ACE 2023

Last year conference programme

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Time-critical cargo: The winning strategy
in these critical times for air cargo?
02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Welcome Cocktail
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Venue: W Lounge
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Welcome coffee networking
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Critical times for air cargo
09:00 AM - 09:20 PM
ACE opening & welcome keynotes
  • Christos Spyrou | CEO, Air Cargo Plus Group
  • Celine Hourcade | Managing Director, Change Horizon
  • Maureen Bannerman | Chief Commercial Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports
  • Leonard Rodriguez | Head of Revenue Management & Network Planning, Etihad Cargo
09:20 AM - 09:45 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT: 2023 air cargo market overview | 2024 forecast
  • Turgut Erkeskin | President, FIATA
  • Glyn Hughes | Director General, TIACA
09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
PANEL DISCUSSION Tomorrow’s air cargo
  • Key trends, challenges & opportunities that will affect air cargo in the next decade.
  • The sustainability imperative: Driving sustainable practices in air cargo logistics and paving the way for a greener future.
  • The power of many: The importance of SME forwarders, consolidators & shippers for the airlines and the industry.
  • Celine Hourcade | Managing Director, Change Horizon  MODERATOR
  • Serkan Sönmez | Cargo Director, Turkish Cargo
  • Elodie Bertonneau | VP Cargo Network Planning & Strategic Partnerships, Qatar Airways Cargo
  • Chris Condon | Chief Executive Officer, Aircon
  • Turgut Erkeskin | President, FIATA
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee break
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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Digitalization: What’s next for air cargo?

Accelerating performance in the digital booking era. innovative technology firms will present their concept and how it can help air cargo logistics players and the industry.

  • Universal cargo payment solutions
  • Matt Petot | Founder & CEO, Cargowallet
  • Shared airfreight gateways
  • Chris Condon, CEO Aircon
  • Air cargo community platforms
  • Freek De Witte | Director, Air Cargo Belgium
  • Digitalizing end-to-end operations of logistics & freight
  • Kunal Maheshwari | Director at Softlink Global, Logi-Sys
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION Critical times for GSSAs?

The panel will discuss and analyze the evolving role of GSSAs in the new digital era with its challenges and opportunities and explore the airlines growing demand in total cargo management services.

  • How does the role of GSSA evolve in the digital age?
  • Has the traditional role of GSSA changed?
  • Digital space: a threat or an opportunity?
  • Total cargo management (TCM): a new trend or a business reality?
  • What does the future ready GSSA look like?
  • Ralph van Eijk | Director Airline Development, Chéváro MODERATOR
  • Jabir Salam | CEO, Alpha Cargo Services
  • Joe Lawrence | President, Airline Cargo Services Intl
  • Melanie Hoericht | Sales Manager Middle East, Awery
  • Grant Kemp | Area General Manager, Etihad Cargo
  • Mortiz Claussen | Co-CEO,
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
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02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
One on One Scheduled Meetings
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07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Gala Cocktail & Dinner
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Venue: Café Del Mar
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
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Time critical logistics redefined
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
PANEL DISCUSSION Competing against time

The panel will present and discuss new strategies and best practices when time is of essence: how to meet emergency demands, complexity, and capacity? From expedited products to air charter solutions, on-board courier, and expedited ground handling, the panelists will explain how they compete against time while ensuring quality and operational excellence. Each speaker will be given a 7 to 10-minute slot to present their perspective before joining the panel discussion.

  • Urgent transports & complex shipments market review
  • How do Airlines respond to NFO and JIT demand for emergency shipments? How do they manage their capacity?
  • Emergency air charter solutions & market review
  • The vital role of OBC hand carry in time-critical logistics
  • Healthcare logistics: From 747 Freighter load to a vial
  • Operational excellence, quality, and infrastructure investments in the time-critical logistics sector
  • Christos Spyrou | CEO, Neutral Air Partner MODERATOR
  • Freddie Overton | Regional Commercial Manager Europe & Africa, IAG Cargo
  • Yulia Celetaria |Head of Logistics, EarlyHealth Group
  • Tushar Jani | Group Chairman, Cargo Service Center
  • Gerhard Coetzee |Regional Director Cargo Solutions IMEA, Chapman Freeborn
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Building the right eCommerce logistics ecosystems
  • Empowering leading supply chain providers to scale eCommerce capacity seamlessly, efficiently, profitably, and sustainably.
  • Justus Klüver-Schlotfeldt | CEO, NeX eCommerce
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee break
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Focus on time-critical logistics industry verticals and special cargoes.

Each industry-vertical and special cargo has its own specificities, requirements, and challenges. We will hear best transport and handling practices and recommendations from logistics specialists.

  • Pharma | Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Fabrice Panza | Global Cool Chain Solutions, Etihad Cargo &
  • Automotive
  • Stuart Stobie | Director, Priority Freight
  • Aviation | Aerospace
  • Turgut Erkeskin | CEO, Genel Transport
  • Special events & entertainment
  • Lisa Ryan | Director, Freight Minds
  • Fresh & Perishable foods
  • Carl Haspels | CEO,
  • Live Animals
  • Pascale de Mieter | CEO Coastair Group
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION Focus on the Middle East market

The region is expected to witness a rapid increase in commercialization and industrialization, which would further boost the demand for air cargo products and logistics services. The panel will discuss and explore the endless potential of the Middle East air cargo logistics market.

  • Fastest-growing air cargo market in the next decade?
  • New infrastructure investments
  • The future of supply chain and logistics in the region
  • Sea-Air and eCommerce logistics Hubs
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Steven Polmans | CEO, Air Cargo Experts MODERATOR
  • Rayan Ebrahim Al Haddar | General Manager Cargo Commercial UAE & Government Relations, Etihad Cargo
  • Athanasios Flampouris | Head of Development & Solutions, Abu Dhabi Airports
  • Liana Coyne | Director, Coyne Airways
  • Dirk Goovaerts | CEO EMEA & Global Cargo Chair, Swissport
  • Mourad Aoun | Chairman & CEO, The Net Global
  • Mammen Tharakan | VP Investment & Partnerships, Riyadh King Salman Int’l Airport
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lunch break
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02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
One on One scheduled meetings
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06:30 PM -
Open evening