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Key Sessions

Antonin Beurrier

Host airport address

Groupe ADP

Guy Verhofstadt

Guest political address: The future of Europe

Brexit Negotiator for the European Parliament & Former Belgian Prime Minister

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

Showing of Streams
Showing of Streams
16:45 - 17:15

Refreshments and networking break

Showing of Streams
Showing of Streams
08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Registration & Coffee
09:00 - 09:15 15 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
Chairman’s Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Chairman Michael Burns - Partner, PwC
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09:15 - 09:45 30 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
Host airport address
  • Speaker Antonin Beurrier - Executive Director International, Groupe ADP
  • Speaker Augustin de Romanet - CEO & Chairman, ADP
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09:45 - 10:30 45 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
Global airport strategy: CEO Panel
  • Moderator Michael Burns - Partner, PwC
  • Panellist Nicolas Notebaert - Chairman, VINCI Airports
  • Panellist Stefan Schulte - Chairman, Executive Board, Fraport AG.
  • Panellist Edward Arkwright - Chief Executive Director in charge of Development, Engineering and Transformation, ADP
  • Panellists Sani Şener - CEO & President, TAV Airports Holding Company
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What is the latest strategic thinking for global airport businesses? How are they delivering on long-term strategies in an increasing changeable political and economic environment?

10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
Guest political address: The future of Europe
  • Keynote Guy Verhofstadt, Brexit Negotiator for the European Parliament & Former Belgian Prime Minister
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Examining the next practical steps and operational challenges for Europe, the UK and the rest of the world

11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
Refreshments and networking break
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
The Airline perspective on airport privatisation
  • Interviewee Bob Montgomery - Vice President of Airport Affairs, Southwest Airlines
  • Interviewer George Casey - Chair & CEO, Vantage Airport Group
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Examining the true advantages and disadvantages of airport privatisation for stakeholders.

12:00 - 12:45 45 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
The investing in airports state of the union panel
  • Moderator Arturo Recio - Global Co-Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, HSBC
  • Panellist John Bruen - Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe)
  • Panellist Eric Cheng - Managing Director, Friedmann Pacific Asset Management
  • Panellist Laurent Fayollas - Managing Director, Ardian
  • Panellist Michael McGhee - Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
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12:45 - 13:15 30 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
Special guest address: Changing culture: How can the airport business benefit from disruptive thinking?
  • Speaker Ellis Watson - Executive Chairman, DC Thomson
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13:15 - 14:10 55 mins
Plenary sessions - Day 1
Networking lunch
14:10 - 14:15 5 mins
Stream A: National privatization programmes
Chairman's Introduction
14:10 - 14:15 5 mins
Stream B: Investment strategies
Chairman's Introduction
  • Chairman Alex Rickards - Strategic Airport Projects, NATS
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14:15 - 15:00 45 mins
Stream A: National privatization programmes
USA
  • Moderator Steven Morris - Global Vice President Aviation Buildings & Infrastructure, Jacobs
  • Panellist Alfonso Barona - Corporate Development and M&A Director, Ferrovial Aeropuertos
  • Panellist Patrick Heck - CCO and EVP for Global Development, Denver International Airport
  • Panellist Jim Burchetta - Senior Vice President, Oaktree Capital
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  • Update from the FAA: is airport privatisation finally opening-up?
  • Evaluating different privatisation models, from terminal deals to full privatisations, commercial concession and P3 models
  • How are US airports financed and what options are there for international investors?
  • Update on current airport programmes in the pipeline
  • Realising the commercial potential of US airports
14:15 - 15:00 45 mins
Stream B: Investment strategies
Airport Investment ROI
  • Moderator Moira Goulmy - Senior Infrastructure Expert, McKinsey & Company
  • Panellist Sidharath Kapur - President, Finance & Business Development, GMR Airports
  • Panellist Goker Kose - Head of Structured Finance, ADP International
  • Panellist Yiannis Parachis - CEO, Athens International Airport
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Within the context of airport concessions that do not get off the ground or deliver expected ROI, as well as a 4th wave of new privatizations in the pipeline around the world (particularly in emerging markets such as Indonesia, India, Japan, Africa), we have brought together a distinguished panel of international operators representing mature and recent concessions to sharing their view on risk and return. How are investors and operators approaching the varied and increasing risks and challenges for airport concessions and hat solutions are open to private and public stakeholders to deliver all parties' return expectations and requirements. Could there be such a thing as a "Gold Standard" for structuring airport concessions that deliver?

14:15 - 15:00 45 mins
Boardroom Sessions
Transformational leadership: Q&A with Ellis Watson
  • Discussion leader Ellis Watson - Executive Chairman, DC Thomson
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All you've ever wanted to know about turning companies around, implementing new business models and what transformational leadership really means.  

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
Stream A: National privatization programmes
Japan
  • Speaker Shumpei Tsuda - Airport Governance Reform Unit, Civil Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land Transportation & Infrastructure, Japan
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15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
Stream B: Investment strategies
How can we make airports that function better?
  • Speaker Matthew Butters - Aviation Director, Pascall+Watson
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Beyond capex, how can all sides of the business collaborate to design and deliver an airport that really works from all perspectives: commercial, operational and passenger experience?

15:00 - 15:45 45 mins
Boardroom Sessions
Considering the politics of PPPs
  • Discussion leader Michelle Ottey - Head of PPP Advisory Services, The Caribbean, IFC
  • Discussion leader Tom Ruth - President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport
  • Discussion leader Jody E. Aldcorn - Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
  • Discussion leader Andy Ricover - Specialist, Air Transport
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How can public and private partners address pre-conceptions and challenges to move airports up the political agenda and get deals done?

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Stream A: National privatization programmes
Brazil
  • moderator Guilherme Esmanhoto - Managing Director, Brazil, ALG
  • Panellist Rogerio Teixeira Coimbra - Regulatory Policy Secretariat, Civil Aviation Secretariat, Brazil
  • Panellist Balint Szentivanyi - Vice President, International Business Development, Zurich Airport
  • Panellist Rafael Scherre - Manager of the Economic Regulation Branch, ANAC, Brazil
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15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Stream B: Investment strategies
What is the next TCR?
  • Moderator Simon Morris - Vice President, ICF
  • Panellist Hakim Drissi Kaitouni - Managing Director, Wren House Infrastructure
  • Panellist Hamish Mackenzie - Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure, Deutsche Asset Management
  • Panellist Damian Stanley - Principal, Head of Global Airports Group, AMP Capital
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Defining ‘core-plus’ in today’s market: how do airport services businesses compare and where should investors be looking for more ancillary assets?

16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
Stream A: National privatization programmes
Saudi Arabia
  • Moderator Michael Burns - Partner, PwC
  • Panellist Serkan Kaptan - Deputy CEO, TAV Airports Holding
  • Panellist Lee Lawrence - Chief Investment Officer, Tarabot Investment & Development
  • Panellist Alan MacGuire - Business Development Director, Aertec Solutions
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Spotlight on the new models being structured to develop and privatise Saudi Arabian airports and what opportunities for international investment and participation will arise. 


16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
Stream B: Investment strategies
Alternative models for gaining exposure to airports
  • Moderator Robert Appleton - International Aviation Consultancy Director, ALG
  • Panellist Deepu Chintamaneni - Investment Director, IFM Investors
  • Panellist François-Yves Gaudeul - Director, Allianz Global Investors
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With interest in the airport sector broadening from more varied types of investors, this session will examine alternative models for getting into this competitive market.


16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
Boardroom Sessions
Transitioning from public to private
  • Discussion leader Holger Linkweiler - Managing Director, AviAlliance
  • Discussion leader Alexander Zinell - CEO, Fraport Greece
  • Discussion leader Jacques Feron - CEO, Zagreb International Airport
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Change management and post-privatisation considerations for smoothly implementing new management strategies.

16:45 - 17:15 30 mins
Refreshments and networking break
17:15 - 18:00 45 mins
Deal of the Year Showcase
The deals of the year showcase 2017
  • Moderator Marcus Balmforth - Managing Director, InterVISTAS Consulting Group
  • Deal Presenter Jacques Follain - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ADP International
  • Deal Presenter Holger Linkweiler - Managing Director, AviAlliance
  • Deal Presenter Benoit Trochu - Development Director, VINCI Airports
  • Deal Presenter Sidharath Kapur - President, Finance & Business Development, GMR Airports
  • Industry Commentator Sandiren Curthan - Director, Infrastructure Investments, PSP Investments
  • Industry Commentator Justin Symonds - Partner, Hillbrook Partners
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Each new owner will present a 5 minute case study, after which our industry commentators will put their rigorous questions to the deal makers. The GAD audience will then vote on which deal they think is the best deal of the year.

This year's deals are:

  • Antananarivo & Nosy Be airports concession, Madagascar
  • Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes airport concession, Brazil
  • San Juan Airport acquisition, Puerto Rico 
  • New Heraklion International airport project, Crete

18:00 - 18:45 45 mins
Networking roundtables
An informal discussion session and chance to find out the latest market news
  • Roundtable Host Irmantas Butkauskas - Project Manager, Lithuanian Airport Concession, Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Roundtable Host Dmitry Martynenko - Member, Board of Directors, Kyiv International Airport
  • Roundtable Host Yiannis Parachis - CEO, Athens International Airport
  • Roundtable Host: Shumpei Tsuda - Airport Governance Reform Unit, Civil Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land Transportation & Infrastructure, Japan
  • Roundtable Host Jinghua Deng - Head of Investment Department I, Silk Road Fund
  • Roundtable Host Jean-François Guitard - Director, International Development, Aeroports De La Cote D'Azur
  • Roundtable Host Dwina Wijaya - Senior Advisor to SOE Minister, Ministry of State Owned Enterprises
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These informal roundtables are primarily a networking opportunity and a chance to put your questions from experts from different regional markets.

  1. Airport Development Project 2020, Ukraine: Dmitry Martynenko, Member, Board of Directors, Kyiv International Airport
  2. Lithuanian Airport Concessions: Irmantas Butkauskas, Project Manager, Lithuanian Airport Concession, Ministry of Transport, Lithuania
  3. Athens Airport Concession Extension: Yiannis Paraschis, CEO, AIA
  4. Japanese Airport Pipeline Update: Shumpei Tsuda, Airport Governance Reform Unit, Civil Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land Transportation & Infrastructure
  5. French Regional Airports: Accessibility & Traffic Rights: Jean-François Guitard, Director, International Development, Aeroports De La Cote D'Azur
  6. Chinese Investor Focus: Jinghua Deng, Head of Investment Department, Silk Road Fund
  7. Indonesian Airports: Hosted by a representative of AP1
18:10 - 20:00 110 mins
Networking drinks reception
Networking drinks reception and announcement of the winning Deal of the Year
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Join new and old friends at the GAD drinks reception and find out who has won the prestigious GAD Deal of the Year award. The winner will be announced around 7pm.