AAV In Conversation with Stefano Baronci of ACI Asia-Pacific on COVID, airports & the environment


CFMAsian Aviation Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Stefano Baronci, the director general of ACI Asia-Pacific, which represents the region’s airports.

Stefano Baronci, director general of ACI Asia-Pacific.

Appointed in December 2019 and based in Hong Kong, he is responsible for driving and executing the strategic plan of the association and overseeing a team of professionals at the regional office. He also served as Secretary General of Assaeroporti, the Italian airport operators association, and Assistant Director and ATM Infrastructure Expert at the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Baronci, a native of Italy, holds an Executive MBA from Warwick University in the United Kingdom and graduated with a Law degree from La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. He is married with two children.

Baronci has over 22 years of analytic and representational experience at national and international levels in the aviation sector, representing both airport and airline industries. He is very familiar with the ACI community, having previously served as the Director of Economics and Programme Development at ACI World in Montreal and Senior Policy Manager at ACI Europe in Brussels.

As of December 2021, ACI Asia-Pacific has 127 airport members operating 611 airports in 49 countries or regions. The association represents airports’ interest with governments and international organisations; develops standards, policies and recommended practice for airports; provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world; and acts as a community network platform for industry stakeholders. Based in Hong Kong SAR, ACI Asia-Pacific is one of five regions of the only global airport trade organization, Airports Council International (ACI) World.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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