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.
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.
Chris Notter
Chief Ground Handling Officer Saudi Airlines Cargo
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sabine Petera
Director Cargo Services Vienna International Airport
Sabine, born in 1977, graduated with a master’s degree in International Business Administration. From a young age, her interest in airport life and its environment was strong. She already worked there alongside the school and studies. Since 2001 she has been working at the airport and was responsible for handling contracts. In 2008 she became Head of Export Cargo Handling. Two years later she climbed up the ladder again and took over the job of Director Cargo Services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!  
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.  
Henrik Ambak
Senior Vice President, Cargo Operations Worldwide Emirates SkyCargo
Henrik started in freight forwarding, moved onto management positions in airport and cargo handling and in 2001 moved to airline management roles. He started working for a freight forwarder, and then moved into ground and cargo handling, before joining Cargolux in 2001, overseeing worldwide ground and cargo operations. In December 2014, he joined Emirates SkyCargo tasked with developing and implementing strategies securing the continued Emirates leadership in service delivery. He manages the airline’s Dubai cargo terminals at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central, cargo handling and trucking suppliers, standards and procedures, special load engineering and load mastering and IT systems usage used to facilitate and support the SkyCargo business. Henrik is also Chairman of Cargo iQ.
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.
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.
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.  
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.
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.
René Droese
Executive Director Business Unit Property Budapest Airport
René Droese joined Budapest Airport in June 2007. He is responsible for managing the airport’s existing property portfolio and the development of new real estate projects including the new Airport Business Park, the integrator project, Cargo City and the hotel project at Budapest Airport. In addition he is in charge of all activities relating to air cargo and logistics business development. Previously, he worked as a Senior Manager for Budapest Airport’s majority shareholder - AviAlliance in Germany - as Commercial and Property development department for 10 years. René advised AviAlliance airports and external hubs about development of projects in the non-aeronautical sector. In addition he was responsible for preparing the concept and feasibility studies for the Airport City development at Düsseldorf International Airport.
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.
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).
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.
Lucas Fernandez
Head of Innovation CHAMP Cargosystems
As Head of Innovation at CHAMP Cargosystems, Lucas focuses on evolving and innovating CHAMP’s current and future product portfolio with the objective of identifying opportunities where smart usage of technology and IT can create additional value to stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain. Prior to joining CHAMP, Lucas worked as VP Product for Etix Everywhere in Luxembourg where he was responsible for the lab division and development of a portfolio of Software as a Service (SaaS) based solutions for the management and monitoring of critical datacentre operations.
Charles Edwards
Director - Logistics & Freight Division NC Department of Transportation
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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