Sherice is a partner at Maples and Calder and has over 17 years of experience in the area of corporate and commercial law. She is recognised as an industry leader in the field of ship and aircraft finance in the Cayman Islands and has been ranked by Chambers and Partners for a number of years, where she has been praised for her excellent client service and in-depth knowledge of banking and finance. She holds a Master of Laws degree in Banking and Finance Law from the University College London. Sherice is the founding president of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association Cayman Islands, the Country Liaison for the Cayman Islands for the Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean and is the Deputy Chairman of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands.
I was born on 28th of October 1987 in Stepanakert, Armenia. In 2004, I left the secondary school and in 2009 graduated the Moscow State University in Yerevan. I started my insurance career from 2008 when still being a student at an Insurance
Company in Yerevan and handled the Insurance Policies of Armavia. In 2011, I was relocated to Moscow and joined to Axiom Insurance Brokers as a Head of Aviation Insurance Department. After working there for more than 4 years, I moved to SeaLine
Insurance Brokers in Moscow for the position of Deputy Head of Aviation and Aerospace risks. Since April 2017, I was promoted to the position of Head of Aviation Claims.
Lisa Atherton was appointed president and chief executive officer of Textron Systems in June 2017. Textron Systems’ businesses provide innovative solutions to the defense, aerospace and general aviation markets. Product lines include unmanned systems, armored vehicles, advanced marine craft and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, piston engines, simulation, training and other defense and aviation mission support products and services.
Atherton joined Textron Systems after five years with Bell Helicopter. In her most recent role, she was the executive vice president, Military Business, where she was responsible for providing strategic direction and overall management for all government programs and business development efforts. Prior to that role, Atherton was the vice president, Global Military
Development, where she led the company’s domestic and international military business development activities. She also held several other positions within Military Programs, including V-22 program manager and director of Military Programs. Prior to joining Bell Helicopter, Atherton was the vice president of Area Attack at Textron Systems, where she also served as the vice president of Business Development. Before her career with Textron, Atherton spent eight years at Air Combat Command’s Directorate of Requirements, helping to shape the budget and operational requirements and needs for the Combat Air Forces and was a contracting officer in the U.S. Air Force. Atherton earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary and a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, and serves on the Board of Directors for Boulder Crest. She has also completed Textron’s Senior Executive Leadership Programs at the Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
In April 2016, Nancy Barber was appointed Vice President, Program Management, Global 7000/8000 Program. She is responsible for the proactive management of program milestones and cost commitments. Prior to this role, she held the position of Senior Director, Development Program Procurement and Supplier Readiness for the Global 7000/8000 Program. She has also
led the Procurement teams responsible for new aircraft programs, including the C Series and derivative programs for Business Aircraft. Ms. Barber joined the company in 1998. She held several key position with increasing responsibility, including Production, Quality, Customer Delivery Centre, In-Service Supplier Management and Supply Chain. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, and is published in the Journal of Sport Management.
Nanae Barriga is a manager of Sales and Marketing with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, she is responsible for customer relations and event coordination. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft in 2014, she worked as Passenger Service Agent at All Nippon Airways in Japan. She was based in Narita and Haneda airports to serve daily
operations for ANA flights as well as Air China, Chine Eastern Airlines, and Air Asia X flights. She holds a bachelor’s degree in
International Studies from University of North Texas.
Cordula is Professor of international & intercultural Management at Toulouse Business School (TBS), France. She has a Master’s degree in Economics and Management Sciences from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, a Master in Management from TBS and work experience in several countries of Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Prior to completing her PhD at Toulouse
University I Capitole, her professional career was in finance, accounting and management control with Siemens. She also holds a Master in Management Development of the Euro-Arab Management School (EAMS) in Granada, Spain. Her main research interests are in cross-cultural management and leadership, multi-cultural teams and workgroup diversity, culture change and
corporate control. With these topics she is a regular trainer and facilitator for Executive Development Programmes and works on various consulting, coaching and training assignments with corporations such as Airbus Group (EADS), Thales Alenia Space (Alcatel Space), British Aerospace, ICL Europe, Paribas, Siemens, Sigfox and others. Cordula was for more than 10 years Visiting Professor at Arizona State University and continues to be invited by international university and corporate education programmes around the world. She is married to a French husband and mother to one daughter and one son.
Allison Bone is a strategic communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience across the government and commercial sectors, including more than a decade in the aviation and aerospace industry. Allison has been a communications
executive with The Boeing Company since 2010. She is currently Director of Communications for Boeing Global Services, a dedicated services business delivering complete solutions for commercial, defense and space customers. Prior to this, she was
Communications Director for Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly-owned Boeing subsidiary that is primarily responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing for Boeing’s products. She joined Boeing in 2010, leading the company’s communications activities across Australia and New Zealand – the company’s largest operational footprint outside the United
States. Allison is based in Seattle, Washington. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Management from Macquarie University’s Graduate School of Management.
Issa Castro joined Airports Council International in January 2013. As Manager for Global Training, she is responsible for the operational management and delivery of airport safety training solutions for ACI’s worldwide membership. Issa brings to ACI over twenty years of international experience. Her career in the aviation and service industry began in 1993, as a Flight Attendant for Cathay Pacific Airways based in Hong Kong. In 1998, she transitioned to the cruise line industry where she held the position of
Youth Activities Manager for US-based Princess Cruises for eight years, responsible for all activities of junior travelers on board cruise ships from ages 3-17. She returned to aviation in 2006 with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Training and
Development Institute based in Montreal, Canada. During her four-year tenure, she was responsible for the management and coordination of training offerings under the IATA Airline Training Fund, as well as the airline safety and security training portfolios.
Issa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Industrial Psychology, from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Further completed studies include the ACI Airport Operations Diploma, Advanced Global Safety Network Diploma, and the ACI-ICAO Management Professional Accreditation Programme Associate Diploma. An avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, Issa may be found participating in multiple international races and exploring new destinations.
Anne Agnew Correa is the Director of Business Development. Ms. Correa is responsible for developing, defining, negotiating, and closing business relationships to support mba’s market position. Specifically, Ms. Correa is responsible for the development, design, and implementation of mba’s REDBOOK valuations and intelligence system.
Ms. Correa joined mba from Avianca Airlines in Bogotá, Colombia where she worked with the airline’s in-house consulting division, leading strategic projects for growth and efficiency. She was responsible for resource optimization efforts throughout
the airports in Colombia, NAM & SAM, growth initiatives for the executive class offering, analysis of future sales channel
structures and managed the evaluation and implementation of RNP-AR landing and take-off procedures in Central and South America. Prior to Avianca, Ms. Correa worked with United Parcel Service in Brussels, Belgium where she was responsible for expanding the company’s lead generation and incentive program into Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, Ms. Correa provided consulting for numerous global market clients on behalf of Endeavor, located in Cairo, Egypt, and Booz Allen
Hamilton, located in Washington D.C.
Ms. Correa obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration from James Madison University, and later received her Masters in Business Administration from IESE Business School.
Helen de Larrinaga
As a lawyer with the Paris bar Helen has been counselling clients in the field of aircraft and aircraft spare parts trade, lease,
maintenance and overhaul for five years, through assistance in their day-to-day activity contract negotiation, conditions and
delivery precedent completion with a number of international clients, providers, and contractors. In the last couple of months she assisted an international client in setting up the financial and contractual scheme with a US company for the development of a new aircraft product upon the coming years.
Katie DeLuca concentrates her practice on international and domestic transactional matters with a focus on transactions involving capital equipment, including aircraft and vessels. A substantial portion of her practice is devoted to business aviation and she has assisted clients with all aspects, both routine and complex, of their transactions including planning and structuring aircraft ownership and operations, minimizing exposure to sales, use and/or VAT taxes and ensuring compliance with all applicable FAA, DOT and other governmental rules and regulations. She has had the opportunity to represent domestic and offshore entities, manufacturers, financial institutions and high net worth individuals in connection with the acquisition, sale, structuring, financing and leasing of aircraft, engines and aircraft parts.leasing transactions. Elaine has acted for banks, commercial airlines, operators, institutional investors, corporate borrowers, commercial aircraft lessors and high net worth individuals in a broad range of corporate and finance transactions.
Anastasia Gbem (Mrs.) has served for more than two decades in the aviation industry where she has held several important positions of high responsibility and has grown a very sound, active and progressive professional career in the Aviation industry. She is currently the Legal Adviser to Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and a member of the top executive management team. As the Chief Law officer of the Agency she is responsible for the determination of all the legal affairs and policy issues affecting the operations of the Agency and of ensuring that all the Agency ’actions completely comply with regulatory requirements, relevant statutes, executive orders, rules and regulations, and policies and procedures. In addition, she is responsible for interpreting the Agency’s laws and policies, coordinating proper implementation thereof, and proposing and initiating amendments to the Agency’s law as well as providing complete, accurate and timely legal advice and general guidance to the Board, Management and staff of the Agency. Prior to this, Mrs. Gbem was the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). In this capacity she provided legal advice to the Governing Board of Directors, Management and staff on all legal matters involving the entire operations of the Organization including issues of aircraft registration and certification and general regulatory oversight of the Nigerian Aviation industry. Mrs. Gbem has recorded many firsts. She was the pioneer Legal Adviser to the Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), pioneer chief legal officer to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority before becoming the Company Secretary/Legal adviser, and pioneer legal officer to the defunct Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) and perhaps the first person to serve as legal adviser in three of the nation’ aviation parastatals. She has also served as principal legal officer in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Over the years she has been involved with the modernization, development and adoption of laws governing civil aviation activities both at the national and international level. She played a leading role in facilitating the ratification of several international Air law instruments by Nigeria first time in the history of the aviation industry in the country and by this placed Nigeria ahead of other African countries. She has served on several Ministerial Committees including the Committee on the establishment of the Nigerian civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency where she drafted the bill that was passed into law to establish the NCAA and NAMA. She was also a member of the team that successfully got Nigeria to obtain the United States of America coveted Category One Certification where she lead a group of lawyers to prepare and produced a Compliance and Enforcement Handbook for NCAA. Mrs. Gbem has served as a delegate representing Nigeria on several International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meetings including ICAO Legal Committee, Diplomatic Conferences and General Assembly. She was a member of the Drafting Committee on Cape Town Convention, General Risk Convention, Beijing Convention and Committee of Experts of the International Registry of the Cape Town Convention. A law graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Mrs. Gbem also holds a Master Degree in Air and Space Law from McGill University Montreal, Canada and is PhD candidate in Space Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Mrs. Gbem is one of the few Lawyers in Nigeria that has specialized exclusively in the field of Aviation and Space Law. She has equally acquired several professional training certificates from IATA Training and Development Institute, United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority, International Law Institute and Aviation Academy Egypt. She has several publications to her credit including Air Law in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects, Space Law and Policy in Some African Countries. She has regularly presented papers at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law and other aviation conferences and seminars. Mrs. Gbem is a life member of the Institute of Air and Space Law Association, Montreal, Canada, Vice Chairman, Aviation Committee, Section on Business Law of Nigerian Bar Association, Member, International Bar Association, and Member, Women in Aviation International, Member, Women Corporate Directors, and Member, Zontal International. She is happily married to architect T. F Gbem and blessed with three lovely children, Phoebe, Fabian and Festus.
Laura Gleason is Director of advancement for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and is currently overseeing a $250M campaign for the Transformation of the Museum’s National Mall Building. She has over twenty years experience in advancement and previously served as Director of Leadership Giving. Prior to returning to the Smithsonian in 2013, Laura served
as Associate Vice President for Campaign Programs at George Mason University. During her tenure at Mason, she led the planning for the University’s largest comprehensive campaign and oversaw campaign communications and donor relations, while also maintaining a portfolio of major gift prospects. Laura was part of the advancement team at the National Air and Space Museum for a decade prior to her post at Mason and helped secure private funding for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. She
previously served as director of development for the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in addition to holding other fundraising positions. A graduate of University of Maryland at College Park, Laura hold a bachelor’s
degree in economics.
Richael is a graduate of Dundalk Institute of Technology with more than 10 years experience in administration, sales and
customer relations. She is a highly motivated and organised professional with proven skills in people management,
communication and team work. Prior to her role with Peak Performance, Richael was employed as a sales manager for a
distribution company where she successfully managed and co-ordinated the Irish sales team. Richael is a key member of the Peak Performance team assisting in the recruitment process, including marketing / advertising, sourcing candidates, and co-ordination of interviews. You will find Richael to be very personable and and is always available to answer any enquiries from clients or candidates.
A dynamic, focused leader who has built a career on facing complex business challenges, delivering solutions and results. More than ten years of consistent performance excellence in highly visible, increasingly responsible roles with a Fortune 50 corporation. Exceptional academic and technical preparation – earned three master’s degrees while excelling in demanding professional
responsibilities. A skilled change agent, coach, mentor, leader by example and partner to senior management. Offering the
technical excellence of an engineer, world class lean/process improvement abilities, and an optimistic, growth-oriented
Lisa Harig is a partner in Stinson Leonard Street LLP's Washington DC office. She is an experienced aviation and aerospace
attorney representing a wide-range of international and domestic clients in commercial contracts, equipment acquisition and finance, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, and regulatory and enforcement matters before the DOT, FAA, PHMSA and TSA. She advises airlines, airports, FBOs, manufacturers, travel companies and corporate aviation departments. She also counsels high net worth individuals on aircraft and equipment sales, acquisitions and financing.
Laura Jennings, is a member of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Aviation, Aerospace and Transportation group. Laura has extensive aviation and airline experience working with U.S. agencies in civil and administrative matters. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Laura was an aviation litigation and dispute resolution counsel at another law firm and an attorney with
both the DOT and the FAA. She also was appointed for a six-month term as special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. As an attorney with the FAA, Laura worked in the Chief Counsel's Enforcement Division handling civil penalty and certificate actions. While at DOT, she worked in the General Counsel's Office enforcing aviation consumer protection regulations, civil rights requirements, and unauthorized operations against domestic and international carriers.
Currently SVP Legal for Engine Lease Finance Corporation.
Kimberly Brewer Post is a native Memphian who returned home to join FedEx in 2004 with the added benefit of being close to
family. While away, Kim completed her education in Atlanta earning a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University. She advanced her career at several large companies while living in Dallas, Rochester and Washington, D.C. Currently, Kim is a Managing Director of Global Financial Analytics at FedEx Express. Kim is carrying on a legacy of commitment and service to the community. She has held leadership positions in a number of civic organizations. Kim is a movie buff and a foodie who loves exploring the city's offerings. During her free time, she enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family.
Having been active in the aviation business since 1988, Joan Roberts is currently a Vice President and Escrow Agent for Insured Aircraft Title Service, LLC in Oklahoma City. She has been with Insured Aircraft since 1997 and handling a worldwide customer base that literally numbers in the thousands. Previously Mrs. Roberts worked in a similar role for another major aircraft title and escrow company in the Oklahoma City area after leaving a paralegal role with a major law firm in their aviation division. Mrs. Roberts is a member of National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), Women in Aviation International (WAI), Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA), and International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA). She has also been involved in the NBAA Leadership conference and has
actively worked in the IATS management team in marketing and development efforts, traveling to and actively working to assist and cultivate existing and potential clients at EBACE in Geneva and ABACE in China. Joan is an active proud mother of four children, Katie and Carrie, twins who both graduated from Florida State University, Claire, a veterinarian student at Oklahoma State University, and her son, Ryan, who recently graduated from Southern Nazarene University. When not engaged with her family, she enjoys travel, interior decorating, and golf with friends.
Siobhan Sweeney-Cordova, Executive Vice President- Global M&A
- 20 years of experience in financial services and Private Equity
- Prior to AIAC, she worked at Bloomberg LP covering their Spanish speaking clientele in Miami, the Caribbean, Latin America
- She has also worked at various financial institutions (UBS Warburg - Latin American Equity Research Analyst in the Cement,
Construction & Transportation sector, CIBC Oppenheimer - Emerging Markets and Lehman Brothers Financial Analyst Program)
- Graduated from Northeastern University
- Member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) & Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
Linda Valdez Thompson is the Executive Vice President of Administration and Diversity at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Since joining DFW Airport in 2001, Linda has provided strategic leadership for Human Resources, Procurement and
Materials Management, Risk Management, Business Diversity and Development, and Corporate Communications. Linda has established employee engagement initiatives to ensure the workforce is productive, healthy, diverse, and inclusive. These initiatives include employee resource groups, mentoring networks, learning and development opportunities, and a Total Rewards strategy. She has also championed the Airport’s Wellness program with an on-site fitness facility and medical clinic. Additionally, Linda has established an award-winning supplier diversity program.During her professional career, Linda has acquired managerial and executive experience for such Fortune 500 companies as Levi Strauss, Hasbro, and Baxter Health Care. Her responsibilities have included multi-site, domestic and international locations.
I have worked at FedEx for almost 6 years as a Proposals Specialist and now as a Marketing Specialist Advisor. Previously, I
worked in the Flight Standards Department of a regional airline. I have my bachelors degree in Aerospace and my Commercial
Pilot's License with multi-engine, instrument, and complex ratings.
Anna is Vice President, Risk at Macquarie AirFinance covering the Asia Pacific region out of Singapore. As VP Risk, Anna's key
responsibility is to advise management on the optimal placement of commercial aircraft on lease by performing extensive
financial, credit, and business risk analysis on potential lessee's and their environment. Anna started her aviation career at Qantas in Sydney, Australia where she worked across a range of functions from Airport Finance Control to Group Finance
functions including Fleet & Network Planning, Financial Planning and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Macquarie AirFinance, Anna spent two years at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in the Airline Marketing team based in Singapore.
Annabel has significant experience in handling large civil litigation claims in the aviation sector, specifically commercial and
technical disputes arising out of sale, leasing, manufacturing and maintenance contracts in the aviation industry. These include advising an airline following the purported termination of multiple purchase agreements by a buyer; major aviation losses; advising an airline following the total constructive loss arising from the carriage of undeclared chemical cargo (resulting in the largest ever civil award in China, US$65 million); advising an airline following their default under multiple leasing agreements (including negotiating redelivery of the aircraft); and advising component manufacturers in multi-jurisdictional product liability claims.