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Alex Macheras is an aviation analyst, broadcasting and discussing the world’s aviation news across international networks including BBC, Al Jazeera and LBC. With a focus on the commercial airline side of the industry, Alex keeps viewers and listeners up to date with the latest updates from across the airline world, the challenges facing the industry, plus exclusive sit-down discussions aviation’s most prominent executives. Alex also focuses on the delivery and entry-into-service of new jets, and recently starred as the lead in a Channel 4 special “The World’s Most Luxurious Airline” taking viewers the behind-the-scenes world of an exclusive A380 delivery for Singapore Airlines.
Josh Melin is currently Product Line Director for Honeywell Forge for Airlines with Honeywell Connected Enterprise Aerospace. In this role, Josh is responsible for managing the strategy, business plan, roadmaps, and P&L for Connected Maintenance, Flight Efficiency, and software offerings in the Airline market. Josh has been with Honeywell over 12 years in positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Project Management, Lean, Site Operations Leadership, and Product Line Leadership. Josh holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Seth Miller has over a decade of experience covering the airline industry. With a strong focus on passenger experience, Seth also has deep knowledge of inflight connectivity and loyalty programs. He is widely respected as an unbiased commentator on the aviation industry.He is frequently consulted on innovations in passenger experience by airlines and technology providers.
Christoph led several airlines as CEO most notably Malaysia Airlines, Aer Lingus, Hapag-Lloyd and the Sabena Group focusing on turnaround and recovery. He also pioneered the digital transformation, advanced analytics, innovation and agile ways of working as EVP for Digital Transformation & Innovation at the Emirates Group. Having spent significant time as a corporate executive, Christoph made the decision to gradually take on non-executive positions where he contributes his expertise and experience independently. Currently, he serves on the board of an airline in North America, and on the board of a mobile satellite company in Europe.
Petry’s background spans over two decades of working with leading global design consultancies and creating business value for various industries and Fortune 500 companies. He joined Panasonic Avionics in 2019 as Director of Innovation, driving innovations and experiences that complement the “personalized” needs of passengers. He also oversees hardware design, leads customer innovation workshops, and heads Panasonic Innovation Studio. Prior to this, his focus has been working with the industry’s top aircraft interior companies, OEMs, and airlines to enhance the physical journey and digital travel experience. Petry holds several International design awards and three co-inventor patents.
Alex Preston is Editor of Inflight magazine. Spanning over two decades, Alex’s B2B editorial background covers various industries including data centres, power generation and telecommunications. He can currently be found channeling his inner av-geek as an aviation editor specialising in cabin interiors, inflight entertainment and connectivity, seating, lighting and more.
APEX Media Director Maryann Simson has been active as a journalist and consultant in aviation media since 2008. In 2012 Maryann moved to Europe, where she launched a public relations consulting service to SMOs in passenger experience and airline supply. During this time, she contributed to publications including Aircraft Interiors International, APEX and Runway Girl Network, where she later acted as Commercial Director. As APEX Media Director, she oversees the production of the Association’s e-newsletter, magazine and social media outputs. She is a popular conference moderator and presenter, having hosted the Crystal Cabin Awards Gala and over 100 online videos.
Joanna Bailey is Editor of Simple Flying. Freshly repatriated after four years of travel across four continents with two kids in tow. Now at the helm of all content published across Simple Flying.
As President of Inmarsat Aviation, Philip Balaam is spearheading the company’s efforts to transform the global aviation industry by bringing complete connectivity to every aircraft and flight path in the world. He was appointed as Inmarsat Aviation’s President in September 2017, having previously served as Inmarsat’s Chief Strategy Officer. Before joining Inmarsat, Phil was responsible for international sales, strategy and business development at AsiaSat in Hong Kong. Prior to this, he was with Arianespace for 13 years, including the role of sales director based in Paris, and subsequently as sales and marketing director for Asia Pacific based in Singapore.
Nick Careen joined IATA after years of hands-on experience working in the airline industry for Air Canada and Jazz Air where he served as Vice President of Airport Call Centers and Customer Relations (Air Canada) and Vice President of Airport Operations (Jazz Air). Nick holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Management from Embry Riddle University and a Bachelor of Arts, Major Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is fluent in English and French.
Asbjorn is VP of Retail Revenue Management at Inmarsat. He is responsible for overseeing Inmarsat’s W-IFEC retail business helping airlines implementing digital transformation strategies and growing revenues from inflight connectivity and entertainment services. Prior to this, he worked as Chief Operating Officer of iConcerts, where he helped transforming the company into a global online media business. He also worked as Chief Regulatory Officer of OnAir, a pioneer of inflight GSM and W-IFEC services.
David Fox is Deutsche Telekom’s Programme Lead for the European Aviation Network (EAN) initiative. Prior to playing a major role in forging the EAN partnership with Inmarsat, David joined DT in 2009, leading several international rollout programmes, helping drive innovation across DT's European footprint. His pre-DT career involves management roles in several wired and wireless ISPs across Europe. David holds an MSc in Applied Computing. DT’s Inflight unit provides ISP services for various airline customers around the world, enabling their passengers with seamless broadband connectivity.
Michael Gill has been the Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) since 2014. ATAG is the only global association that represents all sectors of the air transport industry with a mission to promote aviation’s sustainable growth for the benefit of society.He is also Director, Aviation Environment of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with responsibility for developing and implementing IATA’s work in the environment field. Michael is an aviation lawyer with experience in private practice as well as with IATA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Chairman of its Air Law Group.
Dr. Joe Leader serves as the CEO of APEX, one of the largest international airline associations in the world backed by the expertise of two Board of Directors and a Board of Governors consisting solely of global airline CEOs and Presidents. As a global keynote speaker and industry expert, Dr. Leader testified before the US Congress in March on airline passenger experience advances and COVID-19 preparedness. Leader holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory University, an MBA in Technology Management (MBA/TM) and obtained his business Ph.D. with his dissertation research on accelerating technology adoption in aviation.
John Walton is an expert aviation journalist in the commercial aviation, passenger experience and aircraft manufacturing arenas. With a strong background in digital and longform journalism, he provides a unique perspective on the drivers behind aviation decision-making with an engaging, thought-provoking style. John also draws on insights from a government and academic background at HM Treasury in London, the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, and as Director of Data at Routehappy. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations, is bilingual in French, is currently based in central France.
Ingo Wuggetzer is responsible for the complete coverage of all Cabin Marketing activities – from Customer Needs, product promotion, Airspace brand management - up-to Customer campaign activities to create value added solutions by “consumer-centric” approach. Prior to this role, Ingo was Vice President Strategy, Innovation and Design at Airbus and was also with Lufthansa for 10 years, holding several roles like General Manager Inflight Experience. In addition to his role at Airbus, Ingo is on the judging panel for the Crystal Cabin Award and was a board member of the APEX Board for seven years, chairing the Marketing and Communication Committee.