Morpho Travel Retail
Adriana Echandi is the CEO of Morpho Travel Retail, a Britt Group company dedicated to creating unique in-store and in-restaurant experiences in Hotels and Airports, especially in Latin America. Adriana began her professional career in 2001, when Café Britt decided to create a new company to manage the gift stores, starting as a salesperson and quickly promoted as part of the leadership team. Adriana oversaw different internal processes such as training, purchasing, logistics, innovation, e-commerce and the expansion plan to achieve a footprint of 11 countries, 186 locations and over 1600 people. During these 20 years working at Morpho Travel Retail, she has promoted different programs that give local artisans the opportunity to innovate their techniques and tell the stories behind the products and promote the cultural heritage. Adriana is passionate about different countries, cultures and their gastronomy. Married in 2011 and mother of two children aged 8 years and 3 years.
Aimen Al Hosni
I have joined the aviation sector in 2012 as Muscat International Airport coming from Ministry of Civil Services after graduating from Indiana state university with a master of public administration.
Since I joined Oman Airports, I led along with my colleagues in that period a seamless grand opening of Salalah Airport in June 2015 then Muscat International Airport in March 2018 and Duqm Airport in January 2019.
In 2019 Omanairports was successful in adding 3 more airports to its airport portfolio to be managing In total 7 airports in Oman. Under my role, the new Muscat International Airport was awarded six World Travel Awards in 2018 and 2019, becoming World’s Leading Airport Operator 2019.
In 2018, Salalah International Airport was certified by Skytrax as the first 5-Star Regional Airport in the Middle East.
In September 2019, Muscat International Airport received the prestigious Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award for being the most improved Airport in the Middle East based on passenger votes, resulting in Muscat Airport being ranked 14th globally in the respective airport size 15-25 million passenger. Another major success of my journey in the aviation sector is to becoming the first Omani elected in the impressive key role of Vice Chairman of the Airport Council International in 2019.
Finally and since my 1st day as the CEO of Oman Airports, I kept a strong focus on investing in Omani talent to develop the future leaders of the aviation sector in Oman, achieving a record breaking Omanisation rate of 98%.
Over the last twenty years and prior to joining Oman Airports, Aimen has held leadership positions within numerous multinational organizations. In addition to his current role at Oman Airports, he also holds executive positions as the Vice Chairman of Airport Council International (ACI) World Board and Secretary Treasury of the ACI Asia Pacific Regional Board, Omantel Telecommunication, Chairman of Oman National Investment and Engineering and Chairman of Oman Cargo Sats.
Alberto Barreiro Ramirez de Aguilera
Alberto is Senior Project Manager in the Business Plan and Innovation department at Ferrovial Airports, taking responsibility for asset management and the development of business plans for tenders and M&A projects within the division. He has broad expertise in airport infrastructures development – airside and landside – through all the life cycle of the project: from demand forecasting to master planning, aeronautical regulation and airport’s P&L modeling.
He has developed his 13 year’s career in the air transport sector, starting in Spanish consultancy firm Airia before joining Ferrovial Airports in 2019. In the last two years he’s been increasingly involved in the Urban and Advanced Air Mobility ecosystem, focused on the development and planning of the vertiport concept. Today, as Head of Vertiports Development he is responsible for the preparation of demand estimates and comprehensive business plans for the vertiport networks that Ferrovial aims to develop across different geographies. He is also member of EASA task force for the development of the Vertiports Design Manual.
Alberto holds an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid.
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.
Flare Aviation Consulting
Andreu Carbonell is an Aeronautical Engineer, Master in Air Transport Management at Cranfield and MBA at ESADE. Mr. Carbonell accumulates +12 years of professional experience in the aviation industry. As an expert in air transport and managing partner of Flare Aviation Consulting, Andreu has advised the main stakeholders in the industry, including airport operators, airlines, governments, financial institutions and investment funds on growth projects, strategy and analytics.
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) Holdings.
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 Victoria.
Arturo has been a US and global airport management leader for over 20 years combining experiences in airport operations, engineering, development/planning, and ground handling. This experience includes having worked for global airport operators such as Munich Airport and Aena Aeropuertos, the ground handling company Acciona Airport Services and the airport global trade group Airports Council International (ACI) World. At ACI World, he was in charge of leading and coordinating airport operating standards and best practices, including directing the ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program. In his current role, he oversees Avports’ operations, maintenance and management services delivered by a team of over 600 employees at ten airport locations in the US.
As part of the international team of Munich Airport, he was involved in developing the operating and transition plans for the O&M contract to manage the new Terminal One (formerly Terminal A) at Newark Airport and the P3 contract to manage the new Terminal One at JFK Airport. Arturo is a member of ACI World Passenger Facilitation Committee, and an airport industry thought leader having published and contributed to major trade publications and reports such as ACRP, Airport World and the Journal of Airport Management. He is also a frequent speaker at major industry conferences, including on the future of aviation such as urban, air and ground mobility, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL), electric aviation, unmanned aerial systems/drones and autonomous vehicles.
He holds an International Airport Professional and Aviation Security Professional Management (AVSEC-PM) accreditations from Airports Council International (ACI) and ICAO’s airport management program, and a diploma from Concordia University’s ACI Airport Executive Leadership program.
Arturo holds a BS and master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, specializing in airport management and design.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Candace McGraw has served as CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) since 2011. Under her leadership, the business has been transformed into the second-best airport in the world serving between five and 10 million passengers (SkyTrax 2020).
Candace leads a team that has navigated crises and remainswell-positioned for continued future success. She has led CVG’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic; completed a 2050 Master Plan Study; consolidated operations into a renovated terminal facilities; diversified revenues through targeted cargo, land, and concessions improvements; finalized modernized Use Agreements with air carriers; introduced low-cost air carriers to the airport; and grown startup businesses to support the airport ecosystem and the Cincinnati region.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is the epicenter of e-commerce for the United States. Currently the 7th largest cargo operation in North America, CVG is home to the Amazon Air cargo hub and DHL’s Global Super Hub for the Americas, its second largest operation in the world.
Dr. Charles E. Schlumberger
The World Bank
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.
Carlos Joaquín González
Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico
Contador Público graduado de la Universidad de Yucatán. Adicionalmente, cursó una especialidad en Alta Dirección en el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Colaboró en empresas como Aerovías Caribe, AeroCozumel y la empresa regional de telefonía móvil Portatel del Sureste. Esta última estableció en Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo el centro de operaciones con miras a su expansión por todo el estado. Del 2002 al 2005 se incorpora en el Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad como Tesorero Municipal. Durante su gestión la consultora Standard & Poors le otorga el reconocimiento como uno de los municipios con mejor administración de finanzas en la República Mexicana.
Del 2005 al 2008 es electo como Presidente Municipal de Solidaridad con el número más alto de votos en la historia de ese municipio. Gracias a un excelente trabajo transparente e innovador se convierte en Presidente de la Asociación de Municipios Costeros de México, donde en coordinación con la Conferencia Nacional de Municipios de México logra una asignación muy favorable para el municipio en materia de seguridad pública. Entre sus reconocimientos más destacados se encuentra el otorgado por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas el Premio Internacional de Equidad de Género para Gobiernos locales por su política denominada “El valor de las mujeres”. Este instrumento sostenía un enfoque de empoderamiento de la mujer e integralidad de géneros.
De 2008 al 2009 es invitado a colaborar con el gobierno del estado de Quintana Roo como Secretario de Turismo. Durante esta gestión se dedicó a promover los destinos turísticos del estado, como consecuencia aumentaron los niveles de ocupación hotelera y la derrama económica en la entidad por este concepto. Asimismo coordinó el proyecto de recuperación de playas, incluyendo su esquema financiero que contempló reformas a la Ley Federal de Derechos.
En 2009 fue electo diputado federal por la LXI legislatura donde es asignado como Presidente de la Comisión de Turismo de la Cámara de Diputados. En donde destaca su Operación Turística de la Secretaría de Turismo del Gobierno Federal Mexicano y por sus excelentes aportes al turismo federal, es nombrado como Subsecretario.
A partir del 30 de diciembre de 2013 y a raíz de la reestructura en la Secretaría de Turismo, funge como Subsecretario de Innovación y Desarrollo Turístico, cargo que desempeñó hasta labor en la actualización de la ley General de Turismo.
El 05 de junio de 2016 es electo Gobernador del Estado de Quintana Roo logrando un resultado histórico, al lograr la alternancia política representando la coalición PAN-PRD, sacando del poder al PRI por primera vez en la historia desde la creación de la entidad en 1974.
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.”
Dan Galpin is a Director in ICF’s aviation group with over 15 years’ experience in the aviation industry. Since joining ICF, Dan has advised a range of clients from investors, to airport operators, airlines and governments.
Dan specializes on airport advisory assignments as well as airline related matters, drawing on his experience prior to ICF with NATS (the British Air Navigation Service provider) and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Dan’s focus on the commercial aspects of airports includes traffic forecasting, air service marketing, due diligence for investors, slot evaluation, and aeronautical pricing strategies. Additional expertise Dan utilizes on airline-related assignments includes high level strategy & planning, revenue management and developing detailed network planning models.
Before joining ICF, Dan worked at Virgin Atlantic in the Commercial Department where he was the route revenue manager responsible for delivering budgets on a portfolio of transatlantic routes. In addition, he set up and managed a new analytics function within the department, providing analytical tools and ad-hoc support to a variety of internal stakeholders. Prior to Virgin, Dan worked at NATS on a range of projects from analyzing safety incidents to modelling airspace improvements and forecasting passenger demand and air traffic movements in United Kingdom airspace and at United Kingdom Airports.
Moscow Domodedovo Airport, Russian Federation
Daniel Burkard hails from Munich and worked in airport, advertising and airline business before joining British Airways, who in 1999 appointed him Area Manager Eastern Europe, based in Moscow.
In 2005 Daniel moved as the first foreign top manager to the Moscow Domodedovo Airport group where he worked in aviation marketing, real estate and non-aeronautical development before taking over External relations and business development for the group. Between 2002 and 2005 Daniel Burkard was elected for three consecutive terms as chairman of the Airline Committee in the Russian Federation. Between 2012 and 2018 he served on the board of Airport Council International (ACI) Europe and as from 2016 also on the ACI World governing board.
Daniel Burkard studied business management and history in Munich, graduated from the Bavarian Academy for Advertising & Marketing and completed post-graduate management studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Dave Wilson is the Director, Airport Innovation for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). He investigates emerging technologies to determine their benefit to the Airport’s mission. He leads a team tasked with incubating employee innovation with a “Shark Tank” process and crowdsourced innovation challenges. Dave’s team also supports airline and passenger special systems. Most recently his team participated in the introduction of the SEA Spot Saver virtual queuing solution to address physical distancing challenges at security checkpoints. They also led the rollout of the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection’s Biometric Air Exit technology for SEA’s international departures. He also served as Chief Technology Officer and Director of eBusiness for the Port of Seattle. He is a former Chair of the ACI-NA Business Information Technology Committee and remains active on the BIT Steering Committee.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Deborah Flint joined the Greater Toronto Airports Authority as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2020, following more than 4 years as CEO of Los Angeles World Airports and 24 years serving in executive roles in the aviation industry.
At Los Angeles World Airports, Deborah initiated the $14-billion modernization of its terminals, runway improvements, and a comprehensive ground transportation and transit program that brings the first rail line to LAX.
At GTAA, Deborah began her leadership at the onset of the global pandemic and has led Pearson to being globally recognized and awarded for its Healthy Airport program. She has developed a new Strategic Plan for the GTAA that is framed by the North Star Statement: “Pearson Strong: Creating the Airport of the Future by building our business in a Smart, Healthy, and Profitable Way”.
As a recognized leader within the international and U.S. aviation community, Deborah serves as a member of the Airports Council International World board and the Airports Council International – North America board. She previously served on the U.S. DOT Drone Advisory Committee, and as Chair of the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program. Beyond the airport industry, she has served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank and is a director of the Honeywell Corporation.
Dimitri Coll took up the position of Head, Airport Service Quality (ASQ) at ACI World in October 2015. His main responsibility is to manage the ACI ASQ programme, which guides airports toward improving their customer experience excellence across numerous touchpoints of a passenger’s journey.
Dimitri Coll holds a BBA (1998) and an MSc in Marketing (2000) from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal, Quebec. With nearly 20 years of experience in marketing across a variety of industries, he is an expert in product management, customer experience and marketing research. In previous roles, Dimitri was in charge of customer experience management and service design for Hydro-Quebec, as well as product management and new product design for National Bank Insurance and telecommunications company Videotron.
In addition to his work at ACI World, Dimitri teaches marketing research and market analysis at HEC Montreal.
Elena Mayoral became Madrid-Barajas Airport Director on 1st April, 2013. She was born in Spain and studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and History of Art at the UNED (Open University).
She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Industrial Organization School and has completed her training with a Management Development Program at IESE.
She started her career working for several engineering consulting companies, designing construction projects for airport infrastructure and air navigation systems for Spanish, British and German airports.
In 2002, she started working for Aena at the Master Plan Directorate, analyzing the future development of the group’s airport infrastructure. In 2005 she was appointed Head of the Office for Research and Analysis for Supply and Demand.
She has been the Managing Director of Valladolid Airport, Ibiza Airport and finally, in 2011, she was appointed as Madrid-Barajas Airport’s Managing Director.
In 2019, she was appointed as Airport Planing and Environment Director and, in April, 2021, she added new responsabililities related to regulatory control. In June 2016 she became a Board Member of ACI World.
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.
Filip Cornelis is Director for Aviation (DG MOVE Directorate E) in the European Commission, in charge of Aviation since October 2017.
He joined the European Commission in 1994. After a posting abroad, he worked in theTask Force for Accession Negotiations. He then led the Commission team drafting theTreaties of Accession for the 12 new EU Member States.
In January 2006, Filip Cornelis moved on to transport policy by joining the Office ofthe Director General for Energy and Transport, Mr Matthias Ruete. He was the leadingmember of the Office from 2008. He was then appointed Head of Unit for AviationSecurity in the European Commission in September 2010. He moved on to becomeHead of Unit for Aviation Safety from December 2012 until October 2016. Hesubsequently became Head of Unit for Aviation Policy until his appointment as Directorfor Aviation.
Gabriela Frías es una periodista mexicana con más de dos décadas de experiencia. Frías actualmente es presentadora del programa Redacción México, un programa diario con lo más relevante del acontecer en la región y el mundo.
Frías fue durante más de 13 años presentadora de noticias financieras internacionales y latinoamericanas en CNN, entrevistando a líderes mundiales, informando sobre los problemas financieros globales, viajando a eventos de alto nivel, como el G-20 en México y el Foro Económico Mundial en Davos, Suiza. Es reconocida como líder en periodismo de negocios en América Latina.
Frías se unió a CNN en Atlanta en 2000 como productora y colaboradora del programa de negocios nocturno de CNN en Español. Seguidamente pasó a ser presentadora de su propio programa de finanzas personales En Efectivo, que se lanzó en 2001 y se emitió durante diez años. En 2010, moderó México 2020, una iniciativa entre CNN en Español y CNNMexico.com, en vista a la próxima década y los objetivos del país.
A fines de 2010, Frías llevó su experiencia en periodismo de negocios al horario estelar de CNN en Español, acompañando a su co-presentador Xavier Serbia en el lanzamiento de CNN Dinero. Posteriormente condujo el programa Portafolio Global, un programa diario de CNN en Español que presentaba los ángulos, los criterios y los protagonistas para que los empresarios conocieran las nuevas soluciones de información para el éxito económico.
Ha entrevistado a presidentes, ministros, y autoridades financieras y económicas de alto nivel, entre ellas: Christine Lagarde, Directora General del Fondo Monetario Internacional, la ex Directora General Dominique Strauss-Kahn durante la crisis financiera; y una entrevista exclusiva con el entonces ganador del Premio Nobel de la Paz, Muhammad Yunnus.
Frías a menudo contribuye a la educación económica al moderar y participar en foros en toda la región. También brinda una perspectiva latinoamericana para las cadenas hermanas CNN International y CNN US.
Las contribuciones de Frías a CNN no solo se han limitado a los negocios. Participo en la cobertura de los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre en los Estados Unidos y la guerra en Irak. Frías también viajó a Arizona para informar sobre la reforma migratoria.
Anteriormente, Frías trabajó como reportera de negocios para Reforma, uno de los periódicos más importantes de México. En 1998, ocupó el doble puesto de co-presentadora y periodista de Negocios México, un proyecto conjunto entre Reforma y CNN en Español.
Frías se graduó con honores de la Escuela de Periodismo Carlos Septién en la Ciudad de México. Habla con fluidez español, inglés y francés. Su Twitter es @GFrias.
Air Transport Action Group
Haldane Dodd is Executive Director at the Geneva-based Air Transport Action Group. This organisation, the only global grouping of players from across the aviation industry, brings together airports, airlines, air navigation service providers and aircraft and engine manufacturers to agree common goals. Its current mission is to provide a platform through which the aviation sector is working to reduce its climate change impact. ATAG works with funding members ACI, IATA, CANSO, Airbus, Boeing, GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, Safran and CFM to ensure aviation is able to respond to global decarbonisation and sustainability objectives.
Previously, Haldane was head of communications and advocacy at ATAG and communications manager with Airports Council International world headquarters where he worked on issues such as the environment, security and airport economics. A British native, Haldane also holds New Zealand citizenship and started his aviation career at the listed company Auckland International Airport Limited, which runs New Zealand’s busiest airport. He has a background in broadcast media and holds a Bachelor of Communications Studies.
Hamilton Galloway joined Oxford Economics in 2014 as Head of Americas Consultancy – a team focused heavily on developing quality, customized research, analysis and impact modeling services for a range of private and public organizations. Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Mr. Galloway worked nearly seven years as an economist, senior consultant and manager at Economic Modeling Specialists Int (EMSI), a data and analytic company based in the US.
Over more than a decade, Mr. Galloway has conducted, managed or overseen dozens of economic impact studies and other custom economic research, related to manufacturing, resource extraction, construction & infrastructure, retail, aviation and finance. He has also served as the primary investigator and lead researcher in over a dozen local or regional economic development strategic plans. He has been the author of numerous economic publications, user guides and textbook chapters.
Hamilton received his Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Washington State University with a focus in Transportation Economics.
Ilia Lioutov is an air transport economist with in-depth expertise in economic and financial performance of airports. Lioutov is instrumental in developing ACI World policies in the domains of economic regulation and aeronautical charges, privatization and public-private partnerships, non-aeronautical revenues and activities, taxation and ESG transformation. His core responsibilities include formulating advocacy strategies at national and international level and representing the airport industry interests within political, economic and regulatory institutions. In addition to advocacy, industry representation and stakeholder management, Lioutov has an extensive analytical background and is a contributor to the flagship ACI publications including the Airport Economics Report, World Airport Traffic Report and the series of policy briefs on various topics including private sector participation, airport business models, economic impact assessments, taxation and industry crisis management. Lioutov is a secretary for the ACI sub-committee on non-aeronautical revenues and activities (ANARA) and is an ACI Global Training faculty member.
Global Exchange Group
Holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration by the University Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, Isidoro J. Alanís developed his studies between the United States of America and Spain. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to be the first employee of the Global Exchange Group (Eurodivisas S.A.) in Fuentes de Oñoro, Salamanca. Since its founding until 2008, Isidoro J. Alanís held the Vice President position, and since 2008 until the present day, he is the Executive President of the Company.
As a major driver of innovation in Global Exchange Group, he became member of the Executive Board of the AIR Institute, an organisation dedicated to Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science research, Treasurer of CEAPI, the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America and member of the Plenary of the Council of Chambers of Commerce of Castile and Leon (Spain).
Isidoro J. Alanís speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, he is married, father of 4 children and he combines his work as entrepreneur with his position as mayor of Fuentes de Oñoro (Salamanca) since 2007.
Prior to joining Pangiam, I served as the Senior Vice President for Strategy, Business development and Marketing at Amadeus IT Group, S.A., holding a worldwide responsibility across the Amadeus Airport business unit.
I am a member of the ACI World Airport IT Strategic Committee (WAITSC) and had successfully directed and led multiple complex projects in the Aviation Sector worldwide. Additionally, I have held senior positions at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Smartworld (Dubai Airport company) and SITA.
Latest Key Achievements:
– Lead the creation of the global commercial unit (Sales, Marketing, sales support, business models, go to market strategy). Emphasizing the value/consultative selling Vs product/technical selling approach.
– Lead the team that developed a unique cloud offering for a Common Use technical solution, this ensured that airline DCSs access was secured across all products.
– Directly responsible for all acquisition activities within Airport IT unit.
– Developed the commercial strategy based on organic growth and growth via acquisition.
– Lead the team that integrated acquired companies, ensuring alignment on the Go-To-Market strategy and product offerings.
– Developed the Long-Term Plan (LTP) for the unit from which annual Revenue, costs and P&L targets are derived.
– Exceeded the unit sales targets on yearly basis; 2020 achievement of 120% of target.
– Developed the Go-To-Market strategy for the unit that achieved a revenue growth CAGR around 25% from years 2014 to 2020 (CAGR of over 30% from years 2014 to 2019).
Vertical Flight Society
Jim Sherman joined VFS in May 2019 as the Society’s Director of Strategic Development, responsible for setting and executing the Society’s strategy for promoting membership development and growth. He is responsible for supporting the development of the “Electric VTOL Revolution.”
Prior to VFS, he was the SAE International events focal point for aerospace and electronics applications, providing leadership in developing new programs for all mobility sectors.
Mr. Sherman’s industry experience has been in the area of ground vehicle power and propulsion systems and aircraft flight and engine controls.
As the world’s first global airline alliance, Star Alliance provides smooth transfers across an extensive global network, together with rewards and recognition for high value international travellers.
Previously, Jeffrey Goh held the position as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at the Alliance, with responsibilities spanning human resources, sourcing and fuel-related projects, legal, finance and project management. Before moving to Frankfurt, he had lived in Singapore and Melbourne and held positions at the International Air Transport Association in Montreal and at Beaumont and Son, a leading aviation law firm in London.
He has a doctorate in the principles and policies of regulating airline competition and has published widely in the field of aviation law and regulation.
A dynamic CEO with a record of business growth, Johanne Gallant is dedicated to supporting her community and developing the next generation of leaders.
Johanne joined the Fredericton International Airport Authority (FIAA) as President and CEO in 2015, bringing over 30 years of success in the fields of marketing, sales and international trade to New Brunswick’s capital city. Under her leadership, the airport added two new air carriers as well as additional destinations, resulting in a passenger traffic increase of 21 per cent in four years and making YFC one of the fastest-growing airports in Atlantic Canada. In 2019, the airport authority launched its most ambitious capital project to date: a $32-million terminal expansion.
Prior to joining YFC, Johanne spent over a decade leading the Greater Moncton International Airport’s considerable growth as Director of Airport Commercial Development and Acting President and CEO (2011-2014). Previous to that role she held various positions with the New Brunswick Department of Tourism and Economic Development including Director of Marketing and Trade Sales.
Ms. Gallant is currently a board member of the Canadian Airports Council, acting as Vice Chair for the Small Airports Committee and a Board Director of the Canadian Policy Council; board member of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council; and has served on a number of boards and committees in the tourism, aviation, and business sectors. She was recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada for 2020.
Although she has a busy schedule, her passion for fitness, health, and travel complements her dedication to her job. She has also enjoyed participating in humanitarian missions with her family, which allowed them to assist with fund raising and building a women’s medical clinic and elementary schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.
Jorge is the CEO of Avports, which is the United States’ most experienced and trusted airport operator and manager. Avports is currently owned by West Street Infrastructure Partners III, a family of infrastructure investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group.
His global airport management and public-private partnership (PPP) development and investment career spans over thirteen years in the US, Europe and Latin America & Caribbean, where he has founded and worked for companies owned by the leading global airport operators and institutional investors. These past companies have included Carlyle Airport Group, CCR Group from Brasil, and Airports Worldwide (formerly ADC & HAS, an airport investment platform owned by OMERS and HAS-Houston Airports). He recently announced a $100 million PPP in Tweed New Haven Airport and previously co-led the proposal for the new $7 billion PPP for Terminal One at New York’s JFK Airport.
Jorge is an active thought leader in the aviation industry, including developing the next generation of industry leaders and is currently a Board Member (Advisor) of ACI-LAC, a member of the President’s Advisory Board for New York’s Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and a volunteer for the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC).
Jorge is an active community leader committed to the advancement of youth and empowerment of underrepresented groups, including minorities and women. He is a Trustee for the Friends of the Education Opportunity Program at the University of Washington in Seattle and a community ambassador for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). He as an advisor to the Washington State Model United Nations, an organization that has positively impacted over 6,000 high school and college students and which he founded over 20 years ago in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Affairs Council and University of Washington in Seattle.
He holds an International Airport Professional accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) and ICAO’s airport management program (AMPAP), two degrees in Business and Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Aeropuertos Ecológicos Galápagos
Jorge Rosillo, Engineer at the University of California and MBA at INCAE with diplomas in Public Private Participation, Social Responsibility Management, Governance and Leadership in the USA, Chile and Ecuador. He has participated in public-private partnerships such as the Airport and the Port of Guayaquil. Today he is Country Manager of Corporación América and CEO of Aeropuertos Ecológicos Galápagos, ECOGAL and Terminal Cargas Ecuador, TCE. In addition, he is Vice President of the Global Compact Ecuador of the United Nations. Its management is characterized by sustainability strategies with certifications: LEED Gold, Carbon Neutral 1st in LAC and Best Passenger Experience in LAC, as well as ISO 9000 and 14001.
Jost Lammers (54) was born in Oldenburg, Germany. On completing secondary school, he entered vocational training with a bank and performed his military service with the air force. He then studied business administration and economic sciences in Bayreuth, Witten-Herdecke and San Diego. After graduating with a degree in economics, he began his career with an automotive supplier in 1994. Two years later he joined the German construction group HOCHTIEF AG, working primarily in investment and portfolio management.
In 1998 he transferred to the airport management subsidiary HOCHTIEF AirPort GmbH, where he took on various roles at the airports in Düsseldorf and Athens, in which HOCHTIEF is a shareholder. In Athens he was involved in the commissioning and opening of the new airport. Mr Lammers took on the role of managing director of the Ground Handling subsidiary of Düsseldorf Airport in 2004. In 2008 he was appointed CEO of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Since January 2020 he serves as President, CEO and Labor Director of Munich Airport. In 2019, he was elected as President of Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, the industry association representing the interests of Europe’s international airports.
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.
Juan José Salmón
Lima Airport Partners SRL
Juan José Salmón is a qualified lawyer of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with a Master in Law from Southampton University, England; with courses in Transportation of Goods, Insurance and International Trade. He has experience in management and business administration, having performed in recent years as general manager of different companies in the shipping and logistics industry as well as President of the shipping business association in Peru.
Juan José assumed the position as CEO of Lima Airport Partners in April 2011.
Appointed for the Board of Directors in April 2016, Juliano Noman is the current President-Director of ANAC, with a term until March 2025.
He is ANAC career servant, Specialist in Civil Aviation Regulation, and was Secretary of Civil Air Navigation (2013-2016) and of Airports (2011-2013) at the Civil Aviation Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic (SAC-PR).
At ANAC, he was Head of the Economic Regulation and Market Monitoring Department (2008-2011), Market Monitoring Manager and Special Advisor to the Air Services Department (2006 to 2008).
Graduated in Economics (UnB), he holds a Masters in Air Navigation Management from the Ecole Nationale de I’Aviation Civile (ENAC), and a Graduate Degree in Airport Infrastructure Management from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA).
IGA Istanbul Airport
Kadri Samsunlu was born in 1968 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Bosphorus University in 1991. Mr. Samsunlu holds an MBA degree from the University of Missouri, USA. He is married and has three children.
1995 to 2006, Mr. Samsunlu gained experience as a General Manager and Executive Committee Member of various investment companies. 2006 onwards, he worked as an Investment and Corporate Finance Advisor in Romania and Turkey.
From 2008 until 2017, and prior to joining iGA – Istanbul Airport, Mr. Samsunlu was the CFO of Akfen Holding, and headed up many projects during this period, from the launch of the first Eurobond infrastructure, to the completion of various PPP (Public-Private Partnership) projects, and the first Turkish Lira bond transaction and finance management in the tourism sector of the Holding Co.
Mr. Samsunlu also worked as part of the public offering and delisting process for Akfen Holding and has served as a member of the board.
Mr. Samsunlu got appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of iGA Istanbul Airport in 2017.
Having headed up the iGA Airport Operations as well as iGA Construction since 2018, Mr. Samsunlu also oversaw the commencement of the operational period of Istanbul Airport after completion of the construction process. In its third year in operation, and under Mr. Samsunlu’s leadership, Istanbul Airport is proud to have served more than 100 million passengers travelling to 255 destinations in 127 countries.
Kata Cserep joined ICF in 2005. Ms Cserep leads ICF’s global aviation team of close to 100 expert consultants, serving clients in government, private sector, the investment community and industry associations. The team includes specialists in airline strategy, fleet and network planning; airline, airport and MRO operations; business planning, M&A and investment advisory for any aviation-related assets (from aircraft to airports to route rights and carbon offsets) as well as an in-house data-science team adept at interrogating large and complex data sets to reveal insights on truly complex challenges.
In her advisory work, Ms Cserep focuses on the linkages within the aviation ecosystem and their implications for business strategy. She has been involved in a wide variety of aviation projects over the last 15 years, including airline diagnostics and business planning; detailed market studies, including socioeconomics and sustainable tourism; and due diligence of airline and airport transactions.
Ms Cserep is an experienced project manager and a qualified Prince2 Practitioner. She is also an experienced keynote speaker and moderator, and is regularly asked to participate in industry events focusing on policy, investment or strategic aviation issues.
Ms Cserep has both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College in the United Kingdom. In 2019 she was recognised by Airline Economics as one of the ‘Top 40 Under 40” aviation professionals globally.
BH Airport (CNF)
Graduated in Engineering, with 2 MBAs (Marketing and Finance), an Advanced Management Program from Fundação Dom Cabral and INSEAD, and certified as a Board Member by IBGC, Kleber is a generalist executive with 30 years of experience in business management and restructuring.
With success and experience in different segments (Engineering, Oil and Gas, Telecom, Software Development and Mobile Solutions and Logistics & Transport), Kleber has worked in national and multinational companies and in startups, such as: Mendes Junior, Shell, Intelig Telecom, Grupo Libra and Grupo CCR.
Considered a modern executive, focused on results and with the ability to inspire and lead people, Kleber assumed the position of CEO of the BH Airport Concessionaire, in Dec/20, with the mission of transforming Belo Horizonte International Airport into the main reference in Brazil.
Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority
Lew S. Bleiweis, A.A.E., is the Executive Director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority in Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Bleiweis has led the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority since 2009. During his tenure, he has grown the organization from a non-hub airport to a small hub airport with over one million passengers, increased the airport’s fund balance from just over $7 million to $31 million, while overseeing $100 million+ in capital expansion projects, inclusive of the airport’s first parking garage.
Mr. Bleiweis has over 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry with the majority of his time focused on airport management, including areas of properties, operations, maintenance, purchasing, and risk management.
Prior to his relocation to Asheville in 2008, Mr. Bleiweis served as the Director of Properties for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the Louisville Regional Airport Authority in 1999 as Properties Manager and was then promoted to Director of Technical Services. Prior to that time, Mr. Bleiweis held several positions with the Kansas City Aviation Department, Kansas City, Missouri and the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, Roanoke Virginia.
Mr. Bleiweis is a member of Airports Council International-North America currently serving as Chair as well as a Board Member for the US Policy Council. Mr. Bleiweis previously served on the Executive Committee as Chair of the U.S. Policy Board. He is also currently serving as a Board Member for Airports Council International World Governing Board. Mr. Bleiweis is a member of American Association of Airport Executives having served on the Board of Directors, and also served as the President of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Mr. Bleiweis is on the Board of Nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) by the American Association of Airport Executives, and he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration/Airport Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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.
Born in Mexico City, Manuel Gutierrez Sola is the Chief Commercial Officer for Asur: Mexico’s leading Airports; and Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC.
He has a Business Degree with a Masters in Professional Management and Global MBA from the University of Miami.
His passion for airports retail and travel has brought him around the globe to learn and experience new cultures, giving him a unique perspective, driving him to excel in visual merchandising.
All of this along with his work ethic, dedication and outstanding outlook has helped him to develop a genuine interest in improving passengers’ satisfaction and maximize airport revenues.
In his 25 years of experience as a professional in marketing and real estate he has planned and developed the entire commercial and marketing strategies for ASUR in Mexico (9 Airports) and Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC in San Juan Puerto Rico. He is involved in the design and functionality of the food and beverages and retail areas, keeping them updated with the latest environmental technology.
His vision has resulted in the commercial programs success and has achieved in creating an individual identity to each one of the 10 airports under his supervision.
His hard working nature and objective oriented traits have helped him maintain a constant search for new marketing ideas and business horizons.
Corporación América Airports
Airport Director of Toscana Aeroporti S.p.A., Mariano Mobilia is an Aeronautical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the fields of operations, maintenance, cargo operations, and airport planning. Vast expertise in the leadership of interdisciplinary work teams and proven capability working alongside government regulatory agencies throughout Latin America during the airport privatization process.
As part of Corporacion America, Mariano has been involved in different concessions, taking on a key responsibility for the integral process of design, build, and start-up of operations in new Terminals both in Brasilia and Montevideo. In Argentina he was involved in the development of several airport projects for the 35-airport concession, proposing changes that optimize and streamline operations through digitalization of processes for all airport stakeholders.
Martin is UK Aviation Director at Deloitte, the leading global professional services provider. He has spent over 20 years in the aviation industry, working across airlines, airports and air traffic control to enhance industry collaboration and increase efficiency and effectiveness. Martin’s clients include Heathrow Airport, American Airlines, NATS, Nav Canada and MAG, with his knowledge and expertise spanning multiple areas including integrated airport operations, aviation tech trends, airspace modernisation, stakeholder collaboration and sustainable aviation. Martin is an active member of the Air Traffic Control trade association CANSO where he sits on their Strategy and Operations Committee.
Corporación América Airports
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.
Miami International Airport
Maurice Jenkins functions as the principal advisor to the Aviation Director on all matters related to information management and information technology. He has full strategic and tactical responsibility for the direction, planning, creation and operation of the Aviation Department’s information technology infrastructure, telecommunications services, application support, end-user support services and training.
Mr. Jenkins’ strategic vision has successfully culminated in the integration of new technology in the opening of the new South and North Terminals at Miami International Airport. In addition the success of these new system implementations such as Propworks and PeopleSoft ERP show his technical acumen and dedication to serve the people of Miami-Dade County. Mr. Jenkins has implemented an area wide marketing information service to both hotels and conventions centers using current flight information data from Miami International Airport. Best in practice initiatives display his commitment to providing the highest level of service governed by industry standards.
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.
Nicholas Reyes is the FAA Director, Western Hemisphere, Office of International Affairs (API) with base in Panama City, Panama. As the Director, Western Hemisphere Office, he is responsible for promoting U.S. interests and advancing civil aviation safety, security and efficiency. He plays a lead role in the development of international aviation policy and serves as the chief advocate for the U.S. aviation interests in the region. Mr. Reyes works directly with top U.S. and foreign civil aviation officials and serves as the agency’s chief spokesperson at major international aviation forums to articulate and advance FAA policy.
Mr. Reyes served as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Acting Deputy Director, Office of Safety Standards, Deputy Director, Office of Foundational Business and Division Manager of both Southwest and Western-Pacific Regions in the Flight Standards Service. In this role, he managed more than 1100 employees. Previously, he served as Manager of the Southwest Certificate Management office and the Dallas Fort-Worth International Field office. Mr. Reyes is a former U.S. Airways and American Eagle airline pilot. He served in the military as a Flight Examiner/Pilot with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and the Texas Army National Guard.
MHIRJ Aero Advisory Services
Patrick has 28 years of experience in commercial aviation, mostly with Airbus and Bombardier. Extensive experience in all aviation marketing fields from strategic market and product positionings to value-selling in sales campaigns, consulting, product developments and business cases, branding and communication. Patrick holds a MSc Aeronautical Engineering, at the ENAC – Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (France).
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.
Raúl Revuelta Musalem
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico
Raúl Revuelta Musalem, is currently the CEO of the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, He has more than 20 years of experience in the infrastructure sector and is an expert in the airport sector. From 2005 to 2015, he worked at Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), serving as CFO and Commercial Director. During his professional career, he has also served as General Director of Cross Border Xpress (CBX) and as Deputy Director of Finance of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). In his six years as Deputy Director of the SCT, he has participated in different privatization processes in the transportation sector, obtaining extensive experience in federal concessions. He has a degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
Rene Riedi was the Divisional CEO Latin America & Caribbean at Dufry AG before he was named Executive Advisor Central & Latin America in Sept 2020.
Previously and prior to his transfer to the United States, Rene Riedi served in a variety of positions at Dufry, including Chief Operating Officer Retail Region Eurasia & Asia, with executive responsibilities for all retail activities in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, CIS and Asia / Pacific, Chief Operating Officer of Global Agencies and Director Group Product Marketing. He was a member of the Group Executive Committee since 2000 and joined the company in 1993.
Prior to Dufry, Rene Riedi worked for a number of years in sales and product marketing of a multinational FMCG group.
Rene holds a degree in Business Administration from the School of Economy and Business Administration Zurich.
Ricardo Dueñas Espriu has served as Chief Executive Officer of OMA since November 2018. Prior to joining OMA, Mr. Dueñas served in various capacities in the airport and infrastructure sectors, including as Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México and as an advisor in infrastructure projects at the Ministry of Communications and Transportation.
As Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México, he was responsible for securing more than eight billion U.S. dollars in financing. Previously, he worked for JP Morgan’s Investment Banking Division in London focusing on emerging markets. Prior to that, he worked as an analyst for economic research at the Central Bank of Mexico. He has also worked as a hedge fund analyst based in New York, as an advisor to the Mexican Delegation to the OECD in Paris and as a part-time lecturer at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In 2004, he received the IMEF National Prize of Economics.
He has also been a board member in several companies in the transportation sector.
Mr. Dueñas Espriu holds an economics degree, cum laude, from ITAM, a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.
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.
Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
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.
Mr. Saúl Villarreal attended University of Guadalajara where he got a degree in Public Accounting and MBA, later on he got a Masters’ degree in Finance with a concentration in International Accounting from the Universidad Panamericana. Mr. Saúl Villarreal has been responsible for overseeing corporate GAP’s administration since 2003 and was appointed CFO in 2015, resulting in vast experience and knowledge of the administration and financial management aspect of the airport business. He participated in the initial GAP’s public offering process in 2006, the acquisition the Montego Bay airport and Kingston Airport in Jamaica, as well as the issuance of debt securities on the Mexican market for about US$1.8 billion dollars.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Sjoerd is a transformation airport executive passionate about both technology and people. Making the most of your human and technological capital through leadership, is what drives him every day.
Sjoerd Blüm joined Royal Schiphol Group in 2015 after 12 years of digital transformations in the financial sector. He first set-up the teams responsible for innovation (technology, data and agile way of working) and for the integral working of the technology (IT strategy & architecture, cyber security and process management). In 2017 Sjoerd became CIO of Royal Schiphol Group. Since 2020, all Data & Digital priorities were shifted under his responsibility. Next to his work for Schiphol, Sjoerd also is a non-executive board member for a Technology company specialized in data integration.
Solomon Wong is President and CEO of InterVISTAS, a global consulting firm with services in market analyses, policy development, planning and strategies in the movement of people and goods.
He has a track record on regulatory and technological change and has helped to implement solutions for a range of private/public sector clients. In the late 1990s, Solomon assisted in the business cases for trusted traveler programs. In the 2000s, he developed the business case and analyses for simplification of processes, including elimination of aviation security re-screening and border kiosk automation. In the 2010s, his achievements included developing models to eliminate baggage recheck and other initiatives to reduce minimum connect time (MCTs) at hub airports. Results of his work have informed planning of new facilities throughout the United States, Canada and airports worldwide.
He is active on ACI-NA committees, serving on the facilitation committee as an associate member for both ACI-NA and ACI World. In addition, he has contributed to the Airport Industry Recovery Advisory Panel on short, medium and long-term COVID-19 pandemic responses. The key aspect of research Solomon is advancing are advanced practices and models for privacy management balanced with a positive customer experience.
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.
Tania Chacin Jaimes is currently the Director of Sustainability of OPAIN Concessionaire of El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá Colombia and Chair of the environmental committee of the Airports Council International – Latin America and Caribbean – ACI LAC.
Experience of 20 years and a career occupying senior management positions in: risk management, environmental management, quality management and sustainability with emphasis on corporate sustainability strategies, Management Systems and continuous improvement programs at the managerial level in companies in the floriculture and industrial sector, consulting companies and the airport sector, in the latter it has been 13 years.
Executive MBA with focus on Triple Bottom Line, specialist in Natural Resources Management, Occupational Health and Environmental Management.
Edmonton International Airport
Tara Mulrooney is the Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). Tara is accountable for enabling the Innovation Expansion for the organization and for building an information-based platform using IOT, Messaging and Data. She is excited to bring her two decades of experience to the aviation sector and to continue to build the reputation of EIA as a leader in airport innovation.
Prior to this role, Tara was the Chief Technology Officer for the Alberta Energy Regulator and successfully led a digital transformation which resulted in recognitions including: 2019 Canadian CIO of the Year (ITAC and IT World Canada) and the John Zachman CIO of the Year for 2017 in Oil and Gas.
Her approach to IT includes converting strategic plans into tactical reality by leveraging people, technology and efficient processes. Tara focuses on building high performing teams that outperform their peers by providing an inspiring and fun professional environment.
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.
Thomas Romig joined Airports Council International (ACI) in November 2020 as Vice President Safety, Security and Operations. He heads up all advocacy efforts and programme areas related to airport operations – ranging from Airside Safety and Capacity through to Facilitation and Security and across into Innovation and IT.
Prior to this, he held a number of senior leadership positions at Geneva Airport in Switzerland, both in Safety and then Operations where among his multiple functions he was in charge of the development of the Airport Operations Center, the day to day management of airport operations and all the master planning activities. Over the years he has been strongly involved in ICAO and EASA regulatory activities as a representative of the airport’s community through ACI. He is also now the ACI Observer on the ICAO Air Navigation Commission.
Vladimir Coca is Senior Engagement Manager at ALG, the specialized Transportation Consultancy Company, and has more than 16 years of experience in the aviation industry. He currently leads Aviation and specifically Airport Operations practice having specialized in supporting airports, ANSP and aviation authorities in improving efficiency and better utilization of resources through the optimization of processes and the utilization of information in the airport environment. Recent experiences include the implementation of A-CDM in airports such as Bogotá and Lima, defining and implementing a new Airport Operations Control Centre at Ciudad de Mexico International Airport or redesigning operations in Buenos Aires TMA. In parallel, he works with Eurocontrol in the development of future evolutions of airport operational concepts such as AOP or TAM, concepts that are being put in place at airports such as Athens International Airport in Greece.
Vladimir holds a B.Sc. in Air Navigation and M.Sc. in Telecommunications from UPC in Spain and a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from SUPAERO in France. Before joining ALG he developed several roles for IBERIA, IBM and Airbus.
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.