Hear from the most inspirational speakers from inside and outside of the industry, delivering candid and revealing insights

The conferences at FTE Global+ are the most forward-looking in our portfolio and truly unique thanks to a strong dedication to sharing outside-of-the-industry thinking. Keynote speakers in recent years have included senior names from Apple, Disney, Virgin Galactic, McLaren, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, NASA, MGM Resorts, Alibaba and Royal Caribbean. Speaker recruitment is well underway and we are pulling together an incredible agenda in which everyone who takes to our stage will have something genuinely new and inspirational to share, with critical insights and learnings on future trends and successful transformation strategies to help you be ready for tomorrow's world.

Our conference sessions build on our landmark keynotes, and we deliver a memorable learning experience by providing progressive insights from industry leaders, technology giants, disruptors, parallel industries, academia and startups.

We make a concerted effort to differentiate ourselves from the crowd and to embrace conference session formats that facilitate the best level of knowledge-sharing and interactivity. With this in mind, FTE Global+ 2021 will include a raft of formats, including Think Tanks, Guest Sessions, Symposiums, Briefings, Technical Workshops, and Our Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The conferences will also focus on a wider range of topics, including Touchless & Socially Distanced Travel; Digital Transformation & Automation; Biosecurity; Cost Reduction & Operational Efficiency; Reimagined Guest Experiences; Protecting & Empowering Workforce; Offsite & New Processing Practices; Robotics; Urban Air Mobility, and perhaps most importantly New Commercial Innovations & Business Models, with a case study focused approach that will help to champion innovations from around the world.

What can you expect from our four compelling conference tracks, briefings and social events?

Future Airports - Agenda launched click here to view

Sessions will focus on how future airports should look and operate in the post-COVID-19 world; baggage innovation; progressive approaches to airport design, construction and sustainability; touchless travel; biometrics and digital identity; and using technology and innovation to meet new efficiency, commercial, safety and health considerations at the airport. Leading organisations already confirmed to speak in this track include ACI, Star Alliance, Oman Airports, Delta Air Lines, McCarran International Airport, American Airlines, Reach Airports, Sun Country Airlines, Southwest Airlines, TSA, U.S. CBP, Japan Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport, Lufthansa, Spirit Airlines and Port of Seattle.


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Digital & Innovation - Agenda launched click here to view

This long-standing track will include sessions focusing on how airlines can leverage data, digital platforms and innovation to evolve, create new business models and thrive in the post-COVID-19 world; digital transformation and the future of e-commerce; sustainability fuelling the future of innovation; digital identity; and a Robotics & Autonomous Vehicles Symposium. You can expect to hear from the likes of Air Canada, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Team ABC, Lufthansa and many more pioneers in this space.

“Digital & Innovation” CONFERENCE AGENDA Launched

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Air MobilityX – New for 2021 - Agenda launched click here to view

As this recent article highlights, new air mobility solutions such as eVTOLs and electric regional aircraft will become commonplace around the world very soon. This exciting new conference track will help industry stakeholders understand the latest developments in this fast-moving area and how they should adapt their strategies, infrastructure and systems to take advantage of this major change in transportation, which is sure to have big repercussions for the end-to-end travel experience in the future. You will hear from an array of experts and guest speakers from companies including JetBlue Technology Ventures, Japan Airlines, Ferrovial Airports, Porsche Consulting, Lilium, Virgin Atlantic & Volocopter plus many more to be announced soon.

“Air MobilityX” CONFERENCE AGENDA Launched

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Ancillary - Agenda launched click here to view

We are delighted to be working with our “Ancillary Ambassador” for this event – Jay Sorensen, President – Product, Partnership and Marketing Practice at IdeaWorks, whose research and reports have made him a leading authority on frequent flyer programmes and the ancillary revenue movement. This conference will explore the most exciting ways to simultaneously enhance customer experiences and revenue opportunities at every point of the journey. Content will focus on new ancillary recommendations for a new era; commercial innovation to increase spend and enhance customer experiences both before and during the day of travel; commercial opportunities amidst the mobility revolution; and finding new business models for airlines, airports and other stakeholders to drive more passenger spend that all parties can share in.

“Ancillary” CONFERENCE AGENDA Launched

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FTE aims to be an industry change catalyst and we are making every effort to facilitate actual industry collaboration at the show, as opposed to just discussing the need for it. These interactive sessions will provide a discussion platform for various stakeholders to explore how they can collaborate in key areas to enhance the end-to-end passenger experience and improve operations. The following workshops will complement our high-level conference sessions:

Workshop: Lessons learned from virtual queuing efforts at Sea-Tac

Dave Wilson, Director, Airport Innovation, Port of Seattle

Workshop: What will the mobility ecosystem of the future look like and how will air transport stakeholders successfully integrate with it?

Joshua Hirschheimer, Associate Partner - Aerospace and Transportation, Porsche Consulting

Co-creation Session: Nurturing future talent for your organisation

David Wilson, Chief Operations Officer, Oman Airports

Workshop: How can aviation industry stakeholders establish hyperloop pilot projects?

Diana Zhou, Senior Director of Global Business Development, Virgin Hyperloop

Workshop: Cybersecurity mitigation strategies

Russell Roberts, Assistant Administrator, Chief Information Officer, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)


We are working very closely with our host airport, TSA and U.S. CBP to share details on their latest efforts and perspectives on the future. These partners will facilitate the following briefings during the event:

1. Tours and briefing on the TSA Advancing the Checkpoint Environment (ACE) at McCarran International Airport

  • The ACE Checkpoint is a one-of-a-kind innovation checkpoint located in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

  • After months of remodelling during the pandemic, the ACE Checkpoint reopened on June 7, 2021.

  • TSA’s Innovation Task Force (ITF) is utilising this site for side-by-side testing and evaluation of emerging security technologies from a variety of vendors in a live checkpoint environment.

  • Several innovative technologies are now being demonstrated at the Innovation Checkpoint.

  • The checkpoint is the only one in the country with three ASLs, integrated with four CT scanners, allowing for uninterrupted movement of carry-on luggage though the screening process.

  • Future planned demonstrations include Credential Authentication Technology-2b (CAT-2b), AutoCAT, and Dynamic Screening.

Tours will be complemented by a briefing from Austin Gould, Assistant Administrator for Requirements and Capabilities Analysis (RCA), TSA, and Matt Gilkeson, Director of the Innovation Task Force, TSA.

2. U.S. CBP Briefing & Technical Overview Workshop

FTE Global 2021 will be complemented by a U.S CBP workshop during which experts from CBP and guest speakers will lead in-depth technical sessions in an interactive environment on the best approaches to rolling out a biometrics programme. Expect briefings from Diane J. Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. CBP and her team.

Social Events

Delegates will be able to enjoy our Welcome Drinks in the exhibition hall to kick off the show, and our Networking Reception on the Ironwood Terrace at the Aria Resort. On both occasions, delegates will enjoy unique hospitality in the Entertainment Capital of the World, where you can catch up with old friends and make plenty of invaluable new contacts over drinks.

Everyone who works in this industry loves aviation, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the most anticipated aviation movie for decades in an exclusive private screening of Top Gun: Maverick with hundreds of your peers at FTE Global 2021? Of course it would! That is why we are super excited to make this a reality in Las Vegas this December. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell keeps pushing the envelope after years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators. He must soon confront the past while training a new squad of graduates for a dangerous mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice. This landmark movie has pioneered new ways of filming to make the audience really feel like they are actually in the cockpit with the fighter pilots. Real Flying. Real Flying. Real G-Forces. Pure Adrenaline.

2021 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Matt Muta

Vice President Innovation

Delta Air Lines

Rosemary A. Vassiliadis

Director of Aviation

Clark County Department of Aviation

Michael Leskinen


United Airlines Ventures & Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations, United Airlines

Alison Taylor

Chief Customer Officer

American Airlines

Juha Jarvinen


Virgin Atlantic & President Emeritus, APEX

Andrew O’Brian


Reach Airports & Chair of ACI Latin America & Caribbean (ACI LAC)

Patrick Klein

Director of Aviation

Kansas City Aviation Department

Amy Burr


JetBlue Technology Ventures

Austin Gould

Assistant Administrator, RCA

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Diane J. Sabatino

Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Akira Mitsumasu

VP Global CX & Marketing

Japan Airlines & Member of the APEX Board of Directors

Kathleen Barrett

Vice President Fleet, Fuel and Airport Affairs

Sun Country Airlines

David Wilson

Chief Operations Officer

Oman Airports Management Company

Julie Rath

VP, Customer Experience & Reservations

American Airlines

Dave McCormick

Managing Director, Product & Design

Alaska Airlines

Mariana Fonseca Medina

VP of eCommerce

Virgin Voyages

Christian Draeger

VP Customer Experience

Star Alliance

Robin Riedel


McKinsey & Company

Diana Zhou

Senior Director of Global Business Development

Virgin Hyperloop

Joseph Alesia

Sr. Vice President Corporate Development

Ferrovial Airports

Joshua Hirschheimer

Practice Lead - Aerospace, Transportation and Logistics

Porsche Consulting

Mike Byrom

Vice President, Airport Services

Spirit Airlines

Kevin Kleist

Emerging Trends Advisor

Southwest Airlines

Daniel McCoy

Chief Innovation Officer

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Greg Forbes

Managing Director Airport Experience

Delta Air Lines

Jason Lim

Identity Management Capability Manager

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Sarah Clark

Senior Vice President - Digital Identity


Duncan Walker

Founder and CEO


Paul Cullen

Vice President - Real Estate

Southwest Airlines

Russell Roberts

Chief Information Officer and Assistant Administrator for the Office of Information Technology

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Dr. Bjoern Becker

Head of Future Intercontinental Experience Program


Dean Donovan

Managing Director

DiamondStream Partners & Founder/Director, Volaris

Naashom Marx

Sr. Manager of Strategic Innovation

Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport

Antoine Rostworowski

Senior Vice President, Programmes and Commercial Services

ACI World

Hildur Haarde

Service Director

PLAY airlines

Sammy Patel

Vice President, Commercial & Chief Executive Officer, Midway Partnership

Vantage Airport Group

Rosina Kotey

Innovation Lead

Royal Schiphol Group

Samuel Ingalls


Barich, Inc

Bill Carleton

Director, Program Management

NEC Corporation of America

Sherry Stein

Head of Technology Strategy, Americas


Dave Wilson

Director, Airport Innovation

Port of Seattle

Ilya Gutlin

Chief Commercial Officer

Elenium Automation

Jeff Lennon

VP Head of Strategic Sales & Global Partnerships


Steven Tate


Blndspt.com & Elevation Software

William Earle A'Hern

VP Business Development


Clyde Hutchinson

General Partner

Team ABC (former Head of Viva Air Labs)

Jay Sorensen

President - Product, Partnership and Marketing Practice

IdeaWorks Company

Velis Eleftheriou

Vertiports Operations Manager

Volocopter (& former ATM Strategy & Development Manager, Dubai Airports)

Daniel Coleman

Founder & CEO

Future Travel Experience

Jaron Millner

Director, Head of Carrier oneworld Digitalisation

Oneworld Management Company

Matt Gilkeson

Director, Innovation Task Force

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Marta Dimitrova

Editor & FTE Hub Community Manager

Future Travel Experience

Yvonne Bilshausen

Vice President of Aviation, U.S. West & Canada

Hill International, Inc

Idar Sørgjerd

Manager, Baggage Handling Service, Technical Infrastructure & Innovations


Gina Jacobs

Program Manager, Airport Innovation and Customer Experience

San Diego International Airport

Dee Evans

Director of Information Systems

Breeze Airways

Korijn Defever

Senior Manager Operational Excellence

Airport Intelligence by Brussels Airport

Ryan Ghee

Head of Strategy & Development

Future Travel Experience

Lynette DuJohn

VP Innovation & Chief Technology Officer

Vancouver Airport Authority

Dr. Joe Leader



Andrew Price

Head of Baggage Transformation

Future Travel Experience

Augusto Santos

Head of Design and Innovation Team

Collins Aerospace

Patrick Sgueglia

Product Manager - Regulatory Services & Biometrics


Arturo Garcia-Alonso



Sveinn Akerlie



Rana Ghosh

Vice President, Omnichannel

Spirit Airlines

Carlos Faxas

Director, eCommerce and Digital Product

Air Canada

Stephen Tukavkin

Vice President IT & Digital

JFK International Air Terminal

Job Heimerik


AirFi America

Martin Jones



Kian T. Gould

Chairman of the Board


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Future Travel Experience Global 2021 is an independent global forum that brings together airlines, airports, government agencies, vendors, start-ups, terminal designers, architects, ground handlers, destination partners and various other travel industry stakeholders to define tomorrow’s end-to-end passenger experience and business performance opportunities.


Future Travel Experience Global 2021
- December 2021
ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, United States