Bakari Abubakar


Frontier Innovative Solutions

Abu works with organisations to develop process improvement systems that have a tangible impact on the business bottom line. He specialises in evaluating business technical risks across the value chain processes to develop and implement required action plans that deliver client satisfaction. He has experience in training aviation safety and quality systems specific to general aviation, safari balloon operators, training organisations, drone operators and maintenance repair organisations. His specialties include work in international certifications such as ISSA, ISO 9001, AS9100, OHSAS 18001 and FSF BARS.

Bob Gurr

VP Commercial


With more than 40 years' experience in the airline industry, Bob has spent the past 20 years working for leading South African ground handling companies. He has a well-rounded perspective of the dynamics of the field of ground handling through being both a buyer and a seller of services over the past 30 years. His current role is that of VP Commercial for Swissport South Africa and he sits on the company EXCO. Bob chairs the Airside Operators Association of South Africa, representing providers of ramp, cargo, catering, security and fuel services to the airline industry. He also served as an Officer on the IGHC for eight years and as Vice Chair of the IATA GHC.

Brenda Aremo-Anichini

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Twiga Aero

Brenda is an International Business Graduate of the American University in Nairobi, Kenya, and holds an IATA diploma in airline quality management. She has more than ten years' experience in the aviation industry and her experience spans operational areas, from ground operations to corporate quality and safety. While at Kenya Airways she specialised in aviation auditing and the development of operational standards. Internationally, Brenda has represented Kenya Airways at the IATA Airside Safety Group in setting industry operational standards whilst at the operational level, she has managed cargo handling operations with a team of 15 members. In 2010 she co-founded her consulting company, Twiga Aero, since which time she has developed courses on behalf of IATA's Training & Development Institute relating to Safety Management System Implementation, Aircraft Turnaround Co-ordination, Aircraft Loading Supervision and IOSA SMS requirements, as well as Airside Safety and Compliance.

Christophe De Figueiredo

Chief Executive Officer Morocco


Christophe has a Master's in Civil Engineering and an Executive Master qualification in Global Supply Chain Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. As an artillery officer, he started his career as a General Staff Logistics Scientific Assistant at Switzerland’s Ministry of Defence in Berne, then moved to the tobacco industry as a Logistics and SAP Project Manager for British American Tobacco in 1999. At BAT, Christophe worked in Marketing & Distribution and then moved to Internal Audit. After three years of extensive travelling, he settled in Lausanne as Organisational Development Manager before moving to Kinshasa as HR Director for BAT Congo in 2006. After two years in the Congo, Christophe moved to Basel as Regional HR Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at Panalpina World Transports, leading local HR Directors and teams in seven countries in Africa, before being nominated in 2013 as Managing Director for Panalpina in Douala, Cameroon. In November 2015 Christophe joined the Swissport Group as CEO for its Moroccan operations, based in Casablanca, from where he looks after 15 airports.

Cisse Abdoulaye

Group COO - Ground Handling & Cargo Management

National Aviation Services (NAS)

Abdoulaye is the Group Chief Operating Officer, Ground Handling & Cargo Services, at NAS, taking responsibility for driving efficiency in ground handling and cargo operations. He also focuses on maintaining high levels of quality and customer services across the network. He has been with NAS since March 2016 and was the General Manger of NAS Cote d’Ivoire, handling all NAS operations, functions, personnel and business development in the country. Under his leadership, NAS Abidjan also received its ISAGO certification. Abdoulaye has over 29 years of experience in ground handling, passenger handling and other aviation operations in Africa and in his previous position with Menzies Aviation, he served as General Manager, Ground Handling, in Johannesburg. Prior to that he also worked as Operations Director at Aviation Handling Services – Ghana, Delta Airlines and Air Senegal and was Hub Manager for Air Senegal International in Dakar, where he helped launch the airline in Ghana. He holds a qualification in American Civilisation and Literature from the University of Dakar and has several professional certifications to his credit.

David Bunting

Regional Director – EMEA

JBT Aerotech

David is responsible for leading the sales & service teams for JBT's EMEA region.

Dawit Lemma

Founder & CEO

Krimson Aviation

Dawit is the Founder and CEO of Krimson Aviation, an aviation support services company based in Ethiopia and Switzerland. He is a graduate of Purdue University in the US and holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering & Flight Technology. He also has an MSc in Aviation Management & Marketing from the Basel Business College in Switzerland. Dawit holds an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic’s Licence (American FAA), Commercial Pilot’s Licence (American FAA, South African CAA, Swiss FOCA/EASA) and an EASA Frozen ATPL. Dawit also serves as Advisor to the Board of Directors of the African Business Aviation Association and is President of the AfBAA Ethiopia Chapter. For the last three years, Dawit has been advocating and promoting the growth of Business Aviation in Ethiopia. Dawit has close to 20 years of experience in the aviation sector, ranging across four continents, and has worked at various companies including TAG Aviation, Emirates, MAF and Ethiopian Airlines.

Elisha Omuya

Regional Officer, Aerodromes & Ground Aid

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Elisha is the Regional Officer for Aerodromes & Ground Aids at ICAO. He provides support to ESAF States to comply and implement ICAO SARPS through various ICAO Initiatives.

Gaoussou Konate

Consulting Director Technical and Operations

African Airlines Association (AFRAA)

Gaoussou is an aviation professional who graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1979 at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, in France. Currently, he is senior aviation consultant and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity he has just completed a nine-month contract with the African Development Bank and contributed to the development of the Bank Framework and Guidelines to Support the Aviation Sector. His corporate experience includes time spent in air transport and civil aviation in Africa. During his career in the sector, he worked for a decade at Air Afrique, then spent 11 years with the African Airline Association as AFRAA's Technical Director, where his assignments included airline operations, engineering, training and technical co-operation among African carriers. He subsequently moved to IATA, where he eventually became Regional Director Safety, Operations, and Infrastructure. Since 2012 he has successfully focussed on the African States in connection with the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.

Gordon Anyimu

Head of Ground Services

Kenya Airways

Gordon has been employed by Kenya Airways for the last 12 years. In that time he has had various roles, including Business Analyst for three years, Manager Hub Control Centre for three years and Manager Outstations (network-wide) for four years. For the last two years he has been Head of Ramp Services at the KQ hub, responsible for ensuring safe and secure ramp services at JKIA for Kenya Airways and customer airlines, in compliance with regulations. Gordon holds a BSc in Applied Statistics from the Maseno University and a Diploma in Airline Management from IATA.

James Mwendia

Consumer Industry Leader

Deloitte East Africa

James was appointed a partner at Deloitte East Africa in June 2018. He has over 18 years of experience in business processes, covering payroll and HR management, accounting, advisory, taxation and project management. James has a postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources from the Institute of Human Resource Management, a Higher Diploma in Computer Science from Strathmore University and a degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He is also a certified coach. James is the Consumer Industry Leader in Consumer Products, Retail, Wholesale & Distribution, Automotive, Transportation and Hospitality & Services.

Jeroen De Clercq

Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa & Israel


Jeroen is an executive in the aviation/ ground services industry. He is currently working for Swissport, having previously been employed by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He has held various (senior) management positions in operational, commercial and business support areas in the Netherlands and abroad, predominantly in Africa.

Jonny Andersen


Kenya Airports Authority

Jonny is presently working as CEO of Kenya Airports Authority, and under this capacity is actively involved in devising policy, strategy and a new operating model for the airport. He also directs the overall operations of the Kenya Airport Authority. Among other things, he has supported the airport’s new strategy by creating a network of adequate Kenyan aviation infrastructure by designing and securing finance for a second runway and by initiating the remodelling of existing terminal at the airport.

Maurizio Anichini

Co-Founder and Chairman

Twiga Aero

Maurizio is Director of Safety & Quality Assurance at BFS, based in Bangkok. He is also member of the Bangkok Airport Operator's Committee ExCom, Co-founder & Chairman of TWIGA AERO and an Advisory Board Member of Further Network. Previously he was Head of Instructor-Led Learning in the IATA Training & Development Institute. Maurizio developed the ISAGO programme, IGOM and served as a subject matter expert on numerous IATA consulting projects in Risk Management, SMS, Operational Readiness Review, Tender and Licensing Agreements and Training Needs Analysis. Maurizio has also been responsible for the Airside Safety Group, the Ramp Services Equipment & Environment work group, the Load Control and Aircraft Movement work group and the Aviation Ground Services Agreement work group. He began his aviation career in 1981 with Air France, at JFK International and Anchorage airports.

Max Gosney

Portfolio Director & Conference Chairman

Ground Handling International

Max joined GHI in 2017 after launching and hosting conference and award events in the UK manufacturing industry. A trained journalist, Max strives to deliver innovative content on stage, online or in print that challenges, educates and entertains. As a non-aviation professional - Max is always eager to don the hi-vis jacket and get out on the apron to experience the everyday challenges facing ground handling businesses and their airline customers. Max graduated as a biochemist from Cardiff University in 2001. He became a NUJ/NCTJ accredited journalist in 2003. Max went on to an award-winning 14 year editorial career including stints at magazines in the UK pub, pharmacy and manufacturing sectors. Outside of work - Max is never far from a book, the fridge or the 5-a-side football pitch.

Meshack Kipturgo

Managing Director

Siginon Aviation

Meshack is an accomplished transport and logistics professional, with over 25 years’ experience in the Eastern Africa and Great Lakes region. At the Siginon Group, Meshack's duties embrace ground handling, the container freight station, global logistics, warehousing and customs clearance from entities located in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Meshack is an Executive Director of the Shippers Council of East Africa as well as the immediate past Chair of the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa, Container Freight Station Association and the Federation of Kenya Employers – Coast Chapter. A graduate of the University of Nairobi and Strathmore/IESE Advanced Management Programme, he also holds various certificates relating to Logistics and Corporate Governance.

Captain Paul Njoroge

Director of Operations

Kenya Airways