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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Sunday, October 6, 2019

6:00PM Networking drinks reception

Day 2: Monday, October 7, 2019

8:30AM Morning refreshments & registration
9:35AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Paul Jebely, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP
9:40AM Navigating through markets in disconnect - A banker's view
Laura Mueller, Managing Director, Airfinance Journal
James Geldenhuys, Head of Aircraft Finance, Nedbank Corporate & Investment Banking
10:10AM Is Africa an answer to lessors’ search for yield?
  • With depressed lease rates on SLBs and increasing competition, is Africa a jurisdiction in which lessors can maintain a greater yield?
  • What can lessors do to build more innovative and bespoke deals with African airlines?
  • Should lessors consider opening operations locally on the continent?
George O'Neill, Senior Vice President Sales, DAE Capital
10:40AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11:10AM What does Comair's expansion strategy tell us about the African airline market?
James Geldenhuys, Head of Aircraft Finance, Nedbank CIB
Kirsten King, Finance Director, Comair
11:40AM Finding a way forward in African airline ownership – can there be a third way?

Government control of many African airlines is one reason cited for African airlines’ relatively poor performance and overly bureaucratic operating models. Can a greater embrace of public-private partnerships allow African aviation to reach new heights?

Rui Carreira, Chief Executive Officer, TAAG Angolan Airlines
Wouter Du Preez, Aviation Finance: Africa & Europe, Rand Merchant Bank
12:20PM Networking lunch
1:50PM Keys to success for secondary market aircraft traders in Africa
  • What is the foreseeable impact of rising fuel costs on the African secondary market?
  • Is there an appetite among African airlines for new technology aircraft?
  • How well have the residual values of regional jets and turboprops held up?
Russ Hubbard, Director - Aircraft Remarketing, Air Partner
Sasha Yusufali, Vice President Marketing, Nordic Aviation Capital
Rob Watts, Director of Advisory, ACC Aviation
Laura Mueller, Managing Director, Airfinance Journal
2:30PM A single African transportation market and protectionism

The signing of 23 airlines to the Single African Air Transport Market is a potentially defining moment in African aviation; however, the proof will be in the implementation. What does the continent need to get right in implementing this agreement in order to utilise its benefits to the industry?

Miles van der Molen, Chief Executive Officer, CemAir
3:00PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
3:30PM How healthy is the market for regional jets and turboprops?
  • Is there a market for the Embraer E2 and Airbus A220 in Africa?
  • How popular can we expect the CRJ900 to be with African operators?
  • Will increased connectivity in the region allow carriers operating regional jets to increase capacity?
Dominique Dumas, Vice President, Sales EMEA, ATR
Francisco Moraes, Sales Director - Africa, Embraer
4:10PM Can Ethiopian Airlines maintain its “crown jewel” of Africa status?
Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines
4:40PM Chairperson's closing remarks
Paul Jebely, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP
4:45PM Networking drinks reception
6:30PM Networking dinner at hotel

Day 3: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8:30AM Airfinance Africa roundup: Predictions for 2020

        Networking breakfast

10:15AM Transport provided to Tambo International Airport