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2024 agenda

Wednesday 19 June

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and Refreshments

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome Remarks

Jon Howell

CEO and Founder
AviaDev

10:10 - 10:45

Presenting the Real Estate Opportunity

Traditionally, airports have been focused on driving passenger related revenues, be these aeronautical or non-aeronautical. Building resilience can be achieved by the diversification of revenues and revenue from real estate is less affected by passenger throughput.

Marcel Langeslag

Director Aviation Africa
NACO

Nelly Alandou

Consultant
NACO

10:45 - 11:00

Airport Showcase: Cape Winelands Airport (South Africa)

Located in the iconic city of Cape Town, Cape Winelands Airport has an ambition to become an International airport. Mark will guide attendees through the plan, progress and investment opportunities available at the airport.

Mark Wilkinson

Director
Cape Winelands Airport

11:00 - 11:15

Airport Showcase: Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana

Botswana’s aviation scene is developing fast. Dr Mosinyi will guide the audience through the plans and opportunities for investment at the airports

Dr Bao Rasebolai Mosinyi

Chief Executive Officer
Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana

11:15 - 11:30

Airport Investment Pipeline Report

Alex Vidal

Business Development and Market Intelligence
Modalis

11:30 - 12:00

What is an investor in airport real estate looking for?

In this session, we will hear from those who have actively invested in airport real estate projects. What are they looking for from a partner and investment opportunity and what can your airport do to attract external investment?

Moderated By:

Marcel Langeslag

Director Aviation Africa
NACO

In conversation with:

Khangi Khoza

CEO
Swissport South Africa Pty Ltd

Errol Taylor

Head of Asset Management: Industrial
Growthpoint

Moritz Thompson

Investment Director
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)

12:00 - 12:15

Airport Showcase: Ravinala Airports (Madagascar)

Located on the treasure Island of Madagascar, Ravinala Airports is the concessionaire operating both Antananarivo and Nosy Be Airports. The team will guide attendees through the plan, progress and investment opportunities available at the airports.

Oeliarisoa Andriamasoandro

Head of Real Estate
Ravinala Airports

Zoe Rajohnson

Commercial and Marketing Director
Ravinala Airports

12:15 - 12:30

Airport Showcase: Zambia

Zambia Airports Corporation presented the real estate investment opportunities at AviaDev Real Estate 2023. Kephas will join us again to share his learnings over the past 12 months and an overview of progress with the projects.

Kephas Phiri

Director Commercial Services
Zambia Airports Corporation

12:30 - 13:00

Working in Harmony - A Case Study of Lanseria

Lanseria International Airport is a privately owned international airport situated in the northwest of Johannesburg. Building on plans outlined at AviaDev Real Estate 2023, our presenters will illustrate the progress that has been made with real estate investment at the airport and how investors and airport operators are working in harmony.

Hilton Carty

Managing Director
Aperture Properties

Rampa Rammopo

Chief Executive Officer
Lanseria International Airport

Garnet Van Der Walt

Director
EDS Engineering Design Services (Pty) Ltd

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

10:00 - 13:00

Air Route Development Masterclass

(for Tourism Authorities)

Key Topics
Unlocking New Destinations: Strategies for creating strong partnerships between airlines and DMOs to open new air routes.
Digital Marketing: Best practices for digital marketing campaigns between airlines and DMOs for destination awareness.
Passenger Data: How to responsibly share and leverage passenger data to improve tourism development strategies and marketing.
Addressing Barriers: Overcoming administrative hurdles, e.g. visas to ease travel.
Brand Alignment: Creating marketing synergy between airlines and tourist destinations.

Why This Matters
Air Travel and Tourism: Air travel is fundamental to tourism destination growth.
Collaboration is Key: The benefits of strong cooperation between airline industry stakeholders and tourism authorities.
Data-Driven Strategies: Learn how data can guide targeted tourism development and marketing campaigns

Moderated by:

Natalia Rosa

Tourism Project Lead
SADC Business Council

Speakers

Sylvain Bosc

Former CCO
SAA and Fastjet

Kojo Bentum-Williams

Senior Expert, Communications in Africa
UN Tourism

Gavin Eccles

Consulting Partner, Aviation and Tourism Development
AirlinePros International

Tim Harris

Partner
Helm Growth Advisors

Jillian Blackbeard

Chief Executive Officer
Africa's Eden

17:00 - 20:00

Welcome Reception

Hosted by the Namibia Tourism Board, experience the tastes, flavours, sights and sounds of Namibia at our informal welcome reception. Taking place in the convention centre, this is an opportunity to visit our partners and exhibitors and connect with other delegates.

Thursday 20 June

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Refreshments

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome to AviaDev

Jon Howell

CEO and Founder
AviaDev

09:10 - 09:20

Welcome to Namibia

Nangula Uaandja

Chief Executive Officer
Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board

Bisey Uirab

Chief Executive Officer
Namibia Airports Company

09:20 - 09:40

Namibia's Aviation Landscape and Objectives

The Honourable John Mutorwa

Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia

09:40 - 10:10

Macro economic keynote

Understanding global economic trends and specific market dynamics is vital to our industry. In this address, Martin will identify the opportunities and threats shaping our world and industry.

Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Economist and Tourism Development Advisor
I and M Futureneer Advisors Pty Ltd

10:10 - 11:00

Charting a course. The interplay of access to aircraft finance and markets and its impact in shaping route development

Whilst African aviation is firmly on the path to recovery and growth, there are still headwinds. This session will explore those items keeping airline executives up at night and provide some practical solutions as to how they should be addressed.

Moderated by:

Hilka Birns

Aviation Journalist
ch-aviation

In conversation with:

Jenifer Bamutaraki

Chief Executive Officer
Uganda Airlines

Rodger Foster

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Airlink

Sanjeev Gadhia

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Astral Aviation

Nowel Ngala

Board Member - Chief Commercial Officer
TAAG Angola Airlines

Tebogo Tsimane

Interim Chief Commercial Officer
South African Airways (SAA)

11:00 - 11:15

Untapped opportunities. Unveiling Africa's unserved routes

Geert Lemaire

Market Intelligence and Consulting Director
Airbus

11:15 - 12:00

Profit optimisation: Utilising AI and cutting-edge technologies to enhance efficiency, visibility and revenue

Technology and innovation will continue to drive prosperity in African aviation. This session will focus on how these new approaches can be harnessed to drive profitability today and in the future for both airports and airlines.

Moderated by:

Tatenda Karuwa

Aviation Journalist
Simple Flying

In conversation with:

Nick Ashton

Global Airline Lead
Protect Group

Achma Asokan

Group Chief Executive Officer
AirlinePros

Deepak Garg

Senior Manager Business Development - Middle East & Africa (Aircraft)
SITA

Richard Ortega

Commercial Director for EMEA and APAC
Kiu System Solutions

Judy Waruiru

Regional Managing Director
Network International

12:00 - 12:55

Navigating Responsibility. Delivering active, strategic and sustainable route development

In today’s competitive landscape, adopting a stakeholder approach to attracting airlines has never been more important. This session will explore both what an airline is looking for in a destination/airport partner and, in turn how African airports and destinations are pushing to attract more airlines.

Moderated by:

Marcel Langeslag

Director Aviation Africa
NACO

In conversation with:

Carlos Pimentel Araújo

Board Member
SGA

Bronwen Auret

Chief Quality Assurance Officer
South African Tourism

Bernd Bauer

Chief Executive Officer
Discover Airlines

Kirby Gordon

Chief Marketing Officer
FlySafair

Bisey Uirab

Chief Executive Officer
Namibia Airports Company

12:55 - 13:00

Summary of the day

Jon Howell

CEO and Founder
AviaDev

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

Served in the convention centre, an opportunity to network and refuel ahead of the afternoon meetings and sessions

14:00 - 18:00

One to one meetings

Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings will take place in the meetings/ exhibition area of the convention centre. These are only open to eligible attendees, who have chosen to attend with a meeting diary.

14:30 - 15:30

WORKSHOP: Beyond The Headlines: Addressing Safety Incidents & Challenges in African Aviation

For those without pre-arranged meetings, join Tatenda Karuwa and Tom Kok, from AviAssist in the breakout room for an interactive and engaging session.

Tatenda Karuwa

Aviation Journalist
Simple Flying

Tom Kok

Director
AviAssist Foundation

15:30 - 16:30

WORKSHOP: Hunting in packs. Actively engaging stakeholders in route development

For those without pre-arranged meetings, join Natalia Rosa in the breakout room for an interactive and engaging session around building a coalition of partners to drive a destination’s air access agenda

Kojo Bentum-Williams

Senior Expert, Communications in Africa
UN Tourism

Jillian Blackbeard

Chief Executive Officer
Africa's Eden

18:00 - 22:00

Gala Evening Reception

Dress code: Smart Casual or Traditional dress. Transfers will be provided to Droombos, a luxury estate located at the foot of the Auas mountains, just 10 minutes drive from the City. The evening experience will whisk you to a land of dreams. As you wander down the cobblestone paths, you will be greeted by the soft gentle floral fragrances of the breathtaking garden and the ancient majesty of the Camelthorn trees. We guarantee a truly memorable and authentic Namibian experience

Friday 21 June

07:15 - 08:00

Charity Run

Each year, we offer a morning walk/ run to support a local cause. This will either be a 2km walk or 4km jog around the stunning Windhoek Country Club Estate (transfer provided) This year, we are working with the Namibia Aviation Training Academy (NATA) to raise funds for lab equipment for electrical and electronic engineering training. Our incredible sponsors will make a donation on behalf of every runner, who will also receive a gym quality t-shirt to reward their participation. Pack your running shoes!

08:00 - 09:00

Morning Refreshments

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome back

Jon Howell

CEO and Founder
AviaDev

09:05 - 09:30

Powering Progress: Africa's Alternative Fuel Potential

Africa’s abundant land mass and renewable energy sources provide an incredible opportunity. Join Kwame as he talks us through Zero’s approach to the future of energy

Kwame Bekoe

Commercial Director
Zero

09:30 - 10:30

Fueling expansion. Sourcing aircraft for expansion whilst ensuring financial resilience and achieving sustainability goals

Access to aircraft and suitable financing continues to be an issue holding back route development in Africa. This session will outline how the financiers are addressing the issue and what more airlines can do to support their drive for expansion.

Moderated by:

Sean Mendis

Director
SeanMendis.com

In conversation with:

Joep Ellers

Airline Marketing Director for Africa
Airbus

Martin Gitonga

Head of Network Planning and Alliances
Kenya Airways

Basil Gygax

Head of Customer Finance - EMEA
Embraer

Raphael Haddad

President
Jetcraft Commercial Limited

Thato Matsha

Aviation Finance Consultant
Investec

10:30 - 10:40

Charity Presentation: Namibia Aviation Training Academy (NATA)

Tangeni Shakumu

Director
Namibian Aviation Training Academy (NATA)

10:40 - 11:00

Expanding Horizons. FlyNamibia's Vision for Expansion

This one on one interview will look to the future as FlyNamibia continues to spread its wings into the region and perhaps beyond.

Tim Harris

Partner
Helm Growth Advisors

In conversation with:

Andre Compion

Managing Director
FlyNamibia

11:00 - 11:45

Protecting Profitability: Combatting black swan events and building a resilient balance sheet

African aviation is used to turbulence. Whilst this cannot be prevented entirely, it can be planned for. Seasonal fluctuations in demand, aircraft reliability issues and external events all have an impact on operations. This session will explore how these issues can be mitigated.

Moderated By:

Tristan Brouard

AVP - Asset Management
ACC Aviation

In conversation with:

Abderahmane Berthe

Secretary General
African Airlines Association (AFRAA)

Anvar Mullabekov

CEO
AI12

Dainius Staniulis

Chief Commercial Officer
Avion Express

Jason Sutcliffe

Marketing Director – Middle East, Africa & Central Asia
Rolls Royce

11:45 - 12:00

Leaving money on the table. Investing in safety and infrastructure through the efficient collection of overflight fees

Over the last 5 years, the Navpass team have been revolutionising the skies over South Sudan. This session will outline how the SSCAA took control and are safely managing their sovereign airspace, whilst collecting the overflight fees which are reinvested back into infrastructure and improving safety

Tom Perkins

Chief Executive Officer
NavPass

Capt. Gilbert Kibe

Consultant
Air Transport Consulting Limited

12:00 - 12:10

Handover Ceremony: AviaDev 2025

Be prepared to find out where and when AviaDev Africa 2025 will take place

12:10 - 12:30

Future Leaders: How can the aviation sector in Africa ensure a rapid pace of growth, whilst also prioritising environmental sustainability?

Each year, we run a competition for young, local aviation enthusiasts to become part of the AviaDev Africa team for the event. Our winners are offered a platform to present their views on a topic to the assembled audience.

Marcel Langeslag

Director Aviation Africa
NACO

Tuli Shivute

AviaDev Ambassador

Unoviua Kaereho

AviaDev Ambassador

12:30 - 12:55

Presentation of the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding contribution to route development in Africa

Ato Girma Wake is known as the Godfather of African Aviation, having dedicated over 60 years of his life to the industry and shaping the African airline industry and careers of many individuals. He has been an advocate and Patron of AviaDev Africa, since inception in 2016 and in 2018 we launched our only award, voted for by the AviaDev advisory board. This year’s recipient is a Protégé of Ato Girma and he will be interviewed by both Girma and last year’s recipient, Rodger Foster.

Interview led by:

Girma Wake

Industry Expert
AviaDev Patron

Rodger Foster

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Airlink

In conversation with the 2024 recipient

Joao Jorge

former Director General
LAM Mozambique

12:55 - 13:00

Closing Remarks

Jon Howell

CEO and Founder
AviaDev

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

Served in the convention centre, an opportunity to network and refuel ahead of the afternoon meetings and sessions

14:00 - 17:30

One to one meetings

Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings will take place in the meetings/ exhibition area of the convention centre. These are only open to eligible attendees, who have chosen to attend with a meeting diary.