News about AMPAP Participant Acheivements

Montreal, July 31, 2020

 

Congratulations Nandita Bhatt, IAP+, Airports Authority of India, Airport Director Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur, Rajasthan India.

We want to congratulate IAP Nandita Bhatt who was recently promoted to the position of Airport Director at Udaipur. This regional airport welcomed over 1.2 million passengers in 2019 and is a gateway for tourism in Rajasthan.

Nandita kindly provided us with some of her career highlights: “I joined AAI in 1996 as an architect, immediately after finishing my Post Graduation in Landscape Architecture.  Over a decade later I had a breakthrough in my career; I was selected to enrol in the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP). The modules and learning experience make this a 360-degree program and enabled me to be a more diversified and proficient airport professional.

“After earning my IAP, I had the privilege to continue the learning experience by shifting into training, working as a course developer at Indian Aviation Academy and creating training modules for AAI employees. I subsequently became a qualified Course Developer and Instructor through the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme.”

 

“As the saying goes: “TO MOST PEOPLE, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. TO THOSE WHO LOVE AVIATION, THE SKY IS HOME.” I firmly believe there is truly no other place embodying so much love as an airport.”

 

Nandita’s achievements bear testament to the joint ACI-ICAO designation award she received in 2014. The Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) has to date welcomed approximately 25% female airport management executives, and counting, with roughly the same proportion who are graduates. AMPAP is available to airport management personnel and candidates must complete the 4 mandatory and 2 elective course curricula to receive the International Airport Professional (IAP) or AMPAP Associate designation and diploma. The AMPAP community is located across the globe in more than one hundred countries.

 

From Jorge Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of AvPorts:

As a person of many interests, I fit the definition of a “jack of all trades and master of none.” My incursion into the airport industry was serendipitous. I come from a family of medical professionals and seamen. However, airports always intrigued me.

Growing up in both Mexico and US, I was always interested in the intersection of business, policy and economic and international development. Airports more than satisfy my intellectual curiosity and professional interest as they sit in the middle of this intersection and are one of the most powerful engines of economic development that exists today. Airports are perpetually dynamic entities and function like mini cities and airport management allows me to oversee many functions with no day being the same.

My initial exposure to aviation was during my tenure at Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking in London where I covered transportation companies. After the financial crisis, I moved to Houston to join the global airport investor and operator ADC & HAS Airports (today Airports Worldwide), an airport investment and management platform between the Canadian pension OMERS, the pioneering airport P3 company ADC, and Houston Airports (HAS).

The competency development I received during the AMPAP courses have been key to my successful progression in management roles at various companies such as at CCR, a large Brazilian transportation concessionaire, and the Carlyle Airport Group, the successful developer of the new $7 billion Terminal One at JFK Airport.

Today, I am the CEO of AvPORTS, the largest privately-owned airport operator in the US which started as a division of Pan Am World Airways in 1927 and is currently owned by West Street Infrastructure Partners III, a family of infrastructure investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group.

In my role as CEO I not only use my AMPAP training to oversee the management of nine airports and over 650 employees, but I also benefit from the AMPAP alumni network to gain additional and diverse perspectives and build long-lasting professional relationships. For example, through the AMPAP network, I met Arturo Garcia (AMPAP 2011), whom I recruited as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of our company.

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From Dr. Mohd Isa, Head of Infrastructure Development at AirAsia Group:

There is a famous saying within the industry that once you have been bitten by the aviation bug, you can hardly recover from it. As for me, the bug might have bitten me since I was born. My father was an Airman with the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) and I have been living next to airports my entire life.

I was blessed to land a career in the airport industry from an early stage in my career. Another breakthrough in my career was the opportunity I received from my employer at the time, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, to enrol in the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP). The modules and learning experience make for a unique program and shaped me into a more diversified airport professional. Even after completing the programme, I had the privilege to continue the learning experience by being one of the instructors for one of the AMPAP online mandatory courses, the Airport Planning, Development and Environmental Management (APDE). Each cohort brought different focus and issues, which provided me a new and enriching experience every time. One endearing insight was that no matter where we were located around the world, our issues and challenges as airport professionals had some similarity, despite our different contexts and situations.

If you have seen one airport, then you have just seen one airport – I have heard this from a few mentors throughout my aviation career and I have personally experienced how true this statement is. Understanding each airport requires an understanding of all aspects of the airport operations, such as the governance and ownership structure, the traffic profile, the airport’s role and many others.

My love for the industry also inspired my doctorate research entitled ‘Project and Operational Stakeholders’ Perspectives of an Airport Terminal Project Outcome’. The research was a post-implementation project review on one of my most significant work experience, which was planning and developing the klia2 terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It was an exciting yet controversial aviation project for KLIA, which is the primary hub for my current employer, the AirAsia Group. That extensive stakeholders’ requirements are diversified and sometimes contradictory comprised the critical issues in my research, and, as most of us have acknowledged, aviation stakeholders are complex and managing them requires an in-depth understanding of the industry as well as an appreciation of their specific contextual requirements.

My fellow mentors and colleagues from the industry, especially from the International Airport Professional Community of Practice (IAP COP), which was formed in 2012 by AMPAP graduates, have also inspired me to ensure that my portfolio in the industry is diversified so that I can fully understand the critical survival issues for airports and airlines as well as other players in the industry.

There is definitely a lot more to learn from this dynamic industry and I am rooting for innovation and technology to play a massive role in the introduction of several ground-breaking changes to the industry.

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27 IAPs and AMPAP Associates were present at the 20th annual Passenger Terminal Expo event in Amsterdam (one of the industry’s largest airport-focused events), 20 of them in speaker or moderator roles and others in the exhibition. The visibility of IAPs was particularly noticeable in the session on airports facilitating tourism, where Vince Scanlon from Adelaide, Nandita Bhatt from Airports Authority of India and David Ciceo from Cluj participated sequentially. A later session on emergency preparedness also featured 3 IAPs – RJ Steenstra from Ft. McMurray, Thomas Romig from Geneva and Peter Adams from Aviation Strategies International (ASI), a panel discussion moderated by Paul Behnke, also from ASI and a frequent AMPAP instructor.

The group photo below shows 17 of the participants at the SITA booth.

 


left to right
Rico Baradun, Catherine Mayer, Maurice Jenkins, Sarah Wittlieb, RJ Steenstra, Nandita Bhatt, Peter Adams, Brian Cobb, Scott Gibbons, Paul Behnke, David Ciceo, Lorenzo Bellichi, Francisco Alvarez, Carlos Kaduoka, Wayne Matrose, Bart Houlleberghs, Adonis Succor

There were 11 other IAPs and AMPAP Associates attending PTE who did not make it to the photo – Tom Romig (GVA), Ken Buchanan (DFW), Stacey Peel (ARUP), M I Zainol (MAHB), Thomas Callmeyer (MUC), Ian Farnell (formerly SITA), Etienne van Zuijen (SITA), Arturo Garcia (MUC), Lance Lyttle (Seattle),Vince Scanlon (Adelaide) and Richard Duncan (ATL).

It is truly uplifting to see IAPs at these events interacting and showing real leadership in our industry.

Paul Behnke
AMPAP Instructor