Content Programme

GHI's Digital Reconnect Africa offers free-to-attend quality content sessions for aviation professionals
All session times shown are in Central Africa Time (CAT), UTC +2

08:30 - 09:45

Virtual One-to-One Meetings

10:05 - 11:00

The GHI Big Debate: How do we reinvigorate African aviation after the coronavirus crisis?

Atilla Korkmazoglu, President, Ground Services & Cargo (EMEA), Celebi

Cisse Abdoulaye, Group COO - Ground Handling & Cargo Management, National Aviation Services (NAS)

Emanuel Chaves, Vice-President, ACI Africa

Gordon Anyimu, Head of Ground Services, Kenya Airways

Tom Kok, Director, AviAssist Foundation

Africa has endured a loss of 100m air passengers in 2020 with fears that historic market fragmentation and protectionist policies could blunt an effective restart for years to come. Now stakeholders stand at a critical junction: work together to ensure a safe, uniform and Covid-secure restart in 2021 or work alone and risk punitive border constraints, inefficiency and further job losses.
This session will explore the route map for cooperation and rekindling a market always rich in potential. The session will explore handler:airline partnerships, cashflow, equipment innovation, government aid and the opportunity to explore new revenue streams.

11:00 - 11:10

Market Reconnect: What if operational excellence was affordable?

Arnaud Dewitt, Remarketing Lead and General Manager, TCR Belgium

Quickly or gradually, operations will resume, despite the unprecedented crisis aviation is going through. Today, the opportunity to be ready and renew GSE fleets for optima operations is possible in an affordable way, like never before.

11:10 - 11:50

Pharma: Delivering the Covid vaccine in Africa

Emanuel Chaves, Vice-President, ACI Africa

Lukasz Skorupa, Group Head of Commercial, National Aviation Services (NAS)

Peterson Kimeu, Head of Cargo, Swissport

Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO, Astral Aviation

With the pharmaceutical manufacturing sites for the Covid vaccines located in Europe, the Americas and Asia - how do we ensure African nations aren’t forgotten when it comes to roll out? This session will explore the logistics of moving vaccine doses across the African continent equitably and cost effectively. We’ll also discuss the infrastructure demands on African stations who will need to store and process temperature-controlled doses at speed while operating on reduced strength workforces. How does Africa deliver the Covid-vaccine?

11:50 - 12:15

African aviation trailblazers: Establishing a blueprint for delivering world-class service excellence into a new African station – the Celebi Dar es Salaam story

Thomas Konietzko, Global Sales and Marketing Executive Vice President, Celebi

A case study presentation examining how Celebi plans to deliver quality and consistency of ground handling services in its fledgling African ground handling venture in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The case study will explore investments in GSE/IT, staff training/recruitment and how the blueprint for launch has had to address a whole new raft of Covid-secure protocols before the station can become operational.

12:15 - 14:00

Virtual One-to-One Meetings

14:00 - 14:40

GSE Focus Africa: Equipment strategies to counter the Covid-19 crisis

Bob Gurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Swissport

Danny Vranckx, CEO, Aviaco GSE

Dawit Lemma, Founder & CEO, Krimson Aviation

What adaptions can handlers make to their GSE strategies to mitigate the aftershocks of reduced volumes and longer turn-around times? This session will explore the potential role of telematics, digitisation and automation to boost equipment utilisation and reduce running costs at stations in Africa. We’ll take a look at cargo GSE to satisfy the rise of cargo in the cabin. And, we’ll ask suppliers for their tips on post Covid maintenance strategies and reintroducing GSE safely once volumes start to recover.

14:40 - 15:15

African aviation trailblazers: Airline model after Covid

Gaoussou Konate, Consulting Director Technical and Operations,

Theuns Dreyer, Head Airports and Ground Operations/Compliance, LIFT

This session will explore the measures put in place by airline association, AFRAA and new launch LCC, LIFT for the sustainability of the aviation industry in Africa and recovery from the devastating effects of Covid-19. Does the pandemic create a unique opportunity for innovation and automation of various aircraft services through value adding partnerships? Has appeal for financial relief and sustainability measures been pursued and implemented? Has harmonisation of safety and health protocols been streamlined within the continent to fast-track resumption of aviation within Africa?

15:15 - 16:00

Digitisation of the African apron: How technology can help us out

Henry Obare, Head of Information Systems Development, Kenya Airways

Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria

How can tech solutions boost our ability to make more from less in a protracted period of reduced volumes created by Covid? This session will ask airlines, handlers and IT suppliers to give us examples of technological innovations that are delivering a tangible improvement in KPIs/cost efficiency/profitability in light of the pandemic. We’ll also explore the practical challenges around implementing IT solutions in Africa and the financing options in a market which has endured reduced revenues in 2020.

16:00 - 16:45

Cargo: The African cargo opportunity

Bob Gurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Swissport

David Bunting, Managing Director - EMEA, JBT Aerotech

Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO, Astral Aviation

While pax demands has slumped, Africa’s air cargo demand is up almost 10% year-on-year. This session will investigate the opportunities for African aviation operators to capture cargo capacity. Will African airlines be looking to convert more aircraft to freighters as a legacy of this pandemic? And for how long can preighters provide a practical transport solution while belly capacity remains out of action. Our panel will assess the outlook for African cargo and the ground handling challenges looming.

16:45 - 18:15

Virtual One-to-One Meetings