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Speakers (in alphabetical order)

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Adefunke Adeyemi

International Air Transport Association (IATA) regional head, member & external relations for Africa and Middle East.

A lawyer in Nigeria by profession, she joined IATA in 2009 after initially being part of the team that set up Virgin Nigeria Airways in 2004.

In her current role, she is responsible for conceptualising and delivering an ongoing campaign regarding the transformation of Africa’s socio-economic prospects through enhanced connectivity across the continent.

She also heads the ‘women in leadership’ initiative for IATA in Africa and the Middle East.

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Ivana Alvares-Marshall

Founder and governor of the African section 99s.


Alvares-Marshall has been flying for 20 years. She started her career in Malawi, gaining a private pilot licence (PPL), then went to South Africa to obtain a South African commercial pilot licence (CPL). She subsequently gained Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) qualifications.

She has piloted Learjet 45 and Cessna Citation Bravo Jets, and recently, working for a private bank in Malawi, her aircraft was a King Air B200. She was a member of the Arabian Section 99s until recently becoming African section governor.

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Chamsou Andjorin

Director government affairs and market development, Boeing International sub-Sahara Africa, and acting sales director, Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes


Chamsou joined the newly created Boeing International sub-Sahara Africa organisation in January 2017, after having been director aviation safety for Africa and Middle East, working closely with the regulators and industry partners to improve safety. Before that, he was executive director of the Boeing International office in Accra, Ghana, from June 2005 to April 2011, where he developed the Boeing presence in west and central Africa. A native of Benin, he is fluent in French and English.


Abdérahmane Berthe

Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA)

Prior to his current role, he was the CEO of Air Burkina. A native of Mali, he has 28 years’ experience in the airline industry, serving on many influential committees and governing bodies during that time. Before joining Air Burkina in 2013, he built his career, both in Europe and Africa, working in positions such as aircraft performance and dispatch engineering, maintenance and operations quality and ground operations. He had a total of 16 years’ CEO experience before joining AFRAA


Catherine Buchanan

Chief operating officer, Vertis Aviation



Dubai-based Buchanan is responsible for the international business aviation charter specialist’s global planning and commercial strategic development. She has a degree in aviation technology and holds a private pilot’s licence. She has been responsible for the introduction of the Vertis Aircraft charter management programme to Africa. This offers exclusive outsourced charter sales management and is ideal for individual owners, small fleet operators, or aircraft management companies. She also campaigns for a broader range of aircraft to be based in Africa to support the evolving market. 

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Simon D’Oyly

Commercial director, Royal Jet


D’Oyly began his private jet business career in 2002 with Geneva-based PrivatAir, which sent him to start up its Saudi operation as vice president sales and business development based in Jeddah. He has worked in business aviation since then, holding a number of executive level positions with companies such as Rizon Jet in Qatar, NetJets/NAS in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prime Aviation in Kazakhstan, and MJets in Bangkok. Prior to joining Royal Jet, he worked at Constellation Aviation Services in Dubai, leaving as GM and CEO.

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Romain Ekoto

Chief aviation officer at the African Development Bank.


He took up the newly created role in June 2018 and is responsible for developing the bank’s framework to support the aviation sector in Africa.

Beginning his career with Air France after graduating from the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) with an engineering degree, he has also worked at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), where he ran the technical assistance and air transport programmes for the western and central African region. He successfully led transformation projects in several civil aviation authorities and regional safety oversight organisations.

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Sanjeev S Gadhia

Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation


Sanjeev S Gadhia is the founder and CEO of Astral Aviation, a dedicated all-cargo airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, which operates a fleet of seven cargo aircraft into Europe and within Africa and has been one of the most successful airlines in Africa for 17 years. A banker by profession, he has a bachelor and a master’s degree in business administration from the Schiller International University in London. He was appointed vice-chairman of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) cargo taskforce in September 2016 and is a member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) board.
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Tewolde GebreMariam

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines


Tewolde began his Ethiopian Airlines career in 1985, serving in the cargo traffic-handling department before progressing through various roles within the organisation to become CEO on January 1, 2011. A multiple award-winner, he has taken the company to new heights. He serves on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) governing board, is an executive committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), is chairman of the board of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO), and is a board member of the Airlink Advisory Council, the Ethiopian Railway Corporation, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, and Ethio-Telecom.

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President, Izy Air

Alex Izinyon II upholds dual roles as the President of Izy Air, a leading business aviation company in Nigeria and the Aviation Law Partner at Izinyon & Co, a foremost Corporate, litigation, and arbitration law firm in Nigeria. Alex has extensive experience in Aviation Finance, Air Transport Regulations, Aircraft Leases and Acquisitions. 


Drawing from his expertise in Aviation transactions combined with his passion, he has spearheaded key strategic partnerships with multinational entities in order to create a safe and efficient business model for aircraft owners, business jet travelers and the industry at large. 

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Dawit Lemma

Founder and CEO of Krimson Aviation


Lemma has been running aviation support services company, Krimson Aviation, based in Ethiopia and Switzerland, since 2015. He has close to 20 years’ knowledge of the aviation sector across four continents, with a cache of notable experience garnered at leading companies, including TAG Aviation, Emirates Airlines, MAF, and Ethiopian Airlines, to name but a few. He served on the executive committee of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) as director of membership and events, and is currently president of the Ethiopian chapter and an advisor to the AfBAA board.

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Yvonne Manzi Makolo

CEO, RwandAir


Yvonne Manzi Makolo was appointed RwandAir’s CEO in April 2018.

She joined the carrier in April 2017 as deputy CEO in charge of corporate affairs.

Previously, she worked with MTN Rwanda, the largest communication company in the country, as the chief marketing officer and briefly as the acting CEO.

She brings over 11 years of commercial experience to her current position.

With a fleet of 12 aircraft serving 26 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, RwandAir is one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa.

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Victoria Moores


Victoria Moores is an award-winning aviation journalist, specialising in African aviation. She has written for a number of publications, including African Aerospace, Airline Business, Air Transport Intelligence (ATI), Air Transport World (ATW), Aviation Week, AWIN and Flight International. She started out in airline ground operations in 1997 before moving into business aviation in 2002 as operations analyst for Bombardier Flexjet Europe. She joined Air Transport World as London-based European editor/bureau chief in 2012 and has been air transport editor for African Aerospace since its launch in January 2013.

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Daniel Odido

Head of flying studies in the school of aerospace sciences at Moi University, Kenya


Odido, who has an MSc in aeronautical engineering with a specialisation in the maintenance of aircraft and aero engines, has been a lecturer in various universities in Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is currently a lecturer in the school of aerospace sciences of Moi University, Kenya where he heads the department of flying studies. He has previously headed the department of aviation security and logistics at the university. His research interests are in unmanned aerial systems and aviation safety.

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Frederic Thenevin

Head of Business Development, ADP Engineering


Frederic Thenevin is ADP Engineering (Paris Airports Group) head of business development for Europe, Africa and the Americasa hybrid role combining business acumen and a remarkable experience in the field of civil aviation.

He has 25 years’ experience in civil aviation, airport development and international project management.

He has developed projects in Africa, eastern Europe, China and ASEAN countries assisting air navigation service provider (ANSPs), airlines, aviation and airport authorities.

He graduated as an executive civil aviation engineer with a specialisation in air transport economy and airport operation from the prestigious French Civil Aviation Academy (ENAC, Toulouse). 

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Mark Tierney

Director, Crabtree Capital


Tierney, a director of Dublin-based Crabtree Capital, has worked in the aircraft leasing and finance business for 29 years.

He worked as a senior executive at GPA in the mid-90s, where he was responsible for restructuring the company’s $3 billion order book with OEMs and arranging bankruptcy-remote financing for the company’s remaining deliveries.

Since 2002, he has run Crabtree Capital, providing strategic advice, deal execution and trouble-shooting services to airlines, lessors and financial institutions.

He is also on the board of Dublin-based Santos Dumont, project managers to the aviation industry.

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