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.
For the past 20 years, Tom has been working to connect African aviation professionals to best safety practices that are essential to their work. An important part of that experience is related to transfer of knowledge through training by the AviAssist Foundation, of which he is Director. Having lived, worked and flown in Africa for many years, Tom has gained unique expertise on African aviation safety issues. As a result, he is well versed in the technical as well complex political, social and cultural issues that play an important role in improving aviation safety in Africa. He has facilitated numerous safety trainings and workshops in Africa on a wide variety of subjects, is a regular speaker at meetings and conferences in and on the continent and is founder of the Africa’s only magazine dedicated to safety, SafetyFocus. Tom is a law graduate of Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a specialisation in Air and Space Law, and pursued African Studies at the same university.
Gordon has been employed by Kenya Airways for the last twelve 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 Batchelor’s degree in Applied Statistics from Maseno University and a Diploma in Airline Management from IATA.
Hassan, an aviation industry expert, author and Group CEO of National Aviation Services (NAS), spearheaded the company’s expansion into Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Hassan has been with NAS since 2009, and serves on the board of several emerging market companies, such as United Projects Co, Royal Aviation and National Real Estate Company. In 2014, Hassan was honoured by the World Economic Forum in Davos as a Young Global Leader for his contributions to aviation and airport services. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has a degree from the American University of Beirut.
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.
Amr Samir is the Chairman of Link Group & CEO of Link Aero Trading Agency, a leading company in ground handling activities. Before founding LATA in 1992 he was a money market broker. He started the aviation career representing Hapag Lloyd Flug in Egypt which gave him the vision to create LATA in Egypt and to later expand to Jordan, UAE, Morocco and several countries globally. Since 1992 and until 2018, the team expanded to over 450 employees. With the start of 2010 LATA expanded into creating sister companies. Link Cargo; now a leading freight forwarder; acting as General Cargo Sales and Service Agent (GSSA) handling both on-line and off-line cargo ocean and air sales and operations. Link Dynamics; established in 2012 specialized in providing aviation security as well as introducing and promoting a variety of security and border control equipment; some of which are internal and perimeter security systems. Link Marine; was his final division which was established in 2014 to provide full maritime services to commercial, cargo, and Military vessels transiting the Suez Canal or calling any Egyptian Port. His vision is based on diversification to sustain competition and to keep promoting new and innovative systems to the services rendered.
Mohamed has over 40 years' experience with international aviation and travel-related organisations and has worked in different international airports in Europe and the MENA region. This experience led him to establish the ASE Group. He has been an active participating member of the IATA Ground Handling Council since 1992, and of the Aviation Ground Services Agreements Working Group since 1993. He has been involved in ISAGO and oversight committees, as well as the IGOM. Mohamed has been the IGHC's Vice Chair on several occasions and in 2011 was invited to become a board member of ASA. He has also worked on IATA's Ground Operation Council; and in 2016, was nominated for IATA's Ground Operations Working Group, as an officer of the newly formed Ground Operations Group.
Maureen is the Deputy Director Business Development at AFRAA, a position she has held since February 2016. Prior to her appointment, she held the position of Business Development Manager. She is passionate about the aviation industry and has been with the Association for six years. Her scope of work at AFRAA covers the development and management of beneficial working relationships with member airlines and partners, marketing, events, AFRAA publications, statistical data and analysis. Maureen is also the project co-ordinator for AFRAA Ground Handling Committee, a work group by AFRAA that facilitates beneficial ground handling co-operation among airlines, with the view of adopting and implementing cost-effective common solutions to address some of the handling challenges faced by carriers today. She is a holder of a degree in Business Administration and French from Kenyatta University and has a Master’s in Business Administration Strategic Management and Finance from the United States International University, Kenya. Of Kenyan nationality, she is fluent in both French and English.
Rishi is Director Safety, Technical and Legal Affairs - Airports Council International, Africa Region. He has over 20 years’ experience in aviation, having worked mainly with airports in various capacities. He started his career as a lawyer, specialising in Human Rights Law and Litigation, before entering the aviation sector as a Commercial Manager for Airports Company South Africa. He also spent a significant portion of his career within the legal department where he provided high level legal support in Insurance Liability Litigation, Commercial and Regulatory matters, as well as Environmental Law and Management. He spent the latter part of his career in airport operations as countrywide Manager for Safety and Compliance. Rishi holds degrees in Arts and Law and has a Master’s in Science, along with a post graduate qualification in Environmental and International Commercial Law.
Zachary is the Head of Strategy and Innovation for Global Load Control, a remote aviation services company that pioneered centralised load control services 14 years ago. His portfolio includes business development, marketing, sales, research and development, as well as driving and aligning activities that impact the overall organisational strategy.
Maurizio is the Co-founder & Chairman of TWIGA AERO and an Advisory Board Member of Further Network. He also holds the position of Director of Safety & Quality Assurance at BFS, based in Bangkok. Previously he was Head of Instructor-Led Learning in the IATA Training & Development Institute. Maurizio was involved in the ISAGO programme, initiated the IGOM project 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.
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.
Mohammed has more than 38 years' experience of working in the aviation industry, spanning both airlines and ground handling organisations. The majority of his experience has been in finance management. Before joining National Flight Service in 1997 (now known as Saudi Ground Services), he was working at Gulf Air's head office in Bahrain as Assistant Manager Services Agreements. His present position in Saudi Ground Services is that of Contracts Manager, in which capacity he looks after airline ground handling agreements for 27 international, regional and domestic airports within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ashwin is the Director of Aerospace and Defence at KPMG Advisory Services and is based in Gurgaon, India. Ashwin has ten years’ experience within the aviation industry and previously worked at Jet Airways and AISATS before joining KMPG India in 2013.
Danny is one of the partners and current Chief Executive Officer of AVIACO GSE. Danny has extensive experience in the field of aviation through more than 25 years working in the sector, initially as a technical engineer and afterwards as a Sales Manager. During this time he travelled globally, has meet a wide array of customers and has gained a profound understanding of the different requirements in the area of ground support equipment acquisition.
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.
Alexander has 18 years' air cargo experience and is a qualified Ground Handling Compliance Consultant, an Air Cargo Consultant, Security Specialist and Customs Consultant. He was the first ground handling and air cargo consultant for Ghana Airport Company and he has also been an Air Cargo Consultant for NAHCO. In addition, he has worked with Aviance as Cargo Security Co-ordinator, Cargo and Airside Operations Manager for 13 years. Currently, he is the Air Cargo Safety Inspector at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.
Sebina is an aviation professional committed to best industry practice, compliance, quality and safety. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Makerere University and practised law for 14 years, before hanging up his robes concentrate on establishing himself as an air transport regulation consultant. Sebina currently serves as a member of the East African Civil Aviation Academy’s Management Advisory Task force, where he chairs the finance and technical committee.
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.