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African Aviation Sustainability Conference (AASC) Conference and Tower Awards

29th September 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa

Aviators Africa is the organizer of the annual African Aviation Sustainability Conference and Tower Awards

In its 5th year, Aviators Africa has successfully carved niche for itself in African Aviation by focusing on Sustainability. It is now the Premier conference for sustainability in African Aviation and allied industries.

Our focus is on startup airlines whilst also partnering with established airlines. The objective is to create a platform that will see to the sustainable growth of airlines and aviation businesses in Africa as this has become a major challenge with failure rate being very high.

Stakeholders from the Aviation value chain will have the opportunity of one on one meetings with startup airlines to offer professional services that will help them succeed and sustainable for the growth and development of African aviation.

Aviators Africa will see the gathering of African aviation stakeholders from within Africa and beyond.

Attendees will comprise of thought leaders, administrators, business people and experts from the aviation value chain and allied sectors to contribute including representatives from;

  • Airlines and general aviation aircraft operators
  • OEMs and suppliers of aviation equipment and services
  • Airport operators
  • Aviation regulators
  • Financial and insurance service providers
  • Ground handling and Aviation support services
  • Aviation experts and economists
  • Tourism boards
  • Tourism service providers and DMCs
  • Policy makers
  • Investors
  • Academia
  • Transport and logistics

Event Highlight

  • Full Day Conference 29th September, 2023
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Program Outline

1. 9 am to 9.30 am - Registration

2. 9.30 am to 9.45 am - Convener

3. 9.45 am to 10.30 am - First Panel

Topic: Sustainable Tourism in Africa: Developing Climate-Sensitive Travel and Building Strategies for Long-Term Sustainability


  • Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO, Tourism Business Council Of South Africa
  • Vera Kamtukule, Minister, Malawi Tourism
  • Rashid Toefy, Deputy Director General at Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism
  • Dr. Adun Okupe, CEO Red Clay Advisory

Moderator: Natalia Rosa

4. 10.35 am to 11.20 am - Second Panel

Topic: Africa’s Role in The Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF): Assessing Economic Opportunities and Risks for the Region.


  • Akie Chhbra, Director of Sales, Embraer.
  • Susan Nambusi, SAF Expert, Kenya Airways.
  • Farai Chireshe, Energy Analyst

Moderator: Sean Mendis

5. 11.25 am to 12.10 pm - Third Panel
6. 12.10 pm to 12.40 pm - Tea break

Topic: Striking the Balance Between Sustainable Practices and Economic Growth: The Role of Civil Aviation Regulation in Africa.


  • Gawie Bestbier, Executive: Aviation Safety Infrastracture SACAA
  • Bao Mosinyi, CEO Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana
  • Musa Nuhu, D.G Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority
  • Getachew Mengiste Alemayeba, DG Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.

Moderator: Capt. Kibe Gilbert

7. 12.40 pm to 1.25 pm - Fourth Panel

Topic: Towards Carbon Neutrality in African Aviation: Examining the Efficacy of CORSIA and the Role of Diverse Industry Stakeholders.


  • George Uriesi, COO Ibom Air
  • George Mothema, CEO BARSA
  • Michael Baiada, ATH GROUP
  • Chamsou Anjorin, CEO, CDA AVIATION

Moderator: Boni Dibate

8. 1.30 pm to 2.15 pm - Fifth Panel
9. 2.15 pm to 2.30 pm - Tea Break

Topic: Understanding CORSIA Scheme and Its Impact on Green Aviation Development in Africa.


  • Loraine Jenks, CEO Hotel Stuff/Green Stuff
  • Aaron Munetsi, CEO AASA
  • Edmond Makona, CEO Air Zimbabwe
  • Alex Nwuba, President, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Associations, Nigeria
  • Dassie Persaud-van der Westhuizen

Moderator: Ifeanyi Ogochukwu

10. 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm -  Award Ceremony (First Set of awards)
11. 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm (Lunch)
12. 4.15 pm - 5.45 pm Award Ceremony (Second Set of awards)
13. 5.45pm to 5.55pm - Closing Remark



Toni Ukachukwu
Founder/CEO, Aviators Africa


Aaron Munetsi
CEO, Airlines Association of Southern Africa

Rashid Toefy

Rashid Toefy
Deputy Director General Economic Development & Tourism Western Cape

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa
CEO Tourism Business Council of South Africa

Sean Mendis

George Uriesi
COO Ibom Air

Adun Okupe

Adun Okupe
Principal Consultant, Red Clay Advisory

Akie Chhabra

Akie Chhabra
Sales Director, Embraer

Capt. Musa Nuhu

Capt. Musa Nuhu
D.G Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority

Chamsou Andjorin

Chamsou Andjorin
CEO, CDA Aviation

Capt. Gilbert M Kibe

Capt. Gilbert M Kibe
Managing Director Air Transport Consulting Ltd.

Boni Dibate

Boni Dibate
Executive Director at Aviation Africa Plate-Forme


Sean Mendis
Director, Seanmendis.com

Lorraine Jenks

Lorraine Jenks
Global TEDx Speaker | Climate Reality Leader Sustainability, Circularity, ESG Guide

Gawie Bestbier

Gawie Bestbier
Executive: Aviation Safety Infrastructure, South Africa Civil Avaiation Authority


Susan Nambusi
Fuel Data Analyst and Carbon Emission Lead - Kenya Airways

Farai Chireshe

Farai Chireshe
Energy Transition and Sustainability, WWF

Michael Baiada

Michael Baiada
President ATH Group

Alex Nwuba

Alex Nwuba
President, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Associations, Nigeria

Ifeanyi Ogochukwu

Ifeanyi Ogochukwu
M.d, Aviation Africa Plate-forme

George Mothema

George Mothema
CEO, Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA). Chairman, Aviation Co-ordination Services

Vera Kamtukule

Vera Kamtukule
Minister of Tourism, Malawi

Bao Mosinyi

Bao Mosinyi, PhD
Chief Executive Officer at Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana

Natalia Rosa

Natalia Rosa
SADC Business Council Tourism Project Lead and CEO Big Ambitions


Dassie Persaud-Van Der Westhuizen
Aviation Sustainability Consultant
Company: Avi8 West

Registration Closed

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