Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group

The future passenger experience will be at the core of this year’s event and will have a dedicated day in this year’s GALF.

Two new free to attend conferences have been added to the programme: Future Ground Handling Summit on 26 October, Airport Passengers’ Experience on 27 October.

Technology is changing fast and passengers are demanding the very best connectivity, a seamless journey and more entertainment than ever before. Airport and Airlines have no choice but to keep ahead and have the technologies in place behind the scenes of airport operations, security and air traffic control to support a new age of consumer. 

Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF) free conferences

26 October 2020

In collaboration with industry bellwethers and ground handlers, the new Future Ground Handling Summit will examine current threats and challenges affecting ground handlers and passenger transportation.

27 October 2020

The international airport and airline community will set new benchmarks for the ultimate seamless passenger experience of the future

26 October 2020

Delivering a safe and effective air transport system while improving environmental performance and remaining cost efficient is a pressing concern for ATC professionals. Be part of the conversation to share best practices and initiatives that have emerged in recent times. 

28 October 2020

Global and regional airport security experts will gather to share insights and discuss important measures the airport security community need to foresee. 

Silver Sponsors

Confirmed Speakers

Khurram Qureshi

CNS ATM - Subject Matter Expert Operations Projects

Dubai Air Navigation Services

Anthony O. Maceira-Zayas

Executive Director

Puerto Rico Ports Authority

Arturs Saveljevs

Board Member and Director of Commercial Department

RIGA International Airport


Fundi Sithebe


 Airports Company South Africa


Hussain Al Fardan

Head of Innovation Center & Innovation Oasis in Dubai Customs, Strategy & Corporate Excellence Department

Dubai Customs

Ioanna Papadopoulou

Director, Communications & Marketing

Athens International Airport

Jim Termini

Director of International Business

Redline Aviation Security

Karim Labib, LL.M, MBA, CFE

Head of Aviation Security & Facilitation / Middle East

United Nations - ICAO

Kashif Khalid

Regional Director – Africa & Middle East, APCS (Airports, Passenger, Cargo and Security)


Nikiforos Chatzopoulos

Global Aviation Practice Leader, Center of Competence


Ramy Fares

Industry Director - Middle East and Africa

Region Retail, Travel & Transport

Microsoft Corporation

Rupen Singh Philloura

CEO Airport Groupe/Founder AiX

Airport Groupe

Samer Abdullatif

Leader - Public Sector Global Market


Stefan J. Rueter

Chief Financial Officer

Oman Airports

Swaminathan Subramanian

Technical Advisor

To the Representative of India on the Council of ICAO

David Shomar

VP Civil Security Middle East and Africa


It’s a good conference, the panelists provide essential and comprehensive presentation

Tutu Handayani
DGCA Indonesia

Networking with amazingly experienced and talented people and I have personally learnt a lot

Mohammed Saleh
Air Transport Operations Officer – DCAA

It was a forum filled with industry leaders all under one room sharing insights into the current state and the future of aviation

Rupen Singh Philloura
CEO, Airport Groupe/AiX

2019 Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF) highlights

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