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 23th October 2018 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.
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DAY 1: 23 OCTOBER 2018 [Moderator: Jonathan Gillespie, MC: Dima Barqaui]
08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:00

Opening Ceremony  

10:00 - 10:30 Networking and coffee break

Objectives: To look into the challenges and available options of the State of the Operation and State of Registry, having to perform their oversight obligations for operators in remote locations.

10:30 - 13:00

Setting the Scene

Miguel Marin

Chief Operational Safety, ICAO

                              William Voss

ICAO Advisor to Air Navigation Bureau

Challenges and Options

Panel Discussion

Osman Sayed Mohamed Salih

Director of Operation- Sudan CAA

Cameron Ross

Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Board member

Frank Steffens

Head of Department – International Cooperation, EASA

Catalin Cotrut

Director Audit Program, IATA  

N’Diaye Djeneba Dabo

Chief Service Transport - Mali CAA

Jose Odini

WFP Chief Aviation Safety Unite

Philippe Plantin de Hugues

Adviser on International Affairs at the French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile (BEA)


13:00 - 14:00 Networking and Lunch break

Objectives: Utilizing innovative technologies in supporting Humanitarian operations

14:00 - 14:30 Leslie Cary
ICAO RPAS Program Manager
Leveraging unmanned aircraft in humanitarian activities
14:30 - 14:50 Clifford Sweatte
Managing Risk in Drones Operation
14:50 - 15:10 Nabil Nauomi
Independent Air Navigation Commission Member – Germany
Innovating emergency response through FL600 - higher airspace
15:10 - 15:30 Kumarasingam, Satheeshkumar
A tailored OEM approach in supporting Humanitarian Aviation
15:30 - 16:00 Networking and coffee break
16:00 - 16:20 David Anderson
Managing Director Bars Program, FSF
Basic Aviation Risk Standards /Contracted Aircraft Operations
16:20 - 16:40 Popa Catalin
Civil Aviation Safety Inspector Roster
16:40 - 17:00 Gregory Shawn Pece
Chief of Operation, DFS- UN
RPAS Operation for DFS
17:00 - 17:40

Panel Discussion [Moderator: Ovais Ahmed] 

Leslie Cary, Clifford Sweatte,  Nabil Nauomi,  Kumarasingam Satheeshkumar, David Anderson, Popa Catalin, Gregory Pece

17:40 - 17:50 Day 1 wrap-up:  Jonathan Gillespie
19:30 - 22:00 Dinner at the Rihana Terrace
DAY 2: 24 OCTOBER 2018 [Moderator: Jo Gillespie]
09:00 - 09:10 Jonathan Gillespie
Partner & safety management advisor, Gates Aviation
Day 1 overview

Objectives: Looking into different challenges facing the key players (Operators, regulators, manufacturers and humanitarian agencies) in humanitarian operations

09:10 - 09:25 Moses Mwangi
Managing Director – 748 Air Service
Business continuity, professional resources and critical role management
09:25 - 09:40 Sandra Legg
WFP Chief Aviation Transport Officer - Chad
Field Challenges and achievements
09:40 - 10:10 Nicklas Dahlstrom
Human Factors Manager, Emirates Airline
Outcome or Process? – The Focus in Training for Safe Operations
10:10 - 10:30 Lacey Pittman
Managing director of System Operations Control, Horizon Air
Woman in Humanitarian Aviation
10:30 - 11:00 Networking and coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Ioan Dorin Primac
Flight Ops Challenges from ATM Perspectives during Humanitarian Crises
11:30 - 12:00 Ismael Rhissa Zakary
Director , Aftermarket Services EMEA)- PWC
Services innovations and new technologies / P&WC Product
12:00 - 13:00

Panel Discussion [Moderator:  Nicklas Dahlstrom ]

Lacey Pittman, Ioan Primac, , Moses Mwangi, Sandra Legg,  Ismael Zakary, Eric Perdison

13:00 - 14:00 Networking and Lunch break

Objectives: Safety and security management systems application enforcement in harsh working environment

14:00 - 14:20 Egypt Air Safety management or quality management, which comes first?
14:20 - 14:40 Thomas Anthony
Director, Aviation Safety & Security Program, USC
Safety and security - building global consensus
14:40 - 15:00 Jonathan Gillespie
Director- Gates Aviation
Non- Compliance The Common Factor
15:00 - 15:30 Networking and coffee break
15:30 - 15:50 Hesham El-Hamahmy PAS
What are the critical enablers that promote and facilitate achieving safety performance?
15:50 - 16:10 Geert Van Loopik
Account & Event Manager, CGE Risk Management Solutions
Update of barrier-based risk/incident
16:10 - 16:30 Phil Robinson
Aviation Security, facts and Challenges
16:30 - 17:30

Panel Discussion – [Moderator:   Jonathan Gillespie]

Egypt Air ,  Geert Van Loopik, Thomas Anthony, Phil Robinson, Hesham El Hamahmy, Ahmed Hersey

17:30 - 17:40 Day 2 wrap-up: Jonathan Gillespie
17:40 - 17:45 WFP closing speech: Capt. Samir Sajet
DAY 3: 25 OCTOBER 2018 (Room A / Main meeting Room) Working Group 1

Working Group: Crew  Experience Required to Operate  in Difficult/ Remote  Areas


Introduction by ICAO facilitator: Mr. Miguel Marin

09:00 - 09:30



Current UNAVSTADS requirements and some other examples from the industry- Brief Review

WFP chartered air operators

  Crew shortage in the industry in general from a prospective point of view – Brief Review


Competency-based approach discussions in the industry – Brief Review

09:30 - 10:30

Working groups (3) discussions and preparation of proposals

10:30 - 11:00 Networking and coffee break
11:00 - 12:15

Continuation of working groups discussions and consolidation of proposals

12:15 - 13:00

Brief presentation of proposals by each working group and conclusion of the session

 ICAO facilitator: Mr. Miguel Marin - Panelists :  Eric Perdison, Ovais Ahmed, Michel Shaffner

13:00 - 14:00 Networking and lunch break
DAY 3: 25 OCTOBER 2018 (Room A / Main meeting Room) Working Group 2

Working Group: Air Drop/ Standards – Procedures – Training

Leader of Discussion: Cameron

14:00 - 15:30

Panelists : Jose Odini, ICRC, WFP Operator (ABAKAN)

Note: outcome should be expected following working group Discussion

DAY 3: 25 OCTOBER 2018 (Room B) Facilitator: David Anderson - FSF

David Anderson - BARS

Introduction to BARS

09:00 - 10:30 David Anderson BARS
10:30 - 11:00 Networking and coffee break
11:00 - 13:00 David Anderson BARS


Bill Voss

During his 45 year career, William Voss obtained Airline Transport Pilot, Mechanic, and Air Traffic Control certificates. He worked in the FAA as an air traffic controller and progressed through a number of management and executive positions overseeing the development and deployment of the U.S. Air Traffic Control System. He served as the Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at ICAO where he had broad responsibilities including international standards for safety, efficiency, air traffic control, airports, and oversight audits.

Bill spent several years as the President and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation where he was an international safety advocate. In 2015 he returned to ICAO as the Air Navigation Commissioner nominated by the United States, before retiring from government service in August. He now works part-time as an independent advisor on matters related to international aviation.

Catalin Cotrut

Pilot, engineer and holder of Master in Aviation Management. After a career in military and civil aviation he was appointed Director General of Romanian CAA in 2005. Between 2007 to 2010 he represented his country in ICAO Council. Since 2010 he is Director Audit Programs within IATA in charge with IOSA, ISAGO and ISSA

Catalin Radu

Catalin Radu is the Deputy Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at ICAO in charge
of Aviation Safety, appointed in this role in September 2014.
He has held a number of executive and managerial positions at the Romanian
Ministry of Transport and at the European level with over 20 years’ experience in
aviation safety and international aviation organizations. He also served as
President of ECAC, Vice President of EUROCONTROL and ECAC’s Focal Point for
Safety Matters.
Catalin graduated in aeronautical engineering from the Polytechnic University in
Bucharest and trained at SUPAERO in Toulouse, specializing in aerospace
engineering (MSc). He also holds a degree in International Relations and European
Studies with a specialization in Public Administration Management. He began his
career in the airworthiness field with the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority, in
2006 becoming Head of the Accident Investigation Unit within the MoT and in
May 2007, Director General of Romanian Civil Aviation.
He has received several awards, among others the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa”
in 2011 and “Médaille de l’Aéronautique” in 2013.

Clifford Sweatte
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 27 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 Officers’ 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 WFP’s Aviation Service, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Service from 2013, acting as the Chief for more than 18 months following the incumbent’s absence to other official assignments.



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 years.

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

He was born and bred in Sydney, Australia where he has lived most of his life. In 1997, he graduated with a Bachelors in Aviation from University of Newcastle along with his Commercial Pilots License from the University’s Flying School. Later on he completed his Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety Management and commenced his Doctorate degree in the same field. During his academic career, he was a Human Factors and Crew Resource Management Lecturer.
In 2000, he moved to Egypt due to the fascinating culture and history, and he later joined Petroleum Air Services as a Helicopter Pilot and shortly afterwards became their Helicopter Flight Safety Officer. He has been with them now nearly 15 years and as a Corporate Safety Manager in the last 5 years – is type rated on Bell 206, Bell 212 and 412 with nearly 4000 hours of Helicopter Experience.
He has actively presented in many International Safety Conferences including the recent ICAO Heliport Seminar and represented the MENA Region at the International Helicopter Safety Team Conference. He has successfully implemented IOSA Certification and achieved a ZERO SMS finding result. He continues to ensure that PAS maintain the highest Safety levels within the organization. He enjoys his flying and work in the field of Safety Management – where he considers everyday is a safety challenge.

Ioan Dorin Primac

I have been carried out all duties and responsibilities in aviation domain as follows:

-At an operational level, as an air traffic control officer;
  -Control of aircraft in approach control unit & aerodrome control tower.
  -Coordination/Deconfliction of Military and civil flights in area control center.
  -International experience as a air traffic control officer, in remote environment during man-made emergences caused by armed conflict.

-At an operational level, as an airspace expert;
  -collecting and analysing all airspace requests and deciding the daily airspace allocation, taking into account the specific user requirements, available capacity and the effect on the route network.

-At a regulatory level, as an air staff officer;
  -In accordance with ICAO standards and recommendations, harmonizing regulations of the Romanian Air Force in air traffic control and aeronautical information service domains.
  -NATO Air Component Command, developing procedures for air operations during war and crises and planning and delivering training to the Partnership for Peace countries' personnel.

-At a regulatory level, as a civil aeronautical inspector and a chief of Systems Interoperability Office within Romanian Civil Aviation Authority;
  -Responsibility for conducting audits and inspections, ensuring the certification and continuous oversight of the Romanian ANSP – ROMATSA.

Ismaeil Blooshi

Mr. Ismaeil Mohammed Al Blooshi is an aircraft engineer with a Master in Aviation Management from Coventry University and has graduated from the UAE Government Executive Leadership Program.

He is the Chair of the ICAO Middle East Regional Aviation Safety Group and also Chair of the ICAO SMP group, GCC Safety Committee, ACAC Safety Committee. He is also part of the GCAA Executive Committee for the implementation of the Federal Strategy. 

He began his career as an aircraft engineer with Emirates in 1990 and joined the General Civil Aviation Authority as Airworthiness Inspector in 2001. He was promoted to the rank of Chief of Airworthiness prior to taking up his Directorship.

He is responsible for functions and activities of the Aviation Safety Affairs Sector including policy, regulation and planning, flight operations, airworthiness, licensing and air navigation and aerodromes. Under his supervision and technical expertise, the UAE GCAA has successfully adopted several automation projects and continuously fostering growth while ensuring safety standards are being maintained. Under his leadership the Safety Affairs sector has contributed positively towards the vision of the GCAA of becoming ‘A leading, safe, secure and sustainable civil aviation systems’

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 Pittman is the Managing Director of the Operations Control Center at Horizon Air. In this role, she provides leadership and coordination for the functional aspect of the airline command center, provides the best customer service to the greatest number of passengers while maximizing revenue and aircraft utilization, and develops and implements strategic initiatives and procedures to be used in various irregular operational situations. Prior to this role, Lacey was the Managing Director of Safety at Horizon Air. In this role, Pittman was responsible for all safety programs, including implementing the Safety Management System, at Horizon Air.

Pittman joined Horizon in 2003 as a Q200 first officer. Three years later, she was named one of the company’s assistant chief pilots, and in April 2012, she was promoted to director of safety. She maintains her qualifications as a Q400 captain and routinely flies trips to both keep current and experience the operation firsthand.

Prior to beginning her career at Horizon, Pittman worked for Air Serv International, a not-for-profit humanitarian aviation organization, providing aid and relief around the world. She flew a King Air 200 into refugee camps along the war-torn regions of West Africa.

Lacey met her husband, Sean Pittman, while he was serving in the United States Marine Corps in Africa. Together they are raising their three daughters, Sahara, Keira, and Amelia.

Leslie Cary

Leslie Cary is the Chief of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Section in the Air Navigation Bureau at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Ms. Cary is responsible for managing the work programme and coordinating all developments related to UAS / RPAS within the ICAO framework, including UAS traffic management (UTM).  This involves working with Technical Panels, Study Groups, Advisory Groups and Task Forces and relevant external bodies on development of Standards and Recommended Practices, procedures and guidance material which will establish the basis for global interoperability and harmonization of RPAS, UAS and UTM.    


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.

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 Program’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 supervisor and worked with him on research projects until he joined Emirates. His research 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 training 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 Pilot School F5, where he was also an instructor for both pilots and meteorologists.

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.

Phil Robinson

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 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.

Thomas R. Anthony

Present position as Director of the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program. 

Instructor in Aviation Safety Management Systems, Aircraft Accident Investigations, SMS for Managers, and Aviation Security courses since 2007. 

Participated in the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) for the proposed FAA regulation on SMS for aircraft operators. Serves as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). Authored or co-authored four articles for AeroSafety World on Human Factors. Is participating with aviation safety elements of the World Food Program to deliver several courses to World Food Program aviation providers.  

Has established a new aircraft accident investigation facility for the USC program and have acquired new wreckages to serve as the basis for investigative analysis. 

Served as a consultant for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Aviation Security. Conducted training in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Auckland, New Zealand for ICAO. 

Served as the Federal Security Director of the Palm Springs International , Yuma International, and Imperial County Airports. Retired from Federal Service.  

Served as the FAA Regional Division Manager for Civil Aviation Security in the Western Pacific Region. Directed the aviation security oversight of domestic and international airports, air carriers, and indirect air carriers within the region. Directed emergency security response to the World Trade Center II attacks a

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Day 1

Topic 1 State Oversight Challenges


01 Miguel Marin - State Oversight Challenges


02 Frank Steffens - Supporting Countries to develop an effective avaition oversight system


03 Cameroon Ross - Risk Management


04 Catalin Cotrut - IATA Operational Audit Programs


05 Philippe de Hugues - Lightweight flight recorders


06 Jose Odini - Monitoring oversight challenges within WFP operational environment

Topic 2 Emerging Aviation Technologies for Disaster Responses


01 Ovais Ahmed - DFS Aviation Safety


02 Leslie Cary - Leveraging UAS for Humanitarian.pdf


03 Nabil Naoumi - Innovating emergency response through FL-600 - Higher Airspace


04 Cliff Sweatte - WFP and RPAS


05 David Anderson - FSF BARS


06 Catalin Popa - CASI


07 Greg Pece - Emerging Technologies in UN DFS Aviation


08 Satheeshkumar Kumarasingam - PWC Supporting Humanitarian Operations

Day 2

Topic 3 Humanitarian Aviation Challenges


01 Moses Mwangi - 748 Business continuity


02 Sandra Legg - UNHAS Operations


03 Nicklas Dahlstrom - The focus on training


04 Lacey Pittman - Role of women in aviation


05 Dorin Primac - Flight Ops Brief Challenges from ATM perspective


06 Ismael Zakary - New Technologies And PWC Innovations

Topic 4 Safety And Security Management Systems


01 Adel Helal - Egyptair Cargo Overview


02 Thomas Anthony - ADS-B Practical


03 Jo Gillespie Common - Factor


04 Hesham El-Hamahmy - Helicopter Operations Hazardous Facilities


05 Geert van Loopik - BowTie Risk Managmenet


06 Phil Robinson - WFP Aviation Security

Day 3


01 ALS - Crew Shortage


02 Abakan - Abakan Air Cargo Drop System.

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