World Routes 2016

The 22nd World Route Development Forum

Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
24 - 27 September 2016

Strategy Summit - Speaker Profiles

Peter Bellew

Peter Bellew

Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines

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Peter Bellew was appointed Group Managing Director (“MD”) and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of MAG and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (“MAB”) on 1st July 2016. He brings with him over 20 years experience in the aviation industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) from the Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Peter Bellew joined MAB as Chief Operations Officer on 1 September 2015. He was appointed Executive Director on to the Board of MAB on 19 April 2016 and subsequently named Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to MAB Peter was at Ryanair where he served in various roles with increasing responsibility since 2006 leaving the airlines as the Director of Flight Operations for up to 72 bases, operating a total of 320 aircraft. In this role, he ensured cost effective operations and punctuality at more than 150 airports in over 30 countries, created a training organisation for 600 new Boeing pilots, built employee representative council structures in 19 countries, opened 61 new overseas bases, and introduced new technologies to reduce costs across the airline.

Peter also served as the Head of Sales and Marketing at Ryanair where he played a pivotal role in introducing new customer service initiatives, pan-European TV advertising, and positive press relations contributing to record sales. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director Flight Operations.

Before Ryanair he was the CEO and founder of vbnets.com/wapprofit Ireland established in 1998, an IT service business focussed on mobile wireless technology.

Peter served as the Kerry Airport General Manager in Ireland from 1993 to 1997 and founded Kerry Holidays – an inbound tour operator to support new airline services to the region. Prior to that, Peter was the Drive Ireland Managing Director Liverpool, UK from 1989 – 1993, founded the first direct sell tour operators to Ireland from UK and later USA which had created a £2 million turnover business in 12 months.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges
  • 25 September 2016 14:00
    Keynote CEO Interview: Peter Bellew, CEO, Malaysia Airlines - Interviewer: Mark Pilling, Vice-President, Markets, FlightGlobal
Evert Meyer

Evert Meyer

Head of International Network and Strategy, Qantas

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Dr. Evert Meyer is Head of Qantas’ International Strategy and Network department, holding responsibility for international network and schedule development, fleet strategy, alliance and hub strategy.  Previously as Head of Qantas Group Strategy, he led the planning and design of the Group’s successful cost transformation strategy.

Before joining Qantas in 2011, Evert was a Principal with a Leading global management/strategy consulting firm. He served on the leadership of its North American transport team, responsible for airport and airline clients.  During his 15-year consulting career, Evert managed numerous engagements in the Aviation sector including Airline and Airport commercial planning, operations improvements, master planning, terminal congestion, application of security technology solutions, airfield/airspace capacity planning and simulation.

Born in South Africa, Evert was educated at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD in Transport Engineering/Operations Research and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 16:10
    Panel Session 4 - Finding your perfect partner – accessing markets through partnerships
Juha Jarvinen

Juha Jarvinen

Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair

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Juha has 18 years of aviation experience with positions in passenger sales & marketing, commercial functions, customer experience & airport operations, customer fulfilment centre services as well as cargo logistics. After 14 years with Scandinavian SAS Group in various European locations and at head office in Stockholm, he managed the Finnair Cargo subsidiary as Managing Director during 2012-2014.

In October 2014, he took over as Chief Commercial Officer for Finnair, with responsibility for airline's commercial functions (brand experience, sales & marketing, revenue management & pricing, distribution, loyalty, cargo, tour operator and travel agency units). Juha is Finnish national with British Bachelor Honours and Austrian MBA degrees.

Finnair is offering the fastest and most convenient gateway between Europe and Asia, via Helsinki, serving 17 Asian gateways, over 70 destinations in Europe and three gateways in the US. We operate one of the youngest and most eco-efficient fleets, as the launching European carrier for new Airbus A350XWB. Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance and has joint venture operations with American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on the North Atlantic, and with Japan Airlines and British Airways on Europe-Japan routes.

As a forerunner in quality and punctuality, Finnair is able to offer the shortest and fastest connections between Europe and Asia due to the geographical location of Helsinki on the great circle route between the continents. Taking the short route via the uncongested Helsinki airport represents also an eco-smart choice for business and leisure travellers.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges
Stephen Wang

Stephen Wang

President, Spring Airlines

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Stephen joined Spring Airlines in 2008 taking on the position of Vice President and was appointed President in 2015. Stephen has devoted his time to exploring new avenues for growth in the Chinese domestic market while paving the way for international expansion as Spring became the first Chinese airline to be granted an international operating licence in 2010. He is also instrumental in searching for new strategic partners in the aviation, travel, and technology sectors who can assist China’s first low cost carrier become one of dominant players in the dynamic and highly competitive North Asia region.


Prior to joining Spring, Stephen worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Bearing Point Management & Technology Consultants, and Hewitt Associates. He holds a MS (Economics) and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Railways Institute.


Born in 1970 Stephen is a native of Shanghai, the financial and commercial capital of China.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 12:00
    Panel Session 2 - The Asian miracle – where do we go from here?
Hou Wei

Hou Wei

Vice President, Hainan Airlines

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Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 12:00
    Panel Session 2 - The Asian miracle – where do we go from here?
Benyamin Ismail

Benyamin Ismail

Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia X Berhad

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Benyamin Ismail was appointed as AirAsia X Berhad Chief Executive Officer effective 1st September 2015.

Benyamin joined AirAsia Berhad in March 2010, most recently playing the role Group Head of Corporate Development, Implementation and Investor Relations. He led the group in corporate development, finding strategic opportunities to complement AirAsia’s airline and non-airline businesses through Mergers and Acquisitions, investments and special projects. He also managed regional IR, communicating the AirAsia Group strategy, growth and outlook to the investor community.

Prior to joining AirAsia, Benyamin had an illustrious eight-year career in the Investment Banking industry with firms such as CIMB Investment Bank, Maybank Investment Bank and Affin Investment Bank, giving him a wide understanding of the overall financial industry.
Benyamin played a pivotal role in enhancing AirAsia’s growth to become one of the most attractive companies on the Bursa Stock Exchange in Malaysia in terms of transparency, investor returns and Corporate Governance. Under his leadership, AirAsia became one of the most covered stocks by domestic and international brokerage houses and was awarded the Best Investor Relation Company four years in a row by Corporate Governance Asia.

Benyamin received the award of Best IR Professional in 2011 and 2012 by Bursa’s Malaysian Investor Relation Association. As well as the ‘Best Investor Relation Professional’ award four consecutive times.

Benyamin holds a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Banking & Finance) from Curtin University of Technology, Australia and a Masters in Electronic Commerce from Edith Cowan University, Australia. He represented Western Australia in the Rowing Nationals in his first two years of University and is currently active in football, basketball and Muay Thai.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 16:10
    Panel Session 4 - Finding your perfect partner – accessing markets through partnerships
Marco van Vliet

Marco van Vliet

Head of Network & Alliances, Kenya Airways

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Marco van Vliet has over 12 years of experience in the airline business. He graduated at Rotterdam Erasmus University in 2002 and holds a Masters degree in logistical econometrics. He started his career in the Dutch airline KLM, where he held several positions, mostly in the fields of Revenue Management, Network Planning and Sales. Since May 2014 he is  Head of Network and Alliances for Kenya Airways in a very challenging period of travel advisories to Kenya, Ebola in West-Africa and strong growth from competition in East-Africa. Marco is a strong believer of partnerships and cooperation across the business.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 16:10
    Panel Session 4 - Finding your perfect partner – accessing markets through partnerships
André van den Berg

André van den Berg

Executive Vice President and CCO, Schiphol Group

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Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges
Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Senior Consultant, Flight Ascend Consultancy

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Richard Evans is a Senior Consultant with Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy, where he is part of their 22 strong team.  At Ascend, he applies his expertise working on advisory and valuations projects across the whole commercial aviation sector.

He joined Ascend in 2014 after 27 years with Rolls-Royce.  Most recently Head of Market Analysis in their Civil Aerospace division, Richard is well known and widely respected for his informed industry views.  He has published industry forecasts and provided analysis of major airline and aerospace industry trends for both internal and external customers, as well as acting as a consultant for business improvement activities.  Richard has frequently presented and chaired at international conferences.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:20
    Keynote Presentation - Market Growth – Constraints and Opportunities
John Strickland

John Strickland

Director, JLS Consulting

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Director, John Strickland, is a graduate of the University of York and has held senior positions with a number of airlines including British Caledonian, British Airways, KLMuk and Buzz.  John was instrumental in the decision by KLM to establish the low cost operator Buzz and in its selection of new routes. His 32 years of experience have exposed him to the business models of regional, global, legacy and low cost carriers.

JLS Consulting was established in 2003 and now serves a growing range of clients including airports, airlines, investors and those whose businesses require strategic insight on and advisory services concerning the air transport sector. John regularly  devises and chairs panel discussions and interviews senior  executives at industry conferences and events.  

Media work is undertaken for numerous global media organisations including the BBC, CNN, Sky, Al Jazeera, and business specialists Bloomberg and CNBC. John also contributes to a wide range of respected written publications including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires, Business Week, The New York Times, Gulf News, Reuters and AFP.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges (Moderator)
Vinoop Goel

Vinoop Goel

Asia-Pacific Regional Director of Airport, Passenger, Cargo & Security Department, IATA

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Vinoop Goel is the Asia-Pacific Regional Director of Airport, Passenger, Cargo & Security Department for International Air Transport Association (IATA). He is based at their Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 260 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. IATA supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

Vinoop leads a team that is responsible for all IATA's activities in the Asia-Pacific region relating to airports – including Infrastructure, Capital expenditure and charges, Fuel supply, Passenger experience, Baggage services, Cargo, Ground handling, Security and Facilitation. In this capacity, Vinoop works with airports, governments and other aviation stakeholders in the region to improve the end-to-end passenger and cargo journey.

Vinoop has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT, Delhi in India. He has about 25 years of aviation industry experience including a 15 year stint in Japan and has been with IATA since 2005.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges
  • 25 September 2016 15:50
    IATA Update - The Economic Value of Aviation
Susan Kurland

Susan Kurland

Deputy Commissioner for Air Service Development, Chicago Department of Aviation

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Susan Kurland joined the Chicago Department of Aviation as Deputy Commissioner of Air Services Development for O’Hare and Midway International Airports in May 2016. She brings more than 25 years in executive leadership transportation positions in both the public and private sectors, serving most recently as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

As part of the Secretary of Transportation’s senior team she directed and implemented economic and competition policy affecting the air transport industry, coordinated the USDOT’s international activities, and directed the Department’s participation in international aviation negotiations throughout the world. Ms. Kurland led USDOT’s decision-making process involving the allocation of international aviation route authority; licensing of air carriers; providing air services to rural communities and grants of antitrust immunity for international aviation alliance activities.

Prior to joining the USDOT, she was a managing director at Jefferies & Company, focusing on airport infrastructure and municipal finance projects. She served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of U.S. Airways and also led the Federal Aviation Administration’s national airports program as Associate Administrator for Airports.  During her time as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, she served as general counsel for Chicago’s airport system.

Kurland holds degrees from Brandeis University and Boston University School of Law

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges
Tewolde Gebremariam

Tewolde Gebremariam

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

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Tewolde GebreMariam joined Ethiopian Airlines in 1985 as Transportation Agent at Addis Ababa Airport. He progressed through the ladder to Manager Cargo Traffic Handling. He was appointed as Regional Director for India and South East Asia based in Bombay. He was transferred to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. When Ethiopian Airlines commenced direct services to the USA, he was appointed as Area Sales Manager for North East USA and Canada based in New York. In October 2000 he was appointed as Regional Director for the Americas.

On August 16, 2004 he was appointed as Executive Officer marketing & Sales to head the Marketing and Sales Operations of Ethiopian Airlines.  On July 1, 2006 he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian Airlines to head all the operating divisions of the airline, Commercial, Flight Operations, Customer Services and Maintenance and Engineering.  Since January 1, 2011, he has been serving as CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

He earned his B.A. degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and his Masters of Business Administrations Degree from the Open University in the United Kingdom. Mr. GebreMariam is married and a father of four children and currently residing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges
Jeremy Robinson

Jeremy Robinson

Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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Jeremy is a Partner in the London office of international law firm Watson Farley & Williams LLP.  Jeremy specialises in EU and UK Competition Law and Regulation across all sectors but with particular interest in aviation.  He assists airport and airline clients with competition investigations, EU litigation and competition advice in commercial transactions. His work covers international merger control for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; distribution and licensing arrangements; restrictive agreements/abuse of dominance; competition compliance; State aid; economic and trade sanctions; economic regulation; and the legal implications of “Brexit”.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 14:30
    Panel Session 3 - Consult the Consultants (Moderator)
Li Dianchun

Li Dianchun

Chief Commercial Officer, Hong Kong Airlines

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Mr. LI Dianchun is the Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Airlines Limited. Mr. Li graduated from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has almost 20 years of extensive experience in the aviation industry.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 12:00
    Panel Session 2 - The Asian miracle – where do we go from here?
Edmond Rose

Edmond Rose

Vice President , ICF International

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Edmond Rose draws on his proven airline leadership experience to lead projects for airlines, investors, and suppliers.  He has held leadership and senior management positions with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, as well as working as a consultant for the industry on projects ranging from low cost carrier strategy to airport capacity maximisation.  As Director of Commercial & Revenue Planning at Virgin Atlantic Airways, he led Fleet and Network Planning, Revenue Management (RM) and Pricing, Passenger Service System operations, and alliance partnership activities as well as leading strategy formulation.  Edmond pioneered Virgin Atlantic's partnership strategy work that resulted in negotiating a profit-sharing JV with Delta Air Lines, then implemented Virgin-Delta code-sharing and RM cooperation.  He  sponsored the introduction of new fleets of A330 and 787 aircraft into Virgin Atlantic.  Edmond also has a background in aviation regulatory matters and has led customer insight and loyalty work.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 14:30
    Panel Session 3 - Consult the Consultants
John Grant

John Grant

Director, JG Aviation Consultant

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John now runs a small aviation consultancy having previously worked in a senior role with one of the industry’s leading data providers and before that role heading up a leading UK based practice. With extensive experience of working for major scheduled airlines, delivered major airport development projects and created new data and analytics products he has a wealth of experience that is now being used to support clients in Europe, the America’s and Asia.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 14:30
    Panel Session 3 - Consult the Consultants
Carolyn Burnett

Carolyn Burnett

UBM Routes, Senior Live Content & Industry Relations Manager

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Carolyn is responsible for all the live content at Routes events, including the Strategy Summits, Tourism Summit and Routes Talks programmes. She has over eight years’ experience within the aviation sector and has run over 45 Routes conferences and summits across China, USA, Africa, India, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Latin American and various countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.  She aims to bring together leaders from across the globe to address key industry issues, through a programme of informative and dynamic live content. In addition, she manages relationships and partnerships with key industry associations for Routes.

She has a background in live events and prior to UBM, she has worked within the health sector and the arts sector on live events and conferences and she also set up and ran her own business. Carolyn started her career with IBM, as part of their graduate training programme and specialised in project management, working on a number of consultancy projects across a range of business sectors during her early career.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 17:30
    Closing remarks
Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

Commission for Discipline Inspection, Sichuan Airlines Group

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Wei Zhang is the Commission for Discipline Inspection of Sichuan Airlines Group, Service Market Director of Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd and Committee Secretary of Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Wei Zhang has served successively as the Manager of Transportation Service Department and Deputy Secretary of Party Committee of the Ministry of the Cabin. Service Market Director & General Manager of the Enterprise Management Department & Secretary of the Party Committee of the Business Committee of Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. 

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 12:00
    Panel Session 2 - The Asian miracle – where do we go from here?
Philip Lewin

Philip Lewin

Head of Alliances & Partnerships, Finnair

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Philip Lewin has been working with Finnair as Head of Airline Partnerships and Alliances since November 2015, and together with his team is responsible for strategic alliances and commercial relationships with partner airlines worldwide.

With over 20 years' experience in the airline business prior to joining Finnair, Philip has held alliance management and commercial leadership roles with Etihad Airways, American Airlines, oneworld Management Company, SWISS and United Airlines in a number of locations around the world including Germany, India, Switzerland, the USA and the UK.

He started his career at Maersk Group in 1993 as a graduate trainee in shipping and logistics, after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a MA in Geography.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 16:10
    Panel Session 4 - Finding your perfect partner – accessing markets through partnerships
Mark Pilling

Mark Pilling

Vice President, Markets, FlightGlobal

Nigel Mayes

Nigel Mayes

Senior Vice President, Consulting & Product Development, ASM

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Nigel brings 20 years industry experience, starting his career as a key part of the route development team at Birmingham International Airport where he had a variety of roles in airport marketing, strategy and aviation business development, before joining ASM in 2001.

Following a successful consulting career Nigel went on to be responsible for all the commercial aspects of Routes including customer engagement, airport and airline attendance, revenues and conference content.  During his time with Routes, Nigel had also been responsible for the development of the Routes online product www.routesonline.com

Nigel re-joined ASM in 2014 SVP Consulting and Product Development where he is responsible for supporting our work across the client base and taking ASM’s new products and services to market.

During his time at ASM, Nigel has worked on route development, traffic forecasting and airport transaction projects across the globe.  Nigel has been responsible for the delivery of a number of new routes and has worked on airport projects that include Taoyuan International Airport, San Juan International Airport, Darwin Airport, London Stansted, Katowice Airport, Malaysia Airports, Perth Airport, Rzeszow Airport and Sikhuphe Airport. 

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 16:10
    Panel Session 4 - Finding your perfect partner – accessing markets through partnerships (Moderator)
Yolanta Strikitsa

Yolanta Strikitsa

Director, Strikitsa Consulting

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MBA from California State University Hayward (USA), BA from Gnesinykh State College (RF). During the last 15 years Yolanta has dedicated herself to management consulting and executive search. She has been living and working in USA, Russia and UK, where in 2003 she set up her own business. Prior to Strikitsa Consulting, Yolanta has been working for Morgan Chase, Leucadia National Private Equity and Price Waterhouse. Yolanta is fluent in English, Polish and Russian.

Strikitsa Consulting has been specializing in executive search and consulting services to airports and airlines from 2003 and have completed assignments in UK, Europe, Russia & CIS and SE Asia. 

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 14:30
    Panel Session 3 - Consult the Consultants
Howard Mann

Howard Mann

Vice President , Campbell Hill Aviation Group

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Mr. Mann joined Campbell-Hill in February 2015 as a Vice President.  He brings to the firm more than fifteen years of wide-ranging aviation consulting and Washington experience.

Throughout his career, he has created and implemented strategies to grow and retain traffic for both incumbent and potential new entrant carriers at airports around the world.  In his previous role, he led numerous successful air service and aeropolitical projects at over 30 large, medium and small hubs in the U.S. as well as 20 international airports.  Mr. Mann has an in-depth comprehension of market data from government and community sources, an understanding of the changing business models of target air carriers and forecasting skills to work with carriers on expected performance.  He is a frequent speaker at airport community events, board meetings and industry conferences regarding air service development strategy.  Mr. Mann brings a unique approach to air service development by incorporating aeropolitical and passenger facilitation policies into route proposals in order to ensure new itineraries are sustainable in the future.

Prior to working as a consultant, he served with ACI-NA where he worked extensively with U.S. and Canadian airport members on a wide variety of issues including bilateral air service policy, domestic air service and passenger facilitation.  Mr. Mann has been involved in many recent new routes from carriers around the world including the new airline market entry at airports including Houston, Denver, Philadelphia, Providence, Toronto Pearson, Costa Rica’s international gateways at San Jose and Liberia, Orange County and Reno/Tahoe.    He has also done extensive regulatory support work across multiple federal agencies in Washington, DC.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 14:30
    Panel Session 3 - Consult the Consultants
Brian Hedberg

Brian Hedberg

Director, Office of International Aviation, US DOT

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Brian J. Hedberg is the Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of International Aviation where he is responsible for promoting U.S. airline access to foreign markets and competition in international markets, reducing trade barriers and facilitating the export of domestic transportation goods and services, and licensing U.S. and foreign airlines to serve international markets.

He previously served as the Assistant Director for Negotiations where he was responsible for bilateral civil aviation relations and negotiations with countries around the world, though he spent most of his career working with aviation partners in the Western Hemisphere, Middle East and the former Soviet republics.  He works closely with the Departments of State, Commerce and Homeland Security to resolve issues that arise for U.S. and foreign air carriers conducting international air transportation, and contributes to the Department’s international aviation initiatives. 

Prior to joining the Office of International Aviation, he practiced immigration law in Chicago with Madrid Crost Law Group and worked with several legal assistance foundations.  Mr. Hedberg received a Juris Doctor and a Certificate of International and Comparative Law from DePaul University and completed undergraduate education at Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Complutensis University of Madrid. 

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:40
    Panel Session 1 - State of the industry - security, safety & capacity challenges
Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Vice President , Seabury

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Before joining Seabury, Mr. Hill spent 25 years in strategic network planning roles at American Airlines. From 1994 until 2012, Mr. Hill served as American’s Director of Network Planning, responsible for global alliance management, domestic and international network development, U.S. hub / gateway planning, new service identification, and revenue forecast evaluation.

As a principal decision maker within American’s Network Planning team, Mr. Hill was heavily involved in the airline’s ongoing five-year plans.

As part of the transition of the oneworld Alliance into Atlantic and Pacific anti-trust-privileged joint ventures, Mr. Hill helped guide the implementation of American’s network planning partnerships with British Airways / Iberia and Japan Airlines. He also worked jointly on ATI immunized network planning projects with senior executives from LAN Airlines, Finnair, Swissair, and Sabena.

Mr. Hill was central to the creation and refinement of American Airlines’ first automated forecast capability – the Integrated Forecast System (IFS). He managed the initial business development of the system, including proprietary QSI share algorithms and innovative data adjustment methodologies. This forecast infrastructure served as the precursor for many of SABRE’s commercial air service planning products.

Externally, Mr. Hill served as a key liaison with airport, government, and consulting industry professionals. He regularly represented American at industry air service development conferences from 1997 forward.

Mr. Hill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Williams College, as well as an MBA from the University of Texas-Dallas.

At Seabury Airline Planning Group, Mr. Hill works with airports and airlines on major U.S. domestic and international air service development projects. His worldwide market knowledge and contacts allow him to successfully attract new air service across a full range of airport and airline clients.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 14:30
    Panel Session 3 - Consult the Consultants
Zhu Songyan

Zhu Songyan

Assistant President, Air China

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Mr. Zhu Songyan currently serves as Assistant President and Managing Director of Strategy & Development Dept. of Air China Limited, the national flag carrier of China. He is now in charge of the company development strategy and business management.

He has held various roles in Air China since 1991, including Vice President of the Commercial Committee, Managing Director of IT Center, and Deputy Managing Director of the Marketing Dept., etc.

From 04/2011-07/2014, he worked as Member of the Board and Executive Director of Air Macau Limited.

Graduating from the Civil Aviation University of China, Mr. Zhu has a degree in aviation transport operation and management. Also, he has obtained his MBA in China Europe International Business School of Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 12:00
    Panel Session 2 - The Asian miracle – where do we go from here?
Dr Zheng Lei

Dr Zheng Lei

President, Institute for Aviation Research

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Dr Zheng Lei is the founder and President of the Institute for Aviation Research, an independent think tank with a particular focus on China.  He is also the Director of Centre for Aviation Research at the University of Surrey, UK, and Visiting Professor to Civil Aviation University of China. 

Zheng holds a PhD in Air Transport and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey.  A distinctive feature of his research is its real-world and industry focus.  He has research and consultancy experiences in such areas as airline business models, air transport regulation and policy analysis, air transport market analysis, as well as aviation, tourism and regional competitiveness. Zheng advises airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, aviation service providers, and civil aviation authorities around the world on strategic issues through research, consultancy and executive training courses.

Born and raised in China, Zheng is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 12:00
    Panel Session 2 - The Asian miracle – where do we go from here? (Moderator)
Steve King

Steve King

CEO, Black Swan

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Steve King is the CEO of Black Swan, the fastest growing start up in the UK which uses Artificial Intelligence to predict human behaviour. Since reading Cognitive Science the 90’s, Steve’s applied his tech, coding and visualisation skills to solving his clients’ challenges. Black Swan works with prediction for brands such as Disney, PepsiCo and GSK through connected aircraft across most of the major airlines.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 17:00
    Future Trends - How Artificial Intelligence is changing the way the way we understand our passengers
Aboudy Nasser

Aboudy Nasser

Senior Vice President Network and Revenue Management, Oman Air

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Aboudy Nasser has 18 years airline experience in a wide range of commercial leadership roles covering Sales, Network Planning, Commercial Planning, Revenue Management, Airline Partnerships and Ancillary revenue.  This experience has been gained in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, across both the full service and low cost environment.  Aboudy is currently the Senior Vice President Network and Revenue Management for Oman Air.

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 16:10
    Panel Session 4 - Finding your perfect partner – accessing markets through partnerships
Philip Chapnick

Philip Chapnick

Group Chief Representative in China, UBM

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Philip Chapnick is Group Chief Representative in China for UBM, a global events-led marketing and communications services business. He has been with UBM for more than 29 years. Starting his career with the company as an editor for several of their high tech magazines in the late 80’s, Mr. Chapnick has worked in a wide variety of increasingly responsible positions within the company and has experience running almost every type of business within UBM including: publishing, trades shows and exhibitions, Internet services, custom publishing and media services.  Before assuming his current position, he was the Divisional CEO of Think Services, a division of UBM, operating primarily in the US. As CEO of Think Services, Mr. Chapnick was responsible for setting up several operations in China, and as a result was appointed Group Chief Representative for UBM in 2010.

萧鸿飞先生是UBM在中国的集团首席代表。UBM是一家全球性的以展会为主导的市场营销和通讯服务企业。迄今为止,萧鸿飞先生在UBM的服务时间已超过29年。他在UBM的职业生涯始自上世纪80年代后期,最初在公司旗下几家高科技杂志社担任编辑工作,之后他的工作职责不断延伸和变化,几乎涵盖了公司的全部业务类型,包括:出版、专业会展、网络服务、定制出版业务和媒体服务等。在担任集团首席代表职位之前,萧鸿飞先生曾就职于UBM业务部门Think Services并担任其首席执行官,负责在中国创办新的业务部门,并因此于2010年被任命为UBM在中国的集团首席代表。

Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:00
    Opening Remarks

Leader of Sichuan Province

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Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:10
    Welcome Address

Leader of Sichuan Province Airport Group

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Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:05
    Welcome Address

Leader of CAAC

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Participating Talks and Sessions

  • 25 September 2016 10:15
    Welcome Address