SPEAKERS

Hon. James W. Macharia, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Kenya

James Macharia, EGH, is the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Urban Works in Kenya. His mandate is to provide strategic leadership to ensure that the Ministry develops, operates and sustains world class services in line with the Government’s vision. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Macharia was Cabinet Secretary - Ministry of Health, where he oversaw the implementation of key strategic interventions including the introduction of free maternity services, universal health coverage and a variety of innovative health financing structures. In addition to serving as Group Managing Director of a listed banking institution, Mr. Macharia had undertaken various leadership roles in the financial and banking industries before joining government. He has a diverse and illustrious career covering all major tenets of corporate management including inter alia, corporate finance, audit and tax consultancy in London (6 years), corporate and merchant banking, financial management, strategic planning and development as well as personnel and general administration. Mr. Macharia is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Certified Public Accountant with Institute of Certified Public Accountants; he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.


Mr. Isaac Awuondo, Chairman, Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya

Isaac Awuondo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA K). Isaac has over 39 years’ experience in the finance and banking sectors spanning Europe and Eastern Africa and has previously worked with BDO Binder Hamlyn, Nation Media Group and Standard Chartered Bank in various senior executive roles and Commercial Bank of Africa Limited as Group Managing Director. He is the Chairman of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and NCBA Bank Kenya PLC, the Council of Riara University, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and a Director of NCBA Group PLC, Bata Shoes Company Kenya Ltd and the Kenya Cultural Centre. He is also Chairman of the Kenya Conservatoire of Music, WWF Kenya, The Rhino Trust and a Trustee of Zawadi Africa Education Fund.


Mr. Alex Gitari, Acting Managing Director, Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya

Mr. Alex Gitari is the Acting Managing Director/CEO for Kenya Airports Authority. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Gitari was the Authority’s General Manager in charge of Finance. Before joining Kenya Airports Authority, Mr. Gitari served as Director of Finance for Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) and as a senior consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is a career professional with wealth of experience covering a broad range of sectors including aviation, finance and development banking and advisory services. In his multiple roles, Mr. Gitari has discharged diverse responsibilities including financial management, project appraisal, strategy formation and execution, risk management, resource mobilization and management of strategic partnerships. In addition to an MBA in Finance and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Nairobi, Mr. Gitari is a Certified Public Accountant and an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.


Mr Zouhair Mohammed El Aoufir, Director General, National Airports Authority, Morocco

Zouhair Mohammed EL AOUFIR has been appointed by His Majesty The King of Morocco as CEO of Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) since January 2014. On October 2019, Zouhair Mohammed EL AOUFIR was elected Chairman of the ACI Africa Council for the period 2020 to 2022 after being Vice-President of this organization for three years. Holding a master degree in “Production and Aeronautic maintenance” from the High Institute of Aerospace Engineering (ENSICA, Toulouse – 1990). Zouhair Mohammed EL AOUFIR started his first steps in the engineering field by graduating from the Mohammedia Engineering School (EMI-Rabat – 1987). Zouhair Mohammed EL AOUFIR has acquired a rich experience along his career in the airline field:

2009 to 2014: Senior Vice President of Royal Air Maroc including different executive positions within the company mainly in sales development, maintenance and services.
2004-2009 : Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Blue, a low cost subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc
2000-2004: Managing Director of Air Senegal International, a subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc based in Dakar.
Zouhair Mohammed ELAOUFIR embarked on his career in Royal Air Maroc; the Moroccan flag carrier, through different challenges among which the major quest was overcoming the severe international airlines crisis.

Mr Ali TOUNSI, Secretary General, ACI Africa, Morocco

Mr Ali TOUNSI is an Engineer holding a Diploma of Master Engineer in Telecommunication and Avionics and a Master in airports management. He began his career in aviation in 1992 as an engineer in the eld of airport operations at OACA-Tunisia, where he was involved in studies and projects related to quality of service, airport resources management and infrastructure projects. From 1999 to 2004 he held positions as Director of international airports of Tozeur Nefta (4th airport in Tunisia) and Djerba Zarzis airport (3rd airport) and from 2004 to 2009 held the position of Operation Director of Tunisian Airports. Mr TOUNSI has been in charge of several projects of infrastructure development such as Tozeur Nefta, Djerba Zarzi, and Gabes airports extensions, and was also an IT projects responsible for the implementation of the CUTE SITA system at Tunis Carthage airport. He was chairman of the steering committee for the implementation of the certification and SMS Implementation program for Tunisian airports. Mr TOUNSI has, over a period of 14 years, delivered courses in many schools of aviation and supervised several research projects.
Mr TOUNSI was a member at ACI World technic and safety Standing Committee representing Africa region and appointed as Secretary General of ACI Africa in 2009.

Mrs Angela GITTENS, Director General, ACI World, Canada

Angela Gittens began her tenure as Director General of Airports Council International (ACI World) in 2008. She was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport. In other previous roles, Gittens served as Vice-President, Airport Business Services for HNTB Corporation, where she led the firm’s practice in airport business and strategic planning. And as Vice-President at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada.
Gittens is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees including the FAA Management Advisory Committee, the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Committee, the National Civil Aviation Review Commission (“the Mineta Commission”), the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways.

Mrs Nompumelelo Mpofu, Managing Director, ACSA, South Africa

Ms Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Mpofu was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ACSA with effect from 1 February 2020. Ms Mpumi Mpofu joins ACSA as the Company is charting a fresh course for its future. Mpofu is currently Director-General in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency. She has extensive experience spanning over 25 years in the fields of transport, infrastructure development, local government and town, urban and regional planning. In her career of public service, Mpofu has held the position of Director-General in the departments of Defense, Transport and Housing. She has served on the Boards of the Municipal Demarcation Board, the National Housing Board, the Gauteng Development Tribunal, the National Housing Finance Corporation and the National Home Builders Registration Council. During her tenure as Director-General in the Department of Transport, Mpofu ensured the development, implementation and monitoring of transport policies and strategies in fields including aviation, rail, maritime, road transport, search and rescue. She was also the leader of the Government Transport Plan for the FIFA World Cup 2010 and oversaw Airports Company South Africa’s airport development and redevelopment programme for 2010.Mpofu was instrumental in the development and approval by Cabinet of the South African Airlift Strategy which seeks to expand the country’s air transport services and to apply a holistic approach to global aviation opportunities to support South Africa’s interests. Ms Mpofu holds an honours degree in urban and regional planning and a graduate degree in town planning from Coventry University in the United Kingdom, as well as a certificate in local government management from Oxford University.

Mrs Christine Mwakatobe, Business Development Manager, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania

Christine Gideon Mwakatobe holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Economics and she is currently finalizing her Master degree in Business Administration (MBA). She was employed by Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) as a Business Development Manager. Her primary responsibility is driving non-aeronautical commercial revenue streams and developing opportunities for new initiatives and incremental growth. Christine was engaged in the implementation of Air Service Development Strategy (ASD) to secure new airlines, routes and seat capacity for the benefit of Kilimanjaro International Airport and its stakeholders. Through, the ASD strategy she was able to attract Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines. The inaugurations of new airlines and the increased in passengers enabled KIA to win several international awards recognizing our efforts of airport marketing to the airlines communities. In 2013 and 2014 KIA was overall winner of Routes Africa Airport marketing award for under four million category airports. In 2015, KIA was the winner of Routes Africa and Middle East Airport Marketing award under four million category airports. Through her continuation effort of the airport marketing, in December 2017 KIA welcomed Flydubai, a low cost airline code sharing with Emirates.

Mr. Miguel Southwell, CEO, Brakkam Aviation Management, USA

Miguel Southwell is President of Brakkam Aviation Management, a global air transportation management consulting firm. His aviation career spans over 30 years including as head of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and as deputy at Miami International. Under his leadership, Atlanta became the first airport in the world to reach 100 million passengers in a single year; he negotiated a landmark new 20-year airline agreement; reversed a 4-year air cargo decline; led Atlanta to earn ISO 50001 Certification for its Energy Management System - the first by a U.S. airport; achieved its first perfect safety-audit score in five years form the FAA; while retaining the airport’s title as the “World’s Most Efficient Airport” by the Air Transport Research Society. He served 6 years on the World Governing Board of ACI, is a past-president of ACI’s Latin America and Caribbean Region, and a past-president of the ACI-Fund. He was named “CEO of the Year” in 2016 by both the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Business Journal. He is a former bank executive and a former adjunct professor at two universities where he taught airport and airline management courses. He also served on the Board of LIAT, the Caribbean’s regional airline. Mr. Southwell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Portland State University and a Master’s Degree in International Business from City University of New York.

Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife, Kenya

Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, assumed the position of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife in the 2015 government reshuffle. He moved from the Ministry of Mining where he was appointed as Kenya’s first Minister in May 2013 and is credited with delivering the Draft Mining Bill in 2014, the first policy and institutional framework review of Kenya’s mining sector since 1940. Having also served as Minister for Tourism from April 2008 to March 2012, Hon. Balala holds the record of being the longest serving Minister in the docket. During that tenure, Hon. Balala delivered the Tourism Bill and gave the sector a policy and legal framework geared towards maintaining sustainability. Hon. Balala has been elected Chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organization twice, in 2011 and 2019, where he currently holds the position. In April 2019, he was awarded a World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Champion Award at the 2019 Global Summit in Seville, Spain, for his country’s outstanding work on Social Impact. The annual WTTC Global Champion Awards recognize public officials or countries who, through their leadership, have made a difference through unique public policies and initiatives that have increased the competitiveness of the sector within their countries. In 2009, Hon. Balala was voted Best Tourism Minister in Africa by Africa Investor (AI). He is trained in International Urban Management at the University of Toronto, Canada, and underwent the Executive Program for Leaders in Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is credited with steering Kenya’s tourism sector to recovery following the post-election violence in 2008. He played a significant role in boosting growth and stability in the Kenyan and regional tourism sector, working closely with private and institutional investors, with conservation and regional development agencies to ensure that the economic potential of this vital sector was both prudently and sustainably managed

Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Department of Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO

Dirk Glaesser is Director for Sustainable Development of Tourism Department at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The department deals with the different challenges and opportunities of sustainable tourism development, among them climate change, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity and travel facilitation. Dr. Glaesser joined the World Tourism Organization in 1997 and held various positions in UNWTO, among them as Chief of the Risk and Crisis Management Department and as supervisor of UNWTO’s Consulting Unit on Biodiversity and Tourism. Dr. Glaesser obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Lüneburg, Germany and won the ITB scientific award for his work on Crisis Management. He is the author of a number of publications which have been widely translated. Dr. Glaesser is married and has two children.

Mr. Jorge Benchimol Duarte, Chairman & CEO, ASA – Airports and Air Navigation, Cape Verde

Jorge Benchimol Duarte is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of ASA, the company responsible for managing Cape Verde’s seven airports as well as its Flight Information Region. Before being appointed as Chairman and CEO of ASA, Benchimol was Special Advisor to Cape Verde’s Minister of Finance. Benchimol has 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, making him one of the most experienced business manager in Cape Verde. Throughout his career, he has held a diverse range of executive leadership positions spanning several industries, including being the Executive Director of Cape Verde Telecom, the CEO of Tecnicil Real Estate, Tecnicil Hotels & Resorts and Board Member of Tecnicil Industry, the General Director of Ports of Cape Verde, and the Managing Director of Cape Verde Tobacco Company. Benchimol holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University, School of International and Public Relations, Program in Economic Policy Management, in New York, a Post-Graduate studies in Ports and Shipping Management, from World Maritime University, in Sweden and a Bachelor’s degree in Maritime Economics and Finance, from Odessa State Maritime University in Ukraine

Capt. Gilbert Kibe, Director General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)

The Director General is the CEO of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority responsible for the management and administrative activities of the Authority. He is the Principal Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Civil Aviation on matters affecting civil aviation development and practice. Before his current appointment in May, 2015 Capt. Gilbert Macharia Kibe worked as the Chief Executive of Nairobi Flight Training Limited from 2007 to May, 2015. He has a wealth of experience in the aviation sector spanning a period of over 30 years and has acquired valuable skills and expertise in the aviation, airline industry management and property development. Capt. Kibe holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Aviation Management) from Moi University. He is a visionary leader who has provided strategic leadership at senior level in the Corporate and Government sectors, thus gaining acumen in aligning organizational effectiveness to national development objectives and designing short, middle and long term strategic goals. Capt. Kibe has worked in several capacities in the aviation management and aerospace industry including: Executive Chairman - Eagle Aviation Limited (1986 – 1997); Director Business Development – Eagle Air Uganda (1994 – 2015) and Board Director - Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (2003 – 2009). He is a licenced Commercial Airline Pilot and a holder of Flight Instructors rating, Instrument rating, multi-piston and turbine engine ratings.

Mr Kashif Khalid, Regional Director Africa & Middle East, IATA, Jordan

Kashif Khalid is Regional Director – Africa & Middle East for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) providing leadership and subject matter expertise to Airlines, Airports, ANSP's, Civil Aviation Authorities, Security Agencies and Governments to further develop IATA’s mission, projects, business development and advocacy initiatives. Formerly he was Head - Assets & Acquisitions at Abu Dhabi Airports, leading the Global M&A function for the Abu Dhabi Government entity as well as the development, modernization and operations strategy of the Airports portfolio. Which included multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment and development programs, including Abu Dhabi’s crowning jewel, the iconic Midfield Terminal Building (MTB). He has advised global Governments and Airport Investors/Operators on both Greenfield and brownfield development projects, privatizations, public private partnerships in airports and associated infrastructure projects and concessions. Earlier on in his professional career he has had the privilege of holding a number of senior executive positions with Dubai Airports, Abu Dhabi Government, Citi and British Airways. Kashif graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York in International Business & Economics and holds an MS-IB as well. His professional credentials include an advanced degree in Airport Planning and Finance, IAP – International Airports Professional and the ACI - Airport Executive Leadership program (AELP). He is also a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)

Mr. Philippe Villard, Head, Policy & Economics, ACI World, Canada

Philippe Villard has been ACI World’s Head, Policy and Economics since February 2017. His main responsibilities include developing airport economic policies; airport charges and aeronautical business development; airport slots; and, activities related to ICAO’s airport economics’ programmes.
Prior to joining ACI, Philippe held positions with increasing responsibilities in air transport economic policy development, and airport user charges and aeronautical revenues at ICAO and IATA. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, France, and a PhD in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.


Mr. Chamsou Andjorin, Coordinator of AAIG Director, Government Affairs and Market Development, Boeing International Sub-Saharan Africa Aviation Safety Director, Africa Boeing Commercial Airplanes

In January 2017, Chamsou Andjorin joined the newly created Boeing International Sub-Saharan Africa, combining the positions of director of government affairs and director of market development. He reports to the managing director of Sub-Saharan Africa Boeing International. He is also Aviation Safety director for Africa, co-chairing the Steering committee of the RASG-AFI, and member of the International Advisory Committee of Flight Safety Foundation. From April 2011 to December 2016, Andjorin was director of aviation safety for Africa and Middle East, working closely with regulators and aviation industry partners to improve aviation safety in both regions, with residence in Dubai. From December 2002 to April 2011, Andjorin served as Director Industry Affairs and from 2005, Executive director of the Boeing International office in Accra, Ghana. In that position, he developed the Boeing presence and leadership in the West and Central Africa region, engaging various stakeholders on initiatives for aviation growth. One initiative was to improve regional safety coordination across Africa. He specifically worked with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to improve aviation safety in Nigeria, supporting Nigeria in obtaining a U.S. Federal Administration Association (FAA) Category 1 rating and developing the Nigeria Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) roadmap and implementation. He also supported Boeing sales campaigns in Nigeria, Cape Verde, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Mauritania. He supported Boeing Capital Corporation with the Cape Town Treaty ratification in Nigeria and Cape Verde and co-facilitated some finance roundtables across Africa. He has represented Boeing as a guest speaker at many International Aviation Safety forums in Africa and the Middle East.

Mr. Kwame Bekoe, Airbus

A passionate Aviator at heart with a demonstrated track record in Aviation and Aerospace, over his career, Kwame has established a broad technical and commercial background in Aviation across Europe, Middle East and Africa. His career evolved from engineering, where he led aircraft structural redesign projects, then subsequently he developed commercial expertise and competences to support the marketing, sales and financing of aircraft and aviation business service solutions. With extensive leadership, management & executive experience over a 15-year career with Airbus and GECAS, Kwame has developed comprehensive product knowledge of commercial fixed and rotary wing aircraft in operation worldwide.

Mr. Eric Ntagenferwa, Senior Air Transport Officer, Directorate Infrastructure and Energy, African Union

Eric Ntagengerwa is currently Senior Policy Officer-Air Transport under infrastructure and Energy Department of the African Union Commission. His role includes mainly the coordination of various Air Transport projects and programmes at continental level including the operationalization of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) which is one of the 12 flagship projects of African Union Agenda 2063. Prior to his appointment at African Union Commission, he was the Principal Civil Aviation Officer at East African Community (EAC) where he coordinated the development and implementation of a seamless upper airspace project, Coordination of EAC Priority Airports project & development of tourism circuits and a regional framework on Partner States cooperation in handling Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigations, among many other regional projects. He previously served as Head of transport planning at Rwanda Transport Development Agency. Mr Eric Ntagengerwa is a Civil Engineer by profession. He holds a Masters Degree in transportation Management and an IATA certificate in Managing Policy and Regulation in Civil Aviation.

Ms Angeline Simana, Director of Air Transport, AFCAC, Senegal

Angeline Simana, Director of Air Transport of AFCAC, since June 3rd, 2019. Ms Simana was the former Executive Director of the newly established Namibia Civil Aviation Authority in the Republic of Namibia. She holds an M. Phil (Transport and Logistics) Post-graduate Degree from the University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, in the Republic of South Africa and an Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree; with majors in Economics and Management Science from the University of Namibia. She started her professional career with the Ministry of Works and Transport as a Transport Economist in 2000, subsequently promoted to Deputy Director Transportation Policy in 2006 and Director Transportation Policy and Regulation in 2007. Her appointment as the Director of Civil Aviation concurrently with that of the Director of Transportation Policy, marks one of her career achievements that significantly contributed to her professional growth. The assigned responsibilities to civil aviation and lessons learned from that experience as a Transport Economist such opportunities also includes responsibilities to advocate and realization that everyone of us have something of value to give and transform the socio-fabric of the societies we come from. Ms Simana is confident that her management experience and academic training as a Transport Economist are invaluable tool-sets in this new role at AFCAC and look forward to grow from the new experience and deliver on the expectations of States by AFCAC as the Executing Agency for the YD.

Mrs. Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Director, Member & External Relations Africa and Middle East, IATA

Adefunke Adeyemi was recently honoured as one of the 200 globally Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in affiliation with the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent. She is a catalyst of change, influencer and transformative thought leader for the aviation industry, positively impacting lives and the business environment through her passion, work and initiatives focused on driving value, best practices and international standards in the sector. She is a lawyer, advocate, global aviation expert and executive mentor, and has spearheaded several women in aviation leadership initiatives and capacity building in the Africa Middle East region over the past 10 years. In her current role as Regional Director, Advocacy & Strategic Relations for Africa at the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Adefunke advocates for the sustainability and growth of the aviation industry across the region, highlighting its value to economies and societies as an enabler, connector and catalyst for development and growth, and a force for social good. Adefunke is responsible for conceptualising and delivering an ongoing campaign for improved air connectivity across the continent and is IATA’s focal point for the implementation of the single air transport market initiative across the continent. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from University of Cambridge, U.K. after obtaining her undergraduate law degree. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Nanyang Business School, NTU, Singapore, during which she simultaneously completed a collaborative Advanced Management Program in Aviation, Leadership and Innovation between the Nanyang Business School, Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mr Abderahmane Berthe, Secretary General, AFRAA, Kenya

Mr Berthe took office on 01.01.2018. His career information prior to current role:
Mr Berthe was the CEO of Air Mali and Air Burkina. He has 28 years’ experience in airline industry and a total of 16 years as an airline CEO. Mr Berthe built his career in various Airlines and multicultural environment both in Europe and Africa at positions such as aircraft performance and dispatch engineering, maintenance and operations quality, ground operations and Chief Executive Officer. Abderahmane is graduated from: - French Civil Aviation school in Toulouse (1987 Master Of Science degree).
- French Aeronautical and Space school in Toulouse (1988 Master Of Science degree)
- Business Institute in Toulouse (1989 Master degree)
He also obtained a Private Pilot License in 1985 for Single Engine Aircrafts.

Mr. Barry Kashambo, Regional Director, ESAF Office, ICAO

Mr. Barry Kashambo joined ICAO ESAF as Regional Director in March 2015 and has been in international civil aviation community for over 30 years with a background of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Flight Safety Standards specifically Airworthiness Inspection, Aircraft accident investigation and Aviation management. He worked with the Civil Aviation Authority Uganda as Airworthiness surveyor/Inspector and Accident Investigator for a period of 21 years (1988-2009). He also served as Aviation safety officer for the Aviation section of the UN Peace Keeping Organisation, MONUSCO mission (2009-2012), performing oversight and accident/incident investigation for the fleet biggest UN mission fleet at the time. Before joining ICAO, Barry Kashambo worked as the Executive Director of East African Community- Civil Aviation Safety and Security Agency, (CASSOA), a Regional safety and Security Oversight Organisation and steered the development of harmonized regulations, guidance materials, common examinations, sharing of resources scheme (2012-2015). At ICAO, he has been the Secretary to the AFI SECFAL Plan Steering committee since inception and is secretary to APIRG and made tireless efforts to strengthen collaboration between Aviation industry Stakeholders. Barry Kashambo holds a Masters Degree in Aviation safety Management from City University London among other professional qualifications and is a member of International Society of safety Investigators (ISASI). He passionately loves aviation and is a devout Christian and married with Children.

Mrs Boni Dibate, Director Africa Affairs, CANSO, South Africa

Holds a BA Social Science and an MSC degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Medical University of South Africa. She obtained her Top Management Program for Public Enterprises in SA certificate at the National University of Singapore, Senior Executive Development Program certificate from Harvard/Wits Business Schools, has Airline Management Integration Program certificate from IATA Aviation Training and Development Institute in Singapore and also possesses a Creative Airline Alliances and Strategic Partnerships certificate from Amman Jordan. She was Executive Human Resources Manager at TRANSWERk, Chief Executive officer of both ESSELENPARK CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE and SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS AIRWAYS, Group Executive Manager Support Services at TRANSTEL Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Manager Service Delivery at the AIR TRAFFIC AND NAVIGATION SERVICES (ATNS) and Currently Director CANSO Africa Affairs. She was the Chairperson, Tourism Business Council of SA Was Board Member of the University of Pretoria, Was President of the Business Women Association, Chairperson of East Gate Airport, she is the director of Dark Fiber Africa (DFA) and South African Express Airways where she is chairperson of the Remuneration Committee.

Mr Yaw Kwa Kwa, Managing Director, Ghana Airports Company Ltd, Ghana

Mr. Yaw Kwakwa is the Ag. Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Ltd (GACL). Yaw, a result-oriented business and airport executive, has over twenty-three (23) years of combined solid experience in Airport Management, Project Finance Structuring & Facilitation, Management Consulting, System Analysis & Design and Project Management. Yaw, in his consulting roles at blue chip companies such as IBM and Sun Microsystems in Canada; and Menlo Technology Group in Silicon Valley, U.S.A., has worked closely with leaders of premier North American companies to provide recommendations in support of their business strategies to achieve competitive advantages. Yaw returned to his native Ghana and effectively managed GACL from 2008 to 2010 as the Deputy Managing Director (DMD). Yaw used his diverse skill-set and outstanding leadership qualities to serve the company well beyond expectation of all stakeholders. He introduced a paradigm shift in how work should be done, patiently educated and brought people along with him to realize the amazing track record achieved on the job. Two months after joining GACL, Yaw successfully prepared the company to undergo an ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP). Along the way, Yaw led the writing of the Airport Security Programme and other requisite documents for the audit, saving the company about USD 150,000 that would have been spent on Consultants to write the documents. Also, a month to the beginning of Hajj flights in 2008, Yaw had to take over the planning of the facilitation of pilgrims to Mecca and conducted an incident-free Hajj flight operations for the first time in the history of Ghana. Yaw achieved objective by motivating staff to believe that it could be done and established sound structures and measures to assure the success of the Hajj operations. Yaw has proven ability to motivate and focus the efforts of team members. Yaw is an effective communicator with staff and management at all levels. Yaw has a talent for analyzing problems, developing and simplifying procedures, and finding innovative solutions. Yaw’s strong business acumen with excellent finance background, notably in project finance, is helping him to plan, structure, arrange financing and implement the many facilities needed by GACL to position Ghana as the preferred Aviation hub and leader in airport business in West Africa. Yaw has a BSc in Computer Science from York University, Canada; and an MBA (Finance) from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, Canada. Yaw has successfully attended and completed various courses, workshops, and conferences on airport operations and management. In addition, Yaw is certified by American Association of Airport Executives.

Mr. Xavier Mary, Director General, Aéroport de Dakar Blaise Diagne, Senegal

Mr. Xavier MARY, CEO Limak AIBD SUMMA (LAS), Senegal
Mr MARY is the CEO of LAS (Limak - AIBD - Summa), the management company of the new Dakar - Blaise Diagne Airport opened since December 7th, 2017. After holding several industrial positions, Xavier MARY has spent most of his career at LYON Airports, where he successively held the positions of Operations Director, Lyon-Bron Airport General Manager, and CEO by interim and finally Deputy CEO. He was also member of the board of Directors of Pristina Airport (Kosovo) within the Limak-ADLMS consortium. A player involved in the airport world, he contributed to the development of LYON airports and received the medal of aeronautics in 2013. Xavier MARY has been an active member of ACI EUROPE, to become chairman of TOSC and finally member of the Policy Committee. Xavier MARY holds an Executive MBA - HEC School of Management, ENAC, and AMRAE (Corporate Risk Management).


Capt. Paul Njoroge, Director of Operations, Kenya Airways, Kenya

Captain Paul Njoroge has a wealth of experience in leadership and airline management, in addition to over 8,000 hours of flight experience. His career expertise spans across several competencies which include; strategic planning and execution, performance management, auditing, management reporting, financial analysis, budgeting, resource management and training among others. He currently serves as the Director of Operations at Kenya Airways Plc; a national carrier and whose core purpose is to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa. He also serves as a Captain for the Dreamliner B787 fleet. He leads a dynamic team made up of 2,900 staff members whose main role is to provide a safe and efficient operation by ensuring strict adherence to standard operating procedures, policies and laws of different areas. Previously he held the position of Director of Flight Operations at Kenya Airways and prior to that, Capt. Paul was the Head of Flight Operations Training. His other positions have included First Officer in the B737 fleet (2003-2005), First Officer in B777 fleet (2005-2008), Captain in the Embraer 170 fleet (2008-2010), Captain in the B737 fleet (2010-2018) and an Internal Auditor (2015). Captain Paul Njoroge’s skills in leadership, airline business and financial matters are grounded on academic qualifications which include; Kenyan Airlines Pilot’s License No. YK-5351-AL, IATA Auditor, Instructional Techniques and Program in Management Development-University of Pretoria.

Mrs Yolanta, Strikitsa, Managing Director, Strikitsa Consulting

Yolanta Strikitsa is a founder and Managing Director of Strikitsa Consulting, executive search and collaboration management firm that offers services to airports from BRICS and Africa. Experienced investment professional, Yolanta set up this business in 2003 in London. Today Strikitsa Consulting have offices in the UK, Russia and South Africa as well as partnership in China. Strikitsa Consulting has a strong track record of successful assignments across Africa and Yolanta is a frequent visitor of the continent. MBA Finance from California State University, Yolanta contributes to global Airports industry for 20+ years and is a frequent speaker at international and African industry events. Yolanta speaks fluent English, Polish and Russian.

Mrs Catrin Drawer, Head of Market Africa at Lufthansa Consulting

Catrin Drawer is Associate Partner and Head of the regions Africa and Indian Ocean, Iraq and Jordan at Lufthansa Consulting. She is an international aviation expert, specialized in airport operations, ground handling, airport planning, privatization and strategy. She has significant expertise in process analysis and optimization. Over the past twenty-five years, she has been working for airline, airport, training and ground handling companies. Ms. Drawer manages our Solution Group Operations and Ground Handling. Catrin has applied her expertise as project manager in multiple airport development projects for airports, investors and ministries in the Middle East, Africa and Russia focusing on implementation of best industry practice.

Mr. Nicolas Deviller, DGE, Ravinala Airports, Madagascar

Nicolas Deviller, working for ADP Group, is now the Deputy CEO for RAVINALA Airports (Airports of Madagascar) with his primary duties in the operations of Antananarivo and Nosy Be Airports. The Malagasy State has delegated since 2017 for 28 years the financing, the development and the operations of these airports to ADP International, Bouygues and Meridiam through a BOT scheme. The IFC, the French Proparco and South African development banks are supporting the 260 million US$ project. Nicolas Deviller has more than 20 years of experience in the airport industry.
After having held the position of Director of International Development Infrastructures Projects for almost 9 years at the head office of Vinci Airports, he became Managing Director of Vinci Aiports in Cambodia. This position he held for 3 years, notably during the construction and management of PHNOM PENH, SIEM REAP AND SIHANOUKVILLE Airports. Still at Vinci Airports, he then held the position of Director Road Operations of International activities before joining the ADP Group, where he joined the position of Director Business Development and Tenders in Dubai and Paris for 3 years. He is currently Board Member at Liège Airport and Cotonou Airport and Deputy CEO at RAVINALA AIRPORTS, a subsidiary of ADP Group.

Mr. Firmin Karambizi, General Manager, Rwanda Airports Company

Engr. Firmin Karambizi current Managing Director of Rwanda Airports Company is a radar Engineer by profession. He was born in 1968 and his happily married with four children. He served as Director incharge of MSR and SSR operation and Maintenance. He received B.Sc degree from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in 2005 and M.D in Communication management in 2009 offered by UKTA in partnership with KIST. In 2013, he also received a M.D in International Affairs & Defence Studies (MIADS) from KADUNA-Nigeria.
Mr. Firmin served in UN Mission at two different occasions. In 2011 as Air Liason Officer and in 2016 as Deputy Chief Aviation Officer (CAVO). During his tenure in UNMISS in addition to being CAVO, he served as chairman of Aviation Risk Assessment Committee. He managed to lead a review team and put in place Required Operational manual for Special Flights Request (SFRs).

Mr. Romain Ekoto, Chief Aviation and Air Transport Officer, AFBD, Côte d’Ivoire

Romain Ekoto joined the African Development Bank in June 2018 in the newly created role of Chief Aviation Officer and is responsible for developing and executing the Bank’s framework to support the aviation Sector in Africa. The Bank’s intent is to sustain practical efforts by countries, regional organisations and African aviation sector companies to overcome their key challenges, towards a comprehensive transformation of the sector. Before joining the Bank, Romain worked at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an UN Specialized Agency, where he ran the technical assistance and air transport programs for the Western and Central African Region. With civil aviation project management as his core skill, he successfully led transformation projects in several Civil Aviation Authorities and Regional Safety Oversight Organizations and promoted ICAO Air Transport policies throughout the region including on the liberalization of the market and taxation and charges issues. Beginning his career, Romain worked for Air France where he managed several projects on the digital transformation of tools for the airline crew. He graduated from the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) with an Engineering degree.

Mrs. Maria Villanueva, Senior Consultant, Mind-set, Switzerland

Mrs. Villanueva is a Senior Project Manager at m1nd-set since 2010 and has 15 years of experience in Marketing Intelligence. María holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from the Central University of Caracas, Venezuela. Having worked for various international market research companies in Venezuela, USA, and Switzerland, she has conducted a wide range of qualitative and quantitative global research projects. m1nd-set is worldwide leading in travel research. Based in Switzerland, its key sector of activity is airline, aircraft manufacturer, airport and travel retail research and consulting. Successful marketing intelligence and in-depth analysis are m1nd-set’s key forte, having conducted hundreds of qualitative and quantitative research studies for clients in global duty free and duty paid environments around the world. Today, the firm has interviewers on the ground carrying out research at more than 60 airports worldwide. It boasts a track record working for leading Fortune 500 companies and nearly 100 firms in the travel sector.
Within travel retail, its client roster includes prominent retailers, a number of travel retail associations and brands from the tobacco, alcohol, perfumes & cosmetics and food & confectionery as well as other categories. Recognised as a leading specialist in the field of air travel, m1nd-set launched its Business Intelligence Service (B1S) in 2016. Drawing on IATA’s Direct Data Service (DDS) program, m1nd-set is able to provide unparalleled real and forecast air traffic data. In addition to tracking ticket sales made through online and offline travel agencies, the DDS program also includes tickets sold directly by the airlines, which is unique and makes it the most accurate source in the world. m1nd-set is able to leverage this data to offer nationality and destination insights to 1,500 airports. Crucially, this enables the duty-free industry to track passengers by nationality anywhere in the world. This combination allows m1nd-set to deliver tailor-made research, analysis, actionable results and recommendations.

Mrs. Isabel Zarza, Managing Director Africa, Dufry, Spain

Isabel Zarza is Dufry’s Managing Director for Africa. She oversees Dufry’s operations in the African continent - in Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Cape Verde and Mozambique. Previous to this position, Isabel was Dufry’s Director of Business Development for Southern Europe & Africa. Prior to that, Isabel was Worldwide Strategy and Corporate Development Director at World Dufy Free Group until the company was acquired by Dufry in 2015. Isabel graduated in Law at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and holds an MBA from the University of Houston (USA).

Mr. Andrew Perrier, CBDO, National Parking Company, Dubai

Andrew Mutuma has worked for over 16 years in Corporate Strategy including planning and implementation in various industries including International Logistics, Non- governmental, Telecommunications and the Banking sector. He is a dynamic, results-oriented executive with a strong track-record performing in turnaround and high-paced organizations including multinationals like ExxonMobil in the Kenya Oil Industry and has had extensive hands on experience in Business Development. Further, he has a wealth of experience and expertise in General Management, Revenue Growth, Sales and Marketing. Currently, he is the Managing Director for DHL Express Kenya. He is a former Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Kenya Branch, and is a Fellow and Chartered Marketer, a professional status awarded by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Mr. Jihad Boueri, Vice President, Airports & Airlines, SITA, Middle East, India & Africa, Lebanon

Jihad Boueri is the Vice President Airports & Airlines Sector – Middle East, India & Africa. In this role, he is responsible for the management of SITA’s airport and airline portfolio across the region, from solution design, pricing and bid management and delivery. Jihad brings to the role vast experience from across the Middle East including solution architecture, master system integration and project management. Since joining SITA in 1986, he has worked closely with most airlines and airports in MEIA, developing a strong understanding of the industry and their unique operating environment. A Lebanese national, he holds a Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from St. Joseph University, Beirut, (ESIB) and an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School (SGBS), Scotland. Besides, he also holds an ACI-ICAO AMPAP Associate Diploma and an ACI Airport Operation Diploma. Jihad is based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Mr. Emanuel Chaves – Chairman of Aeroportos de Moçambique, E.P.

Emanuel Chaves is a Master Degree in Economics and Management from Catholic University of Mozambique and holder of an Aerospace MBA from Business School in Toulouse France. He is qualified in Aerodrome, approach and Area rated Air Traffic Controller, Airport Operation Planning, Accident prevention, SMS, airport Economics, Airport Leadership. Mr. Chaves is currently, the chairperson and Board CEO of Airports of Mozambique. He was before an executive board member and depute Board chairperson of Airports of Mozambique. He is also a lecturer of Saint Thomas University of Mozambique and Pedagogic University of Mozambique.”

Mr. Sherif Toulan, CEO, International Duty Free Trading & Agencies S.A.E., Egypt

Sherif Toulan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of IDF in Egypt. In this role he oversees all the company’s operations including its diverse subsidiaries. Sherif’s efforts have played an integral part in diversifying the operations of IDF and growing the business vertically and laterally, thereby establishing the company as a nationwide benchmark in the industry. In 2010 Sherif founded Global Brands, a subsidiary of IDF with a focus on the local market. In 2013 he helped established Heinemann Egypt, of which he is currently Chairman. Heinemann Egypt is a joint venture between Global Brands, Global Trading and Technology and Gebr Heinemann which operates duty free in Sharm El Sheikh Airport. Sherif joined IDF in 1997 as Business Development Coordinator responsible for Business Development and Strategy Implementation. Since then he has held a number of positions at the company, with increasing responsibility. Sherif was recently elected as Secretary General of the Middle East and Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA). He also serves on a number of boards and associations and is an active member of both the American and German chambers of commerce in Egypt. Sherif holds a BA from the American University in Cairo and an Executive MBA from North Western University.

Mr. Michael Mutahi, Director Operations, Astral Aviation, Kenya

Mr. Andrew Mutuma, Country Manager, DHL

Andrew Mutuma has worked for over 16 years in Corporate Strategy including planning and implementation in various industries including International Logistics, Non- governmental, Telecommunications and the Banking sector. He is a dynamic, results-oriented executive with a strong track-record performing in turnaround and high-paced organizations including multinationals like ExxonMobil in the Kenya Oil Industry and has had extensive hands on experience in Business Development. Further, he has a wealth of experience and expertise in General Management, Revenue Growth, Sales and Marketing. Currently, he is the Managing Director for DHL Express Kenya. He is a former Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Kenya Branch, and is a Fellow and Chartered Marketer, a professional status awarded by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Mr. Jack Bwana, Commercial Manager, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Mr. Jack Bwana is the Commercial Manager- Cargo at Kenya Airports Authority. Bwana is a seasoned Supply-chain and Logistics professional with an in-depth understanding of organizational roles and business re-engineering processes with a particular focus in air cargo/airfreight logistics. He has over 24 years’ experience in the air cargo business, having worked for an Airline, a Groundhandling agent and Multinational 3PL organizations. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Economics & Geography (Moi University-Kenya) and an MSc International Logistics (Anglia Ruskin University – Cambridge-UK). His interests spin around researches in multi-modal transport integration, business processes re-engineering in the aviation sector and strategic policy formulation.

Mr. Jean Marc Bourreau, Global Director, Aviation, CPCS

Jean-Marc Bourreau has over 20 years of professional experience in management, operations, strategic planning and transaction advisories in the aviation sector. He is currently leading the Global Aviation Practice of CPCS, which is providing disruptive and innovative solutions to the industry in airport planning, development, financing and PPPs, airport operations, aviation policy, Civil Aviation Authorities institutional reforms, airline restructuring, air cargo development and air service development. Before joining CPCS, he was the Chief Operating Officer of IOS Partners, Inc., a consulting company specializing in International Economic Development and Financial Advisory. There, he managed the development and execution of a large portfolio of international projects, mostly related to aviation, economic and financial development as well as transaction advisory services. For several years, Jean-Marc was the Operations and Security Director of the Juan Santamaría International Airport that serves the capital city of Costa Rica. With over 200 projects executed in more than 100 countries for both the private sector and the public sector, he is passionate about diversity and enjoys an enriching exposure to a wide array of cultures. He has successfully led several high-profile transaction advisory assignments. He is an ACI instructor (ICAO Annex 14, Safety Management System, ICAO Annex 9) and enjoys flying as a private pilot.

Mr. Dimitri Coll, Associate Director, ASQ, ACI World, Canada

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.

Ms Azwifaneli Mphapuli, Assistant General Manager Client and Passenger Services, King Shaka International Airport, Durban, South Africa

Azwifaneli also known as Fani, is the Assistant General Manager for Client and Passenger Services at King Shaka International Airport for Airports Company South Africa; based in Durban, South Africa. Fani is responsible for driving programmes that improves and enhances airport service quality and passenger satisfaction levels while managing stakeholder’s relationships and collaborations. She holds a National Diploma in Industrial Engineering, a B-Tech in Industrial Engineering. Certification in Project Management and Aviation Management. Furthermore, Fani successfully completed the Executive Development Program and Master of Business Administration from the international institute, Henley Business School. Her experience in the aviation industry includes various key roles such as that of an Industrial Engineer, Terminal Manager and Operations Coordination Manager. Her key focus has mainly been on managing airport operations, overall airport management as well as industry collaboration and alignment. She refined and enhanced airport operational systems and processes; and successfully engaged and collaborated with individuals at different levels while focusing on the delivery of the end goal. She sees challenges as change that brings learnings which in turn provide an opportunity to improve and gain new experiences.

Mr. Gilles Darriau, DG, AERIA, Côte d'Ivoire

General Manager of Félix HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY Airport in Abidjan (AERIA) since July 2012, Mr. Gilles DARRIAU, 61 years old, has a great experience in the field of aviation. After being responsible for the Keolis airport division for 10 years Gilles DARRIAU joined SNC-Lavalin Aéroports in 2009 as vice-president until 2012, when he joined Egis Airport Operations to manage the company Abidjan Airport. He has become since 2016 the new president of UGAACO (Union of Airport Managers of West Africa). Under his initiative, major development and renovation works were carried out on the Abidjan airport platform to cope with the growth in traffic recorded for four consecutive years.

Mr Torsten Hentschel, Managing Director, TH Airport Consulting

Torsten Hentschel has been working in leading positions at airport operators and consultancies and can look back on 25 years of international airport experience. Torsten is specialized in terminal planning, airport processes as well as the passenger experience and has led or participated in more than 50 airport consulting projects worldwide. Torsten is a permanent member of the ACI Africa Committee for Security and Facilitation and frequently presents on the latest topics relevant to the airport business. As the Rapporteur of the ACI EUROPE Taskforce on the Passenger Experience he is one of the contributors to the widely acknowledged “Guidelines for Passenger Services at European Airports”. For this engagement Torsten has been rewarded with the prestigious ACI EUROPE World Business Partner Award in 2015. Before founding TH Airport Consulting in 2010, Torsten was the Head of Terminal Planning and Airport Processes at an international airport consultancy and Head of Building Construction and Planning at Leipzig International Airport.

Mrs. Saadia Loqa, Director Quality, Office National des Aéroports, Casablanca Airport, Morocco

Mrs Saadia Loqa is the Director Quality at ONDA, the company responsible for the operation, management and development of Moroccan airports. She has spent the last 27 years of her life in the airport environment, starting as an air traffic controller and gradually shouldering additional and new responsibilities in airport operations, with her last assignment being that of spearheading the program of excellence in passenger services and airport experience, which eventually culminated in Casablanca airport being on the podium in the ACI ASQ Awards since 2017. Mrs Loqa is a certified auditor in ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001.

Mr. Serge Yonke Nguewo, Senior Manager Airport IT, ACI World

Andre provides consulting services focusing on travel retail development and has been involved in numerous projects in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Some of these projects have included tendering, evaluating current and future concession potential for acquisition purposes, evaluating and forecasting for the concession programs at airports. Mr. Bergeron has also been contracted by IATA and ACI to develop and deliver conference sessions dealing with airport commercial and revenue management to audiences worldwide, such as in Seoul, Dubai, Miami, Montreal, Singapore, Brazilia, Johannesburg and China. Mr. Bergeron has an intimate and detailed knowledge of the duty-free concession business, airport retail (tax paid and duty free) and airport commercial revenue development. Prior to his current role, Mr. Bergeron was Vice-President and General Manager with a multi airport Canadian duty-free operator where he managed and controlled the financial, marketing, sales and operational aspect of the business.

Mr. André Bergeron, Consultant in Travel Retail & Airport Commercial

More than 18 years of experience in the Information and Communication Technology with specific focus on the Aviation Industry, Serge Yonke Nguewo is Senior Manager, Facilitation and IT at ACI World. Serge is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Airport IT technology and the Airport Facilitation portfolio. In sum, Serge assists airports in using technology to improve the passenger process, airport efficiency as well as increasing non-aeronautical revenues. Serge is leading the ACRIS Working Group as well as the Airport Digital Transformation initiative for ACI World.

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Secretary General
ACI Africa
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Logistics & Event Manager
ACI Africa
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