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. 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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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.

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Mike Rhead
Director

Having worked for an aircraft engine manufacturer for 8 years as legal counsel and a trusted business partner, Mike has considerable and in-depth experience advising on a range of complex aviation matters from both an OEM (supplier) and Airline/Lessor (purchaser) perspective.   Mike has worked with both new and established airlines around the world and has accordingly built relationships with procurement, finance, engineering, commercial and legal teams. The size of deals Mike has worked on ranges from single aircraft deals sold to VIPs all the way up to 60+ aircraft deals sold to major airlines/lessors.

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Karolis Cepukas
CEO

Karolis Cepukas is the Accountable Manager of Ryanair’s Heavy Maintenance in-house facility in Kaunas, Lithuania, titled “Kaunas Aircraft Maintenance Services” (KAMS). Karolis started his aviation career at Kaunas International Airport as Sales and Marketing Manager. During his time in Kaunas, the airport was rewarded as the most rapidly growing airport in Europe. In 2012, Karolis established KAMS – a two bay heavy maintenance facility with over 250 staff members.

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Sven Kukemelk
Managing Director

Sven has been in the aviation industry since 2006 and has mostly worked in the commercial field being responsible for Network planning, Scheduling, slots, cargo, system updates, International cooperation and rights of the permits. At the same time he has also significant experience in the operations field as he has been CEO of Regional Jet. He has worked in Estonian Aviation Academy, airBaltic, Estonian Air, Tallinn Airport, Lufthansa Consulting and Nordic Aviation Company (several positions). He is still one of the partners of a consultancy firm NA Advisory. Sven is at present managing director of Adria Airways, Star Alliance carrier from Slovenia.

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Zygimantas Surintas
CEO

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 international level.

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Andrejus Lietunovas
Head of Sales, Base Maintenance Department

Andrejus Lietunovas is a Head of Sales, Base Maintenance Department at FL Technics, Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Organisation. As a Head of Sales, Andrejus is responsible for Base Maintenance Department sales, ensuring healthy Customer base diversification and building a strong team of Sales and Customer support specialists. Prior to joining FL Technics, Andrejus had been working in the professional fields of international trade and logistics for more than 10 years.

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Eric Bannerman
Executive Chairman, CEO

Eric Alfred Bannerman is Executive Chairman and CEO of Ghanaian Airline, Goldstar Air and President of Seasons Travel and Tours International. With aviation and tourism background of over 22 years, he brings vast international experience covering long term assignment in Ghana, Nigeria, United States and the United Kingdom in roles of increasing responsibility, planning Business Development, Sales Management, Marketing and Strategic sourcing.

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Huseyin Ceyhan
Vice President Cargo, Asia Pacific

Mr Huseyin Vice President of Turkish Cargo provides leadership to employees across 25 countries, 35 stations in Asia Pacific since 2011 using knowledge gained through 20 years in sales, business development and intermodal transportation fields of the logistics and airlines industry. He has located in Hong Kong for more than 10 years and was previously General Manager of Turkish Airlines for both passenger and cargo in HKG, Taiwan and Philippines.

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Marian Pistik
Head of Asset Management

Marian Pistik is a Head of Asset Management at 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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Keith Butler
Managing Director - CAE Parc Aviation

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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Rudi Seiberlich
Group CEO

1977-1982, Rudi Seiberlich established himself with Skytours in the Airline sector by joining Laker Airways, the first Low Cost carrier in the world. After we have been a Online Travel Agent and Tour Operator in Germany and the USA for many years, now service over 90 countries worldwide. In the last five years we developed a state of the art booking engine with features and intelligence that surpass any GDS today. From locating better fares and connections, to creating complex itineraries with up to 16 stops in a single booking, this innovative booking engine also offers virtual interlining between Low Cost and Legacy carriers. We also specialize in helping airlines sell unsold seats by integrating unsold flight segments into a larger itinerary involving two or more flight segments with other airlines.

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Tadas Goberis
CEO and Chairman of the Board

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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Tokushi Kojima
Vice President | Corporate Development

An experienced airport/infrastructure investment professional with more than 10 years of experience in cross border M&A and infrastructure investments. Mr. Kojima is currently Vice President – Corporate Development, leading development of pipeline and conducting end-to-end evaluation and diligence of international development opportunities. He joined MAG as Head of Corporate Development Japan, in which role he was responsible for developing regional and partnering strategy for MAG’s corporate development in Asia. He also acted as local representative for MAG during Fukuoka Airport concession process in Japan. Prior to joining MAG, Mr. Kojima was Investment Banking Associate for SMBC Nikko Securities, in which role he provided financial advisory service to multinational clients with a focus on infrastructure and PPP opportunities in Japan. He also spent 10 years in Nippon Life, a Fortune 500 company, and one of Asia’s largest institutional investors, serving various roles in cross border M&A and infrastructure investments. Mr. Kojima became CFA Charterholder in summer 2014.

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Koji Takahashi
Executive Officer

Mr. Takahashi is Executive Officer of Narita International Airport Corporation. He is especially engaged in network strategy of Narita airport. Prior to joining Narita Airport, he has a long experience in Japanese government in the domain of transport issues: civil aviation, tourism, international affairs, port, etc. He holds a LL.B. from University of Tokyo and MSc. from London School of Economics.

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Laura Buitkuvienė
BGS Group Head of Human Resources

Laura Buitkuvienė is currently Head of Human Resources at BGS Baltic Ground Services Group, an international provider of ground handling, aircraft fueling, catering, liquid ADR logistics, training services and IT solutions. Laura had been leading Human Resources division of Baltic Ground Services since 2012, and became Head of HR of BGS Group in 2018. Laura Buitkuvienė has a Master‘s Degree in Personnel Management.

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Mehmet Gokhan Dogan
Sr. Vice President and Managing Director

Mehmet Gokhan Dogan is Sr. Vice President and Managing Director of the GA Telesis’ EurAsia Office. Areas of responsibility include profit & loss accountability, contract management, sales, marketing, any other interdepartmental opportunities and operations in the Balkans, the Levant, and Central Asia. Prior to joining GA Telesis, Dogan was the Project Manager for Turkish Airlines Technic, participating in the development and analysis of component services & requirements for Component Pool Services and Material Management.

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Rob Watts
CEO Aerotask

Rob Watts leads the advisory team at Aerotask and is one of the company’s founding shareholders. Aerotask is a global aviation consultancy offering asset management and financial solutions to airlines, lessors, financial institutions, and aviation investors. Rob has proven experience in structuring and modelling complex aircraft lease transactions, as well as aviation start-ups, mergers & acquisitions, and restructurings. Prior to starting Aerotask, Rob worked for Airbus consultancy; tasc aviation.

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Olaf Backofen
VP HR Steering & Analytics

Dr. Olaf Backofen is the VP of HR Steering & Analytics LH Group since 2017. Before that, Dr. Olaf worked as the Senior Director of Loyalty & Customer Insights LH Group from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, he was Senior Director of Joint Venture Management LH Group. Dr. Olaf Backofen has 20 years of airline management experience with strong technical and economic background. He holds a Doctorate at the University of Saarbrücken.

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Eero Pärgmäe
CCO

Eero Pärgmäe 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 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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Jean-Paul Boutibou
Vice President

Jean-Paul Boutibou has a strong Airline background: he spent 3 years with UTA French Airlines based in Paris and 12 years at the very edge of competition as Airbus Industry Sales Director for the Middle-East and Africa. He joined Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in 2016, getting in charge of the Middle-East, Africa and Indian Ocean Region, and he’s now managing the Europe, Russia and CIS teams as well.

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Frédéric Revol
VP Sales and Marketing

Frédéric Revol is an aviation professional with over 20 years of experience in the Industry. After four years with Singapore Airlines, he moved to Qatar Airways where he spent almost 15 years, based in various Sales and Business Development positions in Europe. After that, he joined the airline’s Headquarters in Doha where he developed his skills in Revenue Management then Alliances/Airline Partnerships. Then, Frédéric joined XL Airways as Vice-President Sales and Marketing.

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Amine Boulaghmen
Head of Payment Facilitation Solutions

Amine is Head of Payment Facilitation Solutions at IATA, responsible for management and development of innovative products that help airlines simplify and optimize their Distribution and Payment processes. In the last 20 years, Amine has been actively involved in the areas of airline distribution and payment. He is currently leading the development of a new innovative solution, IATA Financial Gateway (IFG), a global payment platform that helps airlines optimize their payment processes by accepting a diverse range of payment methods while managing the risks associated.

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Eric Plantaz
Regional Vice President

Eric Plantaz is Regional Vice President of Inmarsat Aviation and heads up Aviation Market Capture for both Global Xpress and European Aviation Network (EAN) routes to airlines, covering Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel. He joined the business in September 2017, to manage the strategic relationship with Airbus, after working for them for 25 years in various operational and functional roles. Eric is also Head of EAN, leading the teams that implement and develop the integrated European Aviation Network, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom.

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Liene Freivalde
Director Aviation Services and Business Development Department

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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Kim-Kian Wee
Head, Cargo Publications and Training Products

Kim has over 17 years of experience in aviation and oil & gas industries. He started his career at Singapore Airlines where he was involved in ground services and airport operations where he launched the world’s first global text message check-in service and made Internet check-in available to all passengers. Since joining IATA in Geneva in 2008, he has been in various roles including developing new products and services, leading innovation programs and driving new business. Since 2014, he has been managing the training team in the Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security (APCS) division in addition to leading the development and implementation of a product portfolio strategy which includes driving investment decisions and partnership opportunities.

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Henry Coles
Head of Airline Distribution Standards

Henry Coles is an experienced leader in the airline industry, with a background in international airlines crossing finance, revenue management, network planning distribution and alliances. As the Head of Airline Distribution Standards for IATA, Henry leads the global team responsible for industry passenger standards, including key transformation programs. Working with member airlines and industry stakeholders, Henry’s role includes the development of industry policy and strategy supporting passenger processes, distribution and interline.

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Edvinas Demenius
VP Business Development

Edvinas Demenius is VP Business Development at SmartLynx Airlines since 2017. As sales and project management professional with hands-on experience in developing and executing business strategies, Edvinas is building and managing complex projects at SmartLynx, as well as planning and coordinating the implementation of business plans and the penetration of new markets. His educational background is in Tourism, as well as knowledge in aviation acquired at IATA Training and Development Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, supported by professional experience in Vilnius International Airport.

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Roberto Castiglioni
Director

Roberto Castiglioni is a globally known accessible air travel expert who has been a member of the UK Civil Aviation Authority Access to Air Travel Advisory Group since 2012. He gives consulting services to airlines, airports and PRM service providers across the world to improve access to air travel for people living with disabling conditions. He has been a member of the EasyJet Special Assistance Advisory Group (ESAAG) since 2012, and has chaired ESAAG’s Airport Experience working group since 2014. In September 2017, Roberto was appointed Chair of the Heathrow Access Advisory Group (HAAG) and joined the European Network Accessible Tourism NGO as Accessible Air Travel Expert. As of today Roberto is a director of Reduced Mobility Rights Limited.

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Florian Dehne
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director

Florian A. Dehne is Co-Founder and non-executive Director. Currently, he is acting CEO and as such responsible for the strategy and commercial. Florian has an extensive aviation background and held various management functions within the Lufthansa Group in Germany, the US, UK and Switzerland. In this capacity, he combines his passion for entrepreneurship, innovation as well as urbanism and its anthroposphere.

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Claire Leleu
Forecasting Manager

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 graduated from Paris-IX Dauphine University with a PhD 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).

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Enzo Zangrilli
Commercial Director Aviation and non Aviation Development

Throughout his career in aviation, Enzo Zangrilli has covered a multitude of roles as Senior Executive for easyJet, Alitalia, Menzies Aviation, Aviapartner and private aviation companies in the Middle East, responsible for contracts, procurement of airport services and addressing the economic regulation in both Airlines and Airports alike. Currently, Enzo works for Trieste Airport as Commercial Director for the development of both Aviation and non-Aviation revenues.

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Simonas Bartkus
Chief Marketing Officer

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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Marcel Leon de Paz
Director Sales Europe & Africa

Marcel Leon de Paz is Director Sales Europe and Africa at MTU Maintenance. In this function, he is responsible for creating sales leads and developing MTU’s services’ business within Eastern Europe and Northern Africa. Marcel began his aviation career as a student at Pratt & Whitney Canada and following graduation, he joined Rolls-Royce in the United Kingdom. His experience includes several leading roles within production and development of Trent engines, MRO in SAESL, IAE V2500 technical services, and supply chain management in marine propulsion.

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Susanna Halonen-Manner
VP Emergency Response

Susanna Halonen-Manner is the Vice President Emergency Response of Norwegian Group Airlines since 2015. She is currently a member of the Board of the Aviation Emergency Response Organization (AERO) in Washington DC.  Her 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 Lufthansa Consulting activities in the Russian Federation, CIS countries and Baltic states. In addition, he leads Solution Group Network and Fleet Planning. Stanislav’s key projects since taking on the directorship in 2007 include strategy validation at Saudi Arabian Airlines, fleet realignment for Aeroflot regional subsidiaries, revenue management optimization at UTair, 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.

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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. 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 experiуnce in digital channels, innovation, mobile technologies and intelligent things.

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Hugh Revie
Sales Director

Hugh has now been working within the Aerospace sector for more than 30 years. He started working with Ubisense to help them focus on the Aerospace sector. Prior to joining Ubisense, Hugh had consistently been working with aerospace companies helping them become more efficient through using their own data more effectively. Around 18 years ago, he created his own company, CoreData Limited, which focused on providing airlines, MROs, OEMS and aircraft supply chain companies with solutions that could help them drive value from the large amounts of data they were accumulating. CoreData was a successful venture and he finally sold the company to Rolls Royce.

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Hanna Aranovich
Head of Marketing

Hanna Aranovich is the Head of Marketing at Regula. She coordinates international marketing campaigns centered around consumer education on product use. She also runs different software projects with ID documents verification component, aligns sales and marketing evaluation and business plan development.

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Viktoryia Rutkevich
Lead Business Development Manager

Viktoryia works at Regula as a Lead business development manager. She oversees marketing and sales activities, business strategy development and customer analytics. She manages complex software projects related to ID document reading and verification. The current responsibilities are strongly supported by hands-on experience in the aviation industry: a three-year journey with BELAVIA – Belarusian Airlines.

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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.

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AbdulBasit AlRawahi
Head of Human Resources & Administration

AbdulBasit Al Rawahi is the Head of Human Resources at SalamAir. He has over 25 years of experience in the airline industry with diverse management experience background in Human Resources, Corporate Strategy, Finance and Technical. Prior to SalamAir, AbdulBasit worked as Head of Human Resources at Etihad Airways and Gulf Air, the national airlines of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain respectively. AbdulBasit has received several awards worldwide for his contribution to HR, including Human Resources Leadership Award by the World HRD Congress, International Who’s Who of Professionals, Asia HR Leadership Award and several Middle East and North Africa HR Excellence Awards.

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Dr. 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 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 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 advisor to board of 9 enterprises where incubation and differentiation is a core necessity and challenge.

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Enrique Paredes-Gacimartín
Compliance Monitoring Manager

Swiftair’s Compliance Monitoring Manager Enrique Paredes-Gacimartin has years of experience in various aviation fields. He is a specialist in Quality Systems, Delivery and Redelivery of Aircraft, Asset Management, Aviation related training and even a bigger number of aviation related fields.

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Igor Panshin
Deputy CEO Sales & Planning

Igor Panshin is the Deputy CEO for Sales and Planning at S7 Technics – leading Russian and CIS MRO. He holds Magister degree in Strategic Management gained in Moscow Aviation Institute, Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering gained in Tashkent State Aviation Institute.

Igor was working at S7 Airlines Aircraft Lease Department for 8 years since 2004 and was in charge of technical coordination between S7, Aircraft Lessors, numerous MROs, Aviation Authorities and others involved during more than a 100 aircraft transactions performed for S7 Group and other airlines.

7 years ago Igor has joined ENGINEERING Holding team (later rebranded to S7 Technics) as MRO Commercial Director, and has significantly contributed to company’s development and growth during last 6 years. He is currently managing Sales, Marketing, Business Development and cooperation projects for S7 Technics.

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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 companies 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 had worked as marketing analyst at Turkish Cargo for 4 years.

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Leyla Dençeli
Supervisor, Cargo Trainings

Leyla Dençeli is Cargo Trainings Instructor, Consultant, ICAO-IATA Course Developer and IATA-ICAO Instructor. Leyla has been working for Turkish Airlines since 1993, managing regular trainings in Air Cargo, designing the contents of trainings, reviewing and updating them in order to meet industry needs and changes in the IATA regulations. She is also a lecturer at IATA trainings and Supervisor for Cargo trainings at THY Aviation Academy. By 2019, she performed more than 1000 classroom trainings.

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Mustafa Asım Subaşı
Manager, Cargo Customer Service

Mustafa Asim SUBASI has been working since 2010 in several positions in Turkish Cargo Data quality supervisor, cargo specialist, project stream lead until he became Cargo Customer Service Manager. He is responsible to manage all activities that enable to handle customer complaint more effectively and increasing customer satisfaction. His goal is providing outstanding customer service to the customers in order to achieve this goal Mustafa and his team take ownership of all customer issues, set clear missions and deploy strategies focus on customer experience.

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David Huttner
Member of the Management Group

David Huttner’s career spans for more than 20 years and covers all areas of the aviation industry from sales and distribution through to product delivery and airline restructuring. He was the founding Head of Commercial for Virgin Blue Australia and after a decade of working there, he was appointed to the board of Vueling. David provides leadership on a range of projects for Nyras directly relating to strategy and commercial services. His areas of focus include low cost carrier strategies and competitive response, capacity management and slots, as well as airport and airline commercial advisory.

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Anton Onnik
CCO

Anton has been with Regional Jet, one of the leading ACMI capacity providers in Europe, since it was established in 2015. He has served the company as a COO during the start-up phase followed by the CEO role. Currently Anton holds a position of CCO at Regional Jet. Within short time, Regional Jet fleet has reached 19 aircraft and will be close to 30 aircraft by the end of 2020 as Embraer E195s are introduced into the fleet. Anton has held various positions at Estonian Air before joining Regional Jet in 2015.

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Gianfranco Cincotta
Country Manager

Speaker at the conferences of the Viva-Malpensa-Viva association for the re-launch of Malpensa as italian hub.

Collaboration at the table “SEA – Milan Airports” and “Lombardy Region” for research of a carrier carrier substitute to Alitalia and regional law for the Lombard airports at the start of the first operations of “Lufthansa Italia” 2.2.2009.

Technical support to the “Committee 8 October 2001” then “Foundation 8 October 2001”, for the SAS/Cessna accident on Milan-Linate with headquarters in Via Silvio Pellico 3, Milan www.comitato8ottobre.com

Collaboration with the “ItalAirport Spa” former SEA Consulting Srl, with operational headquarters in Milan for the project “Malpensa 2000”.

Country manager for Tayaran Jet JSC

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Indre Sveistryte
Owner

The last 13 years spent in the development and management of startup business have been a truly inspiring work experience for Indre Sveistryte. Initio Pilot Academy is her startup business that evolved from the absolute beginning to success. Creativity and strategic way of thinking have become her signature strengths that people recognise, follow and relate their business or careers with.

HR Management consultancy, mostly specializing in assessments and competence models’ implementation is another passion that Indre dedicates herself to. Using various tools and methodologies, she has assessed more than 2500 specialists and managers from various fields including aviation professionals.

Despite solid experience in running and developing business of training and recruitment, Indre is more than just a success oriented business player. As a specialist, she still feels driven to apply innovative methods and tools leading to professional and personal happiness.

That is why Indre has a considerable experience as a lecturer in many different fields. During her professional carrier, she has participated as a speaker in various global and european conferences, organized by IFSW, NATO. Also, she was a presenter at Inair, Royal Aeronautical Society, WATS 2011, EATS 2012 and other conferences.

Indre holds a bachelor’s degree of social work and a master degree of european union policy.  She holds aviation human factor specialist accreditation from european association for aviation psychology.

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Jonas Karalius
Training Manager

Jonas Karalius is a Training Manager at FL Technics Training. His professional expertise includes aviation technical training, aircraft maintenance and pilot training. He is an experienced professional with more than 10 years of work in the sector. Having graduated from Florida Institute of Technology, he got deep understanding of technical part of aviation as well as global ins and outs of Aviation industry which he applied in practice working as an instructor, examiner and a training manager.

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