27th - 28th Sep 2021
The International Air Cargo Handling & Logistics (ACHL) Conference remains the number one event for key decision makers in the air cargo supply chain to debate and discuss the most important issues both of today and tomorrow. The event, which is now in its 13th year, will be easily accessible online and to get a taste of what to expect at the 2021 conference, click here to see sessions from 2020
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.
Global Head, Cargo IATA
Brendan has been part of the IATA Cargo team for the past 10 years and in the cargo industry for nearly 20 years. Brendan is a great role model in providing valued expertise to the industry on cargo markets, e-commerce, operations, safety issues and a well-respected voice in the industry. Brendan is passionate about finding innovative solutions and delivering excellent industry focused solutions. Brendans previous role as Head, E-commerce & Cargo Operations included developing 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.
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. Glyn spends a large amount of time on outreach programs with training and other educational establishments.
CEO Kale Logistics Solutions
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 is on the panel of trade facilitation experts at UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission of Europe). 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 the youngest Board Member and the first from technology industry to be appointed on this prominent global industry association’s board. He is on Confederation of Indian Industries’ (CII) Task Force for Ease of Doing Business 2018-19. 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. Amar is also on the executive committee on International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) headquartered in the United Kingdom. He is the past co-Chairman of IT committee of “Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA)”. Amar’s passion is to bridge the technology gap between the developed and developing logistics industries globally and his talented and passionate team at Kale Logistics has developed disruptive new generation technology solutions for the logistics industry which are transforming the industry and raising the levels of technology adoption in the SME sector of logistics industry in India & Globally. Their work has received global accolades from several international forums as being the “Best Technology Provider to the Logistics Industry” for last 10 years. Amar also assists several governments on conceptualizing trade facilitation initiatives to usher in “Ease of Doing Business” using digital technology. The foundation of Amar’s excellent domain expertise is his rich educational background with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from India’s premiere institute- NITIE.
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.
Managing Director Jettainer
Thomas Sonntag was appointed Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH in 2019 after more than 10 years with Lufthansa Cargo. The graduate mechanical engineer previously held various management positions at Siemens and ABB, among others. His broad expertise in Procurement and Logistics, along with an excellent network to relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry worldwide, Thomas Sonntag leads the global expert of ULD management with a focus on meaningful innovation and digitization, driving transparency and adding relevant value to ideally all players in the supply chain.
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. From 2019, Marcel has been steering air freight sustainability initiatives aiming to expand Kuehne+Nagel sustainable services portfolio with innovative and easy shipping options to support customers` sustainability ambitions and contribute to the development and widespread use of alternative aviation fuel.
Deputy Head of Ground Operations & Cargo Handling Department AirBridgeCargo Airlines (part of Volga-Dnepr Group)
Anton Reznichenko is an industry expert with 6+ years of experience in the air cargo sector. He started his career in 2015 as part of the Transport and Aviation Security Service team of AirBridgeCargo Airlines in Moscow, Russia and throughout his years with the Company was actively involved in organizing and monitoring of the effectiveness of the state of cargo aviation security and developing proposals for its improvement. His extensive experience and industry knowledge have enabled Anton to become an acknowledged expert in his field and strengthen the Company’s cargo handling system. Being actively involved in the air cargo sector he has broadened and deepened his knowledge with Airline Security Operations Optimization Certificate (IATA), IOSA Airline Auditor Training Certificate (IATA), Transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products (Corporate University of Volga-Dnepr Group), Transportation of dangerous goods by air, ICAO Category 10 (Corporate University of Volga-Dnepr Group), Live animals transportation by air (Corporate University of Volga-Dnepr Group) and Various Development Courses, both in-house and external. His promotion is mostly driven by his innovative and result-oriented approach towards work, coupled with his personal commitment and business-related knowledge. In 2019 he was appointed as Deputy Head, Ground Operations & Cargo Handling Department with the prime focus on further developing of processes and effective operations management.
Chief Operating Officer TCR Group
Kristof Philips is TCR Group's Chief Operating Officer, since the beginning of 2020. During its former position as Managing Director of TCR UK, Kristof achieved a substantial transformation of the Groups' British subsidiary, resulting in a tangible positive impact on local people and processes. Besides its experience in the aviation industry, be these Airports, Airlines or independent ground handlers, Kristof has a solid background in M&A, business consultancy, projects' transformation and JV management. His out-of-the-box, passionate and innovative management approach is fully dedicated to consolidating TCR's pivotal role as Integrator for sustainable and long-lasting apron solutions, in a fast-changing industry.
Director Operational Integrity, Compliance & Safety 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. The future of Smart Borders and Air Cargo is to pre-check everything upstream and ensure a smooth shipment journey! Key areas are Compliance, Safety, Customs, Security, Environment, Anti Counterfeit, Wildlife protection, Cargo Knowledge Center, Industry representation, Blockchain innovations.