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Agenda Overview

DAY ONE: Tuesday 4th October 2016

08.15am Registration & refreshments

08.45am Chairperson’s opening remarks

  1. Polis Polycarpou, Senior Vice President, Head of Information & Strategic Marketing (Aviation), DVB Bank S.E

09.00am Opening Keynote Address
Adel Ali, CEO of Air Arabia will provide an overview of Air Arabia’s expansion strategy and financing plans in this opening speech

  1. Adel Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia

09.30am Airline Keynote: Jazeera Airways on adapting business models

  1. Marwan M. Boodai, Chairman, Jazeera Airways

10.00am Financing for growth: Expansion through diversification and innovation in funding

  • Emirates’ expansion plans and funding strategy
  • The importance of diversifying your funding base
  • Fleet requirements and capacity planning
  1. Nirmal Govinda Das, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Emirates Airline

10.30am Airline Keynote Address: Pegasus Airlines shaking up the LCC model

  • Expansion plans and strategy
  • A look into the “Network LCC” Business Model
  • Positioned between Europe and the Middle East, which market will Pegasus Airlines tap for funding?
  1. Serhan Ulga, Chief Financial Officer, Pegasus Airlines

11.00am Networking: Morning refreshments and networking

11.00am Networking: NEW - 1:1 Meetings and peer-connect sessions

12.00pm How much depth is there in the Middle Eastern LCC market?

  • New LCCs such as Salam Air and Flyadeal will launch in the next year: Is there room for more LCCs in the region?
  • What challenges do start-up airlines face in the Middle East?
  • Access to financing and funding strategies of regional LCCs
  1. Mukesh Sodani, Chief Financial Officer, flydubai
  2. Tammer Yuzuak, Finance and Fleet Director, Pegasus Airlines
  3. Kiran Koteshwar, Chief Financial Officer, SpiceJet
  4. Moderated by: Michael O’Mahony, Senior Vice President, Marketing, GECAS

12.30pm Overview of the Middle Eastern aircraft market and financing requirements

  • Middle East aircraft market status and fleet requirements
  • How will aircraft be financed?
  • How many A380s are expected and who will finance them?
  1. Michael B. Cox, Vice Chairman, Seabury Advisory Group and Global Head of Corporate Advisory Services

1.00pm Networking: Lunch and Networking

2.30pm Middle East as a base for aircraft leasing?

  • Middle East Lessor appetite and expansion plans
  • Regional lessor funding diversification
  • Islamic financing for lessors
  1. Mohammad Kettani, Chief Executive Officer, Palma Ibdar Airlease BSC
  2. Saeed Quadri, Senior Vice President Finance, ALAFCO
  3. Yuriy Tokarev, VP Acquisitions, Aerovista
  4. Morderated by: Paul Holland, Parnter, Dentons

3.15pm New funds in the region: Investor opportunities in the Middle East

  • Asset based financing and the evolution of the profile of investors involved
  • Why are new investors drawn to the region?
  • Credit risk profile and appetite
  1. Anas Bennani, Director, Palma Holdings Limited
  2. Marc Bourgade, Chief Executive Officer, AFC
  3. Amir M. Yadghar, VP Infrastructure Development & Sustainability, Qeshm Investment & Development Company
  4. Moderated by: Bertrand Grabowski, Member of the Board of Managing Directors, DVB Bank S.E

4.00pm Keynote Panel: Lessor CEOs see opportunities in the Middle East

  • What opportunities do lessors see in the Middle East and how is that driving their strategies?
  • What is the future of the Middle East airline market?
  • How are geopolitical and macroeconomic pressures affecting the Middle East and lessors’ strategies?
  1. Kieran Corr, Chief Executive Officer, Pembroke Group Limited
  2. Firoz Tarapore, Chief Executive Officer, DAE Capital
  3. Moulay-Omar Alaoui, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Airfinance Corporation
  4. Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of the Board, Air Lease Corporation
  5. Moderated by: Bertrand Grabowski, Member of the Board of Managing Directors, DVB Bank S.E

4.45pm Networking: NEW - Roundtable Discussions and Networking
These intimate group discussions provide you with an invaluable opportunity to informally meet and discuss the latest issues with leading industry experts. Topics to be discussed will include

  • Understanding pricing and appraisals in the secondary market
  1. Jon Skirrow, Managing Director, Aviation Asset Management, DVB Bank S.E
  • Can the region’s legacy carriers re-invent themselves?
  1. Marc Bourgade, Chief Executive Officer, AFC
  • A look at market liquidity in the region: Challenges and opportunities
  1. John Meakin, Managing Director – Export Finance, JP Morgan
  • Why get a rating?
  1. Bashar Al-Natoor, Global Head of Islamic Financing, Fitch Ratings
  • OFAC and related issues impacting regional business
  1. Marian Pistik, Chief Executive Officer, Aerotask

5.45pm Chairperson’s closing remarks 18.00pm Networking: Cocktail Reception and Networking

  1. Polis Polycarpou, Senior Vice President, Head of Information & Strategic Marketing (Aviation), DVB Bank S.E

DAY TWO: Wednesday 5th October 2016

08.30am Registration and refreshments

09.10am Chairperson’s opening remarks

Pieter Burger, Partner, Deloitte

09.15am New players in the region

  • Who are the new/emerging players in the region?
  • What opportunities are new players creating for anyone involved in the Middle East aviation market?
  • What funding challenges will these new players face?
  1. Firoz Tarapore, Chief Executive Officer, DAE Capital
  2. Zafar Asghar, Senior Attorney, Kaye Scholer
  3. Amir M. Yadghar, VP Infrastructure Development & Sustainability, Qeshm Investment & Development Company
  4. Mohammad Gorji, Executive V.P & Fleet Development, Iran Aseman Airlines
  5. Mohammad Taebi, Licensed Insurance Adisor by Central Insurance of Iran, CIITR
  6. Moderated by: Jack Dutton, Editor, Airfinance Journal

10.00am How deep is the Islamic financing market?

  • Depth of the Islamic financing market, limits and preferred risk profile
  • How cost effective is Islamic financing compared to traditional funding sources?
  • Is Islamic financing available for regional aircraft?
  1. Ahsan Ali, Global Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered
  2. Kashif Raza, Head of Debt Capital Markets & Distribution, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  3. Ahsen Rajput, Deputy Managing Director, MEA & South Asia, Boeing Capital Corporation
  4. Moderated by: Paul Jarvis, Partner, Dentons

10.30am Networking: Morning refreshments and networking

10.30am Networking: NEW - 1:1 Meetings and peer-connect sessions

11.30am How big is the Middle East market for regional aircraft?

  • What opportunities are there for regional aircraft in the Middle East?
  • Fleet requirements and forecast
  • How will aircraft be financed in the region?
  1. Milco Rappuoli, Sales Director Middle East, ATR
  2. Stephan Hannemann, Marketing Manager Africa & Middle East, Embraer
  3. Ross Mitchell, Vice President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
  4. Moderated by: Simon Finn, Senior Vice President, Aviation Research, DVB Bank SE

12.00am Engines market: Meeting the region’s engine requirements

  • Challenges of operations in the Middle East
  • How is the engines’ market evolving to meet regional requirements?
  • How are low fuel prices affecting engine OEMs?
  1. Christophe Poulain, Vice President Commercial Strategy, CFM

12.15pm Networking: Lunch and Networking

1.45pm The Great Challenge: Widebody aircraft financing and residual values

  • How will Middle East carriers meet the growing challenges of financing widebody aircraft?
  • What funding sources are Middle Eastern carriers looking to for widebodies?
  • How will aircraft like the 777-300ER and A380 fare in the secondary market, with many of the Middle Eastern carriers using them as an integral part of their fleets?
  1. Mike Warner, Managing Director, Capital Markets Development, Boeing
  2. Mark Lapidus, Chief Executive Officer, Amedeo
  3. Maybel Saleh, Director, EMEA Aviation, Citigroup Global Markets
  4. Phil Seymour, President & Chief Executive Officer, IBA Group
  5. Francois Collet, Vice President Structured Finance Banks and Capital Markets, Airbus
  6. Moderated by: Frank Wulf, Regional Head EMEA, Aviation Finance, DVB Bank S.E

2.30pm Closing Keynote Panel: Export credit under pressure in the Middle East?

  • ECA capacity in 2016-17
  • Will ECAs resume financing and refinancing any time soon?
  • How will a market that relies heavily on export credit survive current pressures?
  1. Paul Walsh, Aerospace Manager, UK Export Finance
  2. Alain Gauthier, Account Executive, Export Development Canada
  3. Berthold Reuter, Unit Head Aviation Risk, Euler Hermes
  4. Eric Agote, Head of Unit, COFACE
  5. Moderated by: John Meakin, Managing Director – Export Finance, JP Morgan

3.15pm Chairperson’s closing remarks

  1. Pieter Burger, Partner, Deloitte

3:30pm Networking: Afternoon casual wear refreshments and networking by the Pool
Join us by the sumptuous Jumeirah Beach Hotel Pool for close of conference refreshments and some more networking to finish on a high note!

5.00pm Close of Conference