Commissioner Gabriel L. Eshaghian, Los Angeles World Airports (LAX)
Commissioner Gabriel L. Eshaghian is an experienced global business leader, senior-level executive and political appointee with a 23-year career in the aviation (airline/airports) and real estate industries.
Appointed in 2013, Gabriel he is currently serving his third term as Commissioner and Member of the Board of Directors for Los Angeles World Airports, the municipal authority that owns and operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), as well as Van Nuys and Palmdale Airports.
In his role as Commissioner, he and his colleagues oversee the leadership team of the airports group and is responsible for policy, strategy, capital and financial planning, corporate real estate, operations, government relations, and construction management for all three airports.
LAX is the second largest airport in the United States and the fourth largest globally. Pre COVID, 89.5 million passengers experienced LAX every year with an operating budget of $1.5 billion per annum.
Commissioner Eshaghian also maintains his role as Principal and Senior Vice-President of Acquisitions and Development with The Somerset Group, a New York-based real estate investment, development and management firm. He has been with the organization for more than 14 years where he sits on the Executive Committee responsible for the management and optimization of the firm’s 2 million square foot real estate portfolio of retail, office, multifamily and industrial assets. He oversees the company’s new asset acquisitions, financing, strategic planning and ground-up developments.
Commissioner Eshaghian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Finance from NYU and a Master of Business Administration degree jointly from the NYU – Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and HEC. Gabriel has traveled and worked extensively in more than 35 countries and is a classically trained concert-level pianist.
Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Airport Corporation
Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd in June 2018. Current Board appointments include the position of Director on the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional Board in April 2020 and Director on the Australian Airports Association Board in December 2020.
Karina Collins Partner- Strategy, KPMG
Gert-Jan has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles at major airports around the world. He started his career in airport management in 1995 with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands where he had a number of roles. These included management positions in the commercial, finance and strategic departments.
In 2005 Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed as Managing Director of ASDC AB, the Company that manages and develops the commercial activities in the terminals of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden.
Between 2007 and 2012 Gert-Jan held senior executive roles with Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd, including General Manager Commercial Services and General Manager Strategic Planning & Development.
Prior to his return to Brisbane Airport in 2018 Mr de Graaff lead the bid for Galeão / Rio de Janeiro Airport in Brazil on behalf of Royal Schiphol Group and his most recent position was President & CEO of JFKIAT LLC, the private operators of Terminal 4 at John F Kennedy International Airport since 2014.
Karina leads KPMG’s Strategy practice in Australia. KPMG Strategy works with clients across the Corporate, Enterprise, Government, Energy and Natural Resources and Financial Services Sectors. KPMG are focused on helping their clients respond to rapidly evolving markets. Innovation, regulation, new consumer trends and technology are disrupting their business models with increasing speed and impact. This creates both opportunities and risks.
Priscilla Radice Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ)
Karina works alongside her clients to help meet this challenge: to create a smarter vision and to help them put that vision into practice.
KPMG's propositions areas include Deal Strategy, Integration and Separation, Corporate Strategy, Operation and Cost Out, and Digital Strategy.
With over 20 years of experience in Professional Services and Consulting, Karina has successfully established and led multiple consulting practices for leading professional services organisations, and has worked with global, national and local clients to both design and deliver transformation programs. She has a background in innovation, technology and transformation , and working with clients to identify and assess strategic growth options to realise additional value from both new and existing assets and organisation capability.
Karina is also a Director of the Queensland Futures Institute, a unique partnership of cross sector organisations that seek faster economic and social growth through collaborative public policy reform.
Priscilla Radice is the CEO of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ) and Managing Director of her company Contribute Consulting Pty Ltd providing professional advisory services to a variety of C-Suites in diverse market segments.
The Infrastructure Association of Queensland - IAQ is the peak body for infrastructure in Queensland with over 85 members committed to fostering greater cooperation between governments, the private sector and wider industry to collectively build a stronger Queensland, with a long-term vision.
Priscilla is a dynamic senior leader with a proven track record in designing, implementing and leading transformational change. This has been demonstrated across the breadth of Priscilla’s corporate history in private and government sectors, where she has led significant transformational programmes and built new operating models, delivering exceptional and sustainable results. A well-regarded project director and assurance reviewer in health, transport and logistics and city strategy sectors.
Priscilla’s immediate past role was a Principal at Arup, as Head of Business Strategy for Transport & Resources in Australasia, responsible for setting the overall strategic business direction, shaping a new operating model, work winning, and numerous Project Director roles on client projects. During her tenure, the sector underwent exceptional transformation and growth, becoming one of Arup’s global success stories. Prior to Arup, Priscilla was Head of Strategic Projects at the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd and before moving to Brisbane Priscilla held several diverse leadership roles in the port and city place-making sectors in NSW and WA.
Priscilla is also the Independent Chair of the Queensland Department of Health Investment Assurance Committee and Board member of Infrastructure CoLab Advisory Board, recently established with the University of Queensland, to co-design a multi-level platform for industry transition to Circular Economy.
As a Sociologist Priscilla always places people at the centre of her thinking. Priscilla is passionate about infrastructure’s role to support thriving connected communities and the need to build a green economy. In Priscilla’s different roles she is working with diverse stakeholders to collectively design new playbooks for infrastructure that are sustainable and inclusive. Globally, new models are emerging giving citizens a stronger voice. Allowing for new ways to fund and deliver infrastructure, recognising the vital role infrastructure plays to connect, enable, empower and transform our economy and our communities.
“Throughout my career I have been a positive catalyst for change. I help create more liveable and sustainable places, build economies and increase revenue across the public and private sectors as a trusted business advisor. I’ve always responded well to change, as a child growing up in the wheat belt of Western Australia, we never knew what each year would bring, so we had to be resilient and curious to find ways to adapt, learning the traditional ways were not sustainable."