Series of Speakers

Neil Bentley Vice President Aviation,APAC
Aecom

Marleen Singson Supervising Air Traffic Controller
CAAP

Engr. Arnold Balucating Assistant Director General, Air Navigation Service
CAAP

Satyen Desai Sales Director
Dimension Data Philippines

Guenter Taus President
European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Brent Hyde-Smith Head of Marketing & Strategic Business Development
ENGIE

Atty. Edward James A. Dy Buco Deputy Commissioner
Bureau of Customs

Engr Raul G. Glorioso Chief of the Aerodrome Development and Management Service
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Edmundo Lim President
All-Asia Resources & Reclamation Corporation

Darwin Lacson Cunanan VP for Business Development Group
Clark International Airport Corp

Captain Benjamin S. Solis CEO
Southeast Asian Airlines International

Henry Schofield General Manager
Metrojet Limited

Josefino "Bong" Paloma SVP and GM for ICT Solutions
Accent Micro Technologies Inc(AMTI)

Simon Smith General Manager South East Asia, Korea & PNG
QANTAS Airways Limited

Brian Thomas Hogan Managing Director
XSQ Aviation Consultancy

John D. Forbes Senior Advisor
Arangkada Philippines

Dr. Enrico "Henry" L. Basilio Chairman of Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Committee
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Antoine BONNAUD Asia Pacific Aviation Director
Egis group

Warner M. Andrada Chief Tourism Operations Officer
Department of Tourism, Philippines

Gov. Jose Ch Alvarez Governor of the Province of Palawan

Captain Dexter Comendador Chief Executive Officer
AirAsia Philippines

Nick Screen Director, Transportation Solutions
Harman Professional

Col. Edmundo Gammad Chief Innovation and Business Development
Innov8Flight.com

Ben Lao Managing Principal
BenL Consulting International

Atty Steve Y. Dicdican General Manager/CEO
Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority

Col Allen A Capuyan, AFP Asst. General Manager for Security and Emergency Services
Manila International Airport Authority

Col. George V. Avila Chief Security Officer
Manila International Airport Authority

David R. Langholff Senior Aviation Consultant – Takenaka Corporation
Takenaka Corporation - Philippines

Rommel C. Gavieta Chief Strategy Officer
Air Mabuhay Corporation

Matt Shepherd Senior Aviation Consultant
to70 Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd

José de Ponte Special Counsel
DLA Piper

Ismael Augusto S. Gozon Senior Vice President-Airline Operation
Philippine Airlines

Legaspi, Amiel Duke P. Chief of Transport Operations Services
Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation

Richard Tan Regional Manager – Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Neil Bentley

Neil Bentley

Neil Bentley is the AECOM Vice President, Aviation, Asia Pacific responsible for the aviation market sector in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Asian regions include Hong Kong, China, India and South East Asia.
 
Neil has extensive airport management, strategic planning, master planning, facilities planning, design, design management, special systems, operational, commercial and engineering experience accumulated over the last 34 years as an engineering professional, the last 27 years being dedicated to the aviation industry.
 
Neil’s role includes direct involvement in projects as well as business development. His international experience includes directing key aviation assignments at airports in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.
 
In the Philippines Neil has had extensive airport experience over the last 13 years. Projects include the 2004 NAIA Master Plan, the 2005 Clark Airport Master Plan and 2011 updates, ADB funded projects in 2005 for developing the Southern Airports, the 2006 Greater Capital Region Airport Development Strategy, Airport Development Studies for MIAA in 2008 and in 2013 a concept plan for a new Manila Airport as well as leading the winning tender design for the recent Mactan Cebu Airport  PPP.

Marleen Singson

Marleen Singson

OFFICIAL DESIGNATIONS:
Sept 14, 2004 to 2005: Ad-Hoc Committee on the Revision of Existing AOs, ATS Manual and Other Orders related to
the 2005 ICAO ATS Audit
December 2011 to present: Facility In Charge of Manila Control Tower
December 2011 to present: Vice Chairman of the Manila Runway Safety Team (NAIA)
December 2011 to present: Member/Representative to the NAIA Operations Safety Capacity Enhancement Team
December 2011 to present: Member/Representative to the NAIA Capacity Enhancement Working Group
January 4, 2012: ATS Committee for Runway31 Operations
July 11, 2013: Member Project Mangament Team for the Aerodrome Control Simulator Project
December 2013 to present: Member of the Technical Working Group for the Optimization of Runway Operations at
NAIA
September 2014 to present: Member of the CAAP Prosecution Team
April 2015 to present: Member of the DOTC Negotiating Team for the Optimization of Runway Operations at NAIA
February 22, 2016 to present: Vice Chairman of the Hearing and Adjudication Board
August 11, 2016 to present: Vice Chairman of the Tactical Planning and Implementing Group
August 12, 2016 to present : Assistant to Aerodrome Division
September 16, 2016 to present : Senior Representative, MIAA Crisis Management Team
February 2017 to present : Aeronautical Information and Communictaions Department Manager (AICD)
March 2, 2017 to present : Member, CAAP Business Continuity Management Group (BCMG)

Engr. Arnold Balucating

Engr. Arnold Balucating

Engr. Arnold R. Balucating is the Assistant Director General and Acting Chief of the Air Navigation Service (ANS) of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). He is the designated Focal Person of the Civil Aviation Authority for the ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG) and also represents the CAAP in the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO).

Engr Balucating has over thirty-four years of experience contributing his services in the Authority’s aviation operations, management and regulatory functions starting with the former Bureau of Air Transportation (BAT) and then the Air Transportation Office (ATO).

As a professional, Arnold has completed two engineering undergraduate courses—the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. He also is a graduate of the Master of Science in Management Engineering and has had stint in the academe as Associate Professor in Adamson University College of Engineering.

Satyen Desai

Satyen Desai

He drives the closure of deals, mentor and coach the sales team, and create a sustainable executable strategy for each of the verticals, all with the objective of helping the company achieve the sales targets. Prior to joining Dimension Data, Satyen has more than twenty years of experience in technology and solutions across different functions that span across sales, business development, consulting, operations, finance and marketing.

He has had leadership experience across several geographies as well (ANZ, Southeast Asia, India, and the US).

He has proven himself many times over by consistently exceeding his key business metrics. His experience has been gained from 3 major companies: IBM, SAP and the most recent one, Cisco (USA) as Managing Director – ASEAN Enterprise and Public Sector.

Guenter Taus

Guenter Taus

Mr. Taus obtained his Electronic degree in Innsbruck, Austria and has started his career at Hochtief AG, a German Construction firm in Guatemala, eventually focusing on international projects from building of airports to hydroelectric dams, being assigned in different countries. Prior to his career within the Jardine group, he held positions as General Manager/President for Westar Technologies Inc., Golf Pro International Ltd as well as GTW Inc. Manila.

He is the incumbent President of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), whose mission is to build strong ties between Europe and Philippines, elevating opportunities for both economic regions. Further, he is the Chairman of the EU sponsored EPBN business network as well as board member and secretary of the EU – ABC. Guenter Taus is the current Managing Director for JEC Philippines, the regional office of the Hong Kong based multinational company – the Jardine Engineering Corporation, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group. With 30 years of professional experience in the Electronic, Construction as well as Waste Management Sector, including positions as technical consultant, system manager in local and regional management roles, Guenter is responsible for driving overall revenue and profitability for JEC Philippines.

Supplementary to his technical and professional experience, Mr. Taus is also a proponent of various charity organizations. He is the Chairman of the board of Chosen Children Village Foundation Inc., as well as Chairman of the board of the Lighthouse Club Manila, both a non-profit and non-government organizations.

Brent Hyde-Smith

Brent Hyde-Smith

Brent is responsible for Marketing and Strategic Business Development for ENGIE Services APAC currently based in Singapore, responsible for developing ENGIE’s core businesses around Energy Efficiency Solutions, District Energy, Technical & Industrial Solutions, Renewable Energy and Integrated Facilities Management in critical facilities such as Airports and Hospitals. He has been in the region since 2013 heading the M&A focus to expand our core services in APAC.

Prior to his APAC appointment, Brent was Managing Director for Cofely East London Energy in UK, responsible for the construction and operation of the London Olympic District Energy scheme, consisting of a 40-year concession to supply low carbon energy to the Olympic Park, Westfield Shopping Complex and surrounding areas using tri- generation and biomass heating. He was also Managing Director of all Projects & Engineering Services business in UK responsible for integrating & operating the Installation businesses following the merger of GDF and Suez in 2008.

Brent was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, and has lived in South Africa, United Kingdom and Malaysia before relocating to Singapore. He has been in the ENGIE Group for 22 years and has several qualifications in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Design and Company Direction.

Atty. Edward James A. Dy Buco

Atty. Edward James A. Dy Buco

Atty. Edward James A. Dy Buco is one of the recent appointed government officials of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group of Bureau of Customs, one of BOC’s subgroups responsible for the Bureau’s successful revenue collection.

Atty. Dy Buco, a Visayan and a native of Culasi, Antique finished his Juris Doctor degree at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School. He passed the Bar Examination in 1994 and rendered public service as Provincial Board Member in his hometown from 1995-1998. After his short stint as public servant, he became the managing partner of his own firm, the Mosquera-Dy Buco Law Office. He also taught law at the Mindanao State University for three years. From 2002 to 2014, he had served in various positions in Bureau of Customs. He became the Deputy Collector for Operations of the Port of Davao for 2 years. He was also named Officer-in-Charge of the same District and chiefs of different offices in Cebu and Davao. After, his 12 years of service in BOC, he went back into private practice and lives in Mandaue City, Cebu with his wife and children. In his free time, he writes songs and plays the saxophone. He is also the author of the book “Resist: Make a Difference”, an anti-corruption book which expressed his advocacy for good governance.

 Engr Raul G. Glorioso

Engr Raul G. Glorioso

Our resource speaker for today is a graduate of Far Eastern University (FEU) where he eamed his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1984. Subsequently, he earned his license after passing the Civil Engineer Licensure Exam in 1985. In 1999 up to 2000, he also took his Masters in Management at Technological University of the Philippines where he completed forty five (45) units of academic requirements. This FEU alumnus has an impressive work experience as he served as a student assessor in his alma mater from 1982-1985. In 1987, he was hired as Civil Engineer in the Air Transportation Office and later became Engineer Ill in the same office.

In 2011, he was appointed as Senior Aerodrome Engineer and later became the Department Manager Ill of the Aerodrome Operations Department under the Aerodrome Development and Management Service in the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). In 2015, in recognition to his technical and management skills, he was designated as the Acting Chief of the Aerodrome Development and Management Service of the CAAP.

Our resource speaker also received a number of distinctions and recognitions from the CAAP Board of Directors, Diosdado Macapagal (Clark) Intemational Airport, Poro Point Management Corporation and Subic Bay Intemational Airport to name a few.

Our esteemed resource speaker'sgreat educational background and work experience did not stop him to further his skills as he attended countless seminars and trainings. These includes Aviation Leaders Programme in Public Policy, Airport Planning and Management Course, Aerodrome Pavement Engineering Course, and Airport Engineering Course which are just a small sampling of the trainings he had attended both local and abroad such as Singapore, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Netherlands and India.

Edmundo Lim

Edmundo Lim

Edmundo T Lim is the Vice-Chairman of the All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corporation (ARRC), a Philippine-based company which is the principal proponent for the Philippine Global Gateway Project to be located at Sangley Point, Cavite the location envisioned for the new Manila international airport, seaport and special economic zone to address the congestion problems affecting Metro Manila. He is likewise the Vice-Chairman of the Manila Goldcoast Development Corporation, owner and developer of the Manila Solar City, the 148-hectare reclamation project located in the City of Manila, a position which he has held since 1996.

Edmundo has more than fifty years of experience that spans a wide variety of endeavors in agri-business, government service and international trade and negotiations.  One of the more prominent positions he held in government is his designation as Special Economic Adviser to the ARMM Governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In 2006, he began his three-year consulting engagement with the Philippine Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) providing overall assistance in capability building of the Australian Aid beneficiaries, particularly, in the technical, management and marketing aspects of a new concept of processing whole coconuts through the establishment of the Misamis Occidental 1st Integrated Coconut Processing Corporation (CPC).

As a member of the Academe since 2007, Professor Lim has been teaching at the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Government on the subjects of Social Marketing and Marketing Management for graduate students from Philippine government agencies with emphasis in providing government services that are more relevant to the communities they are serving.

Darwin Lacson Cunanan

Darwin Lacson Cunanan

Darwin Lacson Cunanan is currently the Vice President for Commercial and Business Development Group and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Development and Corporate Management of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC). As a key member of CIAC’s management, he is in charge of overseeing the Corporate Planning Department, MIS/IT Department, Human Resources Department, and Corporate Communications Office. As a mid-career professional, Darwin has over twenty years of experience in airport operations and management
starting with his appointment as an engineer at Clark Development Corporation in 1996.

As the Clark International Airport grew in capacity in both passenger and cargo volume and related-operations, he swiftly rose in this chosen career field moving from various technical to managerial positions reaching the position of Assistant Vice President for Strategic Development and Corporate Management of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) which he held since 2012. Darwin has represented Clark International Airport Corporation in numerous international and local airport management conferences and events chief of which is the world-renowned airline and airport networking series “World Route Development Forum” held annually in key markets in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

As a professional, Darwin is a licensed Electronics Communications Engineer (ECE) and holds a Certificate in Airport Business Operations from the Airports Council International (ACI).

Captain Benjamin S. Solis

Captain Benjamin S. Solis

Capt. Benjamin Solis has been with the airline industry for over four decades now, starting as an airline pilot with philippine airlines. He founded aerolift philippines, a domestic passenger airline and pacific east asia cargo airlines, a regional all cargo scheduled carrier operating within the asia pacific region. He also worked with TNT international air services as managing director and with ups as General Manager for air services, asia pacific. He has been engaged in many advocacy work regarding aviation policies as well as in bilateral air agreements.

He remains as a consultant/adviser of the asia foundation and is also presently the CEO of seair international, a Philippine domestic and international carrier as well as the Managing Director of Pacificstar airline management company, an Australian registered Australian aviation management company.

Henry Schofield

Henry Schofield

Henry William Schofield is a dual citizen, Canadian & American having grown up in an international diplomatic family. His first experience in aviation was flying his father’s Piper Cub in Northern Ontario.Over the last 35 years he has worked for Boeing, Bombardier, TAG & currently the General Manager for Metrojet in Clark Airfield Pampanga. Servicing corporate aviation has been his pursuit while providing VIP service to the leaders of industry. “Being an Engineer has been my lifetime passion” having worked heavy checks and AOG’s on BBJs in Seattle along with 14 years as an Engineer and Regional Sales Manager for Bombardier in Canada, Latin America and Europe. “I enjoy travel and meeting people, aviation is well suited for these two passions, I have travelled 80+ countries and had the privilege to meet a great deal of people in the Aviation Industry. “I have developed friendships and connections that will last a lifetime.” Providing flawless visits for customers and attention to details is what drives Henry.

Josefino "Bong" Paloma

Josefino "Bong" Paloma

In 1999, Mr. Josefino "Bong" Paloma became the president of a local computer company, Micro-D International wherein he gained number of achievements, developed ICT solutions, and reconstructed the company to be the leading Systems Integration that focuses on large enterprises and government institutions. Today, Sir Bong is AMTI’s SVP and General Manager for ICT Solutions. He has been part of the AMTI family for eight years now, and with his help we have become the most dynamic company in the local technology landscape today.

Simon Smith

Simon Smith

Mr Simon Smith has been a Qantas General Manager for South East Asia, PNG & Korea since January 2016 and responsible for Qantas’ business throughout South East Asia, Papua New Guinea & the Solomon Islands. Previously he spent 4 years in Indonesia as the Country Manager where he was responsible for both commercial and operational aspects of the business.  Mr. Smith has spent over 9 years in Asia and was previously assigned in Sydney to transforming the airline’s business for a sustainable future.

Mr Smith brings over 24 years of aviation industry experience to the role, having started his career with Australian Airlines in 1992. He is a highly experienced executive with a wealth of commercial and aviation knowledge through various sales and operational roles.

Brian Thomas Hogan

Brian Thomas Hogan

Brian is a seasoned professional with over 34 years of Aviation/Airline experience in service (over ten years working in the Philippines for Cebu Pacific, AirPhil Express, and Zest Air) engineering, manufacturing, MRO Management, Training, Quality (ACE) Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions, and C level of Airline Management his passion. He has held Key positions, with Hamilton Standard, Pratt & Whitney, Nordam, Singapore Airlines Engineering, Cebu Pacific, Tiger Airways, Airphil Express, Zest Air, Mega Maldives, XSQAS, and now West Atlantic AB.  His focus is new airline/mro start-ups, airport infrastructure and government support - cost control and turning around troubled organizations.

He ventured into the airline business after an airline incident in Georgia and has used his back in engineering and operations to be successful in turning organizations around. He has a BS Honors degree from the University of Massachusetts.

He has lived in Asia now for over 17 years calls Asia his home.

John D. Forbes

John D. Forbes

Mr. Forbes is a private business consultant, author, and public speaker residing in Manila. He is Senior Adviser for The Arangkada Philippines Project at the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and chairman of its Legislative Committee and Senior Counselor of Vriens and Partners Pte. Ltd. of Singapore.  

Mr Forbes is the author of Arangkada Philippines 2010 and two AmCham Roadmaps to More Foreign Investment in the Philippines. The American Enterprise Institute published his monograph Jamaica: Managing Political and Economic Change in a Third World Democracy. 

Educated at Georgetown, Princeton, and Harvard universities, Mr. Forbes served as an American diplomat for 25 years, beginning in Vietnam and the Philippines. He also worked in the US Congress, the Policy Planning Staff, and as a Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Political Affairs. His consulting practice assists clients with major trade and investment projects in the Philippines and has assisted large multinational firms and several international development agencies. 

Dr. Enrico "Henry" L. Basilio

Dr. Enrico "Henry" L. Basilio

Dr. Enrico Basilio is Chairman of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics Committe of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chief of Party of US AID Compete Project. Concurrently, he holds the Chairmanship of Export Development Council Networking Committee on Transport and Logistics (EDC-NCTL) and National Competitivess Council Transport, Infrastructure, Trade and Logistics Working Group. An economist and transportation and logistics expert, Dr. Basilio was President/Trustee of REID Foundation, Inc., Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Business Economics, Director of the Industrial Research Foundation, and Vice President of the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific.  He is one of the prime movers of the Philippine roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) shipping policy in 2003.  In 2010, he was appointed as Alternate Philippine Representative to the ASEAN High Level Task Force on Connectivity.

Antoine BONNAUD

Antoine BONNAUD

Antoine BONNAUD is the Asia Pacific Aviation Director of Egis group, based in the regional HQ located in Bangkok, Thailand.

Graduate in both Civil Engineering (ESTP, Paris) and Air Traffic Management & Air Operations (ENAC, Toulouse), Antoine started his carrier as an Air Traffic Management Consultant in Indonesia. Then, Antoine moved to Project Management in the fields of ATM, Airport Operations, Safety and Civil Aviation training in Asia and Africa. He has developed a strong experience of International Cooperation through EU-funded projects such as the EU-China Civil Aviation Program (2010-2014). Today, Antoine is in charge of all aviation-related activities of Egis in the region, from Consulting to Operations in the fields of Aviation Institutions, Air Traffic Management and Airports.

Warner M. Andrada

Warner M. Andrada

Mr. Warner M. Andrada is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Tourism Development Planning Division under the Office Tourism Development Planning Research and Information Management. A graduate of AB Economics and Master on Business Administration, the Department further equipped him with international and local trainings on tourism planning and product development. He has been collaborating with numerous local government units in formulating tourism plans and developing tourism products in their localities.
 
Projects he handled, among others, includes: the formulation of National Ecotourism Strategy and National Ecotourism Strategy and Action Plan, Tourism Guidebook for Local Government Units and the National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2022.
 
He has been with the Philippine Department of Tourism for 22 years.

Gov. Jose Ch Alvarez

Gov. Jose Ch Alvarez

Jose Chaves Alvarez, known to every Palaweño as "JCA,” is the current governor of the Province of Palawan. He was born on June 29, 1944 in Kidapawan City, Province of Cotabato, to spouses Engr. Tomas Alvarez and Mrs. Lilia Alvarez. At the age of six (6), Govemor JCA started his education at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University. He then  pursued his secondary education at San Nicholas College, now St. Paul University, and finished the same in 1960. When he was 16, Governor JCA took Chemical Engineering at Cebu Institute of Technology. But due to financial constraints, he was forced to transfer to Xavier University and enroll in Liberal Arts. He worked his way through college and graduated in 1964. After graduation, Governor JCA ventured into a small used-car trading business. In 1969, he was able  to expand his business. In 1970, he was presented an opportunity to start a timber business in Indonesia.

Governor JCA returned to the Philippines in 1977 to share his knowledge and experiences with conducting trade and business in Indonesia. But in 1981, he waived his company’s right to a logging concession earlier granted by the government. He endeavored to engage in diverse business activities. After years of hard work and determination, he became a very successful businessman. Despite his personal achievements and high status in life, he has never forgotten the Province of Palawan which continues to occupy a very special place in his heart, from the moment he first set foot in it. He also longed to see the long-delayed development that Palawan deserves, the kind of progress that each and every Palaweño should be able to experience and enjoy. He saw the incredible potential of the province, but was frustrated by the slow rate of economic growth and an even worse quality of life of the majority of its population.  AII of these prompted him to stay in the province and start his advocacy projects and programs  in  its  various  municipalities, to help save the unfortunate Palaweños from further destitution.

Rising from a failed attempt to seize the helm of the Provincial Government of Palawan during the 2010 national and local elections, JCA and his local political party, Partidong Pagbabago ng Palawan, won an overwhelming victory in the 2013 local elections. The victory of the JCA and his first foray into politics gave Palaweños a renewed sense of hope that after a long wait, the curse of underdevelopment in the Province of Palawan could finally be broken.

A visionary in the realm of business and trade, Governor JCA now leads the  Province of Palawan on its journey to inclusive and sustainable development. Through his brainchild and now flagship local government initiative, that is the I. H.E.L.P. Program, infrastructure development, health-care, education, livelihood, and environmental protection are now treated as the five focus or key areas for the long-term development of Palawan.

Captain Dexter Comendador

Captain Dexter Comendador

He has over 33 years of experience in the aviation industry as combat pilot, flight commander and instructor pilot in the Philippine Air Force for eight years before beginning his professional career as commercial pilot in 1992.  A trailblazer and highly-decorated pilot, Philippines AirAsia CEO Captain Dexter Comendador is a cum laude graduate of the prestigious Philippine Military Academy and is a recipient of 26 service medals, including two Gold Crosses for bravery and successful combat operations. 

In 1994, while serving as Boeing-747 Flight Engineer of a commercial airline, Captain Comendador successfully managed an inflight bomb explosion that earned him a commendation from then-Philippine President Fidel Ramos and international media attention, inspiring stories of bravery, courage, and professionalism.  He opted for early retirement in 2010 while serving as Chief Pilot for Safety and Compliance at a local budget airline. Airlines and airplanes, however, are truly his first love and, after a short break, he took a job overseas with a foreign legacy carrier before eventually winding up at AirAsia in December 2011.

He was then asked to join and launch AirAsia operations in the Philippines as Chief Pilot for Operations, and was promoted two years later to Director of Flight Operations and then again to Chief Operations Officer. He accepted the challenge to lead the Philippine team of AirAsia as interim Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. 

It was during this period that Philippines AirAsia was entering a new phase with the plan to expand its network to include several new routes from secondary hubs, and provide connectivity throughout Southeast Asia. Captain Dexter readily stepped into the role of leading the team and was officially appointed CEO in January 2017 earning him another title as the “first flying pilot-CEO of an airline company in the Philippines.” 

Nick Screen

Nick Screen

Nick joined HARMAN in October 2013 when Duran Audio BV were acquired by HARMAN. In August 2016 Nick was appointed as Director, Transportation Solutions for HARMAN Professional. In this role Nick leads the global transportation sales, strategy, and business development teams across the HARMAN Professional Solutions Division and is be responsible for all aspects of the transportation market including tunnels, airports, metro/rail, and bus terminals. Nick remains deeply involved in defining the solutions for these markets in close collaboration with the Solutions & Marketing teams.

Nick’s educational background is in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, he is an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics, in the UK, where he is a pro-active member of the Electro-Acoustics Group.

During his career with HARMAN & Duran Audio Nick has been involved in many high profile Transportation projects. The range of projects is wide, these projects include: Queen Alia International Airport (Jordan), Airport Link Tunnel (Brisbane, Australia), Paddington, Kings Cross, Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly Railway Stations (UK) and Florence Railway Station (Italy). 

After completing his education Nick moved from his home town of Cardiff to London where he gained a sound engineering qualification and went on to work in the field of Theatre & Conference Sound.  Nick then went on to join Autograph Sales in a Technical Sales role where he worked with some of the leading brands in the pro-audio industry. It was during this time that Nick started working with AXYS products, completing Duran Audio’s first UK project; supplying Intellivox units as part of the PA/VA system for the Millennium Dome in 1999.

Nick left Autograph Sales in 2001 and after a short period as a freelance sound engineer established Duran Audio UK Limited in cooperation with Duran Audio BV. Nick was a shareholder of Duran Audio UK Limited and held the position of Managing Director. In 2009 he took on the additional responsibility of International Business Development Manager for Duran Audio BV.

Nick joined HARMAN in October 2013 when Duran Audio BV and all it subsidiaries were acquired by HARMAN. 

Col. Edmundo Gammad

Col. Edmundo Gammad

Col Gammad is the Chief Innovation and Business Development of Innov8Flight.com, a private consulting firm he founded focusing on defense equipment modernization and aviation programs. He is currently engaged in consulting services for WB Electronics, a defense electronics firm based in Poland specializing in military communications and tactical UAV systems. He is also currently a member of a team proposing consultancy services for selected Philippine airport modernization projects. Prior to these, Col Gammad performed consultancy work for the Department of National Defense on the assessment of the Self-Reliance Defense Posture (SRDP) Program which aims to develop and establish local capabilities for the production of defense equipment in-country through technology transfer and license co-production ventures. He also served with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) as its Chief of Staff focusing on the Authority’s financial system management, introduction of aviation track in the newly implemented K-12 education curriculum and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. In a previous capacity, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefits Association, Inc (AFPMBAI), the premier life insurance provider for more than 300,000 active uniformed service members.  Prior to joining the corporate sector, he has rendered more than thirty years of active commissioned service in the Philippine Air Force, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Department of National Defense and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA). Col Gammad graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1977 and from the Philippine Air Force Flying School in 1978. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. 

Ben Lao

Ben Lao

Ben Lao is an experienced aviation infrastructure specialist with 42 years of “hands-on” involvement in over 83 airports on 4 continents covering a multitude of complex airport planning, design & development challenges. His aviation career commenced when he joined American
Airlines as corporate architect and airport planner. Previous to that, he was designing high-rises, military headquarters and “new urban communities.”
 
Ben is a US licensed architect with a Master’s Degree from Harvard University focused on architecture and urban design. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor from University of Santo Tomas. Ben also attended New York University’s MBA Program and the first Global Executive MBA Program at Duke University. Having started his own firm in 1990, he merged it with P&D/AECOM in 1999 becoming Vice President in charge of its passenger terminal practice. He subsequently joined Parsons as Vice President and oversaw the successful implementation of the $2.6Billion Guangzhou Airport. He later joined Ricondo & Associates as Vice President to help it expand internationally.

Ben relaunched a new consultancy in 2008 to provide executive advisory to top management of airports undergoing intensive capital improvement programs including Atlanta, Honolulu and Houston. In 2013, DOTC appointed Ben as “Owner’s Rep” to evaluate various airport proposals
including Clark and develop modernization solutions for NAIA. He also served as “Independent Consultant” to assess preliminary design of the new Mactan-Cebu Airport.

Ben was Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas School of Architecture & Environmental Design. He has written articles for Airport 2003 & Airport World and has given speeches in Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Turkey and USA. From 1995-2008, Ben conducted a 3-day Executive Education Seminar at Harvard regarding 21st Century airport modernization.

Atty Steve Y. Dicdican

Atty Steve Y. Dicdican

Steve Dicdican is the General Manager and CEO of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority. He graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines with a Business Administration degree and subsequently a Law Degree. While awaiting the results of the Bar Examinations, he became a licensed PADI scuba diver instructor and is currently a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. While practicing law, he also managed a security agency, a bar, and other business interests, taught civil law subjects at the University of Cebu, College of Law, and took a post-graduate course in Business Economics at the University of the Asia and the Pacific. His background of balancing work with play, business with recreation, conventional with youthful dynamism, makes him the General Manager of choice for what will become the world’s first resort airport.

Col Allen A Capuyan, AFP

Col Allen A Capuyan, AFP

As Project Officer – Mindanao Ethnographic Intelligence Program (2001 – 2010)
Responsible in Case build-up for the arrest of almost all High Value Terrorist Targets from 2003-2007
As Project Officer - Provided high value Technical Intelligence requirements in the conduct of Oplan “Ultimatum” from
2006-2007 which led to the neutralization of major terrorist leaders
As Project Officer – National Technical Intelligence Special Operations Program (2007 -2010)
As Project Officer – The Recovery & Control Of Mount Diwalwal (2002-2004)
As Head, Mindanao Area Coordinating Center (MACC) Office Of The President – Mindanao (2001-2003)
As Director,Knowledge Management Department, Office Of The President Adviser For Special Concern (OPASC) 2002
As Battalion Commander (2006-2008)
As Task Force Commander (2008-2009)
As Co-Chairman, Mindanao Indigenous People Conference For Peace & Development (2003-2013)
As Execom Member/Founder, Epanaw Foundation (2012- To Date)
As Execom Member/Founder, Ancestral Domain Management Systems Inc. (2011-2013)
As Chairman, Acantilado Aqua Resources (2012-2013)
As President, MSR Health Care (2013-To Date)

Col. George V. Avila

Col. George V. Avila

I am a retired Colonel form the Philippine Army graduating from the Philippine Military Academy of Class 84. I have worked in the aviation security industry since my retirement starting with Cebu Pacific Airlines as Security Director in 2013. Then after, I spent a year's stint with the Foreign Affairs Department doing Bilateral Defense work. I was then taken in to work for the Office for the Transportation Security as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Programs. I transferred to the Transportation Department as Director for Operations and eventually recruited to join the Manila Airport Authority under the General Manager office for Safety and Security.
 
I received my Masters degree in Development Administration and Business Administration from the Australian National University and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business respectively. I am also an ICAO certified Aviation Security Professional Manager with experience in aviation security policy, program and regulations development as well as training and quality control.
 
I am presently working with Manila International Airport Authority under the office of the General Manager as Chief Safety Officer and with the office of the Assistant General Manager for Security and Emergency Services as Screening and Surveillance Department Manager as well as Standards Officer assisting the Airport Security Inspectorate Office in the development of the airport security compliance standards and regulation.

David R. Langholff

David R. Langholff

David started his aviation career in the United States Air Force and has over 27 years of experience.
David has held senior management positions for large scale green field airports in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. His expertise is in Airport Systems Integration, Special Airport Systems, Extra Low Voltage Systems and Air Traffic Management Systems. He has expertise in Specification Writing, Tendering, Construction and Testing and Commissioning. He has also managed the QA/QC functions as well as the preparation of Training Documentation; and has participated in Airport Operational and Readiness works.
David has managed specialist Designers such as Arup, ADPi, British Airports Authority, Alcatel, Thales; to name a few, and has managed contracts by some of the most renowned airport systems suppliers such as Vanderlande, Siemens, Arinc, SITA, Cisco, Crisplant, Invision, Honeywell, and Jetway; to name a few.
David was educated in the United States and holds a BA and MBA degree and was an Adjunct Professor in Computer Sciences at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.

Rommel C. Gavieta

Rommel C. Gavieta

Arch. Rommel C. Gavieta is a Resource Person on the subject of International Economic and Financial Intelligence Assessment at the Strategic Intelligence Training School of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  He is a Special Lecturer on the subject of International Project Finance at the Far Eastern University MBA Program, and an independent commercial advisor for infrastructure development for local and international corporations/institutions. He is the former Corporate Planning Officer for Clark Development Corporation and currently the Chief Strategy Officer for Air Mabuhay Corporation.

Arch. Gavieta has a 26-year track-record and published papers on rail, airport, and multi-modal transportation projects investment, development & operations.

Matt Shepherd

Matt Shepherd

Matt has over 34 years’ experience in the Aviation industry. From working as an Air Traffic Controller to the successful implementation of Australian national air traffic infrastructure projects, Matt has been involved at all levels. He is as comfortable at the strategic level, writing five year plans for air navigation service providers as he is at the tactical level, managing busy Air Traffic Control Terminal units.
 
Matt’s core focus in the past ten years has been on the fields of:
1. Airspace and air route design
2. Air Traffic Flow Management and
3. Collaborative Decision Making
 
He has established and chaired international and Australian industry forums on Air Traffic Flow Management, Flexible Use of Airspace, and airspace design.
 
In 2005, Matt was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study aviation training and regulation throughout the Americas and Europe.
 
With a wide range of experience in the areas of CDM, A-CDM, and Air Traffic Flow Management, Matt brings a unique blend of in-depth technical knowledge, extensive implementation and actual hands on management experience to any environment.

José de Ponte

José de Ponte

José has extensive experience in Australia and Southern Africa across a broad range of infrastructure projects and front end construction matters, including major Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects.  He has represented bidding consortia, financiers and first tier contractors on high profile PPP projects in the Australian, New Zealand, Philippine and Southern African markets.

As a partner of a leading South African law firm José gained wide experience in PPPs, project finance, infrastructure projects and construction law and advised on the EPC procurement of the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa.
In the Philippines, José is advising DOTr and CAAP on its Regional Airports PPP Project for the grant of concessions in relation to the Bacolod, Davao, Iloilo, Languindingan and Panglao Airports.  He is also advising a government on the Pacific region on the development of an Airport on the basis of a PPP model.

Ismael Augusto S. Gozon

Ismael Augusto S. Gozon

Nicky (Ismael Augusto S. Gozon)  graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Much of his professional life was spent in the airline industry, having been a part of the management team of Philippine Airlines (or PAL) for almost 16 years. He began his career with PAL in 1989 as a management trainee. Upon completing the management and development program, Nicky was tasked to head the company's Risk and Insurance Management Division and concurrently served as the executive assistant to the chief financial officer. In 2004, he joined the office of the President and Chief Operating Officer as his executive assistant. In 2010, he was appointed head of the Operations Group of the company.

Legaspi, Amiel Duke P.

Legaspi, Amiel Duke P.

A Professional Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer working in diverse and most demanding fields of aeronautics and astronautics. He hold variouschallenging positions in both junior and senior levels of management in the areas of Research and Development on defence, space and Homeland Security; military and civilian flight and maintenance operations; aerospace engineering education and training; design and manufacturing; quality and safety management; and civil aviation regulations.

Legaspi AD is now serving the country as Senior Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer and Chief of Transport Operations Services, Operations Control Division, Air Operations Department of the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation where his primary roles are finding alternative ways and conceptual solutions for:
1. the worsening air traffic congestions.
2. a competent and reliable aerospace, defence, and HLS framework, in parallel to the objectives of PD No. 415, The SRDP Law.

Richard Tan

Richard Tan

Mr. Richard Tan is the Asia Pacific Regional representative for the International Air Transport Association, the fastest growing and most diverse Region in the World. He is currently a member of the IATA Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security division in the region responsible for all airport development, charges and operations; as required for the safety, economical and efficient operation of member airlines in the region. Prior to this he was the IATA Regional Manager responsible for Safety and Flight Operations matters in the region.
 
Before joining IATA in February 2011, Richard held the position of Performance and Reliability Controller within Qantas Airways in Australia. As the controller of the maintenance and reliability program, he was responsible for technical airworthiness compliance for reliability and performance management of operation within the engineering division.
 
Richard has also worked for more than 4 years as a manager with Qantas Group Safety with responsibility for safety and risk management covering a number of safety programs such as Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) and Line Observation Safety Audit (LOSA) across a number of business divisions within the group.
 
Richard started his professional career in the aviation industry with the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) as their Technical Affairs representative after completing his Aeronautical Engineering degree.

 


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