Key Speakers


Mr Thomas Reynaert
Managing Director
Airlines for Europe A4E

Thomas Reynaert is Managing Director of Airlines for Europe (A4E), Europe’s largest EU airline association which was launched in January 2016, founded by Air France KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair. Prior to joining A4E, as President of the United Technologies (UTC) International Operations (Europe) he led the government relations activities for Europe on behalf of UTC during 2008–2015.
During this time, he was responsible for providing counsel to the corporation and its business units on EU rulemaking and policy, as well as articulating the company’s point of view and business interests to decision makers in the EU institutions and national governments. He also maintained top-level contacts for the corporation and assisted the leaders of UTC’s European businesses in building relationships with decision makers in the EU. In 2011, with the support of UTC’s global CEO, he established the ‘UTC European Regional Meeting’, an internal European business executive roundtable to share best practices across UTC’s businesses – a practice that was then copied by other regional offices globally.
During Thomas’ leadership UTC’s government relations program was reorganized and truly professionalized through a strict performance model, in line with annual business objectives and based on KPIs endorsed by the global leadership of the company. Prior to joining UTC, Thomas led the government relations and regulatory affairs team for Nortel Networks in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), beginning in 2000.
Before that, he was director of EU public affairs for Lucent Technologies (today: ‘Alcatel-Lucent’). Rue du Luxembourg 3 1000 Brussels - Belgium Tel +32 27 93 09 11 2 Earlier positions include business development manager at the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and external relations consultant at the European Commission. Between November 2008 and May 2014 Thomas served as a member of the Supervisory Board of the UTC Company OTIS Management GmbH (Germany).
During 2011-2015 Thomas was Chair of AmCham EU’s Security and Defense Committee. He represented UTC at the European Executive Council (EEC) since 2010. In 2014 he became a member of the Strategy Advisory Board of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) and of the European Advisory Committee of the Public Affairs Council (PAC). In September 2015 he was appointed a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA).

Ms. Anca Apahidean
Area Manager Eastern Europe at International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Anca Apahidean  has over 25 years' industry experience in Aviation involving Aircraft Construction & Technical Operations, Customer Service & Relationship Management, Sales & Business Development as well as Global industry affairs and Financial distribution systems.  She has worked in various roles mainly within the airline sector. 
Trained as an Aircraft Engineer with advanced studies in Sales and Marketing, Business and Administration, Anca is a charismatic and highly energetic manager with strong commercial and operational approach applying pragmatic decision making and people management skills while ensuring that the customer remain central.
Since November 2010 Anca has held the position of Area Manager Eastern Europe ( Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland) managing the operations and all IATA activities in the Eastern European countries. Working closely with governments and airport authorities, ANSP authorities, member airlines (including the local representatives of foreign airlines) and other industry stakeholders, suppliers and service providers in the region Between 2008 and 2010 Anca has been part of the Simplifying the Business team as Program Manager Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining IATA as Country Manager Romania in 2006, Anca worked for 10 years in British Airways in Bucharest office where started her progressive career as Airport Customer Service Agent, Finance Executive, Account Manager Travel Agents, Town Office Supervisor and Commercial Executive.
Anca was a Flight Attendant Instructor and an accredited Romanian Civil Aviation Authority Cabin Safety Inspector, providing crucial ground and in-flight training for flight attendants.

Maciej Wilk
COO of LOT Polish Airlines

Chief Operating Officer 2018 – Present Employment Duration1 yr 9 mos LocationWarsaw, Masovian District, Poland
Management Board Member & Accountable Manager Proxy to the Management Board for Strategy Dates EmployedFeb 2016 – Feb 2018 Employment Duration2 yrs 1 mo LocationWarsaw, Masovian District, Poland Member of the Executive Team responsible for strategy development and implementation. Financial Controlling Director Dates EmployedOct 2013 – Feb 2016 Employment Duration2 yrs 5 mos LocationWarsaw, Masovian District, Poland Director for Financial Controlling and Planning

Chief Editor

Ralph Anker is The Editor of The ANKER Report and Director of ANKER-Aero Ltd. After gaining a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Management Science and Operations Research (both from the University of Warwick)
Ralph then spent almost 15 years as an academic, researcher and consultant at Cranfield University in the UK. He joined Maersk Air Ltd (a British Airways franchise carrier) in Birmingham as Head of Business Development in 2000 before joining BA’s low-cost subsidiary Go in 2001 as Head of Network Planning.
After easyJet acquired Go in 2002 he stayed on until the end of the year as part of the network planning team. After a period of consultancy (for the likes of dba and SkyEurope), and a brief return to academia, Ralph joined PPS Publications as Founding Editor and Chief Analyst of in 2007. In the summer of 2017 he set up his own business to focus on analysing trends and developments in the European air transport market.

Erik Elmsater
CEO of 2Park

Erik has held several commercial management positions in the aviation sector for both Norwegian and Ryanair. Before that he studied Business School at Lulea University of Technology. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, commercial strategies and growth.
At 2Park he pays the bills, hires (and fires) staff as well as heading commercial and strategic tasks. Most importantly he spearheads key projects like “Polsetorsdag” (Thursday Hot-Dogs).
Erik is the residential sadist that enjoys unnatural long triathlons and seems to be either on a diet or gaining weight. He can solve a rubik’s cube in under 60 sec, juggle with three knives and owns a cabin up north where reindeers out populate humans by an order of magnitude.

Balazs Biro
Regional Sales Director - Eastern Europe

As a Regional Sales Director Balazs is responsible for Regional Key Accounts in the Baltics, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The focus is on driving business results, developing long term, mutually beneficial relationships with travel agency customers, prospects, partners and leading the Travelport teams as Country Manager in all 4 countries.
Prior to joining Travelport, he held roles at a number of international organizations, including American Express Financial Services where he was responsible for managing relationships with travel agencies and financial institutions. Balazs was born in Hungary and holds an MSc in Business Administration from University of Debrecen and a BSc in Tourism from the Collage Catering and Trade in Budapest.
Balazs was born in Hungary and holds an MSc in Business Administration from University of Debrecen and a BSc in Tourism from the Collage Catering and Trade in Budapest.

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