17 & 18th April 2018, Cairo, Egypt



Mr Firoz Tarapore

Chief Executive Officer

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd


Firoz Tarapore is the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the company.


Mr. Tarapore is a seasoned operating and finance executive with 30 years of experience in managing complex, global businesses.

Mr. Tarapore has successfully led DAE’s development over the last several years, and has positioned DAE for strong future growth.

Prior to joining DAE, Mr. Tarapore spent over 20 years at a global financial institution and was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury.


Mr. Tarapore holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay.

Mr Hisham Nasser

Chairman Consultant

EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering


Joined EGYPTAIR’s Technical Division in 1985 as a Radio Engineer.

In 2002 when EGYPTAIR was restructured and became a holding company with 9 subsidiaries, the Technical Division became EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING Company

 and he became a member in the task force committee responsible for re-establishing the company procedures to meet the Part 145 approval requirements.

In 2006, became the QA Director responsible for managing the changes required within the company until it became fully rated EASA Part 145 approved in 2008 and FAR 145 approved in 2010 and for standardizing the CAMO to meet EASA Part M subpart G requirements.

In 2008, he was elected as a Vice Chairman of the technical committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).

In 2010 became a member in the MRO task force in the same organization and in April 2013 was elected to be the Chairman of AACO MRO Collaboration Steering Board.

In 2011 and as the company expanded its activities, he became the Vice Chairman and Accountable Manager responsible for ensuring that maintenance operations remain in compliance with the applicable civil aviation authorities as well as the international standards.

In February 2013 he joined the Board of Directors of EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING Company.

In December 2013 became EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING’s Chairman& CEO.

In December 2014 became EgyptAir Holding Company Chairman Advisor for Maintenance and Engineering.


Graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 1982, Faculty of Engineering- (B.Sc.) in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Has a Diploma in the Total Quality Management from the American University in Cairo in 2004 and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.



Mr Ahmed Aly

Chief Executive Officer

Nile Air


Previous roles


Etihad Airways - Head of Network Planning & Strategy

Qatar Airways - Network Development Manager

Roles at British Airways & BMI




Masters in Aerospace Engineering

MSc Air transport Managment


Muhammad Ali Albakri

Regional VP

Africa & the Middle East



Muhammad Ali Albakri is IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa & Middle East based in Amman – Jordan since January 2017 


His responsibilities include defining IATA’s members’ priorities and needs, implementing IATA policies and promoting its services, working with airline Presidents and Directors of Civil Aviation in the region to push for a more secure and safe industry through the implementation of the IATA safety standards. Promote the value aviation brings to the economies of the countries and the promotion of the liberalization of the industry. In addition he contributes expertise in corporate strategy, commercial strategy and business planning to the stakeholders.


Before joining IATA, Albakri has served as Executive Vice President for Strategic Projects and Transformation at Saudi Arabian Airlines. Albakri’s career at Saudia spanned some 26 years. He rose through the ranks of the airline’s IT Division, eventually being appointed as Vice President of Information Technology (2009-2016) concurrent to holding the responsibility of Chief Financial Officer (2012-2016). In these roles, Albakri led the strengthening of the carrier’s technology infrastructure and the modernization of its financial practices and processes. 




Mr Mohamed Rahma

Middle East Regional Director - ICAO


Mr. Mohamed Khalifa Rahma is the Middle East Regional Director of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He took over his position on March 20th, 2016.


Prior to his appointment as ICAO Middle East Regional Director he was the Undersecretary of International and Internal Affairs at the Ministry of Civil Aviation of Egypt and previously the advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation.


During his tenure, Mr. Rahma played a substantial role in many influential initiatives and projects that actively supported and enhanced aviation safety, capacity and security in the Middle East Region.

Mr. Rahma has 25 years of aviation experience in various fields including aviation management, airline management, operation, safety, training, corporate communication, marketing and crisis management.


He is an accredited senior instructor and holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management.



Mr Adel Al Ali

Middle East Regional Director - ICAO

 Board Member and Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia


Adel Al Ali is well known for being at the forefront of the development of modern aviation. His innovative achievements and contribution to air transport and tourism sector in the wider Arab world are globally recognised. He managed to transform Arab aviation in October 2003 when he set up Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first low-cost carrier (LCC), opening up a market niche in the region whose

existence few had suspected.


The pioneering aviator drove Air Arabia’s growth in the next decade into the largest low cost carrier in the MENA region, as well as the first publicly owned airline in the Arab World and it’s largest by market value. Drawing on his multiple years of experience with industry leaders such as Gulf Air and British Airways, Adel has also been able to guide Air Arabia to become amongst the world’s best run Low Cost Carriers, delivering a profit for every year in succession.


Under the leadership of Adel, Air Arabia’s business model has gone from strength-to-strength, enabling it to expand operations, enter new ventures and diversify into new revenue streams. Today, the Group holds a portfolio of successful businesses and projects, offering travel, tourism and hospitality services across the globe.


In addition to being the Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, Adel is also the chairman of Sharjah Information Systems Associates, Alpha Aviation Academy and Cozmo Travel and he is a board member of

Sharjah Aviation Services.


Adel has been awarded ‘Airline CEO of the year’ by various industry forums. He was named ‘World’s best Low Cost Carrier CEO’ during the World LCC Congress. He also entered the “Hall of Fame Award” in 2010, honoring his contribution to the Middle East Aviation. In July 2014, Adel Al Ali won the “Airline Business Award” at the esteemed Airline Strategy Awards 2014. In September 2016, during the CEO Middle East Awards, Adel Al Ali was named “Airline CEO of the Year” in recognition and reward to his outstanding success, innovation and ethics.



Mr Bernard J. Dunn

 Vice President, Boeing International

President, Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey


Bernie Dunn is president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He is responsible for coordinating all companywide activities in the region and the development and implementation of country and regional strategies. Dunn focuses on government affairs, new business and industrial partnership opportunities, corporate citizenship projects, expanding the Boeing presence and strengthening company relationships with customers and other stakeholders. He is based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and reports to Marc Allen, president of Boeing International.


Dunn joined Boeing in 2012 as president of Boeing Turkey and North Africa. He was based at the Boeing Turkey headquarters in Ankara and successfully led the company’s government affairs and activities in Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.


In May 2015, Dunn was named president of Boeing Middle East. Several months later, Boeing expanded his leadership role to include Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT).


Dunn has more than 30 years of extensive experience with the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, nearly all of it involving living and working in the region, and is fluent in Arabic. Before joining Boeing, Dunn was vice president, Middle East/Africa, Business Development, ITT Defense International. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating and overseeing marketing and business development activities across all business units of ITT Defense, in a region stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan and including the entire African continent. He had served in this position since November 2002.


Before joining ITT Defense & Information Solutions, he was a career officer in the U.S. Army. He served in a variety of infantry command and staff positions in Germany and the United States and entered the Army’s Foreign Area Officer program in 1982.


After completing Arabic language training and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., Dunn served in a variety of positions in the Middle East. Key subsequent assignments include service as the U.S. Army attaché in Jordan from 1992 to 1994, Defense and Army attaché in Syria from 1997 to 2000, and Defense and Army attaché to Saudi Arabia from June 2000 until June 2002.



João Miguel Santos

Managing Director

Boeing International, Sub-Sahara Africa


J. Miguel Santos directs Boeing activities in all African countries except the Maghreb countries in Northern Africa. He manages Boeing relationships with government entities, customers, suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders; seeks mutually beneficial partnerships and business opportunities for Boeing; and supports the activities of Boeing business units in Africa. He also serves as Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales director for all Southern Africa countries includingAngola, South Africa, Réunion and Mozambique.He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and reports to both Marc Allen, president of Boeing International and to Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice president of Sales for Africa, Middle East, Russia, Turkey and CIS.


Santos has been with Boeing for nearly 40 years. Hebegan his career in 1979 as an engineer and scientist at Douglas Aircraft Company.In 1984, he joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes and was assigned asarea manager for Airline Analysis. He alsoserved as an account manager and sales program manager for Africa Sales. His experience also includes positions as managerof 747/767 Sales Support Engineering,747/767 marketing manager for Asia and manager of the 767FX/747FX and 747-500X/-600X Marketing Requirements programs.He was director of International Sales, first responsible for Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan in Asia; Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe,Angola, Mozambique and Mauritius in Africa;and later for South Africa and the rest of the Southern Africa Development Community countries.


Santos earned Bachelor of Sciencedegrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and geological sciences from the University of Washington, an MBA from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in naval command and staff from the Naval War College and aMaster of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Lisbon. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff College.

Santos holds the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, now retired. He began his military career in 1984 as a DC-9 maintenance mechanic. In 1987, he was commissioned as an officer.Heheld positions in various engineering units, such as the Naval Air Systems Command, and in force squadrons as line division officer,quality control officer,maintenance officer,training officer, andassistant program manager for Aircraft Maintenance Programs and Policies. He has received two Navy Achievement Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, and was named Reserve Officer of the Year in 1999.


Santos is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauticsin the US and a chartered engineer (CEng) in the U.K. He is a member of the RAeS Air Transportation Board in the United Kingdom, was a member of the Export-Import Bank’s Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee,a member of the board of the Corporate Council on Africaand a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.Recently invited to become a member of the Industry Engineering Advisory Council at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hehas lectured at Cranfield University and variousRAeS branches.


An American who was born in Portugal and raised in Angola, Santos speaks Portuguese, French and Spanish and he reads and understands Italian.


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