Director Aviation Business
Mrs Axtelius has more than 20 years’ experience from different management positions within the aviation industry.
Elizabeth Axtelius joined Swedavia in 2010, from SAS, Scandinavian Airlines System. Elizabeth has held several management positions within SAS, finance, marketing and sales, Network and Cargo. Elizabeth has also served as a CFO for the LCC startup snowflake.
During Elizabeth Axtelius time at Swedavia her focus has been to develop the business, the organization and the product to create growth, profitability and better connectivity.
Elizabeth is a board Member of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and the Swedish Warmblood Association.
Elizabeth has a BS in Economics, University of Stockholm,
Executive Strategic Marketing, IFL, Stockholm School of Economics
Route Development Manager
Yavuz Aytis has been in the Aviation Industry for more than 14 years. With a Bachelor degree in Sociology at Ankara University, Yavuz is today Manager of the Route Development for Zagreb Airport. Yavuz has started his career as Deputy Station Manager at Malaysia Airlines where he stayed 2 years. Since then, he has always been part of the TAV Airports holding and has worked in Tbilisi, Georgia and in Istanbul, Turkey. Yavuz now speaks 4 languages and has become an expert in Airline marketing and traffic forecasting.
Senior Consultant, Aviation Expert
Karim Baina has made of the aviation industry his domain of expertise as it’s been more than 18 years. With a master’s degree in Strategy & Distribution Business from the University of Paris Dauphine, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management in Sorbonne Paris University and, studies in the field of Airline and Airport Management at several seminars in Europe and US, Karim has built a strong airline experience as a President and CEO of Jet4you belong TUI Group and Regional Air Lines.
Karim is credited with the setup of Jet4you and its management. This company was established as a leading low-cost airline between Morocco and Europe. In addition, he played an instrumental role in integrating Jet4you in TUI Fly Group.
Since 2013, after his rich career on the airline industry, Karim developed his own business and partnership within the airport activities with a joint venture partnership with Swissport in Morocco and, Zurich Airport for several consultancy projects in Morocco and with PT&M - Consultant company which study and assist airports to optimize their commercial activities through tender process and layout improvement.
Part of theses, Karim as an entrepreneur, developed several real estate projects.
He has a robust and approval experiences in Airline business and Airport management mainly in aviation and no aviation revenues.
Karim has several positions as Board Member in Companies, National Institutions and Think tank.
Bernie Baldwin has been in aviation publishing since he joined the Royal Aeronautical Society in January 1988 as production editor of The Aeronautical Journal. In October 1993, he became head of the Society’s publications department and editor of Aerospace, later Aerospace International.
In June 1998, Bernie became editor of Airlines International, published by Insight Media on behalf of IATA. At Insight Media, he was also associate editor of ACI’s Airport World.
Bernie moved in May 2000 to become editor of Regional Airline World. In 2007, he led the magazine’s change to become Low-Fare & Regional Airlines. In 2016, Bernie was instrumental in the latest brand change of the magazine to LARA.
Bernie left LARA in February 2017 to pursue a career as a freelance writer and editor.
In October 2015, Bernie received the ERA Award for Personal Excellence from the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) for "Outstanding contribution to intra-European air transport". He has also won three Aerospace Journalist of the Year awards (2000, 2003 and 2007) in the Best Regional Aviation Submission category.
Chief Executive Officer
A French/Danish national, Karin Butot worked for both French and Belgian media outlets before joining the aviation industry over 25 years ago.
During this time, Karin established CONNECT Route Development Forum, an event which has grown every year and is now in its 17th year. Last year its 16th edition in Cagliari had a record attendance of over 260 airports and 60 airlines.
Karin runs The Airport Agency and CONNECT with her dedicated staff, including Romanian, Senegalese, Brazilian, and French nationals.
Aviation Marketing Manager
Detlef started his career in the aviation industry back in 2002 with the German regional carrier City-Air as marketing manager and press officer, later on switching to the same positions to the airline of Dauair AG before taken over the position in the aviation marketing of Münster/Osnabrück International Airport 15 years ago. In between there he was also freelance on behalf of additional airlines and he is also a voluntary writer of aviation articles in the Jetstream Aviation Magazine.
Sustainable Development Manager
Mildred Dauphin joined Groupe Europe Handling in 2019 as a Sustainable Development Manager. She is particularly in charge of the energy transition of ground airport operation (electrification of ground support equipment, optimization of fuel consumption, innovations) and the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy of the group.
Graduated with a Master in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Mildred started her career at the French Air Transport Association (Fédération Nationale de l’Aviation Marchande) defending the interests of airlines and ground handlers at national and international level.
These 8 years of experience enable Mildred to embrace a large scope of aviation and environment issues: greenhouse gas emissions, local air quality, noise pollution, stakeholder’s relationship and corporate social responsibility.
Having a lifelong passion for commercial aviation, James studied Aviation Management at Coventry University, graduating in 2019 and joining anna.aero as Aviation Development Analyst. He has a very strong interest in unserved routes and the numbers behind them
Director Route Development Europe
Carolin Drott has been in the aviation industry for more than 12 years. With a master’s degree in International Business Relations from the University of Burgenland and studies in the field of Airport Management at the Cranfield University, Carolin has built a strong experience at various positions at the Vienna airport. Starting as a Contract Manager in Ground Handling, she then evolved to Business Analyst as a part of the airports Aviation Development department, followed by being Key Account Manager for Europe, becoming the Route Development Director Europe this year. With her colleagues, she developed the airports aviation & network strategy and contributed to the airports sustainable passenger and network growth. Lately the airport was recognised as “Medium Airport of the Year 2019”, awarded by CAPA - the Centre for Aviation.
Commercial Solutions Advisor
Patrick is Commercial Solutions Advisor for Air Black Box, a leading provider of managed-interlining technology solutions to airlines and airports.
Patrick has over 20 years of aviation-industry experience across senior roles in the airline, airport and aircraft leasing sectors, as well as a background in strategy consultancy. From 2013 to early 2019, he was Group Strategy Director for Shannon Group plc, the operator of Shannon Airport in Ireland. Patrick is the founder and Managing Director of Altair Advisory, a specialist aviation strategy advisory and consulting firm.
Patrick studied Computer Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, and also holds an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University in the UK and an MBA from Purdue University in the USA.
Chairman of the Board
Yeliz Gül Ege was born in Kemer, Antalya, in 1978.
She completed her primary education in Kemer district and her high school education at Akdeniz College. She graduated from Uludag University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations in 2000 as the highest ranking student of her department. She graduated from Akdeniz University, School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Tourism Management Master Program in 2004. During her master's degree, she carried out the academician duty as a research assistant.
She resigned from her academic duty and returned to her father's occupation; hotel management. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors in their hotels serving in the accommodation sector in Kemer.
Yeliz Gül Ege, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Antalya Publicity Foundation (ATAV), also carries out the duty of the Vice Presidency of the Antalya Convention Bureau under the roof of ATAV. As an Antalya volunteer, Yeliz Gül Ege is among the founders of the Antalya Women Museum and also a member of the Antalya High Advisory Council (AYIK), TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) Women Entrepreneurs Council, Association of Culinary Society and Kemer Sailing Club.
Antalya Publicity Foundation (ATAV) Chairwoman Yeliz Gül Ege is also the owner of ACE of MICE Awards 2019 Achievement Award, which is recognized as the Oscar of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE - Congress Tourism) sector.
She is the mother of Selin and Arsel. She speaks English.
Mario, Brazilian national with German roots, married and father of three children, started as a consultant in the transport sector with prognos AG in Basel, Switzerland in 1986. In his role as responsible manager for the infrastructure consulting department, he worked on several PPP-projects such as the second bridge over the Tagus river in Lisbon or the M1/M15-motorways in Hungary both for the project development or the financing partners. His next assignment as Head of the business division South America of RWTÜV brought him for three years back to his home town São Paulo where he introduced different services as NCAP crash test procedures to car manufacturers. Since 2000, Mario is with EuroAirport responsible for the overall platform development. After 9/11 he was involved in a leading role to contract an easyJet based operation which today counts 12 aircraft. EuroAirport handled over 9 million passengers in 2019 and is envisaging a major extension program by 2028.
Market Research & Forecasts Manager
Anthony is currently part of the Airbus Business Analysis & Market Forecast team, which he joined in 2018 as Market Research & Forecasts Manager. His activities support the definition of Airbus commercial strategy, bringing the Market Forecast team expertise to a various range of topics from the product policy of Airbus to the management of external stakeholders, among which airports and airlines.
Anthony’s previous experiences include 4 years in easyJet (network development & schedule planning) where he acquired a deep understanding of the low-cost airline business and interacted with a large panel of European airports, as well as 3 years as head of network development for Toulouse airport, engaging with various airlines and promoting Toulouse as an airport and a destination.
Chief Commercial Officer
Peter Glade, has been the Commercial Director (CCO) of SunExpress, one of the Europe’s leading leisure airlines, since 2016.
Glade started his career as management trainee in Lufthansa, while studying. After his graduation, he joined Accenture, a re-known Consulting company in their Airline strategy practice. In 2004 he joined Star Alliance Services GmbH as Manager Corporate Sales Strategy and soon was promoted to Director Sales & Market Development. Glade joined Austrian Airlines as VP Partner Management and Strategy and was part of the leadership team running the turn-around, while also managing projects directly for the LH Group Board until he joined the SunExpress family.
Glade characterizes himself as “three P leader”: Proven turn-around manager, profitability aficionado and proud family father. He enjoys working cross-cultures and travelling the world.
Glade lives in Frankfurt where SunExpress Commercial operation is based since 1989.
Chief Executive Officer
Ersel Göral graduated from Istanbul University’s Business Administration School (English) in 1998. He started his career as Operations Supervisor at Celebi Ground Services in 1993 and was the Deputy General Manager at TAV Istanbul Atarturk Airport until 2005. He also served as General Manager at TAV Georgia from 2005 to 2007 and followed by General Manager at TAV Tunisia until 2011. Between year 2011-2015, he was the General Manager of ICF Airports, the operator of Antalya Airport. Prior to joining ISG as the Chief Executive Officer on 5 September 2017, Ersel also served as the Chief Integration Officer at Istanbul Grand Airport (IGA) in 2016.
Aviation Marketing Director
Since 2018, Fabien Gourdon is VINCI Airport’s Aviation Marketing Director
A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 2002, Fabien also has a master in Transport and Sustainable Development delivered by the French National University École des Ponts Paristech in 2005.
Fabien worked for the Air France - KLM Group during 11 years, 5 of which in charge of the medium-haul network strategy. From 2014 to 2016, he was the route profitability Unit Director of HOP!, the regional subsidiary of Air France.
Fabien then joined VINCI Airports in May 2016 as Project Manager Marketing Airlines.
Since 2018, he is VINCI Airport’s Aviation Marketing Director where he supervises the aeronautical expertise and air service development for the 46 airports of the network and for the acquisition projects.
Analyst, Aviation Environment
Rune Hansen has worked for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Geneva since 2017. In his role as Analyst, Aviation Environment, he has been supporting airlines with a range of environment-related tasks, including implementation of the global emissions reduction scheme for aviation (CORSIA), passenger carbon offsetting initiatives and analysis of fuel efficiency progress.
Prior to joining IATA, Rune worked as an Intern for the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in Geneva, followed by an Internship in the Environment branch of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretariat in Montreal. He completed his studies in Denmark during which he focused on air travel and sustainability in his dissertations.
Airport Consulting Director
François-Xavier Jubin joined Airbus in 2019 as a Director of Airport Consulting. Thanks to his 10+ years’ experience working with both airlines and airport operators, he has acquired a deep knowledge of the air transport sector with a focus on airport operations and finance.
François-Xavier started his career at the French Air Transport Association (Fédération Nationale de l’Aviation Marchande) defending the interests of airlines and ground handlers. In 2015, he joined Egis Airport Operation as a project manager supporting Egis airport’s network on strategic and financial issues and contributing to EAO development activities.
This background enables him to analyze airport management issues with a global approach covering both operational and strategic dimensions.
Airbus Consulting Services ambition is to become a key partner of airports and to contribute to their sustainable development by making the best of Airbus expertise, experience and network.
Sales & Business Development Manager for Travel Advertising
Jorrell Kemp is Sales and Business Development Manager for Travel Advertising at Amadeus - Travel Channels division. He has been in the Advertising Sales industry for over 10 years and has worked on B2B and B2C publicity campaigns with brands on five continents. Before joining Amadeus Jorrell authored two books on the Oil & Gas industry; offering deep analysis on the energy sectors of both Bahrain and Brazil. At Amadeus he has enjoyed working with Airlines and brands alike on campaigns to reach both travelers and trade colleagues with contextualized advertising messages.
American-born, Jorrell enjoys trotting the globe both alone and with friends having lived in 11 different countries and visited over 60.
Business Planning & Marketing Manager
Özge Küçükcan is in charge of Route Development and Traffic Forecasting at TAV Airports Holding. She joined the company six years ago. Based in Istanbul, she is working to increase air traffic at group airports in different countries such as Turkey, North Macedonia, Georgia, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. She also analyses air traffic outlooks of new business opportunities that TAV Airports and its group companies are interested in. Holding a B.S. degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University followed by an MBA from San Francisco State University, she has worked in different industries such as consulting, automotive and e-retail before joining TAV Airports.
Annabelle Lepièce is head of the Competition and European law department of CMS Belgium. Annabelle is particularly active in airports and air transport, offering legal advice on all aspects of European law (antitrust, State aid, European directives and regulations) relating to the industry such as commercial incentives, public financing, handling, airport charges, etc.
She is currently assisting French, Belgian, Dutch, Romanian and Spanish airports and regions implicated in investigations led by the European Commission on alleged aids to airlines and airports. She also assists public authorities in the notification of State aids for the infrastructure, start-up aids, etc. and advises them on strategies and legal options to develop new routes. Recently, she advised ACI and the UAF (the French Airports’ association) on the revision of the European Commission’s 2014 Aviation Guidelines.
Director Product & Services
Jim has been in the aviation industry for over 33 years. Jim spent 27 years at American Airlines. holding both managerial and analyst roles in multiple departments including: Network Planning (18 years), Finance (5 years), Revenue Management (2 years), and Human Resources (2 years). After leading the Products and Services team for Diio, Jim now uses his background in airline planning, revenue management, and finance to translate the industry's business needs into new and innovative products for Cirium customers around the world.
Editor and Chief Analyst
James Pearson has been obsessed with aviation for over 25 years. This led him to undertake MSc Air Transport Management at Cranfield University. James joined anna.aero as Chief Analyst in September, and he thoroughly enjoys delving deeper into what is happening in the industry and why. Before this, James was Market Opportunity Analyst at London Luton Airport, for which he did business cases for new routes and airlines. James has also taught airline strategy, economics and route development at university-level in the UK for five years.
Chief Operating Officer
Sanja is COO and leads operational activities for ch-aviation with focus on data research and development. After her career with an airline, where she managed a commercial team, Sanja joined the management team for one of the largest and most valuable brands in aviation intelligence – ch-aviation. Sanja is focused on making ch-aviation the most desired data tool in the airlines' industry and industry suppliers from the aircraft finance, MRO, IT and airports. Sanja (37) is married with one child.
Chief Executive Officer
Rohit Ramachandran is credited with turning around Jazeera Airways, and putting it on the path to profitable growth. In addition, he played a pivotal role in putting Air Arabia on the map in Europe & North Africa, as well as the Indian Subcontinent.
With over twenty years of Aviation experience, Rohit has worked with four major Airlines on three continents, and showcases an entrepreneurial spirit that belies his age of 44 years.
Rohit’s last 2 years have been with Jazeera Airways – as Chief Executive Officer – where he led an ambitious program of restructuring the company, dramatically reducing the cost structure, renegotiating major costs (including aircraft leases), network expansion, fleet renewal, significant increases in seat factor & yield, while maintaining a close focus on P&L. Under his leadership, the airline posted a net profit in excess of USD 25 Million for a 7 aircraft operation. The airline will practically double its fleet to 13 aircraft by end of the year.
The previous twelve years were with Air Arabia (the Middle East’s first & largest Low Cost Airline) where he was a member of the start-up team. Starting as an analyst in Air Arabia’s Commercial division, Rohit rose through the ranks serving as General Manager – India, Regional General Manager – South Asia, Head of Marketing, Head of Business Development, and Chief Operating Officer of the first Air Arabia subsidiary airline – Air Arabia Maroc. Since 2012, he has led the commercial team of the Group, and is responsible for revenues of USD 1.4 Billion.
Rohit is in the unique position of having rich domain knowledge in full-service conventional airlines, as well as hybrid & low-cost carriers. Rohit has also held several non-executive Board Memberships. He has augmented his rich experience in developing new & emerging markets and channels of distribution by earning his MBA in International Marketing from the University of Leicester UK, Change Management from IMD Switzerland, and Aviation Law from Cranfield University UK.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Christophe is the founder and CEO of Predictive Mobility and co-founder of Milanamos both companies being dedicated to implement the Agile Marketing principle in respectively the area of Network Planning, Revenue Management and Commercial Development. Christophe has twenty years of experience in the aviation industry working for a large international airline and for a major US based IT firm before launching his new ventures. Christophe has an international experience during his consulting, working with major airlines such as Delta Air Lines, Aeroflot, Avianca, JAL, or EgyptAir.
Christophe started its career in aviation working in pricing and revenue management where he implemented a new DSS and designed support applications. He later worked on Network Planning and his consulting practices led him to manage airline restructuring and turnaround, start-up carriers, network and route development, commercial optimization, and specific system implementation projects.
Christophe has completed his academic studies in Econometrics with a thesis on “Systemic Models of Economic Disorganization” at the University of Aix-en-Provence and he has also graduated from the IAE Business School with a specialization on Marketing. Christophe is an invited contributor to the Air Business Academy and Hautes Etudes Commerciales business schools’ MBA programs.
Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President, Holger Schaefers is responsible for Fraport’s existing airport portfolio investments in Europe (Turkey, Greece and Slovenia) as well as acquisition projects in Europe and Africa.
Holger joined Fraport as project director in 2007 and has demonstrated his extensive knowledge of finance and the aviation business in various positions within Fraport Group. Before returning to Fraport’s Frankfurt headquarters in 2018, he was Chief Business Development Officer of Fraport Twin Star in Bulgaria (2014-2016), Chief Commercial and Financial Officer of Fraport Slovenia (2016) and General Manager of Fraport’s subsidiary in Antalya, Turkey (2016-2018).
He holds degrees in business and real estate studies from universities in Germany and the United States.
Vice President Aviation Business Management
Starting his career as an ATCO, Jochen has spent more than 25 years in the aviation industry holding various leadership roles at flybmi, Aer Lingus and Monarch Airlines. He has also served as a Board member at Belfast City Airport as well as advising various airline, airport and aircraft leasing companies, such as SMBC Aviation Capital, where he is currently serving in an advisory role. Most recently, Jochen has taken up the position of VP Aviation Business Management at Dubai Airports looking after the 100+ passenger & cargo airlines serving DXB, as the world’s largest airport by international passenger numbers and DWC, as well as the aviation business development aspects of both airports.
Iain Smith is the Director responsible for the airport segment at RDC.
He has spent over 15 years in commercial aviation, having originally started on the airline side of the industry before joining RDC. Iain specialises in air service development and airline performance which makes him a natural specialist in RDC’s Apex route analysis platform.
Director, John Strickland, is a graduate of the University of York and has held senior positions including network planning and revenue management with a number of airlines including British Caledonian, British Airways, KLMuk and Buzz. He was instrumental in the decision by KLM to establish the low cost airline Buzz and in shaping its network. His 37 years of experience have exposed him to the business models of regional, global, legacy and low cost carriers.
JLS Consulting was established in 2003 and now serves a wide range of clients including airports, airlines and investors whose businesses require strategic insight, guidance and advisory services concerning the air transport industry.
John provides expert independent business and financial commentary on the sector for leading media, including the BBC, Sky, CNN and the Financial Times. He is also a regular conference chair and moderator at industry events, frequently interviewing leading senior executives.
Scheduled Services General Manager Italy
Holding a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the PolyTechnic of Turin, Luigi has spent more than 27 years working with Aeritalia/Alenia S.p.A. and Meridiana fly S.p.A. Airlines, developing a broad knowledge of the many facets of the aerospace industry and airline operations, covering managerial rôles of increasing importance. Since 2015 ha has successfully launched LASeR srls, a consultancy and representation firm active in the air transport and tourism related fields. His professional skills range from the implementation of effective strategies within the domains of Sales/Business Development, Marketing, Re-organization, Procurement/Purchasing, Inflight/Catering services, Management of Commercial Networks, Operations, Regulatory and complex Business Negotiations. He is also a reputed and well-known freelance journalist and photographer, specializing in aviation and air transport.
Deniz Varol was born in 1978 in Germany. While a student at Istanbul University, in 2000 he started to work for the aviation sector at TAV at the Terminal Guidance Services. Then he continued to work in various departments of the Operations.
In 2007, he started to work in TAV overseas projects, and after working at Monastir Airport and Enfidha Airport, he undertook the position of ORAT Manager of Medina Airport, Saudia Arabia in 2013. After ORAT, he became the head of Operations of Medina Airport where he spent 4 years.
Once TAV became a partner in Antalya Airport in May 2018, he has become the co-General Manager representing TAV. He speaks English, German, French and Arabic. He is married and has two girls.
Chairman of the Executive Board
Erkan Yağcı who was born in 1979, graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Tourism and Hotel Management ranking first in his department. After his undergraduate education, he completed his master of business administration (MBA) at Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston, United States of America.
Since 2005 until today, by leading innovations in terms of business administration in accommodation sector within the structure of membership of Board of Directors of Concorde
Performing his works in non-governmental organizations besides his active works in the sector, Yağcı works as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers Association. He nationally represent tourism sector as Board Member of Turkey Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED) and Tourism Council Member of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
After various experiences he gained in the field of tourism management besides his active role in national tourism organizations, Yağcı whose interest and global perspective mediate his works in international area of the sector, is Business Council Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which is the largest tourism organization in the public sphere. He is also member of World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) which is the world's leading tourism organization in the private sector.
Yağcı who still works at Concorde Hotel, is married and has a child.
Bilgihan Yılmaz was born in 1979 in Germany. He graduated from Berlin Technical University, Department of Industrial Management and Engineering. After graduation, he completed his master's degree in Business and Mechanical Engineering at the University of California.
In 2003, he was appointed as Corporate Finance Specialist / Team Head at Berlin Airport. He then continued his career as Logistics Manager at Volkswagen Company between 2013 and 2015. In 2015, Yılmaz became Control Manager at Howoge and joined Fraport AG in January 2019.
Bilgihan Yılmaz has been serving as co-General Manager representing Fraport at Fraport Antalya Airport since April 2019.
He is married and has four girls.