Speakers

Miguel Abajo-Arrastia

Miguel Abajo-Arrastia

Market Strategy Director
ATR

 
Kate Aleksidze

Kate Aleksidze

Chief Executive Officer
United Airports of Georgia

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Kate Aleksidze became the first person to lead newly established Airport Authority - United Airports of Georgia (UAG) when she took on the role of CEO from early 2010. Since that period, UAG introduced major infrastructural projects, constructing 2 completely new airports and in total currently owns 3 international and 2 domestic airports all over the country.

Over the last 7 years Kate has been keen and successful to engage all aviation stakeholders including private concessioners to achieve common goals, as a result of which Georgian airports have experienced a robust 26% compound average growth rate. She has also overseen a major internal restructuring of UAG to improve the company’s organizational effectiveness in delivering greater value to the passengers using Georgian airports.

Kate Aleksidze has been a tireless campaigner for UAG, spreading the word internationally about the country as a destination and its airports, as well bringing some major aviation international events to Georgia. Kate was born in Georgia in 1980 and graduated from Tbilisi State University in 2003. She has broad international and local experience, working as well as teaching and consulting, in government and private as well as for non-profit sector.

Claus Altenburg

Claus Altenburg

Director Sales – Revenue Management & Development Routes
Germania

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Claus Altenburg began his professional career with the Hapag-Lloyd travel agency, where he specialised in the area of business travel. He then worked as a leader at the Airbus site in Hamburg, before becoming a freelance worker for Airbus. Following this, Claus became the Key Account Manager at American Express Business Travel.

Due to his passion for aviation, in 2005 Claus became the Head of Sales and Development for regional flights with the airline OLT GmbH.

Since 2012, Claus has been the Sales Manager for Germania Fluggesellschaft mbh in Berlin. His responsibilities include revenue management, route development and alliances.

Ralph Anker

Ralph Anker

Editor
The ANKER Report

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Ralph Anker started his aviation career at Cranfield University where he was a lecturer and researcher specialising in statistical analysis, forecasting, airports and marketing. After a brief spell at ICAO in Montreal working in the Forecasting and Economic Planning section, he returned to Cranfield to run the Masters in Air Transport programme.

In 2000 he left to join Maersk Air Ltd in Birmingham as Head of Business Development before joining BA's low-cost carrier Go-fly as Head of Network Planning in March 2001. After easyJet bought Go in 2002 he stayed in the Network Planning team until leaving at the end of 2002 to be a freelance consultant.

After a decade as Founding Editor and Chief Analyst at anna.aero, he is now MD of ANKER-aero and Editor of The ANKER Report, the free, fortnightly newsletter analysing traffic and route trends across Europe.

Igor Aptsiauri

Igor Aptsiauri

Commercial Director
Myway Airlines

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Igor has over 12 years of comprehensive experience in Airline Business working in Tui AG (Hapaq-Lloyd Flug), airBaltic and Qatar Airways various departments of the Commercial Division including Sales, Revenue Management, International Relations, Airline Partnerships & Alliances and Corporate Planning Departments. He has Managed and took part in a number of interesting projects dealing with Change Management, Inventory Migrations, Launch of Loyalty Programs and Airline Alliance integration. Also participated in numerous intergovernmental bilateral air transportation negotiations and meetings on different Aeropolitical issues.

During 2015 - 2018 Igor held a position of First Deputy Director of Georgian Civil Aviation Agency (GCAA). Apart from the overall leadership, he was directly responsible for the Air Transportation, Financial/Economic Analysis, Flight Standards/Certification/Inspection and Aircraft Airworthiness & Registration Departments of the GCAA.   

Recently Igor joined a new Georgian Airline – My Way Airlines as a Chief Commercial Officer where he will be responsible for the commercial strategy and development of the company.

Igor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. Focusing on the field of marketing, his earlier university works include a strategic paper on Georgia’s exporting opportunities to EU markets – marketing strategies. In 2016 Igor was granted a fellowship from Singapore Aviation Academy where he will obtain a Diploma in Civil Aviation Management upon completing the program.

Karin Butot

Karin Butot

Chief Executive Officer
The Airport Agency (CONNECT Creator & Organiser)

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A French/Danish national, Karin Butot has worked for both French and Belgian media outlets before joining the aviation industry 25 years ago. Karin has developed her extensive network in aviation initially as the PR Manager for ACI Europe (the global airport’s trade association), whereby she established ACI Europe’s first press office, and subsequently as Group Marketing Director for ASM Consulting and as the Head of Public Relations for international airline, Air Seychelles.  

In 2001, Karin established her own business, The Airport Agency, which has managed advertising campaigns for clients including Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux Airports, as well as designing and delivering corporate rebrands including for Marseille and Newquay Cornwall Airports.  

During this time, Karin also established the French Connect event which has grown every year and which evolved into CONNECT.  Last year its 14th edition in Ajaccio had a record attendance of over 250 airports and 65 airlines.

Karin runs The Airport Agency and CONNECT with her dedicated staff, including Ukrainian, English and French nationals.

Mory Camara

Mory Camara

International Account Manager
OAG

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Mory Camara is an International Business Development Manager at OAG, the global leader in aviation information and analytics. Mory has a strong knowledge of the world’s affairs and business environment, having worked at OAG for over 14 years.

Through his experience of managing clients in France, the Middle East and Africa, Mory has an expert view of the aviation industry and in-depth analysis of potential opportunities for market development in Europe.

Throughout his career, OAG has acquired new business as Mory has built an invaluable client base.

George Chogovadze

George Chogovadze

Head of Administration
Georgian National Tourism Administration

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Mr. Chogovadze has broad experience of working in both the private and public sectors. He began his professional career at Swissair-Swiss Airlines, later becoming the Director of the Marketing Department for Georgian Airways, the country’s national carrier. Has held several managerial positions at various prominent tourism companies, such as Lufthansa City Central Travel.  

In 2009, he became a Board Member and a Chairman of the Events and Public Relations Commission at the International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia (ICC), after which served as the Deputy Head of the Economic Affairs Department at the Tbilisi City Hall.

Since November 2014, Mr. Chogovadze holds the position of the Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration.

Jeyhun Efendi

Jeyhun Efendi

Senior Vice President Commercial Operations
Flydubai

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Jeyhun Efendi was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and has over 20 years experience in aviation industry. For over 12 years he held various senior positions in Emirates Airlines in various countries including Russian Federation, Thailand and Indochina.

Jeyhun joined Flydubai in 2008 as part of the startup team and has been since then Senior Vice President overlooking airline’s commercial operations in over 30 countries.

He holds an MBA from Bradford University and speaks 4 languages.

Sergey Fomenko

Sergey Fomenko

Vice President Commerce
Ukraine International Airlines

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Sergey Fomenko started his aviation career in 1992 when he worked for Antonov Airline as a cargo charter services trainee. He then joined Ukraine International Airlines in 1993 as Airline Manager for Charter Transportation before moving to the marketing department and acting as Secretary of the Board of Airlines of IATA members in Ukraine.

In 1995 Sergey became Chairman of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in Ukraine for 9 years before becoming Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Ukraine International Airlines.  Since 2011 he has been Vice President of Commerce for UIA.

Jonathan Ford

Jonathan Ford

Assistant Editor & Analyst
anna.aero

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Jonathan Ford’s passion for aviation began while studying Geography at university, undertaking a project researching the economic benefits of regional aviation development. This project led him to making the decision to undertake an MSc in Air Transport Management at Coventry University, where he specialised in air transport strategy and marketing, along with airline strategy, finance and economics.

It was at Coventry where he partnered with ASM to conduct a project looking at low-cost transatlantic models, before finishing his studies and joining anna.aero in May 2015 as Assistant Editor.

Eteri Gaiashvili

Eteri Gaiashvili

Head of Business Development
Georgian Airways

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Eteri Gaiashvili is the Head of Business Development at Georgian Airways which has been Georgia’s Flag Carrier for the past 25 years.

Her career began as a Regional Sales Manager in Austria where she represented the airline and worked extensively on network and partnership development. Her passion and ambition played a vital role in the airline’s 64% increase in revenue for 2017 and securing its place as Tbilisi airport’s leader in departing passengers.

Eteri holds a Dual Degree in International Business and International Relations from Webster University (Vienna) and in addition to her avid interest in tourism and sports, she is actively engaged in politics and non-governmental organizations.

Jean-François Guitard

Jean-François Guitard

Director International Development
Nice Airport Management

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 Since 2008, Jean-François Guitard has been the Director of International Affairs at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. In addition, he is the institutional representative for the airport within ACI Europe. He first joined Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in 1991 and fulfilled many different roles during his 9 years in the marketing department (Statistical Assistant, Research Manager and then Network Development Manager).

From 2000, Jean-François became the Director of Airport Management Studies at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nice. Furthermore, he is a Teacher of Airport Management at the University of Aix en Provence (since 1997) and at the French Civil Aviation School (ENAC) (since 1996).

Jean-François holds a Phd in Transport Law and an Executive MBA from the HEC in Paris. He is married with two children.

Dieter Hofele

Dieter Hofele

Senior Manager Sales
Frankfurt Airport

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Born in 1961 near the home of Mercedes and Porsche, Dieter Hofele studied International Shipping and joined the airline industry in 1982 in Frankfurt with Air Canada.

Moving to sales functions at Delta Air Lines in 1986 and growing along with Delta’s strengthening position in Europe, Dieter took on Sales Management positions in Switzerland and London, later moving to Brazil to introduce Delta’s first service to South America.

After working as regional sales in Germany for several years, he relocated to Mumbai to lead Delta’s organization in India as General Manager.

Joining Air Berlin in 2008 as Country Manager for China, bringing nonstop Dusseldorf flights to both Shanghai and for the summer Olympics in Beijing.

Returning to Germany in 2011, Dieter joined Frankfurt Airport’s business development team, currently representing Fraport with airlines in Asia, the UK and Ireland and Italy.

Maryna Ibragimova

Maryna Ibragimova

Regional Vice President CIS & Eastern Europe
Hahn Air

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Maryna has ten years of experience in the aviation industry. At Hahn Air she is in charge of providing incremental revenue for over 60 airlines from more than 350 air, rail & shuttle partners. Maryna is also responsible for acquiring new airline partners. During her nine years at Hahn Air, she has contributed significantly to expanding the cooperation with all CIS airlines and Russian providers.

Before joining Hahn Air in 2009, she worked for 2.5 years as a team leader at ControlPay, the global freight audit company, providing logistics visibility, consultancy and guaranteeing accurate payment of invoices for big multinational companies. After moving to Germany, she began working for Aviapartner, in the import department, where she was responsible for handling of cargo, dealing with various airlines around the world.

Maryna was born and raised in Donetsk, Ukraine where she completed her studies, majoring in English and French. In 2007, she moved to Frankfurt, Germany where she continues to live. In her free time Maryna appreciates spending time with her family and doing sports. She also enjoys travelling, where she gets to experience different cultures and meet new people.

Maryna speaks Russian, Ukrainian, German, English and basic French.

Daniel Ivanov

Director Network Development
Ukraine International Airlines

 
Alexander Junge

Alexander Junge

Managing Director Air BP Northern, Central & Western Europe
Air BP

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Alexander Junge is Managing Director of Air BP’s Northern, Central and Western Europe Performance Unit, Air BP’s largest region globally. Alexander Junge holds both the P&L and operational integrity accountability for Air BP’s business in a wide ranging geography spanning UK, France and Benelux regions, the Nordic region and Central Europe, i.e. Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland.

Alexander has a broad experience and has served as Director Commodity Markets at Société Générale, France, and Managing Director at HGM Energy, Bremen as well as worked in a number of key positions at Lufthansa in Risk Management and Supply, and in ExxonMobil at its Slagen Refinery in Norway and Trading Division in Hamburg.

Alex’s Northern Europe Performance Unit and Nordic Cluster was home to  Air BP’s launch of Biojet at Oslo Gardermoen, an initiative which saw Air BP become the first fuel supplier to supply renewable Biojet via hydrant to commercial airline customers Lufthansa, SAS and KLM.

Alex has, in his tenure, overseen a strong commercial performance and rigorous operational standards and is a keen proponent of responsible fuel and aviation practice, commercial discipline and strategic co-operation.

Maria Kouroupi

Maria Kouroupi

Senior Manager Aviation Development Marketing & Communications
Hermes Airports Ltd

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Maria joined Hermes in 2009, bringing along considerable experience in the airline business having worked for over 18 years for Cyprus Airways.  Her aviation experience covers a broad spectrum of expertise ranging from commercial and sales to project management and operational disciplines.

In her role as the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, Maria is responsible for air service development at Larnaka and Pafos airports alongside the smooth functioning of corporate communication, implementation of digital strategies, stakeholders’ relations aswell as media and community outreach.

Maria is an MBA degree holder from the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland and the Cyprus International Institute of Management. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, having acquired its Diploma in Marketing. She also has an AS Diploma in Hospitality Management from Daytona Beach College in the United States.

Sven Kukemelk

Sven Kukemelk

Executive Director Business Development
Nordica

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Sven has been in the aviation industry now for more than 10 years and dealt with network planning from all sides: academical research, practical approach as an airlines, as an airport and as an consultant to others. His previous employers include Estonian Aviation Academy, airBaltic, Estonian Air, Tallinn Airport, Lufthansa Consulting and currently Nordica.

Sven is at present member of the management board of Nordica holding position of Executive Director Business Development, is a CEO of new consultancy daughter company Nordic Aviation Advisory and is a member of supervisory board of daughter company Regional Jet.

In his free time he is a part-time lecturer still at Estonian Aviation Academy in the field of commercial development in regional airlines. Currently Sven is finishing his PhD on feasibility of regional aviation in Tallinn Technological University.

Annabelle Lepièce

Annabelle Lepièce

Partner
CMS DeBacker

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Annabelle Lepièce is head of the Competition and European law department of CMS Belgium. Annabelle is particularly active in airports and air transport, offering legal advice on all aspects of European law (antitrust, State aid, European directives and regulations) relating to the industry such as public financing, handling, airport charges, security and safety, etc.

She is currently assisting French, Belgian, Dutch, Romanian and Spanish airports and regions implicated in investigations led by the European Commission on alleged aids to airlines and airports. She also assists public authorities in the notification of State aids for the infrastructure, start-up aids, etc. and advises them on strategies and legal options to develop new routes.

Her recent publications in English include: « Airport charges and selectivity under State aid rules: The Lübeck Airport Case”, Competition Law Insight, maart 2017, « To be selective or not to be selective? That is the question for tax measures under State aid rules », met Kim Gillade, Competition Law Insight, december 2016,  “Lufthansa’s new surcharging policy raises concerns”, E-Commerce Law & Policy, August 2015, “Flying high – the first three French aviation aid schemes have been approved”, Competition Law Insight, 9th June 2015, p. 12,  “Access to facilities in the transport sector: an overview of EU and national case law”, e- Competitions, July 2014,  “The Leipzig Airport judgment: The application of EU State aid rules to the financing of airport infrastructure”, Journal of Airport Management, October 2011; “Incentives and Aids for the development of routes under EU law: Practical guide for airports and airlines”. She also worked in 2017 with Oxera on the drafting of a study on the assessment of significant market power in the airport sector for ACI.

She is a regular speaker at conferences (Committee of Regions, CONNECT, Assembly of Regions) and gives lectures on State aid in the air transport sector at the University of Sorbonne-Pantheon and the Ecole Nationale d'Aviation Civile (Toulouse). She is recommended in State aid and competition law by GCR, Chambers and Legal500.

Julien Mallard

Julien Mallard

Vice President Network Planning & Scheduling Medium-Haul
Air France, Hop! & Joon

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With strong background in Revenue Management (5 years), Julien has been optimizing the Air France network since November 2013.

Initially in charge of Long-Haul scheduling, he’s now heading a team of 17 people, doing Network planning and scheduling for Air France, Hop! & Joon short/medium-haul network.

His tools: more than 150 Aircrafts, from 50-seater to A321 (212-seater).

Highly creative, looking for continuous innovation and challenging existing processes, he’s driving the Air France network into significant changes and business development.

Dea Matchavariani

Dea Matchavariani

Chief Business Development Officer
United Airports of Georgia

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A Greek/Georgian national, Dea Matchavariani joined the aviation industry 12 years ago in Greece, starting her career in aviation as an airline frontline in Athens, in 2005.

Before joining United Airports of Georgia, Dea gained her experience by working in positions of Head of Sales in Greece, Country Manager in United Kingdom and Commercial Director in Georgia for different airlines.

Dea joined United Airports of Georgia in 2015 and has been responsible for route development of airports in Georgia, and in particular Kutaisi International Airport.

Idan Maymon

Idan Maymon

Manager Economics & Budget Department
Israel Airports Authority

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Idan Maymon began working at the Israel Airports Authority in 1994. He has filled several different positions including Manager of Economic and Budget Department, Senior Assistant to the CEO, Logistics Manager, and Senior Economist. He is currently Manager of Economic and Budget Department since 2008. His responsibilities include: preparation of yearly budget on Opex and Capex, costing projects, auditing departmental budgets and forecasting departmental costs.

He is currently working on: Financial management of the new Ramon airport in southern Israel, Aeronautical rates and charges, Economic and financial evaluation of new projects, Developing a Total Cost of Ownership model to be utilized for all IAA projects, Evaluating changes in the IAA financial IT infrastructure, Air Service Development of the new Ramon Airport, Prior to working in the IAA, he was in the Ministry of Transportation.

Idan is an MBA graduate from the University of Haifa in Israel.  Mr. Maymon joined the ACI World Economics Committee in 2011 and was Chair 2014-2016.

Kirill Mayorov

Kirill Mayorov

Airline Marketing Manager
Bombardier

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Kirill Mayorov was appointed to his current position as Airline Marketing Manager for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in 2012.

Mr. Mayorov supports commercial aircraft marketing activities throughout Russia and the CIS. He has 12 years of experience in the aviation industry.

Mr. Mayorov has held roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of aircraft engineering, airline business planning, corporate strategy and aircraft leasing. He started his career in aviation as a Design Engineer at the Boeing Company followed by Senior Analyst position at KD avia airline, Business Planning Department. Before joining Bombardier Mr. Mayorov held various positions at Aeroflot Group, Corporate Strategy Department and Aeroflot’ subsidiary airline Donavia. In the latter post, Mr. Mayorov was leading Business Planning Department and Leasing Department at Donavia.

 

Mr. Mayorov holds Master’s Degree in Engineering, Robots and Robotic Systems from Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

Anna Milanese

Anna Milanese

General Manager
Cuneo Airport

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Anna Milanese, General Manager, Cuneo Airport

With a professional background experience in tour operating, Anna has been in the Aviation Industry for almost 14 years, covering different roles.

Since the end of 2015 she has been General Manager at Cuneo Airport with the target of developing and giving to the company a strong business oriented profile and higher organisation efficiency.

Determination and entrepreneurial spirit have enabled Anna to develop a low-cost oriented mindset and a capacity to adapt to external circumstances in order to successfully face the increasing competitiveness of the markets.

Holding a MBA Master in Marketing of Tourism after the University Degree, she loves to be an ambassador of her when travelling. Anne is the proud mother of two children.

Johannes Mohrmann

Johannes Mohrmann

Senior Manager Key Account & Business Development
Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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When Johannes Mohrmann joined the berlin airports aviation marketing team in 2013 he had already kerosine running in his veins. In the beginning, as Manager Airline Marketing and Tourism, he was looking after tourism-focused airlines and was also in charge of the cooperation with the travel trade industry. In 2015, he became Senior Manager Key Account and Business Development. Since then, he is in charge of many airlines at TXL and SXF airport as well as for business development in northern Asia, Eastern Europe and Germany.

Oliver Newton

Oliver Newton

Network Planner
Transavia

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After studying economics and having 5 years’ experience in Air Traffic control, Oliver took the position of Network Planner at Transavia in November 2015. Now as the most senior Network Planner in the company he is responsible for the route network from the Netherlands as well as determining the long term network and fleet strategy.

Niall O’Connor

Niall O’Connor

Director of Route Development
Ryanair

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Niall O’Connor joined Ryanair in 2005 as the Special Projects Manager reporting to the Chief Executive, and then became Head of Schedule Planning. In his current role as Director of Route Development he is responsible for commercial negotiations and route development with airports across the airline’s network.

Prior to joining Ryanair, Niall was a management consultant with Andersen and an analyst with Irish Continental Group plc..

Nick Preston

Nick Preston

Chief Analyst
anna.aero

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Nick Preston began his career in aviation in 2005, following the completion of a BA (Hons) degree in Communication at Bournemouth University. After more than four years in the parts trading side of the industry with Channel Express/Jet2.com and then Triumph Group, he completed a Masters in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University in 2009/10. In 2011 he joined UK low cost airline bmibaby, working as a Pricing/Revenue Analyst in the Revenue Management team, before leaving for a role as an Interline Pricing Analyst with Virgin Atlantic in 2012. Before joining anna.aero as Chief Analyst in October 2017, he worked for Aircraft Commerce magazine for five years, including three years as Assistant Editor.

Christophe Ritter

Christophe Ritter

General Manager
Milanamos SAS

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Christophe Ritter is the co-founder and Managing Director of Milanamos, the market leading European firm in aviation intelligence and route development with its unique tool PlanetOptim.Future.

Christophe joined the airline industry twenty years ago, gaining his experience in network planning and revenue optimisation with a large European network carrier. He later worked for a major US based information and technology firm as a consultant and later as a Senior Partner within the organisation, working in North and Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East regions. Christophe also had the opportunity to work on various challenges such as route development, network and fleet planning, airline restructuring (including under Chapter 11), alliances and joint-ventures, pricing and revenue management.

In 2013, Christophe decided to co-found Milanamos to both meet the growing demand for an integrated multimodal network planning and optimisation solutions, but also to help airlines and airports with a route development tool, based on his ten years’ experience consulting with international airlines.

Alberto Scanu

Alberto Scanu

Chief Executive Officer
Cagliari Airport

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Born in Cagliari on 8th July 1967, Sergey attended compulsory education and Classical High school before obtaining his Law Degree in 1991 with top marks and honors.

From 1991 to  1996 he worked as an assistant to the Chair of Commercial and Banking Law at the faculty of Economics of the University of Cagliari.

He is Chief Executive Officer and member of a number of firms operating in the real estate field, in construction, health, production of electricity from renewable energy sources and ICT.

Since November 2012 he is Chairman of Confindustria Sardegna.

Since May 2008 he is a member and a representative of the Sardinian entrepreneurial system, the Consulta Regionale for scientific research and technological innovation of the Sardinia Region. Since July 2017 he is Chairman of the Sardinia Digital Innovation Hub.

Iain Smith

Iain Smith

Airports Director
RDC Aviation

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Iain Smith is the Director responsible for the airport segment at RDC.

He has spent over 15 years in commercial aviation, having originally started on the airline side of the industry before joining RDC. Iain specialises in air service development and airline performance which makes him a natural specialist in RDC’s Apex route analysis platform.

Laura Sogli

Laura Sogli

Network Analysis Manager
Milan Malpensa Airport

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After a first experience in the field of travel studies, Laura entered the aviation world soon after finishing her Master’s Degree. She joined SEA, the Airport Operator of Italy’s second biggest airport system, a couple of years before the opening of Malpensa Hub which she had the privilege to experience.

Laura then moved to the Commercial Department in 2006 and is currently in charge of the Network Analysis Department of the Aviation Business Development for the same Company and same Airport System, but with quite different perspectives and absolutely different challenges.

Ulrich Theis

Ulrich Theis

Director Traffic Development
Munich Airport

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Ulrich Theis serves Munich Airport as Director Traffic Development in charge of the Americas, the Russian speaking world, Eastern Europe, Portugal and Spain. Prior to his current function Ulrich was in charge of International Training and consulting at the Munich Airport Academy with regular missions to Oman.

By education, Ulrich is an aviation lawyer with a specialization in Aviation Policy. He studied Law at the Leiden University in the Netherlands and holds an Advanced LL.M. in International Air & Space Law, obtained from the International Institute of Air & Space Law at Leiden University.

Following his academic education, Ulrich worked at the same Institute as Academic Coordinator in charge of the aviation education programs of the International Institute of Air & Space Law.

Later he joined the Dutch Ministry of Transportation where he became assistant of the Chief Negotiator for Bilateral Air Services Agreements in The Hague.

Continuing his previous path of aviation education Ulrich was appointed as Training Manager of the World Airport Organization ACI (Airports Council International) in Geneva. At ACI Ulrich was in charge of providing professional airport training to the ACI Member Airports. He gained substantial experience in training needs analysis, course development and the global distribution of ACI training products.

Andrew Van Der Feltz

Andrew Van Der Feltz

Director Business Development
Expedia.Com

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As Senior Director for the EMEA and APAC regions at Expedia Media Solutions, Andrew drives business development and sales for the growing display advertising space. His team works closely with agencies, destination marketing organizations, hotel and airline partners in the region. Prior to joining Expedia Media Solutions in 2016, he worked with travel focused organizations such as the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) and VisitScotland.

Andy studied Marketing and French in Scotland, continued his postdoc education at the Institute of Marketing in Edinburgh, and attended the Executive Educational Programme in General Management at the London Business School.

Ilza Xhelo

Ilza Xhelo

Chief Commercial Officer
Ernest Airlines

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Between 2005 and 2013 Ilza Xhelo held various management positions at Belle Air, Albanian airline. She was also the Commercial Director of Belle Air Europe, Italian airline.

In her current role as CCO, Ilza is responsible for achieving company sales goals, by directing all company sales and marketing activities. She is also in charge of route network, revenue management, product and brand definition and strategic development.

Tornike Zirakishvili

Tornike Zirakishvili

Acting First Deputy of the Administration
Georgian National Tourism Administration

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Acting Deputy Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA)

Head of Convention and Exhibition Bureau of Georgia, Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA)

Tornike Zirakishvili is the Acting Deputy Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration, and the Head of Convention and Exhibition Bureau of Georgia (part of GNTA). Before that time, for several years, he has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Department of the Americas. 

Within his scope of work in the tourism sector, Mr. Zirakisvhili has coordinated the team responsible for the development of the Georgia Tourism Strategy 2025, the creation of Georgia’s first Convention Bureau, and has been a speaker at several UN World Tourism Organization events, including, Destination Branding - “Innovative ideas to attract tourist” and Global Conference on Wine Tourism. 

Mr. Zirakishvili holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management from University of West Georgia (USA), and a Master’s degree also in Business Management.