LONDON, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With just two weeks to go until the Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition (ACE) takes place on African soil for the first time, event organiser UBM Live has confirmed more high profile speakers will be taking part. Adding to the already impressive list of speakers, UBM Live has announced that South Africa's minister of transport, Benedict Martins, will be giving a speech at this year's event. Taking place in the City of Ekurhuleni, South Africa from April 24-26, delegates attending ACE will also hear speeches from high profile figures from the Airport City community , including the Chicago Department of Aviation's Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino; Karen Campbell, Manchester Airport Group's Airport City Director; and Rimzie Ismail, Head of Customer Affairs & Service Brand Delivery, Service Development at Dubai Airports. Other senior figures including Michael Mabuyakhulu, MEC, Economic Development and Tourism for KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and Sibongile Mazibuko, City Manager of the City of Mangaung have also confirmed they will be speaking at the event. These speakers will join a comprehensive line up of senior industry figures who will be travelling from all over the world to speak at the event. This year's ACE will take place at the Emperors Palace Hotel in the City of Ekurhuleni, South Africa, from April 24-26, 2013, and will be the first time it has ever been hosted on African soil. During the 2-day conference and exhibition, leading authorities on the airport city and aerotropolis concepts will be joined by a number of government officials, airport CEOs, and industry experts from all corners of the globe.