CANSO Executive Summit 2023

As the world of Air Traffic Management gathers in Geneva for the inaugural Airspace World, CANSO will launch this brand new event with its annual Executive Summit.

Top leaders, influencers and experts from the aviation industry will gather at Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland for an afternoon of debate, discussion and insight.

This year’s Summit will help ATM leaders from around the world move the agenda forward on some of our industry’s most pressing issues. As the aviation world changes, the Summit will present a global picture of what’s going on in our industry and answer why we should change, and how we can integrate all airspace users quickly.

Our Summit will be followed by an opportunity to network at our drinks reception, to which all attendees are invited.

Our programme

While our full programme of speakers is being finalised, the current agenda is as follows:

The CANSO Executive Summit 2023 will be held in the Palexpo Conference Centre.
13:00-14:00Welcome Coffee – sponsored by Aireon
Venue: Conference Centre foyer
14:00 – 14:10Welcome Address:


Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
14:10 – 14:30Keynote Address


Salvatore Sciacchitano, President of the ICAO Council
14:30 – 15:30Panel Discussion: Pathway to our Integrated Skies

The next few decades will bring monumental change to the ATM industry. This panel, moderated by Simon Hocquard,  will discuss what airspace users of the future need, and the technology, innovation and workforce required by our future skies.

Our panellists include:
Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA
Marc Piette, Founder and CEO, X-Wing
Dr Giorgio Cioni, Director of NATO HQ Armaments and Aerospace Capabilities Directorate
Akbar Sultan, Director, NASA AMES Research Centre

Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
15:30-15:40Tech Talk

Technology underpins the future in our industry, how do we speed up its implementation?  

Ramón Tarrech, ATM Strategy Director, Indra
15:40 -16:10Networking Break – sponsored by Aireon
16:10-16:20Session topic to be confirmed
16:20 – 17:45Keynote Speech – Inspiring the Next Generation of Aviators


Shaesta Waiz, Founder & President, Dreams Soar Inc

Born in an Afghan refugee camp and raised in the USA, Shaesta is the first female certified pilot from Afghanistan and the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe.

She set up her US-based charity, Dreams Soar, to encourage others, particularly women, to follow their dreams and promotes the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and research.

Shaesta will talk about what motivated her to become an aviator, and tell the story of her inspirational journey around the world. She will also set out what skills might be needed from our future workforce, and how we can work together to encourage the next generation of talent to join our industry.
18:00-19:00Drinks Reception
Venue: Conference Centre Foyer


There are two categories of registration. Please read the folllowing carefully.

CANSO Members who are not exhibiting at, or sponsoring, Airspace World

  • Register for a Free Visitor Pass by clicking here;
  • Select ‘Visitor’ and then ‘CANSO Member’, and your company name from the drop-down list *;
  • If you wish to attend the CANSO Executive Summit 2023, select that option;
  • Complete your registration via the complimentary registration option (Note: do not select the paying Executive Summit pass, as this is already included in your CANSO Membership).

CANSO Members who are Exhibitors at, or Sponsors of, Airspace World

  • Your Stand Manager for Airspace World has an allocation of passes for staff, executives, clients, guests and your contractors;
  • Contact your Stand Manager for Airspace World for an invitation;
  • Register with that invitation and select ‘CANSO Member’ and your company from the drop-down menu *;
  • If you wish to attend CANSO’s Executive Summit, select that option;
  • Complete your registration via the complimentary registration option (Note: do not select the paying Executive Summit pass, as this is already included in your CANSO Membership).

* Members must identify themselves by using their organisation’s email domain (do not use Gmail or similar, or the email of a non-member company).

Event Details

7 March 2023 @ 14:00 to 18:30 CET

Geneva, Switzerland



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Contact us

For all CANSO events information please contact:

CANSO Events
Tel: +31 (0)23 568 5390

Interested in sponsorship or exhibition space at this event?
Please contact:

Mike Treacher

VP Sales Airspace World