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.
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.
Group Executive for Airports Management
Ghana Airports Company
Charles is the Group Executive for Airport Management with the Ghana Airports Company, with responsibility for airport operations, commercial services, aviation security, rescue firefighting services and customer experience. He has over 16 years of experience in managing airports and working in crisis and disaster management. His expertise cuts across the entire aviation industry, including civil aviation regulatory requirements, airline and airport operations. Charles previously served in the capacity of Aerodromes Chief Fire Office and Director, Airports operations and had oversight for the Emergency Operations Centre and airport key stakeholder activities in the facilitation process. He successfully led and co-ordinated the Airport Council International APEX Safety Review Programme and the certification of Kotoka International airport. He serves as Africa’s representative on the ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee and as the leader of ICAO's Western and Central Africa Aerodrome Certification team. He is also the President of the Airport Council International Africa, Safety and Technical Regional Committee.
Gordon has been employed by Kenya Airways for almost ten years. In that time he has worked in different areas and has had roles such as business analyst and Manager Hub Control, before finally being promoted to take charge of all outstations within the network. This position he has occupied for the last three years.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Group Executive Chairman, Egypt, Morocco, UAE
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.
Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards
Ghana Civil Aviation Authority
Anita has been working in the aviation industry for the past 25 years. Currently she is the Manager of Aerodrome Safety and Standards, a position to which she was assigned in 2004. Her office is primarily responsible for programmes related to aerodrome safety and inspections and standards for the oversight of aerodrome design, construction, maintenance and operation, aerodrome certification, safe-guarding and safety management systems. Within this job, Anita is in charge of regulating and certifying aerodromes in Ghana as well as Obstruction Evaluation and Airport Airspace Analysis, which involves the protection of navigable airspace. Anita is also an AFI-CIS inspector for AFCAC and a resource person for BAGASOO on aerodrome issues. From 1999 to 2004 she was the first female aviation safety inspector (aerodromes) for the safety regulation department; prior to that, she was the first female Licensed Air Traffic Controller in Ghana, a post that she took up in 1991. Anita holds a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health Safety and Environmental Management, a BA in public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and a BSc in Aviation Management. She studied Air traffic Control in South Africa at the ATNS College and took the Ab-Initio Air Traffic Control course at the Ghana Aviation Training Academy. She also holds numerous certificates within her area of expertise.
Deputy Director Business Development
African Airlines Association (AFRAA)
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.
Director Safety, Technical and Legal Affairs
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.
Head of Strategy and Innovation
Global Load Control
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.