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18 19 January 2015, Conrad Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Panellists in italics have been invited and still to confirm their participation.

Day One 18 January 2015


Welcome Address and Opening Keynote:
His Excellency Sultan Bin SaeedAl Mansoori, Minister, UAE Ministry of Economy

Session 1: The importance of developing modern air transportation systems

If its not broken, dont fix it?Communicating to a wider audience why the modernisation of air
transportation systems is of critical economic importance
All aboard: co-operations, collaboration and harmonisation acrossall industry stakeholders arecrucialin
order to maximise any airspace efficiency gains, but who should pay for it?
Strengthening the business case: what are the broader economic and environmental factors to be
considered in the modernisation of air transportation systems

Adel Abdullah Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia
Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports
Thierry Antinori, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates
Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President Boeing International and President, Boeing Middle East

Moderator: Jeff Poole, Director General, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)

Coffee and networking break

Session 2: Encouraging regional cooperation to deliver increased efficiency and capacity of MENA airspace

Exploring potential steps that could be taken to increase the efficiency and capacity of MENA airspace
Understanding the military mission in order to develop coordinated use of airspace between commercial
and military users
Are modern avionic systems sufficient to allow cooperation to increase efficiency and capacity?

Ahmed Al Jallaf, Assistant Director General ANS, General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)and Chairman, Middle
East Airspace Enhancement Programme (MAEP)
Achim Baumann, Regional Director Safety, Operations and Infrastructure, International Air Transport
Association (IATA)
Mohamed Khonji, Regional Director, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
Ibrahim Al Jabri, Director General of Air Traffic Management, Saudi Arabia General Authority of Civil Aviation

Moderator: Bo Redeborn, former Principal Director ATM and Director SESAR & Research, EUROCONTROL

Session 3: The dos and donts lessons learnt from other regional airspace modernisation programmes

Presenting SESARs and CAAS operational and technological improvements and how these aim to
contribute to the modernisation of the European and Asia-Pacific ATM system
Highlighting NexGenmovement toward satellite-based digital technologies and new procedures to make
air travel more predictable
Reviewing the MEAUSE workgroup plans creating a platform for the continuous engagement of all
stakeholders to shape a future vision and plan for the region

Steve Bradford, Chief Scientist, NexGen, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Philippe Merlo, Director Air Traffic Management, EUROCONTROL
Florian Guillerment, Executive Director, Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR JU)
Mukesh Chand Dangi, General Manager, ATM, Airports Authority of India and Chair, Arabian Sea and Indian
Ocean ATS Coordination Group (ASIOACG)

Moderator: SbastienBorel, Vice-President, Customer Affairs, Airbus ProSky

Lunch and networking break

Session 4: Regulatory panel discussion: providing first-class global governance for a modern air transportation

Should there be a common global standard for avionics?
Is the modernisation of air transportation systems necessary for the aviation industry to meet its growing
environmental targets?
Are regulators too reactive? How can regulators keep ahead of developments rather than trailing them?

Ismaeil Mohammed Al Balooshi, Assistant Director General, Aviation Safety Affairs, UAE General Civil Aviation
Authority (GCAA)
Geoff Hounsell, Vice President, Flight Operations Support Services & ATM, Emirates
Ahmed Al Haddabi, Chief Operating Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports
Mohamed Abu Baker Farea, Director of Aviation, Development and Planning Division, Department of Transport,
Abu Dhabi

Moderator:Richard Deakin, Chief Executive Officer, NATS

Session 5: Your workforce is only human. The importance of human factors and training
The aviation workforce needs to increase in linewith the forecast increase in air traffic. How is the industry
responding to this challenge?
How can new technologies be employed to ease the pressure on human capital?
How is training being implemented in order to up-skill the existing workforce?

NicklasDahlstrom, Human Factors Manager, Emirates
Ashish Jain, Senior Vice President Group Safety & Security, Qatar Airways
Ed Sims, Chief Executive Officer,Airways New Zealand
Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European Aviation Safety Agency

End of Day One

Day Two 19 January 2015

Session 1: What are the implications of modernising air transportation systemsfor airlines, airports, ATC and
other key industry stakeholders?

Looking at performance - highlighting airlines requirements, how these are evolving, and discussing
optimal solutions
Can ANSPs becoming the connectors to facilitate and increase stakeholder collaboration and accelerate
Addressing how avionics can contribute to the effective use of sovereign airspace and flexible use of
airspace between civil and military stakeholders

Nils OlofSvan, Vice President Strategy, Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS)
Sander de Moor, Fuel & Operational Efficiency, Etihad Airways
Mike Underwood, Business Development Director, ATM Solutions, Honeywell Aerospace

Session 2: Discussing the technologies that will drive and change the air transportation systems

Reviewing how radar and tracking technologies contributes to managing ATC
The evolutions of avionics - what developments can the industry expect?
Discussing the drive for advancements in satellite-based navigation and automatic dependent surveillance


Lars Lindberg, President and Founder, AVTECH

Coffee and networking break

Session Sponsor

Session 3: Opening up commercial airspace to unmanned aerial systems

Highlighting the challenges of integrating unmanned aerial systems into an airspace that is already
Exploring the viability of the capability for unmanned aerial systems to automatically detect and avoid
conflicts with aircraft
Analysing steps to be taken in order to regulate unmanned aerial systems and which stakeholders need to
be involved in this process

Douglas Raaberg, Chief Executive UAE, Northrop Grumman
BAE Systems
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Lunch and networking break

Session 4: Introducing new technologies to increase efficiencies with airport ground operations

Debating the benefits of accelerated real-time decision making through enhanced information and date
sharing amongst all stakeholders
Increasing throughput by allowing ground operations at the gate, air traffic control and airlines to share
information and data for inbound and outbound flights
Can CDM lead to improvements in the quality of information management and distribution amongst all

Michael Ibbetson, Chief Information Officer, Gatwick Airport
Mr. Ali Zaid Al Balushi, General Manager, Operations, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC)
Arasnipala T Srinivasan, CIO, Qatar Airways

Session 5 Industry debate: should the introduction of satellite technology be accelerated and be made a
requirement of the commercial airline industry?

End of Summit