Programme#Redefining Air Transport for a New Era
Day 1
Day 2
13:00 - 13:30
Opening Ceremony
  • Welcome address by the President of AFRAA & Chief Executive Officer – TAAG Angola
  • Remarks by Secretary General, AFRAA, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé
  • Keynote speech by Mr. Tefera Mekonnen Tefera, Secretary General – African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC)
  • Keynote speech by Mr. Barry Kashambo, Regional Director – International Civil Aviation
    Organization (ICAO), Eastern & Southern African (ESAF) Regional Office
  • Keynote speech by IATA Director General & CEO, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac
  • Keynote speech by Africa Union Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy Dr. Amani
  • Opening speech by the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Angola
13:30 - 13:50
Annual report of the Secretary General of AFRAA
13:50 - 14:10
Presentation 1

Getting back to business: Planning Networks and Fleet beyond 2020 by Mr. Rob Watts, Director of Advisory – ACC Aviation

14:10 - 14:50
CEOs Roundtable

Journey to Recovery: Effective Collaborative Strategies for Recovery and Sustainability

  • Yvonne Makolo, Chief Executive Officer – RwandAir
  • Mr Busera Awel, Group Vice President Strategic Planning and Alliances – Ethiopian Airlines
  • Mr Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director – Kenya Airways
  • Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO – Astral Aviation

 Moderator: Ms. Catrin Drawer, Associate Partner – Lufthansa Consulting GmbH

14:50 - 15:20
Executive Interview 1

Getting back to business in the era of COVID 19

-How are airlines restarting their operations and where are the revenue opportunities?

-Sustainable strategies to preserve cashflow whilst operating with reduce load factors

-What are the lessons to be learned from other markets outside Africa?


  • Sameer Adam, Regional VP Sales (EMEAR) De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
  • Rui Carreira, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – TAAG Angola Airlines

 Moderator: Ms. Maureen Kahonge, Senior Manager Business Development & Communications

15:20 - 16:00
Executive Session 2

Air Transport Recovery Trends and Building Blocks for Africa by Mr. Sebastian Mikosz
SVP Member and External Relations IATA

15:20 - 16:00
Executive Session 3

An open discussion with Mr. Ali Tounsi, Secretary General – ACI Africa on Are African airports geared up for the restart and recovery of the air transport industry?

Moderator: Capt. Gilbert M. Kibe, Director General – Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

15:20 - 16:00
Executive Session 1

Insights on Balance Sheet Restructure and Financing Strategies

15:20 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:00
Closed session – AFRAA Member Airlines Only
  • Approval of statement of accounts for the year ended 31st December 2019
  • Appointment of auditors for the year 2020
  • Approval of budget and membership subscriptions for the year 2021
  • Approval of AFRAA 2021-2025 Strategic Plan
  • Election of members to the Executive Committee
  • Election of Officers – President, Chairman, 1st & 2nd Vice Chairmen of AFRAA
  • Appointment of members of Steering Committees and Task Forces
  • Report on Industry Affairs
  • Date and Venue of the 53rd Annual General Assembly
  • Any Other Business
13:00 - 13:05
Welcome remarks by Programme Director
13:05 - 13:35
Executive interview 2

Navigating the crisis, an airline experience

·         Mr. Desire Balazire, CEO – Congo Airways

·         Mr. Raja Indradev Buton , Officer in Charge and Accountable Manager – Air Mauritius

Moderator: Mr. Jon Howell, Founder and CEO – AviaDev Africa

13:35 - 14:05
Executive Interview 3

Alignment of Tourism and Air Transport Sectors for Recovery

• Ms. Elcia Grandcourt, Director Regional Department for Africa – World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
• Mr. Chris Zweigenthal, CEO – Airline Association of Southern Africa

Moderator: Mr. Aaron Munetsi, Consultant

14:05 - 14:45
Panel 1

Restoration of passenger confidence through Technology and innovation
• Mr. Pete Newell, Practice Leader, Network Planning & Scheduling (NPS) – Sabre
• James Hardie, Head of Regional Marketing, EMEA, Information Management Services – Collins Aerospace
• Dr. Justin M. Maeda, Head Surveillance and Disease Intelligence – Africa CDC

Moderator: Mr. Johan Pauwels, Regional Vice-President Africa and France Airline Business Group – Hahn Air Lines GmbH

14:45 - 14:55
14:55 - 15:25
Executive Interview 4

Air cargo: A Key Contributor to Sustainability of the Air Transport Industry

Executives on panel

• Mr. Vladimir D. Zubkov, Secretary General – The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)
• Mr. Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO – Astral Aviation

Moderator: Mr. Reji John, Editor – Logistics Update Africa, A STAT Media Group Publication


15:25 - 16:05
Panel 2

A New Dawn: Can we Rewrite the Narrative of Air Transport in Africa?
Shall Aviation stakeholders address Africa’s high air transport operational costs collaboratively to accelerate the slow recovery?

• Mr. Sanjiv Kapoor, Senior Advisor – Alton Aviation
• Mr. Michal Nowak, Marketing Director EMEA & Central Asia – Embraer
• Airbus
• Mr. Rui Vaz Fernandes, Regional Director Marketing – Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Moderator: Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Relations, Africa and Middle East – IATA


16:05 - 16:30
Closing Ceremony
  • Announcement of members of the Executive Committee
  • Announcement of Officers – President, Chairman, 1st & 2nd Vice Chairmen of AFRAA
  • Proposed final resolutions
  • Appreciation to Sponsors
  • Acknowledgement of AFRAA Partners
  • Remarks & invitation to the 53rd AGA by the President
  • Closing of Assembly by 2020 President of AFRAA
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