Below are just a few of the 140+ world class speakers including industry titans, the most powerful airport investors, the foremast aviation thought-leaders and special guest speakers who participated in 2013.
George Casey has more than 27 years of senior leadership and management experience in airport acquisitions, development, capital planning, finance, operations, commercial management and privatizations in almost every region of the world. He has participated in the analysis, assessment and review of more than 160 airports and $5 billion-plus of airport financings in support of capital projects and acquisitions. Mr. Casey joined Vantage Airport Group (“Vantage”) in 2001. Since becoming president and CEO of Vantage, he has been responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the company.
Mr. Charbonneau is a Senior 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. Before joining PSP Investments, Mr. Charbonneau worked for a private investment fund and prior to that, he was part of the Infrastructure and PPP advisory team at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Montreal, Quebec).
Mrs Torborg Chetkovich has over 20 years of experience from leading positions within the transport sector. During the years her main focus has been to increase profitability and passenger satisfaction. She began her career at Swedish State Railways, before moving on to Veolia, Sweden´s largest passenger transportation company, as Transport Director. During the following two years she served as Deputy CEO at Veolia Transport Sweden before she took position as Managing Director for MTR Scandinavia. Since 2010 Mrs. Chetkovich is Group CEO at Swedavia, operating eleven climate friendly airports across Sweden.
Mark Chladek is a Director in Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment team of M&G Investments. Mark joined the team in 2005 and is on the investment committee of all three funds managed by Infracapital. Infracapital funds have invested in many high profile infrastructure businesses including Affinity Water, Associated British Ports, Kelda Group (Yorkshire Water), Zephyr wind farms, Redfunnel ferries and Alticom. Mark has over 15 years of experience and is focussed on the origination and execution of new investments and has considered many airport opportunities.
Hamish joined Hermes GPE in January 2012 and is responsible for the sourcing, analysis and due diligence of investments. His previous roles include Senior Advisor to Global Infrastructure Partners, Associate Director of Macquarie Group and Investment Manager of Hastings Funds Management. Hamish has held numerous board positions including Copenhagen, Birmingham and Perth Airports. Hamish started his career with Ernst & Young, is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Financial Planning.
Robert Deillon has over 30 years of expertise in the hotel and travel industry and has held several executive functions within the Swissair Group, at Gate Gourmet, in Switzerland and abroad. He is currently CEO of Genève Aéroport. Thanks to his dynamism, Geneva Airport has received several awards within IATA “Eagle Award" 2009 for the most improved airport and also the “European workplace mobility plan award”. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the Air Transport Research Society named it as the most efficient airport in the category of airports handling under 15 million passengers a year.
Mark Gale was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in December 2009. As CEO, Gale serves as the City's chief representative in local, state, national and international affairs, in marketing the Airport and improving air service. In this capacity, he is responsible for directing the planning, development and administration of all the activities of the City's Division of Aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport and the management of about 800 Airport personnel. Prior to being named Acting Director of Aviation in 2009, Mark was Deputy Director of Aviation for Operations and Facilities since 2000.
Vince Granato was named the Port of Portland’s Chief Operating Officer in February of 2012. In this role he is responsible for all operating functions for the Port, including Portland International Airport, two General Aviation airports, and all of the Port’s marine terminals. Vince has 25 years of experience with the Port of Portland in various managerial and financial capacities, most recently serving as the Port’s Chief Financial Officer.
Ray has been Group Chief Financial Officer with Dublin Airport Authority for 14 years, with responsibility for Finance, Shared Services, Group Information Technology and DAA’s international airport investment interests. Ray is also a director of Aer Rianta International, the Group’s international retailing and airport investment company, DAA Finance plc, the Group’s listed financing vehicle, and a number of other DAA subsidiaries and associates.
Patrick Heck is the Deputy Manager of Aviation for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for Denver International Airport. In this role, Mr. Heck has responsibility for all financial activities, including long term strategic business planning, accounting, internal audit, and strategic sourcing. Previously, Mr. Heck was the Deputy Manager for Revenue Development and Strategic Advisor for the airport. Mr. Heck has previously held a variety of positions with United Airlines in finance, operations and marketing and sales.
James Hogan was appointed President and Chief Executive of Etihad Airways on 10 September 2006, bringing more than 30 years of travel industry expertise to the Abu Dhabi-based airline. He has overseen rapid growth of the UAE’s national airline, which now serves 94 destinations, operating a fleet of 78 modern environmentally friendly aircraft. In July 2008, he signed one of the largest aircraft orders in history for up to 205 aircraft worth approximately US$43 billion at list prices, to meet the airline’s ambitious long-term growth plans. CEO Magazine named him Aviation CEO of the Year in 2008 and Visionary of the Year in 2010.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry. Richard is a member of the Equity Investment Committee and from May 2013 became responsible for leading Hastings equity asset management activities globally. Prior to this role, Richard was the Chief Executive Officer of the Utilities Trust of Australia. Richard has represented Hastings as a director on the Boards of many of its investments. He has also been involved in some of our largest and most complex transactions including Sydney Desalination Plant, South East Water, Perth and Melbourne airports and Freeport LNG.
Maxime is an Investment Director at EISER Infrastructure Partners, an independent London based infrastructure fund with about EUR1.1bln of assets under management. Prior to joining EISER in 2006, Maxime was working in the M&A department of Dutch bank ABN AMRO. Maxime has extensive experience in the origination and execution of private equity transactions in the infrastructure space, with a specific focus on transportation. Since 2008, he is also a member of the board of directors of Belfast City Airport.
Mr. Sidharath Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer of Airports Sector of the GMR Group since May 2009. The GMR group operates 3 airports viz Delhi, Hyderabad and Male airports and has significant shareholder interest in the Istanbul Sabiha Gocken airport. Mr Sidharath Kapur has extensive experience of over 24 years of financial management in financial services and corporate finance with various sectors including financial services, oil and gas and infrastructure.
Chris joined easyJet on 1 July 2010 in the position of Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to the Board. After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in Engineering, Chris progressed rapidly within Audit and Consultancy before a two year stint as a venture capitalist and banker. In 1993 Chris joined EMI Music where he worked both in the UK and the US, covering a variety of roles including; UK CFO, European Chief Operating Officer and International CFO. In early 2008 he joined the Board as CFO and then Chief Investment Officer.
Neil joined 3i in 2005 as a partner in its Infrastructure team. Since then he has taken a leading role in deals including Eversholt Rail and Anglian Water as well as the IPO of 3i Infrastructure Limited. Neil has over 20 years experience in infrastructure market sectors including regulated utilities, airports, toll roads, rail, power and public private partnerships.
Holger Linkweiler is Managing Director of HOCHTIEF AirPort and HOCHTIEF AirPort Capital. Furthermore, he is Chairman of the Administrative Council of Tirana International Airport and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens International Airport. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Budapest Airport and Sydney Airport Corporation as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Düsseldorf and Flughafen Hamburg. Within HOCHTIEF AirPort he oversees Aviation, Commercial and Property Activities, Communications, Technical Services and Technology.
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.
Dr. Philippa Malmgren is the President and Founder of Principalis Asset Management, based in London. Principalis engages in original research regarding risks to the market that are not easily quantified, namely politics, policy and geopolitics. Dr. Malmgren’s clients include many investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds as well as Sovereign Wealth Funds, pension funds, corporations and family offices. She served as financial market advisor in the White House and on the National Economic Council from 2001-2002.
Faizal Mansor joined MAHB in 2006. He has had extensive experience in treasury, corporate and investment banking initially with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and subsequently with the AmInvestment Group. He had also worked in Australia as a Corporate Accountant in a manufacturing company being involved in its corporate restructuring and process improvements. Prior to joining MAHB, he was a CFO of a public-listed construction and wastewater management company. He is primarily responsible for the financial restructuring of MAHB which was successfully completed in 2009.
Michael is a founding partner of Global Infrastructure Partners. He led GIP’s acquisition of London City Airport in 2006, London Gatwick Airport in 2009 and Edinburgh Airport in 2012. He was previously Head of Credit Suisse’s Global Transportation and Logistics group from 1997 to 2006 and prior to that was Head of Transport Investment Banking at BZW from 1990. He has been the lead advisor on the privatisations of over 25 airports or airport groups.
As Director of Brand, Marketing and Culture for the London Olympics and Paralympics Greg Nugent was responsible for everything from customer relationships to the look of the Games. He built a database of 5.5 million, turned volunteers into Gamesmakers and coined the phrase ‘Inspiring a Generation’ as a beacon of hope for the nation. With a background in polling, Greg likens the Olympics to a political campaign. By engaging 23,000 community leaders and weaving a thread from the athletes through to the public, the aim was to create ‘A Games for Everybody.’ As a testament to the Games’ success, 89% of those surveyed afterwards said it was “the best thing that’s ever happened in the UK.” Before joining LOCOG Greg was Head of Marketing at Eurostar, where he helped steer HS1 and the move to St Pancras.
Mr Pahri has over twenty years’ experience in the banking industry. Mr Pahri started his banking career at Citigroup in Sydney and subsequently worked for more than 13 years with ABN AMRO. During this period, position included Regional CFO for Asia Pacifi c, Global Head of Strategy and M&A, Global Head of Proprietary Structuring Group, Head of Emerging Growth Markets, Head of Infrastructure Capital, Americas, Global Head of Integrated Finance/ Infrastructure Capital, Global Head of Special Situations and Distressed Capital and Global Head Structured Capital. Subsequently, in Royal Bank of Scotland Boe was appointed Global co-Head Principal Strategies.
Matina is currently Deputy Head of QIC Global Infrastructure who on behalf of its clients has committed approximately A$7.2 billion across 22 investments and 11 geographies. Matina has over 25 years funds management and investment banking experience. Prior to joining QIC, Matina was employed by AMP Capital Investors, Bankers Trust, Macquarie Bank and Arthur Andersen. Matina’s current director roles are WestlinkM7, Brisbane Airport Corporation Holdings and India Infrastructure Holdings, and alternate director of Queensland Motorways.
Andrea Pal is Deputy General Director of Northern Capital Gateway, the company operating Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was formerly COO of Dorsch Holding and Managing Director of Dorsch Gruppe, one of the largest German independent engineering consultant. Ms. Pal has acquired extensive experience in the infrastructure development as the Senior Vice President of Global Investments and Management division of Fraport AG, where she was in charge of managing a portfolio of more than twenty companies.
Brian Pearce is IATA’s Chief Economist. The role of his 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.
Matthias Reicherter is Head of Infrastructure Investments at Golding Capital Partners since October 2011. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the evaluation and selection of infrastructure fund managers, implementation of coinvestment strategies and the management of infrastructure asset portfolios. Prior to his current role he was a Director within Barclays Infrastructure Funds and DEPFA Bank plc. Matthias Reicherter has experience in projects across a range of infrastructure sectors including transport and social infrastructure as well as in the energy sector.
Mr Kari Savolainen is the CEO of Finavia Corporation since January 2012. Prior to his appointment at Finavia he worked as the CEO of Steveco Oy, the leading port operator in Finland, for over 6 years. 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 .
Mustafa Sani Şener graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Black Sea Technical University(BTU) in 1977, Şener earned his Masters degree on fluid mechanics in 1979 from the Department of Applied Sciences, University of Sussex. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate from BTU for his invaluable contributions to the development of Turkish. Before his career at TAV Airports, he filled project manager and general manager positions in prominent national and international projects. He is a board member of ACI Europe.
Macky Tall is responsible for developing and managing the infrastructure investment portfolio for ports, airports, toll roads, pipelines and water distribution systems, among other sectors. He also oversees investments in PPPs and their U.K. counterparts, PFIs. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Private Equity group at the Caisse and also chairs the Management Committee of the Infrastructure group. With over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure finance, development and investment, Mr. Tall has held several senior management positions for companies in the Finance and Energy sectors.
Charles Thomazi is a member of the transaction team and a board member of Birmingham Airport and Ontario Airport Investments (OAIL), the holding company for Teachers' airport assets. Charles has been involved in numerous transactions including Sydney Airport, Macquarie Airports Group, Transurban, Bristol Airport, Birmingham Airport, and Highspeed 1. He was also involved in the acquisitions of Brussels Airport and Copenhagen Airport. Charles joined Teachers' in 1995 and has worked with the real-return bond and tactical asset allocation portfolios. He also helped launch the infrastructure portfolio in 2000.
Martin has been senior director of A T Kearney’s internal think-tank, the Global Business Policy Council, since 2007, focusing on strategic planning and long-term trends. Before that, he was Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, editor-in-chief of United Press International, and assistant editor of Britain’s The Guardian, where he served as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. A Brackenbury Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, he was Harkness Fellow at Harvard and he is also a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute at New York University. Author of the prize-winning ‘The Cold War; a history,’ he also writes the international best-selling series of ‘Bruno, chief of police,’ now translated into 15 languages.
In September 2008, Thomas Weyer started as the new COO of Munich Airport. Since then, he has been in charge of the traffic and engineering divisions of the growing European hub. After a reorganization of the board Thomas Weyer became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in January 2011.
Jim Wilmott is a Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Europe. A 25 year veteran of Morgan Stanley, Jim has been investing in principal transactions since 1996 across a range of asset classes and geographies. Since joining MSI, Jim has taken significant roles in numerous transactions, including leading an MSI consortium in acquiring Eversholt Rail Group, one of the three leading train-leasing companies in the U.K. Prior to joining MSI, Jim was responsible for establishing Morgan Stanley’s Principal Investing business in Europe, a special situations, on balance sheet investment platform.
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.
Chris Wrenn, Managing Director, is co-head of the Infrastructure Debt Group, within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). He is responsible for establishing the platform, originating investment opportunities, leading the investment process, establishing industry partnerships, and maintaining relationships with key sponsors. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2012, Mr. Wrenn worked at Blackstone/GSO (following its acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital) where he was part of the Infrastructure Debt team. Between 1996 and 2009, Mr. Wrenn was a Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Financial Security Assurance.