Abdelhamid Addou CEO, Président-Directeur général, RAM (Royal Air Maroc)
Mr Abdelhamid ADDOU, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Royal Air Maroc, an awardwinning Airline, Morocco flag carrier, serving around 90 destinations worldwide. He leads the state-owned group including 12 Subsidiaries covering all fields related to the airline industry from catering, ground handling to engineering, aircraft painting and training.
He advocates on behalf of his airline, country, and region, in prestigious industry committees. Indeed, he was nominated as a member of the IATA Board of Governors, sitting as well in the AACO & AFRAA executive committees.
He is also a member of the oneworld alliance Governing Board.
Prior to joining Royal Air Maroc, Mr ADDOU has held multiple executive positions in the tourism industry including the development of new seaside resorts in Essaouira (SAEMOG), and the design, planning and launch of Morocco tourism vision while he was General Director of ONMT “Office National Marocain du Tourisme”, a government institution in charge of the Tourism strategy and promotion.
Earlier, Mr ADDOU occupied several high positions in the private sector in multinational companies such as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Meditelecom.
He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the renowned Ecole Mohammadia in Rabat, class of 1997.
Adefunke Adeyemi Secretary General, Secrétaire général, AFCAC (The African Civil Aviation Commission)
Adefunke is a lawyer and advocate, focused on global and regional strategic, policy and developmental, issues. She is also a global air transport and trade facilitation expert, focused on driving value, policy reform, best practices and international standards to air transport and related sectors, businesses and government. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the prestigious University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nanyang Business School, Singapore in collaboration with Wharton Business School, Philadelphia and Berkeley Hass Business School, California.
With an international career spanning over 20 years, Adefunke is recognized as one of the 50 Most Inspirational Nigerian Women. She was recently honoured as one of the 200 globally Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in affiliation with the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent. She is also the 2021 Recipient of the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to African Air Transport and Trade development.
In her current role as Regional Director, External Affairs and Sustainability for Africa at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Adefunke advocates for the sustainability of air transport, trade, tourism and business across the region, highlighting its positive socio-economic impact and value as strategic enablers and accelerators of development and growth across Africa and beyond.
Adefunke is the IATA focal point for the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and a Private Sector Champion of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), two strategic policy initiatives of the African Union designed to promote intra-African connectivity and trade to secure Africa’s integration and prosperity.
She is passionate about Leadership, Innovation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; having been involved in many leadership and innovative initiatives at national, regional and global level. She is also an experienced resource person on Policy and Regulation, Advocacy and Gender. She is a visionary catalyst for change, a transformative leader and influencer, combining excellent advocacy and communication skills with a unique ability to motivate and inspire.
She has held several positions of responsibility through her education and career, and positively led or contributed to many key industry, organizational, sectoral or social initiatives at local, regional and global levels.
Adefunke is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Council for Sustainable Tourism, a Policy member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN), an Associate of the worldwide Institute of Directors (IoD), member of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) and an avid supporter of the African Philanthropy Foundation. She is also co-founder of Female Initiatives for Impact (FIFI), a non-for-profit organization focused on impacting the lives of women and children in deprived communities. She enjoys travelling, running, creative writing and volunteer work. She is a published author and an accomplished public speaker, taking crucial messages across Africa and the world for impact and action.
Akbar Al Baker CEO, Président-Directeur général, Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, is one of the most recognisable figures in the global aviation industry. His vision and commitment enabled the ground-breaking development of Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into one of the world’s leading global airlines in the span of just 20 years.
Today, Qatar Airways flies almost 250 state-of-the-art aircraft to over 150 destinations across six continents.
Under his leadership, Qatar Airways has become one of the world’s most highly-respected airlines, competing on a scale very few airlines achieve.
As a result, passengers have recognised the airline’s commitment to the values of safety, security, innovation and quality of service by awarding it the ‘Airline of the Year’ for an unprecedented seventh time, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ at the 2022 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.
Widely known for his ambition and passion for innovation, H.E. Mr. Al Baker introduced the award-winning Qsuite in March 2017. Featuring the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, the unique and patented design allows passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private suites.
In May 2021, H.E Mr. Al Baker was named Chairman of oneworld Governing Board, a role that he still holds.
In August 2017, H.E. Mr. Al Baker was announced as the Chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the prestigious global aviation industry body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which came into effect in June 2018.
In November 2017 he was proudly named ‘Aviation Executive of the Year’ by the CAPA Centre for Aviation in recognition of his global influence and visionary approach to the airline industry.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) and is a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) – the company responsible for the running and development of the U.K.’s largest airport. In June 2015, the President of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande, presented H.E. Mr. Al Baker with the Legion of Honour in recognition of his leadership in the aviation industry.
In 2019 H.E. Mr. Al Baker was appointed Chairman of Qatar Tourism.
Jean-Paul Alary started his career in 1991 at Snecma Moteurs (now Safran Aircraft Engines). After taking charge of a business unit at Microturbo Limited (now Safran Power Units), he moved to Hurel-Hispano (now Safran Nacelles) in 2004 as program manager. He was subsequently named head of the Large Nacelles division in 2007, then Vice President for Programs in 2008.
He joined Snecma’s Commercial Engine division in 2010 as EVP CFM customer support, then moved to Sagem (now Safran Electronics & Defense) in 2013 as Executive Vice President, Safran Electronics division.
Jean-Paul Alary was named CEO of Safran Nacelles in 2015, then CEO of Safran Landing Systems in 2018. On September 10, 2020, Jean-Paul Alary was appointed CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines. He is also a member of Safran Executive Committee.
Kamil Al-Awdahi Regional Vice President for Africa and Middle East (AME), IATA Vice-président régional pour la région Afrique et Moyen-Orient (AMO), IATA
Kamil is Regional Vice-President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), representing IATA in 68 countries, and serving 57 airlines across AME. Prior to joining IATA, Kamil was the CEO of Kuwait Airways and held various key positions at the airline. A national of Kuwait, Al-Awadhi holds an MBA in Aerospace Management from the Toulouse Business School and an Engineering degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management from Air Service Training (AST) in the UK.
Yannick Assouad is a graduate of the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (1985).
She joined Thomson-CSF’s Radars & Countermeasures business as an engineer in 1986, and later served as head of its thermal analysis department, then head of its thermal and mechanical engineering department.
From 1998, she was Technical Director and then Chief Executive Officer of SECAN (Société d’Études et de Constructions Aéronavales), the French subsidiary of Honeywell specialising in air conditioning systems for aircraft. She was appointed Chairman of SECAN in 2000 and oversaw the aerospace company’s recovery after the 2001 crisis.
In 2003, she joined Zodiac, initially as head of the services business of its Intertechnique subsidiary. Appointed to Zodiac Aerospace’s Executive Committee in 2007, she created the group-wide Services business segment.
In 2010, Yannick Assouad was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Zodiac’s Aircraft Systems segment, which was facing difficulties, and turned around the business through a policy of offensive innovation, centralised purchasing and lean manufacturing. During this time, she also oversaw the acquisition of the in-flight entertainment business IMS in California. In 2015, she became Chief Executive Officer of Zodiac Cabin and was appointed to the Executive Board of Zodiac.
In November 2016, she became Chief Executive Officer of Latécoère.
Laila Ahddar VP R&D & CISO | Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Director | Digital & Agile Transformation | Innovation & Business Development, IDEMIA
Vice-Présidente CISO Produits & Digital Platforms d’IDEMIA en charge des produits Identité et Sécurité Numériques chez IDEMIA
Laila AHDDAR est diplômée en ingénierie (Télécommunications et Microélectronique) de l’Institut National des Sciences Appliquées et également d’HEC Paris. Laila AHDDAR a débuté sa carrière chez Canal Plus Technologies qui devint une filiale de Kudelsky Group.
Après avoir développé une forte expérience en sécurité informatique et anti-piratage, elle intègre au sein de Bouygues Telecom les fonctions de Chief Security Officer (2012-2017) et de Board Advisory .
Elle a été Directrice Exécutif du Département Cybersecurité de la Business Unit Alliance « Connected Vehicle & Mobiliy Solution » de l’Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (de 2017 à 2019) qu’elle crée à son arrivée.
En 2019, elle intègre IDEMIA en tant que Vice-Présidente, pour diriger la filiale R&D & Cybersécurité d’IDEMIA en charge des produits Identité & Sécurité Numérique à Casablanca de 2019 à 2022.
Laila AHDDAR est Vice-Présidente CISO Produits & Digital Platforms d’IDEMIA en charge des produits Identité et Sécurité Numériques chez IDEMIA. Elle est également auditrice nationale de la 1er session nationale de l’Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale.
Mostapha Bousmina President, Président, University Euromed of Fes
Professor Bousmina’s background is in Physics, Physical Chemistry and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He got his Engineering diploma from École des Hauts Polymères de Strasbourg, France and MSc. from Louis Pasteur University-France. He then got a Ph.D. from Louis-Pasteur University of Strasburg (France) in collaboration with the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA and then a Post-Doc at École Polytechnique of Montreal.
He is presently:
Chancellor of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Morocco
President of the Euromed University of Fes, Morocco
President of ASRIC (African Science, Research & Innovation Council) of the African Union
Member of WAAS (World Academy of Art and Science)
Member of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World)
Member of AAS (African Academy of Sciences)
Member at large of Polymer Processing Society (PPS)
Co-Editor of the Journal of Polymer Engineering (Edited by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, New-York.
Associate Editor for the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Edited by American Scientific Publisher. New-York.
Regional Editor of Recent Patents in Nanotechnology (Bentham Science Publisher ISSN: 1872-2105 (Print).
Associate Editor-in-Chief: Frontiers in Science and Engineering: Edited by the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. Morocco
Member of the Editorial Board of Discovery and Innovation journal: Edited by African Academy of Sciences and TWAS
Member of the Editorial Board of J. of Polymer Processing, Edited by Hanser, New York.
Member of the Board of Trustees of PSL University (Paris Sciences et Lettres)
Honorary member of Mohamed V Foundation for Solidarity
Member of the Investment board of the Fès-Meknès Region-Morocco
Member of the Erasmus+ Morocco Board
President of NASAC (Network of African Science Academies that gathers 28 Academies across the African continent for 8 years: 2014-2019)
Senior Canada Research Chair on Polymer Physics and Nanomaterials at Laval University, Canada
Full Professor at Laval University before that he was assistant professor and then associate professor (1994-2008). He resigned in 2008 from his life time position to go back to his home country
Director of Polymer Engineering at Laval University, Canada
Director of Polymer Physics and Nanoscience Lab. It was at that time the largest centre in Northe America
Director of Graduate Studies, Laval University, Canada
Co-Founder and Director General of MASciR (Moroccan Advanced Science, Innovation and Research Foundation). (2008-2011).
Founder & Director General of INANOTECH (Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) (2008-2011); The largest research centre on Nanotechnology in Africa
President of Quebec Society of Polymers
Director of SPE (Society of Plastic Engineers): Quebec-Canada section (2002-2007)
Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Rheology (2000-2008)
Member of the Canada Team for Aerospace (which selects the experiments to be done in space in collaboration with the European Space Agency and with NASA: 2006-2008)
Chair of the Canadian NSERC National evaluation committee for Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering section (2005-2008)
Chair of the Canadian steering committee for the evaluation of the Arbora-Nano Research Center of Excellence (2008)
Member of the Advisory Board of I3N Network of Portugal (2009-2014)
Editor-in-Chief of Editor-in-Chief of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience (2010-2014) Edited by Bioinfo publisher
President of the International Morand Lambla Award Committee of the International Polymer Processing Society (2007-2015)
President of the International James. L. White Award Committee of the International Polymer Processing Society (2007-2015)
International representative for the Polymer Processing Society (2006-2015)
Official examiner of l’Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, Canada (IOQ) (1996-2008)
Official consultant for the Canadian government for the evaluation of research in industry (2004-2008)
Consultant for Total, Inc (2004-2008); Consultant for IPL (2001-2006); Consultant for Bouch. Mac, Inc (2001-2007); Consultant for (Canadian Plastics Industry Association: CPIA: 1999-2006).
President of S2M-NANOTECH (Société Marocaine sur les Matériaux et Nanomatériaux),
Member of the Executive Board of IAP (InterAcademy Partnership), which gathers more than 140 Academies of Sciences across the world and from the five continents
Member of the PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) University Board
Member of the board of the European think tank IDATE DIGIWORLD
Jean-Jacques Bouya State Minister, Infrastructure and routes Minister, Republic of the Congo
Ministre d’État, Ministre de l’Aménagement du territoire, des infrastructures et de l’entretien routier, République du Congo
Né en 1962 à Mouembé, District de Tchikapika (CONGO), Jean Jacques BOUYA est pilote de formation.
Il est Ministre d’Etat, Ministre de l’aménagement du territoire, des infrastructures de l’entretien routier depuis septembre 2022.
Cartésien, méthodique et minutieux, Jean Jacques BOUYA a auparavant occupé les responsabilités :
• de Ministre de l’aménagement du territoire, des infrastructures et de l’entretien (2021-2022) ;
• Ministre de l’aménagement, de l’équipement du territoire et des grands travaux (2016-2021) ;
• Ministre de l’aménagement du territoire et des grands travaux dans le gouvernement post nouvelle République (2016) ;
• Ministre à la Présidence de la République, chargé de l’aménagement du territoire et de la Délégation générale aux grands travaux (2012-2016).
De 2003 à 2012, Jean Jacques BOUYA exerce les fonctions de Délégué Général aux Grands Travaux et de Conseiller aux transports et à l’équipement du chef de l’État. En dehors de ces fonctions combien honorables, Jean Jacques BOUYA a également servi comme pilote à la Présidence de la République et à la compagnie aérienne Lina Congo.
Au nombre des distinctions honorifiques obtenues, notamment pour de loyaux services rendus à la Nation congolaise, Jean Jacques BOUYA été élevé au rang de Grand Officier dans l’ordre du mérite congolais.
Membre du bureau politique du Parti congolais du travail (PCT), il est Député de Tchikapika dans le département de la Cuvette centrale.
Patrice Caine is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École des Mines de Paris and holds the rank of ingénieur en chef of the Corps des Mines. He began his career in 1992 with the pharmaceuticals group Fournier before becoming an adviser on mergers, acquisitions and corporate strategy at Charterhouse Bank Limited in London.
From 1995 to 2002, he held several executive positions in the French administration.
In 2002, Patrice Caine joined the Thales Group’s Strategy department before being appointed to manage the following operating units: Air & Naval, Communications, Navigation & Identification, Air Systems, Radio-communication Products, Network & Infrastructure Systems and Protection Systems.
In February 2013, he was appointed Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Performance Officer of Thales.
Patrice Caine was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thales in December 2014.
He has served on the Boards of Directors of Naval Group since 2015, and L’Oréal since 2018.
He has been Vice-President of GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales) since 2015 and Chairman of ANRT (Association Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie) since 2019. In 2020, he became Vice President of France Industrie, President of the Cercle de l’Industrie and a member of the executive committee of the Conseil National de l’Industrie. He was appointed to the supervisory committee of France’s Investissements d’Avenir programme in 2021.
In France, Patrice Caine has been awarded the National Defence Medal (bronze level) and was named Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2014 and Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2017.
Riadh Cammoun Vice President Institutional Affairs at Thales Alenia Space
Vice-président en charge des relations institutionnelles de Thales Alenia Space
Riadh Cammoun is Vice President Institutional Affairs at Thales Alenia Space and Executive Committee member since 2014.
Before joining Thales Alenia Space, Riadh Cammoun was cabinet’s Deputy Director of Geneviève Fioraso, French Minister of Higher Education and Research.
With over 20 years of experience in the Innovation and R&T domain, Riadh Cammoun was the former Director of the CEA’s LIST Institute in France, an technological research institute specialized in advanced digital technologies and systems.
Riadh Cammoun is the President of the competitiveness cluster SAFE and is a former Board Member of Saint Exupéry Technological Research Institute.
He has a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics engineering school and a Master’s degree in Robotics from Pierre et Marie Curie University.
In 2010 he received the French “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite” medal.
Stéphane Deharvengt Former Safety Director, Ancien Directeur Sécurité, DSNA (Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne)
For many years, Stéphane was deputy Director in charge of the Management System of DSNA (French Air Traffic Control) in its different components : Safety (risk analysis and incidents’ analysis and lessons learnt), Security (securing facilities and cybersecurity) and Quality / Compliance (ISO9001 certification, internal compliance monitoring, relations with the competent authority and investigation bodies).
He was also a contributing member or chairperson in various international cooperation groups with EUROCONTROL and CANSO as well as in some rulemaking groups of EASA or ICAO.
Stéphane has recently moved to a new job position at ANSSI, the French National Cybersecurity Agency.
His expertise was gained in designing and implementing complex strategies for flight safety and safety in air traffic control: operational rulemaking (experience feedback, management systems, fatigue management) and aircraft certification (cockpit and cabin design – A380), security and cyber risk management, human factors training, and sponsor of numerous applied research programs in aviation safety.
A civil aviation engineer, he holds a PhD in ergonomics (human factors and organizational risk analysis) and is an auditor in Digital Sovereignty and Cybersecurity of the IHEDN (Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence).
Carole Delga President of the Regional Council of Occitania, France
Présidente de la Région Occitanie, France
July 9, 2021: Elected President of ‘Régions de France’
July 2, 2021: Re-elected President of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region
2020: City Councilor, Martres-Tolosane
January 4, 2016: Elected President of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region
July 18, 2015 – June 20, 2017: Member of Parliament for Comminges-Save, 8th constituency of Haute-Garonne
Member of the Defense Committee
June 3, 2014 – June 17, 2015: appointed Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, Consumer Affairs and the Social and Solidarity Economy
2012 (1st round): Member of Parliament for Comminges-Save, 8th constituency of Haute-Garonne
Member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, special rapporteur for the National Education and Agricultural Education budget
2010 to 2012: Vice-President of the Midi-Pyrénées Region in charge of rurality, services to the public and information and communication technologies
2008 (1st round), re-elected in 2014 (1st round): Mayor of Martres-Tolosane
then 1st Deputy Mayor to July 2016 (2 300 inhabitants, Haute-Garonne)
2007: Midi-Pyrénées Region, Project Manager for the Deputy Director General in charge of regional planning, economic development and sustainable development
2005: Midi-Pyrénées Region, Deputy Director for regional planning
1998: Director General of Services of the Barousse water management syndicate, Comminges-Save
1996: Project Manager reporting to Dominique Manent for 3 syndicates: Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers
1994: Regional Administrator in charge of the historical and archaeological heritage of the city of Limoges
Hervé Derrey CEO, Président-Directeur général, Thalès Alenia Space
Hervé Derrey is Chief Executive Officer of Thales Alenia Space.
He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Thales Secure Information and Communications Systems Global Business Unit.
From 2012 to 2016 he served as Vice President for Thales’ global Radiocommunication Products Business Line after being named Vice President, Strategic and Infrastructure Networks in 2011.
From 1991 to 2011, Hervé Derrey held various management positions in France and abroad, first at Alcatel, then Alcatel Lucent, with a particular focus on mobile networks and applications, broadband internet and digital transformation.
A graduate of École Polytechnique and Telecom ParisTech, Hervé Derrey also holds a degree from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN), the national defense college.
Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra Former NASA, Microsoft, Former PM Mali, Ancien Premier Ministre du Mali, ancien NASA, ancien Microsoft
Dr. Cheick Diarra is the Chairman of ALN. Dr Diarra is a Malian engineer, businessman, politician, and was acting Prime Minister of Mali from April to December 2012. He was the chairman of Microsoft Africa from 2006 until 2011. He is a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO and ISESCO and also served as the President of the African Virtual University, based in Kenya, in 2002 – 2003. In 1989, Dr Diarra joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California (a center of excellence of NASA). There, as a navigator, he participated in various missions: Magellan to Venus, Ulysses to the Sun’s poles, Galileo to Jupiter and the Mars Observer and Mars Pathfinder. He later headed NASA’s Mars Outreach Program. He studied mathematics, physics and analytic mechanics at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Following these, he completed a Masters in Aerospace Engineering at Howard University in Washington D.C. and completed his PHD in Mechanical Engineering also at Howard University.
In his distinguished career, Dr. Diarra has received various honours and decorations:
• The African Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998;
• The World Bank’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science and the Africa-America Institute Award for Excellence in Science (for inspiring youth worldwide to explore the cosmos);
• Commandeur de l’Ordre de l’Education Nationale in Gabon;
• Commandeur de l’Ordre du Merite du Lion in Senegal;
• Grand Officier de l’Ordre National in Mali;
• Commandeur de l’Ordre du Mérite National in Côte d’Ivoire;
• Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts, des Lettres, et de la Communication in Burkina Faso;
• He was voted by the African public as one of the 100 Africans of the 20th Century in Jeune Afrique magazine;
• Dr. Diarra also shares the 2008 Lifetime African ICT Achievers Award with former South African president, Thabo Mbeki;
• In 2009, he was awarded the Batisseurs de l’Economie top award and the ITSMF Summit Heritage Award recognizing the thought leaders of the information technology field.
Jean-Baptiste Djebbari Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hopium
Former French Minister of Transport
Jean-Baptiste Djebbari est une personnalité reconnue avec un parcours d’excellence dans le secteur de la mobilité. Il a commencé sa carrière comme pilote avant d’occuper des postes de direction au sein de compagnies aériennes. En 2017, il est élu député au Parlement français. En 2019, il est nommé au gouvernement ministre des Transports, pendant 3 ans. Il est actuellement président exécutif de Hopium, une start-up française qui développe des véhicules à hydrogène haut de gamme. Jean-Baptiste est diplômé de l’École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de l’École Polytechnique.
Bilal Ekşi graduated from Yıldız Technical University, the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1989. Starting his career in 1989, Mr. Ekşi worked as an Electronics and Communications Engineer at Turkish State Railways and thereafter, he was assigned to the position of Workshop Manager at Istanbul Ulasim A.S., and he played an active role in realization of significant transport projects.
As the Head of Overhaul Workshops at Turkish Airlines Inc., Mr. Ekşi carried out the duty of maintenance of aircraft engines, landing gears and all components between 2003 and 2005. In 2005, he has been assigned as the Chief Ground Operations Officer at Turkish Airlines Inc. Mr. EKŞİ accomplished significant projects, particularly in improvement of the on-time departure performance during his tenure.
Having served as the Chief Production Officer at Turkish Technic in 2008 and 2009; and as the General Manager of Cyprus Turkish Airlines as part of the reorganization of Cyprus Turkish Airlines in 2010; and as the Executive Vice President at “Turkish Engine Center (TEC)”, established by the Joint Venture of Pratt Whitney, the American Engine manufacturer, and Turkish Technic Inc. between 2010 – 2011; Mr. Ekşi was assigned as the Director General of Civil Aviation in April 2011. During his tenure as the Director General of Civil Aviation, Turkey has been reelected as a member of Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 66 years later its pervious membership and has become one of the 36 members in ICAO’s decision-making platform.
On 21st of October, 2016, he was assigned as the CEO and continues his duty as the CEO and Member of the Board.
Driss El Hadani Director General, CRTS (Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale)
Directeur général, Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS)
With a background in engineering, management and law and over 32 years ofexperience in the development, implementation of programs and projects in thefield of space technologies, including education and support for science, I haveacquired a solid and extensive knowledge of the strategic issues, challenges andstakeholders in the space sector.
Through the projects I carried out and my participation in the numerous programswithin the framework of international cooperation activities, I have developed solidand approved skills in terms of setting up, supervision, coordination, evaluation,technical advisory and financial management and team leadership.
Engineering degree, 1988, Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs (EMI), University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco. Master’s degree in Applied Space Technology, 1989, University Paris VI – Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. Master of Business Administration – Organization Management, 1999 Institue Supérieur du Commerce et Administration des Entreprises (ISCAE), Casablanca, Morocco. Bachelor in Law, 2006, Faculté de Droit, University Mohammed V, Rabat, Rabat, Morocco.
International experiences :
Member of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) –
(2005/2007 and 2018/2020).
First Vice-president of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) – (2000/2004).
Vice-president of the International Astronautic Federation (IAF) – (2002-2004)
Member of the IAF Committee for Developing Countries and Emerging Communities
Member representing Morocco within the Arab Group for Space Cooperation.
COSPAR National Committee Representative and member of COSPAR Scientific Commission – (1989 to 2018).
Member of the Moroccan delegation to the COPUOS, and its Scientific & Technical and Legal subcommittees.
Member of the UN-OOSA Working Group in charge of strategy for the integration of space technique in risk and natural disaster management (DMISCO) – (1999-2005).
Advisory board member of the Springer book series “Southern Space Studies”
Member of the Scientific Committee of the African Centre for Catastrophic Risks,
created in April 2005 by the African Insurance Organization.
David Fojon CEO, Président-Directeur général, Avioparts
David Fojon has been President and CEO of Avioparts Group since 2018, responsible for driving growth in the company as well as leading the operations globally with 5 sites including distribution centres and commercial offices located in Europe, US, UK and the Middle East.
Avioparts is a world leading supplier of aviation lubricants, chemicals, aircraft tires and logistic solutions for aircraft maintenance including all types of commercial operators, maintenance providers as well as several military operators and OEM´s worldwide.
David Joined Avioparts in 2007 as Managing Director of Avioparts Spain, one of the company’s global high growth regions, with leading positions in Aviation Lubricants, Chemicals and aircraft tires distribution, automation and e-commerce services. David has participated in executive training in major, prestigious institutions like IESE and ESIC and speaks Spanish and English fluently.
Rob Gurney CEO, Président-Directeur général, Alliance OneWorld
Rob Gurney joined oneworld® in October 2016 as its CEO, reporting to the alliance’s Governing Board, which comprises the CEOs of all its member airlines, and leading the alliance’s central team, which is based in New York.
Since then, oneworld has undertaken a comprehensive transformation, building a digital platform to enable a range of transactions via member airline apps; launched a new membership programme, oneworld connect and onboarded inaugural member Fiji Airways; added two new full members, Royal Air Maroc and Alaska Airlines; relaunched the oneworld brand and unveiled alliance commitments to environmental sustainability.
With dual Australian and UK citizenship, Rob Gurney joined British Airways in 1993, working in commercial roles in Australia, New Zealand and the airline’s London headquarters. He managed on behalf of Qantas and British Airways their joint business covering their combined services on the “kangaroo route” between Australia and Europe.
In 1997, he switched to Qantas, working in various commercial roles in the airline’s Sydney headquarters. For four years, until 2012, he was Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, with responsibility for worldwide sales and marketing. After leaving Qantas, he served for two years as CEO of Helloworld (previously branded Jetset Travelworld Group).
He was recruited by Emirates in 2014 as its Divisional Vice-President Australia and New Zealand. A year later, he was transferred by the airline to New York, as Senior Vice-President North America, responsible for all commercial activities in the USA and Canada. He subsequently assumed responsibility also for South America, becoming Senior Vice-President Commercial Operations The Americas.
Claudie Haigneré Astronaut, former Minister, former Advisor to ESA’s DG, Astronaute, ancien ministre et ancien conseiller auprès du DG de ESA Astronaut
MD rheumatologist (Hospital Cochin Paris 1984-90), PhD Neurosciences (CNRS (1986-1990)), Astronaut, Politician, CEO of a cultural public establishment
Astronaut with 2 space missions: Selected by CNES (French space agency) in 1985 as an astronaut candidate, training in Star City Russia from 1992, first space mission (16 days ) on board Mir space station in 1996, became member of the European Astronaut Corps for ESA (European Space Agency) in 1999, second space mission (10 days) on board the ISS in 2001.
Member of the French Government under the presidency of Jacques Chirac, as delegate Minister for research (2002-2004) and then delegate Minister for European Affairs (2004-2005)
Advisor to ESA’s DG for European space strategy (2005-2009)
CEO of Universcience « science museum »(Palais de la Découverte + Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie) (2009-2015)
Senior advisor to ESA’s DG (2015-2020) about Lunar exploration
Member of Foundations supporting STEM in education and innovation (Fondation L’Oreal, Fondation AIRBUS, Fondation CGenial)
Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur
Docteur Honoris Causa (EPFL, Université de Mons, Université Catholique de Louvain), Beihang University (Beijing)
Membre of the French Académie des Technologies, Académie des Sports, Académie des Sciences de l’Outre-Mer, Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace, International Academy of Astronautics, Membre of the Académie des Sciences de Belgique
Colonel (ADER network) in La Réserve Citoyenne de l’Armée de l’Air
Henrik Hololei Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, Directeur général de la mobilité et des transports, Commission européenne
Henrik is an economist by training and holds degrees from Tallinn Technical University and Aarhus University in Denmark.
He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004. He was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union. In 2001-2002, he was Minister of Economy.
In 2004, he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas until 2013, when he became Deputy Secretary General.
In October 2015, he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission.
Nasser Kamel Secretary-General, Union for the Mediterranean, Secrétaire général, l’Union pour la Méditerranée
A career diplomat for the Egyptian government, Nasser Kamel held the position of Ambassador of Egypt to the United Kingdom from 2014 to 2018. He was also Ambassador to France in the period 2006-2012, during which he took part in the drafting of the Joint Declaration of the 2008 Paris Summit that marked the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean. Furthermore, between 2012 and 2014, he was Assistant Minister for Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs. From 2004 to 2006, he was the Director of Egypt’s Public Information Service. Prior to this position he served in various embassies, including Washington (1984-1988), Lisbon (1990-1994), Tunis (1994-1998), Brussels (1999-2001) and Paris (2001-2004).
Mr Kamel studied Political Science at Brussels University (1977-1979) and Cairo University’s Faculty of Economics and Political Science, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in 1981. He graduated from the Diplomatic Institute – Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo (1981-1982) and the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris (1982-1983).
He holds the title of Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite of the Republic of France and has also received decorations from the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of Portugal.
He is fluent in Arabic, English and French. He is married and has two children.
Poppy Khoza PDG, CEO, SACAA (The South African Civil Aviation Authority)
Ms Poppy Khoza has been in the aviation industry for just over 20 years with 18 years in senior management. She was reappointed for a second five-year term as Director of Civil Aviation (CEO) at the SACAA, effective from 01 December 2018.
She is the first woman to have occupied this position since the inception of the SACAA. She served for two years consecutively as the first woman Chairperson of the UN Agency’s International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Aviation Security Panel. Prior to becoming the Chairperson, she had served for 2 years as Deputy Chairperson.
Ms Khoza is a recipient of many accolades including the Aviation Sector and Regional Leader Award, Best Chief Executive Officer Awards, Top Empowered Business Leader, Public Service Leader of the year, Winner as South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities category. She was also recognised internationally for her contribution to Aviation Safety and Security by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. She was also recognized by the African Civil Aviation Commission and the AFI group for her contribution to the development of civil aviation in Africa.
In June 2022, Ms Khoza became the first recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Gloria Heath Award, which recognises a woman for notable achievements in civil aviation as well as her leadership in promoting gender diversity in international aviation.
Ms Khoza has championed the transformation of the SACAA, and it now boasts 50% capable women Executives, 51% female employees and 89% Black employees in the organisation.
Ms Khoza was instrumental in the initiative to host the first-ever Global Aviation Gender Summit that was hosted in August 2018 in South Africa, in collaboration with ICAO, UNESCO and UN Women.
Under her stewardship, the SACAA scooped the Best Performing Institution in Transport Award on four (4) occasions, making the SACAA the only entity to have received this prestigious accolade. The SACAA has achieved nine clean audits over ten financial years and also received six awards from the Auditor-General of South Africa for clean audit outcomes for good corporate governance. The entity was also bestowed with the Top Performing Public Service Award and was declared a Winner in the category of Investing in People at the National Business Awards. Furthermore, the SACAA is the recipient of an award as a Transformation Champion at the Oliver Top Empowerment Awards. Under Ms Khoza’s leadership, the SACAA continues to make strides in improving aviation safety and security in South Africa.
Allan Kilavuka CEO, Président-Directeur général, Kenyan Airways
Mr. Kilavuka is the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways Plc. He’s also a Non-Executive Board Member of two Kenya Airways subsidiaries, the regional operator Jambojet and the Tanzanian operator Precision Air. Allan took over this role right at the beginning of a very difficult time for Kenya Airways and the aviation industry in general. He has managed to navigate the airline through turbulent times and kept the planes flying through a string of measures and initiatives.
He is the former Managing Director of Jambojet Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Kenya Airways Plc. With over 23 years’ experience in leadership and management, and extensive knowledge and experience in the Africa business environment, Allan has proven success in new organization set ups, change management, financial planning, integrations, process improvement and company compliance and responsible strategic leadership. He was also integral to the turnaround of two GE Africa businesses: GE Power Services Africa and GE Industrial Solutions, both based in South Africa.
Allan started his career at Deloitte East Africa in Nairobi, where he specialized in Audit, Accounting, Outsourcing and Custodianship. He later joined GE as the Africa share service leader and held various senior leadership roles in GE businesses and in GE Corporate both in Kenya and South Africa.
Allan has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Nairobi and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. He has trained at GE’s world class Crotonville Leadership Institute in New York, USA in Executive Leadership, Advanced Management and Financial Planning. He is also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
Sabine Klauke has been Chief Technical Officer at Airbus since 1 July 2021 and is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.
In this role, Sabine drives the Company’s ambition behind delivering bold and breakthrough technologies to build the future of aerospace. She leads a team of more than 12,000 employees across the globe who design, develop, certify and ensure continuing airworthiness of all Commercial Aircraft products and services.
In addition to her Airbus CTO mission, Sabine serves as: Co-Chair of the Clean Aviation
Joint Undertaking, VP Aviation for the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI),
Chairman of the supervisory board of Premium Aerotec GmbH, and she is member of the Supervisory Board of Airbus Operations GmbH.
Previously, Sabine was Head of Engineering within Airbus Defence and Space and a member of the Division’s Executive Committee. In this capacity, she was responsible for all engineering activities within the Defence and Space division and in charge of its product and services portfolio.
Prior to this position, she served as Head of Programmes Customer Services: a responsibility she held for the A330/A340 programmes since 2015. Sabine joined Airbus in 2002, where she has held positions of increasing responsibility within manufacturing engineering, production, product development programs, development processes and change and innovation projects within the Airbus Commercial Aircraft division.
Sabine holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden). From 1998 to 2002 Sabine worked at DELMIA, a brand of Dassault Systèmes, where she carried out the deployment of digital manufacturing software as well as consulting projects
Sanae Lahlou Unido Representant for Morocco Représentante ONUDI Maroc
Committed in promoting sustainable growth in developing economies, Sanae Lahlou is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Country Representative in Morocco. She ensures the coordination, in Morocco, of the strategy of the UN agency, for the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Sanae has a long and rich experience in the conduct and implementation of several economic programs in the public and private sectors, in Morocco and internationally, some of which have been related to industrial development issues.
She was before the Director of the African Business Unit of the International Consulting firm Mazars. She has also assisted several Moroccan industrial small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to position themselves in global value chains, as she has been in charge of International Markets for the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency, under the authority of the Morocco Ministry of Industry. Prior to that, Sanae held the position of Development Adviser for Africa at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Sanae Lahlou has been awarded as “Young Global Leader” 2021 by The World Economic Forum (WEF).
Advocating for inclusive growth and gender equality are also among Sanae’s career key drivers. She has been also nominated as a “Global Impact” doer by the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre, and as “French-African Young Leader 2019” by the French-African Foundation. She has graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the American University Al Akhawayn. She also obtained an MBA in International Business Engineering in Paris and a Master Degree from ISCAE (High Public Institute of Commerce and Business Administration) in Coaching & Leadership.
Sanae recently obtained the Certificate of “Advancing the Global Energy Transition” at Princeton University in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the “Sustainability” Certificate from Stanford University in California. She achieved as well the Certificate of Achievement of “Public Leadership” from Oxford University and the Apolitical Academy Global.
Habiba Laklalech CEO, Directeur Général, Office National Des Aéroports
Habiba LAKLALECH has been appointed by His Majesty The King of Morocco as CEO of Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) since February 2021.
Holding an engineering degrees from the Polytechnic School (Paris – 1993) and the National School of Telecommunications (Paris – 1995), she obtained a Diploma in Applied Studies in optoelectronics and microwaves from the Pierre Marie Curie University (Paris – 1995)
During her 27-year professional career, including 16 years in the air transport sector, Habiba LAKLALECH held several positions of responsibility, including Deputy General Manager of Royal Air Maroc in charge of finance, sales and support.
Before joining Royal Air Maroc, Habiba LAKLALECH started her professional life in multinational industrial and then telecommunications companies, from 1995 to 2006.
Habiba LAKLALECH was decorated, in 2014, with the Wissam of “Knight of the Order of the Throne” by His Majesty King Mohammed VI and, in 1988, she received the Hassan II Prize for Mathematics awarded by the late
His Majesty King Hassan II.
Habiba LAKLALECH is currently Vice-President of the International Airports Council for the Africa Region.
Abdellatif Mâzouz President of Casablanca-Settat Regional Council
Président du Conseil de la Région Casablanca – Settat
Mr Abdellatif MÂZOUZ, is the President of Casablanca-Settat Regional Council, actor of the territorial development. He represents the Regional Councils within the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research « CSEFRS ». His professional career is rich in experience ; Professor of Higher Education at Hassan II University and also Associate Professor at ISCAE (Higher Cycle of Management and Master in Management of Public Services).
Mr Mâzouz held the positions of Minister of Foreign Trade, and Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Moroccans Residing abroad. He was also Managing Director of the Artisan House and Director of Development and Member of the Scientific Committee at the Moroccan Conjucture Center (CMC).
He was Senior Consultant to USAID for Regional Development and Investment Promotion within the framework of the support project for Regional Investment Centers (CRI).
Mr Mâzouz holds a State Doctorate in Economics from Hassan II Casablanca University, a « ès Cycle Doctorate in Management Sciences from Toulouse-I-Capitole University, a DESS from the Institute of Preparation for Business, IPA and DEA in Organisational Management Toulouse, and a Master’s degree in Economics, Business Economis option from the same University.
For the services he has performed to the Country, Mr Mâzouz was decorated by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI with the wissam of National Merit in 2006.
Yvonne Manzi Makolo CEO, Président-Directeur général, Rwandair, President (June 2023) board of Governor IATA, Présidente (juin 2023) Conseil d’administration de l’IATA
Yvonne Manzi Makolo – Chief Executive Officer – started her career in aviation in 2017 as RwandAir’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Charge of Corporate Affairs. Her responsibilities included the strategic development and policy formulation of the airline to meet shareholder and regulatory requirements. Today, RwandAir Ltd is one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa with a fleet of 12 aircraft serving 28 destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
As Chief Executive Officer, Yvonne has led the airline to greater height by focusing on setting strategic priorities to reinforce the airlines’ position in the market through network expansion, operational safety and advanced customer experience. Under her leadership, she also focused on inclusion and diversity by managing effective changes to the culture and policies of the airline as well as increasing women representation in underrepresented roles.
Yvonne brought 11 years of commercial expertise to her current role after working with the telecommunication company MTN Rwanda as the Chief Marketing Officer and briefly as the Acting Chief Executive Officer. Yvonne is currently serving as the Chair-Elect of the IATA Board Governors and the 1st Vice Chairperson of the AFRAA Executive Committee.
Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi
Secretary General of Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG)
Secrétaire Général des Cités et Gouvernements Locaux d’Afrique (CGLUA)
Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi is the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa). He has been the Chairperson of the Cities Alliance Interim Management Board till April 2016. He is also Co Chair of World Cities Scientific Development Alliance WCSDA, and Deputy Secretary General of the China Africa forum of local governments.
Mr. Mbassi has a rich experience of nearly 40 years in the field of urban development and planning, urban services, local economic development, local governance, housing and of slum upgrading. From 1996 to 1999 he was the first Secretary General of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination WACLAC at the same time he held the position of Secretary General of the Municipal Development Partnership, MDP from 1992 to 2006.
Mr. Mbassi began his career in Paris, France where he was responsible for research and project manager at the Agency of Cooperation and Planning (‘Agence Coopération et Aménagement) from 1973 to 1980.
Arjan is President & Chief Executive Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation and EVP at Embraer S.A. Arjan joined Embraer in April 2016 as Vice President of Commercial Aviation for Europe, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. Appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation in January 2017, based in Amsterdam, Arjan oversaw worldwide sales, marketing, customer support and primary customer relationships. In June 2020 Arjan was appointed President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation and, as an EVP, joined the management board of Embraer S.A.
Prior to April 2016, Arjan spent 15 years at KLM on the engineering, technical services and fleet development aspects of the company. His last role was Managing Director of KLM UK Engineering Limited, a wholly-owned AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specializing in maintenance solutions for regional and narrow-body aircraft fleets.
Arjan has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology and also holds an Executive MBA (International Master’s in Management) from Purdue University.
Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo CEO, Président-Directeur général, YAAPA (Young African Aviation Professional Association), Afrijet
Fadimatou NOUTCHEMO SIMO is Founder and President of the YOUNG AFRICAN AVIATION PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (YAAPA) and HEFA Group her aviation and tourism consultancy firm. Currently Country Director of AFRIJET BUSINESS SERVICES for Cameroon she is winner of the IATA High Flyer Award 2019, the Commonwealth point of light 2019 and the AFCAC Recognition certificate for promoting the industry to the next generation of aviation professionals. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an IATA diploma for airline management.
She founded YAAPA in 2014 a nonprofit organization to educate youths through communication on aviation careers, as well as create a platform of exchange between the aviation stakeholders and the next generation of aviation professionals in Africa to meet up with the future demand of skilled workers in the industry.
Fadi is a member of the women in Aviation International Organization and actively promotes gender equality across the continent by advocating for stakeholders to invest more on human capital development through innovative methods in Africa to ensure a safe and secure aviation for the next generation. Her message for gender equality in the African aviation industry is for each male professional to identify a woman they will Inspire, Mentor and Empower to have more women in Aviation.
Her team and her work to support all aviation related projects from industry organizations as the African Union, ICAO, IATA, AFCAC,AFRAA, AATO in raising awareness to ensure continuity and involvement of all .YAAPA looks forward to launch its Youth Aviation Tech Africa Program as well as its community centers to promote aviation to facilitate tourism amongst the Next generation of Young Africans to ensure no country is left Behind.
Fadimatou NOUTCHEMO SIMO est Fondatrice et Présidente de la YOUNG AFRICAN AVIATION PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (YAAPA) et HEFA Group son cabinet de conseil en aviation et tourisme. Actuellement directrice pays d’AFRIJET BUSINESS SERVICES pour le Cameroun, elle est lauréate du IATA High Flyer Award 2019, du Commonwealth point of light 2019 et d’une reconnaissance de la CAFAC pour la promotion de l’industrie auprès de la prochaine génération de professionnels de l’aviation. Elle est également titulaire d’une Licence en économie et d’un diplôme IATA pour la gestion des compagnies aériennes.
Elle a fondé YAAPA en 2014 une organisation à but non lucratif pour éduquer les jeunes par la communication sur les carrières de l’aviation, ainsi que créer une plateforme d’échange entre les acteurs de l’aviation et la prochaine génération de professionnels de l’aviation en Afrique pour répondre à la future demande de travailleurs qualifiés dans l’industrie.
Fadi est membre de l’Organisation internationale des femmes dans l’aviation et promeut activement l’égalité des sexes sur tout le continent en plaidant pour que les parties prenantes investissent davantage dans le développement du capital humain grâce à des méthodes innovantes en Afrique afin d’assurer une aviation sûre et sécurisée pour la prochaine génération. Son message pour l’égalité des sexes dans l’industrie aéronautique africaine est que chaque professionnel masculin identifie une femme qu’il inspirera, encadrera et autonomisera pour avoir plus de femmes dans l’aviation.
Son équipe et elle travaillent pour soutenir tous les projets liés à l’aviation des organisations de l’industrie telles que l’Union africaine, l’OACI, l’IATA, la CAFAC, l’AFRAA, l’AATO dans la sensibilisation pour assurer la continuité et l’implication de tous. YAAPA se réjouit de lancer son programme Youth Aviation Tech Africa ainsi que ses centres communautaires pour promouvoir l’aviation afin de faciliter le tourisme parmi la prochaine génération de jeunes Africains pour s’assurer qu’aucun pays ne soient laissé derrière .
Jean-Paul Palomeros Former Supreme Commander Transformation NATO, Ancien commandant suprême allié Transformation au sein de l’OTAN
6 years (2015-today) CEO JPALOMEROS CONSULTING
Consultant in strategy, digital transformation, cybersecurity for defence and security , aeronautics and space industry, banking, insurance and other key activities.
3 years (2012-2015) in USA (Norfolk Virginia) ahead of NATO’ Supreme Command Transformation
Assuming preparation of NATO military forces for future conflicts, including:
– Developing future NATO’s military strategies
– conducting operational capability development and harmonization for the 28 member states including new domains (space, cyber, stracom)
– Rebuilding collective training and exercises for NATO and partner nations
3 Years (2009-2012) as the Chief of the French Airforce :
– Responsible for operational preparation and readiness of the French Air Force (60000 men,)
– Leading the French Air Force for major operations including over Libya (2011)
– Conducting a major transformation including several Air Base closures, manning reduction , command and maintenance structural reforms
– Leading key modernizations such as the French Nuclear Air Component, building up of new generation aircraft fleet (Rafale) introduction of new capabilities such as space, drones and cyber.
Eyal Pinko (Navy Commander, retired) served in the Israeli navy and intelligence agency for 30 years.
Eyal holds the Israeli National Security Award, head of the Prime Minister’s Office Decoration of Excellence, DDR&D Decoration of Excellence, IDF Commander in Chief Decoration of Excellence, Chief of Naval Operations Decoration of Excellence, and the Head of Naval Material Command Decoration of Excellence.
After four years of operational service and graduating from the IDF officer’s academy and Bachelor’s degree in engineering, he served additional 12 years as the head of development programs and the senior system engineer for weapon systems and missiles.
Eyal served additional six years as an intelligence unit commander at the Naval intelligence, focusing on intelligence analysis and covert intelligence operations.
After his naval career, Eyal served five more years as the head of an intelligence operations division at the Prime Minister’s Office (OF-7 Civilian rank equal to Rear Admiral). He graduated from the national senior intelligence course.
After retiring at the end of 2017, Eyal was a senior consultant for three years at the Israeli National Cyber Directorate.
Eyal holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Electronics Engineering and three Master’s degrees with Honors in International Relationships, Management, and Organizational Development.
Eyal holds a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University (Defense and Security Studies).
He is a researcher and lecturer in intelligence, cyber, national security, and maritime security.
Eyal is the CEO of TERRA STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS, a European company for business intelligence, cyber, and homeland security solutions.
Ali Rezgui VP B2B Products All Sustainable Programs, Michelin
As the vice president of Business-to-Business Products all sustainable programs, Ali REZGUI is in charge of the road maps and the go to market sustainable products strategies coordination. Among others, he is coordinating the product plans realization of these business lines, the launch of partnerships with customers, the training of marketing and sales forces in sustainability, the integration of the planet dimension in business steering, benchmarks conduction, …
The previous position of Ali REZGUI was the Direction of Engineering for Michelin Aircraft Tire, World Wide. Ali REZGUI was responsible for technical and engineering strategies related to technical customer interface and technical partnership. He also collaborated with air framers and airlines and other suppliers, to include the entire Michelin Groupe aircraft tire portfolio. He managed a team of technical professionals located in France, Thailand and the USA. (2017-2022)
Prior to joining the aircraft department, Ali held several positions of increasing responsibility in tire engineering and modeling. In a recent position, he established the strategic direction for sport and super sport passenger cars’ tire program development. He led the programs for iconic cars like the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 488GTB.(2013-2016)
For several years, Ali managed Michelin’s scientific computing and computational mechanics division. This division provides simulation data analysis software and expertise to hundreds of Michelin engineers. During this period, he built a strong external research and development network.(2000-2011)
Ali Rezgui received Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieures des Arts et Metiers in Paris (ENSAM), France in 1994 and his PhD in computational mechanics from ENSAM and Paris VI university in 1997.
Khalid Safir General Director of Morocco’s, Directeur Général, CDG (Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion)
M. Khalid Safir est né le 13 décembre 1967 à Settat, Maroc.
Lauréat de l’Ecole Polytechnique de Paris (1991) et de l’Ecole Nationale de la Statistique
et de l’Administration Economique de Paris (1993) , M. Khalid Safir a entamé sa carrière à
l’Office d’Exploitation des Ports en qualité de chef de la division de la gestion financière du
port de Casablanca en 1993, avant d’intégrer, en 1995, le Ministère des Finances en
qualité de chargé d’études, puis de Directeur des Rémunérations et du Paiement des
Pensions au même département à partir de 1998, et enfin Directeur de la Modernisation,
des Ressources et des Systèmes d’Information, à la Trésorerie Générale du Royaume de
2004 à 2006.
En 2006, Sa Majesté le Roi a nommé M. Khalid Safir, Gouverneur de la préfecture
d’arrondissements d’Al-Fida-Mers-Sultan, puis Gouverneur de la préfecture
d’arrondissements de Casablanca-Anfa en 2009, avant d’être nommé, en 2011,
Secrétaire Général du Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances.
Le 15 octobre 2013, Sa Majesté le Roi a nommé M. Khalid Safir Wali de la Région du Grand
Casablanca et Gouverneur de la préfecture de Casablanca, puis Wali de la Région de
Casablanca-Settat et Gouverneur de la préfecture de Casablanca, le 13 octobre 2015,
suite à l’entrée en vigueur du nouveau découpage du Royaume.
Le 25 juin 2017, Sa Majesté le Roi a nommé M. Khalid Safir, Wali, Directeur Général des
Le 13 juillet 2022, Sa Majesté le Roi a nommé M. Khalid Safir Directeur Général de la
Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion.
M. Khalid Safir est marié et père de quatre enfants.
Hüseyin Kadri Samsunlu CEO, Président-Directeur général, İGA Istanbul Airport
Kadri Samsunlu was born in 1968, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Bosphorus University in 1991 and holds his MBA degree from the University of Missouri, USA. He is married with three children.
Prior to becoming CEO of İGA Istanbul Airport in September 2017, Mr. Samsunlu gained experience as a General Manager and Executive Board Member of various investment companies between 1995 and 2006. From 2006, he worked as an Investment and Corporate Finance Advisor for three years in Romania and Turkey. Mr. Samsunlu was the CFO of Akfen Holding, from 2008 until 2017, when he then joined İGA Istanbul Airport.
During his time as CEO, İGA Istanbul Airport has shown consistent improvement in passenger experience and operational excellence. Under his leadership, İGA Istanbul Airport has become the reference point for resilience amongst global hubs, exemplifying the continued commitment to sustainability, digitalisation, and accessibility at all costs.
Mr. Samsunlu was elected as a Board Member of the Airports Council International Europe in 2021 and Governing Board of the ACI World in 2022; he is also a member of various other non-governmental organisations.
Sherif Sedky CEO, Président-Directeur général, Egyptian Space Agency
Sherif Sedky was born in Cairo (Egypt) in December 1969. He has over 30 years of regional and international experience in international institutions in the Middle East, Europe and the United States, where he worked at the University of California Berkeley (USA), Stanford University (USA), the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), the American University in Cairo (Egypt), Zewail City of Science and Technology (Egypt), the University of Sharjah (UAE) and Newgiza University (Egypt).
Dr. Sedky published over 100 international referred journal and conference articles, holds 19 patents in the design and fabrication of miniaturized sensors and inertial systems, authored a book, and his H-index is 25 according to google scholar. He served on top senior executive management positions over the past 10 years where he dealt with a large body of multi-national faculty, students and staff.
Dr. Sedky built a state-of-the-art research facility that included the first clean room in Egypt and the region, which enabled building a solid microfabrication foundation in Egypt in advanced technologies.
Dr. Sedky was selected by late Nobel Laureate Dr. Ahmed Zewail to serve as the Founding Provost and Executive President of Zewail City, Egypt’s National Project for Scientific Renaissance where he was managing all academic, financial and scientific affairs. Dr. Sedky managed to build a scientific edifice composed of a world-class university and research institutes that cope with the latest developments in sciences and technology and capable of addressing the major global challenges which include, but are not limited to, epidemic diseases, renewable energy, water, space technology and environment. Currently Dr Sedky is the Chief Executive Office of the Egyptian Space Agency.
Dr. Sedky is a recipient of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize in 2014, and the 2007 Excellence in research and creative endeavors award offered by The American University in Cairo. He is also a recipient of the Egyptian state merit award in advanced technological sciences in 2002, and the graduate studies award from Cairo University in 1996. Dr. Sedky served on several high-level national committees for the establishment of educational and research Institutes in Egypt. He also served on the scientific committees of several international conferences, the board of the Science and Technology Development Fund (Egypt), the board of the National Center of Electronics Research, the board of Delta University and the Board of King Salman International University.
John Slattery Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer at GE Aerospace
John is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, GE Aerospace.
Prior to joining GE, John served as President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Prior to joining Embraer, John spent fifteen years in executive roles at various leading commercial aerospace advisory, leasing, and banking organizations. In 2001, John was a co-founder of RBS Aviation Capital (now SMBC Aviation Capital) and the firm’s Managing Director in New York, responsible for leading the bank’s commercial aircraft leasing and asset-backed lending to airline customers across the Americas. John is a Fellow at The Royal Aeronautical Society, President Emeritus of The Wings Club Foundation and Director Emeritus of ORBIS International. An Advanced Management Program (AMP) graduate of Harvard Business School, John was awarded an MBA from the University of Limerick and remains active at UL’s Kemmy Business School as an adjunct professor.
Michael K. Sinnett Vice President and General Manager of Product Development, Vice-président du développement des produits et du développement futur des avions, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Mike Sinnett serves as vice president and general manager of Product Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role he leads the team responsible for developing future production systems, products and services. His assignment that ranges from individual technologies to derivative airplane offerings to future programs.
Prior to this role, Sinnett led Boeing’s New Mid-Market Airplane (NMA) program and the Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development team. Earlier Sinnett served as vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program. He led the effort for 787-8 and 787-9 airplane delivery including flight test, technical configuration of the airplane, product integrity and safety. He also served as the senior chief engineer of Airplane Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Sinnett joined Boeing in 1991 and held progressively more responsible positions in engineering, including 747 and 767 avionics and flight deck design, and avionics design responsibilities during the 777 and the Next-Generation 737 development programs. Sinnett began his aerospace career at the McDonnell Aircraft Company in 1982 in the engineering cooperative education program.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri – Rolla and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering as a National Science Foundation Creativity in Engineering Fellow at the University of Missouri – Rolla. Sinnett was named a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in March 2011, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in January 2012. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016.
Mr. Mesfin Tasew was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines in March 2022. He joined Ethiopian in 1984 as Associate Engineer and progressed through the ladder and served in supervisorial and managerial positions in the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering areas. In 1997 and 1999, he was appointed as Director Operations & Technical Systems Support and Chief Information Officer, respectively. In 2006, he was appointed as Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering.
Mr. Mesfin also served as Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian Airlines from 2010 – 2021, and Chief Executive Officer of ASKY Airlines from April 2021 to March 2022.
Mr. Mesfin also serves as a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors. He holds BSC and MSc Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. He also holds Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Open University in the UK.
Ali Tounsi Secretary General, Secrétaire Général, ACI Africa
Monsieur Ali TOUNSI est détenteur d’un Diplôme d’Ingénieur Principal en télémécanique de l’Académie de l’air Tunisienne et d’un Master en gestion des aéroports de l’Ecole Nationale d’Aviation Civile (ENAC-Toulouse/France).
Il a commencé sa carrière en aviation civile en 1992, en tant qu’ingénieur d’études dans le domaine de l’exploitation des aéroports à l’Office de l’Aviation Civile et des Aéroports (OACA-Tunisie), impliqué dans les études et projets relatifs à la qualité des services, à la gestion des ressources aéroportuaires, aux futurs projets d’infrastructures et des nouveaux projets d’aérogares passagers.
Durant sa carrière professionnelle, Mr Tounsi a été directeur de plusieurs aéroports en Tunisie, Directeur de l’Exploitation des Aéroports, responsable de plusieurs projets d’extensions d’aérogares passagers, président de la commission de pilotage pour la mise en place du programme de certification des aéroports Tunisiens.
Depuis 2009, Mr Ali TOUNSI est secrétaire général de l’ACI Afrique est aussi membre au comité permanent mondial technique et sécurité représentant la région Afrique.
Philippe Vallée Executive Vice President Digital Identity & Security GBU,
Directeur général adjoint Identité et Sécurité Numériques, Thalès
Philippe Vallée is a graduate in engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and from the ESSEC business school. He began his career with Matra.
Philippe Vallée joined Gemplus in 1992. He held a number of positions in marketing, product management and sales in Europe and in Asia, including Vice- President of Gemplus Technologies Asia based in Singapore.
He was afterwards promoted Vice-President of Marketing, and then President of the Gemplus Telecom business unit. He was promoted Chief Technology Officer of Gemalto in 2006.
Then, in 2007, he was appointed as Executive Vice-President in charge of the Telecommunications Business Unit until 2013. He was the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2014 to 2016, with operational responsibility for all the Company’s businesses.
Philippe Vallée was the CEO of Gemalto from 2016 to March 2019. Since April 2019, he is Executive Vice-President, responsible for the Digital Identity and Security Business Unit at Thales. Philippe Vallée is an independent Board member at Edenred since May 2021.
Hubert Védrine Former Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères de la France
Graduate from SciencesPo and ENA, Hubert Védrine served successively as a diplomatic advisor, spokesman and Secretary-General (Chief of Staff of the Elysée) under the presidency of François Mitterrand, from 1981 to 1995.
He was Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of the Prime Minister Lionel Jospin under the presidency of Jacques Chirac, from 1997 to 2002.
He has chaired the François Mitterrand Institute since 2003.
Hubert Védrine has been appointed as an independent director of LVMH since 2004.
He was chosen by Kofi Anan to be one of the twenty international members of the High Level Group of the “Alliance of Civilizations” in 2005 and 2006.
Hubert Védrine has been appointed in a group of experts to support The NATO General Secretary work in a reflection process to further strengthen NATO’s political dimension in 2020.
Since 2003, Hubert Védrine is at the head of “HUBERT VEDRINE CONSEIL”, a consulting firm specializing in foreign, economic and geopolitical affairs.
“Dans la mêlée mondiale”, Fayard, 2012
“Atlas des crises et des conflits”, Armand Colin/Fayard, 2013
“La France au défi”, Fayard, 2014
“Atlas du monde global”, Armand Colin/Fayard, 2015, 100 cartes pour comprendre un monde chaotique
“Le Monde au défi”, Fayard, 2016
“Sauver l’Europe”, Liana Levi, 2017
“Compte à rebours”, Fayard, 2018
“Face au chaos, sauver l’Europe” Liana Levi, 2019, “Face à l’Europe” updated and rewritten edition’s
“Olrik, la biographie non autorisée”, Fayard, 2019, with his son Laurent Védrine
“Et après ?” Fayard,2020 (revised and extended version in the fall 2021)
“Dictionnaire amoureux de la géopolitique”, Plon/fayard, 2021
“Une vision du monde”, Bouquins, 2022
Marc Watin-Augouard Founder, Fondateur, FIC (Forum international de la cybersécurité)
Expérience liée à la cybersécurité « Un des 100 Français qui compte dans la cybersécurité »
L’Usine Nouvelle, janvier 2019
– Président (depuis 2020) de l’Institut national de la cybersécurité et de la résilience des territoires (IN.CRT)
– Créateur et responsable de la majeure souveraineté numérique et cybersécurité IHEDN-INHESJ puis IHEDN(depuis 2018)
– Président du Centre Expert Français de la Cybercriminalité – CECYF (depuis 2014)
– Fondateur et Codirecteur du Forum international de la cybersécurité – FIC (depuis 2007)
– Chargé de cours « cybersécurité » :
– Université Panthéon Assas : Master 2 « Stratégies de la sécurité » et Master 2 « sécurité et défense »
– HEIP : Master 2 « Défense et sécurité »
– Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne : Master 2droit public
– Université de Nancy : DU sécurité intérieure
– Rapporteur du groupe de travail du la cybercriminalité sous l’autorité de Thierry Breton (2004-2005)
Carrière au sein de la gendarmerie nationale
– Directeur du Centre de Recherche de l’École des Officiers de la Gendarmerie Nationale (CREOGN) (2012 – 2020)
– Inspecteur général des armées-gendarmerie (2008 – 2012)
– Général d’armée (2008)
– Général de corps d’armée (2007)
– Général de division (2006)
– Commandant la région de gendarmerie du Nord – Pas-de-Calais, commandant la gendarmerie pour la zone de défense Nord (2005 – 2008)
– Conseiller pour la gendarmerie auprès de Dominique de Villepin (2004 – 2005)
– Général de brigade (2003)
– Conseiller pour la sécurité auprès de Nicolas Sarkozy (2002 – 2004)
– Commandant de la légion de gendarmerie départementale de Champagne-Ardenne (2000 – 2002)
– Auditeur, Centre des Hautes Études Militaires (CHEM- 49ème session) et Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IDHEN- 52ème session nationale) (1999 – 2000)
– Chef du Service d’information et de relations publiques (SIRPA) de la gendarmerie (1997 – 1999)
– Auditeur, Institut des Hautes Études de la Sécurité Intérieure (IHESI) (1995 – 1997)
– Commandant le groupement de gendarmerie départementale de l’Eure (27) (1994 – 1997) – Colonel (1995).
The Program of the Aerospace African Forum
« Sustainable Mobility »
Abdelhamid Addou, CEO Royal Air Maroc Akbar Al Baker CEO Qatar Airways Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport EU, Yvonne Makolo, CEO Rwandair, President (June) board of governor IATA
Laïla Ahddar, Vice-Présidente CISO Produits & Digital Platforms, en charge des produits Identité et Sécurité Numériques, IDEMIA Dr Eyal Pinko CEO Terra Strategic Solutions Marc Watin-Augouard, fondateur du FIC
Habiba Laklalech, Directrice générale ONDA Kadri Samsunlu, CEO IGA Istanbul Airport Ali Tounsi, secrétaire général ACI Afrique Philippe Vallée, Executive Vice President Digital Identity & Security GBU chez Thales
Jean-Paul Alary, CEO Safran Aircraft Engines Sabine Klauke CTO Airbus Arjan Meijer, CEO Aviation commercial Embraer Mike Sinnett, VP & GM of product development Boeing
John Slattery, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of GE Aerospace
Jean-Jacques Bouya, Ministre d’État, ministre de l’aménagement du territoire, des infrastructures et de l’entretien routier RC
Carole Delga Présidente de la région Occitanie
Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport EU
Abdelatif Mazouz, Président de la région Casablanca-Settat
Riadh Cammoun, VP Institutional Affairs, Thalès Alenia Space Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra, ancien programme Mars, NASA, ancien président Microsoft Afrique, ancien PM Mali Driss El Hadani, DG Centre royal de télédétection spatiale Claudie Haigneré, astronaute, ancienne ministre et ancienne conseiller du DG de l’ESA
Adefunke Adeyemi, Secretaire general AFCAC Stephane Deharvengt, Directeur de la sécurité, ANSSI, Secretary General (AFCAC) Poppy Khoza, DG South Africa Civil aviation authority Allan Kilavuka CEO Kenyan Airways