Aviation Summit

New Partnerships, New Horizons for U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation


Schedule subject to change. Check back for updates. Confirmed speakers listed. All sessions will be held at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown.

Monday, June 24

2 p.m.

Summit Registration (Westin Washington, DC Downtown)

6-6:45  p.m.

Bus departure from Westin to Kennedy Center
Hotel Front Drive

7-9 p.m.

Official Summit Dinner at Kennedy Center Roof Terrace
Dinner sponsored by Collins Aerospace
Bar sponsored by Rapiscan


Tuesday, June 25

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summit registration
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

8-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Leidos
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

9-10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Remarks
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1

Moderator: Ms. Verinda Fike 
Regional Director, Indo-Pacific
U.S. Trade and Development Agency 

Speakers:  The Honorable Enoh T. Ebong 
U.S. Trade and Development Agency 

  Shri Vumlunmang Vualnam 
Ministry of Civil Aviation

  The Honorable Michael Whitaker 
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

  The Honorable David Pekoske 
U.S. Transportation Security Administration

  Signing ceremony of aviation projects in India and release of aviation project report. 

10:15-10:20 a.m. Keynote Address
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1
  Brendan Nelson 
Boeing International

10:20-10:50 a.m. Networking Break with Exhibitors
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

10:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m. General Session I: Future of Aviation
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1

Moderator: Kevin Bumen, A.A.E., C.A.E. 
Chief Financial and Commercial Officer
San Francisco International Airport

Speakers:   Shri Vikram Dev. Dutt 
 Director General
 Directorate General of Civil Aviation
  Mr. Campbell Wilson
Air India

  Mr. R.K Singh
Special Director

  Molly Wilkinson, J.D. 
Vice President, Head of Regulatory and International Government Affairs 
American Airlines

  Chris Broom
Vice President, Training Solutions
Boeing Global Services 
12:15-1:15 p.m.

Potomac Ballroom Salon 1
Sponsored by Smiths Detection

1:15-1:45 p.m.  Keynote Address
The Honorable Eric Garcetti 
U.S. Ambassador to India

1:45-2 p.m.  Transition Break

2-3 p.m. General Session II - Exploring Aviation Growth in India

Moderator:  Shri Asangba Ao 
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Civil Aviation

Speakers:  Shri Sanjeev Kumar 
Airport Authority of India

  Mr. Arun Bansal 
Chief Executive Officer
Adani Airports Holding Ltd.

  Mr. Videh Kumar Jaipuriar 
Chief Executive Officer 
Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) GMR

  Mr. Hari Marar 
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Bangalore International Airport Limited

  Mr. Ajay Singh 
Chief Executive Officer
SpiceJet Airlines

3-3:10 p.m. USTDA Update

3:10-3:20 p.m. Transition Break

3:20-4:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions I


A. Green Aviation
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1


The Honorable Carol A. (Annie) Petsonk 
Assistant Secretary, Aviation and International Affairs
U.S. Department of Transportation 


U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (speaker TBD)


Shri Shrikant Madhav Vaidya 
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)


Ms. Erin Cooke
Director, Sustainability and Environmental Policy 
San Francisco International Airport


Alex Menotti 
Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs


B. Aviation Security Technology and Risk Assessment
Meeting Room 10-11


Dr. Philo Daniel
Global Aviation and Urban Security Business Lead
Smiths Detection

Speakers:  Shri Zulfiquar Hasan 
Director General
Bureau of Civil Aviation Security

  Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman 
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh

  Mr. Austin Gould 
Assistant Administrator for Requirements and Capabilities Analysis 
U.S. Transportation Security Administration 

  Mr. Dan Strellis
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering

  Ms. Lauren Presley 
Product Development Director
4:20-5:30 p.m.

Networking Break with Exhibitors (Those awaiting one-on-one meetings will be able to continue networking in the foyer while meetings are underway.)
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Veoci and D.S. Brown

4:30-5:30 p.m. One-on-one business development meetings
(Official delegate entities, plus non-U.S. airlines and airports each will have a table.)
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1

6-7 p.m.

Official Summit Reception
Magnolia Ballroom
Sponsored by The Boeing Company


Wednesday, June 26

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Summit Registration
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

8-9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors
Sponsored by L3Harris
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

9-9:15 a.m. Summary of Summit Day One Highlights
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1
  Ms. Mehnaz Ansari 
Senior Regional Representative - South Asia
U.S. Trade and Development Agency

 9:15-10:30 a.m. General Session III - Developing Regional Aviation in South Asia Beyond India (Network, Infrastructure, Security and Capacity Building)

Heidi Gomez 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Transportation Affairs/Economic Bureau
U.S. Department of State


 Mr. Pradeep Adhikari
 Director General
 Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal

  Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited (invited)

  Maldivian Airlines (invited)


Mr. Jim Eck 
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Mission Network


Tod Yankee 
Senior Manager, Global Aviation Commercial Advisory 

10:30-10:50 a.m. Networking Break with Exhibitors
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

10:50-11:50 a.m. General Session IV - Enabling Women Leaders in Aviation
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1

Moderator:  The Honorable Enoh T. Ebong 
U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Speakers:  Ms. Ashmita Sethi
President and Country Head 
Pratt & Whitney India 

  Ms. Jamie Rhee 
Commissioner of Aviation
Chicago Department of Aviation

  Directorate General of Civil Aviation (invited)
  Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (invited)

11:50 a.m.-12 p.m. Transition Break

12-1 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II
  A. Optimizing Air Cargo Operations, Logistics, and Infrastructure
Meeting Room 10-11

Moderator:  Mr. Sylvester Lavender, CPA  
Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO
Memphis International Airport

Opening remarks: Ms. Kami Vishwanathan 
President (Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa)

Speakers:  Kamal Hingorani 
Spice Express
  Mr. Sundresh Sarup
Managing Director
Logistics Plus India Pvt Ltd

  Mr. Suvendu Choudhury 
Vice President (Operations)
FedEx Express – India

  Haryana Civil Aviation Department (invited)
  B. Digital Trends and Transformations for Aviation Development (Cyberthreats and Security Systems)
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1
Moderator:  TBD

Speakers:  Mr. Maneesh Kumar 
Joint Director General
Directorate General of Civil Aviation 

  Dr. Sharad Kumar 
Member (Operations and Planning)
Airports Authority of India

  Richard Marc Lerro 
Program Analyst
U.S. Transportation Security Administration

  Collins Aerospace (speaker TBD)
   C. Expanding General Aviation/Business Aviation in the South Asia Region 
 Meeting Room 12-13
Moderator:   Marc Ehudin
 Director, Government Affairs
 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

Speakers:  Steve Soliz, MBA, RN, BSN
HEMS Segment Manager
Bell Flight


Pawan Hans Ltd. (invited)

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Helicopters (invited)

Gulfstream (invited)

1-2:15 p.m. Luncheon with Topic Tables
Sponsored by FedEx Express
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1

2:15-2:30 p.m. Transition Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III
  A. Aviation System Expansion (eVTOL/AAM/UAM/C-UAS)
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1

Moderator:  Sandeep Bahl
Executive Director
U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program

Speakers:  Captain Jim Bamberger 
Branch Chief, Public Area Security & Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Transportation Security Administration

  U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (speaker TBD)

  Amit Ganjoo 
Found and CEO
ANRA Technologies

  Nikhil Goel 
Chief Commercial Officer 
Archer Aviation

  B. Developing Advanced Integrated MRO Systems 
Meeting Room 10-11

Moderator:  Mr. Pradeep Panicker
Chief Executive Officer
Hyderabad Airport (GMR)

Speakers:  Mr. Sharad Agarwal

  Mr. Chris Parfitt 
Acting Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division, Flight Standards Service
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration 

  C. Financing and Leasing of Aircraft, Public Procurement
Meeting Room 12-13

Moderator:  TBD 
Speakers:  Girish Nair 
Partner (Aviation and Aerospace)
  David Fiore 
Vice President, Transportation
Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

  Alexander Rasnavad 
Managing Director - Partner and Chief Commercial Officer
Carlyle Aviation Partners 

3:30-4 p.m.

Networking Break with Exhibitors
Potomac Ballroom Foyer

4-4:30 p.m. Summary of Key Takeaways Featuring Read-Outs from Concurrent Session Leaders
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1
Facilitator:   Ms. Alissa Lee-Barden
 Senior Indo-Pacific Manager, Aviation and Agribusiness
 U.S. Trade and Development Agency

4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks
Potomac Ballroom Salon 1

  U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TBD)
  Ministry of Civil Aviation (TBD)

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