Mr Berthe built his career in various Airlines and multicultural environment both in Europe and Africa at positions such as aircraft performance and dispatch engineering, maintenance and operations quality, ground operations and Chief Executive Officer.
Abdérahmane is graduated from:
- French Civil Aviation school in Toulouse (1987 Master Of Science degree).
- French Aeronautical and Space school in Toulouse (1988 Master Of Science degree)
- Business Institute in Toulouse (1989 Master degree)
He also obtained a Private Pilot License in 1985 for Single Engine Aircrafts.
In his role as CEO, Mr. Tewolde has been a multiple award winner including ‘African CEO of the Year’, ‘Best African Business Leader’, ‘The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership’, ‘The Most Gender Focused CEO Award’, Most Influential People of African Descent ‘Airline Executive of the year Award’, ‘Africa’s Business Man of the Year Award and
He was also among 100 most influential Africans for 2 consecutive years in 2019 and 2020.
Mr. Tewolde also serves as a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport with United Nations, Chief Executive Board member of Star Alliance, Board member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlink Advisory Council.
Additionally, he is an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), a member of Board of Directors of Africa Travel Association (ATA) and Board of Directors of Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO).
Mr. Tewolde graduated from Addis Ababa University with B.A. Degree in Economics. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Open University in the United Kingdom. He has received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa from Addis Ababa University in July 2019.
In her current role as Regional Director, Advocacy & Strategic Relations for Africa at the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Adefunke advocates for the sustainability and growth of the aviation industry across the region, highlighting its value to economies and societies as an enabler and catalyst for development and growth, and a force for social good. Adefunke is responsible for conceptualising and delivering an ongoing campaign regarding the transformation of Africa’s socio-economic prospects through improved air connectivity across the continent, resulting in the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market by African Heads of State in January 2018, which could translate to billions of dollors in GDP and thousands of jobs for Africa. She is IATA’s focal point for its implementation across the continent.
She attended the University of Lagos for her undergradualte law degree followed by a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from University of Cambridge, U.K. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Nanyang Business School, NTU, Singapore, during which she simultaneously completed a collaborative Advanced Management Program in Aviation, Leadership and Innovation between the Nanyang Business School, Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr TOUNSI held positions as Director of international airports of Tozeur Nefta and Djerba Zarzis airports in Tunisia and held the position of Operations Director of all Tunisian Airports. He was chairman of the steering committee for the implementation of the certification and SMS Implementation program for Tunisian airports.
Since 2009, Mr. Ali TOUNSI is the Secretary General of ACI Africa, whose prime objective is to advance the interests of African airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations.
Experience includes management of highly qualified staff in the aerospace engineering environment, management of an aircraft maintenance organization, management of an airline operational environment and management of the IT Division in an airline. Most recent experiences were management of airline technology solution sales within Sub-Sahara Africa within a global, multi-cultural organization supplying the airline industry. This includes exposure throughout Africa and Middle East. Steve joined Sabre Airline Solutions in 2012 and is currently the Sales Director for EMEA responsible for technology sales to airlines in Sub-Sahara Africa.
A self-motivated professional and team player with excellent communication skills at all levels within customers, partners and suppliers in a multi-cultural environment.
Additionally, Jon established AviaDev Insight Africa, the only podcast dedicated to African aviation in 2018 and this boasts an audience in over 160 countries globally and over 35,000 listeners.
Jon became a key person of influence within the market by delivering content and insight using digital means during the Coronavirus pandemic. This includes delivering 30 podcasts, over 20 webinars and Africa’s first virtual event for Aviation, Tourism and Hospitality, Africa Tomorrow.
AviaDev Consult powered by MIDAS aviation was created in 2019 to offer high quality and affordable consultancy to the African aviation industry.
Jon is passionate about empowering the next generation of aviators, creating Aviators Africa Academy in 2018, which has delivered outreach events across the continent. He was also appointed a Global Ambassador for Gorilla Conservation for his fundraising efforts which include climbing the three largest mountains in the UK in a single weekend wearing a gorilla suit.
Since 2001, James has had a special interest in aircraft leasing and, drawing on his considerable expertise in the airline industry, established Nedbank’s specialist Aircraft Finance division in 2008. He also served as a non-executive director on the board of a regional airline for five years, which provided him with the relevant insight to the inner workings of an airline. As such, James is well placed to comment on issues facing the airline industry.
James holds a BCom Honours (Investment Management), MCom (Business Management) and a H.Dip (Tax) from the University of Johannesburg, as well as a Global Executive Development Program from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He lives in Johannesburg and is married with three sons.
Mr. KONATE graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1979 at the “Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon,” in France.
Operating one of the most successful airlines in Africa for 18 years, Sanjeev is responsible for the overall management, network planning and fleet acquisition for Astral Aviation, along with its Pan African expansion strategy, which entails two new cargo hubs in West and Southern Africa, including diversification into Logistics, Airport Infrastructure, Executive Jets and Unmanned Cargo Aircrafts.
Sanjeev is rated as a “New Generation Leader for Africa” by the prestigious African Leadership Network, while Astral has been rated as the best all-cargo carrier in Africa in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018. In 2017, Astral Aerial (UAV subsidiary of Astral Aviation) won the prestigious IATA Cargo Innovation Award for its UTM (UAV Traffic Management) innovation for Africa.
In September 2016, Sanjeev was appointed Vice Chairman of AFRAA’s (African Airlines Association) Cargo Committee based on his extensive experience in the aircargo sector in Africa. In October 2017, Sanjeev became the first Director from Africa to sit on TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association)
A banker by profession, Sanjeev has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Schiller International University in London, in addition to being a member of EO Kenya (Entrepreneurs Organization) and YPO (Young Professional’s Organization) Africa Great Lakes.
Sanjeev is a Kenyan citizen and is married with 2 children.
He currently works for ASKY, The Pan African Airlines as Director - Commercial and Ground Operations for the past 09 years and has recently been elected as Chairman of the Aero-Political Committee of AFRAA.
He has several articles published on key topics of discussion relating to the air transport industry in Africa.
A highly accomplished aviation and finance professional, James has extensive global experience in aviation finance, leasing and banking.
James previously worked with GECAS – the aircraft finance and leasing subsidiary of GE Capital, a role he held from 2011 – 2019. During this time, he led the Company’s Sales and Marketing efforts across sub Saharan Africa, working with various commercial airlines to structure innovative aircraft financing and leasing solutions.
James has also held various roles of increasing responsibility in banking within Standard Chartered Bank that saw him work in Africa, the United States and the Middle East.
James is an alumnus of the United States International University (USIU) Africa in Nairobi, where he earned a BSc. in International Business Administration in 1999, and the University of Liverpool, where he earned his MBA in 2000.