Mr. Emmanuel Menanteau is the President of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East. Mr. Menanteau serves as the Regional Director for VINCI Airports, covering the USA, Northern & Southern Europe, and South East Asia, including Cambodia Airports where he serves as a Board Member. VINCI Airports is the world's private leader in airport development, financing, and operation, with a remarkable portfolio of over 70 airports, spanning 13 countries across continents.
With over 33 years of business experience in several senior positions, in international companies and government entities Ayman Abdulaziz AboAbah is currently the CEO of Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) overseeing the management and operations of the King Khalid International Airport.
Having been the CEO of Jeddah Airports company since May 2022, Ayman AboAbah comes with rich experience in leadership and airport operations.
In May 2020: VP Operation Group at Riyadh Airports Company was leading KKIA toward Excellence Operation.
June 2016: VP Chief Business Development Officer and Subsidiaries Affairs at Awgaf Sulaiman Al Rajhi Holding Co, run several local and international subsidiaries, strategic assets and private equity. The role requires establishing new ventures, improving the ROl of existing businesses, and representing the Holding with the affiliates, Board member of SEGAF, ADEC, and REE. Member of the iPO team for WP, assigned to lead the Transformation Program in Watania Agri Group Act as VP Group. Focus on developing "Wagri" All BUs toward achieving TP targets.
Jun 2014: CEO of Tamkeen Technology (Startup Company) working in different dimensions. First, build the internal capabilities. Second, make the company's structure, vision, and mission, implement the strategy, build business processes, procedures, and Governance aligning with WW trends, and meet MOL plus needs and demand of all IT services.
Oct 2011: (HRDF - CTO promoted to ODG IT) leading all functions of informational technology and was part of the business decision-making team, contributing to all initiatives in most of the initiates and mega strategic projects during that period
Joined Cisco in April 2008 to handle territory of Education business in Saudi, managing strategic accounts with mega deals, responsible for leading part of Cisco business in education, especially MOE and PNU as strategic accounts and some universities, in this tole, over achieved to secure Cisco business in Tatweer (MOE)
"Nagy, a strategic-minded executive with a proven track record, has successfully implemented innovative strategies for organizational growth and competitiveness across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Oman Airports in 2014, Nagy held key positions at Zurich Airport, where he honed his strategic acumen and operational expertise. Since then, he has played a pivotal role in managing significant investment portfolios, launching three airports, and contributing significantly to Oman Airports' development. Renowned for elevating customer experience, Nagy has led initiatives that have won international awards, establishing Oman Airports as a world-class operator. He chairs ACI's Asia Pacific and Middle East Economics Committee, contributing to industry development. Committed to sustainability, Nagy has established environmental committees and led carbon accreditation programs, aligning with Oman's net-zero goals. Since 2014, he has spearheaded the transformation of Oman Airports into a future-ready organization. With a Masters in Civil and Industrial Engineering, Nagy is a strategic leader shaping the future of aviation."
Mohamed Al Ghailani is based in Dubai as Boeing’s global sustainability policy & partnerships regional lead for Middle East, Türkiye Africa & Central Asia. His role focuses on scaling up sustainable aviation fuels and fostering the right partnerships with multidisciplinary stakeholders to achieve the industry-wide aviation sustainability goals. He joined Boeing in 2017 to work with the environmental strategy and the sales & marketing team in Seattle as an intern.
Mohamed holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering and a M.Sc. in chemical and environmental engineering. Merging his enthusiasm for travel and aviation with his skills in chemical engineering and sustainability, his thesis focused on the production of sustainable aviation fuel in non-arable land and conditions.
Having lived in seven countries and visited more than fifty, Mohamed enjoys learning about cultures, geopolitics and working in international settings. After participating in COP21 and COP22, Mohamed took on the responsibility of coordinating the aviation sector’s interactions during COP27 and building momentum towards COP28. He recently concluded a short-term assignment as Senior Specialist to the COP28 team on Hard to abate sectors with a focus on transport.
Is a prominent figure with significant influence worldwide in the aviation and travel sector. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Oman Airports.
Al Hosni has made a substantial contribution to leading the historical transition and change in Oman Airports, culminating in the opening of Muscat International, Salalah, Duqm, and Sohar airports within just three years, from 2015 to 2018.
Under his leadership, Oman Airports, which manages 7 airports in the Sultanate of Oman, has transformed into one of the most prominent airports management companies in the Middle East and the world. Oman Airports offers an exceptional travel experience to all its users, reflecting authentic Omani hospitality and high professional ambition. This has led to Muscat International Airport winning the award for the Most Improved Airport in the Middle East in 2018 and 2019 by the Airports Council International and Salalah Airport receiving a five-star rating in the Middle East by Skytrax as the first regional airport to achieve this global rating, in addition to many other prestigious international awards.
In November 2021, Aimen Al Hosni was voted as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airports Council International, a for the period that ended at the end of 2023. He is currently a member of the council as a former chairman for the period 2024 - 2025. He also continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Regional Council of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for the Airports Council International, which is tasked with enhancing the strategic position of airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East within the global aviation system, enabling sustainable growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to his current role at Oman Airports, Aimen Al Hosni also holds executive positions in several national and international companies. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Transom Handling, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oman SATS, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Oman National Engineering and Investment Company, and a member of the Board of Directors of Omantel Telecommunications.
Diego Arrosa Shaw, CEO of Corporación América Airports in Uruguay, has more than twenty years of experience in the airport industry. Since 2016 he leads the group’s companies, Aeropuertos Uruguay, airport network formed by the international airports of Carrasco, Punta del Este, Carmelo, Rivera, Durazno, Salto, Melo and Paysandú, as well as Latin America Cargo City, a world-class logistics platform and cargo terminal located within Carrasco International Airport.
Prior to that, he was CEO of Puerta del Sur, company that runs the concession of the main air terminal in the country. Before managing the airports, he was CEO of Duty Free Uruguay, Sales Manager in the national chain of pharmacies San Roque, and Category Manager at International Operations & Service Corporation. With a degree in Business Administration by the Montevideo University, he also completed a DDA Executive Development Program at IEEM Business School and a CEO´s Management Program at Chicago Northwestern University, Kellog School of Management, among other complementary studies in Uruguay and abroad.
Mr. Stefano Baronci serves as the Director General of Airports Council International Asia-Pacific & Middle East (APAC & MID), an organization dedicated to advocating for the airport industry in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. Appointed in December 2019, Mr. Baronci is responsible for leading the implementation of the association's strategic agenda while also leading a team of dedicated professionals based at the Regional Office headquarters in Hong Kong and the Middle East office located in Riyadh.
With more than two decades of extensive experience in analytical and representational roles within the aviation sector, Mr. Baronci brings a wealth of expertise at both national and international levels, representing the interests of both airport and airline industries. His familiarity with the ACI community is evident from his previous roles as Director of Economics at ACI World in Montreal and Senior Policy Manager at ACI Europe in Brussels. Additionally, he has held the position of Secretary General at Assaeroporti, the association representing Italian airport operators, and served as Assistant Director and ATM Infrastructure Expert at the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Mr. Baronci, a native of Italy, holds an Executive MBA from Warwick University in the United Kingdom and graduated with a Law degree from La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.
Amandeep Bhangu is an award-winning, British presenter - 10 years with BBC TV News in her home-city of London. She moved to the UAE a decade ago as an international reporter, filming in over 30 countries for BBC World TV and global broadcasters. Pivoting careers post pandemic, Amandeep is now a trusted MC and moderator of high-level events and conferences across the Middle East, featuring heads of state, senior government ministers, industry innovators and global thought leaders. Highly experienced interviewer, moderating panel discussions on diverse topics – with a specialism in sustainability and renewable energy, aerospace and tourism, AI and technology, arts and culture, health and well-being. Delivers confidential training in public speaking and media interviews through her UAE-based company: Voice Media London. Holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.
Selahattin Bilgen received his bachelor's degree in Economics from Bilkent University in 2003 and his master's degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University. He is married and has two children.
Prior to serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the companies established within iGA Istanbul Airport from January 2018 until September 2023, he worked in Corporate Banking, Corporate Finance and Project Finance between 2003 and 2018, and served as Finance Coordinator at Cengiz Holding, Managing Director at Unicredit Turkey Financial Consulting, and Corporate Project Finance Director at Yapı ve Kredi Bank.
He has been appointed by proxy as the new acting CEO of iGA Istanbul Airport in September 2023, along with his position as Chief Financial Officer from January 2018 at the companies established under iGA Istanbul Airport.
Bilgen, who played an important role in the provision and refinancing of the funding for iGA Istanbul Airport project, which was funded with the largest amount of project finance ever realized in Türkiye, is a member of the Board of Directors of Airports Council International - ACI Europe.
Armando Brunini is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of S.E.A. S.p.A. (Milan Airport management company), he is member of the Board of Assaeroporti and President of ACI Europe (Airports Council International Europe).
Previously he has been CEO of GE.S.A.C. S.p.A. (Naples Airport management company).
Earlier, he held different top management roles within the aeronautical industry, first as Head of Strategy in Aeroporti di Roma, then as Executive Vice President-Commercial in the airline Eurofly and formerly as Managing Director of Bologna Airport (at the same time he served as member of SAGAT - Turin Airport Board of Directors).
Prior to that he worked in the management consultancy sector for KPMG, PWC and subsequently AT Kearney.
Armando Brunini is graduated with honors in Economics and Business from the University of Naples Federico Il .
Youri BUSAAN is a seasoned manager with more than three decades of experience in the aviation sector, including airfreight and passenger services, airline and tourism development, cargo handling, ramp operations, and airport management. He began his career as an air cargo broker in Belgium and established a branch for the same company in Rwanda. He moved back to Europe in 1994 and joined KLM Cargo Belgium as Commercial Manager, where he also worked on logistics solutions for a shipper portfolio. In August 2001, he moved to SNC Lavalin airports’ division as Deputy Development Director, and later became CEO of Paris-Vatry Airport. He also served as CEO of AERCO – Airports of Congo, managing the airports of Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire & Ollombo for Egis Airport Operation. In 2014, he founded his own consulting firm for the airline and airport industry. In 2021, he became CEO of Cotonou airport in Benin for Groupe ADP. Since 2023, he has been working as air cargo Project Director and Asset Manager at Groupe ADP Head Quarters in Paris, within the Global Airport Operations Division. Youri holds an EMBA from ESSEC Business School – PARIS.
About Mr. Lim Ching Kiat
Lim Ching Kiat is the Executive Vice President, Air Hub and Cargo Development in Changi Airport Group. He oversees Airline Development, Passenger Development, Air Hub Strategy and Cargo & Logistics Divisions. His key responsibilities are to partner with airlines, tourism and logistics players to grow Changi Airport’s passenger and cargo traffic and network.
Ching Kiat began his career in the Administrative Service of the Singapore government. He has also worked for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS); GIC Special Investments; management consultancy Booz Allen & Hamilton; and Asia Pacific Breweries.
Ching Kiat holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.
Changi Airport is the world's sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 55.4 million passengers from around the globe in 2015. More than 360 retail stores and 140 F&B outlets are situated across three terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 330 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 6,800 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.
Fabio is a seasoned manager with a keen interest for questions of mobility and a strong inclination towards the world of not-for-profit trade bodies, where the fine art of diplomacy and compromise,
which he excels at, are often necessary. He has actually spent most of his career (around 20 years)
working in and for such associations (typically AISBLs*)
He was born in 1970 in Geneva, Switzerland, and moved to Brussels in 2002, where he currently resides with his family. He graduated from the International Relations Institute in Geneva (IUHEI), Switzerland, and got an M.A. in International Relations at the University of Vienna, Austria. Prior to that, Fabio did a two-year apprenticeship of assistant Air Traffic Controller at Geneva airport.
He worked for different companies and trade associations, mostly related to mobility and transport. He started his career by co-founding what became the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), today a UNO-recognized trade body, He then joined The Boeing Company as a Deputy Director Air Traffic Management in Brussels, where he was instrumental in the promotion of the Single European Sky concept. He proceeded with the position of Deputy SG of the Association of European Airlines (AEA), before leading the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) during six years until 2017. He is currently wearing several hats, managing two international Associations in parallel, namely the Airline Catering Association (ACA) that he founded in Brussels, Belgium, and the Airport Services Association (ASA) based in Basel, Switzerland.
Tine leads the aviation practice at Dornier Group with a strong focus on decarbonising airport operations. She is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with over 20 years' experience in the transport sector working with airport operators, airlines, investors, municipalities and financial institutions in Europe, Asia, the USA and New Zealand. Tine has comprehensive knowledge of intermodal transport planning and airport development including the impact and requirements of charging infrastructure for electric fleets and autonomous driving on airport access and infrastructure. Tine advocates for collaborations between urban planners, transportation engineers, technology providers and citizens to find sustainable climate-friendly solutions. She frequently shares her ideas on new technologies and best practices at conferences and as moderator of workshops. Her active contributions as WBP to the ACI EUROPE Commercial Forum as well as the Technical and Operational Safety Committee were recognized by her peers with the ACI Europe Best WBP Award in 2021. She is also a member of the ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee.
Dornier Consulting is part of the Dornier Group and provides consulting and engineering services in the aviation, rail, mobility, renewables, real estate, and water sectors.
Eleni Kaloyirou is the CEO of Hermes Airports, since May 2016. She previously held the position of CFO and Executive Manager Business Control since joining the company in 2014.
She has over 25 years of work experience mainly in the airline industry, in the position of CFO and then deputy CEO of Cyprus Airways. She also has experience in the property development business and the accounting profession having worked for KPMG in Cyprus and London. In June 2019 she was appointed to the Board of ACI Europe. Since 2018 she has been a member of the ICAEW Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Community advisory group.
Eleni is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus. She holds a BA and an MA degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Educational background includes a first-class honors degree in Engineering from Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo, and a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering with a focus on Transportation Research and Infrastructure.
Held significant roles in esteemed organizations such as Deputy Managing Director at Index International Group Co., Ltd., and Executive Director at PTL Consultants, Co., Ltd., gaining expertise in the consulting sector, particularly in projects contracted by government agencies under the Ministry of Transport Thailand.
His involvement spans regional railway projects, the extension of Bangkok's BTS Skytrain's Blue Line and expressway contract extensions.
With over two decades of experience in the transportation sector and enthusiastic about the prospect of contributing my knowledge and experience to the mission of ACI Asia-Pacific and its objectives within the transportation sector.
Mr. Fred Lam, GBS, JP. Appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. Director of the Aviation Security Company Limited Board. Member of the Asia Pacific Regional Board of Airports Council International (ACI) and the ACI World Governing Board. Member of the Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee and the Hong Kong Logistics Development Council. Member of the Lantau Development Advisory Committee. Former Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. In 2007, Mr. Lam was named "Director of the Year'' by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors in the category of statutory and non profit-distributing organisations. In 2011, he was given the Peace through Commerce Medal from the United States Government in recognition of his leadership role in boosting US exports to, and through, Hong Kong. In 2019, he was elected a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and received the "Executive Award" in the DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards. In 2022, Mr. Lam was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong SAR Government, recognising his outstanding contributions to the city and his leadership in the development of Hong Kong International Airport.
Mr. Lee is the General Manager, Sustainability of the Airport Authority. He supports, guides and advises the Authority on the formulation and implementation of long-term sustainability strategies. He also leads and manages all environmental matters related to the planning and implementation of the Expansion of the Hong Kong International Airport into a Three-Runway System, which is to maintain Hong Kong as an international aviation hub at the heart of Asia Pacific region. Before joining the Airport Authority in June 2012, Mr. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in environmental and engineering consultancy, leading and managing the EIA studies for a number of major infrastructure and urban development projects such as Kai Tak Development, Integrated Waste Management Facilities, Harbour Area Treatment Scheme Stage 2A, Deep Bay Link, and so on. Mr. Lee is a founding fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals and the Secretary General of the Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund and the Fisheries Enhancement Fund.
Eric Léopold is a strategy, transformation and technology expert in the air travel industry and an entrepreneur.
Eric is the founder of Threedot, a consulting firm providing services to the travel & tourism industries. Threedot advises all companies, including airlines, airports, travel agencies, travel tech and investors, on their strategy for innovation, growth and transformation. See more information at: www.threedot.io
In 2023, Eric was a consultant for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. He advised the organization on strategic planning, covering safety, security, environment protection, air navigation, facilitation and economic development.
Prior to launching Threedot in 2021, Eric had global roles at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) covering strategy, digital transformation and standard development from 2005 to 2020. His last role was Director Industry Strategy, focusing on the restart of the air travel industry after the Covid-19 crisis. Prior to this role, Eric was the Director Transformation for Financial, Distribution and Data Services. His team led the transformation agenda for the air travel industry, including change programs and industry standards, such as the New Distribution Capability (NDC). Eric championed the “Digital Airline Vision”, enabling airlines to become digital retailers and efficient financial organizations. Eric joined IATA in 2005, where he initially focused on the passenger experience at the airport and designed the standard for mobile boarding passes (QR-code).
Prior to IATA, Eric worked in internet startups and had management roles in the publishing and IT industries, in the US and in France. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from CentraleSupélec (France), a Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Tech (USA), an MBA from ESSEC (France) and a diploma of the Advanced Management Program in Air Transport from Nanyang University (Singapore). Eric is married, has two daughters and lives in Geneva, Switzerland.
Martin Moodie is Founder and Chairman of The Moodie Davitt Report, the world’s leading information and media source for the duty free and travel retail industry and famed as ‘the website that never sleeps’.
He has worked in the travel retail and airport non-aeronautical revenues sector for 37 years and is respected throughout the world as its leading editor and commentator.
The Moodie Davitt Report owns and organizes the leading airport commercial revenue conference, The Trinity Forum, hosted in partnership with Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East. It also owns the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards and ‘The Moodies’ – the industry’s largest social & digital media awards.
Born in New Zealand, Martin Moodie is now based in Hong Kong, China.
Simon Peter Njoroge is an accomplished business expert with more than twenty-five years of
managerial experience in diverse sectors including horticulture, shipping and logistics, enterprise software, and oil and gas. In his current role as airport operations manager at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, he is responsible for compliance with international, regional, and national regulations to ensure safe and secure passenger and cargo facilitation.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi. His scholarly research interest is in service quality, especially in areas of high confluence such as those obtaining in tourism and hospitality, healthcare, and air transport services. He has a continuing interest in the economic and social effect of policy initiatives namely the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and their impact on the aviation sector in Kenya and Africa in general.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira has led Airports Council International (ACI) World as Director General since June 2020, applying his vast experience in commercial and technical aviation. He firmly believes that aviation plays a vital role in fostering social and economic growth worldwide. He is dedicated to aiding ACI airport members and World Business Partners in navigating the evolving dynamics of the aviation landscape.
Luis Felipe’s career in aviation began with IATA, Geneva, after serving 12 years at Shell (Latin America and Europe), leading fuel and airport campaigns in collaboration with governments, oil companies, fuel service providers and airports for diverse world regions. His service at IATA lasted a decade before joining the World Fuel Services as Vice President of Supply Development for Latin America and Caribbean.
Prior to joining ACI World, Luis Felipe successfully led the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (2017-2020), where he led a complete restructuring of the organization. This enabled the organization to be more effective and efficient, attracting members and strategic partners to support industry development in the region.
He is a Chemical Engineer from Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, with a postgraduate degree in Finance, University of São Paulo, an MBA from Dom Cabral Foundation, São Paulo, and Post MBA from Kellogg University, Chicago.
Luis Felipe is especially committed to the sustainability of the aviation sector and to fostering collaboration across aviation stakeholders. He serves as an Ambassador at Airlink, an Advisory Board Member at Honeywell, and holds Board positions at Cirium and the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG).
Ioanna Papadopoulou, after obtaining Degrees with Honorary Distinctions in Philosophy, Psychology and Political Sciences from the University of Athens and Panteion University respectively, obtained her MSc in International Studies, Economics & Marketing, from the University of Athens, specializing on European Economics and Diplomacy, as well as a Diploma of Air Transport Studies from Cranfield University, UK and a Diploma of Strategic Marketing from Cornell University, USA.
She started her career with the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. In 2001 she joined the Ministry of Transport and Communications as an advisor on Civil Aviation issues and she held the position of the CEO of Olympic Airways-Services SA from December 2003 up to May 2006. From May 2006 up to September 2009 she worked for the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority as the Chief Negotiator/Senior Expert on Bilateral Air Services Agreements and International Relations.
As of October 2009, Ioanna Papadopoulou is the Director, Communications & Marketing at Athens International Airport.
Ioanna has been presented with the “Woman of the Year” award by the Air Transport News in 2014, and the 2023 Regional Air Transport Leadership Award, has been elected as the Chairperson of the Hellenic Aviation Society (June 2016 – January 2019) and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Airport Management since January 2018, the Co-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Aviation-Event (International Media & Network Platform), a member of the External Advisory Committee – University of the Aegean, Department of Tourism, Economics & Management and a member of the Committee for the Tourism Strategy in Greece.
With more than 20 years as airport strategic development advisor, Inna has extensive experience in airport commercial strategy and marketing. As senior director Amsterdam Airport Schiphol International Inna oversaw complex M&A transactions. As VP Schiphol USA Inna took part in the restructuring JFK T4 marketing & commercial organization post 9/11. As commercial director of the biometric passenger processing initiative at Schiphol Group, Inna was in charge of commercial strategy and implementation of the Trusted Traveler loyalty program in the U.S. and Asia. She heads the commercial line of business and CX solutions development at NACO.
Xavier Rossinyol was part of Dufry’s management team from 2004 to 2015, first as Chief Financial Officer until 2012, and then as Chief Operating Officer EMEA and Asia until 2015.
After a period as Chief Executive Officer for gategroup between 2015 to 2021, Xavier returned to Dufry and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2022.
From 1995 to 2004 Xavier worked for Grupo Áreas (part of Group Elior, a world-leading company in contract and concession catering). He oversaw new business opportunities in Spain and internationally as well as strategic planning, reporting and controlling.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Esade (Spain), MBAs from Esade and the University of British Columbia (Canada and Hong Kong), and a Master’s degree in Business Law from Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Spain).
Francois Southarewsky has significant expertise in Air Transport Industry, from strategic positions to operational management in France and abroad.
Before joining Kansai Airports, Francois Southarewsky has worked for 27 years in the Airline Industry within various positions such as Network Development, Revenue Management, Flight Crew Management, Human Resources or Airport Development ; he spend most of his career in Air France up to end 2016, and worked as well for the Abu Dhabi based airlines Etihad Airways from 2017 to mid 2019. More recently he assisted a start-up company developing innovative baggage handling system.
Francois Southarewsky has also been part of IATA working groups on slot policy, as well as board member of the French Flight Crew Pension Fund.
He is now vice-chair of the ACI Asia Pacific & Middle East Economics committee, member of the ACI World Economics Standing Committee (WESC) as well as ACI Expert Group on Slots.
2019 INSEAD – Finance For Executives
1989 – 1992 Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Roelof-Jan (RJ) Steenstra joined PortsToronto in September 2022. Previously President and CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority in Alberta, Mr. Steenstra is an accomplished executive leader who is recognized for driving businesses 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 and he is recognized for developing innovative and fiscally-grounded solutions – without losing sight of the passenger and employee experience. This passion and approach will be applied to all of PortsToronto’s businesses including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the marine Port of Toronto, Outer Harbour Marina, and other properties and holdings within the organization’s portfolio.
Mr. Steenstra is past Co-Chair of the 2023 Arctic Winter Games Bid Committee, Director for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/ Airports Council International World (ACI) Community of Practice and the American Association of Airport Executive’s (AAAE) Northwest Chapter. He currently serves as Chair of the Policy Board for the Canadian Airports Council and Director on the Airports Council International – NA (ACI-NA) Executive Committee. He also serves as a director for the global board for Airports Council International – ACI World which represents the collective interests of airports around the world to promote excellence in the aviation industry.
Mr. Steenstra holds a Bsc. in Anthropology and a BA in Communications from the University of Calgary, as well as an MBA from Royal Roads University. He has earned several industry designations including an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation, an International Airport Professional (IAP) designation from the ICAO/ACI and an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation from the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Management.
Yolanta Strikitsa is a British Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of global business experience. After a successful career in private equity, she founded Strikitsa Consulting, which specialises in executive search and board solutions for the aviation and infrastructure industries. Strikitsa Consulting completed assignments for clients from UAE, China, Uzbekistan, Botswana, Slovakia, Romania and other countries of emerging economies. Yolanta holds MBA in Finance from California State University.
Ms. Justina Tan provides strategic leadership to ensure employees of Changi Airport Group would have the competency and commitment to accomplish the organisation’s business plans and objectives.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the airport industry and has held senior positions in various airport business functions from international relations, airline marketing, airport retail and airport consultancy. She was appointed to head the Human Resources function to drive the transformation of the HR function, and has been in the HR field since 2004. She has a passion for
organizational development work, and over the years she has drove cultural initiatives, initiated a more structured approach for talent management and leadership development, spearheaded employee engagement efforts, as well as looked into the design of rewards and performance management systems to drive organizational performance. Under her leadership, Changi Airport Group has been recognized as an employer of choice through various Employer Brand Awards, and recognized by industry partners, including Union partners, through various other awards. In recognition of her contributions and achievements within the HR industry, Justina was conferred the Institute of Human Resource Professionals Master Professional (IHRP-MP) certification.
Mammen Tharakan, is the Vice President, Investment and Partnerships for the King Salman International Airport, owned by the Public Investment Fund in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In this role, Mammen oversees the strengthening of airline partnerships, cargo & logistics strategy development, and the commercial & public spaces portfolio under the Vision 2030 objectives. Working closely with industry and private sector, Mammen is leading investment and business attraction opportunities elevating Riyadh's connectivity with the world.
With a leadership career spanning over twenty years in various sectors including Airlines, Airports, Entertainment and Technology, Mammen firmly believes that collaboration and innovation are fundamental drivers of success.
Recognizing the crucial role that aviation provides in connecting the world and developing economic opportunities, he is committed to advancing the industry.
Gonzalo Velasco has 20 years of experience in the airport development business. He has worked at several airports including Heathrow and has held leadership positions at Ferrovial Airports, including business planning, M&A, portfolio management, innovation and sustainability. Gonzalo has also been a board member at several airport assets in Europe and U.S., and has been part of ACI World Economics Committee, ACI World Non-Aeronautical Revenues & Activities Committee and ACI Europe Environmental Strategy Committee. He holds a Master in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA.
A dynamic and results-driven executive with over 20 years of high-level management experience in the airline, airports and FMCG sectors. A recognized leader in the industry with a proven track record of driving growth and profitability across complex, multi-national organizations.
Throughout her career, she built a reputation for strategic thinking, operational excellence, and a relentless focus on customer satisfaction. I have a deep expertise in driving innovation and transforming organizations to succeed in a fast-paced and rapidly changing business environment.
• Internationally recognized for creating an award-winning first-class product for Emirates Airline.
• Developed cost efficient programs within the aviation field.
• Created the Unified Customer Experience Strategy with over 50 initiatives across the KSA airports.
Exceptionally skilled in managing large teams, developing high-performing talent, and driving a culture of excellence. I thrive in environments where I can make a meaningful impact.
Simon Wood intertwines air transportation and logistics together with insight from his almost two-decade career in the supply chain business. Simon delivers a special approach and a unique point of view from all stakeholder perspectives, a true facilitator of freight from the first mile to the last. Simon is an active member of the Airport Council International - North America (ACI-NA) Air Cargo Steering Group, currently sitting as Vice Chair - helping to shape Air Cargo policy in North America. Simon is currently the Director of Air Service Development with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport focused on growing and expanding their Air Cargo presence.