With over 450 security experts representing the full spectrum of the aviation industry, this is the security event to attend to expand your networks.
AVSEC World in
Miami, Florida, USA, will showcase the dynamic security environment and provide a forum to address the challenges that the industry faces. The Conference unites professionals in the security sphere to discuss current issues and actions to be taken to manage risks in the aviation industry today.
Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA
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We offer interactive workshops, panels, expert presentations and excellent networking opportunities. Come and join more than 450 security professionals who represent the entire industry! Throughout the course of the conference, we exchange ideas and operational experiences, learn practical new skills, and help construct the framework of the future of aviation security.
Alexandre de Juniac became the seventh person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 September 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 de Juniac’s 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 works from both the association’s main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland.
Daniel Agostino joined the Miami-Dade Aviation Department in February 2014 as Assistant Director for Operations, responsible for overseeing the Terminal, Landside and Airside operations divisions at MIA as well as the County’s general aviation airports, which includes a workforce of more than 350 MDAD employees. Agostino brings more than 25 years of airline industry experience to the job, having held private sector leadership positions at both MIA and New York’s JFK Airport in the areas of airport operations, cargo sales and cargo operations. Prior to joining MDAD, Agostino served as Director of Tower/Ramp Operations for American Airlines at MIA.
Hany leads all aspects of the Qatar Airways Group Aviation Security and Asset Protection including Security Risks and Threat Management, Aviation Security Regulatory Compliance/Audits, Special Security Operations, Security Investigations, Quality, Standards and Procedures as well as Cabin Security Management with global responsibilities. Hany's primary focus is safeguarding the company's 46,000 employees, passengers and assets as well as advising Qatar Airways’ Group Executive Management on potential, emerging and subsequent security risks to the Group personnel, operations and assets. Hany is responsible for ensuring that Qatar Airways Security Risk Management System operates robustly through intelligence analysis, risk, threats and vulnerabilities identification, ensuring that they are appropriately evaluated and mitigated. Hany’s responsibilities include Aviation Security Regulatory Compliance and Audits, Investigations, Quality, Standards and Procedures, as well as Cabin Security across the Qatar Airway's network and Qatar Executive Corporate Jet operations. Hany's career in the aviation and travel industry has spanned across various commercial airlines from national carriers to Royal/Amiri and VIP/Executive Private Jets to low cost passenger and cargo operations. Hany has worked in several fields in aviation within Europe and the Gulf region including, Passengers Services, Ground Operations, Safety, Quality, Security and Station Management. He has held progressively more Senior Management positions in airline Ground Operations Safety & Security and is an IATA Instructor. Hany is a public speaker at various security forums and conferences and is the Chairman of the oneworld Alliance Security Group.
Philip Baum, Managing Director Green Light Ltd., regularly chairs, moderates and speaks at industry conferences. He is also available to write articles or provide expert comment to the media in the aftermath of a security incident involving civil aviation.
Shawn began his U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) career as a US Customs Inspector in 1996 at Newark International Airport where he worked in several capacities including on the Air Cargo and Aviation Security teams. He transferred to the Newark/Elizabeth Seaport in 2001 and worked in a variety of areas including mobile scanning units. In 2006, Shawn began his tenure with the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program as a Supply Chain Security Specialist and performed hundreds of security validations all over the world. In October 2009, he transferred to the CTPAT Headquarters Office to help stand up their internal audit branch. In Headquarters, Shawn worked closely with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to align operational synergies between the two agencies respective to trusted trader programs.
In December 2011, he was named Acting Director of CTPAT where he oversaw the final negotiations and signing of the Mutual Recognition Decision between CBP’s CTPAT and the European Union’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs. Shawn was selected as the Customs and Border Protection Deputy Attaché to the U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) and the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium in October 2012. In October 2017, Shawn joined IATA as a Manager, Cargo Border Management, responsible for leading IATA Cargo Border Management (CBM) cargo security issues, World Customs Organization (WCO) coordination, and capacity building initiatives. Shawn is a graduate of Kean University in New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and is an AEO Technical and Operational Advisor recognized by the World Customs Organization.
Lauren Beyer is the Vice President for Security and Facilitation at Airlines for America, the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines. In this role, she is responsible for security, cargo, and facilitation issues and works collaboratively with A4A member airlines to advance priorities focused on the safe, secure and efficient transportation of passengers and goods across our nation’s airspace. She oversees all aspects of interaction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Beyer joined A4A with over 11 years of U.S. federal government experience, focusing on aviation and homeland security. She previously served as the Director for Aviation and Surface Transportation Security at the National Security Council (NSC) where she was responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the development of national aviation security policies, including leading revision of the National Strategy for Aviation Security and spearheading interagency efforts to obtain legislative authority for security and law enforcement agencies to counter unmanned aircraft systems. Prior to the NSC, Beyer held several roles at TSA including as Europe, Africa, Middle East Bureau Chief in the Office of Global Strategies, managing engagement with transportation security stakeholders across these regions. She also served as the Chief of Strategy and Communications for TSA’s Office of Global Strategies. Prior to joining TSA, she served in various roles at DHS including as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Visa Waiver Program Office, as well as serving as the DHS Liaison to the European Union Presidency, stationed in Budapest, Hungary and Warsaw, Poland. Beyer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University.
Domenic Bianchini is the Chief Science Advisor (Acting) for the Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis (ORCA). Previously, he served as the Program Manager for the Passenger Screening Program, Program Manager for the Security Technology Integrated Program, and Deputy Division Director for the Mission Analysis Division. As the Chief Science Advisor (Acting) for ORCA, Mr. Bianchini is responsible for research and outreach with interagency, academia, manufacturers, associations, and national laboratory partners to communicate priorities and identify potential solutions. He is responsible for interfacing with international partners to align performance standards and common testing methodologies to ultimately enhance global aviation security. He serves as Co-chair of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Working Group on Innovation in Aviation Security (WGIAS) and TSA technical representative on the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Technical Task Force. Domenic Bianchini joined TSA in 2002 as the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for a $900 million Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) contract designed to detect explosives in passenger checked baggage at United States airports. He soon became the Program Manager of the Security Technology Integrated Program by initiating and managing a program designed to establish network connectivity to approximately 14,000 airport screening devices. Later he was elevated to the Program Manager of the Passenger Screening Program focused on procuring and deploying passenger and carry-on item screening technologies for the inspection of explosive devices and prohibited items. Domenic Bianchini holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and has held numerous recognized industry Information Technology and Program Management certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, Department of Homeland Security Level III, and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Bart Biggers is the chair of both the Corporate, Commercial Transactions & Outsourcing Practice Group and Transportation Industry Group at Winstead. For almost two decades, he has established a practice that fulfills most all corporate and commercial transactional needs of his clients, including supply chain management, technology, business process outsourcing agreements, cross border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, workouts and corporate restructuring, corporate finance (including public and private securities and other capital markets transactions), corporate governance and other general corporate matters. Over Bart’s career, he has significant experience in the airline, maritime, railroad, trucking, hospitality, manufacturing, industrials, technology, oil and gas, finance, insurance, real estate, communications and pharmaceutical industries. This experience has led to Bart being named a go-to lawyer by one of his Fortune 100 clients.
Bart devotes a significant part of his practice to clients in the airline and aviation industry, including advising major international airlines and regional airlines on commercial transactions for all functions of the airline business: supply chain, human resources, hospitality, travel, affinity programs, regional operations (insourced and outsourced), fuel, fleet, regulatory, flight-related security, technology (hardware procurement, content and software licensing, data security and privacy), and other business-process outsourcing transactions as well as general corporate restructuring matters. Bart’s turnaround and workout experience includes the designing, implementing and executing on the assumption, rejection and renegotiation of all the agreements for one of the largest and most successful Chapter 11 bankruptcies in U.S. history. He has worked closely both with business units and in-house counsel of Fortune 500 companies, and has acted as outside general counsel for both public and private companies and worked with private equity and hedge funds. His international experience routinely spans the globe and includes representations involving Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.
Tony Blackiston is IATA’s Assistant Director (Security) for the Americas region based in Miami. Previously he was Head of Group Security for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. Tony has 36 years of security and aviation experience that includes three spells with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – as the Regional Officer (AVSEC and FAL) for Asia Pacific, Security Program Coordinator for the move to the new Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) airport and as a Senior Advisor based in Bahrain where he established the Cooperative Aviation Security Program for the Middle East (CASP-MID). He was the Assistant Executive Director for the sole security provider (AVSECO) at Hong Kong International Airport. Tony has worked for three Federal Government Agencies within Australia and was an Australian Diplomat based in Singapore. Early in his career he was a police officer in the UK and Australia. Tony holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and an Undergraduate Degree in Human Resource Management and Management
Nina Brooks is Director, Security, Facilitation and IT, at ACI World. In this role, she provides guidance and support to the airport community, represents airports interests with regulators, and encourages industry collaboration to identify improvements in passenger processes and the overall travel experience while promoting security at all touchpoints of the journey. She has extensive experience in facilitation and security for both airlines and airports. Nina has a degree in Computer Science, and started her career in the United Kingdom in IT, as a programmer, analyst and project manager. Having caught the aviation bug, Nina worked on border and aviation security regulation and facilitation for Virgin Atlantic Airways in the Government Affairs Team. She moved to IATA in Canada in 2007, as Head of Security and Facilitation Projects, and also worked as Director, Borders and Security at InterVistas Consulting, prior to joining ACI in 2015. Nina teaches Aviation Security at McGill University in Montreal.
Jim is a highly accomplished airline executive who holds more than 20 years experience working across global airlines. A recognized international leader, he brings significant multicultural and multilingual experience through overseas assignments and responsibilities spanning six continents. As Senior Vice President of International and Cargo, he leads all airport operations at over 120 airports outside of the United States and leads the worldwide cargo business for the largest airline in the world. Under his direction, the airline continues to position itself as a thought leader in safe, reliable international airline operations and in the air cargo industry. Since joining American in 1996, he has served in a variety of departments and leadership positions, developing an extensive background in finance, marketing, sales, pricing and revenue management. He played a key role in leading the airline’s commercial restructuring and was part of the core leadership team responsible for the negotiation and integration of American Airlines and US Airways.
Peter Cerdá is the Regional Vice President in the Americas for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association whose 275 member airlines transport more than 83% of total air traffic. Based in Miami, Mr. Cerdá leads a multinational team of professionals who proactively pursue IATA’s industry priorities with government authorities and industry stakeholders to make air transport safer, more secure, efficient and profitable. His scope of responsibility extends from North to South America with a large local presence in more than 25 countries across the region. He is also IATA’s major shareholder for Cargo Network Services (CNS) and the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN). Mr. Cerdá possesses a wealth of industry experience acquired over 27 years in aviation. He has worked in various functions for IATA and most recently, he served as Regional Director for Safety, Operations and Infrastructure for the Americas and Atlantic until 2013. Prior to joining IATA in 1996, Mr. Cerdá started his aviation career with Iberia. Fluent in English and Spanish, Mr. Cerdá was born in Spain and received his Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Aviation Management from Embry Riddle University and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Florida International University.
David holds an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Glasgow University. He comes from British Airways where he has held various Engineering and Ground Operations roles over more than 17 years, including the last 8 years in senior management. Most recently David ran the Ground Operations safety, quality and training functions globally, working with the airline’s in-house ground handling teams, ground service providers, partner airlines and IATA to drive improvements in safety and security.
Tim is currently Assistant Director, Member and External Relations for IATA based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is responsible for policy analysis and development as well as working with airline members, regional airline associations and others to articulate and advocate the industry positions to governments and regulators. He leads IATA’s work against human trafficking and promotion of the ratification of international treaties. Prior to joining Member and External Relations, Tim served as IATA Area Manager Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos based in Bangkok and before this he was Country Manager Gulf Area (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE) responsible for all aspects of IATA’s local operations and activities. Before joining IATA Tim was a General Manager with Servisair, one of the world’s largest independent ground service providers, with responsibility for teams of up to 200 employees. Tim holds a Master’s Degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, UK.
Lisa chairs the firm's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice, a group dedicated to helping businesses succeed in the dynamic drone marketplace. Lisa's focus is expanding the commercial drone industry, including as co-founder and co-leader of the Commercial Drone Alliance. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa hosts the Domestic Drone Security Series events, for the first time bringing national security agencies together with industry to explore collaboration opportunities around drone security. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation (a combination that has become known as "polivation"). Lisa has held a variety of positions at top levels of the executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, she led the DOJ's effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States, and represented the DOJ in the federal interagency process considering UAS-related policy issues. Lisa is a highly sought-after thought leader on drones law and policy. Her opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, and other publications – and she regularly appears on television to talk about the latest developments. Lisa was recently featured in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" series for her efforts to develop policy to govern drone use in the United States. She also delivered a TEDx talk in 2014.
José Freig is the Managing Director, International Government Affairs and Chief Security Officer for American Airlines. In this role, Freig oversees the airline’s corporate security and international government affairs team to include the relationship with all federal agencies focused on security. He is responsible for the airline’s foreign government affairs efforts, domestic and international security programs, investigations, fraud and revenue protection, crew and operations security, and regulatory compliance. José oversees the airline’s relationship with foreign governments and represents American Airlines’ interests and priorities before agencies under the Department of Homeland Security, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). José also leads American’s security and related policy development and advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Prior to joining American in 2008, Freig served as the Area Director, West Region for Siemens Government Technologies in Phoenix, Arizona as the security technology and screening liaison to TSA, CBP, Department of State, airport authorities and original equipment manufacturers. José is the Vice Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Security Group, former Chairman of the Airlines for America (A4A) Security Council, and is an active member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) and Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC). He is also a board member for Hostage US.
Jon Godson joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2008 and has over 27 years’ professional environmental management experience including four years with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Jon holds a BSc in Environmental Science, MSc in Climate Change and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Waste Management. He is currently supporting the development of environmental management best practices for the airline sector and has been leading IATA’s activities related to cabin waste management since 2012.
Gloria joined WTTC in August 2017, following a varied career in Travel & Tourism. Recognised as one of the most influential women in Mexico by CNN and Expansion, Gloria began her professional career in 1989 at NCR Corporation working in the Latin America, Middle East, and Africa regions. She holds a BS in Computer Science from Anahuac University and MBA from Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. Since 1995 she has worked for the travel industry, starting at the Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Holdings, she was later CEO of JV Sabre Mexico reporting to a board of directors from Aeromexico, Mexicana, and Sabre. In March 2010 President Calderon appointed her as Minister of Tourism and two weeks after she was given in addition the full responsibility of the Mexican Tourism board. Under her leadership the “National Agreement for Tourism” in Mexico was created and signed on 28 February 2011. Gloria received the Good Neighbour Award from the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Virtuoso awarded Mexico the best tourism board in the world due to her successful branding and repositioning efforts. In addition, Gloria has been Special Advisor on Government Affairs to Harvard University, and part of the Future for Travel, Tourism and Aviation Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Lewis D Griffin received a BA degree in Mathematics & Philosophy from Oxford University, UK, in 1988, and a PhD degree from the University of London in 1995 for the thesis “Descriptions of Image Structure” in the area of computational vision. Following positions at Aston University (Vision Sciences) and Kings College London (Imaging Sciences) he has been at University College London (Computer Science) since 2005, where is now a Reader. His research interests include image structure, colour vision, machine learning and biomedical modelling, with applications in security science, biomedicine and geoscience. Since 2014 his COMPASS group has researched topics in Computational Security Science, with funding from Rapiscan Systems, UK Home Office and UK Defence Science Technology Laboratory. The COMPASS group were the first to demonstrate the power of bespoke-trained Deep Learning networks applied to X-ray security images. Their work on firearm detection in cargo containers was featured in the Economist. They have pioneered the use of Automated Anomaly Detection, as an alternative to Threat Detection, for X-ray security images.
Per Haugaard is Director at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and
Transport (DG MOVE). He is responsible for overall EU transport policy coordination and
security. He oversees inter-institutional relations, communication, economic analysis,
international issues and legal matters.
Previously, he worked at the European Commission’s Secretariat-General, where he was in
charge of the EU’s contribution to G7 and G20 and European foreign policy, providing advice
to the Commission’s President and Vice-Presidents. Before that, he was the Permanent
Representative of the Commission to the EU Political and Security Committee.
He has extensive experience in the area of policymaking and advising members of the
European Commission. He was a member of the Cabinet of EU Trade Commissioner Peter
Mandelson and of EU Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen.
Before joining the Commission, he was a private practicing lawyer in Brussels and
Copenhagen. He has law degrees from the universities of Copenhagen and Oslo and from the
College of Europe in Bruges.
Eric Kaler is currently the Senior Director of Airline Security at Hawaiian Airlines. Responsibilities encompass both Aviation and Corporate Security teams, and focus on operations, facilitation, emergency response, and is the company’s primary liaison with law enforcement throughout the world. Most recently, Eric has been a driving force behind the evolution of aviation security toward risk based, data driven security strategies and tactics. Hawaiian Airlines is an industry leader in using advanced platforms to capture and analyze data from TSA’s Secure Flight and Pre-Check Programs, CBP’s APIS Quick Query Program as well as programs from other countries that return a clearance to the carrier. This automation is used to assess risk and provide actionable data to front-line personnel. Eric’s work in this regard was featured in a recent issue of Aviation Security International (ASI) Magazine. Eric’s Public appearances representing Aviation Security and supporting these initiatives include Think Tech, a global awareness program on public television; as speaker at the Passenger Terminal Conference and panelist at IATA’s AVSEC World. As a part of his trade association engagement, Eric has a seat at Security Councils of Airlines for America (A4A), the Overseas Aviation Advisory Council, (OSAC) organized by the US Department of State, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Eric’s interest in these areas
stems from experiences early in his career as a volunteer first responder to family assistance centers for Pan Am 103, Avianca 52. The 2002 bombings by AQ/ASG/JI Bali, Indonesia were the catalyst that shifted the focus of his aviation career to security.
Marie-Caroline leads LAM LHA’s European activities, focusing on regulatory strategy and passenger facilitation matters. Prior to joining LAM LHA, Marie-Caroline was Assistant Director with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Brussels where she developed IATA’s position on EU legislation impacting the aviation sector, advocated on IATA member airlines’ behalf, and developed IATA travel facilitation strategies. Before IATA, Marie-Caroline held positions related to aviation and transport policy with EU trade associations and in the European Parliament. She holds master degrees from both Sciences Po Paris (IEP) and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Marie-Caroline is also a certified IATA external instructor, regularly leading IATA courses on Passenger Data Exchange Programs.
Brad Levy represents publicly traded and privately held companies in a broad range of business transactions and other corporate matters. Brad is a member of Winstead’s Corporate, Commercial Transactions & Outsourcing Practice Group and Transportation Industry Group. He focuses on corporate and commercial transactions and business process outsourcing arrangements, including master services agreements, equipment purchase agreements, transition services agreements, maintenance, repair and overhaul services agreements, various agreements pertaining to human resources functions, connectivity hardware and services agreements, consulting agreements and other agreements with strategic business partners. Brad also has experience handling domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and related transactions, as well as advising clients and their officers and directors on corporate governance and compliance procedures.
Brad has represented clients in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, transportation and energy, but has unique and extensive experience in the aviation industry. He has represented clients in the aviation industry in multiple transactions with suppliers and other service providers, as well as buyers and sellers of aircraft, engines and other aircraft parts. Brad’s experience encompasses both foreign and domestic matters, including representations involving Australia, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Panama, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Cameron joined Smiths in 2003 serving in various sales and management roles leading market based teams across Asia Pacific from Singapore. In September 2010 Cameron became Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand and Director of Product Management based in Sydney leading the ANZ business and product development for the Integrated Systems product line. In March 2014 he was promoted to Regional Managing Director as Head of Mature Markets for Asia Pacific being responsible for ANZ, Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Singapore. In March 2016 Cameron was appointed to the role of Global Market Director – Aviation based in Detection HQ in London. This role works to the VP of Strategy and Marketing.Cameron has a BSc (Hons) & MEngSc in Project Management from the UNSW, Australia. He also holds an MSc from Cranfield University, UK.
Dr. Sarah Merks is senior research scientist and project manager at the Institute Humans in Complex Systems (www.fhnw.ch/miks) of the School of Applied Psychology, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. She also works at the Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications in Zurich (www.casra.ch). Her main research focus is on the human factor and the human-machine interaction in airport security.
Jared Mikoch-Gerke is the Regulatory Security Advisor in the Aviation Security division for WestJet Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiaries - WestJet Encore and Swoop Inc. In this capacity, Jared is responsible for coordination of WestJet’s Security Management System (SeMS) across the organization and for delivering a seamless aviation security program in support of company-wide compliance with all Transport Canada, TSA, and international legislation and regulations. A key focus of Jared’s role is to oversee the development, implementation, and review of aviation security policies and procedures cross-functionally, while liaising with Canadian, US and international civil aviation authorities to proactively address changes to the regulatory security framework and support the development of innovative security practices.
Jared brings to his position a comprehensive background in airline operations. Prior to joining the Aviation Security division, Jared spent the previous 10 years working throughout the organization specializing in ground handling, commercial operations and airport operations in a number of roles with increasing responsibility and management functions. Jared studied Commercial Aviation and Airline Management at the University of North Dakota and Marketing Management at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Jared holds an FAA private pilot’s license and is chair of the Security and Facilitation Committee of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC).
Sally Nordeen is the Senior Director of Aviation Solutions for the AMERICAS business within Smiths Detection’s U.S. subsidiary. Smiths Detection manufactures specialized solutions for the detection and identification of narcotics, weapons, contraband, chemical, radiological and explosives materials. Its U.S. subsidiary manages programs for a variety of customers which include the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
In this capacity Sally is accountable for sales, business development and the strategic and tactical components of customer engagement for the US air transportation market and Canada. Sally joined Smiths Detection in 2017 as part of the Morpho Detection acquisition. She was with Morpho Detection since 2011 and served in various sales and management roles leading global market based teams in the aviation and critical infrastructure sectors. Sally has a BS in Engineering Management from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business.
Since December 2017, Guillermo Pardo has been the General Director of Integral Security, Risks and Compliance in Avianca Holdings; previously he served as Director of Civil and Corporate Aviation Security. Guillermo Pardo is an Architect at the Javeriana University, specialist in Strategic Management at the Universidad de la Sabana. He has training in personal and organizational development, risk management, management systems, Aviation Security and HSEQ. During his trajectory of more than 16 years in the aeronautical sector he has designed and implemented strategic projects related to risk management, security and compliance that involve processes of organizational change. He has served as Director of Airport Security at Opain S.A., Director of Security and HSE at Copa Airlines Colombia, General Manager and Project Director at International Aviation Security Group Colombia S.A.
David Pekoske has extensive experience in government service, transportation safety and security, private sector executive management and non-profit governance. He is currently Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. He is a graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. He served on active duty in the Coast Guard for over 30 years, retiring as the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard in 2010. In that position he was also the Component Acquisition Executive and the senior leadership sponsor for the Coast Guard’s innovation program. As a flag officer, he commanded the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, the First Coast Guard District (New England, New York and northern New Jersey) and was the Assistant Commandant for Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a member of the adjunct faculty at American University where he taught public policy in the Key Executive Master of Public Administration Program. He was member of the Board of Trustees for the U. S. Coast Guard Academy from 2006-2008. David Pekoske is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the InfraGard National Members Alliance. He has served as a member of the Naval Studies Board of The National Academies, the Board of Advisors of the Jewish Institute for the National Security of America, the Advisory Board of Heroes Linked and the National Security Advisory Council of the U. S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Mr. Rabbani performed duties as the Head of the Airport Infrastructure Department of the Brazilian Civil Aviation National Agency (ANAC), from 2011 to 2017 and as senior advisor to the Board of Directors of the Agency, from 2017 until early 2018. He has served as Airport Management Director in 2011 at the Secretariat of Civil Aviation of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil, as Facilitation Technical Manager at ANAC in 2010/2011 and as Manager at the Brazilian Ministry of Defense´s Civil Aviation Bureau in 2007/2009. Mr. Rabbani has also served as Director of the Transport and Metropolitan Integration Secretariat of the State of Sergipe (2007) and performed duties as Studies and Projects Coordinator in the Municipal Superintendence of Transport and Transit of Aracaju (2004/2007). Mr. Rabbani has worked as a Research assistant at the International Center for Air Transportation (2002/2004) and has a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‐ MIT (2004). Mr. Rabbani also has a Civil Engineering Degree, Federal University of Paraiba – UFPB.
When freight forwarding gets in your blood, it stays in your blood. Such is the case with Ruth Snowden, who held several senior operational, sales and executive roles during her 27 years as an international freight forwarder. In 2008 she became CIFFA Executive Director and has since represented her industry in the Canadian and global arenas. Helping build a vibrant community of professionals is just one of Ruth’s passions, with a strong focus on sector education, networking and promotion of the industry.
For 70 years the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) has represented the global logistics sector in Canada and today boasts some 260 regular member firms from the largest of global multi-national logistics service provider organizations to small and medium sized Canadian companies. International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and essential partners in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians.
Andrew Stevens is an anchor/correspondent and Asia Pacific Editor at CNN based in Hong Kong. He has worked for television and the print media in Asia for 25 years, including 18 years with CNN, four years at CNBC as chief business correspondent and three years as Financial Editor at the South China Morning Post. He also was economics correspondent for the Press Association and a reporter for the Australian Financial Review in his home country of Australia. He has reported on many of the key political, economic and geo-political events that have shaped Asia-Pacific over the past two and a half decades and has interviewed state leaders across the region as well as key business leaders. He has reported closely on the rise of China, economically and politically, from Hong Kong and is a frequent commentator on the US-China relations. He has also led CNN's coverage of the aviation industry in Asia.
Angela Stubblefield is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the FAA’s Security and Hazardous Materials Safety office. Ms. Stubblefield has 25 years expertise in threat analysis, emergency operations planning, hazardous materials safety, national security policy, and investigations oversight. Since 2001, Ms. Stubblefield has held positions in FAA, TSA, and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. In addition to working across Lines of Business in FAA, she routinely collaborates with the National Security Council and Executive Departments and Agencies to resolve complex national security, safety, and crisis-response challenges. Ms. Stubblefield has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy from the University of Virginia. After graduating, she became an active duty United States Marine and worked for the U.S. Marine Corps as a civilian intelligence analyst before joining the FAA. She also earned a Master of Arts in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics from George Mason University School of Public Policy.
Seasoned Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry. Skilled in Aviation Security, Technology development, Legislation and Operations for Airports, Government and Commercial Aviation. Based on his in-depth knowledge, experience and network, Gunther van Adrichem, has the unique ability to grow promising technology into a solid business, drive development, enable human capital, mitigate risk and create success. Gunther’s visionary view allows to see beyond the horizon and create future solutions to constantly grow Aviation Security’s effectiveness and efficiency.
Matthew has over 17 years security management experience and, prior to his current role, he spent eight years with Etihad Airways with five years’ experience as Head of Aviation Security. Matthew’s role with IATA includes baseline compliance to Aviation Security standards and recommended practices, alongside leveraging an all-hazards, risk-based approach through strategic threat analysis and business continuity planning in a high threat, high reliability industry. Previously, Matthew worked as a New South Wales Police Force Constable (Sydney, Australia) which led to a national security management role with the Australian Government (Canberra, Australia). Matthew’s government security career led towards to a national project management role with DHL Express and a consultancy role with GHD Pty Ltd based in both Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Matthew has a Master’s in Science, majoring in Risk Management and Security. In addition, Matthew holds a Bachelor’s in Policing and Justice and a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminal Intelligence, as well as several aviation security management qualifications.
Larry is the former Managing Director of Corporate Security for American Airlines and its parent AMR Corporation. During his tenure at American Airlines, he received the FBI Director’s Award for his team leadership in supporting the 9/11 Terrorist investigations. As the head of global security, he directed American/American Eagle and Trans World Airlines’, security operations, compliance and asset protection programs. His responsibilities included over 5000 daily flights, and asset protection in 65 countries, including over 2000 security staff members. Prior to joining American and subsequent to his FBI career, Larry served as the Dallas Cowboys Operations Director, Director of Player Counseling Services, and Director of Security for the NFL’s World League which later became NFL Europe. During the initial Cowboys period, he took a leave of absence to serve as Security Director for Pop Singer Whitney Houston’s first World Tour. That mission included security assessments and planning in dozens of countries, cities and facilities. He retired from American in 2004 and established his consulting practice. Football also beckoned and he returned to the Dallas Cowboys as Director of Security as well.
While at American, all programs relating to security, including regulatory compliance were under his direction, which included multiple subsidiaries. He served as a Corporate Restructuring Team Leader and was personally responsible for evaluations of the American Flight Department. Those efforts resulted in annual department savings of $10 Million. He directed emergency security operations for many global crisis events including, plane crashes, terrorist bombings, kidnappings, attacks and crimes against company facilities and personnel, a worldwide Flight Attendants’ strike which included protection of replacement crew members and company facilities to ensure business continuity. In Pakistan, he directed a logistics, security and safety program for a team of 36 American Specialists in restructuring Pakistan International Airlines. His emergency planning facilitated their safe evacuation after military coups. In 1997, Larry initiated a proposed Federal Aviation Security Program (Federal Security Screening Agency) to government and industry. That program was later used in establishing the TSA after the 9/11 attacks. Shortly after 9/11, He served as a member of the Silicon Valley Congressional Blue Ribbon Technology Panel for Aviation Security in developing technology resources. He also served as the Chairman of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Security Committee, representing over 300 global airlines. He is the author of “FBI Undercover” which chronicled his 10 year period as one of the FBI’s first long term deep undercover agents. His varied background also includes serving as a member of the LAPD Rampart Division, Independent Review Panel which conducted a major police corruption investigation. His security consulting experience includes projects in Australia, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Mexico and many others in the US, including training programs for various airlines.
He has provided expert witness litigation support in various matters relating to security and safety. He later joined Resilient Integrated Systems (An Emergency Power and Communications Safety and Security System) where he serves as Chief Security Officer and Member of the Board of Directors. Through his concurrent roles in multiple disciplines, the needs of Safety, Security, Operations and Compliance are interconnected and are effectively served by his experience. That experience includes Emergency and Disaster Response Planning and Operations in global events including NFL Super bowls. Larry is a member of numerous international government and industry bodies, including the US State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, American Society of Industrial Security, NFL Commissioner’s Security Advisory Committee, Former FBI Agents Society, and others. His awards include the Immigration and Naturalization Director’s Award, U.S. State Department Award, U.S. Customs Commissioner’s Award, Los Angeles City Council Commendation, National Eagle Leadership-Career Focus Magazine Award, Missouri House of Representatives Resolution as the State’s “Outstanding Missourian” and was named Dallas Father of the Year in 2008. He is a frequent TV and radio network Commentator on matters of Aviation Security. He is a graduate of California State University in Police Science and Administration with graduate studies at University of Southern California and California Lutheran University.
Andrew Wert is the Director of Marketing at Air Techniques International (ATI), a global market leader in real-time detection technologies. Mr. Wert is responsible for the company’s strategic initiatives for CBRNe technology, along with global responsibilities for product management, marketing, and strategy. With over 27 years of experience, Mr. Wert has lead product development, strategic planning, and market development for Fortune 500 companies and leading industrial instrumentation companies including Honeywell Aerospace, Emerson Network Power, and Danaher companies. Mr. Wert has studied at the College of Wooster, University of Cape Town, and University of Glasgow where he earned his MBA.
Henry joined Risk Advisory in 2006 and was appointed Head of Intelligence and Analysis in 2012. He has overall responsibility for the group’s worldwide political and security intelligence gathering, risk and threat assessments and analytical products and services.
Mike Woodall has worked for the UK Government for over 30 years and has focused on aviation security for the past 16 years. Mike is currently on secondment to IATA as the Assistant Director of Security Consulting and Capacity Development.
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