News about AMPAP Participant Acheivements

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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The global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) welcomed 117 new International Airport Professionals (IAPs) into it ranks at a graduation ceremony in Istanbul on June 10, 2013. The graduation was held in conjunction with the ACI World Annual General Assembly. AMPAP, founded six years ago, now counts airport professionals from some 90 nations with 329 airport executives who have earned their IAP designation and another 20 persons who have earned the AMPAP Associate diploma, reserved for ACI and ICAO personnel as well as other managers from the world’s Civil Aviation Authorities and ACI World Business Partners. Beyond the graduates, hundreds of other airport professionals are currently progressing through the AMPAP curriculum.

AMPAP Graduation 2013 in Istanbul

AMPAP Graduation 2013 in Istanbul: 117 Earn IAP Accreditation  – View the entire photo gallery

Honouring the graduates, Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World observed:

“This moment is a beginning, not an end, since we want today to mark the start of lifelong membership in an international network of airport professionals, a community without borders. I hope that all AMPAP graduates will continue to serve as ambassadors for professional education and that their remarkable achievements will encourage other industry colleague to pursue the IAP, the global hallmark of excellence in airport management.”

Following with his remarks, ICAO’s representative at the ceremony, Mohamed Elamiri, Deputy Director, Safety Management & Monitoring, Air Navigation Bureau commented:

“The 117 new International Airport Professionals and 5 AMPAP Associates confirm the great success of AMPAP in serving the aviation community. The programme has come a long way since its inception in 2007 and continues to enhance airport management competencies.  Airport managers worldwide increasingly see the IAP as the benchmark for achievement in professional training.”

A record number of over 50 new graduates travelled to Istanbul to attend the ceremony. Dinesh Kumar, Director, Indian Aviation Academy and the 2013 IAP Class Valedictorian stated:

“The recognition of International Airport Professionals is a testimony to the efforts of ACI and ICAO which have had the vision to create such an aviation management education programme and to the engagement of airport authorities to build capacity in human resources and prepare qualified management personnel to propel the growth of civil aviation and prepare for the forecasted high rate of growth in our industry.”

The IAP community is committed to career-long professional development recently forming a non-profit organization, the IAP Community of Practice (IAP CoP) which aims to be the premier global network where IAPs contribute to the advancement of airport management as a profession through peer-to-peer collaboration for sharing best practices and contributing to their development for the benefit of aviation industry users and stakeholders. In addition, the IAP CoP intends to build a vehicle for life-long professional development and seeks to expand the community’s international network of contacts.

In his closing remarks, the AMPAP Programme Executive, Dr. Pierre Coutu noted:

“The hard work, drive and determination of the IAPs has led us to today’s celebration. Everyone involved in AMPAP knows what it takes to keep the momentum of the wheels turning so I also want to extend my gratitude to the instructors, the AMPAP administrative and support teams, SITA, our premier sponsor, and all the host organizations who contribute to making our engagement in this wonderful programme a privilege for us all. “

With close to 40% of the entire community who cast a vote, the global AMPAP Community has elected Mr. Tonci Peovic, Governing Board Member of Zagreb Airport ltd. and graduate of AMPAP, as the AMPAP Community Representative on the Programme Steering Committee, representing airports with less than 10 million passenger traffic per annum. Mr. Peovic will be replacing Mr. David Ciceo who completed his term in the role.

Tonci Peovic

Tonci Peovic

Mr. Peovic will remain in the role for a single term of two years, alongside Mr. Ken Buchanan, EVP, Revenue Management & Marketing/Customer Service, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, who currently represents AMPAP for “airports with more than 10 million passenger traffic per annum”  for one more year.

As the AMPAP Community Representative, Mr. Peovic’s mandate will be to serve on the AMPAP Steering Committee “in an advisory capacity for a two-year term with the view to provide input regarding the strategic orientation of the Programme as well as its continued educational quality and professional relevance”.

The newly elected Representative joined AMPAP in 2008 in Brussels, and graduated shortly after, earning the coveted International Airport Professional (IAP) accreditation in Bermuda in 2010.

Previously, in 2008, he had earned an Aviation MBA at Krems (Austria) University and had earlier earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Zagreb University where he was also licensed as a commercial pilot for multi-engine aircraft. Mr. Peovic has acquired an extensive experience in the aviation industry, which includes 16 years as the General Manager at Dubrovnik Airport ltd, as well as a couple of years as the General Manager of Zagreb International Airport ltd., before becoming one of the airport’s Management Board Members. In addition, he serves as a member of ACI (Airport Council International) World Board of Directors and was on the ACI-Europe Board from 2001-2009.  He is also Chairman of the ACI-Europe Small and Medium Size Airport Action Group (SMAG) for European airports up to 5 million passengers per annum.  He was Vice chairman of International Association of Airport Executives based in Washington DC.

Speaking on behalf of the AMPAP Elections Committee and the AMPAP Community, Dr. Pierre Coutu, AMPAP Programme Executive, noted: “We take this opportunity to express our most sincere gratitude to David Ciceo for having provided his time, energy and guidance as a member of the Steering Committee over the past three years. We congratulate Tonci Peovic on his victory and expect great contributions from this accomplished IAP!”

After several weeks of nominations and voting among the global AMPAP Community, Mr. Ken Buchanan, Executive Vice President of Revenue Management at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and graduate of AMPAP, was newly elected as the AMPAP Community Representative on the Programme Steering Committee, following Mr. Robert Kennedy’s completion of his two year term in the role.

Mr. Buchanan will also remain in the role for a single term of two years,  alongside Mr. David Ioan Ciceo, Managing Director of Cluj Napoca International Airport, who will be representing AMPAP for “airports with less than 10 million passenger traffic per annum”  for one more year. As the AMPAP Community Representative,  Mr. Buchanan’s mandate will be to serve on the AMPAP Steering Committee “in an advisory capacity for a two-year term with the view to provide input regarding the strategic orientation of the Programme as well as its continued educational quality and professional relevance”.

The newly elected Representative joined AMPAP in the first year of the programme’s existence in 2007, and graduated shortly after, earning the coveted International Airport Professional (IAP) accreditation in Bermuda in 2010.

Through his professional career, Mr. Buchanan has acquired more than 20 years of industry experience in revenue management, sales, merchandising technology, sales planning, and marketing.  He is currently responsible for the overall strategic direction of DFW International Airport to maximize non‑aviation revenues and increase customer satisfaction. Prior to joining the Airport, Mr. Buchanan served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Sales Planning for Coors, Inc. He has also held executive-level positions at Kmart Corp. and Kroger Corp.

In all, 71 airport executives received their International Airport Professional (IAP) diplomas in 2011, bringing the total to over 160 since the programme’s inception.  In addition, seven others earned the AMPAP Associate diploma, which is reserved for industry stakeholders. The IAP diploma is earned through successful achievement of stringent requirements that ICAO and ACI established for the programme’s six-course curriculum.

AMPAP 2012 Graduates accompanied by Ms. Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI and Mr. Mohamed Elamiri, Deputy Director, Safety Management and Monitoring, ICAO

AMPAP Executive, Pierre Coutu, commented on this year’s developments:

The graduation is always an annual highlight of our programme and we were delighted to see so many graduates make the trip to Marrakech to participate in the ceremony. AMPAP is now enjoying firm recognition, evidenced by a steady to high-growth mode, and we look forward to another large group of IAPs earning their accreditation in 2012.

On November 1, during the ACI World Annual General Assembly in Marrakech, 32 graduates were present to receive their diplomas and were part of AMPAP’s largest graduating class.

Mr. Patrick Chonde. AMPAP 2012 Valedictorian and Ms. Catherine Mayer of SITA, AMPAP Premier Sponsor

Patrick Chonde of the Kenya Airports Authority was elected class valedictorian. On behalf of the graduates, his speech, which is excerpted below, touched on several key, recurring themes in regard to the IAP accreditation:

The growth of AMPAP has been remarkable over the years:  from the initial number of 17 participants in June 2007 when it started to the current figure of over 600 participants. Today in this room, a total of 32 graduates are present from 19 different countries representing all five ACI regions, will receive their certificates and diplomas and the coveted International Airport Professional (IAP) accreditation.

Personally, AMPAP has been an awesome experience. It has helped me sharpen my career skills. I gained from AMPAP not only analytical tools and intellectual confidence, but more importantly awareness of best practices, a strategic approach to my job, and a fantastic network of peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures from around the globe”

I wish to quote ACI Director General, Angela Gittens, in her remarks during the graduation in Bermuda last year: ‘This is the beginning of the search of knowledge and not an end.  The graduation is a one-off event, the hard work starts now.’

I believe the AMPAP graduates are better equipped to be more efficient and effective by disseminating their newfound reservoir of knowledge within their own organizations, especially among their colleagues.Please join me in a big round of applause for the graduates who have tirelessly worked to attain this coveted recognition and for making history by celebrating it for the first time in this great continent of Africa, in the beautiful city of Marrakech, in the Kingdom of Morocco.”

Dr. Pierre Coutu, AMPAP Programme Executive, Ms. Catherine Mayer of SITA, AMPAP Premier Sponsor and the 2012 Graduating Class