CEO and Founder
Jon Howell, is the CEO and Founder of AviaDev, a division of the Bench. AviaDev is a content platform and annual route planning conference for African aviation Since inception in 2015, AviaDev Africa is now established as the largest event of its kind on the continent having been held in Kigali 2016 and 2017 and then Cape Town in 2018 and 2019 and most recently in June 2022. Jon established AviaDev Insight Africa, the only podcast dedicated to African aviation in 2018. To date, the podcast has over 65,000 listeners in 185 countries globally and over 200 episodes to its name. Jon is passionate about empowering the next generation of aviators. He was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Coventry University in March 2022 and regularly delivers lectures to Undergraduate and postgraduate aviation management students. AviaDev has also delivered multiple live and virtual outreach events across the African continent. Jon was also appointed a Global Ambassador for Gorilla Conservation for his fundraising efforts which include climbing the three largest mountains in the UK in a single weekend wearing a gorilla suit.