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CONFERENCE DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2017

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Registration, refreshments and networking

Keynote speech

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM Highlighting the importance of airport expansion and modernisation as a key component to the success of Kenya as the essential travel destination

Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary (Minister), Ministry of Tourism, Kenya

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Hon. Najib Balala

Cabinet Secretary (Minister)
Ministry of Tourism, Kenya

Realising financing potential in African airports

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM Exploring the feasibility of investment in African airports and the infrastructure required to meet Kenya’s true potential

Irungu Nyakera, Principal Secretary, State Department for Transport, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya
  • Comprehending the need for smart solutions for the development of Kenya’s airports in both construction and technology
  • Assessing the changes in air traffic as a stimulus for modernisation, rehabilitation and investment in airport and its infrastructure

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Irungu Nyakera

Principal Secretary, State Department for Transport
Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Driving aviation growth and development in Kenya through policy implementation

Gilbert Kibe, Director General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

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Gilbert Kibe

Director General
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee and networking break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Discussing airport infrastructure financing options and how PPP can be used for the development of airports across Africa

Alexander Herring, General Manager Africa, ADB Safegate
  • Understanding the requirements and perspective of both private investors and civil aviation authorities
  • Employing the PPP model to increase airport capacity and brokering an optimal PPP that satisfies all parties’ needs
  • The challenges of financing large-scale PPP projects and navigating the legal and contractual requirements to facilitating PPPs

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Alexander Herring

General Manager Africa
ADB Safegate

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Increasing an airport’s revenue-generating operations: Identifying and developing cost-efficient solutions to improve the overall operational cost structure to improve service performance levels

Oliver Andrews, Deputy CEO & Chief Investment Officer, African Finance Corporation
  • Exploring the KPIs needed to monitor financial and operational performance, and identifying areas where adjustments are needed to drive service quality and passenger growth
  • Discussing how to identify, quantify and prioritise opportunities for improvement and reducing operational costs
  • Reviewing tools to achieve a structured and globally harmonised Air Traffic Management (ATM) framework, supported by cost-effective and sustainable communications, navigation and surveillance

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Oliver Andrews

Deputy CEO & Chief Investment Officer
African Finance Corporation

Ensuring safety and security across airports

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Exploring key initiatives required to meet passenger expectations

Gershon Adzadi, MBCS CITP, IACE, Head of ICT, Ghana Airports Company Ltd, Ghana
  • Making the case for investment into IT infrastructure to ease onboard connectivity for passengers
  • Creating a meaningful and personal airport experience by meeting customer expectations as demand for air travel grows

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Gershon Adzadi

MBCS CITP, IACE, Head of ICT
Ghana Airports Company Ltd, Ghana

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Building a world-class safety and security approach for airports across the region

Hamza S Johari, Director General, Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
  • Mitigating operational risks to avoid loss in-flight control and ensuring ensure runway safety
  • Managing the collection and processing of quality and safety data and information to enhance quality and compliance for aviation safety

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Hamza S Johari

Director General
Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Countering security threats through comprehensive risk assessments to avoid operational interruptions

Robert Mwesigwa Nviiri, Executive Director, East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (EAC-CASSOA)
  • Determining how to build a facility capable of safely handling large numbers of people, while making their experience as hassle-free as possible
  • Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to assessing hazards from power failures to cyber attack, from civil disorder to fire and explosive detonation

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Robert Mwesigwa Nviiri

Executive Director
East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (EAC-CASSOA)

Panel discussion

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Exploring the future of airport projects in Africa

Elijah Chingosho, Secretary General and CEO, AFRAA (African Airlines Association)

This session will bring together top speakers of the day to discuss the major future trends in modernisation and expansion of airports across Africa. We’ll discuss the need for harmonisation, safety measures and financial aspects required for these mega projects.


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Elijah Chingosho

Secretary General and CEO
AFRAA (African Airlines Association)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Networking lunch



3:00 PM - 11:59 PM End of conference day one



The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the source and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove from the programme. This is always regrettable and we will always try to replace the spesker with a speaker with equivalent insight, For the most up-to-date programme, please visit the event website.