By Lawani Mikairu

As the July 28 date for the LAAC annual conference draws nearer, it has been revealed that Prof. Anthony Kila , the Centre Director, Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies and Mr. George Uriesi, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ibom Air,  are among the dignitaries that would present papers at the 26th annual conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents, LAAC,

The conference with the theme: ‘Sunset Airports: Economic & Safety Implications,’ is scheduled to hold on July 28, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

 Making the revelation, Mr. Chinedu Eze, Conference Committee Chairman said that two major papers, which focus on passengers and airlines experiences at the nation’s airports, would be presented at the event that is set to point the way forward for the Nigerian aviation industry, especially on the full utilization of aerodromes.

Professor Kila would present the first paper with the topic: ‘Passenger Experience in Daylight Airports, while Uriesi would present the second paper with the topic: ‘Maximising Runways Utilisation.’

Kila is a Jean Monnet professor of Strategy and Development. He is a provost at the Washington Institute of Strategic and Developmental Studies and also a Director of the Cambridge African Roundtable and the CIAPS.

He is also an international director of studies at the the Enterprise Coordination & Approval Processing System (ECAPS) in Cambridge and a regular analyst and commentator on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

He is an expert of internationalisation and joint ventures and he has worked on various international projects across the globe.

On the other hand,  Uriesi’s 31 years career includes more than 27 years in aviation, beginning at ADC Airlines in Nigeria and proceeding to South Africa where he spent a few years in FMCG as Logistics Manager at Procter & Gamble South Africa.

He returned to aviation, joining the newly corporatised South African Civil Aviation Authority, where he became General Manager for Aviation Safety and then on to the Airports Company of South Africa, where he was appointed as the General Manager of Cape Town International Airport, which he completely rebuilt for the World Cup in 2010.

Later, he was appointed Managing Director of the Federal airports Authority of Nigeria in 2011 for a brief period.

Uriesi has played active roles in the aviation industry as a member of the International Air Services Council of South Africa and a member of the Economic Regulating Council of Airports and Air Traffic Control of South Africa.

He was also the Vice President for the Africa Region of Airports Council International. He holds a BA (Hons) degree from Bendel State (now Ambrose Alli) University, Ekpoma, as well as several professional qualifications.

The professional qualifications include University of Southern California’s Diploma in Aviation Safety Management, the Airport Executive Leadership Program of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, the Senior Civil Aviation Management Program of the Singapore Civil Aviation Academy, the Executive Leadership program of the University of Cape Town’s Business School and the Senior Airline Executives Program of Cranfield University, England.

At present, he is the COO of Ibom Air. The conference would be chaired by Mr. Bankole Bernard, the Chairman of Finchglow Travels, a subsidiary of Finchglow Holdings.

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