Norman J Ashford was Professor of Transport Planning at the Loughborough University of Technology, England from 1972 to 1997. He is the holder of bachelor, master and doctorate-level degrees in civil engineering. Dr. Ashford worked as a civil engineer in Canada and taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Florida State University. He served as the Director of the Transportation Institute Division of Universities for the State of Florida. Dr. Ashford runs an aviation consulting company and has been active in the areas of airport planning, design, operations, and privatization on more than 100 airports in more than 40 countries.Dr. Pierre Coutu is the President of Aviation Strategies International (ASI) where he leads and guides a multi-disciplinary, international network of civil aviation experts who leverage their experience to provide value-added, senior-level strategic advice and analysis to ASI's world clients. With more than 35 years of experience in the airports business, Dr. Coutu has worked with the Canadian Transportation Ministry in various capacities related to airport management and development as well as with the International Aviation Management Training Institute (IAMTI) as Executive VP and COO, from 1987 to 1998, during which the Institute graduated close to 5,000 aviation executives from 150 different countries. Dr. Coutu has also been speaking at worldwide industry events and teaching airport management within aviation MBA programs at universities including Concordia University (Canada), Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China), and Krems Danau University (Austria).
John R Beasley graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class Honors degree in Natural Sciences (Physics), is a Chartered Physicist, a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Member of the Association of German Engineers (VDI). He worked for Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) as an investment analyst, publishing major research covering the defense and software sectors. In 2001, Beasley founded his own consultancy, Analytical Decisions, offering decision-making and policy implementation support.