12-14 May 2019 The Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Mauritius 


“Aviation Stakeholders Convention 12 -14 May 2019 At the Ravenala Attitude Hotel - Mauritius”


"Winning Together"

Programme of Events

Sunday 12 May

09:00 – 16:00 AFRAA Route Network Coordination Committee meeting
14:00 – 18:00 AFRAA 178th Executive Committee meeting
13:00 – 18:00 Registration for the Convention opens
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Cocktail reception

Monday 13 May

08:00 – 09:00 Registration of participants
09:00 – 10:00

Session I Opening Ceremony

• Remarks by Mr. Somaskaran Appavou, CEO - Air Mauritius
• Welcome and opening remarks – Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA Secretary General
• Remarks by IATA
• Remarks by Director General of Mauritius Civil Aviation Authority
• Official opening of conference by the Guest of Honour representing the Government of Mauritius

10:00 – 10:45 Networking Coffee/Tea Break Press Conference
10:45 – 11:05 Presentation 1
Matching Capacity & Demand – Improving Load Factors, Yields, and Profitability by AFRAA
11:05 – 11:35

CEO Keynote interview - Air Mauritius

Moderated by World Air News

11:35 – 11:55 Presentation 2
The Single African Air Transport Market: What’s new? By Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi - Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Relations Africa
11:55 – 13:00

Panel discussion 1
What steps should be taken to effectively implement the Single African Air Transport Market?

• Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, Secretary General - AFRAA
• Mauritius Civil Aviation Authority

Moderator: Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi - Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Relations Africa

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 – 14:30

CEO Keynote interview – RwandAir

Moderated by African Aerospace

14:30 – 14:50

Presentation 3
A look at the inevitable modernization of Emergency Response by Ms. Michelle Botha, Global Manager of Business Development - GoCrisis

14:50 – 15:10 Presentation 4
Overview of air cargo in Africa and measures to develop the liberalization of air cargo services by Mr. Sanjeev Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer - Astral Aviation
15:10 – 16:10

Panel discussion 2
Driving cross-border cooperation and intra-African connectivity through Alliances and partnerships

• Mr Raja Indradev Buton, Chief Operating Officer - Air Mauritius
• Ms. Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO - RwandAir
• Mr. Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President Sales, Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean - Bombardier
• Mr. Raul Villaron, Vice President Sales Africa & Middle East - Embraer

Moderater: Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy, Director International & Public Affairs – QI Group

11:00 – 17:00 scheduled one-to-one meetings
16:00 – 17:15 Networking Coffee/Tea Break
1900 – 2200 Awards and gala dinner

Tuesday 14 May

Tuesday 14 MayTime
09:00 – 09:20 Session IV
Presentation 5
Investing in Appropriate & Cost Effective Infrastructure to Support Africa’s Growing
Aviation Industry by Mr. Achmed Wadee, Manager Special Projects ATNS
09:20 – 09:40 Presentation 6
Addressing aviation skills gap in Africa for economic growth by Mr. Gaoussou Konate, Director Technical & Operations - AFRAA
09:40 – 10:40

Panel discussion 3
Aviation charges in Africa: Implementing cost-efficient structures for all players

• Mr Ken Arian, Chairman of Airports of Mauritius
• Mr. Ali Tounsi, ACI Africa - Secretary General
• Mr. Gaoussou Konate, Director Technical & Operations - AFRAA
Moderator: Mr. Raphael Kuuchi, Special Envoy to Africa on Aeropolitical Affairs - IATA

10:40 – 11:10 Networking Coffee/Tea Break
11:10 – 13:00


Class 1 by ATPCO: Defining a Retailing Solution and the value of Retailing Options
Mr. David Julias, Director, Global Sales - ATPCO
Mr. Marcos Alsina, Regional Director for EMEA & Central Asia – ATPCO

Class 2 by Amadeus: Industrialize, adopt and evolve your offers – NDC, Distribution and Traveler of the future
Mr. Lampros Brianas, Regional Director of Airline Distribution Sales Middle East, Africa and Turkey - Amadeus
Ms. Jenifer Moraes, Senior Sales Engineer for Airline Distribution – Amadeus

Class 3 by Bombardier: Fleet planning and aircraft selection

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:20 Presentation 7
Mitigating Cybersecurity threat and building cyber resilience
14:20 – 14:40 Presentation 8
The future of airline distribution by Mr. Kadir Özgür Oğuz - CEO / Co-founder - Further Network
14:40 – 15:40

Panel discussion 4

Opportunities and challenges in an increasingly digitalised industry
• Ms. Paula de Sousa, Head of Airline Sales and Account Management Sub Saharan Africa - Amadeus
• Mr. Deepak Garg, Senior Manager Business Development, SITAONAIR
• Ms. Mladenka Vukmirović, Chief Innovation Officer - Maureva
• IATA Airline Distribution Expert
• Mr. Dino Gelmetti, Regional GM for MEA - Sabre Airline Solutions
• Mr. Jason Sutcliffe, Marketing & Customer Manager - Middle East, Africa & Central Asia

Moderator: Mr. Pierre-Louis Chouette, Consultant

15:40 – 16:00 Session VI Closing Ceremony
Acknowledgement of sponsors and exhibitors
16:00 – 17:00 Closing networking break at the exhibition
  • Lillian Musyoka, Country Manager Kenya, outstations & Offl ines – Precision Air

    With a dynamic airline industry, I was expecting to learn more on cost management and business improvement and this was met.
  • Bongani Lukhele, Airport Director – Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority

    My objective was to meet and interact with external stakeholders and suppliers in the airline industry - this was met.
  • Olivier Theilig, MTU Maintenance

    The one to one session was the most valuable part of the event.
  • Matthew Miller, Business Development Manager - ACS Aviation Solutions

    The one-to-one meetings were very valuable.
  • Tayeb Rostami, Project Manager - Air BP

    Really great idea to have the one-on-one session, extremely productive. Overall this has been a really excellent conference, especially in terms of networking, very well organized by AFRAA and many thanks to everyone involved.
  • Latimer Mwaniki, Managing Consultant African Civil Aviation Commission

    Excellent forum for aviation stakeholders
  • Iyabo O. Sosina, Secretary General African Civil Aviation Commission

    It was a pleasure for me to have been part of the Convention and I must confess that I had a fruitful and enjoyableexperience. The programmme was well coordinated. Well done!
  • Eng. Ahmed Mokhtar, GM, Marketing - EgyptAir Training Center

    I congratulate AFRAA on the success of the Aviation Convention and the unbelievable efforts exerted during preparation.
  • Tim Bingham, General Manager - World Fuel Services

    The event was very well organized and the content of the presentations were very insightful. It is one of the few conferences I have attended in recent times that has proved worthwhile.
  • Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi, IATA

    Very well organised event as usual for AFRAA and great networking opportunities
  • Mrs. Aduke Atiba, Landover Co. Ltd

    Very good job overall and conference is very useful/practical in approach. I believe more key decision makers in the airline industry should have been in attendance; as the issues discussed had strong policy implications and not totally operational in nature
  • Mrs. Shingai Dhliwayo, Air Zimbabwe

    Great platform, Well organized
  • Mr. Tom Bright Amooti, DAS Handling Company Juba

    Great Networking opportunities! The convention was well arranged and planned well. Thanks AFRAA team for your coordination.
  • Mrs. Blessing Amiandamen, Medview Airline

    Information and Networking – yes this was achieved
  • Mr. Waltie Kleinhans, Flamingo Inflight Services

    Networking, learning and gathering information related to the industry. Yes, this was met.
  • Mrs. Carla da Silva, Air Mauritius

    Networking, understanding updates on the industry issues, maintain abreast of aviation challenges, opportunities and key issues – yes was met
  • Ms. Shornette Rodrigues, Travelport

    Recently joined the air commerce team so needed to understand how my role is linked to the industry as a whole. Yes, objective met
  • Mr. Kelvin Kaisi, Flamingo Inflight Services

    My main objectives were to get exposure on latest trends, understand the African Aviation market better and to network. They were met
  • Mrs. Safia Abdulhamid, Zanzibar Airports Authority

    To meet different airlines which are not operating to our airport and invite them. Objective was met
  • Mr. Bruno Boucher, Lufthansa Consulting

    Good set up, good organisation
  • Mr. Sibusiso Nkabinde, ATNS

    Comprehensive list of topics and discussions. Also a unique gathering of stakeholders
  • Ms. Loyiso Jiyana, Air Chefs

    The pricing/fare management masterclass
  • Mr. Lawrence Tsimane, Air Botswana

    Rockwell Collins' presentation during the masterclass
  • Mr. Semou Diouf, Egnos Africa

    Statistics. True discussion on current problems
  • Mr. Moitry Joel, Thales Avionics

    Quality/knowledge of presenters
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Sponsors & Exhibitors

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