Digital Week 2020

Next steps for aviation amid COVID-19: a survival guide

  • The biggest digital aviation conference worldwide
  • Speakers from 10+ different aviation business fields
  • The only digital platform connecting aviators across the globe

June 15th – 19th | 2 pm (CET)


About Digital Week

AIR Convention Digital Week is the most significant online aviation conference and networking platform out there. During five days of fruitful discussions, invited experts will talk over the most effective ways of recovery for the aviation business amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stay home and join aviation market experts for unique online expirience!



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Joerg Michael Eberhart
President and CEO

Joerg Michael Eberhart is the President and CEO of Air Dolomiti since 2014. Before that, Mr. Joerg worked as the Managing Director of AeroLogic GmbH Leipzig from 2010 to 2012. Prior to that, he was the  Vice President Commercial and Network at Air Dolomiti S.p.A. He has also worked as Head of Restructuring programme SCORE in LH passenger airlines division.

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Gediminas Ziemelis
Chairman of the Board

Gediminas Ziemelis – global aviation expert and visionary entrepreneur, twice awarded by Aviation Week as one of the 40 most talented leaders in the global aerospace industry. Currently, Mr. Žiemelis holds the role as the Chairman of the Board at Avia Solutions Group – an international aviation holding company with 76 subsidiaries worldwide. In recent years Gediminas has as well led and consulted aircraft leasing and trading business for transactions worth in total 2 billion US dollars. Mr. Žiemelis leadership skills were also recognized by the European Business Awards, where he received the award in the entrepreneurship category for his visionary inspiration and innovative approach to proactive aviation business development.

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Victor Vieira Dos Santos
Marketing Director, Asia Pacific

Victor is the Marketing Director at Embraer Commercial Aviation Asia Pacific, responsible for maximizing the potential impact of commercial aircraft sales campaigns within the Asia Pacific region.

Victor has been working at Embraer for more than 10 years. He started as a market analyst in the Market Intelligence Department where he supported the development of regional market understanding for North and Latin America, identifying and developing new business opportunities.

Later he became Senior Strategist primarily responsible for long-term market research, competitive positioning, strategic marketing initiatives and assessment of market demand for current and new products.

Prior to the current position, he was the Head of Market Strategy leading the development, communication and execution for the organization’s global strategic planning.

Victor holds two bachelors, in Business Administration and International Affairs, as well as an MBA from University of Sao Paulo.

Victor lives in Singapore, with his wife and son.

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Claire Leleu
Senior Forecaster


Claire Leleu is a senior forecaster at EUROCONTROL –the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation–. She runs the STATFOR department (Statistics and Forecast) since 2012 and is responsible for the delivery of “objective” air traffic forecasts for every state in Europe, and beyond.

Miss Leleu joined worked from 2001, as a consultant for EUROCONTROL, developing complexity metrics in Air Traffic Capacity management domain that are now applied to benchmark Air Control Centres in Europe by the Performance Review bodies.

In 2008, she was appointed as a forecaster at EUROCONTROL Network Manager, delivering various market analyses and statistics to the Air Traffic Management community. She became an expert in air traffic forecasts and is then involved in various publications, including the “Challenges of Growth” studies.

Miss Leleu graduated from Paris-IX Dauphine University with Ph.D in Applied Mathematics. She is a member of the Dauphine University Alumni, the Royal Statistical Society and involved in the Forum for European Aerospace Market Analysis (global).

She is based at EUROCONTROL headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

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Hannes Mueller
Managing Director

Hannes Mueller has worked in various business units and management positions within the Lufthansa Group, most recently as Senior Director Infrastructure Strategy & Business Analytics, and prior to that as Director Segment Strategy in Corporate Strategy. He started his career at the Lufthansa Group with an apprenticeship of Airline Commercial Management (CCI).

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Christine Weigner
Associate Partner

Christine Weigner has worked in the consulting business for over 19 years specializing in airline and airport commercial, project and process management. Her experience includes projects for the entire LH Group as well as assignments at various international airlines and airports. Ms. Weigner leads the Solution Groups Customer Centricity, Sales & RM as well as Strategy and Organization.

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Rytis Beresnevicius
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David Goodger
Managing Director, Europe and Middle East

David Goodger leads Oxford Economics’ work in tourism forecasting and economic impact analysis sector as Director of Tourism Economics in Europe.

David has been instrumental in developing Oxford Economics’ tourism forecast models and continues to contribute to updates of the global tourism forecasts for 185 countries and 300 cities; as well as air passenger forecast database; and hotel performance forecast models developed in conjunction with STR. He regularly presents the economic and tourism outlook to client groups and conferences.

David has led Tourism Economics’ analysis of the impact of online interactions on evolving tourism behavior.  This includes prior analysis of the impact of OTAs in Europe on behalf of; as well as studies of the global importance of TripAdvisor to travel markets; and studies of online behavior and growth opportunities in Europe and Asia Pacific on behalf of Google.

David was educated at the University of Bristol, England, where he gained a degree in Economics with Statistics; and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, England, where he graduated with an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics.

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Darius Kajokas

Darius Kajokas is a CEO and Board Member of Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world.
Darius came to aviation in mid-2017 and brought his over 9 years’ experience in finance working for some of the
world’s and region’s leading companies in the fields of FMCG, pharmacy as well as one of the Big Four firms.
Darius has acquired vast international experience and built a global expertise in areas such as corporate finance,
strategic planning and strategy implementation and negotiations.
Darius holds an MBA of Financial Economics from Rotterdam University. Now he will speak about the ACMI role in
the context of growing aviation market.

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Russi Batliwala

Russi comes from an aviation family and worked for a number of commercial airlines before joining aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn in 1987.

He took over the management of Chapman Freeborn Germany in 1990, followed by the group’s worldwide cargo product in 2000. During his 30 years with the company he has been involved in setting up a number of key global charter operations including subsidiary businesses in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

Since his appointment as CEO of the Chapman Freeborn Group in 2009, Russi has been instrumental in developing a vision and strategy for the company’s global expansion.

In addition to the group’s core aircraft chartering activities, Russi has overseen the strengthening of the company’s portfolio of subsidiary businesses which include hand-carry specialist Chapman Freeborn OBC, animal transport company Intradco Global, and flight operations provider Wings 24.

The group was further enhanced in 2017 with the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Magma Aviation – a specialist air cargo company operationally managing B747-400F aircraft.

In 2019, Chapman Freeborn was acquired by Avia Solutions Group – a global aviation holding company with subsidiaries engaged in aircraft maintenance, pilot training, ground handling and fuelling, aviation IT solutions and business aviation.

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Thanos Pascalis

Thanos Pascalis studied Aeronautical Engineering in the UK, followed by a Masters in Air Transport Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology. He settled in Hatfield, UK, working for British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft within the Airworthiness section. Following that, he held Engineering Manager positions and assisted in the setting up of the first Greek private airlines South East European and Apollo Airlines. In 1996 he returned to the UK to join Monarch Aircraft Engineering in Luton as Customer Support Manager,
looking after the company’s third-party business.

Thanos returned to Greece again in 1999 for the startup of Aegean Airlines, taking the position of Technical Director, responsible among other things for the EASA Part 145 and CAMO approval of the company. In early 2009, Thanos was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager of the new private Olympic Air with responsibilities for both technical and flight operations. He also held the position of CEO within the separate Engineering entity owned by MIG.

In February 2011 was appointed CEO of Olympic Air.
In 2013 he was a founding member of Elix Aviation Capital in Dublin, a specialized Turboprop Lessor, taking up the position of COO and Board member.
In 2018 was appointed CEO/COO of Ellinair an Inclusive Tour carrier based in Thessaloniki.

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Simonas Bartkus

Simonas Bartkus is the Chief Marketing Officer of ch-aviation, an airline intelligence provider serving airlines and industry suppliers from the aircraft finance, MRO, IT and airport industries. Prior to joining ch-aviation Simonas served as Marketing Department Director for Small Planet Airlines, Chief Commercial Officer for Lithuanian start-up carrier Air Lituanica and also Vilnius International Airport.

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Zygimantas Surintas

Zygimantas Surintas is CEO and board member of SmartLynx Airlines, EU based ACMI provider on A320 aircraft and charter operator in markets of Latvia and Estonia. Since appointed as head of SmartLynx in June 2016, Zygimantas is guiding the company through its strategic growth and expansion from 13 aircraft in 2016 to 24 in 2019. Prior to stepping into the world of aviation, Zygimantas has been serving as CCO, CSO and board member in various companies in Lithuania, that later expanded to the international level.

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Agnes Leroux
Policy Director

Agnès Leroux joined A4E as a Policy Director in August 2019, where she is responsible for aviation security, passenger data & border control, cargo, customs as well as ATC Strikes.

Agnès brings to A4E ten years of experience in EU public affairs, communications, advocacy campaigning, and coalition management. Prior to A4E, she worked in two political communications firms in Brussels where she advised clients on a broad range of EU policy topics, including transport (drones, new mobility services), digital policy, energy, and the environment as well as agriculture, fisheries, and industrial policy.

During her career, Agnès managed a variety of pan-European campaigns, advising large multinational corporations, trade associations, NGOs and SMEs.

Her first role in Brussels was as a trainee in the European Commission’s Secretariat General, overseeing the quality of Impact Assessments. She also had the opportunity to work on EU policy evaluation for the Secretariat General.

A French national, Agnès speaks fluent English and Italian, as well as conversational German. She holds a Master’s degree in “Politics and Government in the EU” from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, London) and a Master’s degree in “Public Administration” from Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Rennes). When she’s not in the office, Agnès can be found reading a book or enjoying her passion for dance and yoga.

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Steven Polmans
Director Cargo & Logistics

Steven Polmans spent most of his career in the world of aviation and held management positions, both operational and commercial, in the handling industry. On October 1, 2010, he joined Brussels Airport as Cargo Marketing Manager and on February 1st, 2012, Steven was appointed Head of Cargo and Logistics. In this position, he is responsible for developing and implementing the overall cargo strategy of the airport. Since 2016, Steven was also one of the founding fathers of Air Cargo Belgium and the first chairman of this newly established air cargo organization at BRUcargo, grouping all stakeholders involved. In August of the same year, Steven also joined the board of TIACA, The International Air Cargo Association, of which he became Vice-Chairman in October 2017. On April 1st, Steven was promoted to Director Cargo & Logistics and amongst his new responsibilities, he is now also in charge of all cargo real estate development and portfolio management. In July 2019, Steven took over the role of Chairman at TIACA, a position he still holds today.

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Michael Reinkober
Product Manager

Michael Reinkober is the product manager for INFORM’s GroundStar RealTime system for the optimized allocation of ground handling staff and equipment. He joined the company in 1998 and implemented the solution at many airports before taking the role as a product manager in 2007. Recently, he headed the major improvement of the product’s optimization for cargo transport on the apron.

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Mikko Tainio
Managing Director Cargo Economics Helsinki Aalto University, with almost 15 years of Airline experience in multiple management roles that have brought unparalleled insight into the industry

Started in finance and administration and as Head of Finnair Group Business Control was in charge of the turnaround of Finnair during 2011-2015 heading a successful 10+%, 200+Meur efficiency, and restructuring agenda. As part of the projects, lead several divestments and partnership processes, among others the formation of Finnair regional aircraft operating partner of 22 maximum 100 seat AC and a 160 staff Finnair near-shore excellence center in Estonia.

In 2015-2017 in charge of global ground operations, building a sustainable partnership and co-operation model with the Helsinki hub airport making possible double-digit growth and maintaining excellent performance. Interim COO of Finnair for a 6 month period in the middle of the biggest growth period of the company, when adventing our new A350 widebodies as the first European operator.

2017-2019 Restructured and headed the Finnair hub catering operation of 100M€ and 600 staff, being responsible for the customer concept and offering for the inflight service elements. Brought substantial efficiencies added with a major leap in customer satisfaction.

2019 Started as managing director of Finnair Cargo, a growing 200M€ business with focus on Europe and Asia, a thrive to be the most customer-centric, smartest Air Cargo operator in the world.

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Chor Chee Hoe
Head of Maintenance Support & Services

Chor Chee Hoe is associated with Firefly Airlines since June 2012. He is an aircraft maintenance engineer who holds EASA Part 66 B1 License and CAA Malaysia license. He has worked at various positions in line maintenance, base maintenance, maintenance support, components and tools management, as well as training instructor. Aside from the technical qualification, he also holds Bachelor’s Degree in Management. He is the current Head of Maintenance Support and Services, of Firefly Airlines.

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Nicole Noack
Managing Director

Passionate and experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the aviation and aerospace industry in different positions at Lufthansa Technik AG. Enthusiastic about disruptive approaches in industrial environments bringing people together to change for good. Skilled in cross-functional collaborations and situative leadership with a strong sense for peoples and business needs. Believer in networks, cooperation and combining the strengths of individuals and companies.

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Mr. Rahul Shah
Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa Strategic Growth and Business Development

Rahul Shah joined AAR in 1991 as a Development Engineer for AAR Engine Component Services in New York and Connecticut, USA.  He then rose to the rank of Program Manager, with responsibility for the sales and marketing activities of the Company’s engine component repair business.

Mr. Shah became Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AAR’s Asia Pacific region in 2000.  He was promoted to Managing Director of Asia Pacific Operations in 2002 and, with his technical expertise and international business acumen, the business grew seven-fold under his leadership.

Mr. Shah has now focused his attention on growing AAR’s presence in Africa, India and the Middle East, in addition to the Asia Pacific.  As Senior Vice President, Mr. Shah manages operations, sales and marketing efforts across these regions from an office in Singapore.

Mr. Shah earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in Business, Finance and Marketing, which he applies as he develops strategic programs to meet the needs of AAR’s customers around the world.

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Teddy Canadas
Chief Commercial Officer

Teddy Canadas is an industrial engineer who started his Aerospace journey 10 years ago within the Airbus group. Across the course of his career he worked in a variety of environments from manufacturing, IT, digitalization, to customer services and sales. He joined Testia, an Airbus company two years ago in order to create the sales & marketing team that would support this 100% affiliate. He is now happily managing a fully established worldwide team serving the company’s customers in structures inspections products and services.

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Zilvinas Lapinskas
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Prof. David Yu
Chairman of China Aviation Valuation Advisors (CAVA)

Professor David Yu is Chairman of China Aviation Valuation Advisors (CAVA) and Asia Aviation Valuation Advisors (AAVA) the only professional aviation valuation and advisory company in China and Asia. He is the only Senior ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) Certified Aviation Appraiser in China and N. Asia and one of ~20 globally. He is a professor of practice in finance at New York University Shanghai and Stern School and is a recognized expert and thought leader in cross border investing, financing, valuation, real assets, and aviation. He writes as a contributing writer or editor to many industry publications including Forbes, Nikkei Asian Review, Airline Economics, Airfinance Journal, etc. and a business commentator for media. He acts as a board director or advisor of companies and funds including an airline. His upcoming book titled, “Aircraft Valuation: Airplane Investments As An Asset Class” will be published in October by Palgrave Macmillan.

Prof. Yu is a CFA Charter holder and has a double major B.A. (full honors) and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. He also has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Nottingham Business School and studied at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and the National University of Singapore’s School of Business.

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Tadas Goberis
Chairman of the Board and the CEO

Tadas Goberis – Chairman of the Board and the CEO of AviaAM Leasing, global aviation company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing and sales. Under Tadas’ guidance, in only one year, the company has implemented projects worth $1 Billion and has been ranked as a worldwide TOP50 best-performing aviation lessor for the third time in a row.

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Chris Markou
Head, Operational Cost Management

Chris Markou is Head, Operational Cost Management for IATA’s Operations department.
Chris is the focal point for IATA’s work on MRO and Aircraft Leasing related activities. He has worked on several initiatives to optimize airline operational costs using industry best practices and benchmarks on Airline and specifically Maintenance Costs trends.
Part of his focus is the “Digital Aircraft Operations” initiative leading to simplifying the business through regulations, standards, worldwide acceptance of electronic documentation and records. Chris is the Secretary to several groups on airline cost benchmarking, technical operations, and aircraft leasing. Chris is leading IATA’s efforts in the efficient use of Aircraft Operational Data (AOD) and the IATA CFM agreement (technical). Before IATA, Chris worked at Delta TechOps. He held various positions in TechOps’ Strategy leading to General Manager for Technical Sales – Marketing. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and an Executive MBA from Emory University.

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Henning Jochmann
Senior Director Aircraft Modification

Henning Jochmann has been Senior Director Aircraft Modification at Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg since 2017.
From 2008 to 2009, Henning Jochmann was a student employee at Lufthansa Technik Berlin in Schoenefeld, later working there
as an engineer in the Production Engineering and Planning division from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 he moved to Lufthansa
Technik in Frankfurt as a system engineer, serving there as Lead Systems Engineer for the short-haul fleet of A320 range aircraft
from 2013 to 2015. In 2015 he took on the leadership of Innovation & Production Development in Frankfurt, a position he
held until 2016. Henning Jochmann was born on 12 October 1979 and studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, graduating as an engineer.

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Jeff Luedeke
Managing Director

Jeff Luedeke serves as the Managing Director of Tronos Aviation Consulting (TAC) and provides various advisory services to the aviation community. Mr. Luedeke has over 30 years of experience in the aviation field and specializes in cabin interiors and related services. Prior to joining TAC, he spent 14 years with HAECO Americas, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development for the HAECO Cabin Solutions business unit. Mr. Luedeke has also held positions in sales, business development, program management, operations management, manufacturing engineering, and installation support. He is a regular contributor to various aviation news sources, including for Aircraft Interiors International, Aviation Week, Bloomberg, CNN, Flight Global, and Jetliner Cabins.

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Jeroen Moelker
Business Development Manager

Jeroen Moelker, Business Development Manager at Fokker Services, delivers innovative end-to-end solutions for aircraft operators. An industry expert, he leverages his engineering background to solve complex challenges and provide integrated modification solutions for various platforms and customers globally. Jeroen has been part of the Fokker family since 2007, and since then has taken on technical roles across both civil and defense departments. Prior to this, he studied Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology.

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Luis Alvarez
Solutions Expert

Luis Alvarez currently consults as an aviation IT specialist for INFORM. His specialties lie in Product Management, Product Marketing and Sales Support in the areas of Operations Control, Hub Control, Maintenance Control, Line Maintenance, Hangar Maintenance, and Ground Handling.

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Rob Watts
Director of Advisory, ACC Aviation Group

Rob leads the Advisory team at ACC Aviation, delivering market-leading asset management and strategic advisory services to airlines, lessors, financial institutions, and aviation investors globally.

He has proven experience in developing and leading aviation businesses is adept in strategic & financial planning, aircraft & business valuation, and in delivering high-value consultancy services. A regular speaker at aviation conferences and events, Rob covers topics related to aircraft leasing, financing, and aircraft appraisals
Rob started his career at Airbus’ middle east consultancy acc aviation. In 2015, he co-founded Aerotask and subsequently led its acquisition by ACC Aviation Group in early 2019.

Rob holds a Finance degree from the University of Wollongong where he was awarded top graduate and has been admitted to the ISTAT appraiser program.

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Marian Pistik
Head of Asset Management

Marian Pistik is a Head of Asset Management at the International Air Finance Corporation (IAFC) in Dubai. IAFC manages 50+ aircraft on operating leases to flag carriers in the MENA region. Prior to joining IAFC, Marian was the founding principal, majority owner and CEO of Aerotask, a specialized aviation advisory boutique in Dubai. A 20 something year veteran of the industry, Marian has held senior positioning at lessors; AerCap, Deutsche Structured Finance, served as CFO at airlines: SkyEurope, Wataniya, Israir, and has worked on behalf of aircraft manufacturers (Airbus) on many an airline start-up/restructuring and aircraft financing projects worldwide.

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Shevantha Weerasekera
Head of Engineering (Maintenance & Design)

•15+ Years of maintenance, airworthiness and
design engineering experience
• Airline, MRO and Production perspectives
• Contributor to EASA rulemaking committee(s)
and SAE publications

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Chris Smith
Pilot Wellness Manager, Senior Lecturer

After a lifetime in the aviation industry, Chris now dedicates much of his time working with companies and organisations establishing mental health and cultural development programs.

His signature conference presentations are in demand:

  • Where Management, Mental Health and Engagement Intersect
  • Emotional Intelligence at Work

He has established and operates programs in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore with Vietnam under development.

Throughout his extensive career, he has held numerous Flight Operations Managerial positions with various airlines through to Chief Pilot, and Head of Standards, spent 20 years in airline examining roles, test flown and introduced airline aircraft types to Australia and Papua New Guinea, and founded his own aviation development business, working extensively with large organisations.

He holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Management, a Diploma of Counselling and has a current PhD candidature with the University of Southern Queensland.

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Michael Ryan
Head of Training

Started my aviation career in the Irish Air Corps flying fixed-wing and Rotary wing aircraft. Started civil flying in 1996 with Cityjet in Dublin on the Bae 146 then going on to Virgin Express (737-300/400)and Virgin Atlantic (747-400). Following the 2001 terrorist attacks, I was let go from Virgin Atlantic and worked as a contractor in Europe and the Far East. Joined Ryanair in 2006 and was appointed the Standards Captain for the contract pilots. Involved in Line Training as well as a TRI/TRE on the 737-800. Joined Norwegian Air International as the CFI in 2017 flying the 737 Max and BAA Training as Head of Training in 2019.

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Vicky-Lee Steel
International Customer Experience

Vicky Steel is a customer service professional with 20 years’ experience in both Domestic and International aviation markets, serving Australia’s leading airline Qantas. Her key accountabilities have included managing customer relations and the competitive environment through influencing her team’s passion to serve, providing leadership, management, collaboration and support. Vicky provides a safety leadership role, maintaining knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunities, Alcohol and Drugs policies, Work Health and Safety and Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.

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Keith Butler
Managing Director/General Manager

Keith Butler is the Managing Director of CAE Parc Aviation, part of the CAE Group. CAE Parc Aviation is an Irish-based, global market leader in the provision of aviation personnel and services to airlines, leasing companies and aviation support organisations in over 60 countries. Keith has over 15 years’ experience in senior management roles within the aviation industry. Prior to joining Parc Aviation, Keith spent much of his career with the Irish airline, Aer Lingus, where he held senior management positions across multiple functions including HR, Commercial and Planning and served as Chief Planning Officer.

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Ravinder Pal Singh
Chief Information and Innovation Officer

Harvard Alumni, Award-Winning Technologist, Rescue Pilot, Angel Investor, and Global speaker with over 100+ global recognition and 17 Patents. His body of work, mostly 1st in the world are making a difference within acute constraints of culture and cash via commodity technology. He has been acknowledged as the world’s top 25 CIO, top 10 Robotics Designer in 2019 and #1 Artificial Intelligence Leader in Asia

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Raj Raghavan
Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Raj leads Human Resources function at IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, and is a key member of IndiGo’s Executive Management Committee.

Prior to this, he was Amazon’s Head of Human Resources (Asia Pacific & Middle East) for their International Consumer Business and Global Technology Development Centers in the region. He joined Amazon in early 2011 as their India Director of Human Resources and supported the launch of several Amazon businesses in the country. Earlier, Raj was Head of HR for GE’s Global Research and India Technology Centers. Starting his HR career in the late ’80s, Raj has held several senior HR leadership positions across geographies in Hindustan Unilever, Ford Motor Company, and HSBC.

A Global Fellow in Talent Management from The Wharton School, Raj previously earned his Master’s in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Madras School of Social Work. He also serves on the National Executive Board of National HRD Network (NHRDN) as their Honorary National Treasurer (2019-21) and is on the Advisory Board of Society for Human Resource Management Asia (SHRM Asia).

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Slavomir Mucha
Senior Business Development Manager

Slavomir has previous airline experience from Czech Airlines, Finnair and Air Berlin. His expertise is in Revenue management and pricing Network planning and airline commercials. That is being reflected in the airline co-operations using, with its unique technology, as the platform for the airline RMP actions.
Slavomir currently manages a team of 4 professionals pushing and its Virtual Interlining technology through the travel industry.

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Enzo Zangrilli
Senior Aviation Consultant Speaker and Lecturer

Enzo Zangrilli was born in Mirano (near Venice, Italy) on the 7th of May 1970.
After graduating from Venice classical lyceum and carrying out commercial law studies at the University of Bologna, he has worked in a number of countries for over a decade contracting and technical tendering management for large multinational companies, such as the Pilkington group, IMERYS, and ABB.
In the Aviation Industry, Enzo has covered a multitude of roles as Senior Executive for easyJet, Alitalia, Menzies Aviation, Aviapartner and private aviation companies in the Middle East, being responsible for contracts, procurement of airport services and addressing the economic regulation in both Airlines and Airports alike. Most recently he has been Commercial Director for Trieste Airport and he has set up his own Consultancy Services Company, 1Aviation.

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Daniel Bircher

Mr. Daniel Bircher is the Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Airport International Asia and is accountable for Zurich Airport’s regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Prior to his role as CEO of Zurich Airport International Asia, he was Chief Operations Officer at the Aeroporto International de Belo Horizonte (Brazil) being accountable for the operations of Belo Horizonte International Airport.

Mr. Daniel Bircher has been Director Operations with Bangalore International Airport (India) and earlier Head of Safety and member of the Zurich Airport Operations Management at Zurich Airport where he was also responsible for liaison with Swiss, European and International regulatory bodies.

Mr. Daniel Bircher was a long-standing member of the ACI World Safety Technical Standing Committee and Chairman of the ACI World Operational Safety Subcommittee.

Mr. Daniel Bircher holds a Master’s degree from the University of Zurich and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

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Alan Borg

Having a background in hospitality, Alan Borg joined Malta International Airport in 2007. He was instrumental in the development of the company’s commercial unit, including the expansion of the airport’s network and the diversification of the non-aviation segment. An important project completed under his watch was the airport’s first office block; SkyParks Business Centre, the success of which has spurred further development plans for the wider airport campus. Mr. Borg has served as Malta Airport’s Chief Executive Officer since January 2015.

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Dr. Andrea Giuricin

Dr. Andrea Giuricin is CEO of TRA consulting, a strategic consultancy company based in Barcelona. He is an adj. professor in Transport Management and a guest lecturer in many Universities around the World. He is a senior transport consultant for the World Bank, reforming the transport sector in Asia and Africa. In the last years he was a speaker at the International Transport Forum of OECD and at United Nations for the transport sector. He published several books and analysis on transport field quoted on TV and newspaper (Xinhua, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, BBC, FT, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Economist, Le Monde, O Globo).

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Jacob Hoekstra

In 2003, Jaap took over the executive search firm Kilpatrick™ and built up the business globally to become a leading player in cross border searches, focusing on international searches for both MNC’s and Mid-Caps trying to define key players.

Jaap has built a reputation with both clients and candidates that are based on superior communication and project results that exceed expectations. Working at the highest levels, he has successfully built teams for early-stage clients as well as reinvigorated established organizations with new talent.

Jaap’s specialty is to manage cultural differences aiming at the best possible return on investment for both Company and executive.

Since 2013, Jaap is the Global CEO of Kilpatrick Group SA, which includes: Kilpatrick Executive Search, Kilpatrick Digital, Kilpatrick Solutions, Kilpatrick Aviation and Kilpatrick Bioprogress.

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Melvin Broekaart
Founder & CEO

Melvin Broekaart is founder & CEO at Aircommerce Group, the Netherlands based airport consulting and digital activation group. He’s an expert in the field of airport commerce and a regular speaker at various international airport and airline conferences, frequent contributor to airport industry publications and the producer of the Dutch national aviation podcast.

Aircommerce Group works with airports, airport operators and global brands to develop, realize, and grow future-proof commercial revenue by leveraging the time and attention of a daily captive audience of millions of passengers.

With over 15 years of duty free and travel retail experience, he leads the firm’s dedicated team of airport commerce specialists and is actively involved in several international projects, working for clients like Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Swedavia, Singapore Changi Airport, Unilever, Royal Philips, Lexus, Kantar and various international consulting-, investment- and advisory firms.

Melvin holds a Masters degree in International Strategic Marketing and is an alumnus of Erasmus University / Rotterdam School of Management, and of Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a fresh strategic thinking, an avid traveler and he is open to discuss advisory roles, supervisory board positions and speaking engagements on topics surrounding Airport Commerce.

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Eero Pargmae

Eero Pargmae serves as Chief Commercial Officer of Tallinn Airport. Together with airport team they managed to reach an important milestone of 3 million annual passengers as well as win the award of Best Small Airport in Europe 2018 according to Airport Service Quality index. Prior to airport he was Deputy Secretary General for Transport in Ministry of Economy And Communications, where aviation and tourism development issues were also part of his agenda. He has also worked as Head of Development in Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol – one of Estonians Startup Hubs, where new business ideas come to life and was a member Supervisory Board of Enterprise Estonia. Eero Pärgmäe has two master degrees form Tartu University – one in Marketing and Foreign Economics and other in European Studies.

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Javier Gandara
Country Director for Spain, Portugal and The Netherlands in easyJet

Javier Gándara holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Since 2011 is Country Director for Spain, Portugal and The Netherlands in easyJet, having joined the company in 2007. He is also Chairman of ALA, the Association of Airlines flying in Spain, with close to 80 airlines members both national and international, representing all the different business
models, including 9 of the top 10 in terms of traffic. Before joining easyJet, he worked as Senior Manager for FedEx.

Javier also holds a Business Administration Degree by UNED, an Executive MBA from IE Business School, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Air Transport Management from City University in London. He recently published a book on the business model of
low-cost airlines with the title “Revolution in the Skies”.

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Liene Freivalde
Director Aviation Services and Business development

Liene Freivalde has started her aviation experience as an interviewer at Riga Airport, continued with the check-in agent position and through more than 20 years in the industry has worked at different airport positions – ground handling, procurement, marketing, customer service and business development. Having a wide experience in airport operations and master’s degree in business management and international relations now she is Director of Riga Airport Aviation services and Business development department. Liene is responsible for strategic development of the airport aviation businesses, for route development, for improving passenger experience at the airport and for relationship with airlines and service providers.

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Shivaji Ranjan Ghosh
Associate Director Emergency Response

Colonel (retired) Shivaji Ranjan Ghosh served in the Indian Army from Dec 1974 to Sep 2005 as a Commissioned Officer. He commanded an Infantry Battalion in operations and served with the National Security Guard, India’s elite counter-terrorist force. He worked as Emergency Response Planning Officer and Senior Officer Safety Standards in Oman Air from Nov 2005 to Dec 2012 and as Emergency Planning Manager in RAK Airways from Dec 2012 to Apr 2013, and as Deputy General Manager Emergency Response Planning in Jet Airways from Aug 2014 to Apr 2019. Currently, he holds the position of Associate Director Emergency Response in IndiGo, India’s largest commercial carrier. He is also the owner and director of Emergency Planning Enterprises (EmPlanE), providing consultancy services to airlines and airports in the field of emergency response, crisis management, and safety management.

Col Ghosh has been an approved instructor from IATA, Kenyon International Emergency Services (KIES), and Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO). He is also associated with GoCrisis, a disaster management company operating out of the UK and Australia. He has deployed with Kenyon to provide support to an airline after a major accident, and he has also handled several incidents in his role in Jet Airways. He has represented the South Asian region in the Steering Committee of the IATA Emergency Response Planners Task Force.

Col Ghosh has been instrumental in authoring the ERP and SMS manuals in Oman Air, RAK Airways, Jet Airways, and IndiGo, and has guided the carriers through several successful IOSA audits. He has actively assisted in the development of the Corporate Q&S Annual Safety Plan, participated in hazard identification and risk management process, and streamlined the process for collection, collation, and distribution of quality & safety information.

He has conducted a wide range of training courses in SMS and ERP for all levels of staff in all these airlines.  In addition, he has conducted many courses for different airlines and airports in several countries, both on behalf of IATA/KIES/GoCrisis as well as an independent consultant.

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Laura Joffe

Direct management of Operational Activities at all 3 Airports, as well as the Administration and Business Process Management departments.
Participating in key decisions as a member of the executive management team.
Representation of the Company at different kinds of strategic meetings and events outside.
Development and implementation of an efficiency program.
Member of Investment and Project committees.

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Jonny Andersen
Aviation Expert, Lecturer of the Aviation Management

Jonny Andersen is an aviation executive with 25 years of experience directing airport and ground operations, providing business transformations, and managing infrastructure projects. He has worked as CEO of Kenya Airports Authority where he was running operations of 18 state-owned aerodromes in Kenya. Before that, he worked as Director National Airports at Avinor in Norway running six airports in Norway. He also held the position as Senior Vice President Ground Operations at AirBaltic in Latvia.

Jonny Andersen is the founder of AirportWorks, independent advisory practice for airport operators, airport owners, institutional investors, and regional development banks. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva, he teaches airport strategy for IATA clients around the world and advises different companies, including AIRBUS on airport-related matters. He is also a guest lecturer of the Aviation Management bachelor’s study programme at Kazimieras Simonavičius University Business School.

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Nuno Aghdassi
Aviation Expert, visiting lecturer of the Aviation Management bachelor’s study programme at Kazimieras Simonavičius University Business School

Nuno Aghdassi holds an Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of London and an Air Transport Management Master’s degree from Cranfield University.

Despite starting his career in Spain, Nuno was soon hired by Embraer, in the year 2000, to set-up their regional air safety department at the company’s European headquarters in Paris. Responsible for the regions of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Nuno was primarily in-charge of Embraer’s air safety investigation activities and played an important role in helping Embraer achieve greater international presence within the activities of the aviation safety community.

In 2008, Nuno joined NetJets Europe as Flight Safety Assistant Manager but was soon promoted to the Head of Flight Safety position. At NetJets, Nuno lead the safety team and developed the company’s SMS to industry-leading standards. His responsibilities included expansion of the Flight Data Monitoring programme to include the new aircraft types joining NetJets’ fleet, the implementation of a new Global Safety Data Management System and the roll-out of the company’s Fatigue Risk Management System. Additionally, his other responsibilities included the readiness of the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and safety investigations. Nuno was also leader of EASA’s EOFDM Working Group C, an active member of EASA’s CAT Aero CAG safety forum (representing the European Business Aviation Association) and represents NetJets at the European Society of Air Safety Investigators.

Nuno is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University and Kazimieras Simonavičius University Business School, is involved in aviation safety and EC funded research projects through his own consultancy firm and holds professional membership from the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

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