10th GHAC

About Sharm El Sheikh:

With sunshine and warm waters all year round, Sharm El Sheikh is the closest destination to Europe where you can soak up sun, dive amazing corals reefs, and enjoy the sea any time you need a break from routine. The climate is lovely and dry all year long with temperatures ranging between 20° and 25° C in the winter months, whereas in summer the temperatures go up a little reaching highs of 30 to 35° C. Sharm El Sheikh boasts the widest array of fun, exciting and even crazy water and extreme sports: besides diving, snorkeling, sailing, wind and kite-surfing, you can even try sky diving or parachuting from a helicopter on your next holiday in Sharm El Sheikh. Moreover, from Sharm El Sheikh, you can easily book trips and safaris into the nearby Sinai desert and discover the amazing St Catherine Monastery, or the majestic Sinai Mountains. You can also head to Sharm for a wellness and pampering holiday; the town is home to Egypt is most famous and professional Spas in Egypt. Add to that endless nights spent at local bars, nightclubs and beaches dancing the night away or the magic of an existing safari into the mountainous Sinai desert landscape and you will know why Sharm is ranked among the best vacation destinations in the world. Sharm El Sheikh has it all to make your holiday an unforgettable experience. Sharm El Sheikh is located on the Gulf of Aqaba, about 300 km from Suez and 19 km from Ras Mohammed National Park. Inside Sharm, Naama Bay is where the action is to be found whereas the Old Town is where you should head for your daily shopping and souvenirs. If you are in the market for some serenity Hadaba (near Ras Um Sid) would be your choice, here you find calm hotels and resorts. To explore the Ras Mohammed National Park and Nabq Protectorate, or to go on diving and snorkeling trips head down to the marina or to one of the town docking ports.



Overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, in Southern Sinai, lies one of the most outstanding marine environments in the world, with its varied coral reefs, and diverse aquatic life, in crystal clear waters. There are direct flights from Europe to Sharm El Sheikh airport, which is about 14 km from Sharm EL Maya and 8 km from Na’ama Bay. The city of Sharm El Sheikh comprises three centers: Sharm El Maya, Om El Seed Hill and Na’ama Bay.



July is the hottest month in Sharm El Sheikh with an average temperature of 33°C (91°F) and the coldest is January at 18°C (64°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in August. The wettest month is December with an average of 4mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 29°C (84°F).  




The official language spoken in Sharm El Sheikh is Arabic, but English is widely spoken in the majority of tourist areas. You'll find that Egyptians will try their best to speak the language of all those who visit, no matter where they are from.



The currency in Sharm El Sheikh is the Egyptian pound. Electricity: Electricity Voltage 220 volts Frequency 50 hertz Plug type The power sockets are of type C and F


Conference Venue




Steigenberger Alcazar /  Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh Egypt


Entry Formalities

Disclaimer: WFP hold no liability for above information, please check with the nearest Swiss embassy or consulate to confirm information in regard to the visa requirements.

Visa on arrival

According to the Egyptian Consulate General in the United Kingdom, citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa upon arrival at any of the Egyptian ports of entry:

 All European Union citizens

Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, South Korea, Macedonia,  New Zealand,  Norway,  Russia,  Serbia, Ukraine, United States


Citizens of the following 7 countries and territories  have full Visa-free upon arrival:

Bahrain, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macao, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates,  Malaysia


Granting visa-free under certain conditions for: 

 Algeria – provided being aged 14 years and below

 Libya – provided being a female national or for residents of Butnan District on Sundays and Mondays.

 Jordan – is holding a normal 5-year passport, a provided passport does not contain a stamp from the Jordanian Registration Office on the reverse side cover of the passport (on page 60)

 Morocco – provided being aged 14 years and below

 Sudan – provided being aged 50 years and above or 16 years and below or being a female national

 South Sudan – provided being aged 50 years and above or 16 years and below or being a female national

 Tunisia – provided being aged 14 years and below

 Yemen – provided being aged 50 years and above or 16 years and below or traveling for medical reasons

 China – provided holding a return ticket, an upper-class hotel reservation and an equivalent of USD 2000


GCC residents:

Passengers with a valid residence permit issued by a GCC Member State can obtain a visa on arrival (25 USD )  and for a maximum stay of 30 days.

The residence permit must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date.


Egypt Electronic Visa:

 The Egyptian Evisa will be granted to all those who apply online and correctly meet the e-Visa requirements.

Prior to the implementation of the Egypt e-Visa, foreign nationals from the following countries could obtain a visa-on-arrival at any port of entry in Egypt.

Now it is possible to obtain an approved e-Visa before departing to their destination in Egypt. The Egyptian e-Visa application process is simple and can be easily completed before departure. This will facilitate their entry to the country once they arrive.

Below is a list of  countries eligible for Egypt e-Visa:

Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North, Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, United, States, Ukraine 

Hotel Accommodation

Steigenberger Alcazar


Address: Hilton Eyoun Sharm Hotel Entrance, Sharm El Sheik, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt external_link.png 




For delegates who are going to book their accommodation direct with the hotel, kindly contact: reservations.alcazar@steigenberger.com and mention that you will be attending the 10th GHAC conference in order to receive the conference corporate rates.

Maximizing the event

Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before the conference is scheduled to start. This will give you enough time to have breakfast and register. The conference will start promptly, be sure to be on time.
Collection of
Collection of conference documentation and identification badges will take place on 11th October 2017 from 08:00 to 09:00 at the registration desk adjacent to the conference room in the Foyer area. Participants are requested to wear their identification badge provided at registration at all times throughout the conference.

After each break change your seats to ensure you meet as many people as possible. Sit next to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself. If you are attending with a colleague split up! You will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees during the breaks and dinner, make sure you will have enough business cards to be able to network effectively.
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A free of charge dinner will be served on the 11th October 2017, we hope you will join us in this important social event, it offers a great opportunity to network with fellow attendees in a more relaxed atmosphere.
As a courtesy to the Guest Speakers and other Delegates, please turn your mobile phones off, or on silent mode whilst in the conference room.
After the
You will be given the opportunity to comment on the conference with our evaluation form that will be communicated electronically after the conference end. We really want to know what you think.
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Please wait for the microphone to reach you and state your name and company before asking your question.
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Presentation material, pictures and evaluation form from the conference will be available online at the soonest possible after the event ending


Topic 1: State oversight challenges
Topic 2: Innovation & disaster preparedness
Topic 3: Humanitarian aviation challenges
Topic 4: Safety & security management systems


William Voss
Brian Bauer

 Brian Bauer is the Chief Commercial Officer of Hybrid Enterprises LLC, the worldwide exclusive reseller of Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airships. Prior to this, Mr. Bauer served as Global Aviation Holdings, Inc.’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. In this position Mr. Bauer had direct responsibility for commercial and government sales for a multimillion-dollar aviation operation that oversaw two commercial airlines. He has wet-leased, sold and operated aircraft in over 120 countries on six continents.  

Prior to joining Global, Mr. Bauer served as President of Evergreen International Airlines, where he was responsible for all aspects of an FAA part 121-cargo airline that wet-leased its twenty 747 freighters to customers around the world. Prior to this position, Mr. Bauer served in a variety of sales and operational management and executive positions at Evergreen International Aviation, including leading the Asian sales team based in China as well as heading the Company’s ground handling subsidiary.


Catalin Cotrut
Dumitru-Catalin POPA

May 2012 – October 2016, joined EUROCONTROL, becoming Romania’s representative at EUROCONTROL, with primary task to explore new areas of cooperation, both between Romania and EUROCONTROL and between Romania and the other member states.

In current position, responsible for providing technical advice and services in relation to personnel licensing and flight operations, specifically in the implementation of the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of Annex 1, Annex 6 - Parts I, II and III, Annex 8 and

Procedures for Air Navigation Services — Training (PANS-TRG, Doc 9868).

Also tasked to analyze problems raised by States and International Organizations in the field of language proficiency, training and personnel licensing and recommend appropriate solutions.

David Anderson

David commenced his aviation career as an apprentice mechanic in the Royal Australian Air force (RAAF) before moving to flight crew as a Flight Engineer on the P3C Orion where he spent 10 years in crew member, instructor and check & training roles. After 17 years of service life, David joined an international airline as a B747 Flight Engineer and spent 11 years on international, domestic passenger and cargo operations. At the end of the flying career, David moved into quality and safety with experience in IOSA and ISAGO audits on behalf of IATA, QMS Auditing and BARS auditing for the Flight Safety Foundation. In this time, David also achieved a multi engine commercial pilots license.
David holds an MBA, QMS Lead Auditor certification, commercial pilots licence and engineering qualifications.
David has been involved with the FoundationТs BARS Audit Program since it earliest days in 2010 as an Auditor, Program Manager for the Audit Companies, Audit Manager for the Foundation and now is the Managing Director for the BARS Program within the Flight Safety Foundation.


Eric Perdison

Over the past 25 years, Eric Perdison has worked in various capacities in the aviation industry with a vast experience in military and humanitarian operations.
Upon graduation in Military Studies, Eric began his career as a transport pilot with the Ghanaian Air Force, where he conducted regular and specialized operations, including pilot to the VIP Squadron and in the Presidential Air Fleet. He held the positions of a Flight Commander, a Squadron Commander and was an Honour Graduate in the OfficersТ Staff Course of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. He holds (FAA ATP) and type rated on six different aircraft.
In 2003, Eric served with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) before joining WFP in 2005. Prior to assuming the role of Chief of WFPТs Aviation Service, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Service from 2013, acting as the Chief for more than 18 months following the incumbentТs absence to other official assignments.



Fabien Bonnassie is a member of the Aviation Safety Unit in Rome, where he is the lead for Aviation Safety Analysis / Risk Management and Regional Aviation Safety Officer for West Africa and the Americas. He is also the WFP Drone Safety Coordinator. Fabien has a MsC in Aerospace Engineering and a MsC in General Engineering.

He has been working with the CNES (French National Space Studies Center) in French Guyana, where he participated in 10 Ariane 4 Rocket launches and Thales , EMBRAER and AIRBUS in different functions related to aircraft design, flight test, support and safety. He has also been a consultant for Aviation Safety and RPAS-related projects. He has been working on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) since 1997 with Thales Airborne Systems. Between 2004 and 2007 he has been leading the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS Operational Readiness / In Service Support department at AIRBUS Defence. He is a former member of the European Commercial Aviation Safety Team (ECAST), and a full member of the International Society of Aircraft Accidents Investigators (ISASI).

Frank Steffens

Mr Frank STEFFENS is the manager of EASA’s International Cooperation Department since 2016.

He joined EASA in 2004 and has worked in several management

positions during this time. He was responsible for the relationship

with National Aviation Authorities (NAA), for the contractual outsourcing of

EASA certification tasks to NAAs, and for the management of industry

applications for EASA certification tasks including the EASA Fees and

Charges Regulation. Before EASA, Mr Steffens has worked for the German Luftfahrt -

Bundesamt (LBA) from 1992 until 2004. Among other tasks he was

responsible for the management of the large aircraft certification section

and the certification experts team. He was also involved in the

development of the LBA-FAA Technical Implementation Procedures

(TIP) and Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP) under

the German-US Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA).

Mr Steffens started his career as an aircraft accident investigator at the

German Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) after having

obtained his Master Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and his

subsequent post graduate examination as a German Civil Servant.

He spent his military service at the German Airforce and held a private pilot

licence for several

Geert van Loopik MSc.

Geert is a member of the risk technologies group at CGE Risk Management Solutions. He qualified as an Applied Cognitive Psychologist at Leiden University, specialising in human factors and human error in the industrial environment.

Formerly, he was employed in human factors lecturing, training and research at universities, KLM and at the NLR, a major Dutch aerospace laboratory. Now at CGE, Geert promotes advanced techniques in risk analysis and barrier management across many industries and across the globe.

In his role as global account manager he focusses on implementation strategies of extending barrier management to combine risk, audits and incident analysis.


Hesham El-Hamahmy
Ioan Dorin Primac
Jo Gillespie

Jo Gillespie is a pilot by profession with over 30 years of flying experience in a variety military and commercial enterprises. Most recently he was a captain, instructor and Vice President of Flight Safety with Emirates in Dubai, where he spent 17 years in total. Since 2010 Jo has been putting his experience and expertise to use delivering consultancy, training and guidance to a wide range of aviation industry businesses, together with others in insurance, law, health care and business consultancy. He has appeared as an expert witness in flight operations and safety in the high courts of England and elsewhere in Europe. Perhaps the most successful and productive element of his recent work has been embedding in companies at senior management/executive level to engineer cultural change in the development of safety and compliance functions, along with aspects of business continuity to improve corporate resilience. This is probably the best way to influence culture; from the top down and the inside out. Jo also provides training in subjects as diverse as aircraft upset prevention and recovery (UPRT), evidence based training (EBT) programmes, organisational culture and air accident investigation.

Jose T. Odini

Jose T. Odini graduated as an Officer and Military Pilot from the Uruguayan Air Force in 1977.
He has been an Instructor and Combat Pilot till his retirement in 2003. While at the Air Force,
he graduated as Aviation Safety Officer and as Aviation Accident Investigator in 1983.
He worked extensively in both areas and in Quality Assurance as well.
He holds a License in Occupational Health and Safety from the Uruguayan Work University.
As civilian pilot he held a CPL and he has flown mainly as flight instructor.
He joined WFP in Sudan in December 2005 to work in the Aviation Safety area.
Thereafter in WFP HQ, he implemented the Quality Management System for WFP’s
Aviation Services which comprised extensive travel reviewing the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) worldwide.
He currently is the Chief Aviation Safety Unit of the World Food Programme in Rome.

Satheeshkumar (Kumar) Kumarasingam

Satheeshkumar (Kumar) Kumarasingam, Vice President, Business Development & Commercial Services.
Kumar is responsible for P&WCТs next transformation in product and service strategy, leveraging the market knowledge and understanding of trends and factors that impact the market, leading the business-development teams that are focused on redefining the business model and expanding offerings and growth in non-traditional markets and countries. In this combined role, he continues to provide leadership and direction to the commercial team in order to drive excellence and profitability in Marketing and the front-line Customer Service organizations.
Previously as Vice President, Commercial Services, he was responsible for supporting operators world-wide to achieve the most cost-effective life-cycle ownership via a fully tailored suite of products and offerings while maximizing long-term supportability. He also led the strategic customer-satisfaction initiatives to simplify, standardize and enhance the customer experience.
Mr. Kumarasingam joined P&WC in 1995 as a mechanical design engineer following his graduation. He assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the Engineering, Quality, Operations, Marketing and Customer Service organizations.
Mr. Kumarasingam earned a bachelorТs degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in 1995.

Lacey Pittman


 Lacey is managing director of System Operations Control at Horizon Air for Alaska Air Group.  She provides leadership and coordination for the functional aspect of the command center. She makes safety her first priority, drives continuous improvement in operational performance, and provides excellent customer service through her passion for people.  In addition to her SOC role, she maintains her qualification as a Q400 Captain.

Pittman previously served as Managing Director of Safety and Base Chief Pilot at Horizon Air. As managing director of safety she fulfilled the FAA designated position of required management personnel for airline operations. As Base Chief Pilot she was responsible for managing the PDX pilot domicile for six years. Prior to joining Horizon in 2003 as a Q200 pilot, she flew for 3 years in West Africa for AirServ International on a contract with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Pittman has broadly based international experience in managing physical, financial and human resources in diverse, demanding environments.

Lacey earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in aviation from Trinity Western University and Coastal Pacific Aviation. Pittman currently serves as the chairman of the Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University Industry Advisory Board and has represented Horizon Air at the Regional Airline Association. 


Leslie Cary
Miguel A. Marin

Miguel A Marin graduated from Nathaniel Hawthorne College with a degree in Aviation Administration and has logged over 12,000 hours. He flew for Mexicana Airlines out of Mexico City for over 24 years flying B-727s, DC-8s and the Airbus 320 family of airplanes. During his aviation flying career, he held various management jobs with the airline in the Flight Operations and Flight Safety departments. Additionally he was a volunteer for The International Federation of Air Line PilotsТ Associations (IFALPA) where he chaired the air traffic services committee.

Miguel joined the International Civil Aviation Organization in November of 2009 and has served the organization in various capacities during his six-year tenure. He is currently acting 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.

Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom

Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom is Human Factors Manager at Emirates

Airline and has been with the airline since 2007. In this position he has overseen CRM training in a rapidly expanding airline

and also been part of efforts to integrate Human Factors in the organisation. He has also done work for other organisations, especially the UN World Food P

rogram’s Aviation Safety unit and is currently a member of ICAO’s Human Performance Task Force. In 2018 he received Civil

Avaition Training magazine’s Pioneer award for his work in the aviation industry.

Nicklas also holds the position of Assistant Professor at Lund University School of Aviation

in Sweden and was previously a researcher and instructor there, working mainly on projects related

to safety and Human Factors in aviation as well as in other areas, such as maritime transportation

and health care. Nicklas did his PhD with Professor Sidney Dekker as supervis

or and worked with him on research projects until he joined Emirates. His researc

h areas in aviation have been mental workload, training and simulation and he has written research articles and book chapters on Human Factors and CRM as well as delivered invited presentations, lectures and training in more than twenty different countries.

Previous to his career in academia and civil aviation Nicklas was an officer and meteorologist in the Swedish Air Force, where he also underwent flight trai

ning on the SAAB 105 twin engine trainer jet aircraft. He worked in the Swedish Air Force at the Air Base F10 in as well as at the

Swedish Fighter Pilo

Ovais Ahmed

Mr. Ovais is serving as Chief Aviation Safety in UN HQ, NYC. He has been a flight instructor, test pilot and aerobatic team member in the military; he holds commercial aviation ratings and flew executive business aircraft. Ovais holds operational experience in remotely piloted aircraft systems and has been the first project manager of remote aircraft in United Nations. He is a certified project management specialist, aviation safety (ops) inspector and an accident investigator.
Ovais hold Masters in Business Administration, Bachelors in War and Policy and another Bachelor in Business Studies. He has rich UN field experience in aviation operations and safety, collaborated extensively with humanitarian actors during his field assignments. He keeps a keen eye on International Affairs, lives in New York.

Phillip Graves

Boeing 777 Commander Emirates Airlines and Crew Resource Management/Human Factors Instructor and course development

Captain Phillip Graves is a Boeing 777 Captain for Emirates Airlines based in Dubai for the past seven years as well as a CRM Instructor in the training department. Captain Graves was also a humanitarian pilot in DHC-6, C-402, and C-208 aircraft for Air Serv International from 1991-1995, serving as a check pilot and Program Director in Khartoum, for Operation Lifeline Sudan in Lokichoggio, and Manager of East Africa Operations covering Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. Phillip is a current member of the Board of Directors for Air Serv and has volunteered as a speaker and trainer for WFP seminars in Spain, Sharja, and Nepal.

Phil Robnison

Phil has more than 25 years of operational and security management experience. Has been in the role as AVSEC Coordinator for WFP since 2016. He has conducted and coordinated AVSEC assessment missions to more than 15 countries for the programme. He coordinates with the 8 AVSEC officers based across our AFO network on the implementation of the AVSEC Strategy and Programme. Prior to join WFP he was the Country director/operations manager for Save the Children in the Republic of
Nauru where he was responsible for the delivery of Humanitarian services & Programme (education, case work support and recreation)s in the
regional processing centre (1100 Asylum seekers). Phil worked for the NZ Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for 3 years from 2008 – 2011 as an aviation security regulator.
Phil has also worked on the National aviation security programme and preparation for the ICAO country security audit. He has held several senior management roles in the safety and security sector in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK.
Delivering strategic programmes and services to both public and private sectors. He holds a number of accreditations including AVSEC PM from ICAO, National diploma in Risk Management (Aus/NZ),
Advance Diploma in Health and Safety (Aus/NZ), and ISO 9001 – 2008 lead auditor (Aus/NZ).

Philippe Plantin de Hugues

Philippe Plantin de Hugues Special Adviser on International Affairs / Senior Safety Investigator chez BEA, France

Philippe Plantin de Hugues obtained his Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics in 1991. He worked for a year at the

NASA Ames Research Center (USA). He joined the BEA Engineering Department in 1993 as a specialist

in acoustic analysis. He has participated in major international investigations involving France,

involving over 800 events worldwide. He became the Adviser for International Affairs in 2013. He has

been the Chairman of various international working groups dealing with flight recorders and

lightweight flight recorders. He was chairing the ICAO Flight Recorder Panel during 10 years and is

currently chairing the EUROCAE WG-98 defining the specifications for new generation of ELT.

Sally Longstaff
Thomas R. Anthony


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