Keynote Arena

Keynote Arena

The Keynote Arena brings all delegates together for high-level briefings from leading figures both within and outside the industry, including airports, airlines, equipment manufacturers, national policy-makers, and the European Commission. These interventions offer a global perspective on the event theme, and set the scene for the individual conference sessions.


The 2018 conference agendas are currently being developed. Meanwhile, please find below the 2017 conference programme, which provides insight into the quality of the speakers and the key areas of focus.

Wednesday 6th December - Day 1


09:00 - 10:00

Welcome Addresses in the Keynote Arena

(For all delegates)

Welcome from the Host


CEO


Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni

CEO

Oman Airports Management Company

State of the Industry Address


Director General


Olivier Jankovec

Director General

ACI EUROPE

Welcome from ACI Asia-Pacific


Regional Director


Patti Chau

Regional Director

ACI Asia-Pacific

10:00 - 10:45
Official exhibition opening & coffee break
10:45 - 12:30

Global Leaders Masterclass: Part I

(For all delegates)

Airport chiefs from across the Middle East region come together to discuss key market, operational, and developmental forces driving change.

Moderator


Managing Director


George Karamanos

Managing Director

KPI Aviation Marketing Solutions

Global Leaders:


“Growing gateways to beauty and opportunity:” OAMC’s five-year strategic plan. The OAMC’s five-year strategy sets out the purpose, vision and mission for the company and outlines the strategic roadmap to support achieving the national objective of diversifying the economy by establishing a strong aviation sector. The central focus of Strategy2020 between 2016-2020 is to open new Muscat Airport, to strengthen Muscat as a Hub Airport in the region and to foster Salalah, Sohar and Duqum Airport as a touristic and business trade destination. OAMC is using this strategy by actively living the company’s purpose to grow Oman’s gateways to beauty and opportunity by connecting Oman to the rest of the world, thereby contributing to prosperity and well-being of the Sultanate of Oman and its people.

CEO


Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni

CEO

Oman Airports Management Company

In order to maintain its “focus on high growth regions which enable TAV to outpace global trends and European counterparts” is TAV looking to step-up its “smart growth” strategy, in particular in terms of increasing “acquisition opportunities” and growing the contribution of TAV service companies?

President and CEO


Dr Sani Şener

President and CEO

TAV Airports

Just a brief disruption for a disruptor? How optimistic is Hamad International Airport that it can both maintain its position, and then re-grow after the current political situation subsides? World Cup 2022: how does the hosting of this major event translate into a lasting dividend for a hub airport?

Chief Operating Officer


Badr Mohammed Al Meer

Chief Operating Officer

Hamad International Airport

12:30 - 13:45
Lunch break
13:45 - 15:15

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference
15:15 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference

Thursday 7th December - Day 2


09:00 - 10:30

Global Leaders Masterclass: Part II

Part II

Airport chiefs come together to discuss key market, operational, and developmental forces driving change.

Moderator


Managing Director


George Karamanos

Managing Director

KPI Aviation Marketing Solutions

Global Leaders:


Drawing on the extensive regional and international expertise of its shareholders in airport operation and construction, Airport International Group has invested nearly $1 billion in the rehabilitation of Queen Alia International Airport facilities through two phases opening in 2013-16. Have these developments had the desired effect with airline customers and travellers? The corporate plan “to increase capacity even further to 16 million passengers” would represent a doubling in traffic. How does AIG aim to achieve this?

CEO Airport International Group


Kjeld Binger

CEO Airport International Group

Operator of Queen Alia International Airport

Explain the scope and timescale of the Delhi Airport Expansion and the recently announced “greenfield airport” at Mopa in North Goa. Besides Hyderabad Airport, GMR also operates Cebu International Airport, Philippines, and has been selected to develop, operate and manage the new airport serving Heraklion in Greece. What is expectation of these overseas investments and what is the future vision for GMR’s place in the world of major airport groups?

CEO - Corporate


P S Nair

CEO - Corporate

GMR Airport Developers Ltd

Bahrain’s $1bn Airport Modernization Program has the aim of elevating the airport’s infrastructure and services in line with the highest levels of safety, security, technology and environmental standards.” In what way will the new terminal meet these goals? The new BIA facilities will offer enough capacity for 50% growth on current levels – what is the growth strategy?

CEO


Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah

CEO

Bahrain Airport Company

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:45

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference
14:45 - 15:15

Keynote Finale

In the Keynote Arena

Keynote speaker


Extending Airport Capacity with Hyperloop 

With speeds 2-3 times faster than high-speed rail, Hyperloop offers an opportunity to link regional airports with inter-airport transport times comparable to terminal transfers, as well as connect the airport with urban centers. How will the Hyperloop impact commercial considerations for future airport planning and development, and what are the plans for its introduction into the Middle East and India

Managing Director of Middle East and India


Harj Dhaliwal

Managing Director of Middle East and India

Hyperloop One

Oman’s first low-cost carrier plays an instrumental role within ASAAS’ tourism/transportation investment strategies, themselves a key component of Oman’s diversification agenda

CEO, Muscat National Development & Investment Company (ASAAS) ment & Investment Company (ASAAS) ">


Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi

CEO, Muscat National Development & Investment Company (ASAAS)

Chairman, Salam Air

Endorsement from attendees of ACI Airport Exchange 2017:

SITA
Thales
Swedavia
KONE Elevators and Escalators
Oman Airports Management Company
One Works

All of the conferences were very interesting and the timings were perfect – it was just the right amount of time for each speaker and it was very engaging. The topics were also very relevant. Overall, I attended most of the sessions and I really liked them; we found very new concepts and new technologies.

Dalia Elbaltaji, Account Manager, SITA, and Laike Tafesse, Director Solution Design, Airport Solution Line - SITA

I attended the Security & Crisis Management Summit which was focused on inside threats and all of the speakers that I heard were focusing on the matter and were giving very nice suggestions for the future. The level was very high and met my expectations for sure.

Massimo Bonechi, Defence Security & Transportation Direction - Thales

The whole organisation behind the event was great and I particularly enjoyed the fact that there were different sessions of the conference. It is interesting because sometimes you tend to think that something might not be of your core interest but it turns out to be. And also, I really enjoyed the networking and in general coming together with the people from the industry.

Peder Beausang, Corporate Crisis Manager, Corporate Security and Safety - Swedavia

Discussions in the conference sessions have been very engaging, with a lot of interaction between the speakers and the audience. The networking has been excellent – I am pleased with the good contacts we have made both regionally and internationally.

Tuukka Pakkala, Head of Global Escalator Offering - KONE Elevators and Escalators

It has been a very big event, with lots of exhibitors and a very high standard of organisation. Overall, I am amazed at the quality of ACI Airport Exchange.

Mohamed Al Husaini, CEO Office Manager - Oman Airports Management Company

ACI Airport Exchange has been excellent. It has been very well attended, the conference sessions have been interesting, and there has been a good level of engagement between participants.

Giulio De Carli, Founder and Managing Partner - One Works