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GAD 2016 - Global Airport Development Conference

23 Years As The World's Leading Airport Development & Finance Event

November 2016

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John became Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow Airport Holdings on 1st July 2014. He was previously Development Director with responsibility for the £1.3bn per annum programme to rebuild Heathrow, including the new Terminal 2, which opened on 4th June 2014. Prior to that, he was Commercial Director with responsibility for airline business development, retail, property, Heathrow Express and passenger experience. Over a 3 year period, Heathrow’s retail income per passenger grew by 10% per annum, and Heathrow was voted the best major Airport in Europe. He is a member of the Executive Committee.

Appointed as Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. Former Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Member of Aviation Development Advisory Committee, Financial Services Development Council and Hong Kong Logistics Development Council. In 2007, Mr Lam was named "Director of the Year" by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors under the category of statutory and non-profit-distributing organisations. In 2011, he was given the Peace through Commerce Medal from the United States Government in recognition of his leadership role in boosting US exports to, and through, Hong Kong.

Eng. Martin Eurnekian is CEO of Corporacion America Aeropuertos, a division of Corporación America that manages 56 airports in Argentina, Armenia, Brasil, Ecuador, Italy, Peru and Uruguay. He has been at Corporacion America the last 17 years since the company entered the airport and infrastructure business. Since then, has held a number of positions and responsibilities in various aspects of the airport and its related businesses. During this time he has managed the life cycle of the airport concessions since bidding, to financing, design, construction and operation.

Having joined Schiphol Group as a Board member in 2008, Jos A. Nijhuis (57) was appointed President & CEO from 1 January 2009 and re-appointed per 2012. He is also non-Executive Director of Aéroports de Paris and Director of the Board of Directors of Brisbane Airport Corporation PTY Ltd. Jos Nijhuis started his career as an accountant and worked for many years (1980-2008) at PricewaterhouseCoopers in various management capacities, most recently as CEO. Jos Nijhuis is a member of the ACI Europe Board and the Executive Committee.

From 2002 to 2007, Edward Arkwright held several positions in the Ministry of Finance on the implementation of budget reform, state reform and public finances. In 2007 he became Director of the Office of the Director General of the Caisse des Dépôts. In 2010, he was appointed Director of Strategy of Caisse des Dépôts Group. Edward Arkwright joined Aéroports de Paris in December 2012 as Director, Special Adviser to the President and CEO. He was appointed Deputy Director General of Finance, Strategy and Administration effective 1 September 2013.

David-Olivier Tarac began his career in 1995 as the Manager Business Unit at Legris Industries. He served as an Analyst at PWC Corporate Finance in 1996-1997 and served as Deputy Director at DCN (Naval shipyards Directorate) in 1998-2000. Respectively he served as Portfolio Manager at the State Public Holdings Agency between 2000-2004, Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group between 2004-2007, Vice President at BNP Paribas between 2007-2008, Senior Project Manager at Roland Berger Consulting Company in 2008. Lastly he served as the Director of Financial Operations and Investments at Aéroports de Paris between 2008 to 2012. Following the acquisition of TAV’s 38% shares by ADP, David Olivier Tarac was appointed as the Deputy CEO at TAV Airports Holding Co., in 2012.


Ms. Jager is Director for Policy Coordination and Security in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, a role she has held this role since 2012. Prior assignments in the Commission, which Ms. Jager joined in 2005, include two Director positions in the former Directorate-General for Energy and Transport; first in leading policy in security for energy and transport (2005-2008) and second in taking responsibility for several fields including policy for international energy and transport, passengers' rights issues, and overall coordination in the Directorate-General (2008-2011).

Mr. Ramalho is currently he is the Executive Secretary of the Presidential Civil Aviation Department (SAC-PR), in charge of high level coordination of government actions to develop civil aviation. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of INFRAERO, Brazil’s Airport Infrastructure Company and the Coordinator of CONAERO, the National Committee of Airport Authorities, a collegiate entity in charge of promoting the coordinated exercise of the competences of all public and private entities and organizations that play a role in Brazilian airports.

Nicolas Notebaert has been working in VINCI Group for 12 years. Consultant to the World Bank in 1994, he held various positions in the Ministry of Public Works between 1995 and 2002, in DDE (Departmental Infrastructure Agencies) and as a member of the cabinet of French Minister for Transportation and Infrastructure (2000 to 2002). He joined VINCI in 2002 before joining VINCI Concessions in 2004 as Director of Business Development, France. In February 2008, he was appointed Chairman of VINCI Airports and became a member of the Executive Committee of VINCI Concessions.

George Casey has more than 29 years of senior leadership and management experience in private and public airport development, capital planning, finance, operations, air service development, commercial management, mergers and acquisitions and privatizations. He has participated in the analysis, assessment and review of more than 165 airports and $7 billion-plus of airport financings. Since becoming President and CEO of Vantage in 2006, he has been responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the company. George has served on or acts as chairman for a number of airport boards worldwide.

Solenne Lepage is Division Director in charge of Transport sector at the APE (French Government Shareholding Agency). She has had a several year experience in the APE, firstly from 2002 to 2004 and since 2009, covering part of the utilities sector until 2012 and Transport sector since then.


In taking the helm of this 10,000 strong company with a combined asset of more than RM10 billion, Datuk Badlisham is responsible for steering the company towards its vision of being a global leader in creating airport cities. He drives the vision by leading the implementation of the KLIA Aeropolis master plan, including building successful partnerships, providing total transport and digital connectivity and ensuring sustainable development of the surrounding environment and community. Datuk Badlisham puts strong emphasis on delighting customers by advocating a culture of continuous innovation and service excellence.

Armina Dielle R. Kapunan obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Philippines in 2009. She practiced commercial law with Picazo Buyco Tan Fider and Santos Law Offices. She was a project development and legal officer for the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), and in such capacity she handled the development and tender of PPP projects, including the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Project and Light Rail Transit Line1 Cavite Extension Project. She is currently an Assistant Secretary for the DOTC.

Daniel Schmucki joined the Finance department of Flughafen Zürich AG in 1999 as Head Controlling and was strongly engaged in the IPO in the year 2000. Also in the year 2000, when the company started its International Airport Activities, Daniel Schmucki was substantially involved in establishing this new business segment. In 2002 he also took over the responsibility for the Treasury and the Investor Relations department. In April 2008 Daniel Schmucki was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Moreover, he is in charge of the Global International Business Development since October 2010.

Victor Manuel Cruz Vega was appointed President of Grupo Odinsa in April of 2011. He holds an MS in Systems Information, Cum Laude, from the University of Madrid and Graduate Studies in Neural Networks at Université d'Orsay - Paris XI as well as a MBA from Comillas Pontifical University iCade, Madrid. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Electricaribe; President of Edechi in Panama; Deorsa in Guatemala; Dissur in Nicaragua and as Executive Vice President of Union Fenosa Colombia. Currently he chairs the board of Opain S.A.

Macky Tall oversees the team in charge of all infrastructure investment activities at la Caisse, in Québec and elsewhere in the world. Under his leadership, the team has tripled the assets under management in this portfolio, which was created in 2010. With the support of his team’s solid expertise, la Caisse implemented a new business model in 2015 to carry out public infrastructure projects, resulting in the creation of the Caisse subsidiary, CDPQ Infra, of which Mr. Tall is the President and Managing Director.



Mr. Šliupas was appointed as Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications in December 2012. In his role as Vice-minister, Mr. Šliupas is in charge of the Ministry’s international relationship in field of transport and communications, the civil aviation sector, information society policy. He is in charge of supervision on Lithuanian Civil Aviation Administration and Information Society Development Committee. Mr. Šliupas is the chairman of the board for State Enterprises “Air Navigation”, Vilnius International Airport, Kaunas International Airport, Palanga International Airport, JSC Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre.

Laurent Fayollas joined ARDIAN in 2005 to set up the Infrastructure Group and successfully took part in the development of the Infrastructure activity which has since then grown to 5bn€ of asset under management with 20 investments across Europe. He played a key role in major transactions (VINCI Park, Luton Airport, SEA Tours-Bordeaux, SANEF, KALLISTA, etc.) of the ARDIAN’s portfolio. Prior to joining ARDIAN, he worked at CACIB and Crédit Lyonnais in the Infrastructure advisory and structured finance activities for 15 years.

Sidharath Kapur, 52, is the President - Finance and Business Development of Airports Sector of the GMR Group. Mr. Sidharath Kapur has extensive experience of over 27 years of financial management in financial services and corporate finance with various sectors including financial services, oil and gas and infrastructure. He has expertise in evaluation & assessment of projects, developing financial  models and project execution, management of the entire Investment Banking operations including public issues- Equity, debt finance project finance and loan syndication.

Dr. Gerard Lyons is a leading global economist widely respected for his understanding of macro economic trends and the accuracy of his forecasting. In August 2008 he was one of only two UK economists then predicting an imminent deep recession. He was ranked number one forecaster globally by Bloomberg (out of over 360) in 2010 and 2011. He regularly tops the Sunday Times annual forecasting table. Gerard has served as Chief Economic Advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson since 2013. Previously, Gerard spent 25 years in senior roles in The City.


Mr. Cheng has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure investment, project finance, structured finance, and securitization. He has participated in a number of privatization projects in Europe, South America, North America and Asia Pacific on assets ‎including airports, toll roads, subways, and stadiums. Prior to joining CALC, ‎Mr. Cheng worked for GE Capital as Managing Director, Infrastructure Project Financing. Mr. Cheng managed several transportation privatization projects around the world, including acquisitions of transportation assets in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and the US.

Alexander is Senior Vice President of Global Investments and Management at Fraport, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport. He is in charge of managing and developing the portfolio of Fraport’s airport investments globally. He chairs various supervisory boards of Fraport affiliates including Antalya, St. Petersburg, Varna and Burgas airport. Between 2004 and 2009 Alexander Zinell was General Manager of Antalya Airport. During his tenure, he renewed the airport concession for 17 years and closed a EUR 600m project finance facility. He has also served as CFO for a Fraport affiliate in Orlando.

Deepu Chintamaneni is an Investment Director at IFM investors in London where she is responsible for the origination and execution of transactions as well as on-going asset management for IFM’s Global Infrastructure Fund portfolio. She has over a decade of experience in the infrastructure sector and played a key role in the investment by IFM Investors in Manchester Airport Group, the owner of Manchester Airport and Stansted Airport. Prior to IFM Investors, Deepu worked at Citigroup in their infrastructure finance and advisory team in New York.

Alfonso Barona is responsible for bidding and M&A activities at Ferrovial Aeropuertos. Alfonso joined Ferrovial in November 2004 as Head of Investors relations of Cintra, the Group´s toll roads division. He has worked as Corporate Development Director for North America, successfully closing projects such as the "407 Extension" in Toronto (Canada), NTE Extension in Dallas (Texas) and, with Ferrovial Agroman, the award of the construction of the "US 460" highway in Virginia (U.S.) – three of the largest P3 transactions in the North American market in recent years.

Dr. John C. Hulsman is the President and Co-Founder of John C. Hulsman Enterprises, a global political risk consulting firm. An eminent foreign policy expert, John is a senior columnist on foreign affairs for City AM newspaper in London and also writes regularly for the Aspen Institute of Italy, and Limes, the premier Italian foreign affairs journal. A senior veteran of think tanks in Europe and America, Hulsman is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of all or part of 12 books, Hulsman has given over 1500 interviews, written over 510 articles, and delivered more than 470 speeches on foreign policy around the world.

Mr. Charbonneau is a Managing Director at PSP Investments (Montreal, Quebec) in its Infrastructure Investments group. Mr. Charbonneau joined the Infrastructure Investments group at PSP Investments in May 2006. He is responsible for identifying and executing transactions across various infrastructure sector and geographies as well as monitoring portfolio investments. Mr. Charbonneau is Chairman of the Advisory Board of AviAlliance.

Holger Linkweiler is Managing Director of AviAlliance and AviAlliance Capital. Furthermore, he is Chairman of the Administrative Council of Tirana International Airport SH.P.K. and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens International Airport S.A. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Budapest Airport Zrt. as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH and Flughafen Hamburg GmbH. Within AviAlliance he oversees Aviation, Investments & Financing, Legal, Mergers & Acquisitions as well as Technical Services. Furthermore, he heads the Asset Management of the airports of Athens and Tirana.

Caspar is a professional risk taker. He has had a roller coaster of successful and diverse careers starting with Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge University followed by Screenwriter, Professional Poker Player and Digital Media Entrepreneur. Caspar brings his real-life experience to analyse the psychology of his and others decision making and all of this is done using poker as a fun and engaging but completely relevant metaphor.

Mr. R K Jain is the Chief Executive Officer of MIAL. He has vast experience of infrastructure sector spanning steel, telecom, aluminium and airports. He joined Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. in 2006 when airport was privatized and has been intensely involved to ensure successful implementation of the project and successful operations of CSI Airport. Mr. R K Jain is a Chartered Accountant by profession and is fellow member of various other professional institutes in India and abroad. Before joining MIAL, he headed companies in manufacturing sector especially steel, telecom and aluminium.

Stewart Wingate is Gatwick's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Previously he held different roles within BAA, first as Customer Services Director of Glasgow Airport, then as CEO of Budapest Airport and most recently as Managing Director of Stansted Airport. Prior to that he worked for Black & Decker. Stewart is a Chartered Engineer and Fellows of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has a Master’s in Business Administration with distinction and a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering.

Jamie taught himself to hack aged 9 and now at the age of 21 works with large corporations, testing their security systems and highlighting any vulnerability. He was recognized as a penetration testing engineer by IT Security Experts (ITSE) and travels the world teaching people the importance of system and network security.

Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah is a Bahraini national with over 12 years of experience in the aviation industry. In his current capacity as CEO of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), Mohamed is responsible for overseeing the overall management of BAC and steering the Company’s performance to achieve its target objectives. Mohamed brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the general aviation sector and was previously the General Manager of DHL Aviation Service WLL for over 8 years, based at the Bahrain International Airport.

Gediminas Almantas serves as the CEO of Lithuanian airports network (Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga airport) since July 2014. Prior to this appointment he has served as CEO of major Lithuanian airport in Vilnius and was in charge of merging three Lithuanian international airports into the airport network. He currently leads Lithuanian airports concession project. Gediminas has a legal background with an academic experience at the Copenhagen Business School and Thunderbird School of Global Management in the field of business negotiation ethics, cross cultural communication, and conflict resolution.

Responsible for dnata’s international ground handling operations. This covers operations employing 9,000 staff at 27 airports in 8 countries. Stewart is also a Board Director across a portfolio of different businesses including retail F&B and liquor sales and distribution. Graduated in Economics from the University of Warwick, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. After a career with British Airways and Emirates, Stewart joined dnata in 2004.

Alex was recruited in 2009 to drive insight at Gatwick before its sell-off from BAA. Since then his team has informed airport service development as Gatwick competes to become London’s airport of choice. Alex’s 30-year career in insight spans roles as a statistician at AGB research; research manager for part of what’s now Diageo; an advertising account planner; 9 years as Head of Research for brand development agency New Solutions and 10 years running his own consultancy prior to Gatwick.

Dinesh Bajaj is Board Member of The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India, a statutory body set up to regulate tariff and other charges for Aeronautical Services. He was Chief Adviser (Cost), Ministry of Finance and was advising on Economic regulation, Cost Management matters to the Government of India for 35 years at progressive levels. Was the President, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India, Board of Governor of National Institute of Financial Management and Board Member, The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority of India.

Benjamin Ball heads up Benjamin Ball Associates, a team of presentation advisors They help senior management with pitches and important communications, particular with investors. Recent clients include Statoil, Microsoft, United Utilities, Lend Lease, HSBC and Vattenfall. Ben previously worked as a corporate financier. Ben was Director of Strategy at Cable and Wireless and at BBC Worldwide. He was educated at Oxford University and London Business School.

Mr. Balmforth leads the InterVISTAS transaction support and due diligence team and is based in London. With over 20 years aviation industry experience including senior roles with BAA plc, London Luton Airport, Macquarie and GE, Marcus has held key positions in executive management, principle, asset management and more recently advisor and consulting support for airports and their investors across the globe. Over the last 15 years he has supported or led bids for the majority or airport transactions in the public markets focusing on developing business plans and innovative strategies for growth.

A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Philippe Bernand started his carrier in 1983 at GTM/VINCI. In 1997, he set up the Airport division of GTM/VINCI. He partnered with CPH to win the privatization bid of the South East airports in Mexico and with AdP to win the Beijing privatisation bid. In 2001, he joined Suez Environment as Deputy Managing Director of Degremont, then CEO of Fairtec-SITA. In 2007, he became the CEO of Aéroports de Lyon.

Robin Bevan runs our Locations & Analytics practice. He has over 25 years’ experience in retail property, including location strategies for retailers, geographic channel strategies for brands, shopping centre strategies for developers and owners, due diligence for private equity investors and commercial space planning for travel hub operators, and has wide international experience, having worked in 20 countries. Robin also leads our Ignite m-commerce initiative, which brings digital into the heart of the physical environment (e.g. shops, shopping centres, travel hubs). A PPE graduate from Oxford University, Robin contributed recently as part of the industry taskforce which published the influential Beyond Retail report for central government.

Since November 2011, Kjeld Binger has been responsible for the operational management and delivery of The New Terminal of the Queen Alia International Airport. Mr. Binger has 20 years of experience in the airport sector. In his capacity as Executive Vice President of Copenhagen Airports he oversaw the transformation of CPH to a major regional hub, and as CEO of Copenhagen Airports International, he acquired and operated a successful portfolio of 11 airports globally. Other positions include Chairman and CEO of ASUR Mexico and CEO of DAE Airports.

Bodapati Bhaskar is the Senior Director of Finance and Support Services at BIAL. Having joined the management of the Bangalore International Airport Limited in May 2010, Bhaskar currently chairs the Executive Committee of the airport on behalf of the Managing Director and is responsible for the Financial and Accounting functions of the airport. Procurement & Contracts, Regulatory Matters, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Communications also come under his purview. Was conferred with the best ‘CFO100 Roll Of Honor 2015.

Francis Brangier is CEO of Egis Airport Operation since 1st January 2014 and has more than 30 years of experience in the air transport industry.  After 10 years at the French DGAC and 4 years at Thales ATM, he joined in 1999 Sofréavia, where he held several management positions from deputy director of the ATM department in 2002 and Chief Operating Officer in 2006 when Egis acquired Sofréavia. He held this position until 2010, when he became Executive Vice President of Egis Avia before joining Egis Airport Operation.

David Bryon is the former Managing Director of bmibaby and was part of the team that set the airline up in 2002, and rapidly rose from Commercial Director to Managing Director in 2004. The airline grew rapidly in its first four years, carrying in excess of 4 million passengers in 2006. Previously David lived and worked in America, where he was a TV talk show host and wrote a newspaper humour column. He regularly appears on national TV and radio discussing aviation issues.


With over 20 years of professional experience in aviation infrastructure management and advisory roles, Michael is the PwC Corporate Finance Aviation leader. Michael has extensive experience in aviation infrastructure and airport asset valuation, business case development and operational performance improvement. He has significant experience of aviation infrastructure concessions and due diligence. Michael also led PwC’s financial economic advisor to the Airports Commission. His deal experience includes air traffic management, airport and aviation services assets. Michael previously led Booz & Company’s aviation infrastructure business in London.

Patrick Burrows joined London City Airport as Chief Financial Officer in June 2011. London City Airport is London's favourite business airport, and the only one actually in London. Voted ACI Best Airport in Europe for the last 4 years. Prior to this appointment he was Group Finance Director for New Look Retailers Ltd, the 2nd largest women's clothing retailer in the UK with a turnover of £1.7billion. Previously Patrick spent 14 years at Tesco plc, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer ranked second largest in the world by revenues.

Donagh Cagney is Manager for Economics at ACI EUROPE. In this policy role, he is responsible for ACI EUROPE’s activities relating to economic issues within the European airport industry, including airport charges, airport competition, state aid, ground handling and the economic impact of the sector. He also coordinates the work of the Economics Committee. Prior to joining the ACI EUROPE team, Donagh worked at Dublin Airport on a range of activities, including economic price cap regulation and the operational readiness programme for the airport’s new terminal facility.

Mr. Carlisle is Managing Director of the LeighFisher European Aviation Practice. He has over 20 years of experience in the airport and transport sectors from both management consultancy and investment banking. Mr. Carlisle’s broad airport advisory background includes strategy, management organisation, investment appraisal, capacity assessment, and business forecasting. He brings experience from around the world, having advised airport management, shareholders, and investors in assignments and privatisation bids across Europe, the U.S., Asia, and Australia.

Philippe has 17 years of experience in investment banking. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1998 and has since worked across several products, sectors and geographies within investment banking. Philippe has been Head of Infrastructure since 2011 covering Transportation Infrastructure, Infrastructure Investors, and Regulated Assets best suited for infrastructure investors. Philippe started covering Transportation Infrastructure in 2007 and prior to that Philippe spent six years in Corporate Finance in London working on a variety of complex financing and structuring transactions across the product spectrum (equity, equity-linked / convertibles, debt financing). He started his career in New York in 1998.


Declan Collier joined London City Airport as Chief Executive Officer in March 2012. Prior to his appointment, he had been Chief Executive of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Chairman of Aer Rianta International (ARI) since April 2005. During this time he oversaw the successful delivery of a £1.0 billion capital investment programme to modernise the aviation gateways to Ireland, a successful expansion of the DAA`s international airports business and growth in the financial performance of the group. Prior to joining the DAA, Declan worked with ExxonMobil, where he held a number of senior management and executive positions in Ireland and the UK.

Clive has spent more than 30 years in the airports business including 15 years at Manchester Airport. He then spent a number of years at British Airways during which time he set up a successful airport consulting business. After leaving BA, Clive spent 4 years as a Senior Vice President of Alterra Partners, where he served on the boards of London Luton, Lima and Curacao airports. Clive then spent a number of years as CEO of Churchill Airports - a boutique vehicle which worked with a number of well-known equity investors to create value from airport investments.

Andrew is responsible MAG group strategy and business development, and a range of support services and back office functions. He joined MAG in January 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for airport operations and capital investment programmes. Prior to joining MAG he was the CEO of Robertson Group, a PFI/PPP Investment, infrastructure, construction and services company. He previously held a number of senior director positions covering asset management, operations and customer service, both in the UK and overseas at United Utilities and was a Director of United Utilities International and Managing Director of UU Middle East.

Kenneth is the Executive Vice President of InterVISTAS Consulting. He leads the Privatization, Finance, and Commercial practice line, and focuses on legal and economic analyses of airline and airport issues with particular emphasis on aviation network systems, operating economics, the aviation regulatory system, and the international competitive framework of the industry. His expertise is in activity forecasting and business plan development.

Sandiren is a Director within the Infrastructure Investments team of PSP Investments. Since joining PSP in 2011, he has been actively involved in the origination, execution and asset management of equity investments in all infrastructure asset classes across Europe, the Americas and Australia including the $1.5B acquisition of HOCHTIEF AirPort, a global airports platform. Sandiren previously worked in Investment Banking and Infrastructure Advisory at BNP Paribas, PwC and Bank of Montreal in Europe and Canada.

Michael Dedieu is Managing Director and Partner of Marguerite Adviser, the management company that runs the pan-European Marguerite Fund. The fund reached first close with EUR710m in March 2010. Marguerite provides equity or quasi equity to transport, energy and renewable projects located in the EU 28 countries and has already invested more than EUR 400m in 10 projects in 8 countries including Zagreb airport. Prior to joining Marguerite, Michael spent 14 years with Fluor where he was most recently head of European Infrastructure business development and global head of PPP.

Rigas is an aviation consultant and strategy adviser to airlines, airports, banks and governments around the world. He is chairman of the European Aviation Club in Brussels. He was until recently a non-executive director of EasyJet and previously served as a non-executive director of GMR Hyderabad Airport, India and of South African Airways. He was Chairman/CEO of Olympic Airways the Greek airline in the mid-1990s. Rigas is a visiting Professor at Cranfield University, UK and the author of books and articles on airline and airport economics and management.

In 2004, he joined Aéroports de Paris, where he was Finance Director. Among other things, he led and executed in 2006 the 1.3bn EUR successful IPO of Aéroports de Paris. In 2008, he negotiated the industrial alliance and cross-shareholding between Aéroports de Paris and Schiphol Group. He then moved to telecom and IT, first by heading Hub Télécom, a midsize BtoB telco operator, then by taking the responsibility for Masternaut, Europe’s leading vehicle tracking service provider. In 2013, Mr Dupeyron joined the Prime Minister’s office to run the “Invest  in  the  Future  Programme”,  where he launched the FrenchTech initiative, a global effort to  promote  French digital economy and startups. Since 2014, he is Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Paris Management, and as such he leads Aéroports de Paris international expansion in the field of airport concessions and BOTs.

Aerospace Engineer degree, 1982, Poitiers (France), Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique (ENSMA); Master of Science in Aeronautics/Astronautics, 1983, Palo Alto (USA), Stanford University. Aerospace Engineer, Aerospatiale‘s Future Project department in Toulouse, from Oct 1983 until Sept 1996; A380 Infrastructure and Environment Director, Airbus, from Sept 1996 until May 2007; Director, Head of Airport Operations, Airbus from May 2007 to Sept 14; Director, Senior Expert, Airport Operations field from Sept 14.

Andrew Evans is a Technical Director responsible for planning and design of airport projects. This has been his specialisation since 1986. Andrew has significant experience in delivering both Civil and Military airport infrastructure projects around the UK and Ireland. His experience of airport projects includes aerodrome planning and modelling, project planning and management as well as infrastructure and civil engineering design projects.  Current and recent clients include Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Newcastle International Airports in the United Kingdom.

David has over 20 years of experience in strategy and business planning consulting in air transport. Exambela Consulting provides strategic counsel to corporate leaders and financial investors in the global airport industry. Before founding Exambela Consulting, David was a partner in the aviation practice of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Consulting) and leader of the firm’s global airport practice. Earlier in his career, David was an equity analyst specialising in air transport and worked at United Airlines’ headquarters in Chicago in various leadership positions in the airline’s finance and planning department.

Muneer Ferozie is the Regional Manager and Head of IFC's PPP, Privatization and Infrastructure Financial Advisory group for Middle East and North Africa region. Based in Dubai, he is responsible for 20+ countries and manages the team responsible for Lead Financial Advisory mandates for structuring public private partnerships (PPPs) and privatizations in the infrastructure sector. He has extensive commercial and investment banking experience and holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the London Business School, as well as from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Pakistan).

Randy is the Director of Compliance and Management Analysis for FAA’s Airport Division.  In this capacity since 2008, he ensures that airports receiving federal funding are in compliance with their grant obligations.  These include regulations on the use of airport revenue, airport rates and changes as well as ensuring compatible land-use around airports.  He is also responsible for the FAA’s airport privatization program. Other previous Federal transportation positions include FAA representative for South Asia in New Delhi, India (2006-2008); Director of Revenue, Transportation Security Administration (2001-2006); and Acting Director, FAA Office of Cost and Performance Management (1998-2001).

Reinaldo Fioravanti is a transport specialist in the Transport Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. He holds a Master degree in Logistics/Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Business School São Paulo/University of Toronto (Canada). He presently coordinates projects on transport infrastructure including the air transport initiative at the Transport Division. A native of Brazil, Mr. Fioravanti has worked in the private sector in Brazil and Latin America, prior joining the IDB he worked as supply chain manager at Hewlett Packard and as lecturer/associate researcher at University of Campinas, Brazil.

Since 1984, Laurent Galzy has held several budget management posts in the Ministry of the Economy and Finance. In 1999, he became deputy director in charge of Industry, Transports and Research Subdivision at the Budget Directorate. Laurent Galzy was appointed Director of Management Control and Financial and Legal Affairs of Aéroports de Paris on February 1, 2002. He became CFO of Aéroports de Paris Group in 2003 and is executive director in charge of International and Subsidiaries since 2013. He is also a board member of TAV Airport, of Schiphol group and of SDA.

François-Yves Gaudeul joined Allianz Global Investors (AGI) as a Director in Summer 2012, where he covers investments in infrastructure debt, primarily in France, Benelux and Spain. Before joining AGI, François-Yves worked 10 years at MBIA and 8 years at UBS and Citibank in London and Paris. He has extensive experience in transaction origination, structuring and remediation, and has worked on the financing of various European airports. François-Yves graduated from HEC Business School (Paris) in 1992, where he specialized in Finance, and holds a Master Degree in Transportation from Sorbonne University (Paris).

Andrew Gillespie-Smith joined Global Infrastructure Partners as a Principal in 2008 and is based in London. During his time at GIP, Mr. Gillespie-Smith has led transactions including the acquisition of 50% of London City Airport from AIG, the acquisition of Gatwick Airport from BAA and the acquisition of Edinburgh Airport from BAA.  Mr. Gillespie-Smith is a director of both Gatwick and Edinburgh airports.Prior to joining GIP, Mr. Gillespie-Smith was a MD of the Investment Banking Department of CS.  He joined CS in 1998 when BZW's Corporate Finance business was acquired by CS.  During his time at CS he worked in the M&A, Energy and Transport groups where he advised clients on a broad range of corporate finance transactions including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings.

Bernardo Gogna is an Architect with 25+ years of Design, Program and Project Management experience at international level, 17 of which related to the Aviation Industry.  In Oct 2014 he joined AECOM with the position of  Senior Vice President and Director of Global Aviation, working globally on Mega Airport Projects pursuit and execution. Prior to that Mr. Gogna was the Program Director on the $16.5 billion New Doha International Airport Project (NDIA) in Qatar, representing the Government Steering Committee on all Project related activities from the initial phases in 2004 to full commercial opening in May, 2014.

Moira is based in our Amsterdam office and has worked in the area of transport infrastructure, primarily in the airports industry, for over 20 years. She covers all core airport topics including design, capex planning, regulation, M&A, operations, asset productivity and commercial revenues. Moira leads McKinsey’s global Airport Service Line.

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Ray Gray
Group CFO

Ray Gray is Group Chief Financial Officer with Dublin Airport Authority plc (DAA), a position that he has held for fifteen years, with responsibility for Finance, Shared Services, Procurement and DAA’s international airport investment interests. Ray is a member of the Supervisory board of Düsseldorf Airport, a director of the DAA Group’s principal subsidiaries including Aer Rianta International cpt, Aer Rianta International (Middle East) w.l.l., DAA International Ltd, DAA Finance plc and a number of joint venture companies. Prior to joining DAA in 1999, Ray was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Marcelo dos Guaranys is a 38 years-old public officer of Treasury Secretariat of the Finance Ministry. He is a specialist in Law and Economics and holds a Master of Science degree in Public Law. During his career, he worked with regulation of public services and infrastructure in the Finance Ministry and at the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic. From 2007 to 2010 he acted as Director of Economic Regulation of the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), and in 2011 he was appointed as Director-President of the Agency.

Jean-François Guitard joined Nice Airport in 1991 and is currently Director for international Development of “Société des Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur” in charge of institutional representation outside France of the airport and the development of foreign airports activities and also still involved in the process of creation of airports companies in France. He is also lecturer at the University of Aix en Provence – airport management department (I.F.U.R.T.A.) and the French Civil Aviation School (E.N.A.C.).

James was one of the first analysts in London to publish research on the international scheduled airline industry on a global basis. Since then he has been one of the top ranked analysts following the sector and has been involved in many IPOs, share issues and advisory roles. He was one of the founding members of the UK Aviation Club and served as a non-executive director of a quoted start-up airline. He co-founded Aviation Strategy Ltd as a boutique aviation consultancy and publisher of the acclaimed Aviation Strategy newsletter.

Dipak Haria, Director, is a member of the Infrastructure Debt Group of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). He is responsible for the origination, structuring, and execution of Infrastructure Debt products in Europe. He has 12 years of experience in infrastructure and energy project finance. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr. Haria worked at Santander where he was a Director in the Renewable Energy team. Mr. Haria was previously with Barclays within the Infrastructure and Project Finance team.

Andy joined NATS in 2010 and has been involved in the aviation, Government, defence and aerospace markets for over 25 years. He is responsible for NATS’ commercial development and consultancy delivery activities across the world, as well as the company’s international businesses. Responsible for executive engagement with airports, investors, airlines, air navigation service providers, and Governments worldwide, Andy is a passionate advocate of NATS’ unique experience in the UK - of making unprecedented use of scarce airspace and airport infrastructure – and how this can be put to valuable use around the world.

Uwe Hoermann started in 2011 at the Berlin Airports as a CFO Finance, Controlling, Treasury and Procurement. He successfully managed the financial crisis of the Berlin Airports after the delay of the opening in 2012 and arranged the financial recovery of BER project with a volume of EUR 1.2 bill. Since May 2013 he is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Real Estate and Infrastructure planning and strategic projects. These strategic initiatives include the turnaround program (SPRINT to BER) which focuses on a fast and reliable opening of Berlin’s new airport facilities.

Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in the transport industry. As director of Airport Optimization, Thomas is responsible for three departments: Resource Management Control, Operational & Business Analysis and Operational Projects & Strategy. With an ambition to develop and implement cutting edge methodology for operational planning and capacity analysis, Thomas and team have achieved great results at Copenhagen airports - increasing capacity utilization for key operational areas by more than 25 % and improving passenger throughput with existing manning level by over 40 %.

Prof Paul Hooper holds a Chair in Environmental Management and Sustainability and is Head of Enterprise Development in the School of Research, Enterprise and Innovation, Faculty of Science and Engineering. His work contributes to the Centre for Aviation, Transport and the Environment where he provides research, training and consultancy services to the aviation industry on stakeholder engagement, noise communication, corporate responsibility, sustainability reporting and carbon management and accounting. Commercial clients include; the International Air Transport Association, the Airports Council International, Heathrow Airport Ltd., Transport for London, Belfast City Airport and Manchester Airport.

Theresa Hughes is the owner and CEO of Chauntry Ltd, a Software as a Service solution provider specialising in online booking systems for the airport parking industry. Having originally studied to be a solicitor, Theresa executed a management buyout of the GPT travel reservation system, and started the Chauntry business in 1991 with partner Ray Vaughan. With more than 70 airport clients across 4 continents, the success of Theresa’s strategic direction is evident. The Chauntry Parkspace™ solution handles over 6 million airport parking reservations annually with a value of €250 million.


Jens Andreas Huseby does early stage business- and concept development for Avinor Corporate IT, with responsibility for solutions for the Commercial departments. Jens is also Chairman of the Board at CONNECT, Norway’s largest Innovation Network, and board member in two innovative tech companies. He has previously founded two IT companies and helped develop numerous tech start-ups at Oslo Science Park. He also writes and presents popular science in national media in Norway.

David has responsibility for the commercial arrangements at JFK, LaGuardia, Newark International, Stewart and Teterboro airports. Previously David was the General Manager of Aviation Financial Services and has worked in the treasury, budget and financial analysis areas.

Paul Kehoe joined Birmingham Airport as Chief Executive Officer in October 2008. He started his career in aviation as an Air Traffic Controller in the Royal Air Force and has worked for a variety of companies including British Aerospace plc, Serco Aviation and TBI plc. Paul has been CEO/MD of a number of UK airports (inc. Belfast International, London Luton and Bristol) and non-executive Director of a number of other UK and overseas airports during his career. Paul has been an active member of the Airport Operators Association.

Kashif Khalid is currently leading IATA’s campaigns and projects in the Middle East region (UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar) providing leadership and guidance to Airlines, Airports, ANSP's, Civil Aviation Authorities, Security Agencies and the Gulf region’s Governments to further develop IATA’s mission, projects and advocacy initiatives. Formerly he was Head - Assets & Acquisitions at Abu Dhabi Airports, managing the Global M&A function for the group as well as the development and modernization of the airports’ infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Mohamed Khalil is responsible for developing and improving the company’s commercial standing thus accountable for increasing revenues by ensuring that these are diversified and optimized through both aeronautical and non-aeronautical activities. This role also holds the lead marketing position within BAC thus marketing Bahrain International Airport to a broader audience. Accordingly Khalil is responsible for overseeing the Aviation Marketing, Property & Retail, Passenger Services, Cargo and Corporate Communications Departments. Prior to joining BAC, Khalil held the position of Executive Director - Head of the Property Development & Services Department at Al Khaleej Development Co.

Jacques joined Egis, a leading Global Infrastructure Operations, Consulting and Engineering firm, in 2010 in Paris. He is currently based in Dubai where he manages the company's regional aviation business. Jacques has significant knowledge in mounting airport PPP deals with hands on experiences in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and South America.  Prior to that, Jacques has worked in the airport construction field in Saudi Arabia as well as the airline industry in Lebanon. Jacques has a Master’s Degree (MSc.) in Air Transport Management as well as a Bachelor Degree (B.E.) in civil & environmental engineering. Jacques speaks fluently in French, English and Arabic

Since 2003 is the Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Infrastructure at CAF- Development Bank of Latin America, and also Head of the Transport Group. Mr. Kogan served as Secretary of Transport of Argentina (1999 – 2001). He has more than 40 years of experience in the transportation and infrastructure fields working for both the public and private sectors. Mr. Kogan graduated from the School of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires, and holds a Master of Science in Transport from the Imperial College, London, UK.

Mr. Kowalishin has over 22 years of experience investing in and financing infrastructure businesses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ports America Companies, London City Airport and Aerostar Airport Holdings. Mr. Kowalishin holds a BA in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program

Since 1995 Deutsche Lufthansa AG / Lufthansa Group: since 2002 Senior Vice President, Head of Group, International Relations and Government Affairs (reports directly to Lufthansa’s President and CEO Carsten Spohr), 1995 – 2002 Vice President, Head of EU Liaison Office. 1991 – 1995 Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: Director of the Representation in Argentina. 1986 – 1991 MSL-Saatchi & Saatchi Deutschland GmbH: Senior Manager and Consultant. 1982 – 1985 Regional Court: Legal clerkship. 1981 – 1990 European Young Christian Democrats (EYCD) and Youth organisation of the European People’s Party (EPP): President (1982-84) and First Vice President (1984-90).

Alan is Aviation Director at Pascall+Watson, one of the world’s most experienced aviation architects. Alan has been involved in the design and delivery of over 75 different terminals, at over 65 airports, in over 30 counties. Recent projects include the recently opened terminal in St Petersburg, new mega airports in Beijing and Mexico City, as well as numerous studies to improve capacity and passenger experience in Asia, Africa and Europe. Alan is the former Chairman and now Vice Chairman of the British Aviation Group.

Alexander Laukenmann holds the position as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, Environment and Sustainability at Fraport AG, Frankfurt Airport. In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy, market research, innovation management, sustainability and environmental management of Fraport. Before returning to Frankfurt, he was General Manager of ICF Airports, the Terminal Operator at Antalya Airport with more than 25 Mio. passengers in 2012. Beforehand he worked as General Manager of a Ground Handling subsidiary of Fraport at Vienna Airport.

Lee Lawrence is Chief Investment Officer at Tarabot Investment & Development, a significant Saudi private investor in aviation and airport businesses across the Middle East. Lee was Managing Director at Qeema Infrastructure Partners, a financial advisor and investor in airport infrastructure developments and formerly CEO of Airport International Group which operates and has developed Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan. Lee was CFO at the sovereign investment fund, Abu Dhabi Investment Company and beforehand was with Barclays Bank PLC in a number of senior management and executive positions.

Dr Zheng Lei is the Director of Centre for Aviation Research at the University of Surrey, and Visiting Professor to Civil Aviation University of China. He is also a founding Director of Institute for Aviation Research, an independent think tank. Zheng has a wealth of experience by combining academic rigor when addressing real industry issues. He has research and consultancy expertise in such areas as airline strategy, air transport regulation and policy analysis, and air transport market analysis and forecasting.

Alexandre Leigh is an Investment Officer in IFC's PPP, Privatization and Infrastructure Financial Advisory group, covering the MENA region on a multi-sector basis as well as a global role in the aviation space. He has over ten years of international banking experience, in both investment and advisory positions, across Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia. Alexandre is a graduate from HEC Paris, and holds an economics degree from McGill University in Montreal.

Philippe joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 in the European Structured and Principal Finance Group and was named managing director in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Philippe worked at Citibank for four years, mainly in its European Securitisation Group. Philippe is a member of the Board of Directors of Sintonia S.p.A., the reference shareholder of listed company Atlantia S.p.A. He also serves as a member of the Shareholders Strategy Committee of Japan Renewable Energy Co., Ltd.

Giulio is MAG’s Head of Commercial Bidding with responsibility for developing the long term strategy and process for M&A bidding and PPP/concessions and contract management. Prior to joining MAG he held executive positions in corporate strategy, corporate development/M&A and asset management in Europe (Benetton Group) and in the consulting industry in USA (Gensler, ICAO). An industry expert, he is a frequent presenter and lecturer on airport business strategy and asset management for the infrastructure sector. Giulio also chairs MAG’s roundtable on business and corporate strategy with the top leadership from other European airports.

Andrew Lobbenberg joined HSBC in 2012 as Head of the European Transport team, focusing on airlines. He has worked as an equities analyst since 2000, before which he worked for 10 years in and around the airline industry, as an economic regulator, a paralegal, an academic and in corporate planning for a major network airline. He has an MSc in Economics from the LSE and a BA Hons in PPE from Balliol College, Oxford.

Matthew has been with Hastings for over five years and has 10 years of relevant industry experience. As a member of the Global Asset Management Team, Matthew is the sector lead for airports and provides sector input to the Global Investment Team as necessary. Matthew is a director on the Boards of Queensland Airports Limited (Gold Coast, Townsville and Mt. Isa Airports). Recent transactions in which Matthew has been actively involved include follow on acquisitions of Queensland Airports Limited, Australian Pacific Airports Corporation and the acquisition of North Queensland Airports.


Carsten is one of McKinsey’s leading experts in the field of technology and Big Data application to improve capital and operational productivity. He is driving McKinsey’s work in developing airports’ ability to leverage Big Data across all airport stakeholders. Carsten is based in Stuttgart.

Eilidh Mactaggart joined MetLife Private Capital Investors in 2014 to help establish a permanent European Infrastructure and Project Finance Private Debt Investment team.  Eilidh has over 17 years of experience in the infrastructure investment sector and has been involved in financing, advising and investing in over GBP45bn of private infrastructure transactions globally.

Mauro has been at F2i since March 2010. Previously he worked for more than 20 years in the investment banking sector, covering and advisory activities in the infrastructure sector. He led some landmark transactions in the Italian infrastructure sector in the last ten years, such as the acquisition of Aeroporti di Roma by Gemina, the sale of a stake in Aeroporti di Roma to Macquarie Funds, the IPO of SAVE and other relevant transactions with Atlantia, Gavio Group, SEA, Sacbo, Alitalia and Ferrovie dello Stato.

Thierry is managing partner of the Monthly Barometer - a succinct predictive newsletter provided to private investors, opinion and decision-makers. Previously, he founded two companies that he sold, founded the Global Risk Network at the WEF, and was in charge of the Davos Annual event. His other professional experience includes: investment banking (London and Moscow), think tanks and academia (New York and Oxford) and government (in the French PM’s office). Thierry has written a dozen of books, including novels. He holds two MAs and a PhD in Economics.

Mark Manduca, CFA is a director and transport analyst within the Business Services, Leisure & Transport team at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. He covers a variety of Transportation sub-sectors, including airlines, airports, bus and rail. The transportation team was recently ranked #1 in the 2015 Institutional Investor survey. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Manduca spent six years running a global fund at Bank of New York Mellon –owned investment fund, Insight Investment. Manduca read languages at Edinburgh and Heidelberg University.

Dominic Maxwell is an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Co, specializing in aviation. He has served board-level strategy for global top ten airports, airlines, aircraft lessors, and an aircraft manufacturer. Publications include “Gridlock on the Ground: What Happens When Airports Become Constrained, and What Should Airlines and Airports do About it?”, and “Rethinking Infrastructure: Voices from the global infrastructure initiative”.

Nick is Managing Director of Helios and a long-standing consultant to industry, government and non-governmental organisations in the airport and air traffic management sectors. His technical, operational, and commercial know-how has been used to design, assess and introduce many new aviation systems. Today Nick primarily provides policy and investment advice.

Simon joined ICF in 2013 and is the co-head of the Company’s Airport Practice. He has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry and he brings extensive expertise in aviation business planning. Simon has been involved in many airport transactions advising buyers, sellers and Government. Simon also has extensive experience in economic regulation, and airport operations and planning. Prior to joining ICF, Simon was a Principal in AT Kearney’s London office, and he also led LeighFisher’s European Aviation Practice, as well as holding senior positions at Macquarie Bank and The Portland Group.

Marcelo Mota holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, and a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of Warwick, England. With 30+ years of experience in the Energy, IT, Airports, Government, and Consulting industries, Marcelo is currently the Director of Operations and COO of Aeroportos Brasil Viracopos, the concessionaire that develops and operates Viracopos International Airport in São Paulo, Brazil. He was also an Associate Vice-President of the TD Bank Financial Group.


Previously, he has worked for the Boeing commercial aircraft company as an analyst for a number of years and then for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an airline lecturer for a further five years. He has published papers in the Journal of Air Transport Management, Journal of Transport Geography, Transport Policy, Journal of Airport Management, Journal of Research in Transportation Business & Management, Journal of Tourism Economics, Journal of World Review of Intermodal Research and the Journal of Air Transport Studies. His latest book entitled ‘Air Transport in the 21st Century’ is fast becoming a global best seller on airline management.

Since April 2010 Andrea Pal is Deputy General Director in charge of finance and IT of Northern Capital Gateway, the company operating Pulkovo Airport. The company is running an investment program in amount of 1.2 bil EUR to be finalised by mid of 2014. As COO of Dorsch Holding and Managing Director of Dorsch Gruppe, she was before responsible for the divisions Water and Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, Airports, Structural Engineering and Industrial Plants of one of the largest German independent engineering consultants.

Oleg Pankratov has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate finance, infrastructure, PPP, project and structured finance experience, he is currently the Head of Infrastructure Capital and Project Finance at VTB Capital, as well as Chairman of the Board of Northern Capital Gateway consortium and Chairman of the Board of Western High-Speed Diameter. Since 2008 VTB Capital has advised clients on more than 20 Infrastructure Capital & Project Finance transactions, including the EUR 1.2 billion Pulkovo Airport modernisation project that was named “European Airport Deal of the Year” by Project Finance Magazine.

Mr. Paraschis is the Chief Executive Officer of the “Athens International Airport S.A.” (AIA) since 2007. He joined AIA shortly after its establishment in 1996. Prior to the Airport Company, he worked for ten years in international management consulting. Mr. Paraschis is the Immediate Past Chair of the Governing Board of the world trade association of airports, Airports Council International (ACI). He is currently member of the Board of the European trade body, ACI EUROPE, which he has also served as Chairman for the period from 2007 to 2009.

Andrew runs the Infrastructure Financing team at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Before joining the bank Andrew worked at HM Treasury in the Finance and Regulatory Directorate. Now a Managing Director, he has led 45 transactions in the airports sector raising over £20bn across five currencies. Since last year’s GAD, Andrew has led transactions for Heathrow, Copenhagen, Bristol, London Luton, Manchester and Gatwick airports.

The role of Brian’s team is to analyse the economic and policy landscape facing the airline industry, to provide credible economic analysis to guide and support IATA’s advocacy work. An economist with almost 30 years of international experience in several industries, he is also a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University’s Department of Air Transport.  He was formerly head of global economic research at the investment bank SBC Warburg in Tokyo and then London and was Chief Economist at Ernst & Young’s economic forecasting consultancy.

 Chantale Pelletier joined la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in November 2000 and has been highly involved in infrastructure investing across the globe. She has assumed a critical leadership role in many transactions and has been instrumental in developing, managing and building the infrastructure investment portfolio, which is valued at CAD10 billion today. In her role as Regional Director, Investment, Europe and Special Projects, Ms. Pelletier is responsible for establishing the transactional strategy and vision for investing in Europe, and for contributing to la Caisse’s global footprint.

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Jim Peters is a member of SITA's Senior Leadership Team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), SITA; a role that he has held since December 2003. His responsibilities include developing an up-to-date system architecture for SITA's products and services; identifying new business segments and developing and managing strategic technology partnerships. Jim also heads SITA Lab. Created in 2008, this is a world class facility for technology research whose goal is to drive innovation for the air transport industry working both independently and in partnership with others.


Chris Poinsatte was appointed Executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer for the Airport in September 2003. Mr. Poinsatte is responsible for finance, strategic planning, performance measurement, information technology, and the airline business relationship. Mr. Poinsatte recently completed the issuance of $7.5 billion of debt which included the refinancing of $3.5 billion of debt (net savings of almost $500 million) and $3.0 billion of new debt to finance DFW’s terminal renewal program.  Mr. Poinsatte is focused on improving DFW’s performance measurement processes, working with the airlines on plans to meet DFW’s long-term air capacity needs, and implementing a new Business Intelligence technology platform for the airport.

Peter leads AviAlliance’s team responsible for evaluation, development and optimization of commercial activities at airports, including real estate, retailing and parking in the context of acquisition projects as well as in portfolio management and consultancy. Additionally, Peter was project director Acquisition Projects in India (2004/2005) and Abu Dhabi (2008) as well as Director Asset Management Budapest Airport in 2010. Since 2012 Peter is Member of the Board of Directors at Budapest Airport Zrt., Hungary. Since 2015 Peter is also Member of the Board of Directors at Athens International Airport S.A., Greece.

Having previously worked in the travel industry across Europe and North America for more than 20 years, Gary brings a thorough understanding of how airports and airlines can use technology to maximise revenue whilst enhancing the customer experience. He has extensive experience enabling airports and airlines to engage with passengers, converting them into customers who spend before, during and after their visit to the airport. For the last 4 years he has lead the parking business unit at Inventive; their acquisition in 2014 by ADVAM created the world's leading payment and parking business.

Mr Raffo is the global head of Airport Charges at IATA, leading a team that safeguards its member airlines’ interests at various Airport Charges setting processes worldwide. He works with governments, airports, CAAs and key industry stakeholders to build opportunities for improved collaboration, efficiency improvements and best practice implementation in the area of user charges and economic regulation. He has more than 10 years of combined experience in the areas of finance and economic regulation.

Omar Rahman is focused on European investing activities for Morgan Stanley Infrastructure (MSI). He has worked at MSI since 2007, most extensively on European transportation assets, including airports and rail, as well as renewables and waste management. Omar was involved in MSI’s transaction in Agorà Investimenti (Venice airport system) and has been involved in its asset management. Previously, Omar worked in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in London, covering Benelux clients and general M&A. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he worked at ABN AMRO Asset Management in Amsterdam.

Jean-Michel Ratron is the CEO of Libreville International Airport (Gabon, Central Africa) since April 2014. Aged 55, he previously was in charge of developing projects at Egis Airport Operation. After a first experience in market surveys in France, he spent 10 years in the Public Transport field, working on relationships between public transport operators and regional & local transport authorities. Then he joined aviation sector, working 10 years long at Roissy Charles de Gaulle as general manager of Transdev Aéroport Services (ground transportation at Roissy CDG and Orly).

Arturo has extensive experience in infrastructure, including airports, toll roads, ports and construction. Arturo has an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and a BA from George Washington University. Relevant transactions: Bookrunner of Aena’s IPO; Advisor to ADC&HAS on the acquisition of Belfast International, Stockholm Skavsta and TBI US Operations (including Orlando-Sanford Airport and TBI Airport Management); Advisor to CDPQ on the acquisition of a stake in BAA in a consortium with Ferrovial and GIC.

Established as one of the most influential political commentators in the country, Steve Richards became The Independent’s chief political commentator in 2000 having been political editor of the New Statesman. He presents GMTV’s flagship current affairs show The Sunday Programme and Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

Andy Ricover is an air transport specialist with an experience of 22 years in air transport economics, privatization, aviation policy, traffic forecasting, regulation, due diligence and valuation analysis. He has worked in air transport projects in 71 countries. He has accumulated his knowledge working for airports, airlines and air traffic control providers, regulators and civil aviation authorities. He has participated in institutional reforms in the air transport sector, in the review and formulation of aviation policies, in the examination and design of regulatory frameworks and carried out extensive traffic forecasting studies and market analyses.

Amit Rikhy is President & CEO of Sigma Infrastructure Partners, a newly formed global platform to invest in and manage transportation infrastructure assets, focusing on the aviation sector. Sigma employs a value-driven approach to growing businesses from investment origination through the asset’s life cycle. Prior to Sigma, Mr. Rikhy served as Senior Vice President for Airports Worldwide Inc. As a key member of the executive management team at Airports Worldwide, Mr. Rikhy was responsible for leading and executing the Company’s asset management, public private partnership (PPP), business development and acquisition efforts.

Erick Robledo has lead the structuring and execution of more than 24 development projects in Honduras, all with great impact on the poverty reduction strategy. Also, Erick has built strong relations with both bilateral and multilateral organisms involved in the development project sector in Honduras. As of today, Erick coordinates the Palmerola International Airport project, which involves a mix between bilateral cooperation funds and a traditional project finance that is gathering the world´s most important investors in the construction and airport industry.

Mr. Rushmer is a Director in the London office leading the airport facilities planning team. His airport experience has involved all aspects of strategic planning, master planning, and development. His skills cover master planning, project management, and the design of multi-disciplinary airport projects with complex financial, commercial, regulatory, and engineering interfaces. He is experienced in liaising with financial, regulatory, statutory, and public bodies. Mr. Rushmer’s particular expertise is the preparation and assessment of strategic development scenarios and the interaction of financial, planning, environmental, regulatory, and licensing requirements. His view of airport planning is that the master plan is the physical embodiment of the business plan.

Tom Ruth is President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canada’s fastest growing major airport. Tom leads the business strategy for EIA focussing on aviation and commercial development as cornerstones to airport and regional economic growth. Tom holds extensive airline experience as former President of Canadian North Airlines and senior roles with Northwest Airlines. He also has cargo/logistics experience as a former executive with Livingston International, Canada’s largest cross-border logistics, freight-forwarding and brokerage company. Tom is past Chair of the Canadian Airports Council and is one of Canada’s representatives on the Airports Council International World Governing Board.

Alan is a partner in our antitrust, competition and trade group and co-heads the firm’s global infrastructure and transport sector group. He has considerable experience of complex merger reviews at EU and national level and of investigations into anti-competitive practices. His experience includes advising airports and airlines on charging structures. He has advised on transactions involving ANA, BAA, the Brussels Airport, the Copenhagen Airport, the Dublin Airport Authority, Ferrovial and the Sydney Airport.

Responsible for encouraging private sector investment and participation in the development and operation of GACA’s airports and its associated infrastructure facilities. In 2007 successfully completed the first two PPP transactions for GACA namely, the development of the Haj Terminal and Water Desalination Plant at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. In June 2012, led the GACA PPP Team in coordination with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group and Tibah (the winning consortium), to achieve financial close to the Madinah Airport BTO project. Currently responsible for concessioning and managing a number of projects to the private sector, including King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Taif Airport, New Staff Residential Compound in KAIA, and others.

Guillaume Sauvé first joined Aéroports de Paris in 2002. After spending 3 years abroad in Dubai as Project Director for the development of terminals and maintenance centres within Dubai airport, he then went on to direct the Aéroports de Paris Project Management Division, in which he played a particularly significant role toward the construction of Satellite M. From 2011 to 2015, he was the CEO of ADPI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris, which specialises in international airport design and engineering. Following that, as of 2015, Guillaume has been appointed Director of Engineering and Development for the Aéroports de Paris group.

Mr Kari Savolainen is the CEO of Finavia Corporation since January 2012. Before joining Finavia he worked for over six years as the CEO of Steveco Oy, the leading port operator and forwarder in transit logistics via Finland between Asia and Russia. He has a strong background in logistics and IT with four years as SVP of Logistics Services at Itella (Finnish Post Corporation), six years at Finnlines Oyj as SVP of Business Development and IT, and over 11 years of experience in various IT-related tasks at Kymmene Oy.

John Schmidt focuses his practice on public private partnerships involving transportation infrastructure. He has represented states, local government entities and private parties in a variety of other initiatives for private investment in airport infrastructure projects, including the City of Chicago's proposed long-term concession lease of Midway Airport and the Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Authority on the 2013 lease of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.

Dr Andrew Sentance CBE is Senior Economic Adviser to PwC. He joined the firm in November 2011 after serving as an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England from October 2006 until May 2011. He is also the author of the book “Rediscovering Growth: After the Crisis” published in late 2013. Immediately before joining the Bank of England, Andrew was Chief Economist at British Airways, where he also worked on business strategy and planning, airport policy, airport regulation and environmental affairs.

Robert Sinclair joined Bristol Airport as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 20th October 2008, bringing a broad range of airport management and general business experience with him to the role. Since joining Bristol, Robert has worked with his senior management team to lead the business through the recession in the UK, achieving record passenger volumes, delivering improved airport facilities and services and securing the planning application to significantly expand the airport. He has also been instrumental in creating a new brand and vision focused on improving the passenger experience. Bristol Airport is the only UK top 10 airport to grow in each year since 2009, was awarded the “Best UK Airport” at the Business Travel Awards in 2012.

Jon Soars is Managing Director of Aviation Analytics Ltd, a firm that helps stakeholder companies define and implement data driven strategy. Jon has previously held positions with  South African Airways, Galileo UK (formerly BA Travicom) and most recently managed the European activities of BACK Associates, a US based  data and consulting firm who’s clients included Rolls Royce, Airbus and British Airways.

Stanislav launched his managerial carrier in the commercial planning roles at Canadian Airlines and Air Canada from 1997 to 2005, when he joined Lufthansa Consulting. His consulting experience spans from airports to financial institutions, aerospace companies and of course airlines. His key recent assignments include development of strategic options for Moscow Aviation Hub, regional hub strategy for the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation, traffic forecasts and master plans for top airport projects, including “greenfield” Rostov Yuzhnui, as well as the evaluation of investment plans for VEB and Gazprombank in several infrastructure projects.

Wendy Sowers leads Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ (BCA) analysis of the airline industry. In her current role, she directs the development of Boeing's annual Current Market Outlook – a 20-year global forecast for air traffic and airplane demand – as well as near and mid-term market analyses supporting BCA’s business and strategic planning. Wendy has been with BCA for over 15 years in a variety of roles including product marketing, competitor analysis and strategy, and supply chain management.

Mr Stanley is responsible for sourcing investments in Europe for AMP Capital’s global infrastructure platform and institutional investors. Mr Stanley has extensive experience leading transactions and managing assets within the infrastructure space, with a predominant focus on the transport sector. In his role as Head of Global Airports Group, Mr Stanley leads AMP Capital’s airports business utilising his extensive experience advising on transactions and strategic matters in the airports sector across Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Previous roles have included Head of Infrastructure Advisory, EMEA at Morgan Stanley and Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets at Macquarie Group.

David Stewart is a registered architect with 30 years’ experience in airport master planning, terminal area planning and design on major international airport projects in North America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.  As Head of Airport Development for IATA David is responsible for the Association’s interface with airports world-wide. IATA’s main activities include professional contributions to major airport projects, ensuring that the aviation industry receives value for money for the investments being made in airport infrastructure.

Dr. Dietrich Stiller is a project finance and privatization expert with extensive experience in the financing of airports and other infrastructure projects, acting for sponsors, borrowers, lenders and ECAs in domestic and cross-border transactions in Europe, Asia and Africa. Dietrich’s area of expertise includes trade finance and other forms of government supported finance as well as refinancing and restructurings.

Peter Stonor is Global Head of Transport, Infrastructure, Industrials & Utilities at VTB Capital plc, the investment banking arm of VTB Group. Peter has advised on a range of successful landmark cross-border airport transactions across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australasia over the last 15+ years with VTB Capital, Macquarie, ABN AMRO and HSBC. These include the Ferrovial consortium’s acquisition of BAA plc, the modernisation of Mumbai & Delhi airports and the cornerstone / IPO of Beijing Capital International Airport.

01/2014 - Munich Airport, SVP Corporate Division Quality and Projectmanagement; 02/2012 – 12/2013 Cap Security Flughafen München Sicherheits GmbH, Managing Director; 10/2009 – 03/2011 Mucground ServicesFlughafen München GmbH, Managing Director; 02 /2006 - Aviationscout Consulting GmbH, Managing Partner; 04/1999- 12/2005 Aviapartner, General Manager Handling Division; 03/1992 – 03 /1999 Berliner Lufthansa Airport Services; 04/1986 – 02 /1992 Lufthansa Cityline; 03/1980 – 02/1986 Air navigation services Germany.

Pere Suau-Sanchez is Lecturer in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University and Course Director of the MSc in Airport Planning and Management. He is PhD in Geography (2011, Autonomous University of Barcelona) and has been guest researcher at the Worldwide Scientific Network for Aviation Research and Policy in Amsterdam, and joined the Centre for Air Transport Management at Cranfield University in May 2012. Pere has also worked at the Department of Transport Planning of the Barcelona Metropolitan Agency for Urban and Infrastructure Development.

Eng. Suleiman Suleiman is presently: Member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Company; Member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SN-Tech Limited; and  Member of the Board of Directors of the Air Tanzania Company Limited. Formerly he was: Member of the Board of Directors of the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company Limited; Member of the Board of Directors of the National Environmental Management Council; and Member of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Postal Corporation.

Program Manager for the Mexico City New International Airport and previously led the Abu Dhabi Airports Expansion.  These two massive programs will total $25 billion over a 10 year period. Prior to joining Parsons, he managed the leasing, design and construction of facilities at 80 airports in the United States.  He is an expert in alternative contracting and management arrangements and is one of the few aviation professionals who have managed multiple programs in excess of $1 billion.


Justin has over 20 years of strategic and financial advisory experience with corporate, government and financial clients in the Transport and Infrastructure sectors. He has advised on a wide range of M&A, capital raising and strategic projects in the airport sector. He has also advised airlines, bus, rail, shipping and logistics companies. He is a co-founder of Hillbrook Partners, an independent corporate finance advisory firm which is focused on the Transport and Infrastructure sectors. Prior to that, he was Head of Transport Advisory at RBS.


Dominique Thillaud, 46, started his as he was an analyst at BNP, before joining PwC, and then JP Morgan as M&A VP. In 2002, he was appointed as Group Operations Director and member of the Executive board of SNCF Participations, where he became CEO and Board member in 2003. In 2011, in addition, he was also appointed as Chief Strategy Officer for SNCF Group. In 2012, he left the SNCF Group to be appointed as Chairman of the Management Board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, second largest airport in France with a traffic close to 12m pax.

Matthew Thomas has more than 16 years of senior management experience in the airport sector in commercial development, financial management, capital planning, project management and airport acquisitions. Matthew has participated in the analysis, assessment and due diligence of airports across the world in support of acquisitions. In 2014, Matthew was named Vice President, Business Development for Vantage. Matthew joined Vantage Airport Group in 2008 and prior to his appointment as Vice President, Business Development, he served as CEO of Vantage Airports UK.


Neil Thompson has been CFO for MAG since 2011. Over the last 5 years the UK Airport Group has delivered double-digit EBITDA growth per annum, raised £1bn of new equity and £2bn of various bank and bond financings, and successfully acquired and transforming London Stansted Airport into the fastest growing airport in London, generating over 28% EBITDA growth this year. Neil previously held senior finance roles at The MAN Group and ALSTOM, with responsibility across businesses in the UK, Europe, North America, Canada, India, Singapore and Australia, following seven years working in M&A, latterly with PwC.

Peter joined NATS in 1981 as an Air Traffic Controller at London Gatwick. Over the following 19 years he held a wide range of operational and non-operational posts until becoming the Manager of Air Traffic Control at London Heathrow in 2000.  At Heathrow Peter brought a performance management based style of leadership that delivered a range of operational improvements. Peter brings a wealth of insight into how to maximise operational performance and capacity enhancement.   As a result, since 2004, Peter has worked with a wide range of international customers (such as in USA, Japan and Philippines) culminating in a year’s posting in Singapore. 


Silja joined LGIM in 2012 as part of LGIM's initiative to help expand infrastructure investment by its clients through improving the supply of suitable investments opportunities. LGIM's clients have already invested around £6 billion in the asset class and LGIM is continuing to support the development of the private and public infrastructure markets. Prior to joining LGIM, Silja was responsible for infrastructure investment teams at Eagle Oak Capital and M&G where Silja led and managed a wide range of private and public institutional debt and unlisted equity investments.

Angus Tweedie is a vice president and transport analyst in the Business Services, Leisure & Transport team at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. Based in London, he covers eight stocks within the Transportation sub-sectors, including airports, mail and logistics. The Transportation team recently ranked #1 in the 2015 Institutional Investor survey. Prior to joining the firm in September 2014, Tweedie covered Media and Telecoms at Macquarie for five years having started his career in M&A. He read history at Edinburgh University and has completed all three stages of the CFA.

Ian Twinn has been IFC's Global Manager for Transport since September 2014. He has worked for IFC for 15 years, specializing for the last 10 years on infrastructure investments. Before taking up his current position, he was most recently Head of Portfolio, Infrastructure and Natural Resources EMENA and acting New Business Manager for Infrastructure based in Istanbul. Prior to IFC, he worked at the Bank of England as an economist and reserve manager. He holds a BA (Hons) in economics, an MSc in Finance and is a CFA charter holder.

Pieter van der Horst is an expert in Airportcity development and in non aviation revenues and works for the Schiphol Group. At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol he is responsible for the development of the landside part of the Airportcity, which includes the central area (Schiphol CBD) and commercial Real Estate. In the past he was a.o. CEO of a construction company and has been a guest lecturer for ACI on courses about non-Aviation revenues. Pieter completed a Master of Science in Business and Spatial Economics and completed a Master in Real Estate with honors (cum laude).

Schiphol Group operates airports in the Netherlands, conducts international activities and participates in airports abroad. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the Group’s main asset. Schiphol Group’s ambition is to continue to develop Schiphol into Europe’s Preferred Airport. Apart from being responsible for efficient and effective IT-services, Albert leads the Digital Transformation Program which aims at making Schiphol the best digital airport in the world. Big Data and Innovation are key in this program.

Rosemary A. Vassiliadis was named Clark County Director of Aviation in March 2013. She had previously served as Deputy Director of Aviation since December 1997. She oversees all operations at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, as well as general aviation airports in North Las Vegas, Henderson, Jean and Overton, Nevada. McCarran annually ranks among the world’s busiest airports, serving nearly 43 million passengers in 2014. Under Vassiliadis’ leadership, the airport has developed an industry-leading security program while maintaining a strong commitment to world-class customer service.

Nazareno Ventola joined Aeroporto G. Marconi di Bologna in January 2000 from previous experiences in the energy and consultancy industries. In 2002 he became Planning & Control Director and in 2011 he became Strategy and Corporate Performance Management Director. In 2013 he became Managing Director and in July 2015 CEO of Aeroporto G. Marconi di Bologna. In 2015 Nazareno Ventola led Aeroporto G. Marconi di Bologna to a successful landing at the Italian Stock Exchange “Borsa Italiana”, through an IPO that allowed the opening of the majority of the Company’s shareholding to private investors.

In January 1999, Jean-Michel Vernhes took the position of Director of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. He had already a long and distinguished career with the General Direction of Civil Aviation. From 1993 to 1998, he served as Air Navigation Deputy Director, Human Resources Manager, in Paris. In 2002, Jean-Michel Vernhes was appointed Services General Director at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse, a position in which he served until 2009.  Jean-Michel Vernhes served as President of the Association of French Language Airports from 2008 to 2011.

Paul Whelan is a well-established international Corporate Financier, Chairman and Managing Director with proven Board level experience particularly in the airport, airline, handling and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) sectors. He has recently turned around and managed several European airlines and airports, and other aviation related businesses. Paul is currently non –executive Director and Specialist Advisor to the President and Board of Aviapartner and no-executive Director of AGS Corporation, as well as being advisor to several aviation related companies.