Conference Speakers

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Jessica Ridley

Journalist and presenter

Jessica has more than a decade’s experience in Australia’s biggest TV and radio newsrooms. She has been a regular face on the Seven Network Australia, seen daily on Sunrise, the number one breakfast show, 7NEWS Sydney and other programs including The Morning Show.

David Batic

Chief Executive Officer, Port Hedland International Airport

David holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Bachelor of Aviation and is currently a Fellow Aeronautical Engineer through Engineers Australia. Other professional memberships include The Royal Aeronautical Society, The International Society of Air Safety Investigators and The Australian Institute of Health and Safety. David is also on the National Engineering Associates Register in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering and a RAAF Squadron Leader (Ret’d) with over 6000 flying hours experience as a Flight Engineer.
David’s previous appointments include Chair of Tourism Central Australia, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce – Central Australia, Board Director Chamber of Commerce NT, Inaugural Chair and founder of the Alice Springs Major Business Group, Board Director and Finance Committee Chair for Desert Knowledge Australia, Director Australian Airports Association NT Division, President of the Alice Springs RSL and most recently, appointed Board Member and Treasurer Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ryan Both

Executive General Manager of Aviation, Brisbane Airport

Ryan has most recently been working in zero-emission aviation as the Asia Pacific Region Lead for Embraer’s spin-off company EVE Air Mobility. He is also the former CEO of Cobham Australia – contract aviation group with 50 aircraft, 1300 staff in 14 locations.

  • Led aviation growth and forecasting at Melbourne Airport
  • Worked for Virgin Australia and managed Qantas B717 fleet operations
  • Pandemic experience as Deputy State Controller leading the restructure of hotel quarantine operations in Victoria
  • Passion for digital transformation, leveraging real-time data, automation and AI to make better operational and investment decisions