Speaker Biographies


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Mr. Mohamed Khalifa Rahma, Director, Air Transport Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Mr. Mohamed Khalifa Rahma assumed his position as Director of Air Transport, ICAO in April 2020; before this he was the Regional Director of the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) Middle East Regional Office since March 2016. The current work portfolio of Mr. Rahma Covers a wide range of global aviation domains including Air Transport, Aviation Security and Facilitation and Environmental protection. He is currently the Secretary of the Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART).

During his tenure in ICAO Middle East Office, he has been instrumental in strengthening regional and inter-regional collaboration in aviation industry. This effort includes enhancing risk awareness and response, promoting technologies while fostering new innovations, and improving oversight and quality assurance. Mr. Rahma continues to significantly increase cooperation among member States, international and Regional organizations.

Prior to Joining ICAO, Mr. Rahma was the Undersecretary of International and Internal Affairs at the Ministry of Civil Aviation of Egypt and previously the advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation.


During his tenure at the Egyptian government, Mr. Rahma played a substantial role and led influential projects that actively supported and enhanced aviation capacity and efficiency in Egypt. He developed cooperative relationships with government bodies and investors while paving the way for future business partnerships and opportunities.


Mr. Rahma was a board member of various companies including Cairo Airport Company, Aerotel Company and EMAC Aqaba Company and chaired many strategic committees under the umbrella of the Ministry of Civil Aviation for special projects. He led and participated in many high level national and regional committees.


Mr. Rahma has 30 years of aviation experience in various fields including aviation management, airline management, operation, safety, training, corporate communication, and crisis management. He holds Master's Degree in Aviation Management and he speaks fluent English and Arabic.

The ICAO Year of Security Culture 2021 (YOSC) in Review – Worldwide Achievements​

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Mr. Sylvain Lefoyer, Deputy Director, Aviation Security and Facilitation, Air Transport Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Sylvain Lefoyer is Deputy Director in charge of Aviation Security and Facilitation in the Air Transport Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) since 2017.

He leads teams responsible for developing Aviation Security, Cybersecurity, Border Security and Facilitation policies, Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), conducting audits of Member States' aviation security activities, assisting States that are unable to address deficiencies highlighted by those audits, and implementing the Traveler Identification Programme (ICAO TRIP) Strategy.


Sylvain is Secretary of the ICAO Aviation Security Committee (ASC), of the International Explosives Technical Commission (IETC) and of the Aviation Security Panel of experts, and Chair of the ICAO Secretariat Study Group on Cybersecurity.


Previous to his role in ICAO, Sylvain's career in maritime, ground and air transport safety and security spans more than 25 years in the French ministry of transports.


He holds a Master's Degree in applied physics and electronics from Paris University and a Master's Degree in public administration from École des Ponts ParisTech.

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Ms. Sonia Hifdi, Chief, Aviation Security Policy Section, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Sonia Hifdi is the current Chief of the Aviation Security Policy Section within the Aviation Security and Facilitation Branch of ICAO.

She is an engineer in Physics and Transportation and graduated in Transport Economics, Airport Management and Resilience and Crisis Management.

She worked within aviation security for the French Civil Aviation Authority for 17 years. Here, she worked as Head of the Explosives Detection Subdivision within the French Civil Aviation Technical Centre.

She subsequently became the head of the Office of Security Measures responsible for defining the national AVSEC policy and ensuring coordination with the main departments within the French government in charge of aviation security.

From 2013 to 2019, she was the Chair of the ECAC Guidance Material Task Force. Between 2011 and 2021, she was also the French Panel Member to the ICAO Aviation Security Panel and the co-rapporteur of the ICAO Working Group in Innovation in Aviation Security. 

From 2019 to 2021, she was responsible for defining AVSEC guidelines and implementation support for national inspectors and industry stakeholders within the French Oversight Authority. She was also the Chair of the ICAO Aviation Security Panel during that time.


​Ms. Wafa Al Obaidli, Senior Director - Oversight & Inspection, Aviation Security Affairs, United Arab Emirates

Mrs. Wafa Abdullah Al Obaidli is currently the Senior Director, Department of Oversight & Inspections (OIN) within the Aviation Security Affairs Sector in the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She has 18 years of experience in the field of Civil Aviation Security, Facilitation and Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.


She holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic and Security Studies from the UAE National Defense College. She has also successfully undergone numerous courses in the field of Civil Aviation Security, Facilitation and Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air.


She is the first Emirati women who, specializes in the fields of Aviation Security and Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. She is also the first Emirati women, who was certified as a National AVSEC Auditor. She was nominated by the Government of UAE as a member of the ICAO Facilitation Panel. She is the Chairperson of the UAE innovation aviation security and facilitation committee. She participates in ICAO panels meetings such as AVSEC Panel, Dangerous Goods Panel too and represents UAE in other international forums, meetings and conferences.


As part of her duties as responsibilities, she is responsible for providing aviation security safeguards, measures and procedures at all international and domestic civil airports within the UAE in order to safeguard civil aviation operations against acts of unlawful interference. This is achieved by undertaking quality control activities on a regular basis to determine the status of implementation of the aviation security measures in accordance with national requirements.   

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​Mr. Adama Niang, Director Aviation Security Civil & Facilitation, ANACIM, Leopold Senghor Airport, Senegal

Adama Niang began his career at the Senegalese CAA in 1996. He is currently Director, Security and Facilitation at ANACIM (Senegalese CAA). He holds a Master degree in Communication and Information Sciences, as well as a Diploma in Air Transport Management.

In the field of aviation security, Adama holds a Diploma in Aviation Security Management from Edith Cowan University, and a Certificate in Civil Aviation Management from Concordia University/ICAO. He also has a Security Manager Certificate from ENAC – France.

He is a member of the ICAO Security and Facilitation Panel, as well as being a WAEMO Certified Security Auditor and an AFCAC AFI-CES Expert.

Lastly, Adama is the Senegalese National Coordinator for USAP-CMA activities.

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​Mr. Luvuyo Gqeke, Executive, Aviation Security, South Africa Civil Aviation Authority

Involved in the field of aviation for the past 25 years, Luvuyo L. Gqeke is currently an Executive in Aviation Security for the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). Previously, he was Senior Manager, AVSEC Training and Certification, SACAA. Here, he also worked as a Manager, Cargo Security. Before rejoining the SACAA, he worked for South African Airways.
Luvuyo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa. He also completed the Management Development Program (University of Stellenbosch Business School), the International Executive Leadership Development Program (Wits University in conjunction with the London Business School) and the Executive Leadership Development Program (Henley Business School). He is a Certified Aviation Security Professional Manager (ICAO/Concordia University), and also holds an Aviation Security Diploma (IATA).
He is currently member of the ICAO Aviation Security Panel.

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​Mr. Timur Orimbekov, Aviation Security Inspector, Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan

Timur Orimbekov has been an Aviation Security Inspector at the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan Joint Stock Company since 2021. Previously, he was e-Freight Manager for the Transportation Department. Prior to joining this administration, he worked as a Cargo Sales Executive for Air Astana.

He holds two Bachelor degrees, in Mathematics and in Air Transportation Organization from Kazakh National University. He is currently enrolled in the Civil Aviation Academy. He also holds additional training in Safe transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air and in Aviation Security.

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​Ms. Diana Helena Ferreira, Specialist in Civil Aviation Regulation, Brazil Civil Aviation Authority

Diana has been working at the Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil (National Civil Aviation Agency – ANAC) as a civil aviation regulation specialist for 13 years, 10 of which have been dedicated to the AVSEC field. She also serves as the AIT Transport Facilitation Coordinator at ANAC. Having graduated with a degree in Pedagogy and a Master in Psychology, she has taken several national and international courses in the areas of instruction, risk management and AVSEC quality control. She is an ICAO Certified AVSEC Auditor in the USAP-CMA programme.

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​Ms. Kalei Hall, International Relations Specialist, United States Transportation Security Administration

Kalei Hall is the senior International Relations Specialist in the Multilateral Policy and Engagement Branch (MPE) within the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In this position, she has responsibility for the TSA Asia Pacific and Europe multilateral portfolios, as well as those with innovation, training, and capacity development and assistance initiatives. Her duties entail developing, improving, and promoting international transportation security policy and processes, representing the United States at key engagements, and supporting international strategic goals and objectives through U.S.-led, aviation security-focused projects and activities within multilateral organizations.


Born and raised on O‘ahu, Hawaii, Kalei started her career with TSA in 2013 as a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) at the Līhu‘e Airport on Kaua‘i, and was later promoted to Lead TSO where she supervised at least 75 TSOs in checkpoint and baggage security operations. In previous roles and collateral duties, Kalei has also enjoyed engaging with U.S. aircraft operators and foreign air carriers on compliance with TSA’s aviation security policies, and providing capacity development and assistance trainings to international partners.

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Mr. Ricardo Fernandes, Aviation Security Senior Officer and National Civil Aviation Security Inspector, Facilitation and Security Directorate, Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC)

Ricardo Fernandes is an Aviation Security Senior Officer and National Civil Aviation Security Inspector in the Facilitation and Security Directorate at the Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) since July 2013.

Ricardo holds a degree in Civil Engineering, a postgraduate degree in Project Management, and an MSc in Advanced Studies in Public Management. He also attended the curricular component of the MSc in Public Administration at ISCTE in Lisbon.

He is currently a member of the ICAO AVSEC Panel, a member of the ICAO AVSEC Panel Working Group on Training, the Chair of the Sub-Group on Security Culture and the Sub-Group on AVSEC Function Mapping, and a member of the European Coordination (EC/ECAC) Group on Aviation Security. Since June 2021, he is also Vice-Rapporteur of the ICAO AVSEC Panel Working Group on the Annex 17.

Prior to joining ANAC as Senior Technician, Ricardo was Project Manager in the field of transport infrastructures in the private sector in Portugal.

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Ms. Nathalie Herbelles, Senior Director, Security and Facilitation, Airports Council International (ACI) World

Nathalie Herbelles is Senior Director of Security and Facilitation at Airports Council International (ACI), based in Montreal, Canada.


In her role, she is ACI's point of contact for global airport security and facilitation issues, representing the world's airports and helping deliver the association's priorities.


Prior to this role, Nathalie helped coordinate the airline industry's Security and Facilitation positions at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), at global level in Montreal and then for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore.


She has also worked for the Association of European Airlines, Air France, the European Commission and Spanish Airport Authority AENA.

A French national, Nathalie has a legal background and holds a Master's Degree in Air Transport Law and Management from Aix-Marseille University in France. 


​Mr. Peter Drissell, Director AVSEC, United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority

Peter Drissell was appointed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as its first Director of Aviation Security in May 2013. Peter now heads the CAA's Aviation Security Directorate as a member of the Authority's Executive Committee, leading the development of its regulatory and compliance monitoring roles, and having as a key aim the movement of aviation security towards a more performance and risk based approach.


Before joining the CAA, Peter was for five years the UK Home Office's Director of Security & Business Continuity, and prior to that served for 32 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF), from which he retired as an Air Commodore in April 2007. His last appointment as Air Officer Force Protection combined the roles of Commandant General of the RAF Regiment and Air Officer RAF.

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​Ms. Nina Brooks, Vice President and Permanent Representative to ICAO, International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA)

Nina Brooks is Vice President and Permanent Representative of ICCAIA to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).  In this role, she represents the interests of the aerospace industry and manufacturers, actively participating in the activities of ICAO and interacting with representatives from many regulatory authorities.  Nina has extensive experience in aviation, in particular innovation, security, facilitation and cybersecurity.

Nina’s career has included working with airlines and airports, at Virgin Atlantic, ACI World and IATA. Nina is an observer to the Air Navigation Commission and Facilitation Panel at ICAO and teaches Aviation Security at McGill University in Montreal.

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​Mr. Tomi Tervo, Airline pilot and member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) Security Committee

Tomi Tervo is an Airbus A350 Captain at Finnair, and an Aviation Security Instructor. He is also a Security Committee member at the International Federation of Airline Pilots´ Associations (IFALPA), and is the IFALPA representative for the ICAO Working Group on Training. At the European level, he serves as the Chairman of the European Cockpit Association Security Working Group.


Previously, Tomi has served as the Chief AVSEC Instructor in his airline, where his role included reinforcing security culture and enhancing the vigilance and security awareness of crew members and other instructors.


Tomi´s interest in Safety and Security Culture has been refined at Lund University, Sweden, where he is currently enrolled in the MSc Program of Human Factors and System Safety. He also holds a certification in Aviation Security Management from the European Aviation Security Training Institute (EASTI).

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​Ms. Michele Freadman, M. Freadman Consulting, LLC

Retired, Deputy Director, Aviation Security Programs, Massachusetts Port Authority (MASSPORT)

Michele Freadman, CPP, is the founder of M. Freadman Consulting, LLC, consulting on security program development, policy creation, regulatory compliance, and implementing industry-driven applied research for airport operators.

Michele is the retired Deputy Director of Aviation Security Programs for the Massachusetts Port Authority (MASSPORT). In her 18-year tenure at MASSPORT through 2021, she directed the development, implementation, management and administration of aviation security programs, policies, and initiatives. Prior roles included Deputy Director of Aviation Security Operations, the Airport Security Coordinator for Boston Logan International Airport, and the Deputy Director of Corporate Security. In these roles, she implemented innovative and nationally recognized programs to enhance aviation security.

Michele has a distinguished record serving on and contributing to National Committees in the space of Transportation and Aviation Security. Michele currently serves on the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), a statutory committee which advises the TSA Administrator on aviation security matters, and is the Industry Co-Chair of the ASAC Insider Threat Subcommittee.  Michele is Past Chair of the ACI-NA Public Safety and Security (PS&S) Committee and is currently a member of this committee and the AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee. 

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​Ms. Emma Boulby, Executive General Manager Airport Operations, Adelaide Airport, Australia

Emma is Executive General Manager of Airport Operations at Adelaide Airport in Australia. She is responsible for all aspects of airport security, emergency preparedness and response, risk, compliance, insurance and WHS, airside operations, facilities maintenance and the operations of Parafield Airport, a premier flight training airport. In addition, Emma is responsible for operational expenditure procurement activities. 

Emma is Vice Chair of the ACI Asia Pacific Regional Airport Security Committee and a member of the World Security Standing Committee. 

Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Emma led G4S's aviation security contracts for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic in London, where she was responsible for security operations at all UK bases.  She also had responsibility for G4S's airport security contracts and rail and maritime security contracts across the UK.

Emma previously held a number of senior management positions at London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and its holding company BAA plc, from the period spanning 1991 to 2010, covering a wide range of airport management disciplines including route development, procurement, airline relations, safety and security, terminal operations and the development of third party operational consultancy agreements. 

Emma holds a BA (Hons) International Business and a Master of Business Administration from City University in London. She has a diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 



Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar is the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He was first appointed for a three-year term starting August 2021. 

His career in international civil aviation spans over 27 years in various advisory and leadership roles. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General, Mr. Salazar served as Director General of Aeronautica Civil of Colombia – Aerocivil. For the twelve years previous to joining Aerocivil, Mr. Salazar was a Senior Advisor to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority. 

His professional experience also includes terms as the President of Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC), Secretary of the Colombian Civil Aviation Board and Director of its Air Transport Office, Director General of Air Transport at the Colombian Ministry of Transport, Corporate Secretary and Director of the Legal Department of Tampa Cargo (currently known as Avianca Cargo). 

Mr. Salazar is a lawyer and has earned advanced degrees from Harvard University (Master in Public Administration - MPA) and McGill University (Master in Air and Space Law - LLM). He is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and speaks basic Arabic

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