Monday 6 June 1500-1700

From the EU ETS and safety blacklists, to liberalization and competition on a level playing field, there is no shortage of topics to get pulses racing among airline CEOs. With his usual candor and industry expertise, BBC presenter, Nik Gowing, will challenge panelists to tackle some of the most controversial topics currently facing the aviation business.


Anthony Albanese - Leader of the House, Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Australia
Appointed to his current portfolio in September 2010, Minister Albanese has also served as Leader of the Australian House of Representatives since 2007.

Tim Clark - President, Emirates
President since 2003, Mr. Clark was a member of Emirates' founding team, joining as Head of Airline Planning in 1985. He began his aviation career in 1972 with British Caledonian.

Andrés Conesa - CEO, Aeromexico
Before being appointed to his current position of CEO of Aeromexico in 2005, Mr Conesa held a number of positions in the Mexican Public Administration.

Robert A. Milton - Chairman & CEO, ACE Aviation
Mr. Milton is Chairman and CEO of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., the holding company for Air Canada and its various sister companies. As Air Canada’s CEO from 1999–2004, he substantially restructured the carrier.

Emirsyah Satar - President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia
President and CEO of Garuda since 2005, Mr. Satar was previously Deputy CEO of Bank Danamon and held key managerial posts at Citibank, Jan Darmadi Group, Niaga Factoring Corporations and Niaga Finance.

Douglas M. Steenland - former President & CEO, Northwest Airlines -President and CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2001-2008, Mr. Steenland was previously Partner in a law firm and also served as a lawyer for the US Department of Transportation.

Antonio Vázquez - Chairman, IAG & Chairman, Iberia
Appointed Chairman of International Airlines Group, the holding company for British Airways and Iberia following their merger in January 2011, Mr. Vázquez is also Chairman of Iberia.


Nik Gowing - Presenter, BBC World News
Mr. Gowing returns to the World Air Transport Summit for a eighth time this year, having moderated the CEO Forum since 2004. A familiar face to BBC World News viewers in 200 countries, he has been a principal program anchor for the BBC’s 24-hour international TV news and information channel since February 1996.