10th Aviation Stakeholders Convention

The 10th Aviation Stakeholders Convention hosted by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and Kenya Airways kicked off today in Nairobi, Kenya at the Emara Ole-Sereni hotel. The two-day convention will provide a platform for showcasing new developments and innovations in aviation, discussing industry business trends, networking and forging new partnerships.  

The Convention, under the theme: “Beyond the crisis”, brings together over 500 delegates from 47 countries across the globe who are attending both physically and virtually. The Convention is one of Africa’s major forums for air transport industry stakeholders to dialogue, exchange knowledge and experiences for the development of the travel ecosystem. A total of 34 African airlines are represented at the event, with 12 airline CEOs in attendance.


The event had speakers from various fields in the aviation industry. Speakers not only from Africa but the whole world came and provided insight that was in line with the event theme. The following were the topics discussed:

Programme – Day One

  • Opening Ceremony
    Welcome and Opening Remarks by Mr. Abderahmane Berthe, Secretary General – AFRAA
    Speech by Mr. Allan Kilavuka, CEO – Kenya Airways
    Speech by Mr. Glyn Hughes, Director General – The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)
    Speech by Mr. Prosper Zo’o Minto’o, Regional Director Western and Central Africa (WACAF) – ICAO
    Speech by Mr. Stephen Musa, Ag. Director, Air Transport – AFCAC (on behalf of Ag. Secretary General)
    Speech and Official Opening by Guest of Honor, Mr. Nicholas Bodo
  • Presentation I – Challenges and Opportunities that will drive the near-term and long-term growth of African carriers by Mr. Patrick Baudis, Vice President – Mitsubishi Aero Advisory
  • CEO Keynote Interview: CEO Insights on the core issues in the African Market, developments in the region and critical aspects of success for the industry with Mr. Allan Kilavuka, CEO – Kenya Airways moderated by Ms. Maureen Kahonge, Senior Manager Business Development and Communications – AFRAA
  • Presentation II – Intra Africa connectivity status and building blocks to the attainment of the Single African Air Transport Market by Stephen Musa, Ag. Director, Air Transport – AFCAC
  • Panel Discussion I – Stakeholders Roundtable on the realization of industry actions from AFRAA LAB Approach for Africa’s aviation industry and sustainability
    Mr. Ali Tounsi, Secretary General – ACI Africa
    Mrs. Emily Mburu – Ndoria, Director, Trade in Services, Investment, IPRs and Digital Trade – AFCAC
    Dr. Gainmore Zanamwe, Senior Manager Intra-African Trade Initiative – Afreximbank
    Mr. Prosper Zo’o Minto’o, Regional Director WACAF – ICAO
    Cpt. Gilbert Kibe, Director – Air Transport Consulting
    Moderator – Mr. Gaoussou Konate, CDTOPS – AFRAA
  • Presentation III – Pathway to recovery: Priorities for Africa for 2022 and Beyond by Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Director Advocacy and Strategic Relations Africa – IATA
  • Executive Interview on Cargo – The future of air cargo: Digitalization , Innovation, Cutting edge solutions for air cargo sustainability in Africa with Mr. Glyn Hughes, Director General – TIACA and Charles Ngwalla, Key Account and Alliances Manager – Astral Aviation moderated by Mr. Raphael Kuuchi, CDGLIA – AFRAA
  •  Presentation IV – Opportunities and Strategies for Route Planning and Network Repositioning by Mr. Geert LeMaire, Market Intelligence and Consulting Director – Airbus

    Please download the Day One Presentations here

    Programme – Day Two
  • Presentation V – Outlook to a new normal by Kuljit Ghata – Aura, President Middle East Turkey and Africa – Boeing
  • Presentation VI – Leveraging on technology to support travel recovery from COVID-19 by Deepak Garg, SITA
  • Panel II – Creation of a more streamlined and digitally enabled journey to boost passenger confidence and enhance convenience
    Mr. Rami Haddad, Chief Information Officer – National Aviation Services
    Mr. Pascal Wafula, Account Director – Amadeus
    Mr. Roger Page Morris, Regional Sales Director – Accelya
    Mr. Fredrick Kithya Kitunga, Chief Information and Data Officer – Kenya Airways
    Mrs. Agnes Mucuha, CEO – Kenya Association of Travel Agents
    Moderator: Mr. Johan Pauwels, Regional Vice President Africa and France – Hahn Air
  • Presentation VII by ACC Aviation
  • CEO Keynote Interview – How Safarilink navigated through the the crisis, lessons learnet and strategic focus beyond the crisis by Mr. Alex Avedi, CEO – Safarilink moderated by Ms. Maureen Kahonge, Senior Manager Business Development and Communications
  • Panel Discusson III – Cost Competitiveness: Optimization of Industry Costs in the post-covid era
    Mr. Cisse Abdoulaye, COO – Group Chief Operating Officer – Ground Handling Services- National Aviation Services
    Mr. Didier Perrin, VP Sales and Marketing – Collins Aerospace
    Mr. Semou Diouf, Director – SatNav Africa JPO
    Mr. Georges Abou-Nasr, Customer Business Executive Africa – Rolls-Royce
    Mr. Walid El Ghoz,  SVP Middle East & Africa – Group International Development, Safran
    Moderator – Mr. Alan Peaford, Editor in Chief – Times Aerospace

Please download the Day Two presentations here

Event Photos
The event photos can be accessed through this link: https://bit.ly/3NBDKc5