The IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) is the premier annual ground handling industry conference in the world.
Unique business, networking and branding opportunities with 95% satisfaction rate
Looking forward to 2018, strong passenger and cargo growth are forecast to continue. That will shift the industry’s focus to identifying new efficiencies in other areas, such as ground operations. But efficiencies can only be realized when we come together as an industry. This is one of the main purposes of the IGHC, to exchange ideas, discuss critical industry issues, and showcase the latest innovative products and services.
- Head of Ground Operations, IATA
Bringing together over 700 delegates to represent the whole industry, here's who you will meet:
"The conference was an amazing and informative event that brought together the very best of the groundhandling and airline industry. Extremely powerful forum for networking and business opportunities and a great learning tool."
- Ground Service Provider
"IGHC in Bangkok was an ideal platform to meet, discuss and exchange ideas."
The IATA's 31st annual IGHC will feature sessions, specialized tracks, workshops, hands-on and Q&A sessions and a IGHC Innovator competition, tackling aspects related to IATA's Ground Operations priorities.
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The IGOM Global Acceptance and Implementation is the top prirority for the IATA's Ground Operations Group until 2021. This course provides support to airlines and service providers with the implementation process, preparation of an implementation strategy as well as running an IGOM implementation project within their company. You will be able to integrate the IGOM into your GOM and your operations, as well as effectively manage the airline differences to IGOM.
For registration, please click here.
The 2018 version of the Standard Ground Handling Agreement (SGHA) has arrived! Learn about the latest updates, how to use the IATA SGHA as a commercial agreement and services description document and new Service Level Agreement (SLA) template. This condensed course covers the key elements of the new 2018 SGHA, giving management level insights of terms and structure. Learn how to make use of the latest tools to enhance cooperation and secure business interest through a combination of Annex B and AHM803 SLA template. It is a special version of the full course, excluding the Effective Negotiations Behavior modules.
For registration please click here. A discounted price per Participant is 45%-off standard price (plus applicable taxes). Please use the code SGHA-DOH when registering to benefit from the discounted price.
Mr Joseph Suidan - Head of Ground Operations, IATA. Joseph Suidan Head of Ground Operations at IATA. Joined IATA in July 2008 as Assistant Director, ISAGO. Before joining IATA, Joseph spent close to seven years as Airport manager Canada for Austrian Airlines. Prior to that, he served as Regional Manager Sales and services and Head of Toronto and Montreal Stations for Royal Jordanian Airlines for 17 Years. During these years of service, Joseph worked very closely with the commercial and industry affairs departments of various Airlines, Regulators and Airport Authorities of Canada, Austria and Jordan.
Mr David Anderson - Head of Operational Safety, Risk and Compliance, British Airways After working for the British Ministry of Defence as a helicopter Engineer, David moved to British Airways where he has worked for the last 20 years. Initially joining the Engineering department, his main area of responsibility was 747 heavy maintenance including heading up some key projects to manage the overhaul of privately owned 747's from the Middle East. He then spent 8 years in the Flight Operations department managing the Flight Technical Services team with responsibility for flight planning, navigation, aircraft performance and air traffic services.
His current role is Head of Operational Safety for British Airways. This is a corporate role which oversees safety worldwide in all departments across the airline, setting corporate policy, driving continual improvement and reducing aircraft damage. David is also the current chair of the IATA Ground Damage Group.
Mr Jon Conway - Director General, ASAA ground handling professional for many years, Mr Jon Conway is now leading the ASA, the global trade association for the ground and cargo handling industry. A familiar figure in the ground handling world, Jon Conway began his aviation career in 1973, when he joined BOAC Cargo (which later became British Airways Cargo) based at Heathrow Airport.
Mr Nick Careen -
Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, IATA Nick was appointed by IATA as Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security with overall responsibility for driving innovation and integrated value-added solutions for the air transport industry throughout the passenger and cargo journey in cooperation with the air transport value chain.
Prior joining IATA, Nick had a long career at Air Canada and Jazz. His last position was as Vice President of Airport, Call Centers and Customer Relations at Air Canada. Nick's experiences cover flight and airport operations, human resource management and government relations.
Mr Adam Troczynski - Senior Manager, Aviation Security, IATA
Mr Massimo Cicetti - Ground Operation Standards & Safety Manager, IATA Over 20 years of experience in Aviation, primarily on Ground Operation and Safety Management System. Mr Massimo Cicetti will be meeting all attendees that want to know more about IGOM (IATA Ground Operation Manual) and how to implement its standards and procedures in their organization.
Mr Graeme Dewdney - Manager Global Airside, DHL Mr Graeme has worked in the Aviation sector for 14 years, for number companies in a variety of roles. His introduction to aviation was a temporary contract as a Tug and forklift driver at a busy cargo terminal, where he got a feel for the excitement of last minute decisions and time critical operations. This piqued his interest enough in Ground Handling where he graduated from the ramp agent through ranks to load controller, Operations Manager until he achieved his current position of Global Manager of SABLE & Training with DHL. DHL presented him with the opportunity to join the LCAM group, where he has had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the best in the business, and where he was voted as chairman in fall 2011.
Mr Tom Farncomber - Senior Expert - Aircraft Weights Engineering, AmadeusAirline Weight & Balance Engineer for 24 years, originally with Qantas Airways based in Sydney Australia and now with Amadeus at Heathrow. Engineering design lead for the Altea Flight Management load control system. Responsible for data configuration management, ongoing system development and flight safety.
Mr Leigh Hoey - GSE Manager, WestJet
Mr Steve Savage - Senior Analyst, Ground Operations, IATA
Mr Christian Bergfelder - Director Network Airside & Airport Affairs Europe, DHL Express Europe / DHL Air
Christian is the Director Network Airside for DHL in Europe and has been in his current position since January 2011. His responsibilities range from ramp safety, airside related training and ground handling contracts up to aircraft weight & balance systems and DHL`s Ramp Handling Standards. Prior to this he had been managing the Network Operations Control Centre of DHL's biggest hub in Leipzig.
Before joining DHL in January 2009, Christian filled a number of management positions in the aviation industry, with a strong focus on ground handling and cargo operations, including that of Station Manager in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Cologne for Swissport International. Working for both Airlines and Ground Handlers, Christian has a very good understanding for the needs and requirements on both sides.
Mr Bruno Pierre Paul Roussel - e-Invoicing Standard Manager, IATABruno Roussel, e-Invoicing Standards Manager at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has 14 years of experience in data processing, invoicing and settlement in the air transport industry. For the past three years he has been leading airline industry working groups that have defined the aviation industry standards for e-Invoicing (including settlement). He has been involved in project improving process and operational exchange of information. Bruno is a Computing Engineer from the Brest National Engineering School (ENIB) with a Master’s degree in International Strategy and Marketing from EM Lyon.
Mr John Boggs
Mr Peter Esteie - Head of Ground Operations and Airport Safety, Airbus S.A.S. Graduate of the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands with a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management. Started my career in Airbus Customer Services Engineering, and moved in 1997 to the A3XX (later A380) programme, taking up a variety of positions covering systems maintenance, cargo and freighter systems and airport operations. With the A380 programme nearing the end of the development phase, I changed to take up a position in Airbus Engineering Airport Operations, heading the department for Ground Operations of all Airbus aircraft in 2007.
Mr Jon Conway - Director General, ASA
Mr John DeGiovanni
- Managing Director-QA, Regulatory, Safety and ER, United Airlines Mr John DeGiovanni attended Arizona State University, receiving a BS in Aeronautical Industrial Technology and MBA from PepperdineUniversity. At United, he leads the Quality Assurance and Regulatory and Safteyt programs. In this position John’s responsibilities include developing a corporate wide safety strategy for 84,000 people for the design and implementation of an ‘Internal Evaluation Program” for critical systems and technical operations. Maintains oversight for FAA/CAA programs including IATA, IOSA, OSHA and the Department of Defene. Prior to Unitied, John worked for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne where he has had various senior management positions in Quality Assurance that included: design, fabrication, assembly, procurement, engine testing and flight operations. As the Safety & Mission Assurance Director for the SSME, Delta IV, ISS and X-33 processing at Stennis Space Center, Kennedy and MarshallSpaceFlightCenter. Eventually John lead all Safety and Mission Assurance responsibilitieds for the division.
John is a certified Quality Engineer and has been recognized by NASA with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Mr Mike Green - Manager, Airports Safety, WestJet
Ms Iva Pluhackova - Manager, Ground Operations, IATA
Mr Massimo Cicetti - Ground Operation Standards & Safety Manager, IATA
Mr Jeroen Jaartsveld - Aircraft Handling Support Manager, KLM
Mrs Caroline Odhiamboro - Manager Ground Operation Standards, IATA
Mr Gurdeep Singhr - Manager Quality Standards and Compliance, Qatar Aviation Services
Mr John Boggs
Mr Steve Rick - SVP Systems & Transformation, Menzies Aviation Plc
Mr Pierre Charbonneau - Director, Passenger and Facilitation , IATA
Mr Nick Careen - Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, IATA
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