Day One - Tuesday 10 October

8:30 – 9:30

Registration and Refreshments

9:30 – 9:40

Welcome Remarks

9:40 – 9:50

Official Opening

9:50 – 10:10

One-to-one interview: What the future holds for African aviation

Girma Wake
Chairman, RwandAir

Girma Wake

Chairman, RwandAir

10:10 – 10:45

Air Service Development Masterclass

Sabine Reim
Senior Vice President, Airline Network Strategy – InterVISTAS Consulting

Sabine Reim

Senior Vice President, Airline Network Strategy – InterVISTAS Consulting

Sabine leads InterVISTAS’ Air Service Development Practice and works with airport clients worldwide to develop their air access, including Africa. She specializes in air service network strategies and route development for airports.

Prior to joining InterVISTAS, Sabine spent 17 years with British Airways. Her career with the airline included positions in Network Development, Strategy, Revenue Management and Customer Services. She led the network development of British Airways’ African, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian routes, and managed route development and airline-airport relationships on British Airways’ transatlantic network. She has a proven track record and first-hand experience of setting up new air service from visualization through to implementation.

Sabine holds a PhD in Economics and Business from the University of Reading, an MSc in International Business from The University of London, and a BA (Hons) in Travel and Tourism Management from Newcastle Business School. She resides in London, United Kingdom.

10:45 – 11:00

How to adopt a collaborative approach to air service development

Paul van den Brink
Cape Air Access- Project Manager

Paul van den Brink

Cape Air Access- Project Manager

11:00 – 11:30

How to embrace e-commerce with IATA’s NDC initiative

Manish Shrivastava
Co-founder and commercial executive, Travel Commerce Solutions Ltd

Manish Shrivastava

Co-founder and commercial executive, Travel Commerce Solutions Ltd

Manish has over 30 years of experience of which 17 years in the travel industry. Starting his career in Finance, where he dealt with debt and equity instruments, he moved to IT and Aviation at the turn of the century. 

Starting his aviation career with Swissair - Passenger Reservation System, he has contributed in various departments within SWISS and Lufthansa Group Airlines including Austrian and Brussels Airlines. As part of his assignments, Manish was involved in Airline Commercial Strategy Process with particular focus on Distribution Channel Management (including GDSs), Direct Distribution and NDC / Retailing. 

Some of his other project were:  Customer Data Analysis for acquiring customers and improving sales;  Customer Relationship Management tool development and management,  Travel Agent Information Portal preparation and roll out; Corporate Booking Tool development by 3rd Party based on Direct Connect technologies

More recently, he has been working closely with and supporting IATA initiatives on NDC & ONE Order. He is also an IATA registered trainer for these topics.

Having done his Management in Finance from India, Manish completed his second Master’s degree in Business Engineering from HWZ, Zurich, Switzerland.

11:30 – 12:15

Development of Airport Infrastructure in Africa

Marcel Langeslag
Senior Airport Consultant and Project Manager, NACO

Marcel Langeslag

Senior Airport Consultant and Project Manager, NACO

As a Senior Airport Consultant and Project Manager in the NACO office in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Langeslag assists airport Clients throughout Africa and beyond. He leads multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams of specialists in delivering bespoke solutions for airports in any stage of their development.

Mr. Langeslag’s expertise ranges from engineering design and project management to feasibility studies and master planning. He has the ability to oversee the relevance and interrelationships of all technical disciplines and the demands of stakeholders involved. His in-depth knowledge of the airport business and development projects enables him deliver outstanding results to airports, both large and small. Mr. Langeslag has been involved with various projects at major international airports around the world including Johannesburg, Cape Town, São Paulo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Taipei, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, as well as a host of smaller airports and airstrips. He holds a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering & Design from Brunel University, London and a Master of Management in Finance & Investment from Wits Business School, Johannesburg. 

12:15 – 13:00

Networking

Networking Lunch

13:00 – 16:00

One-to-One Business Meetings

Pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings based on your personalised meeting diary

Timeslots: 13:00 - 13:20; 13:30 - 13:50; 14:00 - 14:20; 14:30 - 14:50; 15:00 - 15:20; 15:30 - 15:50

16:00 – 18:00

Airport Tour

Bugesera Airport Tour* optional