Aviation Develop Africa

AviaDev Africa

April 2020 – Africa


Day Three- Friday 26th April

At-a-glance →

07:30 - 08:30

Morning Charity Run

AviaDev and our sponsors Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO), Embraer and ADB Safegate, will together donate ZAR 800 for every runner that participates. This will enable our chosen charity, the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) to provide 12 school children with 2 daily nutritious meals for a month.

We are aiming to donate a maximum of ZAR 40,000 which will be sufficient to provide over 80 children with 2 daily meals for an entire calendar year.

  • All entrants will receive a branded t-shirt
  • All fitness levels welcome
  • The route is flat and can be adapted to all capabilities
  • No need to RSVP. Just remember to pack your running gear

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome Back

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev

09:10 - 10:00

Airline Commercial Session

Moderated by:

Agness Chaila
Aviation Development Director, AviaDev

How can airports/ destinations position themselves to develop new air services?

What frustrations do airlines face when network planning in Africa?


Martin Gitonga
Head of Network Planning and Alliances, Kenya Airways

Ben Kakonda
Senior Manager: Network Planning, Pricing & Revenue Management, Air Namibia

Richard Kyereh
Head of Commercial, Africa World Airlines

Nowel Ngala
Commercial Director, ASKY airline

10:00 - 10:15


The mission at DRONAMICS is to democratize airfreight and lower the cost of shipping in emerging markets.

To achieve this, they are developing a new type of cargo airplane – small, unmanned and extremely fuel efficient. It can transport 350 KG over 2,500 KM for a cost that's 50%+ lower than other airplanes. It flies autonomously, can be monitored and managed remotely via satellite, and the whole system costs less than a sports car.

At first, it didn't sound possible, but we keep proving it is, which is why we've called it “The Black Swan”. It can land on short and unpaved runways, enabling on-demand point-to-point flights and speedy same-day delivery even to the most remote locations that would otherwise take days to reach over ground or sea.

We are starting with domestic air networks in African, Asian and Latin American countries with fleets of the Black Swan, taking advantage of the multitude of small airfields that are often unused, training local personnel as drone and logistics operators, and partnering with local industry to provide a valuable lifeline of getting goods in and out of small, remote, mountainous and/or island communities within hours at a cost that is often below even road transportation.

A technology like this can transform whole economies. Join us and get inspired

Svilen Rangelov
Co-Founder and CEO, Dronamics

10:15 - 11:00

Financing airport infrastructure in Africa

Moderated by:

Koen Brinkman
Director of Airport Strategy and Studies at NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants

Where is the money coming from?

What are the relative merits of different funding sources?

The role of government in financing.

Olivier Baric
Director Africa, EGIS Airport Operation

Moritz Breickmann
Investment Director, AIIM (African Infrastructure Investment Managers)

Nicolas Deviller
Deputy CEO- Ravinala Airports - Madagascar. ADP International Project Director

Alexander Herring
Private Sector Liaison Officer, World Bank Group

Fundi Sithebe
Chief Operating Officer, ACSA (Airports Company, South Africa)

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 - 11:35

Focus on innovation. The airport of the future

Mr. Silin Yuan, Vice President of Industry Marketing & Solution in Huawei Enterprise Business Group will present how Huawei is utilizing technology to streamline and improve airport operations globally.

Silin Yuan
Vice President, Industry Marketing & Solution, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

11:35 - 12:20

Technology's role in driving aviation profitability

Moderated by

Tim-Jasper Schaaf
Director Marketing & Sales, IATA (International Air Transport Association)


Marco van Ieperen
Head of Airline Partnerships, Kiwi.com

Noel Connolly
SVP, Head of Global Sales, Airline and Hospitality at CellPoint Mobile

Bongani Twala
Regional General Manager, Honeywell

Silin Yuan
Vice President, Industry Marketing & Solution, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

12:20 - 12:30

AviaDev Future Leaders

After a rigorous selection process, we have selected three rising aviation stars who will propose their solutions for a more connected and profitable African aviation industry.

Introduced by:

Refilwe Ledwaba
Founder and Executive Director, Women & Aviation

AviaDev Future Leaders

Kutloana Sebetlela
AviaDev Ambassador

Kgomotso Mokwena
AviaDev Ambassador

Shingai George
AviaDev Ambassador

12:30 - 12:55

One-to-one interview and presentation of the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award

Raphael Kuuchi
Special Envoy on Aero-political Affairs, IATA

In conversation with:

Chris Zweigenthal
Chief Executive, Airlines Association of Southern Africa

12:55 - 13:00

Closing remarks

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 17:30

One-to-one pre arranged meeting sessions