Aviation Develop Africa

AviaDev Africa

Your African Aviation Development Hub


Day One - Wednesday 9 June (GMT+1)

At-a-glance →

08:00 - 08:05

Welcome Remarks

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev

08:05 - 08:15

Welcome from the Host

Patrick Collard
Chief Executive Officer, Ravinala Airports

08:15 - 08:20

Welcome from Minister of Transport, Tourism and Meteorology of Madagascar

H.E. Joël Randriamandranto
Minister of Transport, Tourism and Meteorology of Madagascar

08:20 - 08:40

Aviation in Africa - State of the Industry

Ogaga Udjo
Regional Partner, AviaDev Consult and Managing Director, ZA Logics

08:40 - 08:55

Outlook for arrivals into Africa

Shingai George
Insights Expert/Market Data Analyst, ForwardKeys

08:55 - 09:40

PANEL: What happens when a national airline fails?

Just what is the role of a National Airline?

Should it be seen as a Commercial enterprise or strategic economic enabler?

Is it possible that it can be both?

After 74 years of operation, Air Namibia was formally liquidated in March 2021.

In this session, we will explore what has happened to air connectivity in Namibia in the months following the cessation of the national carrier and how connectivity can be improved to, from and within the country.

Escher Luanda
Former Chairperson, Air Namibia

Rodger Foster
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airlink

Session moderated by

Wrenelle Stander
Former CEO, Comair Ltd

09:40 - 09:55

How African airports can capitalise on cargo opportunities

Marcel Langeslag
Director African Aviation, NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants)

Soufiane Daher
Air Cargo Advisor at NACO

09:55 - 10:15

Speed Networking

10:15 - 11:00

Harnessing the power of technology to improve profitability across the value chain

Technology only moves in one direction. Constant progress through continuous improvement

The Covid pandemic has provided an opportunity for the entire aviation industry to revisit existing processes, identify inefficiencies in these processes and adapt accordingly.

But can cutting-edge solutions be provided without huge capital expenditure?

Nick Ashton
Head of Partnerships & Industry Affairs, Dohop

Blaine Powell
Chief Sales Officer, Ink Aviation

Ciaran Wilson
Head of Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cellpoint Digital

Session moderated by

Kwame Bekoe
Aviation Professional

11:00 - 11:20

One-to-one Interview with lift

Hilka Birns
Journalist, ch-aviation

11:20 - 12:00

The changing role of the tourism authority in route development

Air travellers do not fly to an airport. They fly to a destination.

In 2018, 57% of tourists arrived at their destination by air. So why are tourism authorities not more involved in the process of attracting airlines, often leaving it to the airport authorities?

With airport revenues decimated by the impact of the pandemic, is it time for tourism authorities to take a front seat and lead the conversations with airlines?

What would the airlines like to see?

Hon. Najib Balala
Cabinet Secretary for tourism and wildlife, Republic of Kenya

Carol Hay
CEO, McKenzie Gayle Limited and Former Director of Marketing UK & Europe for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)

Moderated by:

Mafalda Borea
Co-Founder and CEO of Sustainable First ™; Sustainability Editor, VoyagesAfriq

12:00 - 12:05

Closing Remarks

Jon Howell
CEO & Founder, AviaDev

12:30 - 16:00

One-to-one Meetings

12:45 - 16:00

Roundtable Discussions



Roundtable 1: Low cost carriers in Africa; Fantasy or Reality. Brought to you in association with Aviators Africa
( 12:45 - 13:30)

Toni Ukachukwu
CEO, Aviators Africa

Roundtable 2: How can African airports leverage non-aeronautical revenue opportunities as we look to the post-pandemic landscape. Brought to you in association with Regional Gateway
( 12:45 - 13:30)

Chloe Greenbank
Editor, Regional Gateway

Roundtable 3: Bridging the gap. Practical advice on how to get ahead for aspiring African aviators. Brought to you in association with the African Aviation Group (facebook)
( 12:45 - 13:30)

Chidozie Uzoezie
Founder, African Aviation Group

Roundtable 4: Using technology to improve the customer journey and increase revenues in African aviation. Brought to you in association with Swissynergizers
( 13:45 - 14:30)

Manish Shrivastava
Founder & CEO, Swissynergizers GmbH

Roundtable 5: How has Covid altered aviation training on the African continent and what does the future hold? Brought to you in association with the Halldale Group
( 13:45 - 14:30)

Allyson Kukel
Head of Airline Engagement, Halldale

Roundtable 6: Data dashboard show and tell. What's available and how you use them to drive better decisions? Brought to you in association with AviaDev Consult
( 13:45 - 14:30)

John Grant
Partner, MIDAS Aviation

Becca Rowland
Partner, AviaDev Consult, powered by MIDAS aviation

Roundtable 7: What should be the role of a national airline in Africa? Brought to you in association with Airspace Africa
( 14:45 - 15:30)

Derek Nseko
Founder and Publisher, Airspace Africa

Roundtable 8: L’industrie du transport aérien en Afrique à l’épreuve de la pandémie de la Covid-19 : Défis et perspectives
(Air Transport in Africa in the context of Covid-19 : Challenges and perspectives). Brought to you in association with Newsaero
(14:45 - 15:30)

Romuald Ngueyap
Francophone Aviation journalist, Newsaero


Close of Day One