Digital Week 2020
Next steps for aviation amid COVID-19: a survival guide
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Digital Week 2020
Next steps for aviation amid COVID-19: a survival guide
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Brendan Sobie has been working in the aviation industry for over 20 years as a writer, analyst and consultant. He served as chief analyst for CAPA from 2011 to 2019, based in Singapore, and as an editor for Flightglobal from 2000 to 2011, based in the US, Singapore and UK. Brendan is now working as an independent analyst and consultant, having established in 2019 the Singapore-based firm Sobie Aviation.
Brendan has extensive experience covering emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific. He has written over 1,000 in depth analysis reports on emerging aviation markets, focusing on airline strategy and network development. Brendan now conducts studies and provides strategic advice for a wide range of companies including airports, airlines, aircraft leasing companies, banks and IT suppliers.
Brendan gives frequent presentations, is an instructor on aviation courses and is often quoted by the international media. Recent television appearances include Bloomberg and CNBC. Brendan has a degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in New York.
Stanislav Solomko is Associate Partner at Lufthansa Consulting and Head of Market Russia, CIS and Baltics based in Frankfurt and Moscow. Starting in operations at Delta Air Lines, he moved on to Canadian Airlines and Air Canada as high-profile commercial manager, looking after strategy, network planning and revenue management. At Lufthansa Consulting he plays key roles in airline and airport strategic projects. Mr. Solomko leads the Network & Fleet Management Solution Group
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jorge Bolotinha is a Purchasing and Logistics Director at HiFly, a charter carrier headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal. He has a vast experience in the supply chain area, previously holding positions at Embraer, Thales, Wurth, and Sonae.
Patee Sarasin is an aviation and travel industry pioneer. With an educational background in business administration and mass communication, he launched a career in advertising agency Lintas in 1983, then worked with NBC, the U.S. television network. In 1992, Patee was appointed CEO of Bates Advertising Thailand, which under his management became the fastest growing advertising agency in Thailand. In 2004, Patee became CEO of a new airline Nok Air. Under Patee’s leadership, Nok Air saw rapid growth in terms of revenue, passenger numbers, and destinations, becoming a renowned innovator in the low-cost market. Leaving Nok Air in mid-2017, Patee is now involved in a range of aviation, travel, and entertainment enterprises, grouped together under his DDG International group, based in Bangkok.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Raymond joined Kiwi.com in May 2019 and leads the effort to connect and respectively execute all the company’s communication and growth activities to establish Kiwi.com’s global strategic communication strategy. Raymond has in-depth and vast experience on how to run and grow an international business, possesses a great and valuable network with industry players, and understands an organisation’s needs. He has held senior managerial roles at Sabre Travel Network, Otravo, Travix, TUI, Transavia Airlines, Amadeus, and more.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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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