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GAD event–global airport development & finance conference

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

Take a look at the full GAD 2015 speaker line-up today.

150+ Speakers Already Confirmed For 2015 Include:

150+ 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. 

G.V. Sanjay Reddy Vice Chairman GVK

G V Sanjay Reddy is the Vice Chairman of GVK, a conglomerate with interests in Energy, Airports, Transportation, Resources, Real Estate, Hospitality and Life Sciences. He was instrumental in making GVK the largest private airport operator in India. He founded GVK Biosciences, which is one of Asia’s largest contract research organizations employing more than 2000 scientists. He is involved with GVK EMRI 108 service, which is the world’s largest ambulance service offered free of cost to over 800 million people across India.

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.


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.

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.

Nicolas Notebaert Chairman VINCI 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.

Federico Patiño CFO GACM

Mr. Federico Patiño is responsible for the financing of the Mexico City International Airport. With more than 30 years of experience on the financial sector, Mr. Patiño has worked for several Mexican development banks such as Nacional Financiera, Bancomext, Fonadin and Banobras. Among other responsibilities, Mr. Patiño coordinated the privatization and market placement of the Mexican Airport Groups, was responsible for the Financing of the Mexico City Airport Expansion in 2007, structured and financed several PPP projects as well as coordinated the several rounds privatizations of government toll roads.

Víctor Manuel Cruz Vega President GRUPO ODINSA

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.


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.

Sidharath Kapur President and CFO (Airports) GMR GROUP

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.


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.

Solenne Lepage Directrice De Participations Transports APE

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.

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.


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. 

Macky Tall Senior Vice-President, Private Equity & Infrastructure CDPQ

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.


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.  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.


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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