AMPAP 2015 Graduation in Panama

In Panama City, on September 1, the 2015 AMPAP Graduation was conducted to recognize 115 new graduates who received the joint award of the ACI-ICAO International Airport Professional (IAP) designation and 5 others the AMPAP Associate diploma.

AMPAP 2015 Graduation in Panama

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Now in its 9th year AMPAP has achieved steady growth enjoying relative success starting with 16 participants to over a thousand from 100 countries, having delivered its gateway course 72 times worldwide in cooperation with over 50 host airport enterprises, several of them hosting multiple times.

AMPAP Programme Executive, Dr. Pierre Coutu expressed thanks to a dedicated AMPAP “faculty” of specialists and support team outlining that the airport management profession is one of few that is complex with a global impact. He added: “At each annual AMPAP graduation, it is a befitting occasion to recall the primary vision of AMPAP as had been originally envisaged by ICAO and ACI back in 2007 and continues on which is The Promotion and Betterment of Airport Management as a Profession.”

Successful airport executives must rely on a myriad of knowledge and expertise in Air Transport Operations, Aviation Safety and Security, Economics and Finance, Infrastructure Planning and Construction, Commercial and Industrial Development, Media and Public Relations. Innovation and Information Technology, Environmental and Sustainability Development, and above all, Strategic Business Planning and Integrated Enterprise Performance Management.

After graduation, many AMPAP alumni maintain their involvement concretely, through their participation in the governance of the Programme: as members of the AMPAP Steering Committee; as AMPAP instructors in the mandatory courses; and through their leadership as seen in the formation of the “IAP Community of Practice (IAP CoP)”, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to continuing their work in the advancement of best practices in Airport Management. In parallel to this AMPAP Community engagement, ACI and ICAO are also currently devising plans to further increase the formal global recognition of IAPs.

Listen to the Valedictorian’s speech by Ms. Paranee Vatanotai, IAP, Executive Vice President, Airports of Thailand.

At the ACI World and Asia/Pacific assemblies in Seoul May 26-28, 96 IAPs were welcomed in to the Community of AMPAP graduates, bringing to the total number of graduates to some 500 hundred in the seven-year history of the global ACI/ICAO AMPAP Programme.  In his opening remarks, AMPAP Administrator Pierre Coutu congratulated the graduates, noting  that 45 of them were in attendance, a very high proportion given that many traveled long distances to Seoul for the event.  Dr. Coutu briefly outlined the upcoming gateway course schedule and noted that a number of new airport companies were showing interest in hosting the classroom course ‘The Air Transport System”.  He specifically singled out Ms. Suning Liu of Macau as being a pioneer in the Asia/Pacific region becoming the first graduate from the region and also the first female graduate in the programme.  Since that time, the programme has mushroomed in the Asia/Pacific region.  He also remarked that IAPs were increasingly used by the programme as instructors for both the gateway course and the on-line courses.  Citing the growing role of the IAP Community of Practice as a portal for continuing professional development for IAPs, he introduced Denise Martinez , an IAP from San Francisco, who was recently elected Chairperson of the IAP Cop Board.

AMPAP Graduating Class at At ACI WAGA in Seoul

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Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World, also congratulated the graduates calling them ‘the next generation of airport leaders’ and noting that the programme had excellent worldwide coverage and had particularly gained traction in the Asia/Pacific region.  Speaking for ICAO by video link, Nancy Graham, Director, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau called AMPAP a ‘groundbreaking programme’ and a creative and unique venture supported enthusiastically by both ICAO and ACI.  She noted that many senior airport positions opening up had a tag line “IAP-preferred”.  She also said that for the first time, an IAP was represented on the ICAO Council in the person of Raphael W. Bokango of Tanzania.  In closing, the valedictorian, Tom Ganley of Northern Territory Airports in Australia said that IAPs share a common passion for the industry and that AMPAP provided them with the tools and the confidence and an international network of peers to take their careers to the next level.

With the Olympics running, we thought it would be good timing to talk about a speed record.

Herbert Judon, Assistant Aviation Director of Operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, recently completed his IAP in an astounding five months and four days.  He also became the first IAP in the state of North Carolina.  Herbert began his (short) IAP journey on May 20, 2013 at the ATS in Ft. Lauderdale.  He finished up with the ACF on October 24, 2013.  His time to the IAP eclipses the old mark established by Robert Kennedy, now Aviation Strategies International’s Vice President, Consulting.  Said Paul Behnke, an instructor during Herbert’s ATS:  “When we met Herbert in the ATS, we immediately saw his leadership skills and his commitment to the programme.  We congratulate him on his rapid rise to earn his IAP.”


We want to share some more good news among the AMPAP Community. David I. Ciceo, IAP , currently an IAP CoP Board Member, received on January 29, 2014 a doctoral degree in Management and Industrial Engineering. His thesis was on “Studies and Research Regarding Airport Management in the Context of Air Traffic Liberalization”. The research on which this thesis is based is relevant for regional airports with traffic volumes of less than 5M passengers and offers useful insights on how airport management decision-making can be optimized by using research techniques such as simulation and statistical analyses which had been tested in the case of Cluj-Napoca International Airport. The thesis also opens new avenues for further research. Congratulations David!

David is the Managing Director and President of the Board of Administration, Cluj-Napoca International Airport, he is also a Board Member for the ACI-Europe regional chapter, one of the first  AMPAP Graduates to be nominated as a representative (airports under 10M category) to the Global ACI-ICAO AMPAP Steering Committee from 2010-2012. He also holds two MBA degrees from Open University, Milton Keynes, Great Britain (2003) and from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University (2006) and has been recognized several times for his significant contribution by winning numerous national awards related to Cluj-Napoca Airport. He has also participated as a guest speaker in numerous national and international conferences.


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Congratulations to Sulaiman Zainul Abidin, IAP on his recent appointment to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Aerodrome Services Co., Ltd, the Airport Developer and Operator for Yangon and Naypyitaw Airports of Myanmar, respectively the largest city and the capital of the country.

The first IAP from the island country of Singapore to receive the designation in 2010, Sulaiman formerly served at Singapore Changi Airport [SIN] as an Airport Manager and was instrumental in the successful opening of its Terminal 3 and Budget Terminal. Working with Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA), he also coordinated the facilitation of the first wide-scale Airbus A380 airport compatibility tests outside of Europe. In 2008, Sulaiman was appointed at King Fahd International Airport [DMM] in Saudi Arabia, to serve as Manager, Performance Standards & Customer Service, contributing to the airport’s ASQ rankings to gain three spots to 4th in the Middle-East region.

As the Founder and Director of Aeroscape, a consulting firm specialized in technical advisory, regulatory compliance and training in the business of aviation, Sulaiman provided assistance in the enhancement of the service quality program at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [BKK], in the context of the ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) initiative for which BKK subsequently saw a marked improvement in its assessment by passengers.

Sulaiman is also currently an IAP Community of Practice elected Board Member. He holds an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2007) and an Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (2002). He is concurrently an Instructor for the Global ACI-ICAO AMPAP and an adjunct lecturer for the Diploma of Aviation at Singapore’s Temasek Polytechnic. He occasionally shares his knowledge, personal and professional experiences at local and international conferences, seminars and training courses.


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