17 & 18th April 2018, Cairo, Egypt




Mr Safwat Musallam

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, EgyptAir Holding Co.


Safwat Musallam was born in Cairo on the 6th of March 1959. He joined EGYPTAIR in 1983 and owns 33 years of experience in Air Transport industry.


In March 2016, he was assigned as Chairman & CEO of EGYPTAIR HOLDING Company. In his role, he is responsible for EGYPTAIR Airlines, Maintenance & Engineering, Ground Handling, Tourism & Duty Free, Supplementary Industries, Cargo, EGYPTAIR Express, In-flight Services, and Medical Services companies - with work force of more than 33,000 employees.  Throughout his career, he progressed in different fundamental commercial areas. He was appointed as Area Manager of EGYPTAIR in Italy and Spain.


Safwat along with his career path has occupied several executive positions within EGYPTAIR HOLDING and its subsidiaries; He occupied the position of General Manager Sales in 2005.


In September 2006, he was assigned to be Vice President Commercial responsible for the worldwide implementation of the company's commercial strategy. In this expanded role, he was responsible for managing and leading the functions of sales, marketing and developing the strategic economic success of the airline. Planning and monitoring the expenditure overall was one of his main focuses needed to meet objectives. During his tenure EGYPTAIR received the invitation to join STAR Alliance.


In early 2008, he became the Vice President Alliances & International Relations to play a key role in leading EGYPTAIR HOLDING team responsible for the integration process to join Star Alliance in the same year. Up to 2010, he worked on the development of an EGYPTAIR’s Corporate Business Model responsible for Alliances, cooperation, Aero-political and international organizations and associations.


For his professional background, he was chosen to be a Consultant for EGYPTAIR HOLDING Chairman & CEO in 2014.


In June 2015, Safwat was appointed as Chairman & CEO EGYPTAIR Tourism & Duty Free Company till March 2016.


He was also elected as a member in IATA Board of Governors, AACO and AFRAA Executive Committees.


Safwat is also a member of the board of director’s of Egyptian Aviation Services Co. (EAS) and Taba Tourism Development. In addition, he is an assembly member of Arab Organization of Industries and Egypt Aviation Academy.


He holds a B.A & M.A. in Foreign languages from Ain Shams University in Egypt and Marketing Diploma from Sabina University in Italy. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Italian.


He has a son and a daughter. He is fond of reading, collecting Antiques and sports such as Tennis.










Captain Sherif Ezzat Badrous

Chairman - EgyptAir Airlines



Over 30 Years of experience in the field of Aviation, holding Senior Executive positions at EgyptAir, being a Professional Pilot, Trainer, Examiner, Authorized Civil Aviation Inspector, willing to manage working with different levels.

 Able to work with diversified backgrounds with a sufficient global mindset.


      - July 2016 - Till date:-


• Member of the Board of Directors of LSG Sky Chefs Catering.

• Member of the Board of Directors of CIAF Leasing.

• Member of American Chamber Travel and Tourism Core Committee.   


- 2010 - 2012:-

Assigned as The General Manager of Flight Training - Operations Sector.


- 2010:-  

Rated Commander for the type B777.


- March 2009:-

Assigned as Deputy General Manager of Flight Training - Operations.


- December 2006 – 2009:-

Chief Pilot for the aircraft type B737-800.

Commander / examiner for the aircraft type B737-800.


- 2005 – 2006:-

Project Manager for the aircraft type B737-800 until the first delivery in October 2006.


- 2004 - Till date:-

Inspector at the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authorization.


- 2003:-  

Member of The Committee of Accidents and Incidents Investigations under supervision of Ministry of Civil Aviation.


- 2002 – MID 2005:-

Assigned as a Consultant & Technical Instructor for the aircraft type B737-500.


- 2001:-

Promoted as a captain for the aircraft type AB600.


- 1998:-

Assigned as an Instructor for the aircraft type B737-500.


- 1997:-

Promoted as a captain for the aircraft type B737-500.


- 1992:-

Completed his transition training as a First Officer for the aircraft type AB600.


- 1988:-

Joined Egypt Air as a First Officer for the aircraft type B737-500.


- 1987:-

Certified Civil Aviation License from the Egyption Air Institute.


- Total flying hours of 12.998 and more than 8,000 flying hours as a captain.


- Successfully passed several training courses including leadership, management and training courses.


- Pilot / Sherif Ezzat Badrous was born in September 1965, married and has two sons.

Mr Hisham Hassan Nasser

Consultant to Chairman

EgyptAir Engineering


Joined EGYPTAIR’s Technical Division in 1985 as a Radio Engineer.

In 2002 when EGYPTAIR was restructured and became a holding company with 9 subsidiaries, the Technical Division became EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING Company

 and he became a member in the task force committee responsible for re-establishing the company procedures to meet the Part 145 approval requirements.

In 2006, became the QA Director responsible for managing the changes required within the company until it became fully rated EASA Part 145 approved in 2008 and FAR 145 approved in 2010 and for standardizing the CAMO to meet EASA Part M subpart G requirements.

In 2008, he was elected as a Vice Chairman of the technical committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).

In 2010 became a member in the MRO task force in the same organization and in April 2013 was elected to be the Chairman of AACO MRO Collaboration Steering Board.

In 2011 and as the company expanded its activities, he became the Vice Chairman and Accountable Manager responsible for ensuring that maintenance operations remain in compliance with the applicable civil aviation authorities as well as the international standards.

In February 2013 he joined the Board of Directors of EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING Company.

In December 2013 became EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING’s Chairman& CEO.

In December 2014 became EgyptAir Holding Company Chairman Advisor for Maintenance and Engineering.


Graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 1982, Faculty of Engineering- (B.Sc.) in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Has a Diploma in the Total Quality Management from the American University in Cairo in 2004 and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.



Mr Adel Ali

Middle East Regional Director - ICAO

 Board Member and Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia


Adel Al 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 recognised. 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 decade 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 multiple 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 every year 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 Aviation Academy and Cozmo Travel and he is a board member of

Sharjah Aviation Services.


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. He also entered the “Hall of Fame Award” in 2010, honoring his contribution to the Middle East Aviation. In July 2014, Adel Al Ali won the “Airline Business Award” at the esteemed Airline Strategy Awards 2014. In September 2016, during the CEO Middle East Awards, Adel Al Ali was named “Airline CEO of the Year” in recognition and reward to his outstanding success, innovation and ethics.



Mr Ahmed Aly

Chief Executive Officer

Nile Air


Previous roles


Etihad Airways - Head of Network Planning & Strategy

Qatar Airways - Network Development Manager

Roles at British Airways & BMI




Masters in Aerospace Engineering

MSc Air transport Managment


Mr Miles van der Molen

Chief Executive Officer, CemAir




Miles is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of CemAir (Pty) Ltd. The Company started in 2005 with the purchase of three Beechcraft 1900’s on auction and now operates as a world class IOSA registered airline. CemAir owns, operates and maintainsa fleet of 22 aircraft, including ten 50-seat CRJ jets, two Dash-8 Q300’s, one Dash-8 100 and 9 Beechcraft 1900D’s.  


Based at OR Tambo International and a member of IATA, CemAir operates as afull service scheduled domestic airline to 10 destinations in South Africa, including Margate, Bloemfontein,Plettenberg Bay, Hoedspruit, George, Cape Town and Sishen in the Northern Cape.CemAir’s aircraft leasing experience extends throughout Africa and the Middle East with a current footprint in Tunisia, Libya, Botswana, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria and Ghana.In Q4 of 2017, CemAir added a Dash-8 Q400 and CRJ900 to its fleet for use on both its domestic schedule network and aircraft leasing business.


Born and bred in Johannesburg, Miles’s completed his private pilot’s license by the age of 17 and a commercial pilots license by 22 years. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Wits University and in 2008 completed the 3rd year of a Masters degree in Business Administration.  A natural entrepreneur, Miles has been self-employed all his working life. Today CemAir employs 260 staff ranging from jet pilots, cabin crew and aircraft engineers to office administrators, salesmen, cleaners and packers.






Mr Marc Allen

President, Boeing International



Marc Allen is president of Boeing International and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. As president of Boeing International since 2015, Allen is responsible for the company’s international strategy and corporate operations outside the U.S., overseeing 18 regional offices in key global markets. His responsibilities include developing the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the U.S., forming new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing international affairs, enhancing Boeing’s local presence and providing global functional support.


Previously, Allen served as president of Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary that arranges, structures and provides financing for Boeing’s commercial airplane, space and defense products. Prior to Boeing Capital, Allen served as vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing China, responsible for leading the company’s business in China from its Beijing headquarters. Allen earlier served as Boeing vice president for Global Law Affairs and general counsel to Boeing International, leading the company’s international legal practice group from its inception. Before Boeing, Allen practiced law in Washington, D.C., litigating complex commercial cases for domestic and international clients. Previous government service includes an appointment as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s law clerk. He has prior business experience in strategy consulting and start-up leadership.


He is a native of Southern California and received his law degree from Yale Law School and his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in political science with a certificate in economics.







Ms Marie Ioan

Airline Services Marketing Director for the Middle East, Africa and India, AIRBUS



 Marie Ioan is Airbus Airline Marketing Director, focused in the Middle-East, Africa and India region.


She is in charge of the market analysis and definition of the whole Services by AIRBUS portfolio (Flight Hour Services, Cabin Upgrades, Connectivity, or Maintenance and Crew Training) towards Operators and Airline Stakeholders.


Marie was previously Customer Affairs Director for five years within Airbus Flight Operations Department and has run Aircraft entry into service for A320, A330, A350 programs.


Based between Dubai and Toulouse, she is a private pilot and regularly participates to orienteering races.    



Mr Craig Rooney

Partner, Clyde & Co LLP



Craig represents airlines and their insurers in all aspects of dispute resolution and his experience includes, but is not limited to, major losses, subrogated actions, aircraft and related property damage claims and general liability matters such as personal injury, cargo and baggage claims.


He also has considerable experience in handling matters involving EU consumer rights legislation in the field of aviation law, in particular the carriage of passengers with reduced mobility.


His practice focuses on European, African and Middle Eastern jurisdictions and he is adept at obtaining positive outcomes in often challenging environments.  


Craig's understanding of his clients' expectations enables him to achieve commercially viable and pragmatic solutions.


Mr João Miguel Santos

VP Africa

Boeing International, Sub-Sahara Africa


J. Miguel Santos directs Boeing activities in all African countries except the Maghreb countries in Northern Africa. He manages Boeing relationships with government entities, customers, suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders; seeks mutually beneficial partnerships and business opportunities for Boeing; and supports the activities of Boeing business units in Africa. He also serves as Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales director for all Southern Africa countries includingAngola, South Africa, Réunion and Mozambique.He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and reports to both Marc Allen, president of Boeing International and to Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice president of Sales for Africa, Middle East, Russia, Turkey and CIS.


Santos has been with Boeing for nearly 40 years. Hebegan his career in 1979 as an engineer and scientist at Douglas Aircraft Company.In 1984, he joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes and was assigned asarea manager for Airline Analysis. He alsoserved as an account manager and sales program manager for Africa Sales. His experience also includes positions as managerof 747/767 Sales Support Engineering,747/767 marketing manager for Asia and manager of the 767FX/747FX and 747-500X/-600X Marketing Requirements programs.He was director of International Sales, first responsible for Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan in Asia; Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe,Angola, Mozambique and Mauritius in Africa;and later for South Africa and the rest of the Southern Africa Development Community countries.


Santos earned Bachelor of Sciencedegrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and geological sciences from the University of Washington, an MBA from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in naval command and staff from the Naval War College and aMaster of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Lisbon. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff College.

Santos holds the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, now retired. He began his military career in 1984 as a DC-9 maintenance mechanic. In 1987, he was commissioned as an officer.Heheld positions in various engineering units, such as the Naval Air Systems Command, and in force squadrons as line division officer,quality control officer,maintenance officer,training officer, andassistant program manager for Aircraft Maintenance Programs and Policies. He has received two Navy Achievement Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, and was named Reserve Officer of the Year in 1999.


Santos is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauticsin the US and a chartered engineer (CEng) in the U.K. He is a member of the RAeS Air Transportation Board in the United Kingdom, was a member of the Export-Import Bank’s Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee,a member of the board of the Corporate Council on Africaand a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.Recently invited to become a member of the Industry Engineering Advisory Council at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hehas lectured at Cranfield University and variousRAeS branches.


An American who was born in Portugal and raised in Angola, Santos speaks Portuguese, French and Spanish and he reads and understands Italian.



Mr Hassan El-Houry

Chief Executive Officer - NAS



Hassan El-Houry, aviation industry expert, author, and Group CEO of National Aviation Services (NAS), spear headed the company’s expansion into Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


NAS is the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets, offering comprehensive ground handling solutions, cargo management, terminal and lounge management, meet-and-assist services, aviation training and security, and travel services to retail customers and the world's leading airlines. From its base in Kuwait, the company operates in 17 countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Liberia, Rwanda, UAE, Afghanistan and India, and a total of 30 airports while continuing to expand year on year.


Under Hassan’s leadership, NAS has received numerous awards, including the prestigious "Best Ground Handling Company in Emerging Markets" award multiple times.


Hassan has been with NAS since 2009, and also serves on the board of several emerging market companies, such as United Projects Co. (UPAC), Royal Aviation, and National Real Estate Company (NREC).  


His debut book – Fly Africa, highlighting how aviation could become one of Africa’s greatest strengths made it to the best sellers list in the aviation and Africa category on Amazon.  


In 2014, Hassan was honored by the World Economic Forum in Davos as a Young Global Leader for his contributions to aviation and airport services. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's Degree from the American University of Beirut.


“Aviation provides the only worldwide transportation network, making it essential for global business and tourism. It plays a vital role in facilitating economic growth, particularly in developing countries.”


“On a continent larger than China, India, the US, and Europe combined, air transport inevitably plays a key role in facilitating integration. For Africans to interact and do business with each other, they need to get there. Deregulation could have a profound effect in ending the isolation of millions of Africans, who account for 12% of the world’s population but only 1% of its air market.”


“Air transport entirely covers its infrastructure costs. Unlike road and rail, it is a net contributor to national treasuries through taxation, fees and charges, and other levies. In most cases, the private sector is able and willing to undertake the entire funding and operation.”


Mr Hadi Akoum

Vice President Sales Sub-Sahara Africa, AIRBUS


Hadi Akoum was appointed Vice President Sales for Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Indian Ocean, in 2005. In this function, he is responsible for Airbus’ overall business and customer relations in this region.


HadiAkoum joined Airbus in 1988 as a Reliability Engineer beforejoining the Marketing department in 1991 as a Market Analyst and in 1995 as Marketing Director for Middle East and Africa.


In 1999 Hadi was appointed Regional Sales Director for Middle East and Indonesia and four years later he was promoted to Vice President Sales for Japan.


Hadi graduated from Sup’Aero, a leading Aviation school in Toulouse France, as an Aeronautical Engineer.


 He also holds an MSc in Fluid Mechanics from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Institut d'administration des entreprises in Toulouse, France.


Hadi is a dual French and Lebanese national.


Mr Tommaso Auriemma

Chief Executive Officer




Tommaso Auriemma is the CEO of Aerotechnic Industries (ATI), the Air France and Royal Air Maroc 50/50 joint venture based in Casablanca, Morocco, which is expanding rapidly and gaining capability for next generation aircraft as well as for line maintenance.


He formerly worked for Alitalia as heavy maintenance program manager (2001-2004) and line maintenance long-haul manager (2004-2006) before moving to the Air France-KLM group, where he has occupied several positions since 2006 – head of aircraft modification projects (2006/2013) and aircraft maintenance and cabin procurement director (2013/2016).


He has a master's degree in aerospace engineering.


Mr George O'Neill

Senior Vice President - DAE 


George O’Neill is Senior Vice President, at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) and in charge of commercial aircraft leasing activity for the company in Africa, India and parts of Europe.


Prior to joining DAE Capital Mr O’Neill held position of Global Commercial Director at Elix Aviation Capital and was previously Vice President at CIT Aerospace.


DAE’s award-winning leasing division DAE Capital has an owned, managed and committed fleet of nearly 400 Airbus, ATR and Boeing aircraft with a fleet value of US$ 14 billion.


Mr Mohamed Rahma

Middle East Regional Director - ICAO


Mr. Mohamed Khalifa Rahma is the Middle East Regional Director of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He took over his position on March 20th, 2016.


Prior to his appointment as ICAO Middle East Regional Director he was the Undersecretary of International and Internal Affairs at the Ministry of Civil Aviation of Egypt and previously the advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation.


During his tenure, Mr. Rahma played a substantial role in many influential initiatives and projects that actively supported and enhanced aviation safety, capacity and security in the Middle East Region.

Mr. Rahma has 25 years of aviation experience in various fields including aviation management, airline management, operation, safety, training, corporate communication, marketing and crisis management.


He is an accredited senior instructor and holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management.



Ms Adefunke Adeyemi

Regional Head, Member & External Relations, Africa & Middle East - IATA



In her current role, Adefunke advocates for the overall sustainability and growth of the industry as a whole, and is the intermediary between airlines, the wider aviation community and the general public.

 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.

Adefunke also heads the Women in Leadership initiative of IATA in Africa and the Middle East.


Since joining IATA in 2009, she has been involved in many key industry and leadership initiatives, including being chosen as part of a core group of senior managers tasked with revising the strategic direction of the global aviation industry, the re-organisation of IATA to better meet member and industry needs, and over the past six years, has participated as a national delegate at the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to facilitate the global air transport industry position on environmental issues.


Adefunke began her career practicing law with FO Akinrele & Co, one of the leading law firms in Nigeria and commenced her foray into aviation early in 2004 as part of the set up team of Virgin Nigeria Airways.

Prior to joining IATA, she was a member of the Industry Affairs Committee, the global committee for inter-airline co-operation, who advise the IATA board of governors, the director general and other relevant IATA governance bodies on the regulatory and aero-political aspects of commercial, industry affairs and aero-political matters affecting international air transport.



Mr Brian Lord, OBE

Managing Director, PGI


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Brian is PGI’s Managing Director, and was GCHQ’s Deputy Director.   At GCHQ, he drove the modernisation programme across GCHQ’s most active technical operations and entire workforce.  He oversaw both defensive and active Cyber operations, through unparalleled experience of cyber threat, risks, opportunity, and effective mitigation strategies. He is an eminent thought leader on cyber warfare and the intent and motivations across all cyber threat actors.


Brian has built PGI’s full spectrum provision of Cyber Security advice, technical service delivery and organisational/skill transformation to both public and private sector organisations.  Brian is regularly enlisted by the BBC and other national media outlets as an expert on Cyber matters.  






Mr Sanjeev Gadhia

Chief Executive Officer, Astral Aviation


 Sanjeev S Gadhia is the Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation Ltd which is a dedicated all-cargo airline based in Nairobi, Kenya and operates a fleet of seven cargo aircrafts into Europe and within Africa.


Operating one of the most successful airlines in Africa for 17 years, Sanjeev is responsible for the overall management, network planning and fleet acquisition for Astral Aviation along with its Pan African expansion strategy, which entails two new cargo hubs in West and South Africa, including diversification into Executive Jets and Unmanned Cargo Aircrafts (Drones) in Kenya and Rwanda.


Sanjeev is rated as a “New Generation Leader for Africa” by the prestigious African Leadership Network, while Astral has been rated as the best all-cargo carrier in Africa in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2017, Astral Aerial Services won the IATA Innovation Award for its presentation on UTM (UAS Traffic Management).


Mr Gadhia was also appointed as Vice Chairman of the AFRAA (African Airlines Association) Cargo Task Force in September 2016 and a member of the Board of Directors of TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association).


A banker by profession, Sanjeev has a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Schiller International University in London.


Sanjeev is a Kenyan citizen and is married with 2 children. 








Mr Jeff Wilkinson

Chief Executive Officer, Joramco



Jeff Wilkinson originates from Manchester UK where he began his career with BAE systems as an apprentice airframe engineer. He studied and obtained a Higher National Diploma in aeronautical engineering as well as successful completion of his apprenticeship in airframe engineering.


After completion Jeff left BAE systems for a career as a structural modification specialist into the field of B747 modifications for some of the worlds’ biggest engineering companies notably KLM & SIAEC.


Following this Jeff relocated to Switzerland for Swiss International Airlines where he became Head of Base and Line Maintenance (BSL) and played a fundamental role in the turnaround of the company through stringent cost control and third party customer growth.


Prior to joining Joramco Jeff became Chief Executive Officer for Etihad Airways Engineering and held responsibility for both the Airline PH functions CAR M/145 and AM CAR 145/21/147 for the MRO serving Etihad for a total of 11 years.


Currently Jeff is CEO of Joramco, a Jordan based leading commercial aircraft Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul organization, offering a wide range of maintenance services for various aircraft types with 1,000 employees.


Mr Rob Watts

Chief Executive Officer, Aerotask FZE


Aside from being the CEO, Rob also leads the financial solutions team at Aerotask and is one of the company’s founding shareholders.


Aerotask isa global aviation consultancy offering asset management and financial solutions to airlines, lessors, financial institutions, and aviation investors.


Rob has proven experience in structuring and modelling complex aircraft lease transactions, as well as aviation start-ups, mergers & acquisitions, and restructurings. A regular speaker at aviation conferences and events, Rob regularly covers topics related to aircraft leasing, financing, and aircraft appraisals.

Prior to starting Aerotask, Rob worked for Airbus consultancy; tasc aviation.


Rob holds a Finance degree from the University of Wollongong where he was awarded top graduate, and has also been admitted in the ISTAT appraisers program.


Mr Ashraf Lamloum

Chief Executive Officer, Nesma Airlines - Egypt



Ashraf Lamloum is the founder, shareholder and CEO of Nesma Airlines-Egypt, which makes him one of the youngest Middle East airline chief executives.


Boasting a BA degree in business administration, he began his aviation industry career in 1996. He has managed airlines like Euro Mediterranean and Cairo Aviation.


He earned his flight dispatch license in 2001 and became a pilot in 2012, currently flying the Airbus A320, which has widened his experience and deepened his acquaintance with the industry.


He was appointed acting CEO of Nesma Airlines – Saudi Arabia in January 2018.



Mr Andrew Nicholson

Chief Executive Officer, Osprey Flight Solutions


Andrew studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester before joining the Royal Navy.  After several deployments he was seconded to the Royal Marines, attending the All Arms Commando Course before joining UK Special Forces in 2006. Over the following years Andrew saw operations in several countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan and counter-piracy work off East Africa.  Leaving the forces at the height of the Somali piracy phenomenon, Andrew moved into the commercial sector to manage offshore security for a number of major oil and gas companies before taking up a position as head of maritime and aviation security for International SOS and Control Risks in 2014.


As an advocate of both a holistic approach to risk management and the use of technology to improve the standards of risk management support to the aviation industry, Andrew has pioneered new approaches to aviation risk assessment in order to enable an industry-wide improvement.  His goal is to develop the systems and infrastructure that enable every operator, no matter their size and what resources they have, to access the information in order to achieve their highest priority; to keep crew and passengers’ safe when travelling by air.









Mr Nuno Pereira

Managing Director, Bestfly




Nuno Pereira began his career in the aviation industry when he joined the Angolan Airforce as a cadet in 1994.


Three years later after graduating from the Portugal-based Aerocondor Flight School he became a bush pilot flying a Twin-Otter for the Angolan Oil Company, before upgrading to a B727 flying relief cargo and diesel for Transafrik on behalf of the World Food Programme and Angolan Diamond mines. Experience with a mix of airliners followed, including time spent managing and flying the Boeing B747-300 and Tristar (L1011) fleets for EuroAtlantic Airways, as well as the Boeing B777 fleet for TAAG.


In 2003 he was lured into the corporate aviation sector when Netjets Europe offered the opportunity to become a pilot flying corporate and business passengers. He was one of the first NetJets officers to fly the Gulfstream IV on its introduction to the European fleet.


Even though he runs Bestfly, Pereira continues to enjoy flying and regularly pilots the company's G450 and G550 on behalf of customers. He is also an adept aviation manager, as demonstrated by his initiation of the FDA/FDM (Flight Data Analysis and Flight Data Monitoring) Program for TAAG Angola Airlines, which was one of the key factors in the removal of TAAG from the EU Black List in 2010.


Since launching Bestfly, he has positioned it as the leading aviation services company in Angola, and has succeeded in achieving the coveted ISBAO Stage 1 recognition and is currently moving the company towards gaining its ISBAH accreditation. Pereira was nominated in the summer of 2016 to become Vice Chairman of the African Business Aviation Assocation where he is bringing his international, and continental aviation experience to share with the growing membership.



Ms Alcinda Pereira

Executive Director, Bestfly



Daughter of Alberto dos Santos and Maria da Conceição Pereira de Borja

Married, with two daughters Bruna Daniela 15 years old and Jessica Filipa 10 years old.

Studied since the first grade in Lisbon-Portugal until joining the University of Social Sciences and Policies for the course of International Relations in 1996/97.

Currently lives in Luanda Angola.


Began her professional career at the age of 17, working as a part-time meanwhilewas finishing her academic studies.


Her family has always been linked to the aviation industry which aroused herinterest despite having a degree in the field of International Relations. In 1998 got married with Nuno Pereira a pilot in Luanda Angola and in 2003 they moved to Europe and Nuno joinedNetJets Europe, in 2004 an opportunity cameup and Shestarts working also forNetJets in the Flight Support department and a year later in the Maintenance department.


In 2007 they return to Angola in 2009they both open Bestfly - Flight Support to try to fill a very large gap that existed in providing services to the private aviation in the country.


They start the company with only 3 employees and to date has 254 employees working in Angola in various cities.


In 2012 they open the Aircraft Management side of the Company with One aircraft andnow they are the largest private company in Angola with 14 aircraft in management operating world wide.

2012 they open also the first FBO in Angola and built a hangar that was finished in 2015 this facility is unique to the country.


BestFly is also one of the few African companies to be certified by IBAC as an IS-BAO accredited Operator and the only one in Angola.


Mr Tarek Badawy

Partner, Shahid Law Firm 



Tarek is a Partner in Shahid Law’s International Business and Dispute Resolution Groups, and heads the Firm’s International Trade, and Aviation, Shipping & Transportation teams, as well as the Africa Practice Group.


Tarek advises clients on transactional, and compliance matters in multiple industries, with a focus on aviation, shipping & transportation; banking & finance; and insurance & financial services,among other things.He represents foreign companies during their negotiations with Egyptian governmental authorities and private parties; and provides regular advice on compliance and anti-corruption matters under Egyptian criminal legislation. Tarek’s aviation experience includes acting for a foreign lending company in its multi-million-dollar financing of the purchase of Airbus aircrafts from an Egyptian airline, advising a domestic airline in the context of its dry lease of aircrafts registered in a foreign jurisdiction, representing an international airline in its acquisition of shares of a local charter company, advising an airline with regard to a multi-million-dollar insurance claim following an accident in an African State, and counsel an airline regarding its recourse to recover an aircraft unlawfully seized in a foreign jurisdiction.


In addition, Tarek maintains a broad public and private international law practice, and represents clients in trade, commercial, and investor-state disputes before international tribunals, the Cairo Court of Appeal, and Egyptian administrative authorities.


Tarek has published extensively on different areas of Egyptian and international law, appears as a guest lecturer on legal matters in Egypt and overseas, and regularly serves as an expert witness on Egyptian law before courts and international arbitral tribunals.   


Tarek is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association and is a licensed Barrister and Solicitor of the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Canada). He is the former Deputy Chair of the Egyptian Junior Business Association’s Economic Legislation Committee, and a member of the Canadian Egyptian Business Council’s legal committee.


Tarek holds degrees in Political Science and Law from the American University in Cairo (BA), Cairo University (LLB), Essex University (LLM), and McGill University (BCL/LLB), and is recognized as a leading practitioner by Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.


He speaks Arabic, French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.



Mr Marcel Jensen

Head of Sales, Aviation Scouts 



Marcel Jansen (1964, the Netherlands) joint the aviation industry in 1987. As a student, he worked as a consultant for the Dutch Aviation Authorities.


After obtaining his Master degrees in economics and logistics engineering he became a management trainee at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. During 13 years he developed himself in several technical management positions, at KLM’s home base and abroad.


From 2004 and on Marcel got ‘infected’ with the aircraft interiors virus. As a B/E Aerospace Account Executive he supported many leading airlines in Northern Europe.


Since 2015, Marcel became Partner of aviationscouts GmbH’s aviationgate.com, the world’s leading market place for buying and selling used aircraft interiors.


As such he buys and sells aircraft interiors worldwide.



Ms Victoria Moores

 African Aerospace Magazine 



Victoria is an 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.


Before becoming a journalist, Victoria worked at the sharp end of aviation. She started out in airline ground operations in 1997, working for bmi in both the UK and Belgium, before moving into business aviation in 2002 as Operations Analyst for Bombardier Flexjet Europe.


She took up her first journalism role in 2003, writing for Flightglobal newswire ATI, and became Airline Business Features Editor in spring 2009.


Victoriathen returned to Belgium to become General Manager Communications for the Association of European Airlines (AEA), where she was responsible for directing the association’s media relations strategy.


She joined Air Transport World as their London-based European Editor/Bureau Chief on 18 June 2012 and has been Air Transport Editor for African Aerospace since its launch in January 2013.  She scooped Best In-Depth Feature at the 2016 Aerospace Media Dinner for an African Aerospace piece on Brussels Airlines’ response to the Ebola crisis



Victoria holds an Air Transport MSc from Cranfield University and a business degree from The University of Derby.

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