AIR Convention Asia 2020

April 21st - 23rd, Bangkok, Thailand

Duration
3 Days
Attendees
1000+ Global aviation
game-changers
Globalization
50+ Countries

Attendees

1000+ Attendees from 50+ countries with 500+ decision makers from 100+ airlines. The event will also welcome high profile reps of airports, MROs, Finance & Leasing companies and many more industry professionals. The conference panels will also feature 100+ speakers from leading industry sectors.

Attending Airlines 2020

air asia airlines
vietjet air
asia air convention etihad
asia nokair airlines
united airlines airconvention asia
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Speakers 2020

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Chula Sukmanop, Ph.d.
Director-General, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)

Holding a Ph.D in Maritime Law of Admiralty, Chula Sukmanop is currently leading a position of Director – General in Department of Airports and Acting Director-General of The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. Previously, Chula Sukmanop has been the General of Office of Transport, Traffic Policy and Planning, and General of Ministry of Transport. He also represents Board of Director, Port Authority of Thailand and Board of Director in Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand.

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Gediminas Žiemelis
Chairman of the Board

Gediminas Žiemelis – global aviation expert and visionary entrepreneur, twice awarded by Aviation Week as one of the 40 most talented leaders in the global aerospace industry. Currently, Mr. Žiemelis holds the role as the Chairman of the Board at Avia Solutions Group – an international aviation holding company with 76 subsidiaries worldwide. In recent years Gediminas has as well led and consulted aircraft leasing and trading business for transactions worth in total 2 billion US dollars. Mr. Žiemelis leadership skills were also recognized by the European Business Awards, where he received the award in the entrepreneurship category for his visionary inspiration and innovative approach to proactive aviation business development.

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Richard Stephenson OBE
Communications Director, UK Civil Aviation Authority Operation Matterhorn

Richard joined the CAA in 2015 as communications director where he leads the multi-award winning strategic communications function and has overseen a number of major issues and crisis situations, including the repatriation of both Monarch and Thomas Cook passengers. He has held senior communications roles in high profile businesses including as group strategic communications advisor at Centrica plc, director of corporate affairs at AXA and group director of public relations at Royal Mail Group, following 10 years working in agencies including Citigate Dewe Rogerson and Smithfield. Richard was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2019 for his public and charitable service. He was also named as the ‘Communications Professional of the Year’ by CorpComms Magazine in November 2019. Richard has been a prolific charity fundraiser and has climbed Kilimanjaro and traversed New Zealand and the Arctic for good causes. Richard has served in many roles supporting a range of charities, including as the chairman of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home corporate engagement board and is currently the honorary president of Kids Count and also chairman of the John Adams Society, the US State Department’s alumni association in the UK.

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Frederic Dupont
Vice President of Technical Sales & Customer Service

Frederic Dupont is Vice President of Technical Sales & Customer Service at Etihad Engineering. He is responsible for defining the strategic roadmap and ensuring that commercial targets are met across various services streams of Etihad Engineering while driving the highest level of customer satisfaction. Before joining Etihad Engineering, Frederic was leading Mubadala Aerospace MRO Network as Senior Vice President Global Sales. He spent 15 years at Pratt & Whitney Large Commercial Engines in Connecticut, the USA where he held various positions of increasing responsibilities in the fields of Programs, Sales and Customer Support. He also spent 5 years as Head of the Pratt & Whitney Global Engine Services Sales Group driving double-digit growth across a portfolio of seven Engine Centres worldwide delivering more than 1,000 shop visits yearly.

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Sourav Sinha
Chief Information Officer

Sourav Sinha has been the CIO of IndiGo Airlines since May 2018 spearheading numerous business and technology initiatives. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President – Information Technology of Oman Air. Sourav Sinha has over 27 years of experience in the IT industry of which he spent the last 15 years as CIO of Qatar Airways Group, Kingfisher Airlines and Oman Air. He is the recipient of Asian CIO Leadership award in 2015 and Top 100 Middle East CIO Award for driving business decision making and innovative practices in 2017 and 2018.

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Patee Sarasin
Former CEO and Vice Chairman

Patee Sarasin is aviation and travel industry pioneer. With educational background in business administration and mass communication, he launched career in advertising agency Lintas in 1983, then worked with NBC, the U.S. television network. In 1992, Patee was appointed CEO of Bates Advertising Thailand, which under his management became the fastest growing advertising agency in Thailand. In 2004, Patee became CEO of a new airline Nok Air. Under Patee’s leadership, Nok Air saw rapid growth in terms of revenue, passenger numbers and destinations, becoming a renowned innovator in the low cost market. Leaving Nok Air in mid-2017, Patee is now involved in a range of aviation, travel and entertainment enterprises, grouped together under his DDG International group, based in Bangkok.

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Ravinder Pal Singh
Chief Information and Innovation Officer

Ravinder Pal Singh (Ravi) is an Award Winning Technologist, Rescue Pilot and Investor with over 50+ global recognition and 17 Patents. His body of work, mostly 1st in the world are making a difference within acute constraints of culture and cash via commodity technology. He has been acknowledged as world’s top 25 CIO and top 10 Robotics Designer in 2018.
Ravi is a Harvard alumni, global speaker and has delivered over 100+ lectures and papers in Asia, Europe, USA and Africa in 2019-20. Ravi is advisor to board of 9 enterprises where incubation and differentiation is a core necessity and challenge. He sits on the advisory council of 3 global research firms where he contributes in predicting practical future automation use cases and respective technologies.

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Victor Vieira Dos Santos
Marketing Director, Asia Pacific

Victor is the Marketing Director at Embraer Commercial Aviation Asia Pacific, responsible for maximizing the potential impact of commercial aircraft sales campaigns within the Asia Pacific region.
Victor has been working at Embraer for more than 10 years. He started as a market analyst in the Market Intelligence Department where he supported the development of regional market understanding for North and Latin America, identifying and developing new business opportunities.
Later he became Senior Strategist primarily responsible for long-term market research, competitive positioning, strategic marketing initiatives and assessment of market demand for current and new products.
Prior to the current position, he was the Head of Market Strategy leading the development, communication and execution for the organization’s global strategic planning.
Victor holds two bachelors, in Business Administration and International Affairs, as well as an MBA from University of Sao Paulo

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Daniel Bircher
CEO

Daniel Bircher is Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Airport International Asia and is accountable for Zurich Airport’s regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this role, he was Chief Operations Officer at the Aeroporto International de Belo Horizonte (Brazil) being accountable for the operations of Belo Horizonte International Airport. Mr. Bircher has been Director Operations with Bangalore International Airport (India) and earlier Head of Safety and member of the Zurich Airport Operations Management at Zurich Airport where he was also responsible for liaison with Swiss, European and International regulatory bodies. Mr. Bircher was a long-standing member of the ACI World Safety Technical Standing Committee and Chairman of the ACI World Operational Safety Subcommittee.

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Darius Kajokas
CEO

Darius Kajokas is a CEO and Board Member of Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world. Darius came to aviation in mid-2017 and brought his over 9 years’ experience in finance working for some of the world’s and region’s leading companies in the fields of FMCG, pharmacy as well as one of the Big Four firms. Darius has acquired vast international experience and built global expertise in areas such as corporate finance, strategic planning and strategy implementation and negotiations. Darius holds an MBA of Financial Economics from Rotterdam University.

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Martynas Grigalavičius
CEO

Martynas Grigalavicius, CEO at FL Technics Asia and FL Technics Indonesia – newly developed MRO company in Jakarta. Martynas has over 20 years of successful Sales and Business Development experience in number of big International companies, including Airline and MRO companies. Martynas successfully developed two new MRO facilities – one in Europe under FL Technics company in accordance with EASA PART145 and one in Jakarta under FL Technics Indonesia in accordance with AMO 145. Currently running FL Technics Indonesia and FL Technics Asia, Thailand in CEO position.

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Tadas Goberis
CEO and Chairman of the Board

Tadas Goberis is Chairman of the Board and the CEO of AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing and sales. Under Tadas’ guidance, in only one year, the company has implemented projects worth $1 Billion and has been ranked as a worldwide TOP50 best-performing aviation lessor for the third time in a row.

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Rudi Seiberlich
Group CEO

1977-1982, Rudi Seiberlich established himself with Skytours in the Airline sector by joining Laker Airways, the first Low Cost carrier in the world. After we have been a Online Travel Agent and Tour Operator in Germany and the USA for many years, now service over 90 countries worldwide. In the last five years we developed a state of the art booking engine with features and intelligence that surpass any GDS today. From locating better fares and connections, to creating complex itineraries with up to 16 stops in a single booking, this innovative booking engine also offers virtual interlining between Low Cost and Legacy carriers. We also specialize in helping airlines sell unsold seats by integrating unsold flight segments into a larger itinerary involving two or more flight segments with other airlines.

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Pascal Belanger
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer at the Winnipeg Airports Authority and Managing Director of Airport City Winnipeg, Mr. Bélanger oversees all commercial activities, including Aviation Marketing, Air Cargo, Planning and Development, as well as Real Estate. Prior to that, Mr. Bélanger held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at Aéroport de Québec inc., where he provided strategic and operational leadership as well as managed the planning and construction phases of a major terminal redevelopment project, which was opened in 2008.

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Raj Raghavan
Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Raj Raghavan leads the HR function at IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share. A key member of IndiGo’s Executive Committee, he has responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources including ifly (IndiGo’s Learning Academy) and Administration functions. Prior to this, he was Amazon’s Head of Human Resources (Asia Pacific & Middle East) for their International Consumer Business and Global Technology Development Centers in the region. He joined Amazon in early 2011 as their India Director of Human Resources and supported the launch of several Amazon businesses and technology development centers in the country. Earlier, Raj was Head of HR for GE’s Global Research and India Technology Centers.

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Mohammad Ali Dada
Head of Group Internal Audit

Mohammad Ali Dada has significant experience in setting up, restructuring and changes management of Internal Audit functions globally with a strong focus on adding measurable value to the business. He has also led Business Transformation and Business Process Improvement initiatives. Mr. Dada has a strong background in commercial aviation having worked with multiple airlines, airport service-related companies, MROs and loyalty programs.

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Grekdej Chand
Director-Flight Operations Standard

Capt. Grekdej Chand has been working professionally since 1990, including consultancy services to aviation industry since 2000. Capt. Chand’s initial education was acquired in India, starting with aviation education in Thailand from 1987. Since then Mr. Chand had completed Commercial Pilot license, Designated Check Pilot, IOSA auditor, ICAO English rater and checker, Airline Management and other aviation related courses. In present day Mr. Chand is Director-Flight Operations Standard for Bangkok Airways, a committee member for Samui, Sukothai and Trat airport and a member of Instrument Chart Development in Thailand. Mr. Chand flies Airbus 319/320 with the position of Captain/Flight & Sim Instructor/Designated Check Pilot appointed by Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. At the moment Mr. Chand is working on new projects development at Bangkok Aviation Training Centre and at various  other initiatives in commercial aviation sector.

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Andreas Spycher
Principal – Mastercard Data & Services

Andreas Spycher is Principal at Mastercard and based in Singapore. In this role, his focus lies on leading the development of Mastercard Data & Service solutions in the airline, hotel and travel operator industry. His aim is to support and consult travel companies to sell more of their services, drive better customer and loyalty engagement with Mastercard data insights and technologies and increase their customer experience with effective loyalty and payment services. Prior to joining Mastercard, Andreas worked at two major card issuing banks. He launched multiple co-brand card programs and integrated airline miles programs into banking portfolios. Andreas holds an MBA from the University of St. Gall in Switzerland. During his broad carrier, Andreas has lived and worked in China, Korea, Germany, Belgium, Italy, USA, Switzerland and now in Singapore. Andreas speaks six languages.

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David Ciceo
Managing Director Romanian Airports Association – President

David Ciceo is the CEO of Cluj-Napoca International Airport for more than 20 years. During his tenure, David had striven to transform the airport in one of the busiest regional hubs in Romania. Currently, the airport is the second biggest in the country, serving almost 3 million passengers.

He graduated in 1991 from the Faculty for Aircraft Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He holds a PhD in airport management from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2014), and two MBAs – from Open University, Milton Keynes, Great Britain (2003) and John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal (2006). In 2009 David obtained the status of International Airport Professional (IAP).

Other functions held: President of Romanian Airports Association since 1999; Vice-President of IAP-CoP Board of Directors since 2012; member of ACI Europe Board 2011-2017, and again from 2018 for a three years term.

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Dr. Narudh Cheramakara
Director of Aviation Research

Dr. Narudh received his Air Transport doctorate from Loughborough University in UK specialising in aviation externalities. He has been a life-long aviation enthusiast with extensive experience in the field of aviation. As the head of Nok Air’s research department, he is responsible for overseeing research, strategic planning and route network development. He is also a non-executive director at a media venture capitalist firm, Topten Capital and a travel and food critic at Toptenthailand.com.

In academia, Narudh has been publishing research in the areas of airport competition, environmental impact of aviation and valuation of aviation externalities. He also appears in a number of printed media and radio giving expert-opinion on the state of the aviation industry. As an aviation enthusiast, he enjoys flying around the world. He has flown on 194 airlines to 284 airports in 109 countries.

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Conference

The AIR Convention Asia conference will host 5 major talk panel streams with 100+ leading aviation industry experts to examine new business opportunities for Asia.

The biggest panel of the conference will overview the whole aviation industry, including current and future global trends and their effect on aviation, while also covering each sector of the industry:

  • Airlines
  • MROs
  • Airports
  • Aircraft & Engine Manufacturing

This panel will examine how the region’s growth affect the infrastructure and manufacturing of Asia and explore the ways business and governments deal with the growing demand for air travel in the continent. It will also cover innovative solutions in both infrastructure and manufacturing.

This panel will explore how does Asia‘s growth impact the economy, the finance sector and contemporary finance solutions, including emerging technology like blockchain, cryptocurrencies and more.

The panel will cover the growth of the middle class, appealing to younger generations of consumers, their changing purchasing habits, higher customer expectations for better service, new approaches to marketing and increased competitiveness of the market.

The panel will explore the emerging within the region HR solutions, their adaptation for the aviation sector, new trends in aviation workforce training and talent acquisition, as well as the ways to attract more talents to the aviation industry.

Conference agenda 2020

Exhibition

There is no better way to make your mark and connect with leading industry businesses than exhibiting at our event. The exhibition space provides a platform to network with industry professionals from not only all of the aviation sectors but other innovative industries. Stand out and maximize your business opportunities among 1000+ C-level representatives of industry giants in a space of over 1000+ m2 with 50+ exhibitors.

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Aviation Industry Awards

The international Aviation Industry Awards 2019 are here!

2019 the international  Aviation Industry Awards Asia recognized the best players in Asia’s aviation industry. From the outstanding business solutions to passenger satisfaction, the best of the best have been determined in two main awards categories – Business of the Year and Passenger Choice.

Winners 2019

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