Airport A&I speaker profile – Claus Grunow, Fraport

Automation & Innovation in Action, Airport A&I 2020: Claus Grunow

During his 14 years with Deutsche Bahn, Claus developed several new businesses within the new mobility sector ranging from ride pooling to car and bike sharing, offering user-centric on demand mobility. Claus is now responsible for digitalisation, information and transformation for the world’s largest airport operator (Fraport) and will be discussing ‘automation and innovation in action at Fraport’ at Airport A&I 2020.

‘Even though flying is still a fascination for many of us, we don’t want to do it unless the ‘airport experience’ is as smooth and convenient as elsewhere in life. Thanks to digitalisation, efficient processes, personalised offers and tailored services are now a basic expectation. Airports everywhere need to stay on top of their game as they are in global competition, both with each other and, even more, with other modes of transport.’

Airport A&I speakers announced to date:

  • Nina Brooks, Director Security Facilitation & IT, Airports Council International (ACI) World
  • Darryl DowdDirector of Operations, Winnipeg Airport
  • Claus Grunow, Digitalization, information & Transformation (DIT) Senior VP Strategy & Coordination, Fraport AG
  • Nasser Juma, VIce President of ANSP, ADAC/Abu Dhabi Airport
  • Sarah Kelly, Automation Manager Digital Business Transformation, IAG – International Airlines Group
  • Gareth Lawton, Innovation Folio Manager, Gatwick Airport
  • Kwek Chin Lin, Head of Air Traffic Management Operations Systems (ATMOS), CAAS / Changi Airport
  • Brad Moore, Senior VIce President of Ground Services, Qatar Airways
  • Niamh O’Brien, Head of Future Factory,DAA Dublin Airport
  • Andrew Price, Head, Global Baggage Operations, IATA
  • Neil Pritchard, Head of Operations Transformation, Planning & PerformanceAirside & Airport Operations, Heathrow Airport
  • Joseph Suidan, Head of Ground Operations, IATA
  • Simon Wilcox, Head of Transformation, Automation and Innovation, Heathrow Airport


The 2020 Airport A&I (Automation and Innovation) is hosted by Heathrow Airport on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September. It is a specialist conference for airports, airlines, regulators and suppliers and is produced by the Aviation Events Group. Pre-book delegate space now

Speakers  (and presentations) are subject to change until confirmed directly ahead of the event.

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