AIR Convention Europe 2020

September 15th - 17th, Vilnius, Lithuania
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Duration
3 Days
Attendees
1000+ Global Aviation leaders
Globalization
30+ Countries

Attendees

1000+ Attendees from 30+ countries with 100+ C-level representatives from airlines. The event will also welcome high profile reps of airports, MROs, Finance & Leasing companies and many more industry professionals. The conference panels will also feature 100+ speakers from leading industry sectors.

Attending Airlines 2019

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Speakers 2019

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József Váradi
CEO and Founder

József Váradi is the founder and CEO of Wizz Air.  Before conceiving the idea of Wizz Air, Mr. Váradi led MALEV Hungarian Airlines between 2001 and 2003. During his time as CEO, the company underwent a major turnaround program including organizational restructuring and complete fleet renewal. The change resulted in a significant improvement of results, cutting losses by 80%. Mr. Váradi graduated from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics. He also obtained a Master of Laws from the University of London and completed the International Directorship program at INSEAD.

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Drew Magill
Managing Director - Marketing, Europe

Drew Magill is responsible for marketing efforts across Boeing’s family of commercial products 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.

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Kimmo Mäki
CEO

Kimmo Mäki is the CEO of Finavia Corporation since January 2018. Before that, Mr. Mäki worked as the CEO of Port of Helsinki from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that he was the Senior Vice President at Steveco Oy. He has also worked as a Logistics Manager at Stockmann plc and other companies. Kimmo Mäki is currently a member of the Board of Finrail Oy. He holds an MSc in technology as well as an MBA and has extensive work experience of the service and logistics industry.

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Joerg Michael Eberhart
President & 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, he holds the role as the Chairman of the Board at Avia Solutions Group – an international aviation holding company with over 30 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. Ziemelis 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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Henrik Fjeld
Managing Director of Aircraft Technical Operations

Henrik Fjeld is Managing Director of Aircraft Technical Operations at Scandinavian Airlines. He is an experienced aviation professional with broad insight into Safety Management, Change Management, Restructuring and Recruitment. He started his career as Production Planning Engineer at SAS, then worked with aircraft engineering management at Norwegian for 9 years before joining SAS again.

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Wolfram Simon-Schröter
Managing Director

Dr. Wolfram Simon-Schröter is Managing Director of the Berlin-based Zeitfracht Group, responsible for the company’s six business divisions: Logistics, Aviation, Marine, Real Estate, Technology and Consulting. Before joining Zeitfracht as a Managing Director in 2015, Simon-Schröter took over HVT Haus- und Versorgungstechnik GmbH and founded today’s Zeitfracht Investment and Consulting GmbH, later bringing both companies into Zeitfracht Group.

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Paulo Mirpuri
President and CEO

Paulo Mirpuri was appointed President and CEO for Hi Fly in 2005, leading the airline through its successful growth from one aircraft operation to becoming the global leader in widebody aircraft wet leasing in 2018, providing a global network of airline and government customers with efficient “ready to go” transportation solutions. Over the last 30 years, Paulo Mirpuri accumulated a wealth of expertise in the aviation industry, with top management positions in several airlines (AL, NetJets) and support service companies (MESA-aircraft maintenance, LSKY- inflight catering, Target- aircraft trading, SafePort- aircraft and passenger handling, SGAB- Airport Management). In addition to his business experience, Paulo Mirpuri is a qualified doctor graduated from the Medical School of the Lisbon University (UNL) and an Airbus qualified pilot.

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Tamás Juhász
Category Development Manager, Airframe Maintenance Services

Mr. Tamás Juhász is a Category Development Manager of Airframe Maintenance Services at Lufthansa Group. Tamás has 9 years of experience and track record in aviation, management consulting, ICT. Prior to joining Lufthansa Group, he was managing the strategic purchasing activities in aircraft maintenance and ICT services at Wizz Air.

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Oliver Wirths
Director Strategy, Business Development TFM

Oliver Wirths has been working in Lufthansa’s team for around 10 years.  He is responsible for strategy and business development of the Lufthansa Group Technical Operations Function.  Before that, he managed procurement aircraft cabin interior products and services: conducted sourcing campaigns, worked with strategic suppliers, and defined commodity group strategies for Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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Fredrik G. Oygard
CCO/COO

Mr. Fredrik Grorud Øygard has worked in the aviation industry for more than 15 years. He has held several leading positions within the Norwegian Air Group, latest as Managing Director of the pilot companies in Scandinavia and Chief Commercial Officer of the Norwegian Resource Group. With an MBA from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), a degree in Business and Economics from the UK and vast executive management experience from the airline industry, Fredrik G. Øygard has brought forth infinite business development experience and operational know-how to his role as COO/CCO.

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Thom-Arne Norheim
Technical Director

Prior to OSM Aviation, Thom-Arne brings many years of experience from SAS Scandinavian Airlines in the maintenance and engineering division. He is also an EASA JAR-66 licenced B1 engineer on Airbus 320 family and B737 classic and New Generation and on all engine types on those aircraft types

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Cedric Lefebvre
Digital Transformation Leader

Cedric is Digital Transformation Leader at Airbus since 2018. He started his career in IT working for different companies such as British Telecom and Oracle before joining Airbus in 2006. There he occupied different positions within the Customer Support before joining Customer Services where he was in charge of selling MRO services to Asia, which lead him to live in different Asian countries such as Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Kim Bybjerg
Vice President IoT & Mobility

Kim Bybjerg is Vice President IoT & Mobility at Tata Communications, a leading global digital infrastructure provider that powers today’s fast-growing digital economy. With extensive experience in the IoT field, Kim has been involved in countless IoT projects across Europe and outside, being responsible for the go-to-market strategy, the commercial and product strategy, as well as the execution of these strategies.

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Darius Kajokas
CEO

Darius Kajokas is 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 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.

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Fabio Zaffalon
Customer Strategy Director

Fabio Zaffalon has a solid history in management consulting, at both McKinsey and L.E.K. in the UK, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and Africa. He has led extremely complex negotiations and deal making as well as strategy design for large organisations and investors. He is an expert in microeconomics-driven decision making and its applications in Strategy, Customer Experience, Corporate Finance and Valuation, Negotiation Support, M&A transactions, commercial and performance transformations, and interim management.

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Rami Hindieh
Associate Director, Enterprise Data Management

Rami Hindieh, in his role as Associate Director of the Enterprise Data Management Office at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, is a key accountable member of the Senior Leadership team. He is responsible for leading Toronto’s Pearson Airport to become a data centric driven operation by rationalizing information, processes, applications, systems, and people across multiple business lines and IT functions. An Engineer by background with over 15 years of leadership roles in the Enterprise Information Management, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics space, Rami’s prior work engagements were at major financial institutions where he headed departments with a data focus that involved delivering successful and value-add Business Intelligence solutions, Information Management strategies, and data governance frameworks.

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Michael Rurik Halaby
Head of Aviation Debt Origination - EMEA

Michael Halaby is Head of Aviation Debt Origination – EMEA at Deutsche Bank in London. In this capacity, he is responsible business development and client coverage for airlines and aircraft operating lessors in the region across the debt product suite. Previously Michael was a Senior Transactor in Deutsche Bank’s Structured Finance team structuring secured debt transactions for airlines and aircraft leasing companies located in Scandinavia, Middle East and Africa as well as for the helicopter sector.

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Jurgis Didžiulis
Motivational Musician / Artistic Activist

Motivational Musician, Transformational Troubadour, Artistic Activist. Jurgis is hard to pin down with conventional labels. By seamlessly mixing his passion for music and social phenomenon, he creates participative experiences that inspire and enlighten, as well as shift attitudes and behaviors in ways that traditional methods cannot.

A mixed cultural heritage (Colombian-Lithuanian), an education in Political Science and Business Administration, and a colourful professional background (from Eurovision to EU consultant), enables him to transcend formats and connect with different people in arenas, corporate boardrooms, royal receptions, and kindergartens alike.

Over the past 5 years, Jurgis has done close to 500 sessions, interactive seminars, or other creative activities promoting the human skills, emotional intelligence, and culture of community needed to thrive in communities, markets, and workplace of the future.

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Mike Sein
Associate Director

Mike Sein worked for an aircraft engine manufacturer for over 12 years in the Commercial and Procurement functions. Mike has broad experience of managing OEM contracts worth in excess of $200m p.a., from pre-contract bidding and proposals, cost evaluation and forecasting, in-contract amendment and management, to termination and dispute resolution in relation to asset disposal. He also has supplier management experience and was responsible for sourcing engine commodities in excess of $150m p.a. He has worked with airlines in Europe and the Middle East and Africa, and suppliers from around the world, from China to the United States.

Conference

AIR Convention Europe will include 4 major talk panel streams with 100+ leading aviation industry experts.

The conference main panel – Commercial aviation forum aims to explore existing market patterns and examine trends & challenges of the global aviation industry. The main panel will review progressive solutions, significant developments and the upcoming game-changers of the industry, while also covering each sector of the industry:

Airlines

Airlines

MRO

MROs

Airports

Airports

Aviation Finance

Aviation Finance & Leasing

Aircraft and Engine

Aircraft & Engine Manufacturers

3 Additional Discussion Panels

The panel will cover a number of aviation-related practices, aimed at shaping customer experience: from in-flight entertainment innovations and personalization to LCC marketing strategies, IT, brand management, and other effective means to ensure strong customer service

The panel will examine latest innovative HR solutions, their adaptation for aviation sector, new trends in aviation workforce training and talent acquisition, as well as effective ways to attract more talents to the aviation industry

This panel is designed to review latest aviation technology developments, providing an extensive outlook on sector innovations. AeroTime Air Tech will examine how progressive tech solutions ranging from smart security practices to augmented reality projects can define the future of aviation

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Moments from previous events

Aviation Industry Awards

AIR Convention Europe 2019 has announced the winners of the bi-annual commercial
aviation industry competition – Aviation Industry Awards.
Over two months, people were casting their votes in order to identify the most influential
industry players under the two sections: Business and Innovation. Based  on 150,000
votes, out of thirty second-round finalists, ten companies were hailed as winners.

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About Vilnius

Discover the best kept secret of Europe – the lustrous old town of Vilnius, the buzzing city center, the
greatest restaurants and the thrilling night-life of the compact city right at the G spot of Europe.

Vilnius cadedral square

Vilnius Cathedral

The Cathedral Basilica of Vilnius is the main Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lithuania. It is situated in Vilnius Old Town, just off of Cathedral Square. Dedicated to Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus, the church is the heart of Catholic spiritual life in Lithuania.

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Gediminas castle Vilnius

Gediminas Castle

Gediminas' Tower (Lithuanian: Gedimino pilies bokštas) is the remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The first wooden fortifications were built by Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania. The first brick castle was completed in 1409 by Grand Duke Vytautas. The three-floor tower was rebuilt in 1933 by Polish architect Jan Borowski. Some remnants of the old castle have been restored, guided by archaeological research.

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Vilnius old town

Vilnius Old Town

The Old Town of Vilnius, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe, has an area of 3.59 square kilometres (887 acres). It encompasses 74 quarters, with 70 streets and lanes numbering 1487 buildings with a total floor area of 1,497,000 square meters.

The oldest part of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, it has developed over the course of many centuries, and has been shaped by the city's history and a constantly changing cultural influence. It is a place where some of Europe's greatest architectural styles—gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical—stand side by side and complement each other.

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Neris river vilnius

Neris River

The Neris river flows through Vilnius (Lithuania) and becomes a tributary of the Neman River (Nemunas) at Kaunas (Lithuania). Its length is 510 km.

For 276 km the river runs through Belarus, where it is called Viliya, and 235 km runs through Lithuania, where it is called Neris.

The Neris connects two old Lithuanian capitals – Kernavė and Vilnius. Along its banks are burial places of the pagan Lithuanians. At 25 km from Vilnius are the old burial mounds of Karmazinai, with many mythological stones and a sacred oak.

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