Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah is the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) which is responsible for managing, operating, and developing Bahrain International Airport (BIA) since 2010.
Since joining the company in 2012, driven by a clear vision to elevate and position Bahrain International Airport as a friendly and efficient regional hub, Mohamed has led the team that worked jointly with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication since 2014 to deliver the $1.1bn Bahrain International Airport Modernization Programme with the aim of enhancing the airport’s infrastructure and sustain the growth of Bahrain’s aviation sector in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Mohamed is also the Chairman of BAC Jet Fuel Company WLL and the Chairman of Hala Bahrain WLL, a passenger services subsidiary of BAC.
Mohamed was recently appointed as a Board Member to the Airport Council International (ACI) World Governing Board (WGB) besides his position as a Regional Director at ACI Asia-Pacific Board.
He is a founding member of the Bahrain Green Building Council and currently serves as its Chairman.
Mohamed holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Business Administration and is married with three children.
Sheikh Aimen Al Hosni has joined the aviation sector in 2012 as Muscat International Airport coming from Ministry of Civil Services after graduating from Indiana state university with a master of public administration.
As the CEO of Oman Airports, he kept a strong focus on investing in Omani talent to develop the future leaders of the aviation sector in Oman, achieving a record breaking Omanisation rate of 98%.
Over the last twenty years and prior to joining Oman Airports, he has held leadership positions within numerous multinational organizations. In addition to his current role at Oman Airports, he also holds executive positions as the Vice Chairman of Airport Council International (ACI) World Board and Secretary Treasury of the ACI Asia Pacific Regional Board, Omantel Telecommunication, Chairman of Oman National Investment and Engineering and Oman Cargo Sats.
Mr Abdullah Al-jaraisi is the Emergency Management Coordinator at Kuwait Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Currently in his tenth year of service, he heads the Airport Emergency Health Committee. He is also a member of the International Health Regulations Committee WHO – MOH.
Mr. Stefano Baronci is the Director General of Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific, an association representing the interests of airports in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Appointed in December 2019 and based in Hong Kong SAR, he is responsible for driving and executing the strategic plan of the association and overseeing a team of 16 professionals at the Regional Office.
Mr. Baronci has over 18 years of analytic and representational experience at national and international levels in the aviation sector, representing both airport and airline industries. He is very familiar with the ACI community, having previously served as the Director of Economics and Programme Development at ACI World in Montreal and Senior Policy Manager at ACI Europe in Brussels. He also served as Secretary General of Assaeroporti, the Italian airport operators association, and 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. He is married with two children.
Mr Daniel Bircher is the Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Airport International Asia (Kuala Lumpur).
He further acts as Chairman and Managing Director of Yamuna International Airport Private Ltd., the Indian special Purpose Vehicle the build the Delhi Noida International Greenfield airport.
Prior to his role as CEO of Zurich Airport International Asia, he was Chief Operations Office at the Aeroporto International de Belo Horizonte (Brazil) being accountable for the operations of Belo Horizonte International Airport.
Mr Daniel Bircher has been Director Operations with Bangalore International Airport (India) and earlier Head of Safety and member of the Zurich Airport Operations Management at Zurich Airport where he was also responsible for liaison with Swiss, European and International regulatory bodies.
Mr Daniel Bircher was a long-standing member of the ACI World Safety Technical Standing Committee and Chairman of the ACI World Operational Safety Subcommittee.
Mr Daniel Bircher holds a Master’s degree from University of Zurich and an Executive MBA from University of St.Gallen.
Magda Lilia Chelly is a keynote speaker, and a senior cyber security expert with a defensive and offensive background. She is currently the cyber advisory practice for Marsh Asia.
Magda held several information security officer roles in Asia, and worldwide.
She is a strong activist for women in security. She founded Women of Security Chapter (WoSEC) in Singapore, supporting female professionals in the industry. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Executive Summit at Black Hat Asia.
Magda has obtained a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering issued by Telecom SudParis and speaks fluently 5 languages. Magda’s research topics have focused on Cyber Security, the future of localization and positioning, education, and more. Her research works and writings around cybersecurity have been featured by IEEE, RSA Conference, CYBERSEC, World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2016), CYBER RISK LEADERS Magazine, among others.
As CEO of Airport International Group, Claude leverages a longstanding 28-year career within the global airport industry to spearhead the expansion and operation project of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA). Throughout his professional journey, Claude assumed numerous Csuite positions, most recent of which was CEO of the Nuevo Pudahuel concession in Chile, where he guided the expansion of Santiago International Airport, which has crossed the 24 million passenger milestone. During his 2010-2015 tenure as COO of Airport International Group, Claude oversaw six key departments representing a total of 330 employees responsible for various operations; maintenance; commercial and real estate; information technology and telecommunications; security; and quality and safety functions. Prior, Claude served as COO of Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte - a group operating and managing 13 airports in Mexico - and contributed to multiple projects at Groupe ADP. Claude holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from EFREI Paris and a postgraduate degree in Statistics from the University Paris VI. He also obtained a Master Plan and Terminal Design course and an Advanced Master in Airport Management, both from ENAC in Toulouse.
Paul Cross has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing Immigration and Border Protection capabilities. He currently leads the SITA Sydney Border Management Practice, responsible for delivering border solutions to various countries, and is an expert in the fields of identity management and biometrics.
With 10 years of senior executive experience in government ICT and biometrics in particular, Paul has led development of major national and international border management capabilities and has chaired international groups responsible for related policy and operations.
Paul is a Director on the Board of the Biometrics Institute, leader of the Institute’s Future Directions Group, and was previously leader of the Borders Group.
Paul’s background also includes roles with responsibility for managing biometrics and identity policy, corporate security, system development, IT operations, disaster recovery, IT change management, and information management. He has been directly responsible for managing border Advance Processing and Entry-Exit capabilities, border risk systems, and alert list services.
Talal is leading the Strategic Risk Consulting within Marsh Advisory, covering Business Resilience, Cyber Risk Consulting and Enterprise Risk Services. Talal has demonstrated hands-on experience and implementation in the areas of organizational resilience, information security & privacy, supply chain resilience, disaster recovery, enterprise risk management, crisis management, incident / emergency response, & business continuity.
Talal joined Marsh in 2018 and has more than 15 years of experience among the leading professional services / consulting firms globally as well as one of the world’s busiest airports. Prior to joining Marsh, Talal lead the Corporate Resilience – Airports Business Continuity function covering two airports in the region.
Rainer Dinkelmann is chief technical officer of ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus company. He is renowned internationally in the airport check-in space, having pioneered many aspects of self-service check-in as it exists today. For over a decade he has led his team in deploying successful self-service products and solutions in multiple airports around the world. Rainer combines robust airline and BHS IT communications systems with break-through technologies to develop the leading products in the airport self-service space.
Andrew Gardiner has over 40 years’ retail experience in Australia and abroad. Having spent 20 years at Edgars in South Africa, followed up by Managing Director at DFS Galleria Australia; General Manager of Retail at Sydney Airport; and now Chief Commercial Property and Chief of Launceston Airport at Australia Pacific Airports Corporation. Andrew is a past Chairman of the Australian Duty Free Association and served on the board of the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association. He is a current Board Member of Launceston Airport and The Victorian State Advisory Board of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd in June 2018.
Current Board appointments include the position of Director on the Airports Council International Asia-PacificRegional Board in April 2020 and Director on the Australian Airports Association Board in December 2020.
Gert-Jan has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles at major airports around the world. He started his career in airport management in 1995 with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands where he had a number of roles. These included management positions in the commercial, finance and strategic departments.
In 2005 Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed as Managing Director of ASDC AB, the Company that manages and develops the commercial activities in the terminals of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden.
Between 2007 and 2012 Gert-Jan held senior executive roles with Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd, including General Manager Commercial Services and General Manager Strategic Planning & Development.
Prior to his return to Brisbane Airport in 2018 Mr de Graaff lead the bid for Galeão / Rio de Janeiro Airport in Brazil on behalf of Royal Schiphol Group and his most recent position was President & CEO of JFKIAT LLC, the private operators of Terminal 4 at John F Kennedy International Airport since 2014.
Previous Board appointments include the position of Chairman of Airport Coordination Netherlands, and Board Memberships with Airports Council International North America (WBP), Air Cargo Netherlands, Cargonaut BV, and several tourism attraction agencies.
Greg is founder and Managing Director of Airbiz. He is an internationally sought futurist and thought leader in airport development concepts and trends. Greg is an advisor and facilitator of conceptual planning and strategies for ’Airports of the Future’ and ’Fast Travel’ initiatives, as well as a frequent speaker at international conferences.
He has developed a truly global team, with resources and projects spread throughout the Asia/Pacific region, Europe, and North America.
He is a current Board member of ACI Asia-Pacific and former Chairman of the ACI World Business Partners Advisory Board. Greg also sits on the Advisory Board for the aviation courses at Swinburne University.
He has been recognised as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers and in 2020 received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the aviation industry.
Videh Kumar Jaipuriar has been the Chief Executive Officer of DIAL since December 2017. He has over 32 years of experience. Prior to joining DIAL, he served as a Managing Director of Jubilant Industries Ltd. He has also worked with other companies including Bunge India, Blow Plast Ltd. and Britannia Industries Ltd. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Master’s degree in Marketing from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He has wide-ranging experience in different products and services including B2B, B2C and retail.
Mr. Kyung Wook Kim graduated from Seoul National University with an MA in Public Administration a BA in Economics. He served the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) for 30 years. With the experience, he gained expertise in major transportation and aviation policies of ROK.
He was appointed as the 9th CEO of Incheon International Airport Corporation in February 2021. Before his appointment – as the Vice Minister of MOLIT – he played a key leadership role in raising global awareness of air transport competitiveness of ROK, ushering the nation to a 7th consecutive term as a Member of ICAO with the top number of votes. Also, he closely worked with Incheon Airport for the safe operation and expansion of the main national gateway.
Mr. SGK Kishore is an Electronics & Communications Engineer from Andhra University and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. Mr. Kishore has held several important positions with the Government of India including:
·District Collector of Palakkad, Kerala
·Vice Chairman of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA)
·South India Head for Food Corporation of India (FCI). In 2013, he took over as CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport with overall responsibility for the unique Hyderabad Airport Eco-system spanning the airport, the Airport City and various allied businesses.
From June 2020, Mr. Kishore took on the role of Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer for GMR Airports, overseeing the functioning of Hyderabad and other GMR airport sector assets across South India and also leading the innovation efforts across GMR Airports. Mr. Kishore is a director on the board of several GMR Group companies operating across the aviation value chain in sectors such as Air Cargo, Duty Free and Hospitality. He is also a member of the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific Regional Board and an active member of the Governing Board of the Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO), India.
Mr Lee is CEO of Changi Airport Group. He is concurrently Deputy Chairman of Changi Airports International Pte Ltd, Chairman of Jewel Changi Airport Holding Pte Ltd and Chairman of Changi Foundation Board. Mr Lee also chairs the Singapore National Library Board and sits on the Board of NTUC FairPrice Cooperative Ltd. He holds the appointment of President, Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific Regional Board and is a Director on the ACI World Governing Board.
From 1989 to 2005, Mr Lee held various appointments in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Ministry of Defence, with his last appointment being Deputy Head of Air Operations in HQ RSAF. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Principal Private Secretary to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr Lee was awarded the SAF (Overseas)/President’s Scholarship in 1989 and the SAF Postgraduate Scholarship (General Development) in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Mr. Albert Lim is the Senior Vice President of Airport Operations Management at the Changi Airport Group (CAG). He oversees the passenger terminal operations, quality service management and integrated facilities management at the Singapore Changi Airport. Together with his passionate CAG colleagues and collaborative airport partners, they strive to provide a consistently high level of operational efficiency and excellent passenger experience at Changi Airport, the world’s most awarded airport.
Prior to his appointment in Airport Operations Management, Albert was the Vice President of Cargo & Logistics Development, responsible for the air cargo and logistics business at Changi Airport. His division managed a global clientele of air express
integrators, cargo airlines, third party logistics companies and international freight forwarders. During his tenure from 2009 to 2012, he led the successful development of the new Air Cargo Express (ACE) Hub with FedEx Singapore at Changi Airport, a
unique first-of-its-kind air cargo express infrastructure in Asia Pacific.
Catherine is the primary liaison between SITA and airport industry organizations, ensuring SITA’s availability and support for committees, conferences and industry missions. She is an active participant in Airports Council International (ACI), including serving as Chairman of the ACI World Business Partners (WBP) Board. She was the first non-airport member to be appointed as an observer to the ACI World Governing Board (2006/2011). Catherine also served as the WBP observer on the ACI Europe Airport Board (2012/2018).
Previously Catherine was responsible for developing and leading SITA’s Airport Services solution line in order to meet the needs of the ever-changing air transport industry. She was responsible for Airport Services financial results, strategy, product portfolio, implementation, customer satisfaction.
Catherine’s unique understanding, vast experience and worldwide contacts with both international and domestic airports and airlines are what enable her to contribute a unique perspective both to SITA and to the aviation industry.
A Senior Insurance Associate with ANZIIF, with almost 30 years’ experience in the industry, the last 25 of which was spent as an insurance broker. Responsible for structuring, placing and managing risk financing solutions for clients.
Managing the risk financing needs of clients across a number of sectors including aviation, real estate, construction and finance with some examples including Sydney Airport, Bankstown/Camden Airport, Port Hedland International Airport, Stockland Corporation, UGL, Publishing and Broadcasting, Consolidated Press Holdings, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Nuplex Industries.
As a board member in charge of corporate strategies including digital transformation initiatives, he drives fast travel and digitalization projects at Narita Airport.
"Face Express", a OneID project at the airport, represents the culmination of his over five yeas' engagement to the area.
He was appointed to present position in June 2019 and oversees corporate strategies including investment planning, international affairs and airport planning.
Dato’ Mohd Shukriejoined Malaysia Airports in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Prior to that, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie had led AirAsia’s Redbox Logistics as its Chief Executive Officer and was later appointed as Chief Operating Officer for AirAsia Malaysia.
Dato’ Mohd Shukrie is leading the realignment of Malaysia Airports’ 5-year business plan to the needs of the current aviation landscape, aimed at ensuring the Group's continued relevance and sustainability. This has also led to a review of Malaysia Airports' vision and brand promise. Despite his recent appointment, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie’s stewardship has seen KLIA significantly improve its ASQ ranking to be in top 10 in its category in 1H 2020.
He has vast experience inthe logistics business having previously helmed Pos Malaysia Berhad as Group Chief Executive Officer and was also previously its Group Chief Operating Officer. As its Group Chief Executive Officer, POS Malaysia successfully collaborated with Lazada (M) Sdn Bhd in establishing Lazada’s e-Commerce Regional multi-modal Distribution Centre located at KL International Airport. He was also Group Chief Executive Officer of Konsortium Logistik Berhad and Chief Executive Officer of KL Airport Services Sdn. Bhd., the aircraft ground handling, cargo, and logistics arm of DRB-HICOM Group.
Dato’ Mohd Shukrie also assumed several leadership roles at DRB-HICOM Berhad where he had an illustrious career. His roles include that of Principal Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer in various entities within the DRB-HICOM Group.
Dato’ Mohd Shukrie started his career with Public Bank Securities Sdn. Bhd. and thereafter served with United Overseas Bank Berhad. His banking career covers a broad cross section of the industry including consumer and corporate banking, corporate finance and advisory, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, risk management, human resources and procurement.
Dato’ Mohd Shukrie holds a Degree in Business Studies from the University of North London and is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Martin Moodie is The Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Davitt Report, the world’s leading B2B information source on the global travel retail sector.
Martin launched what was then The Moodie Report in 2002, the first digital disruptor to the legacy print-based publishing model of the time. In less than three years it was the sector leader. He also conceived The Trinity Forum, the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, and in 2020 the pioneering Virtual Travel Retail Expo.
A New Zealander, now based out of Hong Kong, Martin has been involved in the travel retail and publishing sectors for 34 years.
Today The Moodie Davitt Report ranks as one of the world’s most successful business-to-business multimedia titles, enjoying widespread respect all around the globe. It has embraced the digital age with zeal and is synonymous with innovative, immediate and highly visual coverage of major industry developments. In 2017 Martin received the Frontier Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.
Mr. Thabet Musleh is the Vice President Operations at Qatar Duty Free (QDF), the second-largest duty free operator in the Middle East and the 21st largest Duty Free in the world at the heart of Qatar’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha.
As Vice President QDF, Thabet leads the company’s retail, food & beverage and in-house advertising divisions. He brings more than fifteen years of experience in the travel retail sector, and plays an instrumental role in driving duty free sales and positioning Qatar Duty Free to deliver valuable services and bespoke shopping and dining concepts to appeal to all passenger demographics, in addition to its luxury segment.
Thabet joined QDF’s parent company Qatar Airways in 2015 as Head of Retail Operations for the national carrier’s duty free business, before being promoted to Head of QDF in January 2018 and to Vice President Operations QDF in October 2018.
Prior to his role at QDF, Thabet spent ten years at World Duty Free Group, holding a number of senior roles across London’s three biggest airports: Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
Nik Anis currently heads Malaysia Airports’ Group Corporate Communications division as its General Manager. She has over 30 years of working experience in various capacities and is skilled in Crisis Management, Strategic Communications, Customer Service Management and Branding & Identity.
She has developed and implemented strategies and action plans to align the direction of the corporate communications with the organisation’s vision and brand promise. She is instrumental in spearheading the digital communication platforms and establishing a dominant presence and branding for Malaysia Airports on social and mainstream media, resulting in numerous accolades received for corporate responsibility, community engagement, public relations and social media initiatives. Under her leadership, Malaysia Airports had also hosted numerous international events such as ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports seminar in Langkawi, Malaysia (2018), 13th Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition (2014), and Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia (2010 & 2014).
Nik Anis is a former President of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Malaysia Chapter, a global association that promotes communication excellence within the industry, where she had contributed to the advancement of business communications and delivering global standard in communications.
Nicole commenced her insurance career in 2013 with a global broking organisation. She is predominantly focused on the financial lines insurance sector including Cyber Insurance, Investment Managers Insurance and Professional Indemnity for large corporate / global clients. She has had responsibility over a portfolio of complex renewals consisting of large private and publicly listed organisations with specialised experience in Placement, Claims Management and technical reviews.
She is accountable for the creation, development and retention of existing and new opportunities within a specialised portfolio of insurance products leveraging market relationships to deliver best in class solutions. Nicole has established strong market relationships with insurers. She always ensures that her clients’ profiles with underwriters are positively represented, achieving the best possible renewal outcomes in conjunction with agreed objectives that have been set in consultation with her clients.
Nicole frequently prepares Cyber thought leadership material, including industry-specific papers in industry trends and predictions.
In his past career he was Chief Financial Officer of BankWest Corp., Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield Rail Pty Ltd., Principal at Westpac Banking Corp. and Principal at Challenge Bank Ltd. (a subsidiary of Westpac Banking Corp.), Head-Group Finance at Lloyds International Pty Ltd. and Principal at Bank of Scotland Plc (Sydney Branch)
Mr. Jean-Michel Ratron is the Chief Executive Officer of “Aéroport de Tahiti” (ADT) since September 2019. ADT, part of Egis Airport Operation network, is in charge of managing, operating and developing 4 airports in French Polynesia: Tahiti Faa’a International Airport, Bora-Bora Airport, Raiatea Airport and Rangiroa Airport. Since joining Egis group in 2013, and before arriving in French Polynesia, Jean-Michel RATRON had successively been Chief Executive Officer of Aéroport de Libreville, Gabon, and Aéroports du Congo, Republic of Congo.
Prior to Egis, Jean-Michel had been involved in Marketing research, then in the Public Transportation sector in France, where he developed a strong experience of relationships between private operators and public Authorities. From 2005 to 2013, he had been Chief Executive Officer of Transdev Airport Services, one of the major ground transport companies, airside and landside, at Roissy-CDG and Orly Airports in Paris.
Jean-Michel had been WBP of ACI Europe between 2008 and 2013, and had become full member of ACI Africa in 2014 when joining Aéroport de Libreville as CEO. He had been member of ACI Africa Board of Directors between 2016 and 2019, and is now, since his move to Tahiti Airport in 2019, a member of ACI Asia-Pacific (and of ACI Asia Pacific Board of Directors). Jean-Michel is also graduate of AMPAP program. He is married with two sons.
Joanna is a Director at Arup London where she leads the Integrated City Planning Practice, which is a multi-disciplinary group covering urban design, landscape architecture, economics, planning, climate change and energy. Before joining Arup, Joanna worked for the Mayor of London where she worked in economic policy and then led the regeneration department through the London Olympics in 2012.
Joanna leads city scale projects at Arup including regeneration, funding and financing, business cases, masterplans and strategic plans. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development and the Institute of Leadership and Management and on the board of a charity supporting young people with start-up ventures.
Sarah has over 24 years of industry experience, having worked on airport projects such as KL International Airport. Prior to joining Amadeus in 2014, Sarah held senior roles with XYBASE in Malaysia, and in Australia. Sarah is a prominent voice within the Airport IT industry. She regularly participates in airport events, speaking on behalf of Amadeus and regarding a range of issues facing the local industry. Today at Amadeus, Sarah leads the Airport IT business unit for the Asia-Pacific region.
Andy Smith has been delivering IT and Telecommunications solutions to the aviation sector for 20 years. Joining SITA in 2007, Andy has focused on driving innovation and collaboration for airlines, airports and government bodies.
Since 2012 Andy has represented SITA's Government, Security and Border Management business. In addition to promoting the effective use of passenger data, pre-clearance, risk assessment, border management and biometric solutions, Andy continues to champion the collaboration of all stakeholders within the transport industry, with a focus on the passenger experience.
Supporting the industry’s response to the COVID pandemic, Andy is part of a cross-business unit SITA team, focused on engaging with Health Pass Scheme providers and driving operational interoperability.
Mr. Tamura was appointed to the position of President & CEO of Narita International Airport Corporation in June 2019.
He joined the Japanese Ministry of Transport ( the present Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) in 1980. He has extensive career over the years at the ministry particularly in the area of aviation, railways, ports, and tourism. He was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to serve as Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America for three years from 1995.
He was appointed to the post of Director-General, Civil Aviation Bureau in 2012 and during the three year tenure, with the vision for the growing tourism demand to Japan, developed a policy to boost the Greater Tokyo Area Airports take-off & landing slot capacity a 50% increase, and developed a framework to facilitate airport privatization in Japan.
He was subsequently appointed to the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency in 2015. During his three years tenure, he introduced measures aimed at attracting 40 million visitors to Japan by 2020 and 60 million by 2030. He launched a “New Tourism Strategy to Invigorate the Japanese Economy”, and introduced an international tourist tax to fund improvements in welcoming visitors. He also addressed regional revitalization through tourism in rural areas and worked tirelessly to develop a framework for welcoming visitors from overseas. As a result of his efforts, the number of visitors to Japan surpassed the 20 million mark for the first time in 2016 and also contributed greatly in marking 30 million last December in 2018.
Mr. Tamura was born in 1955 and graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University, U.S.A in 1985.
Ian Taylor leads Arup’s global aviation business, working with colleagues around the world to deliver Arup's broad range of consulting services to aviation clients. A Fellow of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers, he has more than 35 years’ experience in the planning and design of transportation infrastructure and has lived and worked in the UK, Ireland, USA and Asia.
With a keen interest in the ongoing development of the Asian aviation sector, Ian has overseen a broad range of advisory and design services for airports, developers, investors and government clients across the region.
His projects have ranged from small regional airports through to major hubs, with high-profile credentials including the design of Hong Kong Airport’s Ground Transportation Centre, Midfield Concourse and Third Runway infrastructure Scheme Design, the planning and design of the new Mactan-Cebu Terminal 2, and the Concept Design of Changi Terminal 5.
Alby Tsang is General Manager, Retail Portfolio at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Alby oversees the entire retail portfolio, including the advertising concession, in HKIA. He works closely with the tenants to deliver a world-class airport retail experience through strong trade mix, appealing ambience, convenient services as well as active passenger engagement. He is also responsible for the airport’s overall retail planning, including both current assets and future expansion projects.
Alby is professionally a chartered general practice surveyor. Prior to joining HKIA in 2014, he had worked for several leading developers in Hong Kong working on major shopping malls in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing.