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GAD event–global airport development & finance conference

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

Just Some Of The 120+ Speakers Who Particpated In 2014:

Just Some Of The 120+ Speakers Who Particpated In 2014:

Margus Rahuoja Director – Aviation & International Transport Affairs EUROPEAN COMMSSION

Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas, Transport and Cabinet Member responsible for Air Transport issues, European Commission (2013 November – present). Senior Advisor, Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas, Transport, European Commission, responsible for Air Transport issues and relations with Council and the Presidency (2010 - 2013). Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas, Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud, European Commission, responsible for Administration issues, (2004 - 2010). Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU (2003 – 2004).

Els de Groot CFO & Member of the Managing Board SCHIPHOL GROUP

Els de Groot is member of the Managing Board and Chief Financial Officer of Schiphol Group. Prior to joining Schiphol Group, she has been working in the financial sector for over 20 years, amongst others as Executive Vice President of Group Risk Management at ABN AMRO Bank, and as ad interim CRO/CFO at Van Lanschot Bank. Els is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Beter Bed, a dutch retailer, and Member of the Board of Directors of Aéroports de Paris.


John became CEO of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd in July 2014.  Prior to that, he was responsible for the delivery of the £1 billion annual capital investment programme, including the new Terminal 2. He joined the company as Commercial Director in May 2009, when he was responsible for all revenue at Heathrow, including airline income, retail, train, parking and property as well as passenger experience; over 3 years, retail income per passenger grew by 10% per annum and passenger satisfaction increased significantly to over 70%.


Howard Davies is Chairman of the Phoenix Group. He is also Professor of Practice at Sciences Po and Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Howard was Director of LSE from 2003 until May 2011. Prior to that he was Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2003. Howard has been an independent director of Morgan Stanley Inc since 2004 and Prudential plc since 2010. He is a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Board of Millennium LLC and has been a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission since 2003.


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.

Ebru Ozdemir Chairperson LIMAK YATIRIM HOLDING

Currently acting as the chairperson of Limak Yatırım and a member of Board of Directors of Limak Holding,  Mrs. Ozdemir has been the pivotal figure in the making of Limak one of the power houses among Turkish and international energy-to-infrastructure players. With a vivid approach to operational excellence and leadership of hers, assets under Limak Yatırım has been decorated by several awards including “Best Airport” for Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and “Utilities Deal of the Year- Euromoney” for electricity distribution assets. 

Antônio Miguel Marques CEO GRU AIRPORT

Antonio Miguel Marques holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, a post-graduation degree in Mineral Processing from UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais) and a MBA from Coppead-UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). During his career, he was CEO of Construtora Camargo Corrêa, Camargo Corrêa Cimentos, Votorantim Metais and other companies. He also was executive director of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce and director of Billiton Metais and Paranapanema Group.

Marco Troncone Chief Strategy & Financial Officer AEROPORTI DI ROMA

Marco joined Aeroporti di Roma in 2011, where he is currently CFO as well as responsible for Strategy, Regulatory and Corporate Development. Before then, Marco has served ADR as Board Member, while Investment Director in Sintonia SA, responsible for portfolio management and M&A in the infrastructure sector with a focus on airports. Marco started his career with AT Kearney where he spent 12 years focusing on infrastructure, energy and TLC industries; he holds an MBA and a degree in chemical engineering.

Temel Kotil President & CEO TURKISH AIRLINES

Mr. Kotil received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1991. After founding and managing the Aviation and Advanced Composite Laboratories of Istanbul Technical University, he also served as chair and associate dean of Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering. He served as the Head of Research Planning and Coordination Department in Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul. From 2001 he served as guest professor in the University of Illinois, followed by a position of Research Engineer in Advanced Innovative Technologies Inc, in Troy, New York, between 2002 and 2003. Dr. Kotil started his career with Turkish Airlines in 2003 and became the CEO in 2005.

Andrew Haines Chief Executive UK CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

Appointed as a Board Member and Chief Executive in August 2009 and for a further 5 years in August 2012. Andrew joined the CAA after a wide-ranging career in the rail industry including operational management and leadership, latterly as Managing Director of South West Trains, and as Managing Director of the Rail Division for First Group plc, which, under his leadership, became Britain’s largest and most profitable train operating business.

Holger Linkweiler Managing Director 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, Commercial and Property Activities, Communications, Technical Services and Technology.


Faizal Mansor joined MAHB in 2006. He 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. 

Nadine Lennie Director of Infrastructure FUTURE FUND

Nadine joined the Future Fund in April 2008 as Head of Infrastructure and Timberland.  Since that time she has been responsible for supporting the establishment of both the timberland and infrastructure investment programs including developing strategy, recruiting and managing the investment team and establishing the portfolio.  She is also a member of the Future Fund’s Committee responsible for approving the Fund’s investments in direct assets.  Nadine has over 15 years’ experience in the financial advisory and funds management sectors. 


Thomas Woldbye joined CPH in May 2011 as CEO. Before that Thomas Woldbye worked with the A.P. Møller-Mærsk group for 27 years. From 1985 and until 2004, he held a number of junior management positions and later senior management positions in the corporate APMM HQ in Copenhagen, as well as in Indonesia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Europe. From 2001 was as Group Senior Vice President in A.P. Moller – Maersk and later, in 2004, was appointed Group CEO of the Norfolkline Group in The Netherlands.

Michael Dedieu Managing Director MARGUERITE ADVISER

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. 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.


Dr Yiannis N. Paraschis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Athens International Airport since 2007. He joined AIA shortly after its establishment in 1996 and was appointed Deputy CEO in 2002. Prior to the Airport Company he worked ten years in international management consulting. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors in the leading Greek Media Company DOL SA, member of the Board of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) and chairman of the Board of the Athens Airport Fuel Pipeline Company S.A.

Laurent Fayollas Managing Director ARDIAN

Laurent Fayollas joined the AXA Group 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 3.4bn€ of asset under management with 18 investment across Europe. He played a key role in major transactions (VINCI Park, Luton Airport, SEA Tours-Bordeaux, SANEF, KALLISTA, etc.).Prior to joining ARDIAN, he worked at CACIB and Crédit Lyonnais  in the Infrastructure advisory and structured finance activities for 10 years.

Jörg Neuman Vice President Commercial Airport Relations LUFTHANSA

Jörg Neumann was appointed Vice President Commercial Airport Relations effective October 2012. In addition to procure handling and infrastructural services, the department negotiates contracts for Lufthansa with airports concerning airport charges like landing and noise charges. Furthermore, the department exerts influence on Aviation Security and ATC Charges worldwide, does infrastructure politics and builds up system partnerships. Another task area is the slot management, whose team provides and secures the scarce slots at coordinated airports.