Speakers

11th ACHL 2019

24th - 26th Sep 2019 Paris Marriott Charles de Gaulle Airport
The Air Cargo Handling Logistics (ACHL) Conference has organised a various events since 2008. We bring together key decision-makers in the air cargo industry from various sectors, who inspire and enlighten our audiences. We discuss important topics based on new and developing paths towards the future.
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Des Vertannes
Independent
Chairman
Des began his career with British Airways in 1970. During 14 years at the airline he held several management positions including Cargo Manager Gulf States and Saudi Arabia in the early ‘80s. In 1984, he established and managed his own forwarding business before joining Air Canada. His next move was to ground handling company Menzies Aviation where he served as Chief Executive at Air Menzies International (AMI) and Managing Director Menzies World Cargo. He was Executive Vice President Cargo for Etihad from April 2007 and, prior to that, Head of Cargo at rival Gulf Air. He retired in 2014 as Global Head of Cargo, IATA.
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Chris Notter
Gateway Consultant Naqel Express | Independent Consultant
Chief Moderator
Chris Notter started as a Customs Officer and then went into freight forwarding, before entering the airline side of the business and spending almost 29 years with German carrier Lufthansa. Notter has held other senior industry roles including Vice President Cargo Operations at Qatar Airways and he was also previously Vice President Operations. He then moved onto his current role as Chief Ground Handling Officer at Saudi Airlines Cargo after joining the airline in 2014. Chris now currently holds various consultancy roles.
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Brendan Sullivan
Head, E-Commerce & Cargo Operations IATA
Brendan has been part of the IATA Cargo team for the past 10 years and in the cargo industry for nearly 20 years. In his role, he develops safe and efficient standards for cargo operations, handling, facilities, e-commerce, air mail and ULDs, working closely with airline, ground handling, freight forwarding and industry partners. Previously he was part of the IATA Dangerous Goods team, working on the dangerous goods publications portfolio. Brendan is also the co-developer of the IATA Future Air Cargo Executive (FACE) program. IATA’s program designed to attract, develop and retain talent in the air cargo industry.
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Ludwig Hausmann
Partner McKinsey & Company
Ludwig, partner and leader in McKinsey's transport and logistics practice based in Munich joined McKinsey in 2010 after having worked in transportation law since 2006. In the last nine years, he has led strategic and operational transformation projects at leading parcel and express companies, freight forwarders, (cargo) airlines, and container lines around the world. He authored the firm's recent publications on long-term outlook and value creation in the transport and logistics sector. Within his special field of expertise - e-commerce logistics – he developed McKinsey’s perspectives on new delivery trends such as same-day, on-demand, e-grocery delivery as well as cross-border e-commerce fulfillment. Ludwig has also developed business building and partnership strategies with integrators and air cargo carriers.
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Sara Van Gelder
Cargo Business Development Manager Brussels Airport Company
Sara Van Gelder joined the Cargo & Logistics department at Brussels Airport two years ago. Since then, she has been in charge of the different digital transformation projects and the roll-out of the open data sharing platform, BRUcloud and different applications. She started her professional career in the Contract Logistics department of Kuehne + Nagel as Project Coordinator. Later, via her role as Project Manager of Sky Fresh, she was introduced to the air cargo industry, working on traceability and digitization of quality control for time and temperature sensitive goods.
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Peter de Leeuw
Head of Real Estate and Landside Development Vienna International Airport
Peter has headed up a five-strong Airport City development team atfast  expanding Austrian airport Vienna International Airport since 2014. His role is to create the best possible future-proof environment for all companies on the airport site and for any new companies joining. Before joining Vienna International Airport, he was a self-employed consultant in corporate real estate while he also worked for many years in real estate consultancy for industrial and office developments. Peter is a Master of Science in Real Estate, graduating in 2008 from Donau University in Krems, Austria. In his free time he is jazz musician and plays the saxophone while he is also is a keen golfer.
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Benjamin Federmann
CEO & Co-Founder doks. innovation
Benjamin is one of the founders of doks. innovation. As the CEO he is responsible for product management, sales, operations and business development. Before founding doks. in 2017, Benjamin was responsible as Director Marketing & Communications UAV solutions with Hexagon Geosystems. In his professional career, Benjamin served as product management lead for medical equipment, assistant to CEO with a Deutsche Bahn company and as a senior consultant. Benjamin is part of many different think tanks and expert groups for UAV and Logistics 4.0.
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Mark E. Albrecht
Director - Cargo Logistics and Expenditures United Airlines
Mark received his M.BA from DePaul University and has served eight years as Director of Cargo Logistics for United.  He directs several key functions for United Cargo including end to end management of ULD and road feeder service, cargo claims, costs, and capital expenditures.   In addition, he oversees cargo operations IT projects. Mark also managed the warehouse outsourcing efforts both prior and following the merger with Continental. During Mark’s 35 years in the airline industry, he has served in different capacities including management of the freighter flee, aircraft network planning and Onboard Services.
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Hendrik Leyssens
Head of Global Operations Swissport International
Hendrik started his aviation and logistics career in Brussels and joined Swissport in 2012. After holding several management positions, he joined the Swissport HQ in 2016 and currently holds the position of Head of Global Operations – Cargo. Hendrik is responsible for Swissport’s global cargo product, including standards, processes, systems, projects, etc. He is an experienced executive with broad experience in project management, standardisation, innovation, new technologies and cargo handling operations.
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Svilen Rangelov
Co-Founder & CEO DRONAMICS
As CEO Svilen leads the business team at DRONAMICS in developing the UAV ‘The Black Swan’ - a fixed-wing aircraft that can transport 350kg at a distance of 2,500km. In 2014, he co-founded DRONAMICS with his brother Konstantin, an aerospace engineer, with a mission to leverage advances in autonomy, aerodynamics and production, in order to democratise air freight and accelerate e-commerce in emerging markets. Svilen and Konstantin are leading a small but growing team of world-class aerospace engineers and logistics experts, and their pioneering work has won them numerous international awards. In 2018 DRONAMICS became IATA's first strategic partner for drones worldwide. Prior to DRONAMICS, Svilen managed projects in marketing and business development on four continents. He is an Economics graduate of Davidson College, USA.
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Benoît Dumont
CEO Unilode Aviation Solutions
Benoît is an international and multicultural leader with a wide range of skills from strategy development to operational/line responsibility in complex and service-related businesses. His extensive experience includes working for McKinsey & Company in senior business development and service performance management roles from 1999 to 2004. Benoît then joined DHL Express Europe in 2004 and DHL Supply Chain EMEA in 2009, where he held the positions of Director of Operations, Managing Director, Senior VP of Operations, and CEO Germany, Alps & Nordics. In these positions, he implemented new commercial strategies, performance management and engagement models, and achieved significant revenue growth. Benoît was then appointed CEO of Unilode in September 2017.
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Alan Glen
Vice President Cargo Development Menzies Aviation
Alan took up the position of Vice President for Cargo Development in February 2019, after joining Menzies Aviation in January 2018 as Head of Operational Learning. In his current role he runs Menzies’ global cargo product in which he acts as the voice of the customer and aligns cargo activities around the world as part of the Menzies Excellence manifesto. Previously, Alan spent 22 years with Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong where his latest position was General Manager Cargo Services. In this role he directed policy and procedure and was responsible for the safety and security of the worldwide cargo operations of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair (now Cathay Dragon), in the Hong Kong hub and at approximately 100 overseas locations.
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Stewart Angus
Divisional Senior Vice President – International Airport Operations & Associated Companies dnata
Stewart has overall responsibility for dnata’s ground handling operations at 87 airports in 14 countries.  In this role, Stewart has overseen the acquisition and integration of many investments into the dnata portfolio.  He is also a Board Director across a number of other businesses including hotels, retail F&B and liquor sales and distribution.  After graduating in Economics from the University of Warwick, Stewart qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London.  After a career with British Airways and Emirates, Stewart joined dnata in 2004. Stewart is married with three children.  His interests include aviation history and watching any sport!  
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Dirk Schmitt
CEO Cargo Services - Germany & Austria Swissport International
Dirk joined Swissport in 2015 in the position of CEO Cargo Services for Germany and Austria. In this role he is responsible for the sustainable growth and development of Swissport Cargo Services in Germany and Austria. Nowadays, his main tasks are to develop the framework and platform for the future German and Austrian Swissport Cargo Services set-up, connecting with universities, industry partners, start-ups and the Swissport Innovation team. Prior to joining Swissport, Dirk worked at different aviation industry players, like Luxair, Fraport and Swissair Group.  He holds a degree in business administration from University Mannheim with majors in International Management and Logistics.  
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Dr. Harald Sieke
Head of Aviation Logistics Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
In his role as Head of Aviation Logistics, Harald is pushing department reorientation, particularly in IT, digitization and production. Within the last 20 years the department has executed more than 130 industrial and research projects in Europe and North America. These have included for airports, airlines, handling agents and freight forwarders. He studied industrial engineering and management with a major in mechanical engineering at Technical University of Darmstadt. In 2010, he received his doctoral degree in logistics from Technical University of Dortmund. Harald has extensive experience in air traffic logistics and was instrumental in the development and expansion of air cargo hubs such as Frankfurt.
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Thomas Konietzko
Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing Celebi Aviation
Thomas started as Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Celebi Aviation Holding in June last year and has a key role in the marketing and sales activities of the Turkish ground handling company where he is responsible for both ground handling and cargo alike. Previous to this, Thomas worked for Swissport where he spent more than three years in two roles, lastly as Vice President of Commercial MEA & GKAM where he led the Africa & Middle East commercial team structure with various activities on global and regional account management and managed the directorate budget and implemented market and business development strategies. Before this at Swissport, he held the position of Vice President Global Key Account Management. Thomas has International business acumen with skilled account management in diverse global business environments and an entrepreneurial mindset with skill in establishing and assuring the profitable success of new business units and departments.
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Simon Meijer
Executive Vice President Global Logistics Cargolux Airlines
Simon has more than 25 years of operational and strategic experience in supply chain and logistics. He has held his role as Executive Vice President Global Logistics at Luxembourg cargo carrier Cargolux since October 2018. Previously, he worked for more than four years at Teva Pharmaceuticals where his last role was Senior Director and Head of Logistics Growth Markets (APAC, LATAM, Russia & CIS, Africa and Turkey) and before that he was Head of Transportation & Logistics EMEA at Teva. Simon has garnered extensive experience in his career in global customs rules, pharma regulations and trade regulations.  
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Stan Wraight
President and CEO Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI)
Stan Wraight is the co-founder of Strategic Aviation Solutions (SASI) headquartered in Hong Kong. He established SASI in 2005 with two partners with backgrounds in forwarding, aviation, integrators and express. SASI is engaged in global consulting and management services for airlines, airports, international trade organizations and financial institutions. He has over 40 years of experience in operations, marketing management and CEO experience with four major global cargo airlines. This included positions as Vice-President of Global Cargo Sales and Marketing for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Atlas Air and leading the team that founded AirBridgeCargo Airlines in 2003.
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Lilian Tan
Vice President Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI)
Lilian Tan has over 20 years of global high-level sales and marketing experience. She has worked with companies in aviation, logistics, office automation and electronics such as AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Panalpina South East Asia Area, TNT Express Asia Regional Office, and KLM Cargo. As an experienced cargo practitioner, Lilian develops and delivers programmes on behalf of SASI and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and IATA as an IATA Registered Instructor.
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Vivien Lau
Executive Director Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited
Vivien Lau oversees the commercial and business development strategies in her role as Executive Director of Hactl. She is also the Managing Director of Hacis – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hactl, which provides integrated logistics support services. Vivien first joined parent company the Jardine Matheson Group as an Executive Trainee in 2000, and has held various managerial positions. She has worked in aviation-related business for over 12 years including ground handling services, air cargo and logistics. Vivien also serves as a member in Hong Kong Logistics Development Council, and HKTDC Logistics Advisory Committee.
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Simon Linder
Sales Director DAKOSY
Simon started at DAKOSY 2015 as Sales Director, being responsible for the IT products and services of the company with regards to IT platforms (e.g. the aviation platform FAIR@Link at Frankfurt Airport) as well as customs and logistics management solutions. Within the project eDGD/ INFr8 he is as well part of the project team, being responsible for marketing & sales, aiming to drive the digitization in the air freight industry with regards to dangerous goods. Previously he has gained experience in logistics and air freight from his former activities as project manager at Lufthansa Technik and as consultant in a leading management consulting company. Simon holds a diploma in industrial engineering from Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH).
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Arnaud Lambert
CEO CHAMP Cargosystems
Arnaud Lambert started his career in 1994 with Procter & Gamble. At the end of 1998 he joined Cargolux where he held several management positions in the IT division. He was then part of the core team in 2004 that formed CHAMP Cargosystems and joined the Executive Committee. In 2010 Arnaud became Vice President Customer Services responsible for the global customers of CHAMP and from 2012 he was Vice President Global Solutions Delivery, in charge of the cargo solutions portfolio delivery. Arnaud has been CEO of CHAMP since 2015, charged with leading the company to the next level of growth with a focus on digital cargo and cargo intelligence.
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Charles Edwards
Associate Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI)
Charles Edwards has been engaged in the freight transport and logistics industry for over five decades. He began his career in the logistics industry as a truck driver and went on to be on the senior management team of the North Carolina-based airline that started United Parcel Service Airlines. More recently, in March 2016 he joined the North Carolina Department of Transportation as the Director – Logistics Strategy. From January through May 2018 Charles served as Acting Director of the NCDOT Rail division. He was also appointed Director of the NCDOT Office of Logistics and Freight in March 2018. Charles is co-developer of the Air Cargo Professional Development workshop program of The International Air Cargo Association. He serves on various international and US logistics industry boards.
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Alexandra Dahl
Head of Marketing and Communications Swiss WorldCargo
Alexandra has been Head of Cargo Marketing and Communications at Swiss WorldCargo since 1 August 2016. She joined the Swiss carrier in December 2014 when she was responsible for Key Account Management. In her current function, Alexandra is in charge of the strategic management and oversight of marketing and communications and leads a team of five. Before joining Swiss WorldCargo, she held various positions in passenger sales for American Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines. Alexandra holds an MBA in Sales and Marketing from Danube University Krems in Austria.  
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Olivier Bijaoui
Chairman IAS
Olivier Bijaoui turned small cargo handling company SFS (1984:24 employees), now Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), into the largest cargo company in the globe and second largest ground handling company in the world. Between 2004 and 2016 he was Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of WFS. On leaving in 2016, the company had 18,000 employees, was present at 188 airports in 22 countries, serving 300 airlines, handling of four million tonnes of cargo and 50 million passengers per annum. Since leaving Olivier has been the President and the Owner of OB Invest.
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Nicolas Ouakli
Cargo & Mail Screening Equipment Global Solution Manager CEIA
Nicolas Ouakli works in security screening manufacturing as the Global Solution Manager for the cargo and mail screening product line developed by Italy-based CEIA, which he joined in 2014. He has worked for several years in Montréal, Canada, in the manufacturing of X-Ray security screening devices as a developer and lead application engineer. Nicolas has extensive knowledge on various aspects of the security screening field especially technical, operational and regulatory requirements. Nicolas collaborates on a regular basis with the European branch of ICAO, ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference), the US Transportation Security Administration, the Australian Aviation & Maritime Security Division and the African branch of ICAO, AFCAC (African Civil Aviation Commission).
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Adriana Diener-Veinott
Managing Director Freight & Logistics Global Lead Accenture
Adriana Diener–Veinott is a Managing Director in Accenture’s San Francisco market unit, and the Global  Lead for Accenture Freight & Logistics Services. Adriana is one of the leading experts in cargo process re-engineering. Before joining Accenture, Adriana founded and successfully led a global freight management solutions company. Over the past 20 years she has helped many carriers with their M&A integration, as well as re-design commercial and operational processes, and introduced new business innovation and technology to enhance/replace the functionality of legacy solutions and processes for several large ocean shipping lines, air freight carriers and logistics companies. She is an active speaker at cargo conferences, has published articles in cargo journals and is often quoted in industry publications. Adriana holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University.
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Janet Wallace
Director of Cargo Transformation Air Canada Cargo
Janet Wallace has over twenty years of experience across all the customer touchpoints at Air Canada. In 2016 she was appointed Director Cargo Transformation. With overall leadership of process engineering, regulatory, training & third party contracting for Air Canada’s worldwide Cargo operations. Her focus is on building a quality & culture organization that is fit for growth.
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Alexis Labonne
Chief Technology Officer Hermes Logistics Technologies
Alexis Labonne was appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Hermes in February last year, just as the company prepared to roll out its latest cargo management system, Hermes 5 (H5). He heads the HLT team of air cargo technical experts, who are following a digital roadmap to use the power of Cloud services, IoT, AI and blockchain technologies. Alexis has over 20 years’ experience in technology, most recently with Hitachi Consulting working on Security and Customs, Education and Government projects, as Architect and CTO. He has also worked in similar roles for the likes of BT, GSK, UK Council, Pfizer and KPMG.
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Patrik Tschirch
Managing Director and CEO LUG aircargo handling
Patrik graduated as forwarding agent and took on assignments at American Airlines Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo before joining Air Canada Cargo. After 12 years with the airline he stepped down as Cargo Manager Germany and Northern Europe to become Key Account and Business Development Manager at Frankfurt-based ground service agent LUG aircargo handling. At the beginning of 2013 he took over as Managing Director of the company and is now also CEO.
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Gautam Mandal
Head of Products Cargo Flash Infotech
Gautam has been associated with the cargo industry for almost 20 years and has worked with Cargo Flash Infotech for more than 10 years. His current role at Cargo Flash involves product management, defining the future technology roadmap for the company and, steering the team towards continuous innovation and evolvement of systems to ensure value enhancement to industry stakeholders. He graduated with a Masters in Travel & Tourism Management with specialisation in Air Cargo and also has an MBA with specialisation in IT.
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Patricia Varela
Assistant Manager, Operations Innovation & Change Management IATA
Patricia Varela has been working for the IATA Cargo team for four years. Currently, she supports the development and communication of initiatives helping the industry to keep pace with the volume growth in cargo operations, through innovation and change management. Before that, Patricia worked in the Cargo Transformation team, supporting activities related to Innovation and Industry Engagement, and previously in Nestle’s Supply Chain and Logistics team. Since 2018 she co-leads the Future Air Cargo Executives (FACE) program, designed to attract, develop and retain talent in the air cargo industry.
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Megha Palkar
Assistant Manager Cargo iQ
Since her first exposure through business cases at university in India, Megha has become fascinated by the cargo world, especially by the way various companies need to work together and how data analysis can improve that cooperation. Megha joined Cargo iQ’s management team in 2018 as Assistant Manager. She supports the team as well works on her own initiatives, including Cargo iQ’s monthly quality and benchmarking reports. She brings a fresh perspective from the developing world into the industry and is excited to work on projects that drive big changes and have a wide, lasting impact on the air cargo industry. Cargo iQ is an IATA special interest group and its members include representatives from across the supply chain.
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Amar More
CEO Kale Logistics
Amar More is an experienced professional with over 20 years of experience in supply chain, consulting and technology industries. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Kale Logistics in 2015, having previously worked as Head of Product Strategy and Business Development. Prior to joining the company, Amar worked in various roles at Keane Consulting and the Tata Group. He is also on the panel of experts at the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UNCEFACT) and represents the technology domain in the air cargo industry on the Board of Directors of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).
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Steven Verhasselt
Commercial Director Liege Airport
Steven Verhasselt joined Liege Airport as Cargo Development Manager Asia in 2006. Now he is the commercial director of Liege Airport, Belgium’s leading cargo airport. He is responsible for the global cargo development as core business, but is also in charge of passenger, real estate and Liege Airport Consulting.  Steven is based in Asia, works for a leading European Cargo Airport in a global role. Mr. Verhasselt entered the aviation world in 2001 running a project to start up a cargo airline based in Brussels. The project led him to the Middle East and Asia. In 2003, Mr. Verhasselt established a consulting company in Hong Kong to work with airports, airlines and aviation related companies to develop business in Asia. Steven Verhasselt graduated in Brussels, from Ehsal with a Master Degree in Business Administration. He started working for the Regional Development Agency, focused on assisting startup companies with business plans, seed and venture capital. One of the projects lead him into cargo aviation, and once you are in, ...
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Edouard Mathieu
Director of Development - Client & Partner Relations & Direction of Paris-CDG Airport Aeroports de Paris
Following a 4 years UK experience as Civil Engineer, Edouard joined ADP in 1999 as Industrial Supply Chain Manager until 2004. He then held different positions within ADP Real Estate Division, to become RE Development General Manager in 2012, encompassing development of all type of assets (offices, hotels, business parks and of course cargo warehouses and premises) both on CDG and Orly airport. He was appointed CDG Development Director in February 2019 encompassing ADP Group cargo strategy.
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Joe Notter
Manager – Sales, Operations EMEAA Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
Joe joined WFS in February 2014 as a management trainee and has held various positions with the cargo handler since. His current role is Manager – Sales, Operations EMEAA. Previous roles included Commercial Manager, Key Account Manager and Business Development. Joe started his current in May 2018 and is responsible for all contract tenders and negotiations in the UK. Other roles and responsibilities include standardisation of strategic business units to ensure parity and consistency of delivery to customers and collaborating with Paris HQ to ensure UK Commercial is aligning with overall corporate strategic objectives. Joe completed an Executive MBA with specialised year in Aviation Management at the University of Geneva from 2017-18 and a Bsc (Hons) Information Management & Business Studies at Loughborough University from 2005-09.
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Celine Hourcade
Project Manager TIACA
In September 2019, Celine Hourcade joined TIACA as Project Manager supporting the Association’s transformation program. The first 2 priorities for Hourcade are to lead the development of TIACA’s Sustainability Program, including the first Sustainability Award, and the delivery of the Cargo Service Quality (CSQ) objectives. Celine is a driver for change with 18 years of experience in international environment, mainly in the aviation industry, having worked for WaveStone, Amadeus and then IATA for 13 years. In her former capacity as Head of cargo Transformation at IATA, Celine launched the FACE program to attract, develop and retain the young talents in the air cargo industry; developed the Air Cargo Makes It Happen campaign to raise the profile of our industry; established the standard to measure the Air Cargo Carbon Footprint; managed the Air Cargo Innovation Awards to stimulate and reward fresh and good ideas; and designed the StB Cargo program to transform air cargo and make it easier, faster and smarter. As a strong believer that drones will revolutionize the transport of goods, Celine serves as member of the Advisory Boards of the Swiss drone start-up Rigi Technologies and the Lake Victoria Challenge and is part of the World Economic Forum’s Drone Innovators Network. She has also been recently appointed by Professor Kasarda as Senior Fellow of Aerotropolis Institute China (AIC) and Expert Advisor to the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (ZAEC) together with Ram Menen and Des Vertannes.
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Barry Nassberg
Group Chief Commercial Officer Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
Barry Nassberg leads the global commercial development activities of WFS. He joined WFS over 25 years ago, initially working in Europe during the company’s time as a subsidiary of American Airlines, and later in Asia as he led the company’s rapid growth in regions beyond its traditional strongholds in Europe and North America. Barry’s career in aviation began as a passenger services agent 38 years ago. He went on to work for Pan American Airways in a career that has encompassed the full range of airline and airport services activities. Barry is WFS’ delegate to the industry trade organisations, a Trustee of TIACA, and a member of the Board of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, appointed by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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Pascale De Mieter
CEO COASTAIR
Pascale started as a flight attendant at Sabena but after it went into bankruptcy she moved on to CAL Cargo Airlines in a customer services role and fell in love with cargo, where she worked herself up to Commercial Manager for Europe at the Israeli freighter carrier. She was then approached to start up the cargo activity for Air Belgium before then taking on the CEO role at Coastair, which is located at Liege Airport. The company mission is to give customers time so they can focus on their core business and to help them with their logistic challenges.
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Youri Busaan
Principal Consultant – Advisory Board Member CHAMP Cargosystems
Youri Busaan has over 25 years of experience in the airfreight and passenger industry, development with and for airlines, forwarders and the tourism industry, air cargo handling, ramp and airport management. He got his first experience working for an air cargo broker in Belgium and set up a division for the same company in Africa. Youri continued his African experience taking on a humanitarian mission in Djibouti and Somalia before returning to Rwanda where he managed a computer and electronics firm. After his return to Europe in 1994 he started working for KLM Cargo Belgium as Commercial Manager later on working for the Business Unit Logistics streamlining solutions for a shipper portfolio. In August 2001 Youri will join SNC Lavalin airports’ division where he became Deputy Development Director, progressing through various operational management positions to become CEO of Paris-Vatry Airport. Youri was CEO of AERCO – Airports of Congo, the airports of Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire & Ollombo for Egis Airport Operation. In 2014 he created his own consulting firm to the Airline & Airport industry with first mandates with CoEM involving projects for the airline-, airport industry & the Government of the Republic of Congo. Currently he has a mandate as an interim project manager for Swissport Belgium and has been nominated as a member of the Advisory Board of CHAMP a leader in IT Cargo Systems. Youri holds and EMBA of ESSEC Business School - PARIS.
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József Kossuth
Head of Cargo Budapest Airport Ltd.
József Kossuth joined Budapest Airport Zrt (BUD) in June 2008. He is responsible for managing the airport’s cargo business development, sales and marketing. His mission is to optimize the air cargo environment of the airport for the cargo business partners and to develop the regional cargo hub role of BUD utilizing the expanding cargo potentials in the Central Eastern European region. József has spent his entire carrier in the Aviation Industry. From 2003 he worked as Assistant Fuel Manager for Malév Hungarian Airlines, Sales Manager of Airport Fuel Supply Ltd. subsidiary of (BUD) being responsible for fuel service purchasing, sales, and marketing activities. From 2008 to 2014 he worked as Controlling Manager for BUD dealing with capital expenditure and airport development projects of the airport and other controlling activities. In addition he is the Board Member of the Hungarian Logistic Service Centres Association and Head of the Aviation Working Group of the Hungarian Freight Forwarder Association. József Kossuth has gained a Master of Economy specialized in Management from the University of Miskolc, in Hungary in 2003.
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Benjamin Perrier
WFS EMEAA Project and Real Estate Development Director WFS
Benjamin leads the EMEAA real estate programs and architectural design activities of WFS.  He joined WFS over 17 years ago, initially as an Architect for WFS, working closely with the Technical and Operational MD, acquiring a solid and extensive experience in the management and maintenance of the diverse WFS Group property assets (Cargo Terminals, Warehouses, Offices...) . In 2014, Benjamin took over the management of the Real Estate Department for Europe and continued managing the WFS Group construction projects and property assets. Since 2017, he has managed the Group projects for the EMEAA region including architectural design and several new international developments. He works closely with authorities, airport management companies and private developers, sharing his expertise and experience. Some of his achievements include the designing of the CDG live animal Centre (VIA), most of the WFS European import and export perishable centres and, more recently, the new CDG Pharma centre.

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