Rebuilding Airports Greener, Safer, and Smarter After COVID-19

Sponsored by: Hitachi Vantara

Focused on:

  • Airports
  • Green Economy

Date: 11 March


Time: 4PM London/ 11AM New York

Airports are a critical part of any modern economy, keeping business moving and enabling people to reach all corners of the globe for work and travel. As we look to the near future when we will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, how can airports help keep passengers and staff safe, while building for the future? Join our panel of experts to learn how the airport of the future will be more sustainable, equitable, and safer while monetizing data, enabling new businesses and building new revenue streams.

Presented by

Akiya Simms,

Sustainability Officer: Resiliency and Sustainability Engineer, Assistant, ATL Airport

Akiya Simms, a Resilience Planner at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, offers a decade of strategic planning experience in Enterprise Sustainability and Risk Management for airport programs and projects, including the material formulation of contract risk and holistic systems analysis. Simms advises executive decisions on robust airport resilience, dimensions of sustainability, stakeholder interdependencies and existing building information models as critical to the optimal positioning of assets and other resources essential to airport master plans. Simms has undertaken various logistics-related responsibilities for Fortune 500 firms requiring expatriate government contract administration and the product life cycle analysis of global retail jewelry supply chains.

Claudia Bacco,

Editorial contributor, Airports International

Claudia has a wealth of corporate marketing, branding & positioning experience within technology companies such as Verizon, Juniper Networks and Nokia. 20 + years of high tech B2B marketing expertise. Corporate team leadership roles, start-up mentoring and marketing advisory roles directly with technology companies.

For the past six years her primary focus has been on Aviation topics such as Airports and Air Traffic Management. Bringing together a view that looks at the intersection of these topics with telecommunications and cybersecurity offers a different perspective.

Originally from the United States, relocated to Munich, Germany and enjoying the experience of living in Europe.

Mario Montag,

Vice President, Transportation Practice Leader, Hitachi Vantara

As Vice President of the Hitachi Vantara Transportation practice, Mario leverages his experience in IoT, data and analytics technologies to deliver results in highly complex industrial verticals. He works on a variety of critical transportation-related projects focused on Rail and Aviation. Most recently, Mario was Vice President, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at UTC. There, he led the expansion of data and analytics solutions to the UTC Aero business units globally. He joined UTC through the acquisition of his company, Predikto, Inc, which offered software and machine learning algorithms and models to predict failures in trains, planes, and large industrial equipment.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand how airports are improving health and safety, operations, sustainability and passenger experience
  • Learn about the technologies that are improving on-time performance and revenues
  • Understand how smart spaces provide critical insights to improve airports
  • Learn what airports are doing to restore passenger confidence and mitigate the risks of COVID 19


  • Business Operations:
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • Operations Manager
  • Parking Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Innovation Officer
  • Director/Manager of Sustainability
  • Digital Officer
  • Director/Manager of Passenger Services
  • Director/Manager of Planning
  • Director/Manager of Airport Flow
  • IT:
  • VP / Director / Manager
  • Operations VP / Director / Operations
  • Safety and Security:
  • VP/Director of Health and Safety
  • Security
  • Passenger Safety
  • Ground Security