Our speakers

Vice President of Operations
Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Brett Levanto is vice president of operations of OFM&K managing firm and client communications in conjunction with regulatory and legislative policy initiatives. He provides strategic and logistical support for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. Mr. Levanto has experience with organizational and policy issues in both aerospace and government sectors. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and a Master of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.

Data Scientist
Alaska Airlines

Jack works as a data scientist with the Operations, Research, and Analysis group at Alaska Airlines. He applies advanced data science models to maintenance data to create a safer, more on time operation.

Maintenance Planning Analyst
Alaska Airlines
Executive & Specialist on Analytics, BI, Big Data & Digital Transformation
Austrian Air

Alin Kalam studied Computer Science, Astrophysics & Engineering Management. In his professional career he has been working for major international companies in various data & automation-driven leading positions for more than a decade. Currently as “Strategic Business Intelligence & Analytics Lead" Alin is significantly shaping the strategic & data related innovations of the Lufthansa Groups "Hub Carrier". Previously, e.g. as Digital Executive & Data Officer at BAWAG Group, he was responsible for the "Big Data Office" department supporting data analytics, governance and related business transformations. He is also an enthusiastic technology evangelist and teaches worldwide at universities as external lecturer and occupies various honorary advising and scientific coordination roles as e.g. Talent Garden & Flight Global. Apart from his professional activities Alin is e.g. an activist in the "Union of European Federalists" and co-founder of various NGO initiatives such as "Banglakid", supporting education of street children from South-East Asia.

Director, Aerospace Market
Cirium
Executive Director, Content
FlightGlobal

Max Kingsley-Jones is executive director content at FlightGlobal. He was appointed as editor of Flight Airline Business in December 2010, having spent 14 years with Flight International, where he ultimately became deputy editor. Kingsley-Jones previously spent a decade working at Airclaims and also had a short spell with Aviation Week magazine.

Senior Industry Analyst, Aerospace
Frost & Sullivan

Experienced project management professional in commercial and defense aerospace operations. An expert in researching and analyzing manufacturing, maintenance, repair & overhaul, line maintenance operations, and aircraft systems including avionics, airframes and power plants.

former Vice President Maintenance Operations, Aerospace Services
Harbour Air Group

Gerry has been in the aviation industry for over 25 years with expertise across several sectors including remote helicopter operations, major airlines, MRO’s and consulting. His passion for aviation started early while he was spending time mountaineering, requiring him to fly to his destinations in helicopters. Turning his passion to his profession, Gerry moved from management to executive roles across a variety of operations, supply chain, maintenance, business development, global transformations and turnarounds. Gerry holds an MBA from IE Business School and continues to travel the adventurous side of our world with his wife in his spare time.

Head, Operational Cost Management
IATA

Chris has been working on Airline Operations Cost Management and Efficiency Improvement. He has worked on several initiatives to optimize airline operational costs using industry best practices and benchmarks on Airline and especially Maintenance Costs trends.

IT Leader
LATAM Airlines Group

Victor Castro has been working on projects of merge integration between LAN and TAM. Working in Sao Paulo, he developed several skill related to management and strategy, valuing specially leading and working with people different cultures e.g. Brazilian.

Senior Director, Senior Performance and Continuous
LATAM Airlines Group

Eduardo selects and monitors appropriate KPIs to measure performance across the Maintenance and Supply Chain VP identifying risks and opportunities. He defines and leads Digital and Process transformation roadmap to improve KPIs using LEAN and Six Sigma methodology. He has developed projects to reduce delays and AOGs, rise technician productivity, decrease inventory costs, increase aircraft utilization, diminish TATs in shops and MROs, etc. Create Certification Program to train employees and expand Continuous Improvement tools and philosophy throughout LATAM.

Program Manager, Intelligent Engine and Business Analytics
Pratt & Whitney
TEDx Speaker, Digital Innovation & Research
Qatar Airways

Shakir has more than 13 years of experience and currently working as IT Skills Development Manager at Qatar Airways. Before, he was a Research Faculty at Qatar University, Robotics Engineer at Government of Qatar and Project Engineer at Wipro Technologies. He has also worked as a consultant at Qatar Assistive Technology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Texas A&M, EADS-Airbus, Qatar Mobility and Innovation Center. Shakir holds a Ph.D in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. Some of the achievements are below: a. Invited Speaker National Instruments USA for developing prediction algorithm for medical Devices using Big Data. b. Gold Medal winner for Innovative Product Design & Invention (ITEX). c. International Society of Automation Award. d. Wipro Innovation Award. e. Five Patents. f. TED Speaker. g. PAN Arab Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 winner. h. Published more than 27 international scientific research papers and journals using ML, AI and Big data.

Data Analytics & Team Leader
Ryanair

Marcin is a data scientist and a leader of Ryanair Data & Analytics department. Marcin has around 14 year of professional experience working in aviation, telco and financial industries in companies starting from 2 to 200.000 employees. He has architecture experience across topics including data science, big data solutions and data warehouses

CEO | Entrepreneur | Scientist
SATAVIA

Dr. Adam Durant is CEO and Founder of Satavia. Prior to founding SATAVIA, Dr. Durant worked as a professional scientist and held posts at the University of Cambridge and Norwegian Institute for Air Research. Dr. Durant has grown Satavia to achieve global recognition in the Tällt Ventures Disrupt 100 list in 2017 and was selected to participate in the 2017 SVC2UK CEO Summit held at Buckingham Palace. In addition, he has taken SATAVIA to the finals of Pitch@Palace 6.0; Mass Challenge 2016; and Copernicus Masters 2016. He has also won over £1.5m grant funding since 2015 from Innovate UK, Aerospace Technology Institute, and the European Space Agency for Satavia.

Innovation Manager
TAP Air Portugal

Joel Ferreira started his journey at TAP as a maintenance programs engineer. In 2008 he has been selected as the TAP’s representative for the A350 Industry Steering Committee (ISC), the group responsible for the establishment of the initial maintenance program of the A350XWB aircraft. In addition, he accumulated the role as responsible for the maintenance program of TAP’s single aisle (SA) fleet and was also appointed as the SA ISC TAP’s representative. Currently he manages an Innovation Department in the Maintenance and Engineering Business Unit of TAP Air Portugal and coordinates an European funded project in the aviation maintenance domain, AIRMES (http://www.airmes-project.eu/), with 12 partners across 6 European member states and a 6 Million euros budget, .

Chief, Position, Navigation and Timing, Lead EMP/GMD, National Risk Management Center
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, Emergency Management, Intelligence, Operational Planning, and Command. Strong administrative professional with a Master's degree focused in Organizational Leadership from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.