Events    |    AASA AGA 2016    |    Panel/Speakers bios




Where: Swakopmund, Namibia
When: 20 to 23 October 2016 



Inati Ntshanga    |    AASA Chairperson  

Inati Ntshanga is the current Chairperson of AASA. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SA Express by the Board of Directors of the airline on 1 September 2010. As CEO of the airline, he also serves as an Executive Director on the SA Express Board of Directors.

Ntshanga is a Harvard University Economics graduate, whose previous portfolio included the development of SA Express’ strategy and business development, including the airline’s route expansion and forays into the rest of the African continent. He joined SA Express in January 2005 as Executive Manager, Commercial and Strategy before becoming General Manager, Strategy and Business Development.

Over the last 10 years, Ntshanga has held various roles in the airline industry, particularly at South African Airlines (SAA) where he worked in various departments, including Voyager, Sales, Airport Operations and Technical. He was also Executive Manager of Strategy and Planning, as well as Regional General Manager/EVP for the Americas at SAA. Prior to joining SAA, he worked as a consultant in various areas in aviation including Cargo, Technical and Customer Service.

Ntshanga holds a GIBS Global Executive Development Programme qualification from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science; serves on the Board of the Hoedspruit Airport in the Kruger National Park, Limpopo; and is passionately involved in the development of the aviation industry in that region.


Chris Zweigenthal    |   AASA CEO     

Chris Zweigenthal is the current Chief Executive Officer of AASA. From 1978 until 1988, he worked in the construction division of Transnet, and was responsible for the project management and construction of several large capital projects. At the end of 1988, he joined SAA, where he held senior positions in the Petroleum Affairs, Flight Operations and Marketing Planning departments. 

From November 1998 until October 2000, Zweigenthal was appointed Managing Director of SA Alliance Air based in Kampala, Uganda. In November 2000, he was appointed General Manager Global Passenger Services at SAA, and later Vice President of the same department, until he left SAA in November 2001.

In February 2002, Zweigenthal joined AASA as Deputy Chief Executive, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2009. He is also a Director of Aviation Coordination Services Limited, a company responsible for several airport services managed on behalf of all airlines operating in South Africa.

Zweigenthal holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering from the same university.


Musa Zwane    |    AASA Executive Committee

Musa Zwane is a current Executive Committee member at AASA. He is also Acting CEO of SAA and was the CEO of SAA Technical (SAAT) before taking the helm at SAA

Prior to SAAT, Zwane spent 14 years at Sasol with his final role as MD of Sasol Gas, and serving on various boards within the Sasol Group. He joined Sasol in 1996, where he held a range of other roles: General Manager Sales and Marketing, Sasol Gas (2005); General Manager Heating Fuels, Sasol Oil (2001); and was also a member of the Executive Team at Sasol Synthetic Fuels. 

Prior to Sasol, Zwane was a Chemical Services Manager at Eskom, and a Senior Research Scientist at AECI. He serves as an interim Non-Executive Chairman of iGas and ROMPCO, a natural gas pipeline joint venture between SasoliGas and ENH; as a Non-Executive Director of SA Airlink; and as Chairperson of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA)

Zwane holds an MBA from the University Of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science; a Management Advancement Programme (MAP) from Wits Business School and a Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.


Elmar Conradie    |    CEO    |    Safair Operations

Elmar Conradie is the CEO of Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd and has been with Safair since 2005. He was instrumental in getting low-cost carrier, FlySafair, off the ground in October 2014. A qualified chartered accountant and certified information auditor, he has more than 11 years’ experience in the aviation industry and more than 18 years’ finance experience. He is responsible for maintaining Safair’s excellent reputation, as well as the continued growth of FlySafair

Conradie's experience includes being a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers; an Analyst at Macquarie; Aviation Division Group CFO at Imperial Group; Financial Director at Safair (Pty) Ltd; Group CFO at Aergo Capital Limited; and CFO at Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd before taking the helm as CEO.

Conradie holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt) and BCompt Honours in Accounting, Auditing, Tax and Financial Management from the University of the Free State (graduated Cum Laude and top of his class for both); is a Chartered Accountant registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA); and holds a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) with Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).


Paul Steele    |    Senior Vice President of Member & External Relations, & Corporate Secretary    |    IATA

Paul Steele is Senior Vice President of Member and External Relations, and Corporate Secretary of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He is responsible for guiding and implementing IATA’s strategic advocacy and stakeholder relationship activities worldwide. 

Steele served as the Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), a cross-industry body that promotes sustainable aviation, from 2008 to 2014. He currently serves as a member of the ATAG Board of Directors. Prior to joining IATA in December 2007, he was the CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International. Before WWF, he had over 20 years’ senior management experience with major international companies. His roles included Chief Executive of The Virgin Trading Company; Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Information Technology of the Hilton Hotel Group, covering 150 hotels in 50 countries and overseeing a sales and marketing team of 1,000 people; and various senior roles at Pepsi Cola International, lastly serving as Group Vice President in charge of Northern Europe. 

Steele holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with French; and a Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University; and is a former faculty member of the Prince of Wales’s Business and the Environment Programme run by Cambridge University.


Raphael Kuuchi    |    Vice President for Africa    |    IATA

Raphael Kuuchi is the IATA Vice President for Africa. He has many years’ experience in air transport management, operations and consulting. After working with an airline in various senior management positions for over a decade, he joined the Nairobi-based African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in 2005, as Commercial Director and later as Director Commercial, Corporate and Industry Affairs. In this capacity, he initiated and oversaw many projects in airlines business development, commercial operations, IT and communication, liberalisation/market access, aero-political/regulatory affairs and training across Africa. 

As IATA Vice President for Africa, Kuuchi is leading the IATA Africa team in providing support to the growth and development of aviation and working with stakeholders to ensure safe, reliable, competitive and environmentally sustainable aviation business in Africa. Top on his priority list are issues of safety and security, liberalisation, reducing the high cost of operations, regulatory harmonisation, capacity building and the environment. 

Kuuchi holds an MBA from the University of Reading's Henley Management College UK; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) UK.


Hon. Alpheus G. !Naruseb    |    Minister of Works & Transport    |    Namibian government

Hon. Alpheus G. !Naruseb serves as the Minister of Works and Transport with the Namibian government. During the run-up to independence the late 1980s, he was the internal South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO or SWAPO Party of Namibia) Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs. Following a stint as head organiser of Mass Organizations in SWAPO from 1990 to 1991, he joined the SWAPO Central Committee in that year. From 1992 to 2002, he was the head of Information and Publicity for SWAPO.

Hon. !Naruseb was first employed at Rossing Uranium mine for 14 years as the Industrial Relations Officer. He then joined the public service as a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia in 1995. He served in various portfolios of the government Namibia, in 1997 he became a Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources a position he served until 2003. In that same year, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice for a period of three years. 

Hon. !Naruseb served as the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 2005 to 2008, following this tenure he then served as Minister of Lands and Resettlement and thereafter to his his current position as the Minister of Works and Transport.  He has also served as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Hon. !Naruseb holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nambia.


Dr. Elijah Chingosho    |    Secretary General & CEO    |    African Airlines Association

Dr. Elijah Chingosho is the Secretary General (SG) and CEO of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), a position he has held since January 2011. He provides strategic direction to the AFRAA and promotes the common interests of member airlines in conjunction with the AFRAA Executive Committee. AFRAA is a trade organisation of airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU), based in Nairobi and representing over 85% of total international traffic carried by African airlines. 

Prior to his appointment as SG at AFRAA, Dr. Chingosho was the Technical and Training Director for AFRAA. He joined AFRAA after his tenure as General Manager Engineering at Air Zimbabwe. Before entering the corporate sector at Air Zimbabwe, he was the Director of Engineering with the rank of Group Captain for the Air Force of Zimbabwe.

Dr. Chingosho holds three Masters Degrees including a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and Design from Loughborough University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Zimbabwe, and a Masters in Transport Economics from the University of South Africa (UNISA), as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration from Warnborough College

Dr. Chingosho holds several professional qualifications including the following: a Chartered Engineer with the United Kingdom Engineering Council; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators; and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is the author of four books namely Elementary Aircraft Propulsion (1989), African Airlines in the Era of Liberalisation in 2005 (second edition 2009), Strategic Management, Text and Cases; and General Management (2007).


Jerome Simelane    |    Co-Founder & Chief Planning Officer    |    Fly Blue Crane

Jerome Simelane is the Co-Founder and Chief Planning Officer of Fly Blue Crane, a commercial passenger airline which commenced operations in September 2015. The airline operates regionally and offers customers the best of both worlds in premium personal service, as well as affordability. 

Prior to founding Fly Blue Crane, Simelane was the Managing Partner of Blue Crane Aviation, an aviation consulting business. He was previously employed by SAA as HOD Revenue Optimisation and Planning. This area covered Network Planning, Scheduling, Pricing, Revenue Management, and Revenue Integrity. He also worked for SA Express as General Manager: Commercial. 

Simelane holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Potchefstroom (now North-West University), and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the GIBS Business School (University of Pretoria).


Peter Forbes    |    Director    |    Alan Stratford & Associates Ltd

Peter Forbes is an air transport economist with 32 years industry and consultancy experience. Previously employed with British Caledonian Airways as an Economist, Ground Operations and Engineering; and the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, he is now a Director at Alan Stratford and Associates Ltd, a UK-based aviation consultancy firm. 

Forbes has worked extensively in Africa, where his projects have included the preparation of business plans for ASKY Airlines and Senegal Airlines. He is currently advising the AUC on an EU-funded project to produce a White Paper for the future of air transport in Africa to 2040.

Forbes holds a BA Honours in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Sussex, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies from the University of Sheffield.


Lynne Brown    |    Minister of Public Enterprises    |    South African government

Lynne Brown serves as the Minister of Public Enterprises in the South African government. Brown is the political authority [referred to officially as the Shareholder Representative] of six State-Owned Companies. These are: Transnet (rail, freight, ports and engineering), Eskom (electricity utility), Denel (advanced manufacturing and arms industry), SA Express (one of two national airlines), Alexkor (diamond mining) and the South African Forestry Company Limited (SAFCOL) (timber and forestry). 

During a 20-year stint in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, she served as Premier of the Western Cape Province, Speaker of the Western Cape Legislature and also as Minister for Finance, Economic Development & Tourism. She is a member of the African National Congress’s National Executive Committee, the South African ruling party’s highest decision-making body. 

A teacher by profession, Brown was active in the struggle against apartheid, with a particular emphasis on women’s issues. She holds a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of the Western Cape and obtained a certificate in Gender Development Planning Methodology from the University College in London.


Richard Poplak    |    Author & Journalist   

Richard Poplak is an award-winning author, journalist, and graphic novelist, and a senior contributor at South Africa’s Daily Maverick news site. His books include Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa, which was long-listed for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award, and voted one of the top 10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. A Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, he has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award and a National Magazine Award in Canada, and won the prestigious 2015 Bookmark “Best Journalist in South Africa” award.

Poplak has spent the last nine years travelling Africa, researching a book that interrogates the idea of a rising Africa, entitled Continental Shift: A Journey Through Africa’s Changing Fortunes (Jonathan Ball, 2016). 

Poplak has worked in over 30 countries in the developing world, and he is a member of the ground-breaking international journalist collective Deca Stories (Deca is a cooperative of magazine writers co-owned and managed by its members. Their cooperative model is based on photo agencies like Magnum and NOOR. Each journalist reports and writes independently but stories are edited and promoted collectively).


Poplak trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials.