2017 Speakers

Samer Ahmed Al Nabhani

Samer Ahmed Al Nabhani, Commercial Operations General Manager, Oman Airports Management Company

Commercial Operations General Manager, Oman Airports Management Company

Throughout his career, Samer Ahmed Al Nabhani has held multiple positions across the public and private sectors, and is currently Commercial Operations General Manager at Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), the main body responsible for the strategic leadership, direction and development of Oman’s airports. Samer is responsible for aeronautical and non-aeronautical concessions, airline marketing and communications, and real estate development in Muscat International and Salalah airports.

Samer plays a lead role in developing new route development strategies, resulting in recent agreements with airlines including Spice Jet and Indigo, and increased frequencies by Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways and Air Arabia.

Before joining Oman Airports, Samer served as Executive Director of the Sanad Programme, an initiative launched by HE Sultan Qaboos to alleviate unemployment in the nation by offering mentorship and job training. The programme was awarded best public initiative in Oman in 2003, and was considered by Arab labour organizations as the best self-employment and individual initiative program in the Arab world.

Prior to this, Samer also held key positions with Oman’s Higher Education Council and the Sultan Qaboos University.

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Sarah Branquinho

Sarah Branquinho, President, ETRC & External Affairs Director & Head of Communication Europe & Africa, DUFRY

President, ETRC & External Affairs Director & Head of Communication Europe & Africa, DUFRY

Sarah Branquinho is an active advocate for the duty-free and travel retail industry, andthe key dual role it plays in enhancing transport infrastructure and the passenger experience. She is President of the European Travel Retail Confederation, the representative organisation for the duty free and travel retail industry in Europe, Chair of the UK Travel Retail Forum and a member of the Board of the Duty Free World Council. Sarah was also recently elected to the ACI World Business Partners Advisory Board.

With thirty years of experience in the duty free industry at TFWA, then managing the consumer mobilisation programme and the ambitious research projects which underpinned the lobby to save intra-EU duty free, Sarah joined BAA and its retail company World Duty Free where her remit for business relationships and external affairs grew with the company. With World Duty Free’s recent acquisition by Dufry AG, the overall business now accounts for one in every four travel retail sales worldwide.

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Bernard Creed

Bernard Creed, Senior Vice President – Finance (Retail & Leisure) , Dubai Duty Free

Senior Vice President – Finance (Retail & Leisure)
Dubai Duty Free

Bernard is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 30 years of experience living and working in Ireland, Scotland, Bahrain, Dubai, the Dutch Antilles and the United States.

His career has seen him work in the textile manufacturing, mobile telecommunications, private practice and the travel retail business. Bernard has over 16 years’ experience working in the duty-free industry, having previously worked for Bahrain Duty Free (1998-2001) and for Dubai Duty Free (2001-2007). Bernard returned to Dubai Duty Free in May 2010 to head up the Finance Department as Finance Controller and was named Senior Vice President – Finance (Retail & Leisure) in July 2016.

In addition to his CPA qualification, Bernard holds a Masters in Business Administration and is currently carrying out Doctoral studies in airport retailing. In October 2013, Bernard was elected Chairman of The Irish Business Council in Dubai, a position he held for two years.

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Victor Kgomoeswana

Victor Kgomoeswana, Author, broadcaster, branding and business expert on Africa

Author, broadcaster, branding and business expert on Africa

Victor Kgomoeswana is the founder and presenter of the South African weekly radion show Africa Business Report on Talk Radio 702’s Money Show. He is a regular contributor to various international and local television and radio stations, including CNN, CNBC Africa, SABC TV, eTV, East Coast Radio and Lesedi FM. Victor is also the author of the bestseller Africa is Open for Business, an account of groundbreaking stories of innovation and opportunities in the continent.

Victor has facilitated many conferences and events such as the Black Management Forum, the Nkonki Annual Audit Committee Conference, the National Treasury’s Financial Management Improvement III Workshop and the ABSIP congratulatory dinners in Africa. He has also organised and led trade talks on regional economic integration in East Africa with the Rwanda Development Board and the South African High Commission in Kigali.

Previously Victor was Business Development Executive for PPC Ltd, where his main task was to seek investment opportunities across the African continent. He has originated M&A transactions through discussions with governments, investors and company owners to establish good relations. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of PPC Ntsika Fund, an enterprise development initiative, until January 2014.

Before joining PPC, Victor was the Associate Director at Ernst & Young’s Africa Business Centre, where he led the team that put together the database behind the firm’s Africa Interactive and Growing Beyond Borders.

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Trevor McFarlane

Trevor McFarlane, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Markets Intelligence & Research (EMIR)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Emerging Markets Intelligence & Research (EMIR)

Trevor McFarlane is the Founder of Emerging Markets Intelligence & Research (EMIR), a research, briefing and networking service that supports senior executives overseeing the Middle East & Africa. EMIR advises 150+ C-level executives from a wide range of companies, including Facebook, Pepsico, Samsung, Philips, McDonalds, Barclays, Dow, Oracle and GSK. Before founding EMIR, McFarlane was Senior Contributing Editor for the Gulf at The Economist Group. And prior to this, Trevor covered the Middle East & Africa at The Economist Intelligence Unit. With over a decade of experience in the Middle East—living and working in Istanbul, Doha, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai—he and EMIR’s analysts have become trusted advisors to multinationals and family trading companies. Trevor regularly speaks and moderates at conferences, presents at board and ministerial level and formerly co-hosted Dubai Eye’s Business Breakfast Radio Show. He frequently offers commentary on current affairs for international media, including the BBC, CNN, CNBC Arabia and the Financial Times.

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H.E Avedis Guidanian

H.E Avedis Guidanian, Lebanese Minister of Tourisme

Lebanese Minister of Tourism

His Excellency Mr Avedis Guidanian is currently the Minister of Tourism in Lebanon.

His political career began in 1985, when he enrolled in the Tashnag party, an Armenian political organisation active in Lebanon since the 1920s. He soon advanced within the party, becoming President of Student Interests and later taking responsibility for party elections and representing it at national meetings. He has twice represented Tashnag in the World Congress of Political Parties in Asia (ICAPP) in Kazakhstan and Cambodia.

He was elected to the Board of the Central Committee of the party in 1998 and served as the Director of the Central Committee Offices from 2001 to 2005. He became Deputy Secretary General of Tashnag in 2015.

H.E. Guidanian was appointed as the Director of Radio Voice of Van, a Beirut-based Armenian broadcaster, in November 2009 and still holds the post today.

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Karl Nader

Karl Nader,Partner & Strategy

Strategy &

Karl Nader is a Beirut-based Partner with Strategy& and the co-leader of the firm’s Consumer and Retail business in the Middle East. He leads the Fit for Growth platform in the Middle East.

He specializes in the consumer goods (mainly food companies), distributor, and retailer sub-markets, having a broad range of experience in corporate, retail, and distribution strategy, category management, pricing and promotions, organization design, and restructuring. He is part of the Strategy& Global Retail Community.

In addition to his client work, he has authored the reports "Retail analytics: The route to improved profitability for Middle East retailers" and "Private label: Untapped opportunity for GCC retailers".

Prior to joining the firm in 2005 as a Senior Consultant, Karl worked for Accenture in their U.K. retail practice and was an analyst at AEA Technology.

He holds a B.Sc. in mathematics, operations research, statistics, and economics from the University of Warwick, U.K. and an M.Sc. in operations research from the University of Lancaster, U.K.

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Inati Ntshanga

Inati Ntshanga, Aviation consultant and former CEO of SA Express Airways

Aviation consultant and
Former Chief Executive Officer, SA Express Airways

Inati Ntshanga is an African aviation consultant. He is the former CEO and Executive Director of SA Express Airways from September 2010 to March 2017. Prior to that, he was the General Manager in charge of Strategy, Business Development and Commercial including Airport Operations. Inati has over 18 years aviation expertise ranging from strategy, business development, project management, sales and marketing; including executive management roles at SAA in Strategy, airport operations, commercial.

He also held senior leadership and executive positions at Old Mutual Personal Financial Advice and was a consultant at Bain & Company. He holds an Economics degree from Harvard University. He also has certificates from the Gordon Institute of Business where he was enrolled in the Global Executive Development and Board Leadership Programme. He is a board member at Ukuvula Investments Holdings.

Ntshanga was a member of the executive committee of AASA (Airlines Association of Southern Africa) from 2011 to 2017 and became chairman from 2015 until he left SA Express. He also served as First Vice Chairman on the Executive Committee of African Airlines Association for 3 years. He is passionate about African aviation and Aviation skills required by Africans. His current project is to ensure that such skills are acquired by young people.

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Mounir Seifeddine

Mounir Seifeddine, Director of Purchasing Middle, East Airlines

Director of Purchasing
Middle East Airlines

Mounir Seifeddine joined Lebanese flag carrier Middle East Airlines in 1998 as advisor to the Chairman. He subsequently became Head of In-Flight and Catering Purchases in 2001, before being named Director of Purchasing in June 2016.

Mounir holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Rennes in France, where he began his career as an export manager in an F&B company.

At MEA he has managed the inflight retail business with great success, positioning it as an essential part of the service on board and achieving one of the highest levels of sales per passenger in the global airline business. One of the world’s oldest airlines, MEA recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.

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Ali Tounsi

Ali Tounsi, Secretary General, ACI Africa

Secretary General
ACI Africa

Mr. Ali Tounsi is an Engineer holder of a Diploma of Master Engineer in telemechanics from the Tunisian aeronautical Academy and a Master in airports management from the National School of Civil aviation (ENAC-Toulouse).

He began his career in civil aviation in 1992, as an engineer in the Office of the civil aviation and Airports (OACA-Tunisia), in charge of projects related to the quality of services, airport resources management, and future projects of infrastructures.

During his professional career, Mr Ali TOUNSI was designated director of several international airports in Tunisia, Responsible for several projects of extensions of passenger terminals, chairperson of the steering committee for the implementation of the certification program of Tunisian airports.

Since 2009, Mr. Ali Tounsi is Secretary General of the ACI Africa, and member at the ACI world technique and safety Standing Committee representing the Africa region.

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The MEADFA Conference 2017