11th GHAC


DAY 1: 16 OCTOBER 2019
08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:00

Opening Ceremony

     1.      Egyptian National Anthem

     2.      Egypt Video

     3.      Humanitarian Aviation operation

     4.      WFP Operation

     5.      GHAC is Humanitarian Aviation Voice

     6.      Woman In Humanitarian Aviation

10:00 - 10:30 Networking and coffee break
Topic 1: Disaster Response Preparations - Bill Voss - ICAO - Advisor on matters related to international aviation.

Objectives:   Planning for a large-scale response to a disaster that cannot be predicted is an incredibly difficult thing.  The need for structured process and discipline has to be balanced against the need for improvisation and adaptability.   The panelists will discuss how government institutions, relief organizations and private enterprises transform their aviation operations to become part of a cohesive large-scale disaster response.

10:30 - 13:00

Philippe Martu, Chief Aviation Service - WFP

Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs - DHL-DPWN

Maria Grigore, TRACECA National Secretary of Romania - Ministry of Transport Romania

(Transfer the airports from normal operation to Humanitarian logistic hub)

Gregory Pece, Chief Air Transport Section, Logistics Support Division- Department of Field Support

Abdelrahman Fawzy, Chief Operations Officer - Fly Egypt

Graig Munro, Aviation Manager - Ultimate Air (CADG Manned ISR)

Daniel Juzi, Disaster Response pilot -MSF and Zamex Air

13:00 - 14:00 Networking and Lunch break
14:00 - 14:40 Panel Discussion
Topic 2: Innovation in Humanitarian Aviation - Moderator: Jo Gillespie Partner & Safety Management Advisor, Gates Aviation


14:40 - 17:20

Ovais Ahmed, Chief Aviation Safety Officer
Aviation Safety Section - Office of Supply Chain Management
(UN RPAS approach on aviation safety)

Catalin Radu, Aviation Safety, Deputy Director, Air Navigation Bureau - ICAO

Jo Gillespie, Partner & Safety Management Advisor - Gates Aviation

Geert van Loopik, Global Account Manager & Trainer - CGE Risk Management Solutions B.V

Ismael Zakary, General Manager-
Pratt & Whitney Canada (CSC) Europe GmbH

Catalin Popa, Technical Specialist within Operational Safety Section / ANB / ICAO

15:30 - 16:00 Networking and coffee break
17:20 - 17:50 Panel Discussion
17:50 - 18:00 Day 1 wrap-up
19:30 - 22:00 Dinner
DAY 2: 17 OCTOBER 2019
09:00 - 09:15 Day 1 overview
09:15 - 09:30

Jakob Kern, Director Supply Chain - WFP

Saving Lives, Changing Lives

Topic 3: Competency Based Training and Assessment - Moderator: Gerda Pardatscher, Technical Officer, Personnel Licensing, Operational Safety Section, Air Navigation Bureau (ANB)- ICAO

Objectives:   After the amendments to PANS Training ICAO has implemented and will continue to implement the competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) method for flight crew training for initial as well as for recurrent training. This panel will highlight the challenges of this training and assessment method, discuss about its advantages and provide an outlook for the use of CBTA in pilot training in the future. 

09:30 - 12:10
Wayne Morgan, Head of Training, Flight Training
Europe - Aeropuerto de Jerez de la Frontera

Roger Crosthwaite,  Branch Manager Flight Standards - Aviation Group -  Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Australia

Ole Fisker, Director of Flight Operations - Voyageur Airways Limited

Carl Haslem – IATA
Gerda Pardatscher, Technical Officer, Personnel Licensing, Operational Safety Section, Air Navigation Bureau (ANB)- ICAO
10:30 - 11:00 Networking and coffee break
12:10 - 13:00 Panel Discussion
13:00 - 14:00 Networking and Lunch break
Topic 4: How to make humanitarian operations safer - Moderator: Nicklas Dahlstorm, Human Factors Manager - Emirates Airline


14:00 - 16:40
Solomon Gizaw, CEO - Abyssinian Flight Service
(From Haiti in the nineties with MAF to
Melkadida in 2019 with UNHAS – A life dedicated
to humanitarian Aviation)

Nicklas Dahlstorm, Human Factors Manager - Emirates Airline

Mario Siberian, Head UNHAS S. Sudan - WFP
Philippe de Saint-Georges, Air Operations - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Ahmed Hersi, Aviation Safety Manager - ICRC

15:00 - 15:30 Networking and coffee break
16:40 - 17:30 Panel Discussion
17:30 - 17:40 Day 2 wrap-up
17:40 - 17:45 WFP closing speech
DAY 3: 18 OCTOBER 2019
Workshop 1

Workshop (1):  What makes pilots qualified to fly in remote, hostile and poor infrastructure areas

09:30 - 10:30 Working group discussions and preparation of proposals
10:30 - 11:00 Networking and coffee break
11:00 - 13:00 Working group discussions and preparation of proposals
13:00 - 14:00 Networking and lunch break
Workshop 2

Workshop (2): Get Airport Ready For Disaster (GARD) by DHL

14:00 - 15:00 Working group discussions and preparation of proposals
15:00 - 15:30 Networking and coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 Working group discussions and preparation of proposals
Workshop 3
Workshop (3): BowTie Risk assessment training, theory and practice, by Geert van Loopik, Global Account Manager &
Trainer , CGE
09:30 - 12:00
Workshop objectives: Provide the attendees through a combination of presentations and interactive activities with the advantages of the BowTie Method – a widely used method for not only performing qualitative risk analysis but also for incident investigation and process safety audit. The workshop will highlight the BowTie method and some of its advanced theory and help in providing the required knowledge on how to apply the BowTie method at the attendees’ organization.


Abdelrahman Fawzy

Abdelrahman Fawzy has a respectful experience in the Aviation industry, as he is an Airline pilot since 2002, and Captain since 2010.

In addition to his flying experience, Abdelrahman joined several management posts since 2010, to include Assitant G.M Training, G.M Safety & Quality, Board member of directors EgyptAir Airlines
and currently acting as Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Abdelrahman passed through various studies in parallel with his career, as he got BA Degree in
Business Admini stration, studied law, and achieved Master Degree in Aviation Management (Airlines & Airports) Toulouse Business School.

Ahmed Hersi

Over 20 years experience with ICRC, including assignments in operational contexts and responsibilities ranging from AirOps Manager, Risk Management and to Head of Sub-delegation. Currently hold the Aviation Safety Manager post at HQ.

Bill Voss

William Vossis a Special Advisor to the Director of the Air Navigation Bureau atICAO.Until recently, he was a member ofthe ICAOAir Navigation Commissionwhich is the most senior technical body in international aviation.

Billservedfor 6 yearsas the President and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundationwhere hewas a widely recognized as an advocate for aviation safety.Prior to thathe was the Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at ICAO where he directed thedevelopment of international standards, guidance material, and the implementationof global programs, such as the implementation of Safety Management Systems andthe ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program.

He was certified as an Airline Transport Pilot and an Airframe and PowerplantMechanic.He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Universityof Oklahoma, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management fromLewis University

Carl Haslem

Capt. Carl Haslem has spent his working life in Aviation. Initially training as an Engineer with British Aerospace, then commencing his flight training with British Airways in 1991. During his career he flew on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 777 fleets - Completing his career as an Airbus Captain in 2010.
He then joined one of the world’s leading ATOs and completed his time there as part of the Airbus Training Management Team. He also played a significant role in the introduction and development of the Multi-crew Pilots Licence (MPL) training programs.
He has extensive regulator experience: (member of EASA RMT); Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) development and training; Audits and Inspections; Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) and Evidence Based Training (EBT).
He has worked across the globe, with some of the world’s largest airlines and training providers.

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.

Chris Weeks

Chris Weeks is VP, Humanitarian Affairs for DPDHL and is responsible for the company’s strategic partnership with UN OCHA. As part of the pro bono agreement DPDHL has recruited, trained and equipped 650 employees to form three volunteer “Disaster Response Teams”.
They are located in countries around Panama, Dubai and Singapore to support the UN agencies and the INGOs with airport logistics following a major sudden-onset natural disaster. He is also a lead trainer for the GARD programme (Getting Airports Ready for Disaster).
He represents DPDHL on the ICAO/OCHA Focus Task Force for Airport Efficiency Chris is British and is based in UK after many years in Brussels.
He has first hand experience of Airport Logistics following deployments to many major disasters. Most recently he led the DPDHL team in Beira, Mozambique.

Craig Munro

Craig Munro has been a key member of the Ultimate Aviations team since day of inception, successfully leading new business development and operations in the Middle East and Africa. After 15 years of working in post conflict and austere regions of the world, Craig has a wealth of experience in performing a full suite of aviation services.

Daniel Juzi

Daniel Juzi is a humanitarian disaster response and safety and security specialist working for MAF and Zimex. He is still active as a pilot and lectures on topics around crisis, safety and security management. Growing up in South East Asia, Daniel completed his undergraduate studies in the USA and graduate studies at City University in London. Daniel has spent his career flying in fragile contexts, starting out in Africa, then spending 20 years in Afghanistan and in various humanitarian disasters. Daniel has specialized in helping organizations understand anthropological issues around safety management through finding contextual solutions. Various organizations have also asked for help to develop their crisis management or Daniel has been asked to support them in a real crisis. Daniel is available for lectures, workshops, or consultations.

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.


Gerda Pardatscher

Professional background in aviation:

  • Technical Officer Personnel Licensing, ICAO
  • Senior Expert, aircrew licensing, EASA
  • Manager for personnel licensing, Austro Control GmbH (CAA of Austria)
  • Licensing expert, SWISS international airlines in the Flight Ops department
  • Licensing expert, training organisation of Crossair, Basel/CH (ab initio pilot training, type-rating training for Saab 340, Saab 2000, AVRO RJ, MD 80 and Embraer 145 and cabin crew training).

Academic background:

University studies in European Economics with a foc

us on European law and European languages

Pilot licence held:

PPL(A) SEP(land

Gregory S Pece

Mr. Gregory Pece is the current Chief, Air Transport Section located under the Logistics Support Division in the Department of Field Support, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY. He is responsible for development of policy for, and oversight of, the DFS United Nations Aviation Programme, comprised of approximately 220 fixed and rotary wing aircraft, as well as nine Unmanned Aircraft Systems, supporting 36 Peace Operations worldwide. The Section provides policy and advice to leadership and member states, as well as the development and maintenance of commercial contracts and military letters of assist, a program which averages on the order of $1 billion USD per annum.

Prior to the UN, Mr. Pece served in the US Air Force, flying both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, in a variety of roles and capacities, accumulating approximately 3,900 hours of flight time as both an instructor and evaluator. Mr. Pece also served as a Peacekeeper in the late 1990s, as well as a military attaché in Africa and South Asia.

Ismael Rhissa Zakary

Ismael Rhissa Zakaryis responsible forthe development of long-range businessobjectives and strategic plans for Pratt and Whitney Canada. His role encompassesidentifying and developing Pratt &Whitney Canadanewservicesin Europe, Africa andMiddle-east as well as leadingrange of Aftermarket support activities.

Ismael holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in strategy from Queen’s

University, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from “Ecole des HautesEtudes commercial” (HEC) and a Post Graduate degree in Finance and Treasury fromMcGill University

Jakob Kern

Since May 2018, Jakob Kern is the Director of WFP's global Supply Chain Division. Prior to this, he was Country Director in Syria for 2.5 years managing one of the largest and most complex humanitarian emergency operations in the world. Jakob Kern joined WFP in 1998 as Head of Special Operations in Liberia. In 2001 he moved to Eritrea followed in 2003 by a posting in DPR Korea as Deputy Country Director. Following a role as Director of the National Staff Project in Human Resources, in 2006 he became Deputy Chief Information Officer and was selected as Chief Information Officer in 2012. Before joining WFP, Jakob Kern worked for ten years as project manager on civil engineering projects in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Tanzania and Switzerland. Jakob Kern is a national of Switzerland and the United States, and received a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Jo Gillespie

Jo is a pilot by profession with over 30 years flying experience in a variety of industry sectors.
He spent 17 of those years with Emirates as a captain, TRI and VP-Flight Safety. For the past 10 years he has been a consultant,
instructor and expert witness in aviation safety management, regulatory compliance and the overall reduction of exposure to error and risk.
Jo has also helped spread aviation industry expertise into healthcare and maritime organisations.

Maria Grigore

Maria Magdalena GRIGORE was appointed Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 19, 2018.
She has the responsibility for Inter-institutional Relations, Development and Humanitarian Policies.
In this capacity, she ensures policy coherence across a broad spectrum of development and humanitarian assistance. Previously, between January 2017 and July 2018 and January 2015 till November 2016 she served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport.
At the Ministry of Transport among the main responsibilities were the coordination of the Management Authorities in the railway and aviation fields.
Since February 2018, Maria Magdalena GRIGORE is the Vice-President of the Bureau of the Inland Transport Committee of
the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ITC UN-ECE) and since July 2012, she holds the position of Romania’s National Secretary for TRACECA.

Mario A. Sibrian Bio

COLLEGE EDUCATION: Master’s Degree inDigital Marketing,IEP, Spain;BusinessAdministrationUSPS,Honduras;Total Quality Control Management,Human ResourcesManagementUCH, Honduras.


Severalaviation traininginthe following;State SafetyProgramme(SSP),Quality Management,Aviation Security Awareness,ADREP/ECCAIRS,Initial Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance,Aviation Safety Management Systems,AccidentInvestigation,Emerging Threats in AviationSecurity (AVSEC),ICAO Government Aviation Operations Safety Inspector, Course on refining,performance and marketing of Transportation Fuels,andSafety Oversight.


Inthe raise of his career served17 yearsin theHonduran AirForce as military pilot,withratingsinseveral fixed wing and helicopter aircraft.On conclusion of his military service, joined DPKObriefly for a mission in Eritrea(UNMEE)andthenworked for17yearsup to datewiththeWorldFood Programme;Currentlyservingas Chief Air Transport Officer inSouth Sudanwithpriorsimilar positionsinAfghanistanand back in South Sudan.Previouslyservedas Regional SafetyOfficer inNairobi and South Africa and inRome Hqfrom where he was assigned to participatein variousworldwideemergencieslikeMozambiquefloods,Iraqpost war,Haitihurricane,IndonesiaTsunami,Pakistanearthquake andflood, MadagascarfloodsandthePhilippinesTyphoonHaiyan/Yolandaback in 2013.

Heldshort tenuresinvariouspositionswiththeDepartment of Peace Keeping Operations(MINURSOMilitary Observer),andtheHonduran Civil Aviation Authority(DGAC)

LANGUAGES: Spanish: (Mother Tongue), English:Speak, Read & WriteExcellent, Italian:Speak& ReadGood;French: Speak & ReadBasic

Nicklas Dahlstrom

Dr. Nicklas has been with the airline since 2007. In this position he has overseen CRM training in a rapidly expanding airline and also driven integration of Human Factors in the organization. Nicklas was previously a researcher and instructor at Lund University School of Aviation in Sweden and still holds a part-time position as Assistant Professor there. His work has mainly focused on safety and Human Factors in aviation, but also areas such as maritime transportation, health care and nuclear industry. His research areas in aviation have been mental workload, training and simulation as well as culture. Nicklas 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 countries. He is currently part of the ICAO Human Performance Task Force that is rewriting the Human Factors document of ICAO.

Nicklas Dahlstrom is Human Factors Manager at Emirates. He oversees CRM training and integration of Human Factors in the organization. He was previously a researcher and instructor at Lund University in Sweden. His research work has focused on aviation, but also on maritime transportation, health care and nuclear industry. His research areas have been mental workload, training and simulation. Nicklas has written research articles and book chapters, and delivered presentations and training in twenty countries.

Ole Fisker

With over 30 years of aviation experience he has held various key post holder positions and is a seasoned Pilot flying multiple aircraft types internationally. Currently he is the Director of Flight Operations for Voyageur Aviation Corp. As the Director of Flight Operations, he is responsible for the safety of flight operations and ensures that air operations are conducted in accordance with the aviation regulations, standards, company policy and Chorus values. He is responsible for compliance with Corporate Safety and Quality SMS Audits for Flight Operations and is responsible for internal oversight of QA programs for the Flight Operations Department. Acting as a liaison with EASA, FAA and TCCA for all matters relating to Flight Operations, he ensures that the Flight Operations standards are continually developed and synchronized.

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.

Philippe de Saint-Georges

Besides being a Medical Doctor (neuropediatric and neurobiology research) and having a strong background in Computer Sciences, my passion for Aviation, getting a FAA Dispatcher certification together with an IATA Flight Operation management certification, when I joined MSF in 2010, oriented my career to Humanitarian Flight Operations on the field for emergency deployment (Philippines, Guinea, Haiti, Mozambique,…) or mission flight coordination (DRC, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen,…) and at Headquarters as Air Operations Front or Back office.

Philippe Martu

Bio: Philippe Martou took up his duties as Director of the UN WFP Aviation Services on 01 June 2019, after serving for two years as Chief of the WFP Emergency Preparedness Branch. 

Philippe moved back to Rome HQ after 10 years as WFP Coordinator and Chief for Eastern DRC and before that for South & East-Darfur in Sudan. He also served for WFP in DRC, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Nepal, North-East Nigeria, Myanmar, Haiti, the Philippines, Kenya and others, all in an Emergency Response role. Philippe joined WFP in 2001 in DRC as Chief Air Transport Officer and moved to HQ after CATO assignments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Before joining WFP, Philippe totalled more than 5000 Hours on the C130, in several Peace Keeping and Peace Enforcement Operations, such as The Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Rwanda, Zaire as well as Humanitarian Airlift and Airdrop deployments such as in, Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Angola.

Philippe holds a degree in Aeronautical engineering, a Masters in Social and Military science and has several certificates in the aviation industry in Belgium and USA.

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.

Roger Crosthwaite

The branch is responsible for developing and maintaining regulations and guidance material for flight crew licensing, air traffic management systems and flight operations. His background is in pilot training and education with operational experience managing the authority’s licensing and registration processes for personnel and operators. Prior to joining CASA, Roger was the policy advisor at the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority and was involved in various projects including medical certification, airspace management, fees policy, and flight crew licensing standards. He was involved in establishing the first aviation academic program in the southern hemisphere ads well as participating in international education and training developments in South East Asia. Roger is a member of the Australian Aviation Industry Reference Committee and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Solomon Gizaw

Capt. Solomon Gizaw, Founder and Managing Director of the first viable air charter company, Abyssinian Flight Services and the first privately owned and operated Aviation Academy in Ethiopia. I have been pilot/mechanic with Mission Aviation Fellowship for 11 years having flown in Haiti, serving the greater East African counties based in Uganda and Ethiopia before establishing Abyssinian Flight Services in 1999.

Wayne Morgan

Commenced Pilot training in the Royal Air Force in 1969. In 1987 joined British Aerospace as a Flight Instructor in Saudi Arabia.
In 2000 started as Commercial Airline Pilot and held Captain positions on the DC-10, Airbus A320/321; Boeing 737/757 in the passenger role and then DC-10 and MD-11 in the Cargo role operating in Africa, Middle-East, Asia and South America.
On retirement from the Public Transport role returned to ab initio Flight Instruction and for the last 5 years have been Head of Training at Flight Training Euope.


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