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Dr Aliu.Jan2019.jpgDr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu is the fifth President of the ICAO Council, currently serving his second three-year term. Among many notable accomplishments since taking office, he has been recognized most widely for his diplomatic determination and leadership in forging global consensus on the CORSIA MBM at ICAO's 39th Assembly in 2016, and has helped to refocus ICAO on the assistance and capacity building aspects of its mandate since taking office in 2014, under the No Country Left Behind initiative. 

President Aliu previously served as the Representative of Nigeria to ICAO, during which time he Chaired many of the Council's major committees. More recently, he has been leading the Organization's increased focus and prioritization on technological innovation and its critical importance to ensuring sustainable air transport progress in the years to come.​​

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Stephen P. Creamer  is the Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at ICAO since April 2015.


He began his career in air traffic operations, managing all Alaskan and North Pacific airspace, pioneering new airspace use techniques that improved capacity and access for all operators. 


Before joining ICAO, Mr. Creamer held a number of executive and managerial positions at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with over 33 years' experience in Air Traffic Management and International Aviation organizations. They include serving as FAA Regional Office Director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East; and serving as a Member of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission. 


More recently,​ his work has broadened to the international implementation of procedures and technology systems that improve aviation safety, with a careful eye toward retaining capacity and efficiency.

Aysha.jpgCapt. Aysha AlHameli has been the UAE's Representative to the Council of ICAO for almost a decade. Currently, she is one of the most senior visionary long-serving Representatives with in-depth knowledge and great wealth of experience in international civil aviation, cooperate governance and ICAO Council Rules of Procedures and practices. 

Amongst her achievements she has been First Vice- President; Chair of the Implementation and Strategy Planning Group; Chair of the Human Resources Committee; and, Chair of the politically sensitive Global Market-Based Measures environment group. Furthermore, she has worked behind the scenes to initiate many other of the Organization's policies such as strategic planning and performance management, to improve governance and efficiency of the Organization.

She was one of the founders and contributors to the ICAO flagship "No Country Left Behind" initiative. At present, Cap. Aysha is a candidate for the post of the President of the ICAO Council for the upcoming election in 2019."​​

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H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori
Minister of Economy

His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori has been appointed as Minister of Economy in the UAE, ​​​effective 17th of February, 2008. His Excellency Sultan holds a Bachelor's degree (B. Sc.) in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems from Arizona State University - USA . He also has a Diploma in Computer System Analysis from the Institute of Computer Technology, Los Angeles, California - USA.

In addition to his position as Minister of Economy, His Excellency Sultan holds the positions below :
 Chairman of the Securities and Commodities Authority
 Chairman of the insurance Authority
 Chairman of the Federal Civil Aviation Authority
 Chairman of The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre
 Chairman of The Emirates Authority For Standardization & Metrology
 Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection
 Chairman of the Coordinating and Economic Cooperation Committee
 Chairman of the UAE international Investors Council
 Chairman of The UAE SME Council
 Member of Education and Human Resources Council.
 Member of the National Committee on Population Composition
 Member of the Committee of Finance and Economy
 Member of Higher National Committee for the Year of Giving

His Excellency handled many Ministerial and Chairmanship positions in the fields of Aviation,
Industry, Banking, Transport and Communication, Insurance etc…​​


Saif Suwaidi.pngH.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi serves as Director General of General

Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) since 2008. H.E. was appointed for

2010-2012 and re-elected for 2012-2014 as a Chairman of Arab Civil

Aviation Commission Council.


H.E. is a graduated helicopter pilot from flying school in Abu Dhabi and

holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from Beirut Arab University, Lebanon.

Since then, he has held a number of key positions in the Air Force

Headquarter until he reached the rank of Major General Air Marshal,

he served during his career several leadership positions until he was

assigned as a Director of Operation in 2006.


H.E's strategic vision and foresight has been instrumental in advancing

the aviation industry and implementing state-of-the-art technology

with safety and security performance in accordance with international




Philippe Bertoux.jpgPhilippe Bertoux is a graduate from Ecole des sciences économiques et commerciales (ESSEC Business School), Université Paris-IV Sorbonne (lettres modernes) and IEP Sciences-Po Paris, he joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating in 1999 from ENA, École nationale d'administration.


After first successive positions at the Department for African affairs (1999-2001) and the European Union Department (2001-2003) of the Quai d'Orsay, he was posted to the Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations (2003 - 2006) in New York, as First Secretary in charge of Human Rights issues.


Second Counsellor at French Embassy in Russia from 2006 to 2009, in charge of strategic and multilateral affairs, he was recalled to Paris to become Counsellor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (M. Bernard Kouchner), in charge of strategic issues, the Americas and Russia-CIS-Central Asia (2009-2010) in the Minister's Cabinet.


From 2010 to 2012, he was Director for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament (2010-2012) at the MFA, taking part in negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue.


From 2012 to 2016, he returned to the Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations as First Counsellor, Political Coordinator for all negotiations in the Security Council.

On 15 June 2016, he was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France on the Council of ICAO. He took office in Montreal on 15 August 2016. ​



Levers Mabaso.jpgLevers Mabaso is the Permanent Representative of South Africa on the Council of ICAO. Mr Mabaso has served the Department of Transport of South Africa in different capacities that include Legal Adviser, Director Aviation Safety and Security, Acting Chief Director Aviation Safety, Security, Environment and Search & Rescue, Program Manager for Civil Aviation Branch.


He is the Chairperson of the Regional Aviation Safety Group for the AFI Region (RASG-AFI). He was first appointed as a Council Member representing South Africa in 2012. He served as the Chairperson of the governing body's Air Transport Committee.


Mr. Mabaso has led the South African Delegation to a number of international meetings including two Diplomatic Conferences, wherein he was nominated as Vice President. Mr Mabaso was the Chairperson of the Legal Commission during the 37th General Assembly of ICAO. Mr Mabaso coordinated the African Delegation on a number of international meetings, including the Assembly and Diplomatic Conferences.



ALOK SHEKHAR.jpgAlok Shekhar is the India's Representative in the International Civil Aviation Organization, Montreal. He is a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Punjab cadre.

He has served in different capacities in various districts of Punjab and in Chandigarh, before moving to Ministry of Civil Aviation in the Government of India in 2008. He also worked as Private Secretary to the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mrs. Preneet Kaur.

He holds a degree of Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Syracuse University, NY, USA.

Simon Browne.jpg Simon Brown is the Design Lead for Airside and Airport Operations Centre at Heathrow. 


Prior to joining in 2017, he spent 17 years working for NATS in various roles including product innovation and delivering the airport collaborative decision making tools. 


He is a Chartered Engineer and is an active member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), representing a voice of aviation on the Transport Policy Panel and also serves as a judge on the Innovation Awards panel.




Marco Merens is the Chief of ICAO’s Integrated Aviation Analysis section of the Air Navigation Bureau. 


He started his career as an Aeronautical Engineer at Airbus in Toulouse working on the design of avionic and flight control systems for the A340 and A380. 


He then returned to his home country of Luxembourg to join the CAA where he held various positions from head of the airworthiness department to the manager of the CAA's occurrence reporting and analysis system.


He joined ICAO in 2009 as a Safety Data Analysis Officer. Creator of the ICAO integrated Safety Trend Analysis System (iSTARS), he became chief of the Section in 2015.




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Gustavo Sanches  is the Head of the IT Department at the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil – ANAC where he currently leads a Blockchain initiative. It is about to launch its flightlog book in a private Blockchain.


Prior to joining ANAC, he implemented virtualization and System integration in the Brazilian Judiciary System. As head of Technologic and Innovation, Mr. Sanches was an active member of several governmental working groups and committees in order to improve interoperability and government integration data for over 15 years.


He has successfully implemented paperless systems in four government organizations. He holds a degree in Law, System Analysis and he also has a specialization in Computer Network.



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Rachel Parker Sealy is an Industrial Product Blockchain Lead at PWC, St. Louis, MO.


With a degree in applied mathematics and economics, Mrs. Sealy leads PwC’s efforts focusing on traceability in the A&D space—with a particular focus on the applicability of blockchain to capture the  nose-to-tail configuration of an aircraft through the life of the aircraft (“Data for the Life of the Aircraft”).


Mrs. Sealy's  20+ years of experience designing industry operating models and helping clients embrace transformation is at the heart of Data for the Life of the Aircraft—a solution that captures the planes, their constituent parts as well as the aircraft-related personnel.



Nevin.jpgNevin Murad currently working as an Associate Analysis Officer for the Integrated Aviation Analysis Section of the Air Navigation Bureau of ICAO. Her current responsibilities include the integrated Safety Trend Analysis and Reporting System(iSTARS) and supporting the Air Navigation Integrated Analysis Program by conducting analysis of data.

She is holding a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Sofia and a double major in Statistics & Mathematics and Economics from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Management Science from the University of Waterloo. 

Prior to joining the International Civil Aviation Organization, she worked for Air Canada and for different international organizations.​


W. Ben Towne leads blockchain initiatives for SAE Industry Technology Consortia (ITC) and SAE International. 


Dr. Towne earned a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a BA in Community Development from Lafayette College as well as an MS in Computation, Organizations & Society and a PhD in Societal Computing at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), all in Pennsylvania, USA.


He is an author of several scientific publications, as a technology researcher with a focus on platforms and technologies for large-scale collaboration around complex issues.


He is also a blockchain developer on distributed applications for SAE and has commits in blockchain repositories including ethereum/solidity, ethereum/web3.js, trufflesuite/truffle, and metamask/metamask-extension.




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Scott Thompson  is a lead Global Aerospace & Defense at PWC


Mr. Thompson has more than 30 years of experience providing assurance and advisory services to global companies.  He is part of PwC's Industrial Products Leadership Team, serving as US Aerospace & Defense Leader. 


Scott Thompson  leads a cross-functional team of people dedicated to the A&D sector in disciplines of assurance, tax and advisory services.  Scott is an author of many papers and articles on the A&D industry.




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Professor William K. NG is from the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


He works in the areas of machine learning, privacy-preserving techniques, query-permissible encrypted databases, and more recently in enterprise blockchain systems, and blockchain security. 


In recent years, he was General Chair of the 18th International Conference on Information and Communications Security (2016), Senior Program Committee Member of the 22nd to 17th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD'18, PAKDD'17, PAKDD'16, PAKDD'15, PAKDD'14, PAKDD'13), General Chair of International Symposium on Cyber Security (CyberSec2013), International Advisory Committee Member of the 7th International Conference on Knowledge Information and Creativity Support Systems (KICSS2012), Program Co-chair of International Mobile Technologies in Enterprise and Social Computing Workshop, held in conjunction with ACM Mobility Conference (2010), and Program Committee Vice Chair of the 11th Pacific Rim International Conference Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI2010).




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Kevin O’Sullivan is a Lead Engineer for SITA Lab, the company’s strategic research and development arm.


He is currently focused on programs exploring blockchain, digital identity, virtual reality, wearable technology and machine learning. Mr. O'Sullivan has worked on blockchain research projects for the last 3 years at SITA Lab, including Flight Chain (with British Airways, Heathrow and Miami airports) and was the lead engineer setting up the SITA Aviation Blockchain Sandbox.


He has over 20 years experience in software development and product management in the air transport industry and has been a Lead Engineer at SITA Lab since its inception in 2008




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Joy John works for Oracle and is Cloud Platform Leader for Blockchain technology in MEA region. 


He is based in Dubai and currently focuses in helping customers build strategic solutions using Innovational Technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, Intelligent Chatbots, Content Experience and Modern DevOps.


He has over 18 years of experience in the field of Omni-channel Digital Experience, Integration and Application Development in addition to the emerging innovational technologies, working with customers in Public Sector, Telco, Financial, Media, Manufacturing and Retail industries.





Tohru Saito is a Senior Manager of Engineering and Maintenance division in Japan Airlines. 


He received a Master degree of Science in metallographic engineering from OSAKA University.


He has been working for Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.   since 30 years. He was a leading Senior Manager of Engineering Project Office from 2002 to 2011.


He was also supervising the maintenance activities in JAL Engineering Co., Ltd. and working closely with the Airport operations, Cabin safety and Flight operations as a VP of Maintenance Management.


Since the April 1, 2017, he has been assigned at the Association of Air Transport Engineering and Research which is a foundation between Japanese Airlines and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as a Managing Director.


Currently, Mr. Saito is responsible for the various Aerospace regulatory issues including MRO, Flight Operation, Pilot training, FAA/EASA harmonization.





Toru Hasegawa is a Deputy Director, Economic Development, Air Transport Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


Mr. Hasegawa has been working in ICAO since 2000, where he served as Chief, Revenue and Product Management Section, an Assistant to Director, Air Transport Bureau, as well as an Economist in charge of economic policy and infrastructure management.


Prior to joining ICAO, he worked at Northwest Airlines and the Nomura Research Institute in Japan. 


He holds a Ph.D., an MA and a BA in economics, all from Tokyo University, with specialization in industrial organization and applied economics of pricing theories. He has published eight books (in Japanese) on airline pricing and economics.





Miguel A Marin joined the International Civil Aviation Organization in November of 2009 and has served the organization in various capacities during his nine-year tenure.


He is currently Chief of the Operational Safety Section which is responsible for the development of Standards, Recommended Practices, Procedures and guidance material related to the operation, certification and airworthiness of aircraft including, the licensing and training of personnel and language proficiency requirements.


He is leading ICAO initiatives to develop electronic personnel licence Standards and tools that will help civil aviation authorities with their day-to-day acivities such as the Data Network for Aviation (DNA), Aircraft Registration Network (ARN) and the Foreigh Operator Application Tool (FOAT).




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Paul R. Brody is the Global Innovation Blockchain Leader at EY


Serial entrepreneur and relentless builder of EY global blockchain services.  Champion of new ideas and technologies that reshape industry.


He has extensive experience in the areas of IoT, supply chain and operations and business strategy, developed over 20 years at multiple start-ups, McKinsey, and at IBM.




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Barry McLaughlin is an Engineer with the Lab, SITA's strategic research and development department


He has more than 20 years' experience in software development spanning a range of environments from start-up to multinational. He has 10 years background within the aviation industry and has been with SITA Lab since 2015.


He is currently lead engineer on SITA's Blockchain Sandbox which  aims to explore the potential of blockchain/distributed ledger technologies in Aviation."





Alisa DiCaprio is the Head of Trade and Supply Chain at R3 in New York City. 

In addition to strategy, she also covers trade governance and global standards initiatives. 


She joined from Asian Development Bank where she was a senior economist working on digital trade, trade finance and innovation.


From 2014-2017 she headed the team that calculated the global trade finance gap. During that time, she was also the WTO liason on Aid for Trade. Before ADB, she was an academic economist at the United Nations. She has also worked in both the public and private sectors on export promotion, trade negotiations, and labor issues. 


She co-chairs the BAFT Innovation Council and is a fintech advisor for the Fubon Center at NYU. She has worked in Cambodia, Chile, Finland, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and the US. Her PhD is from MIT, and she holds a BA and MA from Johns Hopkins University.




Dale Chrystie.jpg Dale Chrystie is Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist, domiciled in Memphis, Tennessee.  

He is Chairman of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) Standards Council, and is a member of the Blockchain Research Institute.


Mr. Chrystie's career in transportation began more than 30 years ago at Con-way, Inc. From there, he joined American Freightways, which would eventually become FedEx Freight. 


In addition to his work leading the first proof of concept at FedEx using Blockchain technology, he has extensive experience in Strategy, Quality, Process Improvement, Portfolio Management, Human Resources, Operations, Sales, Education, Risk, and Standards Development. 




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Bob Rogers is Vice President of ULD CARE, technical coordinator of the IATA ULD Operational Advisory Group and author of “ULD Explained”.


Mr. Rogers has worked with and around ULD for 38 years now. For many years responsible for the Asia Pacific operations of Nordisk Aviation Products these days his primary focus is on his ULD CARE activities, striving to create a greater understanding of the importance and safety critical role of ULD. 


Mr. Rogers is also a frequent speaker at industry events. Taking advantage of having one of the world's largest air cargo airports located in his home city of Hong Kong, a rich source of real life photos, he is also a frequent contributor of articles in the trade press.




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Todd Siena, a Hong Kong-based aerospace professional, was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives by McGraw Hill Financial – Aviation Week Science & Technology. Mr Siena comes from the leading edge of the millennial cohort with over a decade of experience executing on projects in commercial aerospace manufacturing, MRO, aftermarket, and finance. He is the Founder of Avia-Tek, a successful trading and consulting company that counts multinationals, state-owned enterprises, airlines, and large financial institutions among its satisfied customers.


He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Asian Studies and Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded the Stedman Award for Entrepreneurship and a fellowship with the Ewing Marrion Kauffman Foundation.


He recently founded Block Aero Technologies, a Blockchain SaaS start-up utilizing artificial intelligence to revolutionize how we manage aviation assets. Mr. Siena has given speeches to leaders of the global aviation industry at the widely respected SpeedNews Aerospace Suppliers Conference, MRO Asia-Pacific, Airport Cities, Aerotropolis Conference, and many more


In addition to being featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives in 2015, he was also recognized in the 2017 edition of Americans in Shanghai.





Sridhar Sudarsan is Chief Technology Officer at SparkCognition. As CTO, Sridhar is responsible for driving SparkCognition's product and technology strategy and leveraging next-generation artificial intelligence systems to secure and optimize assets across industries.


With over two decades of technology leadership experience, Sridhar has been at the helm of several complex products and projects, collaborating with global customers on cutting-edge technologies. Previously, Sridhar was the CTO for IBM Watson Platform and Partnerships, where he led the technology strategy and architecture of the IBM Watson platform, ecosystem and strategic partnerships.


Sridhar is widely recognized as an expert on the business potential and application of AI, IoT, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Big Data and Natural Language Processing. He provides thought leadership on AI solutions and patterns for clients, partners, academia, and R&D teams. He holds over 14 patents in the areas of AI and distributed computing, has published white papers and articles, and is a featured speaker at conferences and universities.





Houman Goudarzi is an aerospace, software engineer and a digital technology leader in aviation with a particular focus on emerging technologies, software engineering, data science & AI, and business transformation.


He is the inventor and founder of the Open Blockchain protocol and algorithm. He has developed and founded the Open Blockchain platform beginning of 2018, which is the first API-ready and free to use public Blockchain platform with instant confirmation of transactions.


In 2018, he architected and developed aviation's first global platform for digital ID management leveraging asymmetric encryption, Blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence for IATA, in partnership with Amazon Web Services, piloting it with United Airlines.


In 2016, he designed and orchestrated the delivery of the global industry data exchange standard in the area of airport ground handling with an annual savings of $600 million for the aviation industry.





Lucy Hakobyan is the Head of Program at MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, a consortium of companies, academic institutions, government agencies and public organizations exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology to improve mobility, transit, and logistics.


Before MOBI, Mrs Hakobyan served as an EIR for a number of technology startups, was an operator in a blockchain startup and worked in venture capital in San Francisco. She holds an MBA degree from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, a CPA and bachelor’s degree in business economics and international relations from UCLA.


Mrs Hakobyan previously worked in consulting at PwC with Fortune 500 companies in various industries ranging from Financial Services to Entertainment and Media. She serves as an advisor for accelerators and incubators in Los Angeles and San Francisco





Nikiforos Chatzopoulos is the Global Aviation Practice Leader in the Center of Competence of Travel & Transportation unit at IBM based out of Abu Dhabi int he United Arab Emirates. He is also the lead for any blockchain, IoT and AI initiatives in the Aviation space where he advises his customers on how to effectively apply new technologies in their domain aiming to solve their business problems and simplify their existing processes.


Prior to joining IBM and within his 25+ years of experience in the aviation and technology domains, he worked for airports, airlines and ground handlers, participated in several ORAT programs in greenfield airports and terminal expansions around the globe while he planned, initiated and delivered complex and strategically important programs aligned to major business initiatives for his customers. He developed key partnerships and secured a prestigious clientele before moving back to consulting.


He holds a MSc in International Management from the University of Liverpool, a degree as software engineer, and he is a certified PMP and PRINCE 2 practitioner.​




Lohrey Consulting.png​​Christopher T. Lohrey is the managing director of Lohrey Consulting, a company focused on business innovation in the aviation industry. Besides that, he actively flies as first officer on long haul flights with a major German airline.


In parallel to their active air crew career, Christopher Lohrey and his team are working to connect Airline Flight Ops experience with technical and business know-how to enable seamless product development from idea generation to roll out.


International Airlines and MRO providers rely on his experience since 2014 to assess and screen markets for opportunities and transform them into sustainable business.

In this context Blockchain applications and their implementation have been a topic of increasing awareness throughout the past 4 years​.




muhammed.pngMuhammed Arafath, Executive Director with Apla Blockchain works with public and private organizations to help them adopt blockchain technology. 

A graduate from Southern Cross University, Australia and certified in multiple technologies including blockchain, has been at the forefront of conducting comprehensive assessments of internal front-to-back operating and IT models, deriving the best uses of blockchain and establishing value cases for organizations. ​

BalajiBashyam.jpegBalaji Bashyam  is head of the Travel, Transportation & Hospitality Practice for Tata Consultancy Services in Europe and the UK

He has over 22 years in Travel industry and been working with airlines across APAC, UK and Europe.
He had a unique vantage point from which to observe how the travel industry has constantly evolved around and adapted to both the technologies of the day and upcoming developments.

 Mr. Bashyam simultaneously contributes and is intrigued by the potential of technology to create new business models and their impact to existing models and organizational cultures.

Khaled_AM.jpgDr. Khaled Motagaly has over 27 years of experience in industry and research institutes including Etihad Airways, Boeing, and NASA in the areas of Technology & Innovation, Flight Control Systems, Predictive Maintenance, Aircraft & Spacecraft large development programs, and Aircraft Operation & Maintenance.  


Dr. Motagaly joined Etihad Airways Engineering in Summer 2015 as a Manager of Innovation and Technology with emphasis on the areas of Predictive Maintenance, 3-D Printing and Airline Operation & Maintenance Innovations. Khaled is also an Adjunct Professor at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Aerospace Engineering Dept. teaching courses in the areas of Aircraft Dynamics, Flight Controls, and Drones/UAVs. 


Before joining Etihad he worked at Boeing Commercial Airplanes for 12 years where he was the lead Engineer for 777-X fly-by-wire flight control development. He also worked on the design, development and testing of 787 fly-by-wire flight control system from 2005 until the first 787-8 entry into service in 2010 where he was instrumental to the design and development of new flight control laws for the 787-8, -9 and -10.


From 1999 to 2003Dr. Motagaly worked as a Principle Spacecraft Systems and Guidance, Navigation and Controls engineer with Titan Corp supporting the International Space Station program at NASA Johnson Space Center.


He holds a PhD Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA, and MSc & BSc Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Master certificate in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, USA.  He has more than 20 conference and journal publications, Three awarded USA Patents and 1 awarded European Patent. ​​




​​Yuri Fattah.jpgYuri Fattah, Programme Manager of Multidisciplinary Priorities, in the Air Navigation Bureau of ICAO, currently works, together with other colleagues, on Commercial Space, Operations above FL600, AI, and other issues on the  leading edge of the aviation sector.  He also has less exciting, but equally important, administrative and management duties in support of the Air Navigation Bureau.


This year he is also the coordinator of the ICAO Innovation Fair which will be held 22 and 23 September 2019 in Montreal just prior to the 40th Session of the General Assembly.  The Fair is meant to excite, empower, and inspire the aviation community on the realties and possibilities that innovation brings to the sector. ​​




Venkatesen Maure.jpg​Venkatesen Mauree joined the ITU headquarters in Geneva, in 2010. He is currently the main focal point for Digital Financial Services at the Standardization Bureau in ITU.

He has coordinated the work of the ITU-T Focus Group Digital Financial Services, which completed in December 2016 and published 28 reports and some 84 policy recommendations. He is currently coordinating the work of the ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency and the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) which is a joint programme of the ITU, World Bank, Bank for International Settlements and the Gates Foundation. In the work of the Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency and FIGI, he has been investigating the applications of blockchain and the architecture and security implications for Central Bank Digital Currecny.

He was previously responsible for the implementation of projects under Bridging the Standardization Gap programme and undertaking research for production of Technology Watch reports. He published four Technology Watch reports on Optical networks, Smart Water Management, Privacy in the Cloud and Mobile Money. ​

​​William Bariselli.jpgWilliam Bariselli works for Oracle as EMEA Industry Transformation Director.

He is based in Italy and currently focuses on helping key customers in their Digital Transformation process, investigate new business opportunity and accelerating the adoption of new technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Cloud and Quantum Computing & Blockchain.


He has an extensive experience in the field of the emerging innovational technologies, working with customers in different industries across EMEA and APAC regions.




Laurent Castillo.jpgLaurent Castillo is currently Director of the Gemalto Innovation Labs. He's working on some of the most advanced topics in GTO organization.

 In more than 15 years of professional experience in R&D innovation, some publications and many patents, he was able to experiment many sides of digital security, from embedded software development in smartcards all the way to securing web and cloud applications.

When he manages to disconnect from HackerNews, Laurent is taking a keen interest into Blockchains and the way digital identities evolve in our society​




Grant Niven - Edited.jpgGrant Niven is a Technology Advisory (MENA) Leader, joining EY September 2013, based in UAE (Abu Dhabi) & is Associate Partner within the Africa, India & Middle East (AIM) advisory practice.    

Mr ​Niven has  20+ years  of experience in areas such as Digital strategy, Disruptive Technology Consulting + Major Programme & Operations Transformation across industry leading clients in MENA and Europe.    Grant also leads MENA Blockchain thought leadership development and engagement with clients across a number of sectors. 

EYs global blockchain practice and local knowledge have been used in recent years to develop white papers for likes of World Government summit (i.e. Future of Money) & support a number of high profile clients in their journey to realise business benefits from technologies such as Blockchain & AI."​


Aeysha Nasib is a UAE talent with over 12 years of professional experience in Marketing Management & Mass Media. Holding the position of Corporate Communication Specialist at UAE General Civil Aviation Authority GCAA.



Nico Voorbach started his carrier as a police officer in the Netherlands. In 1987, he became a

police pilot with the Dutch National Police. In 1992, he joined KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

where he was promoted Captain in 1993. At KLM, he flew the several aircraft types, ending his flying career on the Boeing 777 in 2016.


Mr. Voorbach has been involved from 1999 in the IFALPA Security Committee. In 2001, right after the 9/11 attacks, he was elected as Vice Chairman of the Security and after was elected as the AVSECWG Chairman. Ever since then, he has been the Pilots' representative for security matters in Europe and worldwide, with representation to the European Commission, EUROCONTROL, IATA, ACI, NATO, and ICAO AVSECP


In February 2011, he was elected as President of the European Cockpit Association (ECA),

representing more than 38.000 pilots in Europe. In the ECA Board he was the executive director responsible for aviation security, external relations, social dialogue and legal issues.


Since 2016 Mr. Voorbach is the Director ICAO Affairs at CANSO.  In this role he is be responsible for the management of the Montreal office and for the successful leadership and oversight of CANSO's relations with ICAO and key industry partners such as ACI, IATA, ICCAIA, etc. Mr. Voorbach is the CANSO Observer to the ICAO AVSEC Panel and a Member of the ICAO Secretariat Study Group on Cyber (SSGC).​

De.Abdelqadher.pngDr. Abdelqader Abusafieh is responsible for R&D initiatives and technology development strategy for Strata and Mubadala Aerospace Unit. His role includes fostering collaboration programs with OEMs and academia to develop new technologies in support of aerospace businesses.

Dr. Abusafieh has over 20 years of industry experience in the aerospace field covering a range of aircraft and spacecraft programs and technologies. His prior US employment includes Composite Optics Inc., Alliant Techsystems (ATK), and Cytec Engineered Materials. He has several patents and sits on advisory boards for a number of universities.

Dr. Abusafieh obtained his Ph.D. from Drexel University, his Masters from Villanova University, and his Bachelor from University of Jordan. He has received several government and industry awards for his contributions to aerospace innovation.    ​  ​

​​Brain Moyo Photo.jpgBrain Moyo is a Lead Engineer with Turbine Services & Solutions Aerospace, one of the fastest growing innovative MRO entities in the Aviation global arena, having joined the organization in 2014 since its inception from formerly Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies.


A qualified aeronautical engineer, with secondary qualifications in Computer Studies from NCC education UK, Quality Management UNISA and currently studying Operations Management and Supply Chain with UNISA, now heads Turbine Services and Solutions' R&D department having pioneered it from 2018.


He has more than 26 years in the aviation industry. Before joining Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and later Turbine Services and Solutions aerospace he worked for Air Zimbabwe Pvt Ltd Zimbabwe for more than 20 years.​


Brent.jpgBrent Webb is the President of Aircraft Inventory Management & Services, and the Vice President of Technology and Integration for CAVU Aerospace, also known as their “Secret Weapon”, as well as the Managing Partner of A.I. Intellectual Property.

 During Mr. Webb’s almost three decades in aviation he has combined his technology education background with his aftermarket experience to drive innovation through enhancing efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction.  In that time, he has served on the A4A Regulatory Documentation Interest Group to help promulgate the electronic airworthiness document and help shape Chapter 5 of FAA Order 8130.21.  Mr. Webb has served on the Aviation Suppliers Association Board of Directors since 2004, and been involved on the ASA quality committee. 

Mr. Webb is also a member of the AFRA Board of Directors as well as the (Best Management Practices) BMP, Government Affairs, and R&D committees.   Mr. Webb has been a speaker for Aeroxchange, Aviation Week’s MRO Asia / MRO Europe, Aviation Suppliers Association, SmartSheet Engage and the FAA/EASA Safety Conference.

​​chaudhary.jpgShahzad Chaudhary is a lead System Senior Engineer in ANS Department in GCAA. He has been working with GCAA since 2008. Prior to joining GCAA, he was a lead engineer in Network Operation Center (NOC) in Telecom Sector of Pakistan.  


He is an experienced, certified and skilled CNS (Communication, Navigation, Surveillance) Engineer, a certified ethical hacker and a security & network professional who holds Bachelor's Degree in Telecom Engineering and Masters in Eng. Management and has more than 10 years of extensive work experience in Aviation and Telecom Industry.


In his current role, he is responsible of designing, deploying and managing the operational network & security infrastructure of UAE ANS, and working as a data communication specialist and a solution architect providing system designs, integration methodologies and solutions to intricate technical issues.


​Recently, Mr. Chaudhary is involved in the designing and deployment of SWIM (System Wide Information Management) solutions across UAE and working as a lead in the Blockchain initiative of GCAA exploring the potential use case scenarios, their applicability and security aspects. ​


eleanor.pngEleanor Mitch is CEO and Co-Founder, 14bis Supply TrackingMore. She has more than 20 years in governance and international strategy working with government, private sector & international organizations. Digital law expert.

Alumni Advisory Group of the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Fulbright Scholar invited professor in Brazil. Tutor for Oxford University's Blockchain Strategy Programme offered by the Saïd Business School.

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David Tolioupov serves as a CEO of Zensoft, a 170+ employee technology powerhouse building custom software solutions for Fortune 500 and startups. He is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded three start-ups that were backed by Y Combinator, Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, SV Angel, Andreessen Horowitz and other notable investors.


Mr. Tolioupov's​ extensive professional background includes management and development of software systems for the US Oil and Gas industry, leading software development teams and heading the policy server group at M86 Security to create infrastructure for entities such as the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, BNP Paribas and BMW.


He is a quadrilingual Boston College graduate with degrees in Computer Science, Economics, and the French language. During his academic research role at Boston College, he developed new tools in spectral graph theory, machine learning, and saliency modeling for his thesis on Applied Real-time Object Recognition.​

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