Skúli Mogensen | Founder & Chief Executive Officer
WOW air

Skúli Mogensen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WOW air

Skúli Mogensen is the founder, CEO and sole owner of WOW air. Prior to founding WOW air Skúli spent 20 years as an entrepreneur and investor, primarily in the Technology, Media and Telecom Industry in North America and Europe. Skúli was awarded The Businessman of the Year Award in Iceland in 2011 and 2016.

Skúli Mogensen co-founded and was CEO of OZ Communications, a mobile software company, while still studying philosophy at the University of Iceland. Skúli grew OZ to over 200 employees and sold over 100 million copies of its messaging software to all the major handset manufactures and mobile operators before selling OZ to Nokia in 2008.

In parallel Skúli also co-founded Islandssimi, which later became Vodafone Iceland and is the second largest mobile operator in Iceland and CAOZ, the largest animation studio in Iceland which created the first full featured 3D animated film in Iceland, Thor - The Legends of Valhalla. He is also the largest investor and board member in Carbon Recycling International which is gaining global recognition for its pioneering work in the green energy field. CRI built the first plant in the world which converts CO2 emissions into Methanol, thus converting waste into energy. In 2010 Skúli led a group of investors to resurrect MP Bank after the total collapse of the Banking sector in Iceland.

Skúli Mogensen is an active patron of the arts and has sponsored a number of exhibitions and artists in Iceland over the years and continues to do so via the WOW air foundation. Other hobbies include extreme skiing, cycling and triathlons. He created the WOW Cyclothon, an annual, unique 1358 km ultra-cycling race around Iceland, where teams and individuals compete and raise funds towards a good cause.


Day One @ 09:00

Keynote Interviews & Aviation Leaders Panel: How can airlines guarantee future success?

Get to the heart of today’s complex aviation issues with the expertise and vision that only industry leaders can provide. Join us for a series of exclusive interviews, where leaders of major airlines, airports and organisations outline what it takes to succeed, and how they are planning to keep succeeding as the industry continues to ‘fly’ forward. Find out their thoughts on what the major game changers will be, how they are continuing to innovate their business models to remain competitive and their plans for the future of their airline.
09:00-09:15: Interview 1
09:15-09:30: Interview 2
09:30-09:45: Interview 3

09:45-10:30: Panel
Asia Pacific remains a standout growth market for the aviation industry, with the strongest growth rate and many relative new comers. Following their in-depth interviews, these leaders come together to debate some of the major challenges facing the sector, including:
  • What are the key strategic and commercial issues driving the future of aviation in Asia?
  • What is the future of competition for both FSCs and LCCs in the long-haul low-cost market?
  • How to keep revenues ahead of costs where a lot of the costs are outside of your control?
  • Airport congestion and how to handle growth, boost profits and control costs?
  • Customers want to pay a sensible price but still have growing expectations. How can the industry cope with the best-in-class expectations, while seeking sustainable profitability?
  • What are the major trends in ancillary, distribution and technology (e.g. AI, robotics, and IoT) unlocking growth for the industry? 

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