Speakers

Andrea Bombelli

International Sales & Marketing


BOMBELLI

Before joining BOMBELLI, his family business that specialised in the production of GSE, Andrea obtained a BA in the UK, supplemented by an MSc at Imperial College, London. Subsequently, he achieved much experience by working in the automotive industry (within the Fiat Group) followed by time at the BMW Group, where he was responsible for the development of the brands as well as the dealer network within the UK market. Currently working at BOMBELLI, Andrea is based in Italy and is not only involved in sales, but also in company-wide development projects with touch points in multiple business areas.

Brian Yoder

Senior Engineering Manager


Textron GSE

Brian has 15 years of experience in the Ground Support Industry. He is currently in the role of Senior Manager over the New Product Development team at Textron GSE. There, he and his team work to develop, test, and launch the newest Textron GSE product offerings.

Cecilia Guillen

Chief Operating Officer US West


Swissport

Christopher Meeking

Chief Executive Officer


Avtura

Christopher is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Avtura, an independent provider of software management solutions and consultancy for airport ground handling operations. Christopher's career has enabled him to gain considerable experience in both the civil and military aviation sectors and he is a very experienced Consultant and Programme/ Project Manager in Communication and Information Systems Management as well as the Air Traffic/ Airline management sectors, particularly in the fields of Passenger Services, Aircraft Dispatch, De-icing and Operations Management. He also holds an MBA from the Warwick Business School in the UK.

Danny Vranckx

Chief Executive Officer


Aviaco GSE

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.

Desiree Perez

Leadership Coach & Aviation Consultant


Level Up Your Potential

Desiree is a recognised expert in the aviation industry for her work with leadership teams and individuals on leadership and professional development. Prior to her 16 years in aviation, Desiree lived in Argentina, then Germany, before being relocated to the US in 2011. Desiree served as a senior leader in the aviation industry on a global level, leading multicultural customer excellence teams for some of the most recognised airlines, airports and service providers. During that time she witnessed first-hand the importance of leadership development. Desiree currently speaks on the importance of leadership development in an ever-changing aviation environment, with an increased focus on profitability, customer service and safety.

Emir Pineda

Manager of Aviation Trade and Logistics


Miami International Airport

Fabbio Mifsud

Manager Ground Handling Programme


Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Fabbio has been in the aviation industry for over 20 years, and has worked at airports across Canada, including Vancouver, Ottawa, Hamilton, Moncton and Toronto. In his time with the GTAA he has been a three times winner of the President's Award, in recognition of his efforts and commitment towards helping Toronto Pearson become the best airport in the world. During his career he has had the opportunity to work with and for airlines, ground handlers and airport authorities.

Graciela González Cervantes

Head of Procurement - International Airports Contract Specialist


Aeromexico

A lawyer, having graduated from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, Graciela has plenty of experience in negotiating and drafting contracts within different industries. She has been responsible for ground handling procurement at Aeromexico for over three years. Her IATA Training has included Airline Contract Law, SLA-SGHA Effective Negotiation Behaviours & Procurement and Contracts Management. She formulated the SLA for ground handling services for Aeromexico's SGHA and is responsible for following up on the quality of international services delivered to the carrier.

Guillaume Crozier

DVP Operations and Product development, International Airport Operations


dnata

Ingrid Braeuninger

Chief Commercial Officer


Airport Terminal Services

Ingrid has served in executive capacities within global sales, strategy and business development in the aviation and electrical/electronic industry segments. Currently, she is the VP of Sales and Business Development for Airport Terminal Services and has oversight of its hospitality division which includes Airport Butler and Wingtips.

Jad Tabet

Head of International Sales


Targa Telematics

Jad is Head of International Sales. Prior to joining Targa, Jad was leading sales and business development in innovative IT companies. He holds a degree in electronics engineering from Telecom ParisTech.

Jan De Leeuw

Managing Director North America


TCR International

Jan joined TCR in 2017 as the Group's Commercial Director, after a broad experience in the aviation industry, having worked for ground handlers and airlines worldwide. He actively contributed to the Group's expansion through Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific. Since 2020, in his new role, Jan has been sharing TCR’s GSE solutions with the North American handling market.

Ittay Hayut

CEO


Hoopo

Ittay is the CEO and co-founder at hoopo, a provider of low-power tracking solutions for the aviation and logistics industries.

Jason Yenor

Sales Account Manager


JBT Aerotech

Joe Griffith

Commercial Manager


Mallaghan Americas

Jose Ricardo Botelho

Executive Director and CEO


ALTA

Judith MacDonald

Account Manager


Menzies Aviation

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.

Neel Jones Shah

EVP and Global Head of Airfreight


Flexport

Neel is EVP and Global Head of Airfreight for Flexport and is experienced in commercial strategy, marketing, business planning and revenue optimisation. In addition to his Flexport duties, Neel sits on the Board of Directors of Amerijet International Holdings; is a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group and an Executive Board Member of The International Air Cargo Association. Prior to joining Flexport, Neel served as the Senior Vice President & Chief Cargo Officer for Delta Air Lines. As the head of Delta Cargo, he led approximately 2,000 employees worldwide and oversaw over US$1bn in freight and mail revenues. Before that, Neel served as VP of Sales and Marketing for United Airlines Cargo. He holds a Master's in Business Administration from Columbia University and a BSc from Swarthmore College.

Paul Bruton

Senior Consultant


Damarel

Peter Cerda

Regional Vice President – The Americas


IATA – International Air Transport Association

Rafael Echevarne

Director General


ACI LAC

Rafael is the Director General of Airports Council International – Latin America and the Caribbean (ACILAC). Previously he was CEO of Montego Bay Airport, Jamaica, and held positions in international organisations and airport companies in Europe, Australasia and the Middle East, specialising in airport economic regulation, privatisation and infrastructure and business development. Rafael holds a PhD in Air Transport Economics from Cranfield University, UK.

Raul Barrera

Senior Vice President – Business Development


Menzies Aviation

Raul joined Menzies Aviation early in 2020 as SVP Commercial Operations and is leading the sales and operational growth for the group in the Americas. Prior to joining Menzies, Raul had a five year career with Swissport International in a number of roles including VP Sales, Marketing and Business Development, as well as leading the Cargo Handling Division for Swissport in Latin America. Before he joined the aviation industry, Raul had a 20 year career in supply chain management in strategic roles with companies such as Panalpina, SONY and IBM, working from different locations including Colombia, Canada, Thailand and the US. Raul is an industrial engineer and holds an MBA from York University.

Roger Larreur

Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing


Swissport

Roger has been with Swissport since August 2002, and was appointed Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for North America, in May 2012. Prior to this he was Vice President Sales for the East Region US and Canada, from 2006 to 2012. Earlier, he served as Swissport's General Manager in Orlando Sanford, from 2002 to 2006. Roger has spent over 28 years in the airline industry, and has held various management and executive management positions. He is a graduate of the University Central Florida in Orlando.

Ruben Atehortua Sandoval

Director Cargo Operations


Avianca Cargo

Ruben started his career in Avianca as the Commercial and Airports Chief at Avianca Services. In this role he looked after the commercial and operational issues relating to airport services for Avianca Services customers. In August 2015 Ruben was promoted to Ground Operations Manager for the Bogota hub. In this position he was responsible for all the below the wing operations for Avianca, with a scope of 250 daily flights and 2,000 staff members. In 2017 Ruben assumed the post of Ground Operations Director, taking responsibility for all the below the wing operations (both in house and outsourced) of the network. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Ruben holds a Business Administration degree, has a Master's in Business Administration and a Master's in Logistics and Operations; he has also accrued extensive training on related matters.