  • Chartered Accountant (ONEC-DRC);
  • Certified Accountant (IRC-DRC);
  • DPAI (IFACI-France);
  • DAS in Aviation Management (University of Geneva, Switzerland);
  • Master degree in Commerce and Finance (Major: Accounting) (Kinshasa Commerce Institute, DRC).

Work Experience

  • Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister in charge of Public expenditures control, Portfolio and Governance (Four years);
  • Adviser to the Minister of Finance in charge of Public expenditure control and revenues (One year);
  • Director at KPMG (Five years);
  • Financial Management Officer at the Canadian Embassy (Six years);
  • Senior Internal Auditor and Manager at REGIDESO (Ten Years);
  • Administrative and Financial Assistant of a USAID project (PPF/PNPPF) (Two years);
  • Teacher of Accountings (One year).

AFRAA : Member of the Board (Central and Western Africa)

 

 

Mr. Rui Carreira Chief Executive Officer TAAG Angola Airlines

Rui Carreira is the current Chief Executive Officer of TAAG Angola Airlines.

He holds a degree in Law from Universidade Lusíada de Angola, a Master's degree in Corporate Finance from INSEEC, Paris and a Post-Graduate degree in Business Management (AESE/IESE, Lisbon/Madrid).

He was an Angolan Air Force pilot and TAAG commercial pilot in the 1990s and later an executive pilot at Sonangol Aeronáutica. He was also a flight instructor in Luanda and an aeronautical researcher, after been trained in this area in Brazil in 2000.

Mr. Carreira also held the position of President of the Pilots Association of Angola.

In 2008 he was invited by the then Angolan Minister of Transport to join TAAG Board of Directors, where he remained until 2013 as Executive Director.

After his postion as TAAG Board Director, in 2013 Mr. Carreira was appointed Deputy Director General of Angola’s Civil Aviation Authority (INAVIC) and later became Director General.

In mid-2017 he returned to TAAG as member of its interim Management Committee and in September 2018 was appointed CEO of the Angolan flag carrier, a position he currently holds.

 

 

Vijay Poonoosamy Director, International & Public Affairs QI Group

Mr Vijay Poonoosamy, a national of Mauritius, is a barrister (Middle Temple) with a law degree from the University of Nottingham, a Masters degree in International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Air & Space Law from the London Institute of World Affairs and a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Vijay is the Singapore-based Director International and Public Affairs of the QI Group. He is also the President of the Hermes Air Transport Organisation and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne.

Vijay was an Aviation Lawyer in London, the Managing Director of Air Mauritius, the Executive Chairman of Airports of Mauritius and the Vice President International Affairs of the Etihad Aviation Group. He was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Mobility, the World Travel &Tourism Council Advisors Circle, the World Routes Advisory Panel, the Board of Directors of US Travel Association, the Board of Governors of the International Aviation Club of Washington, DC.

Vijay was Chairman of the 1994 ICAO World-wide Air Transport Conference, ICAO Rapporteur and Chairman of the 1999 ICAO Special Group on the Modernisation of the Warsaw Convention, Vice Chairman of the 2009 ICAO Special Committee on Aviation Security Conventions and Moderator at the April 2012 ICAO Air Transport Symposium,the March 2013 ICAO Pre-Air Transport Conference Symposium, the March 2015 ICAO Meeting on the sustainable development of Air transport in Africa and ICAO’s ICAN Symposia of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Vijay was also Chairman of the Air Transport Committee of the African Civil Aviation Commission, Chair of IATA’s Industry Affairs Committee, Chair of the IATA Legal Advisory Council and Chair of the IATA Task Force on International Aviation Issues.

 

 

Mr. Tefera Mekonnen Tefera Director – Air Transport African Civil Aviation Commission

TEFERA MEKONNEN, TEFERA is the Director of Air Transport of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), responsible for Air Transport, Aviation Security & Facilitation and Environmental protection. Prior to joining AFCAC, he had eight years of experience working as the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada.

During his tenure as Representative to ICAO, Mr. Tefera was actively engaged in the works of the AFI Group at ICAO and in sensitizing States through his effective participation in the development of the draft Common African Aviation Policy (AFCAP), the Abuja Safety Declaration and the AFI SECFAL Initiatives.

Mr. Tefera’s extensive professional experience in civil aviation spans over 36 years, with increasing responsibility during his services at the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), where he started as Air Traffic Controller and later, Air Transport Officer and subsequently, Head of Air Transport.

Mr. Tefera’s position with the ECAA climaxed as he was appointed Director General of ECAA. Among his achievements in this office, Mr. Tefera directed the national Aviation Security programme, the separation of operational and oversight functions of aviation security and the establishment of an autonomous airport Enterprise. He took part in numerous Bilateral Air Service negotiations, including with China, Italy, India and the USA and with several African countries, thus allowing for more liberalized air transport services.

Furthermore, he has served as on the Vice Presidency of AFCAC as well as with the Air Transport Regulatory Board of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and was an active participant in the COMESA/SADC Air Transport Liberalization Committee, including the preparation of the Common Competition Rule for COMESA/SADC/EAC and on the establishment of an interim and later on the Regulatory Board of COMESA.

As the Alternate Head of Delegation, Mr. Tefera has led the General Assemblies of ICAO (from the 33rd to the 38th Sessions) and numerous other International and Regional Conferences including Diplomatic, Air Navigation and Air Transport.

Mr. Tefera Mekonnen, Tefera is holder of a Bachelor of Arts and Economics degrees from the Addis Ababa University and Diplomas in Air Traffic Control Services, Diplomatic Training at UNITAR, Senior Aviation Management at the International Aviation Management Training Institute, IAMTI, Montreal; Transport Regulation for Anglophone Africa, The World Bank Institute.

 

 

Mr. Dino Gelmetti VP and Regional General Manager Sabre Consulting

Dino Gelmetti brings almost 20 years of technology leadership to his role of Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Sabre Airline Solutions, a global technology company that offers a broad range of software and data solutions to help airlines market themselves, sell products, serve customers and operate more efficiently.

Joining Sabre in February 2015, Dino is responsible for the overall performance in EMEA of the Sabre Airline Solutions business, which serves approximately 225 airlines around the world

Previously, Dino served as Global Sales Director for technology services provider and integrator Xchanging Plc, and as Director of Global Services (EMEA) at technology company EMC Corporation.

In his role at EMC, Dino successfully managed a portfolio of leading banking and telecommunications businesses, and led the implementation of a go-to-market strategy for EMC’s services across EMEA in the fast-moving fields of cloud computing, security and big data.

Dino has a wealth of experience within the technology sector, having also spent a large proportion of his career with worldwide information technology services company, Unisys. Dino was instrumental in achieving a high increase in sales across the EMEA region as well as significantly expanding the organisation’s pipeline. Dino started his career at Ernst and Young’s Australia-based distribution subsidiary, EYCT, where he held a marketing role, driving campaigns towards major accounts and prospects.

His strong commercial experience within the technology services and solutions industry gives him a solid perspective that is well-matched to driving Sabre EMEA’s continued growth and expansion around the region. Dino enjoys golf, football, fishing and skiing. An Australian national, he is based in London.

 

 

Mr. Johan Pauwels, Regional Vice President Africa and France – Hahn Air

Mr. Johan Pauwels is the Regional Vice President for Africa and France. He has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing teams that support the airline industry, primarily related to cargo and passenger transport in Africa. At Hahn Air, Johan is in charge of account management, sourcing of new airline clients, negotiation of agreements as well as analysis and identification of potential business and for Africa and France.

Before joining Hahn Air, Johan was the Director Sales Europe at ECAir, the national airline of Congo, Brazzaville between 2012 and 2015. Prior to that, Johan was a part of Camair-Co (Cameroon), where he held various positions including Director Ground Operations, Director Cargo and Director In-flight product. During this time, he was also a member of the airline’s tender board. Johan also worked for Arik Air (Nigeria), Denim Air (The Netherlands), Brussels Air/Sabena (Belgium) and Onur Air (Turkey).

Johan has graduated with a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Brussels. During his free time Johan enjoys listening to music, reading about African culture and Africa in general. He also appreciates gardening, restoring old furniture and spending time with his family.

 

 

Mr. Hadi Akoum Vice President, Sales – Sub Sahara Africa Airbus

Mr. Hadi Akoum is the Vice President Sales Sub Sahara Africa – Airbus. He has 30 years' experience in civil aviation, starting with 4 years in Airbus technical product support followed by 26 years in marketing and sales. Engineering background (Sup'Aero-Toulouse, and Imperial College-London) with a Master in Fluid Mechanics and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Work experience: AIRBUS
2005 - Today Vice President Sales for Africa
2003 - 2005 Vice President Sales for Japan
1999 - 2003 Middle East & Indonesia sales director
1996 - 1999 Middle East & Africa Head of Marketing
1993 - 1996 Marketing Senior-Analyst
1991 - 1993 Sales Operations manager
1988 - 1991 Senior Aircraft Reliability Engineer (Product support)

 

 

Capt. Valentine Tongo Chief Executive Officer Allied Air

Capt Valentine Tongo, is the current MD/CEO and principal shareholder of Allied Air Limited, a company he founded in 1998.

Captain Valentine Tongo is a seasoned airline pilot who has operated various aircraft types including the Boeing series 747,707 and the DC-10. He has also operated BAC 1-11 and the HS-125 aircrafts. Over a period spanning more than 30 years he has acquired a wealth of experience as the Accountable Executive in management and flight operations in the aviation industry.

Allied Air commenced operations over eighteen years ago and has successfully established an enviable reputation as a Cargo Airline with quality and reliable delivery standards and an exemplary air safety record. Allied Air is proud to have several world class companies as regular clients/customers.

The Airline is fully authorised and recognised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority as a National Flag Carrier. Allied Air is also the Designated Cargo Airline on numerous routes across Africa under the Bi-Lateral Services Agreement and is the first IOSA certified all cargo airline in Africa.

 

 

Kaushalya C J de Alwis Vice President Commercial Clairity Airline Solutions

Mr. Kaushalya C J de Alwis is a Sri Lankan born aviation executive with over 15 years of experience in domestic, regional, international commercial aviation and general aviation. He is currently the Vice President, Commercial for Clairity Airline Solutions Singapore.

Starting his career with Eureka Technology Partners back in Sri Lanka he moved to Doha in 2002 to start his career with Qatar Airways in its headquarters based in Doha concentrate on a global market that they operated to. In 2007 he moved on to work in multiple markets such India, America, Middle East, Gulf, Africa and Europe in Commercial aviation, Executive Aviation and development of general aviation fixed base operations.

He is no stranger to developing markets and certainly not to Africa as he has engaged in developing markets since 2002 till present day. Starting with Qatar Airways where he was a member of the team that launched their global loyalty platform, with Kingfisher and Airk Air where he headed the team that re-launched their global loyalty platforms, CRM operation and their global contact centres where technology played a key role in development.

 

 

Mr. Gurpeet Sidhu Market Development Manager Inmarsat

Mr. Gurpreet Sidhu is a Market Development Manager for Inmarsat, where he is responsible for market development of the company’s GX and Safety solutions for airlines in the Middle East, Africa and South-east Asia regions.

Before his current position, he was IFE Manager at a low-cost airline in the Middle East. Gurpreet brings over 10 years’ experience in working for a number of aviation companies, system integrators, OEMs on the key areas of satellite communications, in-flight entertainment and managing complex connectivity programs in aviation. Gurpreet is specialised in regional business access development, connectivity program management and strategy execution

 

 

Mr. Drew Magill Managing Director, Marketing Europe Boeing Commercial Planes

Mr. Drew Magill leads the European marketing team responsible for market strategies and analysis in support of sales and product strategy for airlines based in Europe.

Named to this position in August of 2017, Magill is responsible for marketing efforts across Boeing’s family of commercial products in Europe. Magill also provides analysis of market trends and forecasts for the media and industry partners in Europe.

In previous roles, Magill worked in various international marketing positions developing strategies including campaigns to drive sales in France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom. Magill also led the market analysis team responsible for Boeing’s 20-year forecast for new airplane demand.

Magill began his Boeing career in 1988 as an engineer on the 737 program and later moved to the 777 development team. He joined the marketing organization in 1998.

Magill holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s in business administration from Seattle University. He serves on the boards of Hopelink and the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.

 

 

Paschal Wafula Account Director, META Airlines Amadeus

An aviation professional since 2000 after joining an Airline in a Managerial position in IT Department with a track record of successful key IT Projects deliveries. Joined Amadeus in 2007, based in Nairobi, Kenya with responsibilities of defining and implementing the business development and retention strategies with Airlines in East Africa some select airlines is West Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.

Graduate in Computing & Information Systems from London Metropolitan University.

 

 

Mr. Raul Villaron, Marketing Director – EMEA – Embraer

Raul Villaron was appointed Vice-President Sales Africa & Middle East for Embraer Commercial Aviation in January 2018. Based in Amsterdam, his role oversees all Sales and Marketing activities in the region, with satellite offices

Prior to that, Raul was the Marketing Director for Embraer Commercial Aviation, covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East. With more than 12 years of experience in the airline industry, Raul has supported several airlines to define their fleet and network as well as to develop their business plans.

Raul has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and also holds a MBA from ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing).

 

 

Ms. Sandrine de Saint Sauveur President & CEO APG

Ms. Sandrine de SAINT SAUVEUR is the President & CEO – APG GROUP. She graduated from San Diego State University in Finance.

Employed by APG since 1993, she worked in all passenger departments of APG in charge of developing sales both of the French market and European markets together with APG NETWORK. Since 1999, she has developed the IBCS-IATA product and has been running over 800 contracts around the world.

In 2003 she became President & CEO of APG DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM , full subsidiary of APG. In 2007 took over APG France and became President & CEO. In 2011, she incorporated APG Global Associates network into APG INC. She now acts as President of APG INC.

APG Group is the leading company in the commercial and distribution services. Through 100+ worldwide offices, APG now covers over 170 countries across all continents with unrivalled links with the travel industry in each market.

In 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour on the request of the Minister of the Economy : Mr Emmanuel Macron.

In 2016, APG Airlines was created and now operates daily flights Toulouse-Lorient. She has been nominated President & CEO. She is Board member of UATP ( Universal Air Travel Plan, headquartered in Washington DC). She is the only women in this Board and a member of the IWF: International Women Forum Network since 2018.

 

 

Mr. Eckart Reiche Vice President Sales – Airlines Wirecard Global Sales GmbH

Mr. Eckart Reiche is Vice President Global Sales Airlines and is responsible for all airline activities of the Wirecard group. Wirecard’s airline portfolio includes more than 90 airline customers. The focus is on credit card acquiring, gateway services, fraud prevention, airline loyalty programs and credit card issuing such as crew cards and passenger compensation cards. With more than 20 years of experience, Wirecard offers its customers state-of-the-art technology, transparent real time reporting services and support in developing their international payment and issuing strategies: offline, online or mobile.

Mr. Reiche’s career spans over 25 years in the travel and transportation industry. Prior to joining Wirecard, Eckart worked in a number of leadership roles at Sabre and American Airlines in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. He served on the Board of Sabre Holding Germany GmbH. Eckart holds a degree in business administration.

 

 

Mr. Patrick Baudis Vice President, Marketing, Program Planning, Development and Customers Requirements Bombardier Commercial Aircraft

Patrick Baudis joined Bombardier Commercial Aircraft as Vice President and Head of Marketing in January 2016.

A seasoned professional with wide-ranging industry experience, he brought solid executive experience to his new role leading the marketing strategy for Bombardier’s C Series aircraft, CRJ Series regional jets and Q400 turboprops. Patrick is responsible for all marketing activities for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, including analytical support for sales campaigns, positioning and promotion of Bombardier products, branding and digital strategy, and definition of requirements for product developments.

Patrick previously worked for Airbus, where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Marketing-Americas. He was instrumental in providing marketing direction, influencing product developments and maximizing sales success.

With over 25 years of strategic marketing expertise, Patrick’s successful career began at Mitra Aviation, a consulting company he joined right after completing a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at l’École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile-ENAC, in Toulouse, France.

Patrick speaks English, French and Spanish, and held positions of increasing authority in various domains such as Marketing, Market Development and Strategy. Based in Montreal, home of Bombardier’s headquarters, he is married and has three sons

 

 

Mr. Noel Connolly SVP Global Head of Sales, Air & Hospitality Cellpoint Mobile

Noel Connolly serves as CellPoint Mobile's Senior Vice President of Global Sales Air & Hospitality, based in the company's Dubai office. To this new role he brings broad experience and a background in sales, process re-engineering, consulting and account management of strategic, enterprise-level solutions for corporate and public-sector clients.

Before joining CellPoint Mobile, Connolly worked more than five years as Sales Director in travel network airline distribution for Sabre Travel Network and as a Solution Partner in Sabre's airline solutions division. He also worked as Sales/IT Account Manager for Dnata-Mercator, a leading global provider of air and travel services,

 

 

Dr. Carlos Kaduoka, MRAeS Director, Consulting Air Travel Solutions SITA

Dr Carlos Kaduoka is Director of Consulting at SITA, and has worked with airports across the globe to develop their technology strategy as well as with airlines to assess the impact of new technologies on passenger and baggage management processes. Prior to SITA, he was a Station Manager for an airline in Hong Kong. His areas of expertise and interests are airport performance, airport technology, digital transformation and the impact of technology on improving passenger satisfaction and operational performance.

His hands-on experience is backed up with an extensive academic background, including a PhD and an MSc from Cranfield University (England) where he researched the relationship between IT and Airport Performance, in addition, a postgraduate degree in Financial Economics from the University of London. Carlos also lecturers at the University of Surrey on Aviation Technology, as part of the university’s Master in Air Transport Management, as well as being a regular guest-lecturer on Airport Management Systems at Cranfield’s MSc in Airport Planning.

 

Mr. Frederic Lamarche Managing Director AS Consulting

Frédéric Lamarche is the managing director of ASC Airlines/Airports Services Consulting.

After various management positions held in marketing, product, quality and training divisions at Air France during almost 20 years, and after being part of the project and start up team of Gabon Airlines as Marketing director, he has launched ASC to address airlines/airports customer experience and customer service issues under all aspects.

One of his core objectives is spraying customer centricity culture within airlines and airports considering it is definitely one of the key differentiating factors in a strong competition context, with high demanding customers. The transfer of knowledge and know-how is also part of ASC philosophy.

In addition to other parts of the world, ASC has delivered projects in Burkina Faso, DRC, Gabon, Mali, Namibia and Tanzania.

Areas of intervention are quite large and include customer experience assessment, implementation of quality of service monitoring organization, product and service design, service procedure definition, benchmark intelligence, front line staff trainings, customer experience Master class for management, and many others.

The motto of ASC is only tailored and adapted solutions can be successful, and sustainable.

 

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