Alejandro Ríos is the Director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) and Professor of Practice at Masdar Institute (MI), a part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The SBRC was established by MI and has as its founding members The Boeing Company, Etihad Airways, and UOP-Honeywell, that together with members ADNOC Refining, Safran, GE, and Bauer Resources, are spearheading research in the use of salt water and halophytes for the production of sustainable alternative aviation fuels.
Dr. Rios was the Director of ASA Fuel Services for 11 years, where he oversaw the operation and management of a network of over 60 fuel farms and their associated 2,000+ daily apron into-plane operations. He was the architect of the Plan de Vuelo (Flight Plan) initiative, and currently participates in the biojet fuel chapter of the Mexican Bioenergy Innovation Center (CEMIE) that is promoting the development of a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Mexico. He was also a key enabler of the BIOjet Abu Dhabi effort that seeks to develop this industry in the UAE.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA.
Dr. Christoph Wolff is the Global Head of Mobility and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum since June 2018. He oversees the Forum’s work with Partners from the Automotive, Supply Chain, Aerospace and Airline/Tourism/Travel Sector. He is leading the Forum’s System Initiative “Future of Mobility” that includes Projects on transition to “Autonomous, Shared and Electric Mobility”, on “Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace”, on “Biometrics and Block-Chain in travel” etc. Before, he was over four years Managing Director of the European Climate Foundation working on policy solutions for EU and Member State Governments in decarbonizing the power, transport, buildings and industry sectors. Christoph is a Chemical Engineer by training from Aachen and Zuerich, with 17 years of consulting background from McKinsey & Co., where he became Senior Partner and Global Practice Head in Travel & Logistics. He was Member of the Board of German Rail, DB Schenker, for four years leading International Railfreight and served Ferrostaal and ABB in Executive positions in Renewables.
Aviation Attaché, British Embassy UAE
Jon Lovesey is the United Kingdom’s representative from the UK Department for Transport based in the United Arab Emirates. In this role, Mr Lovesey engages authorities, air carriers and airports on aviation security matters; primarily associated with direct flights to the United Kingdom and air cargo issues.
Mr Lovesey was previously posted to New Delhi, India where he covered the Asia and Pacific region for the Department for Transport. Mr Lovesey has over twenty-five years’ experience in Aviation Security working in both the private sector and as Government Regulator and Advisor, working across all aspects of the United Kingdom’s aviation security regime. He is a qualified ICAO and EU Auditor and was responsible for the domestic air cargo and mail compliance regime within the United Kingdom.
Mr Lovesey, led on the Aviation Security elements for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games, ensuring arriving and departing VVIP, Olympians, Games Families and visitors arrived and departed with minimal disruptions whilst ensuring aviation security standards were maintained.
Kashif Khalid is Regional Director – Africa & Middle East, APCS for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) providing leadership and subject matter expertise to Airlines, Airports, Civil Aviation Authorities, Security Agencies and Governments to further develop IATA’s mission, projects, business development and advocacy initiatives.
Formerly he was Head - Assets & Acquisitions at Abu Dhabi Airports, leading the Global M&A function for the Abu Dhabi Government entity as well as the development, modernization and operations strategy of the Airports portfolio. Which included multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment and development programs, including Abu Dhabi’s crowning jewel, the iconic Midfield Terminal Building (MTB). He has advised global Governments and Airport Investors/Operators on both Greenfield and brownfield redevelopment projects, privatizations, public private partnerships in airports and associated infrastructure projects and concessions.
Earlier on in his professional career he has had the privilege of holding a number of senior executive positions with Dubai Government, Abu Dhabi Government, Citi and British Airways.
Kashif graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York in International Business & Economics and holds an MS-IB as well. His professional credentials include an advanced degree in Airport Planning and Finance, IAP – International Airports Professional and the ACI - Airport Executive Leadership program (AELP). He is also a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)
Scott Fyffe is the Australian Government’s current Consul - Home Affairs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In this role, Mr Fyffe engages authorities across the Middle East region on aviation security matters; primarily security associated with direct flights to Australia and air cargo issues. Mr Fyffe has over a decades experience working on national security issues. This has included work on aviation security, Defence policy, counter people smuggling, border security and customs cooperation. He studied at Deakin University, attaining a Bachelor in International Relations (honours).