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24 June 2014
Global Flight Tracking: The Mystery of Malaysian Airlines' Flight 370

A case study on how a Specialized UN agency addresses issues that transcend sovereign boundaries. 

How the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the UN, is taking action to prevent any commercial airliner from ever again disappearing over international waters. 

With the media focused on the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines' Flight 370, The UNA-NCA, The International Aviation Club, The Royal Aeronautical Society-Washington DC Branch, and The Flight Safety Foundation invite you to a special presentation on "Global Flight Tracking".  Our distinguished panelists will discuss what the ICAO is doing, in partnership with industry and governments,  to address the issues of tracking the position of international aircraft, streaming aircraft data, and ensuring international cooperation in aircraft accident investigations.

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Graham, Director,  Air Navigation Bureau, International Civial Aviation Bureau

Introduction: Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.), President, UNA-NCA
            Moderated By:
Kenneth Quinn, Partner, Pillsbury 
               Winthrop Shaw Pittman
            Ambassador Duane Woerth (rtd)
, Former U.S.
               Ambassador to ICAO and President of the Airline Pilots
            Jon Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Flight Safety
            Dorthy Reimold, Project Manager, IATA Aircraft Tracking 
               Task Force           

When: Tuesday, June  24th
                 6 pm - 8:30 pm
                 (Cocktail Reception 6 pm, Program from  7 - 8:30 pm)

Where: O’Melveny & Myers LLC Conference Center, 10th Floor
                  1625 I Street NW
                  Washington D.C.

Cost: UNA, IAC, RAeS, FSF Member Discount: $40
             Government Employee Discount: $40
             Student Discount: $30
             Non-Member: $50
             UNA-NCA Membership and Ticket Combo: $55 


Space is limited. Please register by June 18, 2014.

All proceeds will go to support the UNA-NCA Global Classrooms and Model UN Program, reaching 2600 middle and high school students and 85 schools in the DC region. Additional contributions and sponsorships are welcome. Support this program and tomorrows leaders here.

The venue and reception are provided courtesy of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and retired partner, Ambassador Donald T. Bliss. 

Nancy Graham
Nancy joined the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2007 as the Director of the Air Navigation Bureau. ICAO is the United Nations specialized agency mandated to establish and maintain the international standards for safe, efficient and economical international air transport.

Nancy has led the Air Navigation Bureau through a major transformation, broadening its scope to include the full spectrum of Safety and Efficiency programs.

Nancy is strong believer in partnership with aviation’s international organizations and works to foster joint activities to improve aviation safety and efficiency. Her personal motto is “more logos, less meetings”, in other words, results-oriented partnerships with all parts of the aviation system.

Prior to joining ICAO, Nancy was an executive with the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) for a number of years, serving in a variety of capacities around the world including Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ever the non-traditionalist, Nancy’s early career included a very successful period as one of the U.S.’ first female Torpedo Mechanics, and later Foreign Weapons Sales to U.S. NATO allies. She comes by the aviation bug genetically, having spent her preteen years building kit aircraft with her father (a pilot and jumpmaster) and younger brother (an aerobatic champion).

Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Technology Management, graduating both with honors. 

Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired)
Ambassador Donald T.  Bliss (retired) served in Montreal as U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN-affiliated international organization, and U.S.  Permanent Representative on the ICAO Council. From 1977-2006, he practiced law in the D.C. office of the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior government service includes Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (1975-76), Executive Secretary to the U.S. Agency for International Development (1974-75); Executive Secretary to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1969-73) and Peace Corps Volunteer lawyer (Micronesia) (1966-68), where he met his wife, Nancy, who has served as a Director-at-Large of the UNA-NCA. 

 Don is Vice-Chair on the Board of Arts for the Aging, Inc., and a member of the Council of American Ambassadors and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Forum and as President of the Ripon Society and the Harvard Law School Association of D.C.  He is the author of The Law of Airline-Customer Relations: Stability, Security, Safety and Service, Hale &Northam and co-author of Counsel for the Situation, published by Brookings Press in 2010. In 2012 he published a book about Mark Twain and politics, Mark Twain’s Tale of Today.

Richard Parker
Rich Parker is a partner in O'Melveny's Washington, DC office and Chair of the Firm's Antitrust and Competition Practice. He has extensive experience in antitrust matters both before the enforcement agencies and in the courts. After Rich served as lead trial counsel and negotiated a very favorable settlement for US Airways that resolved the DOJ's attempt to block the airline's merger with American Airlines, Global Competition Review recognized him as "Litigator of the Week" and said that, "[i]f O'Melveny & Myers partner Rich Parker wasn't already the most famous antitrust litigator in America, he probably is now." Global Competition Reviewalso named the litigation "Antitrust Matter of the Year" and selected Rich as a finalist for "Lawyer of the Year."  

Rich returned to the Firm in February 2001 after three years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). During his tenure as Director of the Bureau of Competition, he oversaw the investigations of the Exxon-Mobil, BP Amoco - ARCO, and AOL - Time Warner mergers. During his tenure as Senior Deputy Director, Rich was co-lead counsel for the FTC in obtaining a federal court injunction against the mergers of both Cardinal Health with Bergen Brunswig and McKesson with AmeriSource Health. After his return to O'Melveny, Rich, on behalf of Triton Coal, led a successful defense of the Arch Coal - Triton Coal merger against the FTC in federal court.  

Rich is both a trial lawyer and an antitrust regulatory lawyer. He has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including criminal, merger, and government civil investigations, as well as class action litigation. He regularly represents clients before the FTC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on mergers, conduct investigations, criminal matters, and policy issues.

Rich has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Antitrust by many publications, including Chambers USA , which lists him in its prestigious Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 and 2014 editions and has noted that he is "acknowledged by all corners of the market as 'a tremendous antitrust lawyer' who can both litigate and handle deals;" Chambers Global , which has said that he is "renowned for being a phenomenal litigator;" the Legal Times; Global Competition Review; Legal 500 USA; Benchmark Litigation; International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America; Lawdragon; and Super Lawyers Magazine , which listed him as one of only three antitrust lawyers on Super Lawyers' "Top 100 Washington, DC Lawyers" in 2012 and 2010.

In addition, Rich was nominated for the 2009 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Antitrust; was listed in both 2009 and 2011 inWashingtonian magazine's biennial "Washington's Best Lawyers" list in the antitrust category; and was highlighted as one of Law 360's "10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys," published in August 2010.

Ambassador Duane Woerth (rtd)
Duane Woerth served as US Ambassador to ICAO from 2010 -2013. At the time of his appointment as the Permanent Representative to ICAO, he was Senior Vice President at Sojern Inc., and Internet advertising and data firm he co-founded in 2007. He was also on the board of directors of Hawaiian Airlines. Mr. Woerth was President of the Air Line Pilots Association from 1999 -2006 and a Northwest pilot. From 1993-1998, he was on the board of directors of Northwest Airlines as well.
While serving as ALPA president, Mr. Woerth served on on numerous special commissions and advisory boards, including the Rapid Response Team for Aircraft Security immediately following the attacks of Sept 11, 2001 as well as the industry advisory group tasked with coordinating efforts pertaining to the development and deployment of Next Generation Air Traffic Management technologies.Since leaving ICAO in late December of last year, Mr. Woerth has returned to the Hawaiian Airlines Board and to the advisory board of Sojern,Inc which now has corporate offices in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and London and is managing principal of Vision du Monde LLC.

Jon Beatty
Jon L Beatty became President and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation in April, 2014. In this position, he will oversee all aspects of the Flight Safety Foundation, an international non-profit organization founded in 1947 with the objective to advance aviation safety around the world.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jon was President and CEO International Aero Engines(IAE) a multi-national aerospace joint venture with United Technologies Corporation (UTX),Rolls Royce (RR), MTU (Germany) and JAEC (Japan) from 2007 – 2009 and again from 2012 – 2013. He was also a Member of the Executive Board. The IAE V2500 turbofan engines powers the Airbus A320 family, McDonald Douglas MD90, and Embraer KC390 aircraft. There are over 6000 engines powering over 200 customersoperating in 95 Countries.

Jon held the position of Pratt & Whitney Senior Vice President, Airline Customers responsible for Global Sales Marketing and Customer Support building and sustaining relationships for Commercial Engines & Global Services. He was also Pratt & Whitney Vice President for Operational Commercial Engine Programs, where he carried responsibility for all in-service commercial engine programs with over 14,000 engines operating worldwide. He was a member of the Pratt & Whitney Safety Board.

Before joining Pratt & Whitney, Jon was Vice President, Programs & Marketing at BF Goodrich, responsible for Commercial and Military Programs. Earlier he worked at Allied Signal as General Manager with responsibility for OEM production and multiple overhaul and repair facilities. He started his career at Sikorsky Aircraft as a Quality Engineer. 

Dorthy Reimold
Dorothy (Di) Reimold joined the International Air transport Association (IATA) in May 2011 and brings with her an extensive background in international affairs with a specific focus on aviation policy, safety, security, and operations. At IATA, Di is
responsible for promoting commercial aviation priorities with global government and industry leaders on behalf of the association’s members. Prior to joining IATA, Di worked at the United States Federal Aviation Administration, where she held a number of senior leadership positions, including serving as the acting Assistant Administrator for International Aviation. Di has held executive roles in both the public and private sectors and her career has also included non-aviation related responsibilities such as managing international telecommunications programs. Di is on the Board of Governors for the International Aviation Club in Washington, D.C. and serves as a Board Advisor to the International Aviation Women’s Association.

Di holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership.