Amanda Simpson, Vice President, Research and Technology (R&T) at Airbus Americas, is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and funding opportunities for partnerships with scientific and research communities in North America.
Ms. Simpson brings more than 30 years of aerospace industry experience in the public and private sectors, including leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Commerce, Douglas Aircraft Company, Hughes Aircraft Company, Hughes Helicopters, Inc. and the Raytheon Company.
Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College, Ms. Simpson also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona. She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where she served on the Systems Engineering Technical Committee. Ms. Simpson is a certified airline transport pilot and a certified flight instructor.
Mr. O´Brian is an internationally experienced airport leader who is currently the CEO of Reach Airports LLC. the U.S.-based joint venture between Munich Airport International’s (MAI) US holding and the Carlyle Airport Group (CAG)
Prior to joining Reach Airport earlier this summer, Andrew had been part of a global team of lenders, investors, developers and engineers to finance, build and operate
a brand new Greenfield international airport in the city of Quito, at 2700 meters in the high Andes Mountains of Ecuador. The airport today provides 9,000 full time jobs to the community with hundreds of millions of dollars of direct and indirect impact to the city and the country; while passenger air service and cargo has grown year on year since opening in 2013.
Under his leadership, the Quito Airport has received close to 30 industry and passenger awards including consecutive accolades as South American´s Leading Airport from World Travel Awards, Best Regional Airport and the 4 stars qualification from Skytrax for the past 4 years. In 2020, the Quito Airport will receive the 5 starts Skytrax qualification making it the first and only airport in the Americas region to have this distinction and be part of an elite group of airports in the world recognized for their efficiency and service level.
Before joining QUIPORT, Mr. O’Brian was CEO of AERODOM in the Dominican Republic; a challenging package of 6 airports with significant political risk to multilateral lenders, investors and substantial capital investment programs wrapped in to a volatile Latin American business environment.
Andrew is currently the President of the Airports Council International (ACI) Latin America / Caribbean – Regional Board that represents the interests of 69 operators present in more than 275 airports in 34 countries in the region. He also sits on the ACI World Governing Board.
Mr. O´Brian is a sought-after speaker in several industry conferences. He holds an MBA with a specialization in Aviation from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, a Diploma in International Management from Vancouver’s Capilano University and a BA in Political Science from British Columbia’s University of
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Dr. Charles E. Schlumberger
Dr. Charles E. Schlumberger, a Swiss national, is the Lead Air Transport Specialist of the World Bank in Washington DC. In this function he is responsible for the Bank’s policy and development priorities in the field of air transportation. He supervises or participates directly in several air transport projects globally, which range from air transport infrastructure financing, air carrier restructuring and/or privatization, air transport safety and security projects, and air transport policy advice to governments.
Prior to his appointment to the World Bank in 1998, Dr. Schlumberger has held the position of Vice-President at Union Bank of Switzerland, responsible for international credit restructuring. Prior to his activities in financial institutions, he was the CEO of a Logistics and Transport Group in France, and worked as a lawyer on aviation related matters in Switzerland.
Dr. Schlumberger graduated in 1986 with a Law Degree from Basel Law School, focusing on Aviation Law and Bankruptcy Procedures. He further holds an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, USA, and received a degree of Doctor of Civil Law from the Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is also an active FAA and EASA licensed pilot and certified flight instructor, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Carlos Alfonso Moran Moguel
Subsecretary of Transport – Mexico
Es Ingeniero Mecánico Electricista, egresado de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la UNAM y obtuvo la Maestría en Ciencias en la Universidad de Stanford, California E.U.A. Fue Coordinador Ejecutivo de Calidad de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la que ha sido profesor durante más de 25 años. Ha sido también profesor durante 20 años del Programa Avanzado de Entidades Públicas del Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública.
Fue Consultor externo del CONACYT, tanto para la elaboración final del Programa Especial de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación 2008 – 2012 (PECITI), como de su Programa Institucional.
Ha sido distinguido como miembro fundador de la Academia Mexicana de Ingeniería en la que ha ocupado diversos cargos tanto en el Consejo Directivo como en su Consejo Académico. También fue Presidente fundador de la Asociación Mexicana de Ingenieros Industriales, Presidente de la Asociación de Ingenieros Universitarios Mecánicos Electricistas y Vicepresidente del Colegio de Ingenieros Mecánicos Electricistas.
En 1993 fue reconocido con el Testimonio a la Excelencia Profesional de la Asociación Mexicana de Ingenieros Mecánicos Electricistas y recibió el Reconocimiento al Mérito Profesional 2012 y en el 2013 recibió el Premio AIUME a la Excelencia Profesional.
De 1989 a 1993, fue coordinador general del Estudio del Estado del Arte y Prospectiva de la Ingeniería en México y el Mundo que fue publicado en dos extensos volúmenes, y de 2010 a 2012, fue nuevamente Coordinador General del estudio con el mismo nombre que cuenta con 86 documentos que pueden ser consultados en el portal electrónico de la Academia y en el Observatorio de la Ingeniería Mexicana. Actualmente ocupa el cargo de Subsecretario de Transporte.
Independent Consultant and former Business Development Director of Corporación Quiport, (2009-2021) where he was an outstanding member of the team of professionals that open the New Quito International Airport, in the middle of the Andes. Corporación Quiport is the company that holds the concession to operate and manage the new airport.
Carlos was in charge of developing the non-aeronautical revenues strategy, doubling the revenues the first year of operation compare to the old airport. He was also responsible of the Air Service Development Strategy generating an important number of new routes and frequencies operating at the new airport. In the Cargo business Carlos designed the Strategy to convert Quito International Airport as the only gate to flower exports in the country. From 2005 to 2009, he was Commercial Director of GAP (Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico) a private company that is in charge of twelve Airports in Mexico. Previously, for more than twenty-five years he was holding different positions in Aena, the company that manages the Spanish airports.
Chris has over 25 years of Aviation experience which began with his early passion for flying when he began acquiring pilot ratings at a young age. With undergraduate studies from Brigham Young University and Masters of Business Administration from Wesleyan University. Chris advanced his passion professionally working for Chevron Corp and Phillips 66 in various roles ranging from supply and logistics to business and commercial aviation marketing. As Vice President North America for Neste, Chris leads an incomparable team across the Americas in the distribution of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Chris says, “The future of air travel will be lower emission, it will be sustainable, and it will be powered by sustainable aviation fuel.”
Aeroports de Paris
Eric graduated from French Civil Aviation University in 1992. Eric joined ADP in 1996 and implemented various airports systems, while contributing to international projects in Dubai , Amman, Algiers and Santiago of Chile. Eric moved to Information System Security in 2008 and is currently Group CISO of Groupe ADP, a global brand encapsulating 30 airports worldwide. Eric is also Chairman of the Cybersecurity Task Force of ACI-Europe and Board member of the Aviation-ISAC.
Juan Carlos Salazar
Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar is the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He was first appointed for a three‐year term starting August 2021.
His career in international civil aviation spans over 27 years in various advisory and leadership roles. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General, Mr. Salazar served as Director General of Aeronautica Civil of Colombia – Aerocivil. For the twelve years previous to joining Aerocivil, Mr. Salazar was a Senior Advisor to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.
His professional experience also includes terms as the President of Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC), Secretary of the Colombian Civil Aviation Board and Director of its Air Transport Office, Director General of Air Transport at the Colombian Ministry of Transport, Corporate Secretary and Director of the Legal Department of Tampa Cargo (currently known as Avianca Cargo).
Mr. Salazar is a lawyer and has earned advanced degrees from Harvard University (Master in Public Administration ‐ MPA) and McGill University (Master in Air and Space Law ‐ LLM). He is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and speaks basic Arabic.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira
Luis Felipe joined ACI World as Director General in June 2020 bringing with him vast experience in commercial and technical aviation.
He successfully led the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) between October 2017 and May 2020, promoting positive change in the organization. Prior to joining ALTA, Luis Felipe served as World Fuel Services’ Vice President Supply Development for Latin America and Caribbean where he was responsible for improving World Fuel’s aviation fuel business in the region.
For 10 years, Luis Felipe served IATA, leading fuel and airport campaigns with governments, oil companies, fuel service providers and airports for the Americas, Africa and the Middle East regions, based in Switzerland. He also served 12 years at Shell with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa and Europe, based in The Netherlands.
He is a Chemical Engineer and graduated from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and has a postgraduate qualification in Finance from the University of São Paulo, an MBA from Dom Cabral Foundation in São Paulo, and Post MBA from Kellogg University in Chicago.
Aeropuesrtos Argentina 2000
Martin Eurnekian is Chief Executive Officer of Corporación América Airports, the chairman of AA2000, and the ACI World Governing Board Chair. He is also a member of the boards of directors of the airport operating companies controlled by the group. Martin has more than 15 years of experience in managing diverse businesses in seven different countries, primarily Latin America as well as Europe. He has led the processes associated with evaluating, acquiring, and constructing (or re-modeling) many of the company’s airports. He holds an Engineering degree in Information Technology from Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina.
Doctor in Law Summa Cum Laude from Universidad Iberoamericana, Dominican Republic, 1999. Master of Laws from University of Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2000 and in 2003 a Master of Las from The University of Chicago Law School. In 2017 obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain the equivalent to a Juris Doctor degree.
Ms. Infante has been a law professor, both at the bachelor and master’s levels, at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and Universidad Iberoamericana. She is the Director of Public Economic Law master’s degree at Instituto OMG, Dominican Republic.
Ms. Infante was awarded the “Microsoft Award” for Law and Economics Research by the University of California, Berkeley for her paper Economic Analysis on the Right of Property: The leasing regime. She was also awarded the “Robert D. Cooter Award” by the Latin American and Iberian Law & Economics Association (ALACDE).
She was president from 2017 to 2019 of the Board of Directors of the Latin American and Iberian Association of Law and Economy (ALACDE). Three-term member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). She currently is the president of the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster, the Franco-Dominican Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Airports Council International-Latin America (ACI-LAC).
She was an associate at Steel Hector & Davis Peña Prieto Gamundi and Squire Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs). From 2009 to 2011 she was Legal Director of Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI, S.A. (AERODOM). Since 2012 holds the position of CEO of the company.
Peter Cerdá is the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Regional Vice President for the Americas. Globally, IATA represents some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic, supporting many areas of aviation activity and helping to formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.
Based in Miami, Mr. Cerdá oversees 35 countries with 48 member airlines across North and South America, and the Caribbean, driving IATA’s global standards and international perspective to deliver maximum value to the safe, sustainable and profitable development of aviation across the region.
He advocates with Government authorities, safety regulators, airports, and industry stakeholders to create a common approach to utilize aviation as an engine of economic growth and social development, which drives nearly USD$1,011 billion in GDP and generates 14.5 million jobs in the Americas Region.
He is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team of IATA, which sets the strategic direction for the organization. Mr. Cerdá is also IATA’s major shareholder for Cargo Network Services (CNS) in the United States, and a member of the Executive Boards of Colombia’s Air Transport Association (ATAC) and Mexico’s National Chamber of Air Transport (CANAERO).
Mr. Cerdá possesses a wealth of industry experience acquired over 30 years in aviation. He has worked in various functions for IATA and started his aviation career with Iberia Airlines prior to joining IATA in 1996. Fluent in English and Spanish, Mr. Cerdá was born in Spain and received his master’s degree in Aeronautics and Aviation Management from Embry Riddle University in the United States.
Rafael Echevarne is the Director General of Airports Council International – Latin America and the Caribbean (ACILAC). Previously he was CEO of Montego Bay Airport, Jamaica, and held positions in international organizations and airport companies in Europe, Australasia and the Middle East, specialising in airport economic regulation, privatisation and infrastructure and business development.
Rafael holds a PhD in Air Transport Economics from Cranfield University, UK.
Mr. Ramón Miró is a seasoned airport executive, with multi-decade international experience in airport concessions and privatizations, complemented with banking, power-deregulation and management consulting work, among other areas of expertise.
He is passionate about the sustainability triple-bottom-line: people, environment and economics.
Mr. Miró has been involved in the management of airport concessions for more than 15 years, including the Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, Ecuador and the Juan Santamaría Airport in San José, Costa Rica.
Mr. Miró strongly believes that airports play a critical role in creating enduring and successful communities, being engines of great economic growth, creating jobs and supporting the city-/country brands, particularly in emerging markets where their impact is that much more material.
He studied engineering at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and obtained the “International Airport Professional” (IAP; 2013) certification, awarded after having completed the “Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme” (AMPAP), offered by the Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations specialized agency for the global regulation of air transport.
Fort McMurray Airport Authority
RJ Steenstra is a turnaround catalyst and agile executive leader who transforms airport authorities into thriving and sustainable enterprises. He is recognized for moving business forward in challenging economic conditions by making smart and dynamic decisions and leveraging revenue diversification and lean principles to propel organizational refocus and change. His passion for airports is evident through his curiosity and talent for developing innovative and fiscally-grounded solutions – without losing sight of the passenger and employee experience.
Mr. Steenstra joined the Fort McMurray Airport Authority in 2016 and has since chartered a new course for the Airport Authority focused on revenue diversification, fiscal responsibility, and employee engagement.
With a vision of modernizing the organization, including adopting a lean business philosophy, Mr. Steenstra and his team achieved the extraordinary. Amidst adjusting to the new market realities and embracing a cultural shift, the Airport Authority was recognized by Airports Council International (ACI) World with a 2018 Airport Service Quality Award. YMM received top honour for Canada and was joined by one other airport in the United States as North America’s best regional airports for customer experience, serving under 2-million passengers annually.
RJ’s commitment to always serve his community and industry is demonstrated through his many contributions over the years. He is a leading voice in the industry, at both a national and international level, being repeatedly called upon to contribute, speak or present at national, transborder, and global conferences and events. RJ’s dedication to his community and industry is evident in his contributions. RJ is Past Co Chair of the 2023 Arctic Winter Games Bid Committee, Director and Governance Committee Chair on Fort McMurray/ Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism and Director for Airports Council International-North America. Most recently, RJ was appointed to Chair the Policy Board for the Canadian Airports Council the voice of all Canada’s airport, beginning in 2022. He currently serves at Vice Chair.
Royce is the AVP of Technology Security and Compliance with the DFW International Airport. He provides strategic direction for the safeguard of DFW’s information assets. He has over 25 years’ experience in Cybersecurity, IT strategic planning and executive administration. He has worked and consulted for over 20 commercial aviation airports in the U.S. and abroad.
His areas of expertise include planning, configuring and managing IT systems, including security controls and adhering to Industry standards through Governance, Risk Management and Com-pliance (GRC).
He continues to contribute to the industry through various leadership and volunteer efforts. Cur-rently he serves as a Chair for the Aviation-ISAC’s Airport Technology Working Group, is a member of the ACI-World Cybersecurity Task Force, a member on the governing body of the Dallas CISO community, and has served as past chairman of the Airport’s Council International (ACI) Business Information Technology (BIT) committee. He has been a panel member and Principal Investigator for multiple ACRP and Safe Skies Alliance guidebooks regarding the cyber-physical world of airport technology and has held the Certified Information Systems Secu-rity Professional (CISSP) certification since 2013.
Thales Airspace Mobility Solutions
Steve Willer has over 17 years of experience in the aviation industry spanning a wide variety of technical and managerial roles in support of state and local government, airport, ANSP, civil aviation authority, military, and commercial clientele.
At Thales, Mr. Willer serves a leading role within the Airspace Mobility Solutions business acting as a system-of-systems integrator combining sensor technology with cloud-native, digital tools to modernize and facilitate the integration of unmanned aircraft systems.
Mr. Willer holds degrees in Aviation Management and Aviation Science from Saint Louis University. For the past 20 years, Steve’s been an active commercial pilot and flight instructor while also earning his remote pilot certificate for small UAS in 2016.s.
Dr. Tassilo Wanner
As Chief Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Tassilo Wanner is responsible for Lilium’s worldwide stakeholder engagement with governments, regulators, and industry associations. In addition, he is leading Lilium’s business development with state-owned enterprises.
From 2013 to 2018, Dr. Wanner worked for the strategy consultancy McKinsey & Company, where he led client projects in the areas of strategy, operations, and organization, most recently as Senior Engagement Manager. His focus was on client work in the travel, transport, and logistics sector.
Before joining McKinsey, he served in different staff positions in political planning and strategic communication for the Parliamentary Leadership in the German Bundestag as well as for the German Federal Minister of the Interior in Berlin.
Tassilo Wanner studied Political Science, Economics, and Modern History at LMU Munich and Georgetown University; he holds an M.A. and a PhD from Munich University. He his married and father of three children.
Young Tae Kim
International Transport Forum (ITF)
Young Tae Kim is the Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF). He was elected by the transport ministers of ITF member countries at their annual summit on 1 June 2017 and took office in August 2017.
Prior to his election as ITF Secretary-General, Dr. Kim distinguished himself in the civil service of his native Korea, most recently serving as Director-General in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT). As Deputy Director-General from 2015, he was responsible for coordinating various transport policies including on autonomous vehicle, greenhouse gas reduction, urban transportation, Intelligent Transport Systems and road safety, among others.
After joining the MOLIT in 1994 as Deputy Director for Urban Transport, Dr. Kim also held several Deputy Director and Director positions with responsibility for housing welfare, integrated city development and overseas infrastructure construction. He was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Commission on Administrative Reform in 1996 and the Presidential Committee on Social Inclusion in 2005-2007. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Kim worked in Washington, D.C., as Counsellor for Construction, Transport and Maritime Affairs at the Korean Embassy.
Dr. Kim earned his Master’s degrees in Public Policy from Seoul National University, Korea, and in Urban Studies from Paris University de Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France. He also received his Doctorate degree in Political Sociology and Public Policy from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris, France.
Dr. Kim speaks fluent English, French and some Spanish, in addition to his native Korean.