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
Former CEO, Ethiopian Airlines and Former Chairman, RwandAir

Girma Wake

Former CEO, Ethiopian Airlines and Former Chairman, RwandAir

Jon Howell
Managing Director, AviaDev

Jon Howell

Managing Director, AviaDev

Jon has worked in the field of aviation and tourism in Africa for 6 years, organising events around the continent. Jon is based in Manchester, UK, and has a passion for African aviation and Africa as a whole. Jon founded AviaDev Africa in 2016 as a platform to bring together the aviation and hotel investment communities to create a co-ordinated approach to tourism development on the continent. 

Jon is also a global ambassador for the Gorilla Organisation, a UK based charity raising funds for gorilla conservation. 
 

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 Town Air Access- Project Manager

Paul van den Brink

Cape Town 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. 

Col. Silas Udahemuka
Director General, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority

Col. Silas Udahemuka

Director General, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority

Shamiso Constance Makova
Airports Development Manager, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe

Shamiso Constance Makova

Airports Development Manager, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe

Shamiso Makova has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, 10 of which have been in airport infrastructure development. She was the Project Manager for the recently completed Victoria Falls Airport Development project. During her career she also managed the design and construction of Electricity Distribution projects for the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Currently, ZESA Enterprises)

Sha holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Zimbabwe and recently completed studies for an MSc in Airport Planning and Management with Cranfield University. Shamiso Makova is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe and is a Member of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers

Josiah Mvula
Planning and Business Development Manager, ZambiaAirports Corporation Limited

Josiah Mvula

Planning and Business Development Manager, ZambiaAirports Corporation Limited

12:15 – 13:00

Networking

Networking Lunch

13:00 – 16:30

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

16:30 – 17:00

Airport route development & safety: facts & perception

Tom Kok
Director, AviAssist Foundation

Tom Kok

Director, AviAssist Foundation

For the past 20 years, Tom has been working to connect African aviation professionals to best safety practices that are essential to their work. An important part of that experience is related to transfer of knowledge through training by the AviAssist Foundation.

He is director of the AviAssist Foundation. The AviAssist Foundation is an independent, international, and impartial non-profit that exists to champion the cause of aviation safety in Africa.

Having lived, worked and flown (PPL) in Africa for many years, Tom has gained unique expertise on African aviation safety issues. As a result, he is well versed in the technical as well complex political, social and cultural issues that play an important role in improving aviation safety in Africa. He has facilitated numerous safety trainings and workshops in Africa on a wide variety of subjects, is a regular speaker at meetings and conferences in and on the continent and is founder of the Africa’s only magazine dedicated to safety, SafetyFocus.

Tom is a law graduate of Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a specialisation in Air and Space Law, and pursued African Studies at the same university.

17:00 – 17:30

NEW ARRIVAL: jetWest outline their launch plans

Dikko Nwachukwu
Founder and CEO, jetWest

Dikko Nwachukwu

Founder and CEO, jetWest

Dikko Nwachukwu is passionate about changing the way people travel in Nigeria and West Africa and has created jetWest (FlyjetWest) to solve this. With an education background from the UK and US plus 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience, he was most recently Chief Commercial Officer at Aero Contractors of Nigeria and has been involved in a number of African start ups in transport and technology. 

17:30 – 18:00

NEW ARRIVAL: jet Afrique outline their plans ahead of launch

Theodore Chikelu
Managing Director/ CEO, Jet Afrique

Theodore Chikelu

Managing Director/ CEO, Jet Afrique

A veteran of startup airlines and an expert in route development and the African market development. Mr. Chikelu deliberately focused on the African markets and has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and business development in the whole of African aviation landscape. Theodore Chikelu was very instrumental to the extensive regional and international expansion of Bellview airlines, now called First Nation and the only Airline using airbuses in the Nigerian market now. He was also the project manager regional expansion for Sosoliso airlines, Aero Contractors and Arik air where he rose to the rank of Vice president commercial for the African Market. Mr. Chikelu collaborated with Hassan Zakari of route development initiatives which saw most of the new routes he initiated reaching 80 Per cent load factors within a few months of commencement.

The most glaring example of his work is the rapid shift of Arik air from a $10 million a month operation in 2010 to a $50 million plus a month in revenues by the end of 2012. His wealth of Knowledge of the region and the dynamics of the market will help place Jet Afrique at the fore front of efficient and well run airlines in the contemporary African market. Regulatory authorities and aviation stake holders, who are conversant with Mr. Chikelu’s work in Domestic and regional Aviation development have consistently encouraged him to initiate and establish a credible airline in Nigeria and West/Central Africa. Over the past eight years he has been on the project, developing the strategy and picking a dynamic team of like-minded and goal oriented people who will guarantee the success of the airline.

Hassan Zakari
Chief Commercial officer, jet Afrique

Hassan Zakari

Chief Commercial officer, jet Afrique

20:00 – 23:00

World Travel Awards*

20:00 – 23:00

Networking Reception at Sky Lounge, Urban by CityBlue