Part of Moving Africa Forward Platform

MAF Logistics & Trade Forum
June 7, 2017 at Sheraton Addis
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa

Open Doors: 8:30 AM

June 7,

The Conference

The Middle East and Africa Business conference for Logistics, Infrastructure and Trade is the largest of its kind in the region, the most exclusive gathering of ports operators, government entities, logistics free-zones and service providers. These decision makers, your buyers, are eager to learn, engage and network with you.

​​The industry is evolving and developing at a thunderous rate. On a daily basis, disruptive technologies and new business solutions emerge and new players enter the market, it’s an exciting yet challenging time where innovation prevails. We will be inviting some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and industry gurus to deliver a series of visionary presentations designed to excite, provoke, inspire and captivate.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available upon request to get your brand in front of our most important VIP’s and buyers.

This is your chance to educate over 500 leading representatives from across the
Middle East, Africa and the globe, including ministerial level representatives from over
10 countries, the world’s leading port owners, port operators, supply chain executives, cargo owners and technical experts at the Middle East’s largest logistics conference.

Position your company at the forefront of the industry and ensure the companies overseeing the unprecedented number of regional projects understand your commitment to the region.

Topics of Discussion

The Key focus areas covered in the conference:    

1. Current and planned port expansion projects to increase port capacity and aid trade in the region.
2. Strategies used in financing port construction and extension projects.
3. Improving port and marine terminal operations through design services.
4. Optimizing cargo movements in ports to give an efficient service to port users.
5. Improving the efficiency of terminal activities by modernising infrastructure and updating user processes.



Minister/Director - General - CxOs - Cargo Owners - Freight Forwarders - 3rd Party Logistics - Distribution Director - Load Manager - Cargo Manager - Sourcing Manager Ports, Airports & Distribution Parks - Cargo Operators - Carriers & Forwarders - Logistics Manager - Head of Planning - Head of Operations - Head of Maintenance - Head of Procurement - Business Development - Operations Manager - Planning & Development Manager - Transport Manager - Supply-chain Manager.


  1. CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
    Tewolde GebreMariam
    CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
    Tewolde GebreMariam began his career at Ethiopian Airlines in 1985. He served in different capacities in the cargo traffic handling department and progressed up the ladder to Manager Cargo Traffic Handling. He was appointed as Regional Director for India and South East Asia based in Bombay and later on transferred to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. When Ethiopian Airlines commenced direct services to the USA, he was appointed as Area Sales Manager for North East USA and Canada based in New York. On August 16 2004 he was appointed as Executive Officer Marketing & Sales to head the Marketing and Sales Operations of Ethiopian. On July 1, 2006, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian to head all the operating divisions of the airline Commercial, Flight Operations, Customer Services and Maintenance and Engineering. Since January 1, 2011 he has been serving as CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. In his CEO role, Mr. Tewolde has been a multiple award winner. In November, 2012, he won “The African CEO of the Year-2012” award from the African CEO Forum organized jointly by Jeune Afrique and the African Development Bank in Geneva. In December 2012, he won “The Best African Business Leader” award from the Washington D.C. based Corporate Council on Africa, which promotes trade and investment ties between the USA and Africa. In July 2013, he became the first African Airline CEO to receive “The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership” in the award’s 12 year history. The Award is given out annually by Airline Business Magazine, a publication of Flight Global, the world’s leading aviation media brand. In November 2013, Mr. Tewolde won the 2013 “planet Africa professional Excellence Award”. Ethiopian CEO is awarded Gold Medal by Ethiopian Airlines Board of Directors for his exceptional leadership, dedication and hard work, which have enabled Ethiopian to register outstanding performance as per its fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategy Vision 2025. Ethiopian CEO is awarded a plaque for his exceptional leadership and the successful accomplishments towards Vision 2025 from Ethiopian Airlines Basic Trade Union. Ethiopian CEO received the 2015 International Grand Prix Special Award in Milan. The recognition was for his achievements in developing the Airline into the foremost aviation group in Africa and for spearheading the transformation of Ethiopian into becoming one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. In addition to his duties as CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, he also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA); and an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA); and a Board member of the Airlink Advisory Council; a member of Board of Directors of Ethio-Telecom, a Board member of Ethiopian Railway Corporation; a Board Member of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia; and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO). He earned his B.A. Degree in Economics from the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Open University in the United Kingdom.
  2. Chairman, Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority
    Aboubaker Omar Hadi
    Chairman, Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority
    Mr. Aboubaker Omar Hadi serves as General Director of a port in Lagos, Nigeria. Mr. Hadi served as Commercial Director at DP World-Djibouti. He served at Sifax Group. He has 30 years of service at the Port of Djibouti, where he began work in the Marine Department and Port Control and was responsible for port documentation in 1978 and served as Deputy Manager in the statistics department. He served as General Cargo Manager, Container Terminal Manager and Commercial Director of the port. He played part in enhancing Ethiopia's use of the port from 15pc to 90pc. Mr. Hadi has been Chairman of Port of Djibouti since July 2, 2011. He is a positive force for the relationship between Ethiopia and Djibouti. He was one of the first port officials to come to Addis Abeba in the early 1990s. He was credited for playing a major role in the years following Ethiopia's complete shift to the Port of Djibouti after 1998. He was also one of the key figures in Djibouti in the process to develop new oil and container terminals at Douraleh, 13km from the existing port, which consumed half a billion dollars. He completed his First Degree in Ports and Multimodal Transport from Le Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et M tiers, in France, and Postgraduate Studies in Ports and Shipping Administration from the World Maritime University of Sweden in 1992.
  3. Managing Director, Kenya & East Africa
    Wahome Hezron Gikang’a
    Managing Director, Kenya & East Africa
    Wahome Hezron Gikang'a (Hezron) is KEAMSCO’s Managing Director for Kenya & East Africa. Hezron is an award-winning Kenyan national with 20 years of local and international experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors throughout the East Africa region. Hezron has excelled in management positions for a number of premier global firms and has rendered expert business advisory services for clients throughout East Africa – spanning the telecommunications, energy, infrastructure development, extractives (mining, oil and gas), healthcare, real estate, and financial services sectors.
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