AIR Convention Europe 2019

September 17th – 19th 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania
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3 Days
1000+ Global Aviation leaders
30+ Countries


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.

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József Váradi
CEO and Founder

József Váradi is the founder and CEO of Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe. The company’s low-cost leader strategy has transformed the airline from being one of the many start-ups in 2004 to one of the major European players today. 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 a 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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Gediminas Žiemelis
Chairman of the Board

Gediminas Žiemelis – 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 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. 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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Kimmo Mäki

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 theSenior 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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Duncan Bureau

Duncan Bureau, the President of Air Canada Rouge was previously Vice President, Global Sales, a role he held since joining Air Canada in 2014. He was responsible for the airline’s revenue generated across all sales channels from all global points of sale, and sales distribution strategies worldwide. Prior to joining Air Canada, Duncan was Senior Vice-President, Global Sales and Distribution at Malaysia Airlines where he was responsible for that airline’s strategic direction in sales, distribution and tour operator divisions, developing sales distribution and channel strategies. He previously held senior leadership positions at WestJet in sales, business development, distribution, and at Canadian Airlines in revenue management, network planning, financial reporting, annual budget and strategic planning.

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Jean-Paul Boutibou
Vice President
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Rami Hindieh
Associate Director

Rami Hindieh, in his role as an Associate Director of the Enterprise Data Management Office at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Rami is a key accountable member of the Senior Leadership team and 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. He leads in the design and execution of the Enterprise Data Strategy and ensures the airport is aligned to the latest trends in leveraging data as a key asset. An Engineer by background with over 15 years of leadership roles in the Enterprise Information Management, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics space, his 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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Aboudy Nasser
Chief Commercial Officer

Aboudy is the Chief Commercial Officer at London Stansted Airport, the fastest growing airport in the UK and on track to be the third largest airport in the UK with 29m passengers per year.  Before joining London Stansted, Aboudy spent more than 20 years in the airline business, where he held a number of senior Commercial positions in both full-service and low-cost airlines across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region.  Aboudy was previously Senior Vice President, Planning and Revenue Management at Oman Air, responsible for Network Planning, Revenue Management, Commercial Planning, Distribution, Ecommerce, and Ancillary revenue. Before that, Aboudy was the Group Head of Sales, Distribution and Ancillary revenue for all AOCs in the AirAsia group, having joined AirAsia after eight years as Head of Sales Strategy and Planning at Etihad Airways.

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Vince Mak
Head of Commercial

Vince joined the leadership team at Swoop in August 2018. Although new to the airline industry, he possesses more than a decade of experience in the transportation sector, including various leadership roles in finance.

His background is primarily in finance, process improvement and commercial management. His expertise supports the focus necessary for an ultra-low-cost business model, like Swoop. Vince holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

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Susanna Halonen-Manner
VP Emergency Response

Susanna Halonen-Manner, Vice President Emergency Response, Norwegian Group Airlines since 2015. Currently a member of the Board of the Aviation Emergency Response Organization (AERO) in Washington DC.  Previous work history includes work in the field of emergency response for other airlines and airline alliance work primarily at strategic level. Susanna holds a degree in Master of Science in Economy and a MBA. Currently in process of finalizing a Master of Law degree at Helsinki University specializing in International Aviation Law.

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Stanislav Solomko
Associate Partner

Stanislav Solomko is in charge of our activities in the Russian Federation, CIS countries and Baltic states. Ìnaddition, he leads Solution Group Network and Fleet Planning.. In his region, Stanislav is well known and respected by regulators, investors, airports, operators, leasing companies and aircraft manufacturers.

Stanislav got his first whiff of kerosene with Delta Air Lines at Pulkovoairport while studying in St. Petersburg in the early 90’s. Following an MBA program in the US, Stanislav joined Canadian Airlines in Calgary looking after network and budget planning. At Air Canada, he was put in charge of the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions. Stanislav taught Airline Marketing in the Aviation MBA program at Concordia University in Montreal and published a paper on the prospects of low-fare airlines in Asia in the Journal of Air Transport Management.

When he joined Lufthansa Consulting in 2005, Stanislav’s ability to optimize supply needs to reconcile current and future demand with an eye on profitability quickly made him an asset on commercial planning projects with passenger and cargo airlines in Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Venezuela, Kuwait and Russia as well as air service development projects at European airports.

Key projects since taking on the directorship in 2007 include strategy validation at Saudi Arabian Airlines, network and fleet realignment for Aeroflot regional subsidiaries, network and revenue management optimization at UTair, comprehensive aircraft marketing support for an aircraft manufacturer, network and fleet planning for air astana, strategic planning for high-growth airlines in Brazil, Caribbean and Europe, traffic forecasts and master plan for major and regional airports and investors into airport infrastructure.In 2012, Stanislav took over the market leadership in Russia and Baltics, followed by expansion to CIS in 2016 that represent one of the key markets for Lufthansa Consulting with local employees and permanent office in Moscow.

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Patee Sarasin
Former CEO

Mr. Patee Sarasin served as the Chief Executive Officer of Nok Airlines Public Company Limited since 2004 until September 14, 2017. Mr. Sarasin served as the Chief Executive Officer of Bates Advertising Thailand, a JV between SPA and Bates World wide. He served as General Manager of Multi Media Orbit and Creative Liaison officer of SPA Advertising. He served at The Creative & Production with NBC, The U.S. Television Network and Research Manager of Lintas. He served as Vice Chairman and Director at Nok Airlines Public Company Limited since September 14, 2017 and January 2013 respectively until December 21, 2017. He serves as a Director of Minor Corporation Public Company Limited. He was an Independent Director of Minor International Public Company Limited since April 2, 2012 until January 9, 2018. Mr. Sarasin has a Master Degree in Mass Communication Film and Video from American University, Washington, D.C., USA, Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Clark University and attended Massachusetts, USA Kings School, Canterbury, England.

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Erdinç Ugurlu
Vice President, IT

Erdinc Ugurlu is Vice President of Business Solutions and joined Pegasus Airlines in May 2015. His career started in 2004 at Bizitek as software team leader. He was appointed to Project Manager at Coca-Cola Icecek in 2008. After four years, he started building IT department of Konica Minolta Turkey, and also held the position of  Application Development Manager, Europe at Konica Minolta Europe. He lead digital transformation in retail industry as Business Solutions Manager at Domino’s Pizza Turkey. After gathering experience in various industries, he started a new career as an enterprenuer.  Currently, Mr. Ugurlu is leading all digital things related to all business functions. He has experince in digital channels, innovation, mobile technologies and intelligent things. He will challenge rules to drive innovation.

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Dr. Sanat Kaul
Chairman (IFFAAD) in India

Sanat Kaul is the Chairman and Managing Director of Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation Limited.
He has been the Representative of India on the Council of International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada. Sanat kaul holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London and a Master Degree from London School of Economics. He has specialized in Aerospace Law from the Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Today he is going to talk about the emergence of ADS-B over satellite as a solution to total global Air Navigation problem including oceanic Space, Mountains and Disturbed Regions.

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Goutam Kundu
Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer

Goutam Kundu was appointed Chief Information Officer of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in June 2013. As CIO, he is responsible for all aspects of the Airports Authority’s IT strategy, infrastructure, systems, processes, and services.Goutam’s executive career has been focused around leveraging new and existing technologies to deliver business value, boost revenue generation, and improve customer relationships in rapidly changing industries.  Throughout his continued tenure at the Airports Authority, Goutam has lead the team in consolidating the Authority’s technology footprint, developing veriScan—a biometric traveler verification product—and other distinctive in-house airport technology solutions while reinvesting in innovation and passenger-centric technologies.Prior to his appointment with the Airports Authority, Goutam held executive leadership roles at the U.S. Mint, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Farm Bureau Insurance, and NIIT Technologies. Kundu earned a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology from the University of Calcutta.

Goutam’s executive career has been focused around leveraging new and existing technologies to deliver business value, boost revenue generation, and improve customer relationships in rapidly changing industries.  Throughout his continued tenure at the Airports Authority, Goutam has lead the team in consolidating the Authority’s technology footprint, developing veriScan—a biometric traveler verification product—and other distinctive in-house airport technology solutions while reinvesting in innovation and passenger-centric technologies.

Prior to his appointment with the Airports Authority, Goutam held executive leadership roles at the U.S. Mint, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Farm Bureau Insurance, and NIIT Technologies. Kundu earned a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology from the University of Calcutta.

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Eugénio Fernandes

Eugénio Fernandes is the board member and CEO of EuroAtlantic Airways. His career in aviation industry started back in 1994 as the Finance Manager at Alitalia. In 1999 Mr. Fernandes became a shareholder and Chief Financial Officer of Tettus-Nave and eventually moved on to become the CEO and board member at Airplus. In 2005, he began his career at EuroAtlantic becoming the CEO in 2018. Fernandes holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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Nils Hamsa
Head of Talent Acquisition, Mobilization and L&D

Nils Hamsa leads the recruitment efforts at flydubai based in the United Arab Emirates. Nils has spent the last 3 years designing, building and enhancing the best in class recruitment techniques using the latest technology and online assessment testing tools. Prior to flydubai, Nils was the group head of recruitment for National Air Services a Saudi based aviation group where his journey began in aviation. Nils focuses on finding people that love what they do, be it marketing, IT, HR, piloting or providing service to passengers aboard flydubai’s flights. Now Mr. Hamsa will review the workforce market in 2018 and discuss the shortage of aviation professionals, future forecasts and possible solutions.

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Seyhan Güver
Campaign Management & Customer Analytics Specialist

Seyhan Güver is the Business Development Specialist at Turkish Airlines. Ms. Güver has been working for the airline since 2015 where she is responsible for customer analytics and campaign management. She also is a guest professor at Ibn Haldun University where her courses include Project Management and Data Analytics and Innovative Marketing. She has also been a guest professor at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University on Management Information Systems course. Ms. Güver holds a PhD in Project Management from University of Vienna.

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Ravinder Pal Singh
Chief Information and Innovation Officer

Ravinder Pal Singh (Ravi) is an Award Winning Technologist, Rescue Pilot and Investor with over 50+ 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 world’s top 25 CIO and top 10 Robotics Designer in 2018.

Ravi is a global speaker and has delivered over 100+ lectures and papers in Asia, Europe, USA and Africa in 2018-19. Ravi is advisor to board of 9 enterprises where incubation and differentiation is a core necessity and challenge. He sits on the advisory council of 3 global research firms where he contributes in predicting practical future automation use cases and respective technologies.

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Oğuzhan Cerrah
Regional Sales Manager

Oguzhan Cerrah is Regional Sales Manager (The Americas) at Turkish Cargo. He manages Turkish Cargo’s, one of the fastest growing airfreight company in the world, marketing and sales activities in South and North America. He has practiced in a variety of marketing disciplines, such as key account management, targeting & segmentation, competitive analysis, pricing strategies & market penetration strategies. Before his current position, he has worked as marketing analyst at Turkish Cargo for 4 years. Oguzhan holds graduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

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Murat Cem Alkan
Chief Safety Management& Quality Compliance Monitoring Officer

He graduated from Air Force Academy in 1992. He left the Air Force in 2008 and started working at Pegasus Airlines. In addition to his work as a pilot in the airline, Mr. Cem Alkan has held managerial positions such as Flight Safety Manager, Safety and Emergency Management Manager, Safety Management and Quality Compliance Monitoring Director since 2010. He is currently working as Chief Safety Management and Technical Quality Compliance Monitoring Officer.

As Instructor and Examiner, the he aims to improve the aviation sector in our country by joining many working groups of national and international authorities such as DGCA-TR, ICAO and EASA as well as taking part in the selection and control of pilots in the private sector.


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:







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. 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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Aviation Industry Awards

The international Aviation Industry Awards 2019 are coming soon!

2018 awards honored the most inspired, creative and forward-thinking projects and companies in the whole aviation industry in two major sections of categories – Business and Innovation.

The winners have been determined by a voting process open to the public and announced worldwide during AIR Convention Europe 2018 Awards on September 26th in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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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.

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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

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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