Speakers

13th ACHL

05th - 07th Sep 2022 Grand Hyatt Athens
The Air Cargo Handling & Logistics (ACHL) Conference, now in its 13th year, is an occasion for key decision-makers in the air cargo supply chain to come together and discuss key issues to help drive the industry forward. It is also an opportunity to work with the industry associations.
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Des Vertannes
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
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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Stan Wraight
Chief Moderator
Stanley Wraight is the Co-Founder of Strategic Aviation Solutions (SASI). He has over 40 years of senior air cargo management experience in operations. His extensive management back ground includes his positions as Vice-President of Global Cargo Sales and Marketing for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. firm Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and he led the team that founded Volga Dnepr’s Airbridge Cargo in 2003, which has grown to be a global scheduled cargo operator. Stan also serves or served on the boards of various companies including scheduled and all cargo airlines, an all passenger LCC airline based in Europe where he was also Vice President and engaged in ACMI services and strategy, ground handling companies and E Commerce logistics entities.  
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Thomas Schürmann
Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery Etihad Cargo
Innovation Showcase
Thomas was appointed as Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery in January 2022. In this role, Thomas oversees Etihad Cargo’s operations and service delivery across the Abu Dhabi hub and global network. With over 16 years of international experience in the aviation industry, gained through various management positions at Dusseldorf International Airport, Thomas has served in several operational roles since joining Etihad in 2016.  Thomas led Etihad Cargo’s Operational Integrity department. In this role, he was responsible for driving the operational delivery and certification of the organisation’s premium products, overseeing the ULD management for Etihad Airways, and managing compliance-related functions including Export Control, Air Cargo Security and Etihad Cargo’s quality control program. 
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Henrik Ambak
Senior Vice President, Cargo Operations Worldwide Emirates
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. 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.
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Tim Strauss
Chief Executive Officer Amerijet International
Tim Strauss joined Amerijet in August 2020 as Chief Executive Officer, with oversight of all aspects of Amerijet’s day-to-day cargo operation, including leading, directing, developing and implementing customer-centric initiatives and solutions. He has over 30 years of cargo experience in both the airline and freight forwarding industries. Prior to joining the company, Strauss held leadership roles in global sales and operations at Air Canada, Hawaiian, Delta and Northwest Airlines. Tim began his career with Emery Worldwide in 1987 (now UPS Supply Chain Logistics) where he held roles of increasing responsibility, starting as a cargo handler and completing his tenure as Vice President of Transportation and Logistics.
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Janet Wallace
Senior Director Cargo Transformation Air Canada
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. Also pursuing Masters of Science in Transportation Management- MS Supply Chain at the University of Denver.
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Thomas Mack
Executive Vice President Global Airfreight DHL Global Forwarding
Thomas Mack has been Executive Vice President Global Air Freight and Member of the Global Forwarding Management Board since July 2018. In his role, he leads the global air freight business of DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group. He reports directly to Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. Thomas is a highly experienced manager with more than 40 years of expertise in the airfreight industry. He joined Deutsche Post DHL Group from Schenker AG, where he has been responsible for air freight worldwide since 2001. Prior to this, he has worked for Panalpina and Kuehne + Nagel.
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Steve Forrer
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer AFCO
Mr. Forrer joined AFCO in 2011 and is responsible for overall investment and business development initiatives. He has 37+ years of diversified real estate and finance experience with the most recent 17+ years focused on transportation-oriented infrastructure. He has led and managed large transactions and platform level investments that have included private, public, and hybrid capitalization and ownership structures. Mr. Forrer holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech and Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, has served on ULI Product Councils, and is the founder and Co-Chair of the ULI Airport Development Council. 
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Robert Fordree
Executive Vice President - Cargo Menzies Aviation
Robert started his aviation career with Lufthansa Cargo at Heathrow Airport and worked in a number of operational roles. He then moved to Menzies Aviation with responsibility for cargo commercial activity across the UK before assuming responsibility as VP Global Key Accounts. Robert’s next move was to spend 10 years with Etihad Airways where his final role was Head of Cargo Operations in Abu Dhabi. He returned to the UK in October 2017 for his second stint with Menzies Aviation, this time based in Edinburgh as VP Cargo Development with a mandate to deliver product development in the cargo sector.
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Ken Ryan
Director of Business Development and Cargo Chicago Rockford International Airport
Ken Ryan, is a seasoned air cargo professional. He was the founder of Airmax before taking up the role of Director of Business Development for the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD).  Today RFD is the fastest growing Air Cargo Airport in the world. Ken is presently helping shape Rockford into a multi-faceted ecommerce air cargo airport gateway.
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Amar More
Chief Executive Officer Kale Logistics
Amar is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in supply chain, consulting and technology industries. He is appointed as the Domain Controller of Cross Border Domain at United Nations CEFACT. He has been elected to represent the technology domain in the air cargo industry on the Board of Directors of “The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)” headquartered in Miami, Florida. This association presents the voice of the global air cargo industry to the regulators. He is on the panel of National Committee on Logistics for Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). He also has the unique distinction of being the first Indian to receive the “CILT International Young Achiever Award – 2009” for his work in transportation technology. 
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Mammen Tharakan
Director, E-Commerce, Cargo, Aviation Real Estate, Investment Attraction, Partnerships Edmonton International Airport
With over fifteen years of leadership in aviation across various ground handling, airline and airport functions, Mammen Tharakan joined Edmonton International Airport in 2018 as the Director, E-Commerce, Cargo & Aviation Real Estate. Together with a dedicated team, Mammen works with a strong customer focus to retain Canada, and Edmonton’s positions in the global supply chain. His duties include identifying new technologies and partnerships that support the aviation sector. Recognizing the crucial role that air cargo provides in connecting the world, he is committed to advancing the industry through collaboration and innovation. Mammen holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School in Boston, Massachusetts USA.
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Kester Meijer
Director Operational Integrity, Compliance & Safety Integrated Safety & Compliance Manager KLM Cargo
Kester Meijer works at KLM Cargo as Director Operational Integrity, Compliance & Safety. Kester is member of the KLM Cargo management team. Kester enjoys working with people in industry, regulations, enforcement and technology. He has extensive knowledge and experience in both Air Cargo Supply Chain Logistics, Compliance and ICT. Putting this unique combination to work on connecting with stakeholders and orchestrating innovative concepts, where processes are combined with new technology and standards. He strongly believes our industry is in the era of a paradigm shift, where Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Blockchain will provide new ways to collaborate and connect. 
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Glyn Hughes
Director General TIACA
Glyn has been involved in Air Cargo for over 37 years having started his career with British Caledonian in the UK.  He joined IATA in 1991 and become IATA's Global Head of Cargo in June 2014, where he had overall responsibility to deliver the agenda agreed by the Cargo Committee to support the Air Cargo industry.  In February 2021, Glyn joined TIACA as its first Director general where he will work with the Board to deliver the organization's vision for a safe, profitable and united air cargo industry that embraces modern technologies and practices to sustainably and fairly serve trade and social development worldwide.  Priority areas include safety, security, digitalization and innovation.  He is dedicated to developing collaborative relationships and is a firm believer in supporting the next generation of industry leaders and innovators.
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Martin Drew
Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo Etihad Cargo
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Nathan De Valck
Head of Cargo - Product & Network Development Brussels Airport Company
Nathan heads the Cargo Product & Route development team at Brussels Airport.  He is responsible for the business development and key account activities for airlines, forwarders and shippers at Brussels Airport, as well as the further development of the various specializations and products such as pharma, perishables, animal transport or e-commerce. In his previous role Nathan took the lead in further strengthening BRUcargo’ s position as the preferred European pharmaceutical gateway.  He managed the CEIV pharma community certification program at BRUcargo making Brussels Airport the first cargo community in the world to be CEIV pharma certified. Nathan is co-founder and chairman of Pharma.Aero and a full member of the IATA Time and Temperature Working Group.
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Olivier Bijaoui
Chairman OB Invest
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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Teddy Zebitz
CEO Saudia Airlines Cargo
Teddy has a vast aviation industry experience covering many different areas since his joining in 1983. More than 15 years international experience from PR China, South East Asia, Scandinavia, USA and UK. External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School for Master Class MBA student Transportation and Hospitality Industry. Experience includes advisory roles for various ministries of Transport, leadership roles from i.e. SAS and  Emirates and board membership i.e. for the biggest innovation award world-wide; Index – Design to Improve Life. 56 years, MBA, married, 3 children, Danish.
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Stephen Dawkins
Chief Executive Officer Air Logistics Group
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Marcel Fujike
Senior Vice President Global Head Products & Development Air Logistics Kuehne & Nagel
Before taking up the position of Global Head Products & Development Air Logistics at Kuehne+Nagel, Marcel held various management positions within the Lufthansa Group, starting in the first generation of the Lufthansa management trainee program “ProTeam”. For the past 17 years, Marcel has been driving the development and global implementation of air logistics solutions for the key industries, such as aerospace (KN EngineChain) or pharma & healthcare (the award-winning KN PharmaChain product). Through a number of digitalisation and automation projects, Marcel has supported the digital transformation of Kuehne+Nagel Air Logistics business unit, starting the way to seamless online customer journey already in 2010 with the launch of myKN Quote & Book, first in the industry digital solution which offers instant quoting, booking and tracking of air freight shipments.      
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Sean Dolan
CEO NorthLink Aviation
Sean serves as the CEO of NorthLink and is responsible for the commercial development, construction, financing and management of the Company.  He has over 25 years of experience investing, managing and financing infrastructure and has a track record of forming successful partnerships with Fortune 500 companies.  Prior to joining NorthLink, Sean worked as a consultant to Tiger Infrastructure Partners on investments in the air cargo sector.  Previously, Sean was a partner at Alinda Capital Partners, an infrastructure private equity fund with over $4 billion of assets under management. Sean received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Georgetown University.
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Wilson Kwong
Chief Executive Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl)
Wilson Kwong has been Chief Executive of Hactl since March 2018. Wilson’s 24 year career with the Jardine Matheson Group has also included 7 years with Jardine Aviation Services, where he was involved in passenger and ramp handling activities. Since joining Hactl, Wilson has further strengthened Hactl’s strong focus on digitisation, innovation, compliance and sustainability. New initiatives under his management have included digital cargo-locating and ramp efficiency systems, trialling of robotics through a revolutionary Automated Parts Store, and the launch of Hactl’s ground-breaking centralised digital Control Centre; accreditation under all three IATA CEIV programmes; the opening of a roof-top solar farm at SuperTerminal1; and an award-winning green office refurbishment.
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Elliott Paige
Airport Director, Air Service Development Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Elliott is the Director of Air Service Development, with experience leading teams related to trade policy, economic development, diplomacy, and multi-million-dollar business promotion projects.  After a career in international public policy and business strategy, Elliott joined Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport bringing a global outlook on business and trade expansion. Elliott uses his experience to apply best practices creating prosperity at a macro- and micro-level for the Atlanta community. Working on treaties at the multilateral level led him to serve in pivotal international organizations – World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations-International Trade Center (UN-ITC), in Geneva, Switzerland – shaping foreign relations, whose impact affects all participating nations. 
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Teresa Wojtanka
Head of Operations Support and Innovation dnata
Teresa has joined Emirates Group in 2012 and has successfully worked in multiple management positions for Emirates Airline and dnata Airport Operations in the area of the Management Consulting, Strategy Advisory, Outsource Management, Operational Performance & GSE Optimisation. In 2020 Teresa has introduced the Diversity & Inclusion program to dnata which has resulted in joining IATA 25by2025 initiative and dnata became the first global Ground Handling provider in that group. In January 2022 Teresa has been appointed Head of Operations Support & Innovation for dnata Switzerland, based in Zurich. The scope of her new role covers responsibilities for Business Technology & Innovation, Resource Management, Training & Environment as well as GSE Management. 
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Michael T. Steen
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide President and CEO Titan Aviation Leasing
Michael T. Steen joined Atlas Air Worldwide in April 2007and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of the Company's global sales and marketing activities, including strategy, new products and services, brand positioning and marketing communications. Additionally, he is President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned dry-leasing subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Mr. Steen has gained both broad and unique experience during his career in the aviation and logistics sectors. He has served in global leadership roles for market-leading companies such as DHL, Exel Plc and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Mr. Steen is currently serving as Chairman on the Cargo Committee of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).   
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Vito Cerone
Senior Vice President, International Cargojet
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Dirk Goovaerts
Head of Middle East & Africa / Global Cargo Chair Swissport
Innovation Showcase
Dirk Goovaerts joined Swissport International AG as Head of Middle East & Africa on September 1st, 2021, reporting directly to the CEO. In addition, he serves as Global Cargo Chair, focusing on strengthening Swissport’s air cargo business. Dirk has over 25 years of experience in the ground handling and cargo industries and is a result-oriented senior executive with a proven track record in operational excellence, digital acceleration, and turnaround management. Dirk joins Swissport from dnata, where he was CEO of the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, he was the COO of Saudi Ground Services Company, Senior Vice President Europe at Menzies Aviation, and Finance Director Global Network of Outstations at Sabena. 
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John Batten
Executive Vice President Cargo - EMEAA Worldwide Flight Services
John has over 35 years’ experience in senior positions in the aviation Industry, including the setting up of TNT Airways, the post of Senior Vice President Cargo at Qatar Airways, and Executive Vice President – Cargo at Swissport. Within this role, John became a key member of a number of IATA working groups on e-Freight, e-AWB and Cargo 2000 where he was on the board as an adviser. After leaving Swissport John stepped down but was asked to return in 2016 after the name change to CargoIQ. He is now a Board Member of CargoIQ. In 2015, John re-joined the Handling Business with Worldwide Flight Services as Executive Vice President Business Development and then, starting June 2016, acted as Interim CEO for Europe, before taking the lead of WFS’ Cargo operations as EVP Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA). 
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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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Liana Coyne
Director Coyne Airways
Liana is a graduate of Oxford University and an English qualified solicitor. She worked for an international law firm, Baker & McKenzie, in both their London and Hong Kong offices for nearly six years prior to joining the family business.
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Torsten Wefers
Vice President Sales & Marketing Liege Airport
Torsten Wefers entered the aviation world in 2000 at Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS) working in the marketing & strategy department . In 2003 he moved to Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) being part of the passenger airline business development team. When CGN airport founded in 2009 for the first time a cargo sales unit Mr. Wefers had been promoted leading the unit as Head of Cargo Sales. In this role he coordinated and managed all cargo sales/marketing activities. After setting up a new a CGN business unit and an internal interim management project he finally has been assigned in 2018 as Director Cargo taking over full responsibility for the cargo development of CGN. Based on a newly developed cargo (sales) strategy CGN’s annual cargo throughput increased to nearly 1 million tons in 2021.  
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Racheal Ndegwa
CEO Swissport Kenya
Racheal is an innovative and accomplished CEO with over 16 years’ experience, having held senior positions, among them, Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Chief Operating Officer(COO) & now CEO mainly in the aviation industry. She is currently the CEO of Swissport Kenya Limited. Racheal is among the first female Kenyan CEOs in the industry. Racheal has been able to steer her company’s growth for the past 16 years by spearheading the company to achieve financial goals. She is a Certified Public Accountant with KASNEB. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree having majored in Economics and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) both from the University of Nairobi. 
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Nicholas Xenocostas
VP Commercial & Customer Engagement CHAMP Cargosystems
As Vice President Commercial & Customer Engagement at CHAMP Cargosystems, Nicholas focuses on delivering the business and division strategy, providing our prospects and clients with solutions and services that will make their day-to-day cargo operations more efficient and accurate. Nicholas’ wealth of experience in aviation, air cargo and Information Technology spans more than twenty years with SITA / CHAMP. Nicholas has held various senior management roles within these companies, such as VP Product Management & Development, VP Corporate Development and VP eCargo. Prior to joining SITA/CHAMP, Nicholas worked for Air Canada responsible for their RF air-ground voice and data communication services. 
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Peter Penseel
Chief Operating Officer Airfreight CEVA Logistics
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Yossi Shoukroun
CEO Challenge Group
During most of his career spanning over 30 years, Yossi Shoukroun has been involved in Airports and Air Cargo Industry, as an Executive and line management in General Management, Operations Management, Planning, Project Management, Business Development and Financial Management. Mr. Shoukroun is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry. Skilled in Negotiations, Budgeting, Business Planning, Operations Management, and Analytical Skills. Yossi is a team member, leading the airline’s growth and success. Yossi has a vast experience in Supply Chain Management and complex logistics systems.
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Rich Kilmer
CEO CargoSense
Innovation Showcase
Rich is the CEO and Founder of CargoSense - a logistics intelligence company combining cutting edge IoT sensors and sophisticated logistics process modeling to build unparalleled visibility and diagnostic solutions targeting the life sciences industry.  Rich is a software industry expert, an international speaker, and has led several successful startups prior to founding CargoSense. Rich started his career in the U.S. Air Force, working on secure systems supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.  
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Audrone Keinyte
CEO Bluebird Nordic
Audrone Keinyte is the CEO of Bluebird Nordic, an Icelandic ACMI leasing and Air Freight company, and BBN Cargo Airlines Holdings, the holding company of Bluebird Nordic. With a career in the tourism and hospitality industry spanning over 20 years, Audrone Keinyte is an expert in business management, international markets, and commercial strategy - all valuable experiences when leading Bluebird Nordic through the next stages of its development. Prior to joining the aviation industry, Keinyte was the CEO of the largest tour operator in the Baltic region.
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Vitaly Smilianets
Founder and CEO Awery Aviation Software
Vitaly Smilianets is Founder and CEO of Awery Aviation Software, an aviation business management software development company established in 2009 with over 100 clients globally. Awery ERP has been developed to offer tailored complete business cycle solutions for commercial and cargo airlines, private operators, freight forwarders, aviation service providers, air charter brokers and on-board couriers. Fifteen years of professional experience in: global aviation software projects; an expert in IT solutions; WEB; Rich Internet Applications; ERP Systems; Mobile Platforms; and Software Development. Previously worked in aviation selling the aircraft to Middle East Region while studying software development and IT as a hobby. Vitaly studied Economics and Banking, and is currently completing a PhD in marketing at National Aviation University, Kyiv, Ukraine.

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