The Airport Disaster and & Crisis Management stream will be tackling the following topics to assist you in creating a concise action plan:

  • Crisis Management
  • Emergency Plans
  • Natural Disasters
  • Aircraft Accidents
  • Disease Control
  • Hijacks
  • Terrorism
  • Malfunction and damage
  • Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
  • Emergency Response Headquarters
  • Critical Communication

The Airport D&CM Speakers

Alan Black

Vice President & Director of Public Safety

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

Alan has been a member of DFW Airport’s Public Safety Department for over three decades and is currently Vice President and Director of Public Safety. He leads 600 Public Safety employees, who are responsible for all aspects of public safety at DFW Airport, including Police, Fire, EMS, Security, Emergency Management, and Access Control.  Alan has been involved in numerous aviation related catastrophic events during his career and manages a $75 million budget. Alan is certified as a Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter and holds a secret clearance. He has a Masters in Homeland Defense & Security Studies from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California, and a BA Degree in Fire Administration from Western Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the US National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is a member of the TSA’s Airport Security Advisory Committee.  Alan speaks on Aviation Safety and Security in the USA and has lectured in Singapore, Brazil, China, Argentina, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Austria, Australia, Germany and Mexico.

Andreas Hedskog

Founding Partner, Head of Products and Innovation

4C Strategies

Andreas is the Head of Products and Innovation at 4C Strategies, where he oversees the development of solutions for Readiness management in the aviation, military, emergency services, critical infrastructure and financial sectors. His support to the aviation industry includes work with London Gatwick, Copenhagen Airports, Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic. He has also served as Chairman and representative of the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) in the ISO development of International standards for risk, business continuity and crisis management. Andreas has vast experience in risk analysis, business impact analysis and applied risk research. He has a broad academic background, from Cambridge University and Harvard Business School, combined with specialisation within business and information systems. Andreas has worked with National Security, risk and continuity management, and information systems for the past 17 years, primarily in Northern Europe, and has published articles in several journals. As Head of Products and Innovation at 4C Strategies, Andreas oversees developing solutions for Readiness Management in the aviation, military, emergency services, critical infrastructure and financial sectors.  

Chris Bishop

VP International Business Development


Chris has over 40 years’ experience, his  technical aptitude in understanding user requirements, coupled with in-depth knowledge of conducting business in the ASEAN region, was effective in Synectics winning the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport T-3 Ultimate project. His knowledge and experience extends to: Transportation, CNI and Smart Cities.

Deb Helton

Emergency Management Administrator

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

Deb currently serves as the Emergency Management Administrator for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, leading a team within the Department of Public Safety. She is a Certified Emergency Manager and has been in the field of Emergency Management for the past 22 years, working in several industries and at various levels of government.  Prior to joining the airport team, she worked on a long-term recovery project for the US Department of Energy, after spending 5 years building a new Emergency Management program for the United States Marine Corps. She has extensive experience in crisis operations, training, and in developing and facilitating large scale exercises. Deb has her Bachelor’s from Park College and her Master’s from Savannah State University.

Dr. Ferhan Kuyucak

Assoc. Prof. of Aviation Management, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Anadolu University

Ferhan received her BA, MA, and PhD. degrees in Aviation Management at Anadolu University. Upon completion of her doctoral studies, she worked as a visiting professor and postdoctoral research fellow, at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She works as an Associate Professor at the Aviation Management Department at Anadolu University. Her research interests are airline and airport management, innovation in aviation, social responsibility in aviation, and air transport and regional development. She has been working as a senior researcher in several National and International aviation projects. She teaches several courses at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels such as air transportation, transportation policy, e-commerce in aviation, and corporate strategies in aviation.

Detective Sergeant Neville Hay

Former Detective Sergeant

Sussex Police Special Branch

Neville is an Aviation Security Expert, an Avsec PM, and UK Level 3 Avsec Manger. He is a recently retired police officer with 32 years of diverse operational policing experience, including representation on the multi-agency South East Regional Organised Crime Unit. He spent the latter part of his career in Special Branch dealing with Counter Terrorism and National Security. As a speaker at aviation security conferences around the world, Neville has been recently involved in the Middle East, mentoring in the design and implementation of security measures. Neville is also a  member of which is involved in the development of joint agency, border and community engagement to protect, prevent and prepare the environment in a time of crisis, and is now acting as an independent consultant for aviation security, and policing, advocating joint border policing, a key stakeholder in community engagement and looking at aviation security from a holistic approach, to include security by design, SeMS, integrated with the use of technology and, most importantly, the human factor.

Stephen Wood

Principal Lecturer

Leeds Law School, Leeds Beckett University

Steve is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University in the UK.  Steve has worked for the University, in the law school, for 15 years and currently lectures in Public and Counter Terrorism Law.  He has carried out research, with university students, for many years identifying and discussing their security experiences at UK airports.

Yasushi Oshima

Senior Manager

Narita International Airport Corporation

Yasushi joined New Tokyo International Airport Authority, the predecessor of Narita International Airport Corporation, in 1994. Since joining the company, he has been involved in operation, administration and construction supervision of radio & telecommunication facilities alongside aviation security, collaborating with government, airlines, security service providers and equipment suppliers to implement effective and robust aviation security measures.  From 2012 to 2014, he was seconded to the Aviation Security Office, Airport Safety and Aviation Security Division, Civil Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). He participated in the ICAO Aviation Security Panel, and its working groups, as a Japanese representative. He is currently in charge of Safety Management System (SMS), as well as disaster prevention countermeasures, emergency response and Business Continuity Plan (BCP), acting as a liaison with government and other stakeholders. He is also a member of ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee.

Zdeneěk Truhlaar

Director, Airport Security Strategy and Administration

Prague Airport

Zdeněk has over 15 years of experience in Airport Security and Emergency. He graduated from the Faculty of Transport, Czech Technical University and, after military service, began his career at the Czech Ministry of Transport in the Civil Aviation Department, where he was a representative on the EU Civil Aviation Security Regulatory Committee and key in establishing the National Security Quality Programme. From 2005 to 2016 he held the post of Security Control Director at Prague Airport. Currently, Zdeněk oversees a new unit responsible for security strategy, regime, technology, training and airport emergency planning issues. He is also a member of ACI-E Security Committee.