CANSO Executive Summit 2023

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

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

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

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

Our programme

The CANSO Executive Summit 2023 will be held in the Palexpo Conference Centre.
12:30 – 14:00Badge collection

Venue: Palexpo Halls 1 and 2 foyer
12:30-14:00Welcome Coffee – sponsored by
Venue: Conference Centre foyer
14:00 – 14:10Welcome Address:


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


Salvatore Sciacchitano, President of the Council, ICAO
14:30 – 15:40Panel 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
Dr. Giorgio Cioni, Director of Armament and Aerospace Capabilities, Division of Defence Investment, NATO
Akbar Sultan, Director, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) 
Benjamin Binet, Vice President, Strategy & Technology, Thales
Earl Lawrence, Chief Compliance and Quality Officer, Xwing

Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
15:40-15:50Tech Talk

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

Ramón Tarrech, ATM Strategy Director, Indra
15:50 -16:20Networking Break – sponsored by
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.
18:00-19:00Networking Drinks Reception
Venue: Conference Centre Foyer

Watch the replays

CANSO Executive Summit 2023 – Part 1

CANSO Executive Summit 2023 – Part 2

Event Details

7 March 2023 @ 14:00 to 19:00 CET

Geneva, Switzerland



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

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Mike Treacher
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