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
Director of Communications
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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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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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Andy Cohen
Head of ATOL

Andy Cohen is currently the Head of ATOL (Air Travel Organisers Licensing) at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Andy has been in the post for 12 years and has responsibility for licensing UK tour operators, enforcement of the ATOL regulations and crisis management (Repatriation of UK Citizens). During the past three years Andy played a leading role in the operational management of both the repatriation of Monarch and Thomas Cook passengers. Prior to joining the CAA Andy worked for the London Metropolitan Police working directly with the public on law enforcement. Andy is married with two sons both of which now work in the travel sector and his passion revolves round sport particularly his beloved Arsenal.

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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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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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Alex Linhares
Director of Corporate Safety, Quality Assurance & Security

An AOC post-holder with 23 years in the aviation field, working for established airlines in different parts of the world, flying from turboprops to heavy jets and with 11 years in different managerial positions such as Director of Corporate Safety, Quality Assurance & Security (current), Director of Flight Operations and Deputy COO.

Responsible for the airline expansion plans in Flight Operations with the launch of long haul operations, introduction of the Airbus A350 and design of the Airline new training centre.

Significant experience in flight crew training as a Line Training Captain/Checker, Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Training Manager on the Boeing fleet. Currently flying as a Captain on the Airbus A330

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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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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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Andy Liu
Director

Andy Liu is Director of Myway Airlines, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has 12 years of experience in the aviation industry, including areas of maintenance, quality, commercial and project management, serving in STAECO (MRO), Hebei Airlines and Beijing Mandarin Air. In 2016, Andy Liu was one of the startup team of Myway Airlines, working closely with aircraft leasing companies and owners throughout the world, coordinating with the local authority in Georgia and responsible for company management as well.

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Yanendra Dharma Sri Weerakkody
Digital Transformation Lead

Yanendra Weerakkody is Digital Transformation Lead at SriLankan Airlines. He has experience in Aviation IT Systems across widespread fields of commercial aviation industry related to airports, flight operations, In-flight, engineering, and cargo. He was involved with airline critical IT infrastructure implementation and maintenance projects in different cloud platforms. He is currently working with Airline Digital Transformation, modern technology and disruptive legacy process as well as innovation and technology adaption. Apart from that, he is handling the responsibilities in business relationship management with each business unit and calls himself a self-motivated person with technology adaption.

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Philipp Dietlin
Director, Asia-Pacific

Philipp Dietlin is the Director, Asia-Pacific for Dohop, an Icelandic travel technology company. He is responsible for rolling out Dohop’s innovative virtual interline solutions at airlines and airports across Asia-Pacific. Mr Dietlin has 15 years of eCommerce/distribution experience in Asia and was previously a Vice President at Nok Air in Thailand and a General Manager at HK Express in Hong Kong. Mr Dietlin holds a Master’s Degree in Transportation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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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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Shivaji Ghosh
Associate Director, Emergency Response

Colonel Shivaji Ranjan Ghosh currently holds the position of Associate Director Emergency Response in IndiGo, India’s largest commercial carrier. He is also the owner and director of Emergency Planning Enterprises (EmPlanE), providing consultancy services to airlines and airports in the field of emergency response, crisis management and safety management. Colonel Shivaji Ranjan Ghosh has impressive work experience in the military forces: he served in the Indian Army from 1974 to 2005 as a Commissioned Officer, commanded an Infantry Battalion in operations and served with the National Security Guard, India’s elite counter-terrorist force. He also worked as Emergency Response Planning Officer and Senior Officer Safety Standards in Oman Air, as Emergency Planning Manager in RAK Airways, and as Deputy General Manager Emergency Response Planning in Jet Airways.

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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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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 2019

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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Become a sponsor

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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

Moments from previous events