Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi

Founding Chairman - MEBAA


Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi is the Founding Chairman of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Al Naqbi has over 24 years of experience in the aviation industry, having started his career in the high-profile segment of VIP air transportation before diversifying his interest into business aviation with specific emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa region. 

His pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial mind led to the creation of Royal Jet, a business aviation venture of which he was the Founding Managing Director. His association with Presidential Flight continues to this day as Vice President of Finance & Administration. 

Aircraft Purchase, Sale, Lease and VIP interior completion are the core areas that make Al Naqbi's numerous years of aviation experience holistic in nature and therefore, he is regarded as a highly respected and often consulted on issues about the industry. 

An elected member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), he also sits on the board of a number of International companies in the industry. Through MEBAA, he has led the MENA region into tremendous growth by breaking barriers for effective communication among members of the business aviation industry. 

His dedication to the field extends to humanitarian initiatives that benefit many like supporting the World Food Program's fight against hunger through the creation of the Fly and Feed Donation Program in partnership with MEBAA. 

Al Naqbi is also an avid reader and an eloquent speaker in addition to being an impactful writer and presenter in various forums and panel discussions.


Alexandre de Juniac

Director General and CEO, AITA


Alexandre de Juniac became the 7th person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO on Sept 1, 2016. 

De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government. 

De Juniac served as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM (2013-2016) and prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under his leadership, Air France and Air France-KLM underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance. He has also served on the IATA Board of Governors (2013-2016). 

De Juniac has broad aviation sector experience, including 14 years at French aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation company Thales, and its predecessor companies Thompson-CSF and Thompson SA (1995-2009). In his last position at Thales, de Juniac was responsible for the company's operations and sales in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

De Juniac has also held positions in the French government. His career began with the Conseil d'Etat (State Council) from 1988 to 1993. Subsequently, he served in the Department of Budget (1993-1995); and in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011). 

A French citizen, De Juniac was born in 1962. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and Ecole Nationale de l'Administration. At IATA, he will work from both the association's main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland.


Sanjiv Edward

Chairman, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)


Sanjiv Edward, Head of Cargo business at Delhi International Airport, was elected last year as the Chairman of the Board of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). 

TIACA, the not-for-profit global trade association that represents, supports, informs, and connects every element of the global air freight supply chain, has been actively involved in global policy design and execution, working closely with organizations like WCO, ICAO, EU, IATA , among others. 

In his role as TIACA chairman, Edward hopes to build a strong and engaged membership base that actively practices the group's three pillars of Networking, Knowledge and Advocacy.

He also vowed to further strengthen TIACA's education program and taking up issues of global significance to their members and the industry. 

As head of cargo business at Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL), Edward is responsible for developing and driving the Air Cargo Business Strategy at IGI Airport. 

Prior to joining DIAL, he has worked with British Airways World Cargo (BAWC) for over a decade.  With his extensive cargo, aviation and airport functioning experience, TIACA members look forward to an invigorated association ready to work for their common benefits.



Andrew Herdman

Director General, AAPA


Andrew Herdman has held the position of Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) since November 2004. 

In this role, he is committed to expanding the role of the Association as the leading trade organization for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, addressing a wide range of both regional and global policy issues affecting the industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable growth of international civil aviation. 

Prior to joining the AAPA, Herdman held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, the parent company of Cathay Pacific Airways, with other diverse interests in aviation, property, beverages, marine services, trading and industrial sectors, predominantly based in the Greater China region, most recently as Director Corporate Affairs at Swire Pacific and a Director of the parent holding company, John Swire & Sons.

Herdman spent much of his earlier career in a variety of senior aviation- related roles with Cathay Pacific Airways and its associated companies, including: Managing Director, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Managing Director of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO), Chairman of Xiamen-based TAECO; Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo; Director and General Manager of ABACUS, and a board member of Worldspan.

Herdman is a graduate of Oxford University, with BA (Honors) and a post- graduate BPhil in management studies. Married with two daughters, he also enjoys tennis, sailing and hiking.


Dr. Elijah Chingosho

Secretary General, AFRAA


Dr. Elijah Chingosho is the Secretary General and CEO of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and in this capacity provides strategic direction to the Association and promotes the common interests of member airlines in conjunction with the Executive Committee. 

Dr. Chingosho holds three Masters Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Design, Business Administration and Transport Economics as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration. 

He holds several professional qualifications including being a Chartered Engineer with the United Kingdom Engineering Council, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. 

He also holds three IATA Diplomas in Safety Management Systems for Airlines, Airline Operations and Cost Management Systems. 

Group Captain Elijah Chingosho worked for 13 years for the Air Force of Zimbabwe where on leaving he was the Director of Engineering, and then he became General Manager Engineering for Air Zimbabwe for about 3 years. Elijah joined AFRAA in November 2001. 

Elijah has authored four books including Elementary Aircraft Propulsion in 1989 and African Airlines in the Era of Liberalisation in 2005 (second edition 2009), Strategic Management, Text and Cases and General Management (2007). 


Hani El- Assad

President, Middle East, India & Africa, (MEIA) SITA


Hani El-Assaad was appointed President, Middle East, India & Africa (MEIA), in March 2012. 

Prior to this, Hani was Regional Vice President, Sales and Relationship Management SITA, covering the Middle East and North Africa, a role he held from 2006. 

Hani joined SITA in 1995 as Sales Manager for the Middle East and ascended from Regional Sales Director in 1998 to Vice President Business Management Network Services for Middle East and Africa. Hani has a strong background in sales, business finance and marketing. 

He holds a Master’s degree in economics from St. Joseph University, Beirut and an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Montreal. He is based in Beirut, Lebanon. 

SITA is the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions. 

SITA delivers and manages business solutions for airline, airport, GDS, government and other customers over the world’s most extensive network, which forms the communications backbone of the global air transport industry.


Capt. Tim Canoll

President, Air Line Pilots Association


Captain Tim Canoll (Delta) is the 10th president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents more than 54,000 professional airline pilots in the United States and Canada, and is the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world. 

He was elected by the union's Board of Directors on Oct. 22, 2014, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2015.

As ALPA's chief executive and administrative officer, Captain Canoll oversees daily operations of the Association and presides over the meetings of ALPA's governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also the chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots' views in the airline industry before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, airline and other business executives, and also the news media.

Captain Canoll is a Delta MD-88 captain based in Atlanta, having also flown the B-727, L1011, and the B-767/757. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1982, and a former Navy Reserve F/A-18 Strike Fighter Squadron commanding officer. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a captain in 2008.

Peter Harbison

Executive Chairman, CAPA - Centre for Asia Pacic Aviation


Peter Harbison is Executive Chairman of CAPA-Centre for Aviation (formerly the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation), which is today the world’s largest publisher of B2B commercial aviation information and analysis. Peter established CAPA in 1990. It now produces the leading range of executive analysis, numerous newsletters, data and information reports, covering the global airport, air navigation services and airline industries. CAPA’s Knowledge Centre also presents major conferences on key aviation topics and provides education and training courses for the aviation and tourism industries.

Peter is an aviation lawyer, consultant and commentator on industry issues. He frequently speaks at industry events and presents private high-level executive briefings to airlines, airports, suppliers and consultants.

His career in aviation comprises more than 40 years, in government and in industry, including two years with the Australian mission to the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal and 10 years at a senior level in the International Air Transport Association, IATA, in Geneva.

Over the past 20 years, he has conducted more than 200 consultancy projects in aviation, including airport privatizations, airline startups, strategy formulation and regulatory development.

Peter was formerly Chairman of IATA’s World Aviation Regulation Monitoring Group, President of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and an IATA Travel Agency Commissioner. 

He holds LLBs from Melbourne and London Universities and LLM (McGill)

Kapil Kaul

CEO, South Asia,

Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA)

Kapil Kaul is the Chief Executive Officer, South Asia of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) and is based in the New Delhi office which was established in 2003. He is responsible for the delivery of all India-based consulting and research projects. He has nearly 25 years’ experience in the aviation and hospitality industry.

Kaul’s previous roles include that of Product Manager, ITC-Welcomgroup; Vice President, East West Airlines; Chief General Manager, Air Sahara; Vice President, Crown Air; Project Advisor, Kuoni Travel Holdings; and Consultant, Aviation Resources Group. He is member of the CII’s national committee on aviation, Goodwill Ambassdor of Saarc Tourism Council, Academic Council Member of UPES, Vice-President of Apama India and Member of the advisory board of Kuoni Travel Academy.

A BSc holder from Kashmir University, Kaul ranked in an ITC management programme and holds IATA certifications. Kaul is married and has a daughter. He speaks Hindi and English and is a keen sportsman, writer and an aviation commentator.

Kaul provides incisive analysis on aviation markets in the region. On India’s growth story, he states “We expect domestic growth in FY16 at about 15 percent. We are seeing a combination of economic recovery and lower fares due to falling fuel prices. Lower fares are stimulating growth to higher-than- expected levels and will continue in the near term especially in the September quarter but impact on yields is visible.”