Monday October 7th

19:00 – 21:00

Welcome cocktail reception at Fairmont Baku Flame Towers Hotel –  Fairmont Gold Lounge, 19th floor [sponsored by Budapest Airport]

Tuesday October 8th


Coffee and registration


Opening session

Welcome remarks

Arif Mammadov, Director, State Civil Aviation Agency

Zaur Akhundov, President, Silk Way Group

Glenn Wicks, Attorney at Law, Founder & Managing Director, The Wicks Group – Conference chairman


Key Notes

“Unlocking the Potential of the Silk Road”

Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General, TIACA-The International Air Cargo Association

“Why Cargo Matters for Airports”

Steven Polmans, Chairman, TIACA & Director Cargo and Logistics, Brussels Airport


Global Market Outlook – Challenges and Opportunities

  • Who’s Coming up with the Disruptive New Ideas?
  • Review on Challenges and Opportunities

Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo, IATA-International Air Transport Association

Bruno Sidler, Group COO, Lonrho

Wilson Kwong, Chief Executive, HACTL-Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals


Lunch at Alov Restaurant, 3rd floor


One Belt – One Road

  • Will Silk Road Initiatives Transform Asia-Europe Tradelanes?
  • Implications for the Air Freight Industry

Anson Fan, Chief Executive Officer, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

Wolfgang Meier, President & Chief Executive Officer, Silk Way West Airlines

Vitaly Andreev, Commercial Director, ATRAN LLC


Airports Role for the Silk Road Initiative

  • Opportunities for Airports
  • How can Airports Contribute to the S.R. Infrastructure Networks?

Youssef Beydoun, Head Cargo Business Relationships | Cargo Business Development, Dubai Airports

René Droese, Chief Property & Cargo Officer, Budapest Airport

Jenny Zhao, Vice President Asia-Pacific, Silk Way West Airlines


Coffee [sponsored by Aviation Plus]


CIS Air Cargo Market Update

Thomas Crabtree, Market Analysis-Air Cargo, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Elena Konkina, Deputy General Director – Commercial Director, Sheremetyevo Moscow Cargo

Aytan Mastaliyeva, Regional Sales Manager & Account Manager CIS, Baltic States, Russia & Turkey, Amadeus IT Group

Artem Andriyashkin, Head of Global Operations, Sky Gates Cargo Airlines


End of conference day 1


Buses for Gala Dinner start leaving from Fairmont Baku Flame Towers Hotel


Gala Dinner

Mangal Steak House, Mirza Mustafayev Street 3, near National Flag Square

Wednesday October 9th


E-Commerce – What’s Next?

  • Assessment of Latest Trends
  • How can Airports attract E-Commerce?
  • How Should Air Carriers Adapt to the Needs of E-Commerce?

Steven Verhasselt, Vice President Commercial & Strategy, Liege Airport

Denis Ilin, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Russian Post


Latest Trends in Perishables Logistics

  • How to Improve Quality and Efficiency in the Value Chain?
  • Sustainable Collaboration in Air Cargo  – What’s Next?
  • Challenges & Opportunities in Pharmaceuticals & Perishables

Emile Khasanshin, Vice President Global Operations, Silk Way West Airlines

Markus Muecke, Global Head of Air Freight Procurement & Product Management, DSV Panalpina

Samir Shirin, Vice President Middle East, Silk Way West Airlines




Innovation in Logistics & Supply Chain

  • Digital Transformation
  • Future of ULD’s
  • Innovative Technology for Air Cargo

Steve Townes, Chief Executive Officer, ACL Airshop

Sunil Malhotra, Managing Partner, Bchain Consultants FZ LLC

Varun Visruthan, Sales Manager, ALS Logistic Solutions


Lunch at Alov Restaurant, 3rd floor

Due to unforeseen circumstances the program may change.