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Aishath Nahula
Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation - Transport and Civil Aviation Maldives
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H.E José Ricardo Botelho
Director / President - National Civil Aviation Agency Brazil
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H.E. Garry Albert
CEO - Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority
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H.E. Ian Borg
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects - Malta
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Alessandro Cardi
Deputy Director General - ENAC, Italy - ENAC, Italy
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H.E. Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Bowardi
Ministry of State for Defense - Minister of Defense
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Marcelo Sampaio
Deputy Minister - Ministry of Infrastructure – MINFRA Brazil
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Rodrigo Cruz
Deputy Executive Secretary - Ministry of Infrastructure - Brazil
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H.E. Dr Mohammad Qasim Wafayezada
Head of ACAA - Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority
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Eric Kohn

Chairman and Managing Partner- Barons Capital

Eric F. Kohn TD VR is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Barons Capital Partners, with more than 30 years’ experience in all disciplines of corporate finance, industrial marketing, manufacturing and management in Europe and the USA, as well as aerospace. He started his career with Sulzer AG in Switzerland and continued with Lucas (Aerospace) GmbH in Munich, Germany before founding his own group of companies with plants in Germany and the USA, specialising in industrial automation.

At Barons Capital Partners, he has originated and executed a wide variety of transactions across a diverse range of sectors including healthcare, aerospace and defence, aviation support services, transport and industrials. He successfully restructured and turned around Holmes Protection Group, a US-based security company facing imminent bankruptcy. He has also served in Board-level executive capacities to lead the successful turnarounds of OmniLabs Group, a medical diagnostics provider, and dba, the former German subsidiary of British Airways.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Avcorp Industries Inc., a publicly listed Canadian aerospace manufacturer, from November 2004 to June 2017. He acted as financial adviser to Intro Aviation in its acquisition of the airlines CityJet Ltd and VLM Airlines N.V. from Air France-KLM, and was a Member of the Board of Directors of VLM Airlines N.V. from April 2014 to May 2016.

Eric F. Kohn TD VR is a Swiss and UK citizen who is fluent in French and German and has a good understanding of several other European languages. He spent over 30 years as a reserve officer with the British Army’s Airborne Forces, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has multi-engine pilot’s licence with an instrument rating. He is a Graduate of Glasgow University, a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. He is a Freeman of the City of London and of the City of Glasgow and was a Trustee of Veteran’s Aid, a UK charity for ex-Servicemen, for ten years.