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. Since then he has worked for clients such as SkyEurope and dba, lectured at various establishments and is now Chief Analyst for anna.aero.
“I am delighted and honoured to have been asked for the second time to chair CONNECT here in Ajaccio. As a presenter at this important event for over a decade, I have seen the event grow each year in importance and significance. Despite some favourable winds the air transport industry continues to face many challenges, both from within and also from external factors. During this year's event I shall be looking to ensure that delegates get the best possible information from the presenters and panellists that have been brought together here in Ajaccio. I look forward to seeing you all, if not during the formal presentations, then at one of CONNECT's many wonderful social events."