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CAPA Airlines in Transition 2015                   Dublin, 25-26 March 2015

 
Mr Dane Kondic
CEO
Air Serbia
Global orientated professional with proven results in top level sales, marketing, key customer management and strategic action planning within major international airline environments and more recently, in a marketing services environment; where demonstrating expertise in developing business, entrepreneurial leadership, key relationship building, complex negotiations and brand building are imperative to revenue growth, commercial success and organisational profitability.
 
Mr Adel Abdullah Ali
Group CEO
Air Arabia
Adel A. Ali is well known for being at the forefront of the development of modern aviation. His innovative achievements and contribution to air transport and tourism sector in the wider Arab world are globally recognized. He managed to transform Arab aviation in October 2003 when he set up Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first low-cost carrier (LCC), opening up a market niche in the region whose existence few had suspected. The pioneering aviator drove Air Arabia’s growth in the next eight years into the largest low cost carrier in the MENA region, as well as the first publicly owned airline in the Arab World and it’s largest by market value. Drawing on his 28 years of experience with industry leaders such as Gulf Air and British Airways, Adel has also been able to guide Air Arabia to become amongst the world’s best run Low Cost Carriers, delivering a profit for eight years in succession. Under the leadership of Adel, Air Arabia’s business model has gone from strength to strength, enabling it to expand operations, enter new ventures and diversify into new revenue streams. Today, the Group holds a portfolio of successful businesses and projects, offering travel, tourism and hospitality services across the globe. In addition to being the Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, Adel is also the chairman of Sharjah Information Systems Associates, Alpha Sharjah catering, Alpha Aviation Academy and Cozmo Travel. A board member of Sharjah Aviation Services; Adel also sits on the board of Air Arabia (Maroc), based in Casablanca’s Mohamed V International Airport and Air Arabia (Egypt), based in Alexandria’s Burj Al Arab International Airport. Since 2007 and for five consecutive years, Adel has been awarded ‘Airline CEO of the year’ by various industry forums. He was named ‘World’s best Low Cost Carrier CEO’ during the World LCC Congress in 2008. He entered the “Hall of Fame Award” in 2010, honoring his contribution to the Middle East Aviation. In 2011, Adel was named “Business Leader of the Year” at the Middle East Accountancy and Finance Excellence Awards as recognition for establishing Air Arabia as the region’s number one low-cost carrier. Finally, in September 2012, during the third year of CEO Middle East Awards, Adel Ali was named “CEO of the Year – Aviation”. Hosted by CEO Middle East, an ITP group publication, “CEO Middle East Awards” recognise and reward outstanding success, innovation and ethics.
 
Mr Lamberto Biscarini
Senior Partner & Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group from the Milan office
Lamberto Biscarini is a Senior Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group from the Milan office. For many years, he led the BCG Travel & Tourism Sector in EMEA. Today he coordinates the BCG Pricing and Revenue Management solutions initiative at global level and leads the Consumer practice in Italy, Greece and Turkey. Mr. Biscarini serves a wide spectrum of clients in Travel & Tourism, ranging from Airlines and Airports, where he holds his main focus, to Rail, Cruiselines and Transport Infrastructure. His main domains of expertise covers restructuring and turnaround programs, privatizations, strategic planning, network planning, revenue management and ancillaries, loyalty and marketing, public/private partnerships. Before joining BCG, Mr. Biscarini worked at Procter & Gamble in several geographies. His background is Chemical Engineering.
 
Mr Stan Boyer
Vice President, Solutions Marketing, SabreSonic® Customer Sales and Service
Sabre Airline Solutions
Stan Boyer is vice president of Solutions Marketing for the SabreSonic CSS solution, part of the Sabre Airline Solutions portfolio. The company is the world’s largest provider of Software-as-a-Service to airlines and offers the most complete portfolio, helping airlines better market, sell, serve and operate with future-ready technology. Stan is responsible for evangelizing the broadest suite of solutions available in the industry to help airlines enhance their customers’ experience and grow revenue. Under his leadership, SabreSonic brings to market forward thinking software solutions that enhance the core capabilities of our SabreSonic CSS solutions suite. 

His team focuses on 3-5 year strategies and communication of these strategies.Stan works with solution managers and directors to provide vision for product enhancement and implementation.Stan works closely with our consulting, development and delivery organizations to ensure that we continue to strive to meet the needs of our customers. 

Stan has held various management and leadership positions for Sabre over the last 20 years. Most recently, Stan was vice president SabreSonic CSS solution design.His team worked with our larger customers to create unique solutions that help them get the most of their SabreSonic CSS investment.Prior to this, Stan was the senior director of Sabre Airline Solutions Consulting & Solutions Delivery group. He led a team of consultants and had responsibility for the implementation of business processes and variance closure for each SabreSonic CSS implementation.Stan has also been heavily engaged in all SabreSonic strategic pursuits. 

From 2000 through 2007, Stan was director of consulting services.In this role, he led a global team of consultants, traveling around the world to deliver valuable business results in the areas of sales, distribution, loyalty and customer experience.Prior to this, he worked in Sabre’s applied research lab, and was directly responsible for maintaining relationships with key research institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Labs and Stanford Center for Human/Computer Interaction. 

Stan lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He also has a Master’s degree in Linguistics and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.
 
Mr Eamonn Brennan
Chief Executive
Irish Aviation Authority
Eamonn Brennan is Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) with responsibility for the provision of Air Traffic Management (ATM) in Irish controlled airspace (covering some 451,000 square km), aeronautical communications on the North Atlantic (handling over a million flights per annum), and the safety and security regulation of the civil aviation industry in Ireland. Mr. Brennan was the Commercial Director of the Authority prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2003. He was educated at St. Joseph's College and University College Galway where he graduated with a B. Comm. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then worked for a decade in executive and consulting roles in Ireland, UK, Malta and in South East Asia, mainly in the travel, aviation and tourism industries. He has an avid interest in aviation and has held a private pilot's licence and has enjoyed flying in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Malaysia.

The IAA has a similar structure to the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States and Mr. Brennan is also responsible for the safety regulation of the worldwide operations of major Irish carriers, e.g. Ryanair, Aer Lingus, maintenance organisations, pilots, airworthiness and other regulatory matters. As well as being a member of the Board of the IAA, Mr. Brennan is also a member of the Board of Aireon, a joint venture between the IAA, Iridium Communications Inc., Nav Canada, ENAV (Italy), and Naviair (Denmark), which was established to launch the world’s first satellitebased air traffic surveillance system from 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Entry Point North, an international provider of Air Traffic Controller training services, in partnership with Naviair, LFV (Sweden) and Avinor (Norway).

He was a member of the Executive Board of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) from 2005 to 2011 and served as Global Deputy Chairman and Chairman for various periods. He was Chairman of the Eurocontrol Chief Executive's Standing Conference 2004-2006 and Chairman of the Air Navigation Services Board of Eurocontrol 2006-2007. He also served as Chairman of the COOPANS ATM Systems Group, Denmark/Sweden/Austria until 2010.
 
Mr Aidan Brogan
CEO
Datalex
Aidan Brogan joined Datalex in 1994. Aidan was appointed to the Board on 25 June 2012, and took up the role of CEO on 11 September 2012. Prior to taking up the CEO position Aidan was SVP of sales, and was instrumental in building the leading product and market position for Datalex. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the airline and travel industry, Aidan’s background includes project management, system design, product development, marketing, business planning and international sales. Previous to this Aidan served a variety of roles for Westinghouse in Dubai, UAE, in its airline and travel business in the Middle East such as Regional Sales Manager and a range of support and development roles.
 
Mr Pat Byrne
Chairman
CityJet
Having spent the first 20 years of his career in financial services and successfully exiting the sector on the sale of his business, Pat founded Irish regional airline, Cityjet in 1993 and ran it as CEO for 8 years. On the sale of the airline to Air France in 2000, Pat retired as CEO and took up the position of non-executive Chairman. One of Pat’s key frustrations as an airline CEO had been the lack of access to key data in operations and especially around metrics on resource consumption. Following a few years in strategic business consultancy he set up Rainmaker.aero as a specialist provider of Business Intelligence Analytics for the operational domain of regional and international airlines globally. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Rainmaker provides critical analytics solutions to leading airlines in North America and Europe. More recently Pat returned to Cityjet, which is now independent of Air France, to take up the role of Executive Chairman and he is very focused on transitioning the regional carrier to become a leading niche operator in Europe both with its own brand network and also performing flight operations on behalf of other carriers.
 
Mr Jim Callaghan
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Ireland
Etihad Airways
Jim Callaghan became Etihad Airways’ General Counsel and Company Secretary in May 2009. Previously, he spent nine years at Europe’s largest low cost carrier, Ryanair Ltd, as Company Secretary and Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs. At Ryanair, Mr Callaghan was responsible for setting up the airline’s legal function and for corporate governance and liaising with the Board. He actively manages a suite of ongoing regulatory and legal issues relating to competition law, trademarks, airport contracts, advertising standards, consumer law, and commercial litigation. Before joining Ryanair in 2000, Mr Callaghan spent several years at international law firms in the United States and in Brussels. He holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in European and International Law from Vrije Universiteit in Brussels.
 
Mr Ciro Andrade Camargo
Head of Airline Alliances
GOL Airlines
Ciro Camargo is the Head of Alliances at GOL Airlines. After working in the oil and aerospace industries for eight years, Ciro joined GOL in 2007 to launch and manage the airline’s first partnerships. Graduated and post-graduated in Business Administration, he is also undertaking a doctorate in alliances and strategy.
 
Mr Albert Muntané Casanova
Head of Network Planning & Distribution
Air Europa
Albert is an inherently curious person, and has spent over 15 years in international and multinational environments. After gathering some years of experience in sales, marketing, consulting and project management, he joined the airline industry in 2005, where he held a number of roles in route management and revenue management and has been a member of cross-functional teams. In 2011 he joined Air Europa as Head of Network with special focus in Network Development, and in this function he has been deeply involved in the transformation of Air Europa’s business model. Albert holds a degree in Business Administration and is particularly interested in behavioral economics. In his free time, Albert does not play golf.
 
Professor Rigas Doganis
Chairman
European Aviation Club
Prof. Rigas Doganis has acted as aviation consultant and strategy adviser to numerous airlines, airports, banks and governments around the world. He is currently a non-executive director of easyJet, Europe’s second largest low-cost airline, and was previously a non-executive director of South African Airways. He sits on the Board of Hyderabad Airport in India and is Chairman of the European Aviation Club in Brussels. 
Prof. Doganis served as Chairman and CEO of Olympic Airways in Athens from Feb-1995 to Apr-1996 and successfully implemented a major restructuring programme which produced Olympic’s first profit in 18 years. He set up and headed the Department of Air Transport at Cranfield University (UK) from 1991 until 1997 and established it as the pre-eminent academic centre in Europe for post-graduate teaching and research in air transport. He is now a Visiting Professor at Cranfield. From 1976 until 1992 he was Visiting Professor in Airline Management at the Asian School of Management in Manila. Prof. Doganis is a well-known author in the field of aviation economics. A new enlarged fourth edition Flying Off Course: Airline Economics and Marketing was published in Jan-2010. This has become the basic text in its field. He is also the author of The Airline Business. He wrote one of the very first books on airport management entitled The Airport Business. Japanese, Spanish and Chinese language editions of these books have been published.
 
Mr Paschal Donohoe
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Fine Gael
Paschal is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Prior to his appointment to his current role, Paschal was the Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was elected as a TD in February 2011, where he topped the poll in Dublin Central. He was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2007 to 2011 and served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 to 2007. Paschal was formerly the Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, he served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport. During his time as member of Dublin City Council, he served as Chair of the Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee, as a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also as Chairman of the Central Area Committee. Paschal is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College, where he obtained a degree in Politics and Economics and has attended St. Declan’s CBS, Cabra.
 
Ms Sinead Finn
Director
affinnity
Ms. Sinead Finn graduated from University College Dublin with a European BA Hons in 1995. In December 1996, she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism with Honours. In 1997, she was appointed as Marketing Executive for The Irish Tourist Board based in Norway and was responsible for significant tourism growth and development from Norway to Ireland.

Sinead joined Ryanair in June 1998 as Sales Manager for Italy. Under Ms. Finn’s management, Italy, then an entirely new market for Ryanair grew to 12 airports carrying over 4 million passengers. In June 2002 Sinead was promoted to Head of Sales and Marketing at Ryanair with responsibility for the company's Sales and Marketing activities networkwide. Passenger numbers at the airline grew from 13.4 million per annum to 51 million during her tenure in this role.

In April 2008, Ms. Finn was promoted to the role of Director of Commercial Revenue responsible for the management and development of all ancillary revenue streams at Ryanair. Under Sinead’s Management this area grew considerably. She was personally instrumental in negotiating, inaugurating and establishing new partnerships to monetise the Ryanair website. Partnerships under her remit included Hertz, Booking.com, Axa, UK General, Google, Yahoo, Ad2One, MBNA, Santander, Webloyalty, Hostelworld, Costa Cruises and many more.

Sinead set up affinnity (www.affinnity.com) in May 2011, a company which assists companies to perform in key areas such as Business Development, Ancillary Revenue, Website Traffic Monetization, Sales, Marketing and Communications. Clients include Airports, Airlines, other transport providers, on-line travel companies, on-line advertisers competing with Google, start-ups and Silicon Valley based Technology Firms with an interest in the European Travel Sector.
 
Mr Martin Gauss
CEO
airBaltic
Martin Gauss is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of airBaltic. He joined the carrier in November 2011. Under his leadership airBaltic executed a robust turnaround program leading the airline back to profitability. Martin Gauss is a professional with more then 22 years of experience in the airline industry.

Martin Gauss started his aviation career as a pilot on Boeing 737 with British Airways subsidiary Deutsche BA in 1992. From 1995 he was working in different management functions of Deustche BA. He became the Director of Flight operations in 2002. In this role he was member of the integration group of Easyjet and British Airways. In 2003 British Airways sold Deutsche BA to the Intro Group of Hans Rudolf Wöhrl. Martin Gauss became the joint Managing Director of Deutsche BA (dba) with the responsibility to relaunch the airline, in which he also took a 10% stake. Under Martin Gauss dba became profitable. In 2006 dba was sold to Air Berlin were Martin Gauss as Managing Director of dba was responsible for the integration of dba into Air Berlin. He has also held CEO positions in Cirrus Group and in the former Oneworld member airline Malev.

Martin Gauss still flies as a Captain on a Boeing 737.
 
Mr Saad Hammad
CEO
Flybe
Saad Hammad joined Flybe as Chief Executive Officer on 1 August 2013. He joined Flybe from easyJet plc, where he was Chief Commercial Officer between 2005 and 2009. Mr Hammad was Non-Executive Director of Air Berlin plc and, since 25 April 2014, has been a Non-Executive Director of Pegasus, the leading Turkish low-cost carrier. He has also held senior executive roles at a number of leading corporations including The Gores Group, Procter & Gamble, Thorn-EMI, Vision Express and Tibbett & Britten. Mr Hammad is a member of the Nomination Committee.
 
Professor Brian F Havel
Distinguished Research Professor of Law
De Paul University College
Brian F. Havel is Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Associate Dean for International Affairs, and Director of the International Aviation Law Institute at De Paul University College of Law. He is Visiting Professor of Law, University of Oxford Faculty of Law, where he was the Keeley Fellow at Wadham College from 2011 to 2013. He is also Visiting Professor at Leiden University and University College Dublin. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Aviation, Travel, and Tourism Council and the Board of the European Air Law Association. Professor Havel has written four books, numerous articles, and has given speeches and presentations world-wide.
 
Mr Bobby Healy
CTO
CarTrawler
Bobby Healy is an experienced inventor and technology entrepreneur specialising in booking engine software. He joined CarTrawler in 2005 having begun his career building computer games for Nintendo at 16 years of age. Prior to joining CarTrawler, Bobby founded Eland Technologies which he later sold to airline technology giant SITA and remained as CTO until 2005. His booking solutions are now in use by 80% of the world's top 20 airlines. Bobby continues to be an avid computer programmer and is a frequent speaker on the international circuit on subjects related to technology in the airline industry, ancillary revenue and online distribution.
 
Mr Ian Heywood
Global Head of Product & Marketing, Air Commerce
Travelport
Ian has recently been appointed to the new role heading up Product and Marketing for the Air Commerce line of business. This role involves owning the overall responsibility and being fully accountable for end-to-end product life cycle management for all Air line of business products, from Conception (including customer research, commercial team input, R&D work and competitive analysis), Launch and Adoption (including customer operations and ongoing marketing/positioning), Ongoing growth and Product retirement/sunset. Ian joined Travelport 3.5 years ago where a key part of Ian’s work has been the launch of the Travelport Merchandising Platform with ‘Aggregated Shopping’ ‘Ancillary Services’ and ‘Rich Content and Branding’ which enables airlines to adapt their business models to whichever competitive/economic environment they operate in and for travel agents to access enhanced airline content in their normal workflow. Prior to Travelport, Ian spent the majority of his working life at British Airways, where he joined as an apprentice and held a number of commercial roles in the UK and overseas. He has also worked for Qatar Airways as SVP Global Sales and Distribution.
 
Mr Yutaka Ito
Senior Vice President, EMA, General Manager London
All Nippon Airways
Mr Yutaka Ito is Senior Vice President, EMA, General Manager London for All Nippon Airways. Mr Ito has worked with All Nippon Airways since he graduated from Tokyo University Faculty of Law in 1981. Prior to his current position Mr Ito was the General Manager of the Paris Office and has held positions within All Nippon Airways in supply & purchasing, inflight services, administrative duties in Frankfurt and Kansai and in the Legal Affairs Department.
 
Mr Kenny Jacobs
Chief Marketing Officer
Ryanair
Kenny Jacobs, Chief Marketing Officer of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest and the world’s leading low-cost airline. He is responsible for sales, marketing and customer service at Ryanair. Previously Kenny was CMO for Moneysupermarket plc. which has a set of digital brands saving consumers money on insurance, finance, energy and travel. Kenny has spent most of his career in retail, with Tesco PLC as marketing director in Tesco Ireland and brand director for Tesco UK. Prior to that he worked for German retailer Metro Group GmbH in various roles in marketing and IT in Europe and Asia.
 
Mr Alan Joyce
Chief Executive Officer
Qantas Airways Limited
Alan Joyce has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas since November 2008. This period has seen a major transformation agenda for Qantas International, including a ground-breaking partnership with Emirates Airlines; the continuing strength of Qantas Domestic, including through supporting the resources sector; the rapid development of Jetstar’s pan‐Asian strategy; and the sustained growth and success of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. A key feature of this period has been the utilisation of new technologies to improve productivity and service – from the renewal of the Qantas fleet, to smarter, faster check‐in, and innovative use of iPads. Mr Joyce served as founding Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar for five years from October 2003, a period that included the commencement of the airline’s domestic and international operations. Prior to his appointment at Jetstar, Mr Joyce spent over 15 years in key positions at Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus. Mr Joyce has previously held the position of Chairman of the International Air Transport Association. Mr Joyce holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) (Honours) and a Master of Science in Management Science. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Age: 46
 
Mr Stephen Kavanagh
CEO
Aer Lingus
Stephen Kavanagh is Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline. There, he is responsible for corporate strategy, network, fleet and partner relations. During his 25 years at Aer Lingus, he has undertaken a variety of roles in operational and commercial departments culminating in his appointment as an executive officer in 2006 and was part of the IPO team that brought Aer Lingus to market in that year. Kavanagh was appointed to his current position in 2014. He most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer where he had directed the improvement in retail and revenue management, network and partner development, which returned the carrier to consistent profitability. He is a graduate of University College in Dublin, and he and his partner have one son.
 
Mr Athar Husain Khan
CEO
Association of European Airlines
Athar Husain Khan graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in International Law, and also specialised in Air and Space Law. He subsequently joined the Aeropolitical Division of the Dutch Ministry of Transport as a negotiator of traffic rights and senior policy advisor on various international issues. He joined the Flight Operations department of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 1998 where inter alia he was responsible for the regulatory and policy issues surrounding Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. In July 2002 he was appointed Director of Government & Industry Affairs, dealing mainly with infrastructure and environment issues, the Air France – KLM merger and European and international aeropolitical affairs. 

In February 2007 he became General Manager Infrastructure at the Association of European Airlines, dealing with value chain issues such as the airline-airport relationship, airport charges, airport capacity, slots, ground handling and social affairs. In 2010 he also assumed responsibility for environment and consumer affairs as General Manager Policy, Environment and Infrastructure. In June 2011 he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of AEA and as of June 1st 2012 he became the Acting Secretary General. In December 2013 he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer.
 
Kurt Knackstedt
President
Association of Corporate Travel Executives
In early 2015, Kurt was appointed CEO of Troovo, a newly launched technology company focused on driving greater efficiency and automation of transaction-based industries. As CEO Kurt is responsible for all aspects of Troovo’s global expansion and is helping transform the way companies view automation within their business operations. In January 2014, Kurt assumed the role of President of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE).ACTE is the leading industry body for advocacy, research and education for the global corporate travel industry. As President, Kurt is the senior volunteer leader of ACTE and serves at the order of the Board and the membership. Kurt’s term runs through the end of 2016.
Prior to Troovo, Kurt was with global mining giant Rio Tinto as the Global Category Leader for Travel and Expense Management. In this role based in Singapore, Kurt led Rio Tinto’s global Travel and Expense strategy with key suppliers focusing on improving the total Rio Tinto travel experience.
Before joining Rio Tinto, Kurt had numerous roles in travel and technology, and also ran his own consulting business. His travel industry career includes leadership positions at American Express Business Travel, Travelport and Rosenbluth International, and has also held product development and technology roles at First USA Bank, Aon/Hewitt and several dot-com start ups.
Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University, USA.
Kurt is based in Sydney, Australia and is a dual citizen of the USA and Australia.
 
Mr Krešimir Kucko
President & CEO
Croatia Airlines
Mr Kučko joined the Croatian National Carrier in 1992. At this early stage of the Company’s development, only six months after the first international flight, he was thoroughly engaged in establishment of commercial policy, that involved almost all business aspects.
At age of 29 Mr Kučko was appointed the first country manager in the Company responsible for establishment of the Croatia Airlines Zurich Office. In this extremely challenging period, set the entire business network, and in the very first year, doubled the market revenue.
In order to create standards necessary to establish Company’s stable market position, primarily in the home market and then abroad, Mr Kučko has also been deeply involved in key financial and legal issues of the Company. In 2004 Mr Kučko joined the Croatia Airlines Office in The Netherlands, as Regional Manager Benelux.
As Croatia Airlines Sales manager he participated actively in local IATA bodies, particularly in process of establishment of local travel agents accreditation criteria, retention of IATA status and IATA agency investigations.
In 2012 Mr Kučko was appointed President & CEO Croatia Airlines. He has begun the process of restructuring of Croatia Airlines and positive business results were recorded after a long period of negative trends. The implementation of all restructuring measures generated a positive financial result in the last two years (2013 and 2014).
 
Ms Catherine Lynn
Group Commercial Director
easyJet
Catherine (1964) joined easyJet in 2002 following the merger with Go, in which she played an active role. Catherine has successfully carried out a number of senior leadership roles at easyJet including Head of Ground Operations, Head of Airport Development and Procurement and Head of Network Development. In April 2011, she was appointed as Customer and Revenue Director, and to Group Commercial Director in April 2012. Before joining easyJet, Catherine spent 12 years in retail for J Sainsbury before being head hunted in 1998 by Barbara Cassani for the start up of Go where she was part of the management buyout team and headed up cabin services, ground operations and customer service. Catherine graduated from University of Leicester with a BA (Hons) in Geography.
 
Ms Robyn Mandel
Special Counsel
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Robyn Mandel concentrates her practice in corporate, commercial finance, and aviation law. A wide array of companies seek Robyn’s counsel in corporate matters, including legislative and regulatory review, contract drafting and review, due diligence, negotiations and financing transactions. She provides general corporate counseling to companies, boards of directors and various nonprofits, and currently serves as the acting secretary for Airlink, Inc., an international nonprofit organization that connects airlines with humanitarian initiatives. Robyn represents lenders, aircraft leasing companies and a large commercial aircraft manufacturer in complex aircraft financing transactions including cross-border leases, chattel mortgages, residual value and credit support agreements. Robyn works with buyers and sellers of private aircraft and participants in fractional programs on purchase agreements, financing and regulatory compliance. She also regularly advises clients on Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration regulatory issues. Robyn additionally represents a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on increasing international visitation to the United States. Robyn has represented major commercial banks and borrowers in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including revolving credit facilities, letter of credit facilities, mezzanine debt financings and intercreditor arrangements. While attending law school, Robyn was articles editor for the Florida Journal of International Law. From 2003 to 2005, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Richard T. Stansell-Gamm and the Honorable Pamela Lakes Wood, administrative law judges at the Department of Labor.
 
Mr Maxime Marembaud
Director
Air Solutions
Maxime Marembaud joined Air Solutions in 2012 as Manager Air Solutions EMEA and was appointed Director at the start of October 2013. Air Solutions is part of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) and helps CWT and non CWT corporate clients optimizing their Air spend using various levers around airline negotiations, traveler steering, supplier mix optimization, Maxime spent 6 years in Air France where he held a number of positions within revenue management and pricing department.
 
Mr Conor McCarthy
Executive Chairman
Dublin Aerospace
Conor McCarthy started in the industry at 16 years of age as an Avionics apprentice and subsequently gaining a Degree in Production Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Conor then spent 18 years with Aer Lingus where he was Chief Executive of Aer Lingus Commuter. From 1996 to 2000, Conor was the Director of Group Operations for Ryanair taking part in its IPO, introduction of the 737-800 fleet and rolling out the LCC model across Continental Europe.
In late 2000 Conor left Ryanair to establish his own aviation consultancy company, PlaneConsult. Over the past 15 years Conor has worked with a large number of clients including easyJet, Aer Lingus, AirAsia, Qantas-Jetstar, Pegasus, Copa, AirAsia X and VivaAerobus. During 2006 PlaneConsult, Irelandia and Mexico’s largest coach operator established a new LCC, VivaAerobus, which currently operates 19 aircraft and is a vibrant, profitable and growing force within Mexican aviation. Conor is a shareholder in VivaAerobus. 
Conor is a co-founder and former director of AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s largest low-cost carrier. He remains a shareholder and advisor to AirAsia. He joined the Board of Pegasus Airlines, the largest LCC in Turkey, in 2012. 
In 2009 Conor established Dublin Aerospace, a new MRO company with a unique approach in the Aircraft, APU and Landing Systems Overhaul sector enabling this Irish MRO to compete with the Middle East/Far Eastern MROs. The enterprise reached profitability after 12 months in operation and has grown its revenue by 5X in just four years. He is Executive Chairman of Dublin Aerospace. 
Following on the successful launch and growth of Dublin Aerospace, Conor won the 2011 Ernst & Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year (Emerging Category).
 
Mr Sebastian Mikosz
CEO
LOT Polish Airlines
Sebastian Mikosz, Chairman of the management Board for LOT Polish Airlines. Manager with expertise in business consulting and management, aviation expert and passionate. He is a graduate of the prestigious Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (with majors in economics and finance) and has completed several business management courses and training programmes. After graduation he worked for Arthur Andersen in Paris where he specialised in investments in the emerging markets. In 2000, after he came back to Poland, he worked on establishing the first independent online brokerage house in Poland. In 2001 he took the position of the General Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland.

In June 2003 he was appointed as Vice President of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. There, he supervised the Departments of Investor Assistance, Regional Cooperation and Research and Analysis. He conducted negotiations with the largest foreign investors in Poland such as LG Philips, MAN, Whirlpool and Michelin. Next he worked as Managing Director at the Warsaw office of Amrop Hever, a HR consultancy company. In February 2011, he took a position of Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking advisor in Poland. 

He is a fluent speaker of French and English. He is married and has three sons.
 
Ms Anita Mosner
Washington-based partner
Holland & Knight LLP
Anita Mosner is a Washington-based partner of Holland & Knight LLP, and serves as the Deputy Chair of the firm’s 50-member Aviation Team. Anita has handled all phases of the airline start up process, and has led the launch of both U.S. and foreign air carriers. She also has played a leading role in the development of several major airline alliances and joint ventures. Anita has defended major enforcement actions before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Security Administration, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies. She also has strong experience in international air safety and air safety oversight, and crisis management and response.
 
Mr David O’Brien
Chief Commercial Officer
Ryanair
David O’Brien was appointed Chief Commercial Officer on 1st January 2014 having previously served as Ryanair’s Director of Flight & Ground Operations from December 2002. A graduate of the Irish Military College, David followed a military career with positions in the airport sector and Agribusiness in the Middle East, Russia and Asia. David is married with four children.
 
Mr Richard Quest
Anchor/Correspondent
CNN
Richard Quest is CNN's foremost international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business; the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team. Quest Means Business, which airs weekdays at 1600ET/2200CET on CNN International, destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television. CEOs and global finance ministers make a point of appearing on QMB. Guests of the show have included world leaders such as David Cameron and Petr Necas of the Czech Republic; the biggest names in banking such as Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and Robert Zoellick, the former President of the World Bank; European policy makers including IMF boss Christine Lagarde, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn; and some of the most influential names in corporate America including DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

Quest’s dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business broadcasting. He has regularly reported from G20 meetings and attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland each year. Quest has covered every major stock market and financial crisis since Black Monday in 1987 and has reported from key financial centers globally including Wall Street, London, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Hong Kong. In addition, Quest is the established airline and aviation correspondent at CNN. He currently presents the monthly CNN Business Traveller show, the definitive authority on making the most of doing business on the road - moving from A to B on company time. As a business travel specialist, Quest has become a voice of authority on subjects like the launch of the Airbus A380. In 2012 Quest covered the US Election campaign with his own series, American Quest, in which he travelled across the country interviewing a diverse range of voters.

Quest is also the face of CNN’s coverage of major UK events. In 2012 he guided an international audience through the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations live from the banks of the River Thames and used his expert knowledge of the British Royal Family to front the channel’s coverage of the 2011 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. His coverage of breaking news, which has spanned two decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from, the death of Yasser Arafat, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 crash to the death of Michael Jackson. Quest is more than just business; there are few journalists who have had guests as varied, from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama to actress Joan Collins to founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner.

Prior to joining CNN he worked at the BBC, where he was the North America business correspondent, based on Wall Street for 12 years. Quest is British, holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University, and was called to the Bar.
 
Mr Mike Rutter
Chief Revenue Officer
Aer Lingus
Mike Rutter was appointed Chief Revenue Officer at the start of April 2014. Mike previously worked in the aviation, healthcare, pharmaceutical and securities sectors. Most recently. Mike spent 12 years in Flybe where he held a number of Executive positions spanning commercial and operational responsibilities. During his time in Flybe, he introduced baggage charging and also led Flybe’s business expansion into Europe building a 28 aircraft airline headquartered in Helsinki.
 
Mr Derek Sharp
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Air Commerce
Travelport
Derek Sharp has global responsibility for all of Travelport’s commercial relationships with airlines, rail and rental car companies.In this role, he leads a worldwide team of sales and business development experts focused on growing Travelport’s revenue by expanding and improving upon the company’s value proposition to the supplier community.In addition to his supplier role, Mr. Sharp also manages Travelport’s airline IT solutions business, which delivers hosting and IT solutions to airlines around the world.

Mr. Sharp joined Travelport in 2010 from EDS/HP where he held numerous senior roles in the US, Europe and Asia in strategic sales, corporate development and major account management.

Prior to EDS/HP, Mr. Sharp worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company and as an international account executive with United Parcel Services (UPS).He holds a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Mr. Sharp lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with his wife, Missy, and their three children.

 
Mr John S Slattery
Chief Commercial Officer
Embraer Commercial Aviation
John Slattery is Chief Commercial Officer at Embraer Commercial Aviation, responsible for global sales of aircraft and services. John joined Embraer in early 2011 as Senior Vice President, responsible for Customer Finance; Asset & Risk Management. The following year John was appointed C.C.O. taking on broader executive responsibilities incorporating worldwide sales of commercial aircraft and services. Since joining Embraer, John has been an executive board director at ECC Leasing, Embraer’s wholly owned leasing company. Prior to joining Embraer, John spent fifteen years in executive and leadership roles at various commercial aerospace advisory, leasing, and banking organizations. Of note, in 2001, John was a co-founder of RBS Aviation Capital (now SMBC Aviation Capital) and the firm’s Managing Director in New York, responsible for leading the bank’s commercial aircraft leasing and asset-backed lending to airline customers across the Americas.

John is a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society, President Emeritus of The Wings Club and Director Emeritus of ORBIS International. Awarded an M.B.A. from University of Limerick, John remains active with UL as an Adjunct Professor in the Kemmy School of Business. John lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.
 
Mr Murray Smyth
Head of Northern European Region
SITA
Murray is now heading the Northern European region for SITA, based in London. Prior to this he was in Australia, with Transport & Technology Consulting, working with airlines, airports and service providers developing innovative visual solutions to improve and optimise airline and airport operations. In the preceding 3 years, based in Dubai, he founded and led the Airline and Travel business unit at IBS, and successfully led the design, development and marketing of 3 new e/m-commerce solutions for the airline and travel sectors. Murray has over 25 years of airline, travel, IT services and consulting experience, including senior roles with, Sabre Airline Solutions (heading EMEA, with responsibility for consulting, software solutions and delivery services), Deloitte Consulting and Unisys. Murray’s international experience has included roles located in Australia, Asia the Middle East and Europe and projects throughout the world.
 
Mr Joni Sundelin
SVP Network Sales & Marketing
Finavia
Mr. Joni Sundelin, M.Sc.(Econ), has worked at Finavia as the Senior Vice President, Director of airport network, Sales & Marketing and Ground Handling business since 2012. His main competences are to restructure & develop businesses and working structures, to build up new business models in the customer interface both in b-b and b-c business environment, service business management and development in general. These competences are complemented from the vast experiences in executing mergers and acquisitions, creating joint ventures and other modes of collaboration. Further to these, internationalizing of service businesses could be described as one of the core experiences, both organic and nonorganic. Prior to his appointment at Finavia he worked in various business director responsibilities both in the Logistics Business and in pharmaceutical distribution and wholesaling in Finland and other northern European countries . His training comprises M:Sc. in Economics and Management & Leadership courses at IMD. Joni Sundelin has served in various positions of trust. Currently he acts as a Board Member of Finavia Group companies.
 
Mr Nawal Taneja
Airline Business Strategist and Published Author
Nawal Taneja has over 45 years of experience in the airline industry sector, having worked for and advised major airlines and related businesses worldwide. His experience also includes the presidency of a small airline that provided schedule and charter service with jet aircraft and the presidency of a research organization that provided consulting services to the air transportation community throughout the world. Within the academic community, he has served on the Faculties at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (as an Associate Professor) and at the Ohio State University (Professor and later as Chair of both the Department of Aviation and the Department of Aerospace Engineering). On the government side, he has advised worldwide Departments of Civil Aviation, Finance, Economics, and Tourism in matters relating to the role of government-owned airlines and their management.

He has also served on the Boards of both public and private organizations, presents at industry conferences worldwide, and continues to advise senior executives in airlines and related businesses as well as senior government policy makers on managing the:
  • dynamics of the global aviation industry relating to consumers, competitors, infrastructure, government policies, and technologies—aircraft, information, communications, analytics, social networks, mobile devices,
  • evolution of the airline business based on: market fragmentation and segmentation; shift in the global economy and the center of gravity of the aviation activity; new-generation information and technologies, enabling and, in some cases, driving business strategies; and best global business practices, and 
  • incremental and transformational strategies for profitable growth that is sustainable
 
Tobias Wessels
Senior Vice President
ADARA
Tobias Wessels is ADARA's Senior Vice President of Business Development and manages the company's international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. He is responsible for ADARA's business development efforts in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Tobias established more than 40 partnerships with the largest travel companies across the globe that have contributed more than 150 million profiles to ADARA which made it one of the largest travel data company in the world. Prior to joining ADARA, Tobias was CFO at GoogleX which is Google's incubator for moonshot projects. Tobias holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts in Economics from the Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland.