MACE 2020


The second Malta Aviation Conference & Expo (MACE), a B2B and B2C aviation conference and networking event in Malta, was held between the 18th and 20th November 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictive measures, the conference was held online, and featured inspiring and educational live keynote speakers, a virtual expo, virtual networking opportunities, live meeting rooms, and more.

The main aim of the event was to create an environment of collaboration and cooperation for aviation leaders to come together and help each other succeed, profit and thrive, during an unprecedented period, but also with a keen view towards the future of the industry. In fact, the focus in 2020 was on a Sustainable Aviation Industry through the Finance, Operations and Regulatory perspectives. Delegates had the opportunity to participate in live panel debates, meet industry suppliers and discuss the above-mentioned themes with regulatory officials, industry professionals and subject matter experts.

For the second year running, the event was supported by Transport Malta, and was held under the patronage of the MBAA (Malta Business Aviation Association).

Speaking at the launch of MACE 2020 during a Press Conference, Jonathan Dalli and Stanley Bugeja, Co-Founders of MACE said: “Following the success of last year’s conference, during which more than 350 delegates participated, MACE is set to keep its position as Malta’s biggest ever conference and expo to be held on the island, albeit in a virtual environment this year. With the theme this year being very much in line with ongoing global debates being discussed in the aviation industry, our online platform is geared up to cater for a near-physical event as much as possible.”

Captain Charles Pace, Director General for Civil Aviation at Transport Malta, expressed his satisfaction to see MACE taking place once again despite the current situation. “I am looking forward to 3 days of discussion and a mature debate; and I am sure that the list of distinguished speakers will make it all worthwhile.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, the Hon. Dr. Ian Borg said, “Events like MACE provide stakeholders with a platform for dialogue and discussion. Only by bringing together our experiences and ideas can we move forward towards sustainable success. Government will remain behind the aviation sector and we will continue striving to improve the situation for our hard-working industry. The numbers speak for themselves – trust in our registry and our Civil Aviation Directorate has not decreased but increased, with a greater number of aircraft now at 495 than before these challenging times began. But it has been far from easy for the sector, and we are determined to work together towards sustainable growth and future success.”

MACE 2020 included local and international policy makers, operators, aviation industry professionals, legal and regulatory consultants and global users.



Ian Borg – small
Hon. Dr Ian Borg
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Government of Malta
Hon. Carmelo Abela
Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for Sustainable Development, Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto and Social Dialogue
Dr Charles E. Schlumberger
Lead Air Transport Specialist, World Bank
Mr Joseph Bugeja
Chairman and CEO, Transport Malta
Mr Steve Csonka
Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
Mr Richard L. Aboulafia
Vice President of Analysis, Teal Group
Mr Khader Mattar
Chief Executive Officer, IC Leasing
Dr Philip von Brockdorff
Director, Air Malta
Head of Department of Economics, University of Malta
Mr Joe Sultana
Consultant on European and Global Air Traffic Management
Capt. Charles Pace
Director General for Civil Aviation, Transport Malta
Wilfried Covent
Senior Security Expert, Brussels Airport
Mr Matthew Vaughan
Director, Aviation Security for IATA
Mr Irakli Litanishvili
Founder and Owner, Aim of Emperor
Mr David O'Brien
CEO, Lauda
Mr Patrick Cuschieri
Director Aviation Security, Bahrain Airport
Dr Charles Mangion
Chairman, Air Malta p.l.c.
Mr Ismail Albaidhani
International Learning and Capability Development Expert
Mr Sergio Bagorro
Chief Financial Officer, HiFly Group
Ms Marie-Laure Gassier
Senior Advisor, BNP Parisbas
Ms Alexandra Asche
Sales Director for Europe, Global Jet Capital
Dr Chikage Miyoshi
Reader in Environmental System for Aerospace School of Water, Energy, and the Environment Cranfield University
Ms Jane Turner
CEO, Centtrip
Mr Saleem Ahmed
Head of Aviation, Centtrip
Ms Ana Agostinho
Head of Public Relations, Mirpuri Foundation
Mr Andrew Brown
Senior Regional Manager - Northern Europe and Oceania, WTTC
Mr Andreas Past
Managing Director, Aviation Heaven
David Ryder colour 2020-bnw
Mr David Ryder
Head of Aviation Security, Airports Council International - Europe
Bruce Parry
Mr Bruce Parry
Senior Environment Manager for the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and Environment Director for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)
Maria De Las Flores Diaz Pulido
Ms Maria De Las Flores Diaz Pulido
Head of Unit - European Commission, DG MOVE E1
Mr Jonathan Dalli
CEO – The Concept Stadium, Founder – MACE
Mr Joshua Zammit
Managing Director – Novargo, Founder – MACE
Stanley Bugeja – small
Mr Stanley Bugeja
Managing Director – DC Aviation Ltd. (Malta), Founder – MACE

Catering Partner //

Diamond Partner //

Gold Partner //

Industry Partners //

Main Sponsor //

Media Partners //

Platinum Partner //

Supporting Partners //

Table Networking Sponsor //