Senior Vice President, Center Management, Vienna Airport
Philipp Ahrens has over 27 years of experience in the Airport World covering many different operational as well as consultative areas at Munich Airport, ACI Europe and since 2021 at Vienna Airport, with work experience in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Director General, ACI Asia-Pacific and Middle East
Stefano Baronci is the Director General of Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific and Middle East, an association representing the interests of airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Appointed in December 2019, Stefano is responsible for driving and executing the strategic plan of the association and overseeing a team of professionals at the Regional Office based in Hong Kong.
James Brown brings 13 years’ experience in Public Relations to his role as Communications Director at integrated retail marketing and design agency, Purple. Over the past decade he has supported leading global brands in meeting their business objectives through strategic communications, including Pernod Ricard, Shiseido, Mondelez and Abbott Laboratories.
Mignon Buckingham has over 30 years’ experience in business strategy, development and management. She has played a significant part in the growth of Airport Dimensions’ parent company Collinson for over 20 years, the majority of which as a board director.
Executive Director, Commercial, Airport Authority Hong Kong
Cissy Chan was appointed as Executive Director, Commercial of Airport Authority Hong Kong in September 2012.
Cissy oversees the commercial development and land and property portfolio of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). She is responsible for developing and implementing commercial strategies, which spans retail, advertising, land and property and aviation logistics including air cargo development.
President and Chief Executive Officer Asia-Pacific, Dufry
Before her recent appointment as President and CEO Asia Pacific for Dufry, Freda Cheung held leadership roles in Dufry US and Canada as its Executive Vice President and Country General Manager (2020–2023) and Senior Vice President Commercial (2017–2019).
Andrew Cowan is the Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel. Andrew overseas the strategic direction and leads the team who direct Diageo’s well-loved brands into the world of travel retail, across the world’s most famous airports, cruise-liners and more.
President & Editorial Director, The Moodie Davitt Report
Dermot Davitt is one of the most experienced editors and commentators working in the travel retail media. He joined what was then The Moodie Report in April 2006 as Deputy Publisher, becoming a shareholder and President in August 2015.
Director, Asia, Middle East and Africa Travel Retail, Beam Suntory
Alasdair Dickinson is Director for Asia, Middle East and Africa at Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits. He joined the Suntory group in 2011 and has held numerous commercial and brand advocacy roles spanning the globe.
Humphrey Ho is an advertising leader who plays a crucial role in forming strategic partnerships, talent acquisition, and business development at Hylink Group. Most notably, Humphrey successfully utilises the reach of Hylink’s independent agency network to advance clients in their global ambition.
Varun Kapur holds the position of Executive Director at Travel Food Services (TFS), headquartered in India. With over a decade of hands-on experience, he has overseen the company’s progression into one of the largest travel retailers in the region.
Manager, Economics, ACI Asia-Pacific and Middle East
Philip is Manager – Economics at ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East. Philip’s main areas of focus include analysing passenger traffic trends, airport financial performance, commercial development, airport capital expenditure projects and privatisation processes in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Philip also assists in leading the Regional Economics Committee and provides regional specific insights to complement ACI World’s advocacy strategies and policy positions.
With a vision to innovate for growth and build a better McDonald’s, Randy leads over 250 restaurants and 15,000 employees, serving more than one million customers every day. Not only is Randy the first McDonald’s CEO nurtured locally, she was also the first female Managing Director of McDonald’s Singapore in 2010 prior to her current capacity.
Chief Executive Officer, Airport Authority Hong Kong
Fred Lam, GBS, JP, was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. Director of the Aviation Security Company Limited Board. Member of the Asia Pacific Regional Board of Airports Council International (ACI) and the ACI World Governing Board. Member of the Aviation Development and Threerunway System Advisory Committee and the Hong Kong Logistics Development Council. Member of the Lantau Development Advisory Committee. Former Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Verity Lawson leads SSP’s global sustainability strategy across 36 countries and more than 550 brands focused on addressing the Group’s impacts and working in collaboration to drive positive change across the food travel sector.
Chief Executive & General Manager, Alipay Greater China International Business
Venetia Lee has taken on the role of General Manager of Ant Group Greater China International Business which primarily entails AlipayHK, Alipay’s cross border payment business in Greater China and Ant Bank (Hong Kong).
Senior Expert, Economics & ESG, ACI Asia-Pacific and Middle East
Ilia Lioutov is an air transport economist with in-depth expertise in economic and financial performance of airports and is currently a Senior Expert, Airport Economics and ESG at Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific and Middle East.
Martin Moodie created The Moodie Davitt Report (then called The Moodie Report) in 2002, driving it to prominence from a start-up to the leading provider of business intelligence for the travel retail and airport commercial revenue sectors. He also conceived The Trinity Forum, The Foodie Report and the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards.
In 2023 Thabet Musleh was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President at Qatar Duty Free, the Middle East’s second-largest duty free retailer – and, over the past three years, the region’s most dynamic. He is charged with driving all commercial revenues at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha, including the airport’s extraordinary Expansion Project which opened in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira has led Airports Council International (ACI) World as Director General since June 2020, applying his vast experience in commercial and technical aviation. He believes that aviation has a crucial role to play in fostering social and economic growth worldwide and is committed to helping ACI members and business partners sustainably recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Dag Rasmussen is a Norwegian citizen and lives in France. After graduating from the French business school ESSEC, Dag spent five years with the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA).
Dag joined Lagardère Travel Retail as International Financial Controller in 1988. In 1991 he took over the position of Director of Finance and Organisation with Press Shop in Brussels before joining AMP, the Belgian press distribution subsidiary, at that time part of Lagardère Group. Dag became CEO of AMP in 1996.
A passionate believer in the potential of the global travel retail business, Jaya Singh is the Managing Director of the channel’s number one confectionery supplier, Mondelez World Travel Retail. He is also in charge of the European Export business unit of Mondelēz International.
Business Director of Hong Kong and Macao, Taobao Tmall World
Sabrina Yang has since 2010 served as Business Director of Hong Kong and Macao at Taobao Tmall World, which aims to enable local consumers to conveniently shop for a variety of products on Taobao and Tmall. In this role, Sabrina is responsible for overseeing Taobao and Tmall’s marketing and operations in both markets.
Vice President Marketing, Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail
Liya Zhang first joined Pernod Ricard in 2000 after graduating from Fudan University in Shanghai and held various Sales & Marketing positions in Pernod Ricard China before rising to the position of Group Brand Director (China) in 2016.
Managing Director, L'Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific
A Chinese national from Beijing, Tao has been with L’Oréal Group, the world NO.1 beauty company since 2000, holding senior positions across several Group’s subsidiaries and headquarters from Asia to Europe, including L’Oréal China in Shanghai for 10 years, L’Oréal Luxe headquarters in Paris for 7 years, before joining Travel Retail APAC from 2016 based in Hong Kong before moving subsequently in Singapore in 2022. She is currently managing a portfolio of 19 brands, including Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Karastrase, L’Oreal Paris, Skin Ceuticals across Asia Pacific region.