Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi

Founding & Executive Chairman Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA)

Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi is the Founding and Executive Chairman of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A seasoned industry professional. Alnaqbi has almost 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and sits on the board of a number of international aviation industry companies.

He entered the industry as vice-president Finance & Administration with the UAE’s Head of State flight operations. In this role he became involved with VIP air transportation, and was the founder of Royal Jet, now one of the world’s most award-winning VIP aviation operators. During this period he realised that there was a poor knowledge of business aviation in the region and in 2006 began identifying stakeholders to create MEBAA.

With his experience spanning aircraft purchase, sale, lease and VIP interior completion Alnaqbi’s knowledge base makes him a valued contributor to the business aviation industry and has used that experience for MEBAA to represent the industry across the Middle East and North Africa.

Credited with encouraging members of the industry in the MENA region into a tremendous growth rate by breaking barriers for effective communication among members and working to gain greater awareness of the role of business aviation among the region’s governments.

In 2007 he was elected to represent MEBAA on the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) governing board and in 2017 was elected Vice Chairman of the organisation.

Alnaqbi and MEBAA have spread their influence for business aviation into humanitarian fields with support for the World Food Programme (WFP) fight against hunger through the creation of a Fly & Feed donation programme. He is a regular speaker at business aviation conferences and is a recognised authority around the world.

Alexandre de Juniac

Director General and CEO, AITA


Alexandre de Juniac became the 7th person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO on Sept 1, 2016. 

De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government. 

De Juniac served as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM (2013-2016) and prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under his leadership, Air France and Air France-KLM underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance. He has also served on the IATA Board of Governors (2013-2016). 

De Juniac has broad aviation sector experience, including 14 years at French aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation company Thales, and its predecessor companies Thompson-CSF and Thompson SA (1995-2009). In his last position at Thales, de Juniac was responsible for the company's operations and sales in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

De Juniac has also held positions in the French government. His career began with the Conseil d'Etat (State Council) from 1988 to 1993. Subsequently, he served in the Department of Budget (1993-1995); and in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011). 

A French citizen, De Juniac was born in 1962. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and Ecole Nationale de l'Administration. At IATA, he will work from both the association's main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland.


Sebastian Scholte

Chairman, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)


Sebastian Scholte, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jan de Rijk Logistics, is the new Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

Scholte, who has been TIACA Vice Chairman for two and a half years, takes over from Sanjiv Edward, Head of Cargo Business, Delhi International Airport.

“TIACA is, and will be, the only organization covering the whole air cargo supply chain, and in order to stay and become more relevant we will now work on becoming more agile and engaging more with our membership base,” said Scholte on his new appointment.

“There is a need for more transparency and visibility across the supply chain and TIACA can play a role in facilitating this. In addition, we must ensure we are motivating the next generation of air cargo leaders and you can expect to see TIACA putting an emphasis on training and encouraging young people to join the industry.”

Scholte has worked in the air freight industry for over 20 years, including for Aeromexico, where he was Vice President Sales.

He held senior management roles with Cargolux for eight years from 2002 and took over as CEO at Jan de Rijk Logistics in 2010.He holds a Global Executive MBA from the IESE Business School and has been Chairman of the Cool Chain Association.

TIACA is a global not-for-profit trade association representing all the major segments of the air cargo and air logistics industry – combination and allcargo airlines, forwarders, airports, ground handlers, road carriers, customs brokers, logistics companies, shippers, IT companies, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, trade press, and educational institutions.

Andrew Herdman

Director General, AAPA


Andrew Herdman has held the position of Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) since November 2004. 

In this role, he is committed to expanding the role of the Association as the leading trade organization for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, addressing a wide range of both regional and global policy issues affecting the industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable growth of international civil aviation. 

Prior to joining the AAPA, Herdman held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, the parent company of Cathay Pacific Airways, with other diverse interests in aviation, property, beverages, marine services, trading and industrial sectors, predominantly based in the Greater China region, most recently as Director Corporate Affairs at Swire Pacific and a Director of the parent holding company, John Swire & Sons.

Herdman spent much of his earlier career in a variety of senior aviation- related roles with Cathay Pacific Airways and its associated companies, including: Managing Director, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Managing Director of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO), Chairman of Xiamen-based TAECO; Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo; Director and General Manager of ABACUS, and a board member of Worldspan.

Herdman is a graduate of Oxford University, with BA (Honors) and a post- graduate BPhil in management studies. Married with two daughters, he also enjoys tennis, sailing and hiking.


Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu industry.

President, ICAO Council

Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu is the 5th and current President of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council having been re-elected by acclamation on Nov. 21, 2016, after initially assuming the post in 2014.From January 2005 to December 2013, Dr. Aliu was the Representative of Nigeria on the ICAO Council. He served as the governing body's First Vice-President and as Chairman of both its Technical Co-operation and Finance Committees.

He also served as Chairman of the ICAO Council Working Group on Governance and Efficiency (WGGE) and as Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the ICAO Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa (AFI Plan).

Dr. Aliu graduated in 1983 with MSc. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Kiev Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers. He obtained a PhD in 1987. He holds an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's License with multiple ratings and is an ICAO certified SMS Instructor. He holds an IATA Diploma in Civil Aviation Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Air and Space Law from McGill University, Canada.

Dr. Aliu's extensive professional experience in civil aviation spans over 30 years. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of safety oversight, economic regulation and negotiations of bilateral and multilateral agreements, including as Chief Airworthiness Surveyor, Director Air Transport Regulation and Technical Adviser to the Minister of Aviation.

He played an active role in the formulation of the National Civil Aviation Policy leading to commercialization, liberalization and institution of competition and consumer protection programs in the Nigerian air transport industry

Hani El- Assad

President, Middle East, India & Africa, (MEIA) SITA


Hani El-Assaad was appointed President, Middle East, India & Africa (MEIA), in March 2012. 

Prior to this, Hani was Regional Vice President, Sales and Relationship Management SITA, covering the Middle East and North Africa, a role he held from 2006. 

Hani joined SITA in 1995 as Sales Manager for the Middle East and ascended from Regional Sales Director in 1998 to Vice President Business Management Network Services for Middle East and Africa. Hani has a strong background in sales, business finance and marketing. 

He holds a Master’s degree in economics from St. Joseph University, Beirut and an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Montreal. He is based in Beirut, Lebanon. 

SITA is the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions. 

SITA delivers and manages business solutions for airline, airport, GDS, government and other customers over the world’s most extensive network, which forms the communications backbone of the global air transport industry.


Peter Harbison

Executive Chairman, CAPA - Centre for Asia Pacic Aviation


Peter Harbison is Executive Chairman of CAPA-Centre for Aviation (formerly the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation), which is today the world’s largest publisher of B2B commercial aviation information and analysis. Peter established CAPA in 1990. It now produces the leading range of executive analysis, numerous newsletters, data and information reports, covering the global airport, air navigation services and airline industries. CAPA’s Knowledge Centre also presents major conferences on key aviation topics and provides education and training courses for the aviation and tourism industries.

Peter is an aviation lawyer, consultant and commentator on industry issues. He frequently speaks at industry events and presents private high-level executive briefings to airlines, airports, suppliers and consultants.

His career in aviation comprises more than 40 years, in government and in industry, including two years with the Australian mission to the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal and 10 years at a senior level in the International Air Transport Association, IATA, in Geneva.

Over the past 20 years, he has conducted more than 200 consultancy projects in aviation, including airport privatizations, airline startups, strategy formulation and regulatory development.

Peter was formerly Chairman of IATA’s World Aviation Regulation Monitoring Group, President of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and an IATA Travel Agency Commissioner. 

He holds LLBs from Melbourne and London Universities and LLM (McGill)

Capt. Tim Canoll

President, Air Line Pilots Association


Captain Tim Canoll (Delta) is the 10th president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents more than 54,000 professional airline pilots in the United States and Canada, and is the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world. 

He was elected by the union's Board of Directors on Oct. 22, 2014, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2015.

As ALPA's chief executive and administrative officer, Captain Canoll oversees daily operations of the Association and presides over the meetings of ALPA's governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also the chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots' views in the airline industry before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, airline and other business executives, and also the news media.

Captain Canoll is a Delta MD-88 captain based in Atlanta, having also flown the B-727, L1011, and the B-767/757. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1982, and a former Navy Reserve F/A-18 Strike Fighter Squadron commanding officer. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a captain in 2008.

Kapil Kaul

CEO, South Asia,

Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA)

Kapil Kaul is the Chief Executive Officer, South Asia of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) and is based in the New Delhi office which was established in 2003. He is responsible for the delivery of all India-based consulting and research projects. He has nearly 25 years’ experience in the aviation and hospitality industry.

Kaul’s previous roles include that of Product Manager, ITC-Welcomgroup; Vice President, East West Airlines; Chief General Manager, Air Sahara; Vice President, Crown Air; Project Advisor, Kuoni Travel Holdings; and Consultant, Aviation Resources Group. He is member of the CII’s national committee on aviation, Goodwill Ambassdor of Saarc Tourism Council, Academic Council Member of UPES, Vice-President of Apama India and Member of the advisory board of Kuoni Travel Academy.

A BSc holder from Kashmir University, Kaul ranked in an ITC management programme and holds IATA certifications. Kaul is married and has a daughter. He speaks Hindi and English and is a keen sportsman, writer and an aviation commentator.

Kaul provides incisive analysis on aviation markets in the region. On India’s growth story, he states “We expect domestic growth in FY16 at about 15 percent. We are seeing a combination of economic recovery and lower fares due to falling fuel prices. Lower fares are stimulating growth to higher-than- expected levels and will continue in the near term especially in the September quarter but impact on yields is visible.”