Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi

Founding Chairman, MEBAA

Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi is the Founding & Executive Chairman of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Alnaqbi has over 26 years of experience in the aviation industry. Since 2007, Alnaqbi is an elected member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and currently sits on the board of a number of International companies in the business aviation industry.

Alnaqbi began his career in the high-profile segment of VIP air transportation as Head of State Flight Operations, Presidential Flight, as the Vice President of Finance & Administration, before diversifying his interest into business aviation with a specific emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa region. This culminated with the creation of Royal Jet in 2003, a business aviation venture ofwhich hewasthe Founding Managing Director.

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. Through founding MEBAAin 2006, Alnaqbi has led the MENA region into a tremendous growth rate by breaking barriers for effective communication among members ofthe business aviation industry.

His dedication to the field extends to humanitarian initiatives such as supporting the World Food Program's (WFP) fight against hunger through the creation ofthe Fly& Feed donation program in partnershipwith MEBAA.

Alnaqbi is an eloquent speakerand has contributed tovarious industryforums and media pieces.

 

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

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.

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)

Kapil Kaul

CEO, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation(CAPA)

South Asia

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

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.

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.

 

Abdul Wahab Teffaha

Secretary General-Arab Air Carriers Organisation

After completing his post-graduate studies in Socio-Economic Development & Political Sociology, Abdul Wahab Teffaha joined the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) as assistant tariff analyst and rose up to the ranksto become the Assistant Secretary General in 1992.

In June of 1996, he was elected Secretary General of AACO and still serves in this capacity.

Teffaha played a key role in developing a new strategy for AACO based on delivering specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound resultsto AACO memberairlines.

Joint projects between AACO members were quickly launched and include, to date, projects that deal with distribution agreements, ground handling, fuel, training, and MRO cooperation. Teffaha also leads AACO on all industryrelated issues.

AACO is a non-political, nonprofit organization founded in 1965 with 30 constituent airline members from 18 countries.

 

Nabil Sultan

Divisional Senior Vice President

Emirates SkyCargo

Nabil Sultan has been working for the Emirates  Group  since  1990  and  is currently the Divisional Senior Vice President of Emirates Skycargo at Emirates Airline, a position he was entrusted since 2013.

He began his career with Emirates right after completing his Computer Science and Management Information Systems degree from the University of Portland in Oregon, USA.

The Emirati business executive, who also sits in the board of the influential The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), credits Emirates for giving him the opportunity to continuously grow in the industry.

He has held various major management positions throughout his nearly three decadeswith Emirates.

“I have been very fortunate in having been able to participate in the Emirates Management Training Programme that allowed me exposure to different aspects of the business and provided me with a strong learning opportunity,” Sultan shared.

An enthusiastic learner, Sultan says starting from the ranks is a good foundation to take on higher respons- ibilitieswhen opportunities knock.

 

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