Day Two - Wednesday 11 October

7:30

Yoga class or 5km jog* optional

8:00 – 9:30

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15

Welcoming remarks

9:15 – 10:15

The African Economy 2017 - Stagnation or Star Nations?

10:15 – 10:45

Investors’ views on the opportunities in Africa

10:45 – 11:30

Focus on Aviation: Regional African connectivity

Adefunke Adeyemi
Regional Director for Member and External Relations, IATA

Adefunke Adeyemi

Regional Director for Member and External Relations, IATA

Recently identified as one of the 200 Most Influential People of  African Descent (MIPAD) globally in recognition of her achievements, Adefunke Adeyemi is a transformative leader, agent of change and influencer, positively impacting lives and the business environment through her passion, work and initiatives. A product of the prestigious University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, she is a lawyer, advocate and aviation expert, focused on bringing value and international standards to everything she does, especially throughout her career spanning over 18 years.

In her current role as the Regional Director for Member and External Relations of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Africa and Middle East covering 68 countries, she advocates for the overall sustainability and growth of the aviation industry, showcasing the value it brings to business and economies as an enabler and catlyst for development and growth. She is the intermediary between airlines, the wider aviation community, governments and policy makers and the general public. She is responsible for conceptiualising and delivering an ongoing campaign regarding the transformation of Africa’s socio-economic prospects through improved air connectivity across the continent and introducing the concept of Smarter Regulation as a fundamental basis for sustainability.

Adefunke is passionate about Leadership and Innovation. Since joining IATA in 2009, she has been involved in many key industry and leadership initiatives, including being chosen as part of a core group of senior managers tasked with revising the strategic direction of the global aviation industry, the re-organisation of IATA to better meet member and industry needs, and over the past 6 years, has participated as a national delegate at the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to facilitate the global air transport industry position on Environmental issues.

Adefunke heads the Diversity and Inclusion initiative of IATA in Africa and Middle East and before that, led its Women in Leadership initiative in the region.  She is passionate about empowering the female workforce to occupy senior management positions nationally, regionally and globally through mentorship and training, focusing on competence and merit.

She began her career practicing law with F.O. Akinrele & Co., one of the leading law firms in Nigeria and commenced her foray into aviation in 2004 as part of the set up team of Virgin Nigeria Airways, thereafter being appointed as the Head of Legal Services and Company Secretary at just 31. She held that position for 4 years before joining IATA. While at Virgin Nigeria, Funke was nominated to the IATA Industry Affairs Committee, the global committee for inter-airline co-operation and development of global aero-political initiatives for the entire industry.

She joined IATA as the Country Manager for Nigeria and English speaking West Africa, where she helped achieve many ‘firsts’, including helping secure the ‘Abuja Declaration’ for global standards in African aviation safety and security, as well as developing and implementing a robust financial programme for ticket sales for airlines and travel agents in Nigeria and Ghana.

Funke obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom after reading Law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Nanyang Business School, NTU, Singapore, during which she simultaneously completed a collaborative Advanced Management Program in Aviation, Leadership and Innovation between the Nanyang Business School, Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Adefunke is a member of the African Ledership Network, an Associate of the worldwide Institude of Directors and member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. She enjoys travelling, running (being an active member of the Road Warriors running club) and volunteer work including being a co-administrator for ‘Forty For Good’, a non-profit initiative supporting the Disabled Elderly, Children in Need, Childless Widows and Fertility. She is an accomplished public speaker. 

Chance Ndagano
Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir

Chance Ndagano

Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir

A pilot by profession, he brings to the airline over 20 years of experience in aviation management having worked previously in Akagera Aviation as the Chief Operations Officer and served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA). He also holds a Bachelor’s (Hons) Degree in Aviation Science and a commercial pilot license with instrument rating (CPL/IR).

 

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 12:30

The battle for West Africa’s skies

Alex Nwuba
CEO, Smile Air

Alex Nwuba

CEO, Smile Air

Adefunke Adeyemi
Regional Director for Member and External Relations, IATA

Adefunke Adeyemi

Regional Director for Member and External Relations, IATA

Recently identified as one of the 200 Most Influential People of  African Descent (MIPAD) globally in recognition of her achievements, Adefunke Adeyemi is a transformative leader, agent of change and influencer, positively impacting lives and the business environment through her passion, work and initiatives. A product of the prestigious University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, she is a lawyer, advocate and aviation expert, focused on bringing value and international standards to everything she does, especially throughout her career spanning over 18 years.

In her current role as the Regional Director for Member and External Relations of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Africa and Middle East covering 68 countries, she advocates for the overall sustainability and growth of the aviation industry, showcasing the value it brings to business and economies as an enabler and catlyst for development and growth. She is the intermediary between airlines, the wider aviation community, governments and policy makers and the general public. She is responsible for conceptiualising and delivering an ongoing campaign regarding the transformation of Africa’s socio-economic prospects through improved air connectivity across the continent and introducing the concept of Smarter Regulation as a fundamental basis for sustainability.

Adefunke is passionate about Leadership and Innovation. Since joining IATA in 2009, she has been involved in many key industry and leadership initiatives, including being chosen as part of a core group of senior managers tasked with revising the strategic direction of the global aviation industry, the re-organisation of IATA to better meet member and industry needs, and over the past 6 years, has participated as a national delegate at the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to facilitate the global air transport industry position on Environmental issues.

Adefunke heads the Diversity and Inclusion initiative of IATA in Africa and Middle East and before that, led its Women in Leadership initiative in the region.  She is passionate about empowering the female workforce to occupy senior management positions nationally, regionally and globally through mentorship and training, focusing on competence and merit.

She began her career practicing law with F.O. Akinrele & Co., one of the leading law firms in Nigeria and commenced her foray into aviation in 2004 as part of the set up team of Virgin Nigeria Airways, thereafter being appointed as the Head of Legal Services and Company Secretary at just 31. She held that position for 4 years before joining IATA. While at Virgin Nigeria, Funke was nominated to the IATA Industry Affairs Committee, the global committee for inter-airline co-operation and development of global aero-political initiatives for the entire industry.

She joined IATA as the Country Manager for Nigeria and English speaking West Africa, where she helped achieve many ‘firsts’, including helping secure the ‘Abuja Declaration’ for global standards in African aviation safety and security, as well as developing and implementing a robust financial programme for ticket sales for airlines and travel agents in Nigeria and Ghana.

Funke obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom after reading Law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Nanyang Business School, NTU, Singapore, during which she simultaneously completed a collaborative Advanced Management Program in Aviation, Leadership and Innovation between the Nanyang Business School, Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Adefunke is a member of the African Ledership Network, an Associate of the worldwide Institude of Directors and member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. She enjoys travelling, running (being an active member of the Road Warriors running club) and volunteer work including being a co-administrator for ‘Forty For Good’, a non-profit initiative supporting the Disabled Elderly, Children in Need, Childless Widows and Fertility. She is an accomplished public speaker. 

12:30 – 13:00

The importance of data. How airports and airlines can use data to make better decisions

Gad Wavomba
Principal Consultant Africa, Sabre

Gad Wavomba

Principal Consultant Africa, Sabre

Current Role:  Gad is a member of Pricing & Revenue Management practice. He is involved with projects related to Revenue Management & Pricing product implementations and strategic business consulting. Gad provides advisory to C-level global airline leadership teams while functioning as a liaison with clients for medium to large projects. He now leads consulting initiatives across Africa to provide value to Airlines in the region.

Client Experience:  Gad has worked with global carriers in Africa, Asia and India developing strategies to maximize revenue and apply industry best practices across commercial groups. His areas of expertise revolve around Revenue Management, group management, RM O&D, Organization Structure, Commercial Management, SPA’s, Network Planning, and KPIs/Reporting.

Education: A certified multi-engine private pilot, Gad has a Masters of Business from Aston Business School in Birmingham, United Kingdom and undergraduate studies Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, United States.

Other Experience:  Prior to joining consulting, Gad held positions at Southwest Airlines, America’s largest domestic airline, in Network Planning and Revenue Management. Gad’s career includes Network Planning experience at Continental Airlines and Arik Air in Nigeria. 

13:00 – 13:30

The national carrier conundrum. An impediment to or catalyst for economic success?

Moderated by:

Martin Jansen van Vuuren
Director, Grant Thornton

Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Director, Grant Thornton

Martin is a director at Grant Thornton and for the past 19 years has specialised in advisory services to the tourism, hospitality and leisure industry throughout Africa.  The advisory services include feasibility studies, economic impact studies, financial and business evaluations, market research, strategy and transaction advice to both the public and private sector.  Martin has completed various assignments to assess the viability of air access routes, the feasibility of airport developments and the economic impact of these developments

In conversation with:

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Hervé Gueusquin
Senior Manager, FlyART Airline of Chad

Hervé Gueusquin

Senior Manager, FlyART Airline of Chad

Richard Kyereh
Acting Head of Commercial, Africa World Airlines

Richard Kyereh

Acting Head of Commercial, Africa World Airlines

Mr. Richard Kyereh has been the Acting Head of Commercial since July, 2016, having joined AWA in December 2015 as the Deputy Head of Commercial. He served in various capacities during his 8-year stint with Antrak Air, starting as a Project/Safety Officer in 2007 and exiting as the Head of Commercial in 2015. During that period, he gained valuable experience in Airline Competitive Strategies, Quality Management, Marketing, Distribution and Airport Operations. He is a man of many hats, with proven skills in airline management; project management; supply chain and operations management; and contract negotiations. He has an enviable understanding of the West African travel market: knowledge that is priceless in AWA’s strategy of regional network expansion. Richard actively shares his expertise through speaking engagements at aviation conferences and travel market forums around the continent.

Mr. Kyereh holds two IATA Diplomas in Airline Management and Airline Revenue Accounting and Controls; an MBA in Project Management from GIMPA, ICM-UK Diplomas in Human Resource Management and Financial Management and Alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)  He is a certified member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.

 

Chance Ndagano
Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir

Chance Ndagano

Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir

A pilot by profession, he brings to the airline over 20 years of experience in aviation management having worked previously in Akagera Aviation as the Chief Operations Officer and served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA). He also holds a Bachelor’s (Hons) Degree in Aviation Science and a commercial pilot license with instrument rating (CPL/IR).

 

13:30 – 14:30

Networking lunch

14:30 – 18:00

One-to-one business meetings

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

Timeslots: 14:30 - 14:50 15:00 - 15:20; 15:30 - 15:50; 16:00 - 16:20; 16:30 - 16:50; 17:00 - 17:20; 17:30-17:50