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GAD event–global airport development & finance conference

Global Airport Development: Advanced Market Driven Strategies for Airport Development, Financing & Marketing

100+ Speakers Already Confirmed For 2015 Include:

100+ Speakers Already Confirmed For 2015 Include:


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. 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. 

Jos A. Nijhuis President & CEO SCHIPHOL GROUP

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.

George Casey President & CEO VANTAGE AIRPORT GROUP

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 in almost every region of the world. He has participated in the analysis, assessment and review of more than 165 airports and $7 billion-plus of airport financings in support of capital projects and acquisitions worldwide. He is a frequent industry speaker on aviation and airport matters.


Mustafa Sani Şener was appointed member of the Board of Directors, President and CEO of TAV Airports in 1997. After graduating from Black Sea Technical University (KTÜ,) Mr. Şener earned his Master’s degree in fluid mechanics in 1979 from University of Sussex. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in engineering from KTÜ for his invaluable contributions to the development of Turkish engineering at the international level, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in business administration from the Hellenic American University for his accomplishments in Project and Risk Management at TAV.

Edward Arkwright CFO & Head Of Strategy AEROPORTS DE PARIS

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.

Arijandas Sliupas Vice Minister, Transport & Communications REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

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.


Mr. R K Jain has experience at senior level in Infrastructure sector for more than 30 years. At present, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd., operating and developing CSI Airport, Mumbai. He has been associated with CSIA for last seven years. Mr. R K Jain is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also fellow member of various other professional institutes in India and abroad.


Kerrie is the Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Airport. She is 2nd vice president of ACI Asia Pacific Regional Board, a director of the world governing board of ACI, Vice Chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum, and a director on the Advisory Council of the University of NSW Australian School of Business. Formerly, Kerrie was CEO of MAp Airports, where she was on the Boards of Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Rome Airport and also Bristol and Birmingham Airports in the UK.

Daniel Schmucki CFO & Managing Director International Business Development FLUGHAFEN ZÜRICH

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.

Chris Poinsatte Executive Vice President & CFO DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Chris Poinsatte was appointed Executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer 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 and $3.0 billion of new debt.  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.


Faizal Mansor has had extensive experience in treasury, corporate and investment banking with Japanese, Australian and Malaysian groups. He was primarily responsible for the corporate and financial restructuring of MAHB in 2009 which involved debt settlement, disposal of non-core assets and the signing of a new 25-year PPP agreement with the government. His leadership has contributed to MAHB securing AAA rating in its maiden bond issuance for the construction of the largest fully-dedicated low cost carrier terminal in the world at KLIA.


John has 18 years of banking and infrastructure experience, 13
years of which have been in the airports sector. Prior to joining MIRA, John
was Corporate Development Director at Ferrovial responsible for M&A
activity at Ferrovial Aeropuertos and BAA Ltd. John is responsible for
Transport in Europe for MIRA and led the recent acquisition of AGS Airports as
well as the sale of Bristol Airport in the UK. John is currently a Director of
Copenhagen, Brussels, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports.


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.

Laurent Fayollas Managing Director ARDIAN

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 vestments across Europe. He played a key role in major transactions (VINCIPark, 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.

Patrick Charbonneau Senior Director, Infrastructure Investments PSP INVESTMENTS

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.

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