World Class Speakers


The Aviation Festival conference agenda will feature 200+ speakers across 10 streams. Speakers will come from the most successful, innovative and thought-provoking airlines from around the world. They will be supported by leading suppliers from the mega tech companies to the latest start-ups who are shaking up the industry. 


2018 Key Speakers

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates

Sir Tim Clark

Robin Hayes, President & Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue

Robin Hayes
Chief Executive Officer


Hernán Rincón, Chief Executive Officer, Avianca

Hernán Rincón
Chief Executive Officer

Johan Lundgren, CEO, easyJet

Johan Lundgren


John Rodgerson, CEO, Azul Brazilian Airlines Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras

John Rodgerson 
Azul Brazilian Airlines Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras

Skúli Mogensen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WOW air

Skúli Mogensen
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
WOW air

Markus Binkert, SVP Revenue Management & Distribution, Lufthansa Group

Markus Binkert  SVP Revenue Management & Distribution, Lufthansa Group 

Tore Ostby, EVP Strategic Development, Norwegian Air Shuttle

Tore Ostby 
EVP Strategic Development 
Norwegian Air Shuttle


Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President, Technology & Chief Digital Officer, United Airlines

Linda Jojo
Executive Vice President, Technology & Chief Digital Officer
United Airlines

Thorsten Dirks, Board Member, Lufthansa

Juliandra Nurtjahjo 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Citilink Indonesia  


Katri Harra-Salonen, Chief Digital Officer, Finnair

Katri Harra-Salonen
Chief Digital Officer

Avi Golan, Chief Digital Officer, Air New Zealand

Avi Golan
Chief Digital Officer
Air New Zealand

Shahar Markovitch, Chief Digital and Information Officer, El Al Israel

Shahar Markovitch Chief Digital and Information Officer El Al Israel

Mariana Fonseca Medina, Director of Ancillary and Merchandising Strategy, American Airlines

Mariana Fonseca Medina
Director of Ancillary and Merchandising Strategy
American Airlines


Julio Alejandro Gamero Alfaro, CCO, InterJet

Julio Alejandro Gamero Alfaro

Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports

Paul Griffiths
Dubai Airports


Henk Jan Gerzee , CDO, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Henk Jan Gerzee
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Henk Jan Gerzee , CDO, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Bonny Simi
JetBlue Tech Ventures





All 2018 speakers listed alphabetically

Surain Adyanthaya, Principal, Travel Product Strategy, PROS

Hugh Aitken, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Skyscanner

Jamal Al Awadhi, Head of Guest Experience Commercial, Etihad Airways

Aimen Al Hosni, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Airports

Robert Albert, CEO, Routehappy

Robert Albrecht, Head of New Business, Paysafe Card

Manolo Almagro, Managing Partner - Q Division, Scala Inc

Abdullah Al-Osaimi, CEO, TAQNIA Space

Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President, Customer, Virgin Atlantic

Per Andersson, Senior Adviser, ADB Safegate

Per Andersson at Aviation Festival

Einar Andresson, Manager Fuel Efficiency, Icelandair

Einar Andresson at Aviation Festival

Jerry Angrave, Customer Experience Director, Empathyce

Fenn Bailey, Chief Technology Officer, Volantio Inc.

Neasa Bannon, EMEA Travel Vertical Manager, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Haitham Baomar, Senior AI Expert, University College London

Mike Barrera, Chief Product Officer, Radixx International

Jonathan Barrett, Managing Director, Europe, Dataminr

Jonathan Barrett at Aviation Festival

Matthieu Betton, Commercial Director, Sojern

Markus Binkert, SVP Revenue Management & Distribution, Lufthansa Group

Rustom Birdie, Travel Market Development, Affirm

Stuart Birrell, Chief Information Officer, Heathrow Airports Limited

Alexander J Blake, Global Head of Travel Insurance, Chubb

Alexander J Blake at Aviation Festival

Luc Bondar, VP Loyalty, United Airlines

Luc Bondar at Aviation Festival

Rob Borden, Vice President Of Commercial, UpLift

Linda Bos, Blockchain Lead, KLM

Tom Botts, Head of Commercial, UpLift

Amine Boulaghmen, Head of IATA Settlement Product Portfolio, IATA

Mark Bovenkerk, Digital Transformation, KLM

Mark Bovenkerk at Aviation Festival

Oliver Bradburne, Account handler, Aerospace, JLT Specialty Limited

Graham Bradley, Loyalty Program & Propositions, Heathrow Airport

Graham Bradley at Aviation Festival

Graham Braithwaite, Director of Transport Systems, Cranfield University

Aidan Brogan, Chief Executive Officer, Datalex Ireland Ltd

Mark Brown, Vice President Sales & Client Accounts EMEA, Fusion

Simon Brown, Airport Operations IT Leader, Heathrow Airports Limited

Simon Brown at Aviation Festival

Paul Buckley, Head of Social Media, Aer Lingus

John Carney, Chief Data Scientist, OpenJaw Technologies

Yago Casanovas, Head of Payment & Fraud, Air Europa

Seth Cassel, President, EveryMundo

Gianni Cataldo, Director, Research & Development, ATPCO

Abhi Chacko, Head Of I.T.Commercial And Innovation, Gatwick Airport

Ron Chapman, President, AS-IP Tech

Stella Chen, CTO, Hong Kong Airlines

Stella Chen at Aviation Festival

Henry Chen Weinstein, CEO, Cockpit Innovation Hub

Zhihang Chi, VP North America, Air China Limited

Anthony Chieruzzi, Senior Digital Product Manager Global Brand Engagement and Digital Content, Emirates

Francois Chopard, CEO, Starburst

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates

Brian Cobb, CIO, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int'l Airport

Robin Collyer, Senior Director, Pega Marketing & Decisioning, Pegasystems

Stuart Cotterell, Head of Business Applications, Edinburgh Airport

Martin Cunnison, Chief Commercial officer, AirFi B.V.

Barbara Dalibard, Chief Executive Officer, SITA

Jim Davidson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Farelogix

Brian Davis, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Country Airlines

Brian Davis at Aviation Festival

Alexandre De Juniac, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, IATA

Agnes Debains, Co-founder, Marketing Leader, airfree

Onur Dedeköylü, Vice President - Marketing, Pegasus Airlines

Didem Demirel, Online Marketing Specialist, Turkish Airlines

Simon Dempsey, Founder and CEO, LikeWhere

Harald Deprosse, Managing Director, Miles & More GmbH

Thorsten Deutrich, Vice President of Sales, GlobalDots

Arber Deva, Senior Director Direct Distribution, Lufthansa Group Airlines

Parker Dunning, Manager – Merchandising Systems, United Airlines

Aymeric Dussart, Director, Technologies, Aeroports De Montreal

Chris Engle, Chief Commercial Officer, Plusgrade Llc

Arief Fadilah, Loyalty & Ancillary Program Specialist, Garuda Indonesia

Ross Feinstein, Senior Manager and Spokesman, American Airlines

Floor Felten, General Manager Strategic Planning & Development, Brisbane Airport Corporation Ltd

Kevin Fliess, VP Sales and Marketing, ATPCO

Mariana Fonseca Medina, Director of Ancillary and Merchandising Strategy, American Airlines

Mattias Forsberg, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, SAS

David Fox, Vice President of Inflight Services and Connectivity, Deutsche Telekom

Antonio Franchi, Head of Future Programmes Acquisition, European Space Agency

Jon French, Business Development Director, Global Airline Solutions, Hotelbeds Group

Jon French at Aviation Festival

Daniel Friedli, Managing Director and Partner, Travel in Motion Gmbh

Jeff Fuerte, Director of Business Analysis, Fusion

Jan-Peter Gaense, Head of Passenger Experience Products & Solutions, Lufthansa Systems

Julio Alejandro Gamero, Chief Commercial Officer, Interjet

Jason Gauci, Lecturer In Avionics, University Of Malta

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, AirBaltic

Henk Jan Gerzee, CDO, Royal Schiphol Group

Henk Jan Gerzee at Aviation Festival

Greg Gilchrist, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Sabre

Tobias Goebel, VP Product Marketing, Sparkcentral Europe Nv

Avi Golan, Chief Digital Officer, Air New Zealand

Avi Golan at Aviation Festival

Frederic Gonnaud, VP Retail and Ancillaries, Air France K.L.M.

Frederic Gonnaud at Aviation Festival

Richard Goodhead, Senior Vice President Marketing - Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce

Houman Goudarzi, Technology and Innovation, IATA

Bob Graham, Head of Airport Research, Eurocontrol

Louie Gravance, Customer Experience Consultant Focused on Creating the Happiest Workplace on Earth, Former Disney

Steven Greenway, President, Swoop

Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Robertjan Groeneveld, Social Media Hub Manager, Royal Klm Dutch Airlines

David Gunnarsson, Chief Executive Officer, Dohop

David Gunnarsson at Aviation Festival

Brit Haarmans, Innovation Lead, Transavia

Justin Hall, Head of Demand & Delivery, FlyBe

Richard Hamley, Director Affiliate Partnerships, Expedia Group

Konsta Hansson, General Manager, Reaktor

Michael Hardin, Director of Policy, Entry/Exit Transformation, Office of Field Operations, US Customs and Border Protection

Katri Harra-Salonen, Chief Digital Officer, Finnair

Henry Harteveldt, Principal, Atmosphere Research Group

Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue

Robin Hayes at Aviation Festival

Bobby Healy, Chief Technology Officer, CarTrawler Ltd

Bobby Healy at Aviation Festival

Rami Hindieh, Associate Director, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Rami Hindieh at Aviation Festival

Eric Holmen, SVP Worldwide Sales, Urban Airship

Henning Horst, Senior Manager, Sales Aeronautical EMEA, SES Networks

Vanessa Horwell, Chief Strategy Officer, ThinkInk

Nolan Hough, Managing Director, MAGO

Jerry Hu, VP - Transport Division, Alibaba Group

Andrew Hurst, CTO, 2e Systems

Jonathan Hutt, Commercial Director, HK Express

Tanner Huysman, Director, Ancillary Products, Spirit Airlines

Tanner Huysman at Aviation Festival

Nikolas Jaeger, Founder & MD, Inflight VR

Pramod Jain, Vice President of Marketing and Solutions Management, Sabre

Kam Jandu, Chief Commercial Officer, Budapest Airport

Fredrik Jaresved, CEO - Airport City, Swedavia

Fredrik Jaresved at Aviation Festival

Marko Javornik, Vice President / General Manager, Mobility & Travel, Comtrade Digital Services

Marko Javornik at Aviation Festival

Guy Johnson, News Anchor, Journalist and aviation enthusiast, Bloomberg

Karl Johnson, Managing Director, Americas, EXLRT

Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President, Technology & Chief Digital Officer, United Airlines

Suhail Kadri, Vice President Technology & Innovation, Hamad International Airport

Suhail Kadri at Aviation Festival

Christopher Karp, Leisure Cargo

Christopher Karp at Aviation Festival

Juha Karstunen, Digital Transformation Lead, Finnair

Victor Kaw, Chief Commercial Officer, BIG Loyalty Sdn. Bhd.

Juergen Keitel, Group Chief of Global Affairs & Development Office, AirAsia

Andrew Kilkeary, Head of Loyalty, Finnair

Damon Knight, Head of Air Traffic Services, London Southend Airport

Gabrielle Kobrin, Airline Fraud Specialist, Riskified

Blair Koch, Chief Technology Officer and President, Datalex

Ralf Kodritsch, Director Segment Manager RAIN RFID Solutions, NXP Semiconductors

Dheeraj Kohli, Vice President and Global Head of Travel and Transportation, UNISYS® Corporation

Dheeraj Kohli at Aviation Festival

Zdenek Komenda, Chief Business Development Officer,

Gabi Kool, CEO, QIX

Con Korfiatis, Chief Executive Officer, flyadeal

Ozan Koseoglu, ex CTO, IGA Istanbul New Airport

Ozan Koseoglu at Aviation Festival

Mark Kosikowski, Manager of Commercial Distribution, Air Canada

Heikki Koski, Chief Digital Officer, Finavia Corporation

Heikki Koski at Aviation Festival

Philipp Kurz, Head of Revenue Management and Pricing, Sunexpress

Nik Laming, General Manager of Loyalty, Cebu Pacific Air

Reinhard Lanegger, Senior Venture Development Manager at, Lufthansa Innovation Hub GmbH,

Christian Langer, CDO, Lufthansa Group

Don Langford, Senior Vice President of Technology, Virgin Atlantic Airways

Guillaume Laporte, Chief Executive Officer, Destygo

Joe Leader, Chief Executive Officer, APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association)

Kevin Lee, Trust & Safety Architect, Sift Science

James Lee Barrett, Director of Ancillary Revenue, VivaAerobus

James Lee Barrett at Aviation Festival

Zheng Lei, President, IAR - Institute for Aviation Research

Zheng Lei at Aviation Festival

Mark Lenahan, Head of Digital Propositions, Travel Principals, Travelport Digital

Mark Lenahan at Aviation Festival

Dianchun Li, President, HK Express

Dianchun Li at Aviation Festival

Jason Liu, VP Commercial, Hainan Airlines

Jason Liu at Aviation Festival

Johan Lundgren, CEO, easyJet

Tomi Maaniemi, VP Account Management, Travelaer

Pablo Gomez Gallardo Maass, Vice President Of E-Commerce And Digital Advertising, Aeromexico

Karsten Madsen, Head of Department, Baggage Automation & Technology, Copenhagen Airports As

Karsten Madsen at Aviation Festival

Steven Mann, Manager, Velocity Product & Airline Marketing, Virgin Australia

Alexander Mans, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, FLYR

John Mansfield, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, GE Aviation

Hari Marar, President, Bangalore International Airport

Shahar Markovitch, Chief Digital and Information Officer, El Al Israel Airlines

Gilles Mascaras, Head of Product - Digital Transformation & Innovation, Etihad

Kevin May, Editor -In-Chief, Travel Technology

Sascha Meskendahl, Chief Revenue Officer, Blacklane

Wayne Miller, Global Practice Director Airports, Wipro Ltd.

Paulo Miranda, Chief Experience Officer, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA

Akira Mitsumasu, Vice President, Products & Services, Japan Airlines

Akira Mitsumasu at Aviation Festival

Vanja Mlaco, Coach of Digital Team, Transavia Airlines

Vanja Mlaco at Aviation Festival

Skúli Mogensen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WOW air

David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations, EasyJet

Glenn Morgan, Head of Digital Business Transformation, International Airlines Group

Glenville Morris, Director, Consulting and Digital Insight, Travelport Digital

Eric Mueller, Lead Engineer, Airspace Systems, Uber

Annelie Nassen, EVP Global Sales & Marketing, Scandinavian Airlines

Aboudy Nasser, Chief Commercial Officer, MAG (London Stansted Airport)

Shashank Nigam, Chief Executive Officer, SimpliFlying

Natalia Nikolaeva, Loyalty Director, S7 Airlines

Natalia Nikolaeva at Aviation Festival

Marie Norman, Head Of Products, Concepts And Aviation Business, Swedavia

Marie Norman at Aviation Festival

David O'Flanagan, CEO, Boxever

David O'Flanagan at Aviation Festival

Kadir Ozgur Oguz, Chief Executive Officer, Further Network

Jouni Oksanen, Senior Vice President, eCommerce, Sales and Marketing, Air Baltic

Jouni Oksanen at Aviation Festival

Tore Ostby, EVP Strategic Development, Norwegian Air Shuttle

Tore Ostby at Aviation Festival

Ville Osterlund, SVP Customer Insight, Digitalist Group And Network

William Owen, Founding Partner, Made by Many Ltd

David Palmieri, CEO, @aquila Inc.

Sarah Panthou, Retail & Ancillaries, Air France K.L.M.

Sarah Panthou at Aviation Festival

Michael Peters, Vice President of Product Management, Revenue Management Systems

Michael Peters at Aviation Festival

Grégoire PFIRSCH, General Manager, QEmotion

Michael Pichler, CTO EMEA for Travel, Transport & Hospitality, Salesforce

Sebastien Pichon, Industry Manager - Travel, Google

Meherwan Polad, Sr. Director, Commercial Aviation, ViaSat, Inc.

Bryan Porter, Chief Commercial Officer, OpenJaw Technologies

Bryan Porter at Aviation Festival

Matthew Pruitt, Chief Solutions Architect, Federal, NEC Corporation of America

Matthew Pruitt at Aviation Festival

Juliana Ramirez, Head of Ancillary Revenue, Volaris

Rob Ranieri, VP and Partner, Global Industry Offering Leader, Travel & Transportation, IBM

Matthew Rea, Innovation Lead, iCoupon Global Limited

Jan Richards, Head of Insights And Planning At Dublin Airport Authority, Dublin Airport

Lars Ringertz, Director Global Communications, Panasonic Avionics

John Rodgerson, CEO, Azul Brazilian Airlines Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras

Mark Ross-Smith, Head of Enrich and Loyalty, Malaysia Airlines

Mark Ross-Smith at Aviation Festival

Tomas Salfischberger, CEO, Relay42

Tomas Salfischberger at Aviation Festival

Sergio Sánchez González, Industry Business Development Associate (EMEA TTL), Salesforce

Arrigo Santini, CDO/ Head of E-Channel Management, S.E.A. Milan Airports

Bart Saverwyns, Chief Digital Officer, Brussels Airport

Bart Saverwyns at Aviation Festival

Thilo Schaefer, Managing Director, Leisure Cargo

Brian Schettler, Managing Director, Boeing HorizonX

Lukas Schneider, Vice President Strategy & Partnerships, Seatfrog

Lukas Schneider at Aviation Festival

Youvraj Seeam, E-Sales & Product Manager, Commercial (E-Commerce), Air Mauritius

Youvraj Seeam at Aviation Festival

Hussain Shah, AvSec Compliance Team Manager (SeMS), Civil Aviation Authority

Bib Shukla, Senior Enterprise Architect - Information Data, Virgin Atlantic

Renske Siersema, Social Media Manager, KLM

Bonny Simi, President, JetBlue Technology Ventures

Emma Simpson, Innovation Manager, Civil Aviation Authority

Maryann Simson, Director, A.P.E.X. Media

Fundi Sithebe, COO, Airports Company South Africa

Mike Slone, Chief Experience Officer, Travelaer

Devon Smibert, Director of Cybersecurity, Westjet

Devon Smibert at Aviation Festival

Ian Smith, CEO, Gospel Technology

Viktoriya Soubra, Commercial Manager, Travelliance Global

Lee Spencer, Innovation lead, Gatwick Airport

Lee Spencer at Aviation Festival

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport

Guy Stephenson at Aviation Festival

John Strickland, Director, J.L.S Consulting

Brian Sumers, Airline Industry Reporter, Skift

Ali Syed, Regional Commercial Director, Expedia Affiliate Network

Päivyt Tallqvist, Director, Media Relations, Finnair

Chui Chui Tan, Founder & Director, Beyo Global

Walter Tauchner, Vice President of Partner Management, Wertkarten GmbH

Mammen Tharakan, Manager Air Service Development, Calgary Airport Authority

Mammen Tharakan at Aviation Festival

Mike Thompson, Head of Sales, EMEA & Americas, Navitaire an Amadeus company

Mike Thompson at Aviation Festival

Gary Townsend, Chief Innovation Officer, Black Swan Data

Al Tredinnick, BDM, 15below

Max Tremaine, Co-Founder & CEO, Sherpa

Erdinc Ugurlu, Business Solutions Group Manager, Pegasus Airlines

Kilian Ulm, Head of Business, Axon Vibe

Jeff Ulrich, Senior Manager - Digital Innovation, United

Jeff Ulrich at Aviation Festival

Marc Van Eijs, Director information management Customer Marketing, Air France KLM

Frederik Van Essen, SVP, Market and Business Development, Inmarsat Aviation

Eveline Van Sandick, Chief Executive Officer, Attached Language Intelligence

Antonio Virzi, Chief Executive Officer, Biid

Jimmy Martinez Von Korff, Founder, Immfly

Jasper Voorn, Payment Product Manager and Fraud Prevention Manager, Transavia

Dee Waddell, Global Managing Director, Travel & Transportation, IBM

Andres Waldraff, Director of Digital and Innovation, Avianca

Keith Wallis, Director Global Product Distribution, Air Canada

Keith Wallis at Aviation Festival

Benjamin Walther, Managing Director, Information Design

Zheng Wang, CEO, HiApp (HNA Group)

Zheng Wang at Aviation Festival

Adam Ward, Director, Digital Sales Europe, GE Aviation

Adam Ward at Aviation Festival

Nick Ward, Head of Product Management, Servitisation and User Experience, R2 Data Labs, Rolls-Royce

Martin Ward, Senior Director of Customer Experience (CX) software business, Oracle

Glenn Wastyn, Vice President Strategy & Growth EMEA, Switchfly

Jordan Wattimena, Product Owner & Senior Business Consultant, KLM

Emma Welfare, VP Product, Plusgrade

Emma Welfare at Aviation Festival

Spencer Wilcox, Strategic Value Consultant, Domo

Simon Wilcox, Automation Programme Manager, Heathrow Airport Ltd

Simon Wilcox at Aviation Festival

Stephan Wilde, Business Development Director, Leisure Cargo

Stephan Wilde at Aviation Festival

Greg Williams, Editor -In-Chief, Wired

Campbell Wilson, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Singapore Airlines Limited

Thomas Wittmann, Head of Information Technology Domain Digitalization, Innovation and Architecture, Lufthansa

Michael Wuerger, VP Operations Control Centre, Allegiant Air

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Conference 5-7 September • Exhibition & Seminars 6-7 September


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