The Registry of Aruba
From Lisbon, Portugal, Filipe got an MSc in mechanical engineering 20 years ago. With approximately 15 years experience in aviation, Felipe worked for almost five years as airworthiness surveyor for the Portuguese CAA (ANAC), right after the establishment of EASA in Europe and when new challenges came to the national authorities in the EU.
After that, Filipe worked for 8 years in the business aviation sector, dealing with commercial, private and MRO operations, in the roles of quality/compliance director and safety manager.
In parallel, Filipe also assisted in the start-up of AOCs and aerial work operators, namely aerial fire-fighting operations for the Portuguese Civil Protection Authority, by providing consultancy services, auditing and training.
Filipe joined The Registry of Aruba in 2015.
Director of Business Development - South East Asia, JSSI
Ikhsan Alfahmi joined Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), in 2018. He is responsible for business development in Southeast Asia and brings almost 20 years of aviation experience to the role.
Alfahmi was previously commercial manager at TAG Aviation Asia, where he was responsible for developing the Southeast Asia market. Previous roles include aircraft management and FBO services at Jakarta-based Premiair, a high-profile business jet fleet operator and the first in Asia to secure IS-BAO Stage 3 status. Alfhami has also held customer service management roles at both Singapore Airlines and their regional subsidiary, Tiger Airways. He has worked closely with governments and airport authorities throughout Indonesia and the Philippines.
Alfahmi holds a degree in finance management and a master’s degree in business management from Ottawa University.
Managing Director - EMEA & APAC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch International
Alex Badran joined Banc of America Leasing as Managing Director and head of sales for international corporate aircraft finance in February 2010. Based at Bank of America’s London headquarters, his responsibilities extend across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions.
Alex has 40 years of experience in asset finance and prior to joining Banc of America Leasing held senior international sales leadership roles in Barclays Bank, GE Capital, where he initiated and established their EMEA corporate aircraft business, Royal Bank of Scotland and Textron Finance Corporation.
Partner, Clyde & Co.
Mark's experience includes loan and lease financing, operating leases and tax-based leases, export credit finance, and aircraft purchase and trading, in a wide variety of jurisdictions. He also has wide experience of regulatory matters in aviation.
Mark has been very active over the last 10+ years in the business jet market, acting for financiers, owners and operators. In 2017, Mark was ranked as a Band 1 individual in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, and Clyde & Co was similarly first-ranked. Spear's Magazine describes Mark as an "eminence grise" of business aviation.
Who's Who Legal Aviation has commented that Mark is an "exceptional finance lawyer with extensive knowledge of both the commercial airline and business jet market."
Mark is contributing editor of the annual publication "Getting the Deal Through - Aviation Finance and Leasing" and co-editor of "Getting the Deal Through - Air Transport".
Mark is a Guest Lecturer at the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University.
Director, Business Development, JSSI
Quentin Bond is the Business Development Director JSSI Asia who partners with jet owners, management companies and maintenance departments to tailor make hourly cost maintenance programs for their assets. After spending the last decade in Sales and Marketing in aviation companies, Quentin has extensive knowledge and insights on how to operate corporate jets and helicopters efficiently in the region.
Quentin is very passionate about the industry and holds a master’s degree in marketing and a certificate of aviation management from the University of Newcastle Australia.
Underwriter - Marine & Aviation Strategic Business Unit, MS Amlin
Nick Bridges holds the position of Aviation Underwriter at MS Amlin, a leading insurance and reinsurance company headquartered in London and part of MS&AD, a top 10 global insurance group.
Nick took up the role at MS Amlin Asia Pacific’s Singapore office in 2016, transferring from the London team, and has 10 years’ experience in aviation insurance with 3 Lloyd’s Syndicates. He underwrites a diverse portfolio of risks in Asia and beyond including General Aviation and Airline clients, and in addition has a particular focus on Aerospace operations such as airports, ground handlers, refuellers, MROs and products manufacturers.
Nick has a Bachelors degree in Modern Languages from the University of Nottingham and has lived and worked in 3 continents. He therefore has a particular interest and appreciation for different cultures which is of notable value given the multitude of brokers, clients and service providers he comes into contact with from across the region.
Vice President Sales - Middle East & Asia Pacific, Embraer
Claudio Camelier is the Vice-President of Sales for Embraer Executive Jets in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. His team is responsible for promoting and selling the Phenom, Legacy and Lineage product lines in the region.
With the Company since 1998, Mr. Camelier previously held positions in Embraer’s Product Strategy, Market Intelligence and Customer Support organizations.
Prior to joining Embraer, Mr. Camelier dedicated eight years to the aviation industry in Brazil, in the fields of flight operations and performance engineering, airport and navigation fees and aviation fuel management.
Mr. Camelier received his Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA - Brazilian Air Force Institute of Technology) and holds a MBA in Business Management from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas university in São Paulo, Brazil.
President, JSSI Asia
As President of JSSI Asia, Ms. Chan provides leadership to the organization’s activities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining JSSI, Ms. Chan served as Director of Business Development for TAG Aviation Asia, managing over 50 private aircraft with a combined value in excess of $1 billion. Ms. Chan previously served as Director and Group Chief Operating Officer for Asia Jet Partners.
Ms. Chan holds an MBA in Airline Management and Professional Leadership. She completed her undergraduate degree in Aviation Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Chan is a member of the Asian Business Aviation Association.
Vice-President - Sales, UAS International Trip Support
With almost 25 years of aviation and management experience, Abdul is responsible for UAS’ global development and sales efforts, as the company continuously innovate to create stronger connections between client requirements and UAS’ service offering. He manages global sales operations and sales force across four continental headquarters and regional offices worldwide. His specialties include sales forecasting and planning, turnaround and high growth strategies, B2B sales management, market development and expansions and contract negotiations.
He works alongside the executive management team to set strategic direction for each of UAS’ market segments. The results have translated into an aggressive expansion of UAS’ global network to include offices in Johannesburg, Houston, Hong Kong, Dubai, Beijing, Lagos, and Nairobi, additional sales force in Europe, South East Asia and Latin America, and on-site airport supervisory support across Africa and China.
Abdul has expertise as a speaker, panelist and moderator on various international platforms and publications including the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, the International Operators Conference and Aviation Business Magazine.
Director of Administration & Business Development, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre
Ms. Sheree CHEUNG – Director of Administration and Business Development
Ms. Cheung joined HKBAC in Year 2007. Ms. Cheung is responsible for corporate planning, administration and business model development for service enrichment to meet the dynamic customers’ needs of business aviation in Hong Kong.
Ms. Cheung started her career in the United States as IT Manager. Upon her return to Hong Kong, she joined Sun Hung Kai Properties Group, and was the business executive for infrastructure fund management, environmental business management, formulating and setting up Airport relating projects, including Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre Limited. Then, she joined a Singapore-based logistics company as Director and Group Financial Controller. She managed regional logistics projects for MNCs and Chinese Enterprises, and strategic plan and M&A advisory work.
Ms. Cheung holds a BBA in MIS and MBA in Finance from the US. She also holds a LLB from Law School of Tsing Hua University, Beijing.
Partner, Clyde & Co
Peter has 27 years experience working for the aviation industry, including working for a Hong Kong airline in the early 1990s and working for legal practices in Singapore and Hong Kong over the last 22 years. He handles a broad range of matters including regulatory, commercial, employment, insolvency and enforcement matters, contingency planning, incident/accident response, health and safety prosecutions, multi-jurisdictional catastrophe and attritional loss handling.
Peter qualified in England and Wales in 1996 and Hong Kong in 2003
Safety Oversight Advisor, Bermuda Aircraft Registry
Captain Len Cormier is the Safety Oversight Advisor for the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). He is responsible for advising the unit’s Director General on all aspects of the BCAA safety oversight programme, including the implementation of Safety Management System (SMS) by service providers.
Prior to working in Bermuda, Len was engaged by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for 14 years as a Chief Technical Advisor in the Asia Pacific region. Over this period, he was responsible for assisting states in in strengthening their safety oversight programmes.
He was previously engaged by Transport Canada for 20 years as an inspector and manager in the area of personnel licensing, aerodromes and flight standards. For most of that period, he was responsible for the development of air operator regulations and standards, as well as oversight of air operators.
Len began his aviation career as a pilot for various air operators in Canada. He holds a Canadian Airline Transport Pilots License and is type qualified on the DC-3, C550, CL601, B737, B757, B767 airplanes and on the Bell 206 helicopter.
General Manager, Airflite
Kris has been with Airflite since he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Double Major in Corporate Administration and Management in 2003.
In 2016, Kris became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and in 2018 completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
Kris’ duties stretch across a variety of business areas, predominately focussed on strategy, business development, risk, contracts and general management.
Kris’ journey at Airflite has included prior roles of Project Administrator, Project Manager and Business Development Manager, prior to be coming General Manager.
Kris is also a Chairperson of the Australia Industry Defence Network in Western Australia (AIDM-WA), which seeks to promote the interests of the local defence industry. Kirst has represented the Aviation and Defence industries as a keynote speaker at events for universities, government bodies, industry groups and conferences both in Australia and internationally, on a broad range of topics.
Managing Director, DavAir Group
David Crick is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). He serves as the Machinery & Technical Specialties Discipline Governor on the ASA International Board of Governors and is the recent President of the ASA Australian Chapter. He also serves as the Chair on the Finance & Leasing Committee of the Helicopter Association International.
David is the Managing Director of the DavAir Group, an Australian company providing international aviation inspection, appraisal and advisory services.
He has an unparalleled passion for the aviation sector performing appraisals of both fixed wing & rotary aviation assets in Australia, the Asia Pacific Rim, the USA and various countries in Europe & the Middle East.
With over 20 years of specialised valuation and consulting experience to many different sectors, David has considerable knowledge of corporate valuation requirements for financial reporting, mortgage security assessments, insurance & liquidation disposals. He performs appraisals for finance and leasing, aviation sales, mergers and acquisitions, insurance disputes, and expert witness for the legal fraternity.
David has presented at various international forums addressing current issues in aviation assets and appraisal methodologies, including events in the UK, USA, Russia, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He also lectures at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the USA on Aircraft Appraisal methodology and processes as well as teaching Aircraft Appraisal courses in London, UK.
President, Jetcraft Asia
As President of Jetcraft Asia since 2012, David Dixon is responsible for optimizing sales strategies and managing operations from Beijing to Sydney. A leading global authority on the private aviation sector, David has lived and worked in Asia in aircraft sales for more than 30 years, and has more than four decades of aerospace industry experience. David joined Jetcraft following a long and successful career as Regional Vice President for Bombardier Business Aircraft. He was awarded the “Member of the Order of the British Empire” (MBE) distinction by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1977 for his contribution to British exports and is the former Vice Chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).
David is originally from the UK and currently resides in Hong Kong.
Partner, Clyde & Co.
Paul has over 30 years' experience in multi jurisdictional catastrophe and attritional loss handling, and also specialises in European Regulatory law including dangerous goods, passenger rights, web-based selling and pricing, satellite insurance and reinsurance, claims handling, and arbitration and mediation of complex cross border disputes.Having lived and worked in Asia and Australia for some fifteen years, Paul played a significant role there in the strategic and tactical management of large-scale casualty claims for various airlines and their insurers.
Receiving recognition for his aviation expertise throughout Asia-Pacific, Paul was praised for his "deep industry knowledge" and "extreme intelligence" in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Aviation.
Consultant, Mobility - Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan
Shantanu Gangakhedkar supports clients across Asia Pacific on consulting projects related to all aspects of Mobility while specializing in Aviation, Défense & Security. He works closely with MNCs, Government Departments, Technology Providers, Institutes, Solution Providers and OEM’s in areas of Market Forecasting, Diversification & Expansion Strategies, Competitor Benchmarking, Financial Modelling, Market Assessment, Market Sizing, Value Chain Mapping, Conceptual Modelling, Gap Analysis and others.
In the course of his work at Frost & Sullivan, he has delivered over a dozen of high-impact consulting projects in the Défense and Securities field with clients such as defence agencies, research institutes, Police Departments, Satellite suppliers and development organisations to name a few.
Founder & CEO, GH Group
Geo Han is the founding CEO of GH Group which is based in Australia and Korea. GH Group is a vibrant and boutique aviation experts group dedicated to meeting the needs of the business society and private wealth clients who wish to integrate business or private aircraft in their real lives. Geo is highly accomplished, results driven international executive with over 13 years of successful
business development and sales in the international aviation trade and employment sectors,
with the last 7 years being for providing excellent sales contacts in the Asian region including
Korea; developing their business by negotiating with potential corporates or VIP clients and
improving their brand image.
Prior to founding GH Group, Geo has served Korean Air and gained expertise across of all areas of civil and business aviation field in China and Korea. GH Group is currently cooperating with over twenty five commercial airlines and business jet companies both from China and Korea.
Now, as a founding CEO, Geo is actively leading entire growth of GH Group’s business in Asia, with a particular focus on China and Korea market.
Principal Marketing Manager - ARINCDirect, Collins Aerospace
James Hardie is responsible for Collins Aerospace global marketing and strategic planning for ARINCDirect services. ARINCDirect was established in the USA in 2003 to provide direct access for business jet operators to ARINC communication services. Additional services such as flight planning, were quickly established and continue to be developed. He took responsibility for the ARINCDirect business development in EMEA in early 2006 and subsequently in the Asia Pacific region.
Based in the UK, James joined ARINC in 2001 and has worked with various flight departments around the world providing and developing products and services to meet their needs. Now part of Collins Aerospace IMS division, he has been involved in various projects related to airline and business aircraft operations and communications. James also has a background as a pilot with a CPL(A) and military helicopter experience
Shareholder, Vedder Price
David M. Hernandez is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm's Global Transportation Finance team, whose performance led Vedder Price to be named Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year 2015. In 2016, David was ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, which recognizes the world’s leading high net worth advisers.
David has considerable experience assisting clients with aircraft transactions, complex government investigations, aircraft, air carrier and part certifications, and enforcement matters (FAA and DOT violations, export controls, hazardous materials and drug/alcohol testing). He frequently advises clients on aircraft purchase/sale agreements, leases, fractional program documents, aircraft management agreements, aircraft use policies, cross-border transactions, personal use of company aircraft and regulatory (FAA, SEC and IRS) compliance. Mr. Hernandez represents a wide variety of clients, including public and private corporations, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, airlines, defense contractors, airports, corporate flight departments, charter operators and high-net-worth individuals. Mr. Hernandez is also an active member of the National Business Aviation Association Tax Committee and Regulatory Issues Advisory Group.
Prior to joining Vedder Price, David was a prosecutor at the FAA as well as an honors attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served in the Office of the Counsel to the President during the Clinton administration and was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.
CEO, TAG Aviation
Ms Jolie Howard is the CEO for TAG Aviation Asia. Jolie has been in the business and general aviation industry in Asia for over 20 years, specialising in the areas of advising business jet owners on the aircraft operations, costing, flight planning and international registration issues. Jolie has been involved in various helicopter and business jet projects in China in the areas that range from identifying, developing to implementing such aforementioned aviation projects. She is very familiar with the business jets operational issues in Asia and worldwide. Jolie served as Director of Business Development in TAG Aviation Asia over 7 years and she was Vice President at CIT’s business aviation leasing unit in Asia.
Andy Hudson is CEO of the revolutionary expense management and hotel booking platform, Down-Route, and owner and founder of Aircraft Management, Charter and Acquisitions company, PJC Aviation Group.
Andy has over 20 years experience of working in business aviation and it was during his time working as a pilot, and with aircraft operators across the globe, that led him to recognise a technology gap for a system that was bespoke to the private jet industry and that catered for the unique way travelling crew move around the world. Down-Route has developed into the must-have system for aircraft operators and FBO’s and over 100 companies have so far signed up to use it.
In June 2017, Andy was appointed to the board of governors for South East Asia of the industry body the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). Andy has been recruited to use his experience and expertise to assist AsBAA achieve its goal of promoting the benefits of all aspects of the industry across the continent and to help the companies, who rely on business aviation aircraft, succeed in the Asian market.
Down-Route has a team based in offices in the UK, USA and Singapore.
President, Dassault Aviation Falcon Asia Pacific
Profile coming soon
Director of International Business – South APAC, Universal Weather & Aviation
Ms. Sarah Kalmeta is an expert on operations and ground handling throughout the Asia-Pacific region and a passionate advocate for ensuring the future of business aviation. As a member of the Board of Governors at AsBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association, she is heavily involved in the Hong Kong committee and leads AsBAA Discovery, the association’s student and careers chapter aimed at bridging the gap between next generation talent and industry.
The past two years Sarah was the Regional Director of Operations – APAC at Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. In this role, she supported the company’s Universal Aviation ground handling locations to ensure the network has the infrastructure, resources and expertise to exceed client expectations. In her current position as the Director of International Business for South Asia Pacific, Sarah is tasked with continuing to expand the company’s growing APAC presence while simultaneously educating local government and airport officials to understand the benefits of the business aviation industry.
Prior to joining Universal, Sarah, who is based in Hong Kong and is fluent in English and basic Mandarin, most recently served as Head of Flight Services for Hongkong Jet in Hong Kong and has been based in several locations throughout Asia since 2010.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle University and is working on her MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Sales & Business Development Director, Asian Sky Group
Nadav has over seven years of experience in business and general aviation for both rotary and fixed-wing operations throughout the Asia Pacific region. He is an Industrial Engineering & Business Management graduate and has lived in Asia since 2010. Nadav previously spent almost a decade in the military, with extensive experience in rotary operations. He has been with Asian Sky Group since its foundation and now leads the company’s helicopter sales and rotary operations consultancy division.
Sales Director - Greater China and North Asia, Global Jet Capital
Violet Kwek started her career in corporate finance in 2004 in Singapore. Her career in transportation started in 2007 when she joined DVB Bank Singapore (a commercial transportation focussed European bank) as an Associate in their Mergers and Acquisitions Shipping team. Subsequently she moved to the shipleasing team, structuring finance and operating leases to shipowners based in South-east Asia and India.
In January 2010, Violet joined Standard Chartered Bank's Structured Finance team in Shipping as an Associate Director in Hong Kong where she built up the shipping debt and lease portfolio in China and Taiwan across a diverse range of clients spanning private enterprises, conglomerates to state-owned enterprises and Chinese leasing companies. Violet became an Executive Director in Shipping Finance in 2014.
Violet’s last role prior to joining Global Jet Capital in February 2017 was the Deputy Head of Shipping Finance and thereafter the Deputy Head of Corporate Banking in the Hong Kong branch of China Minsheng Banking Corporation.
Paolo Lironi is the director at 2-REG and the CEO of SGI Aviation. Paolo has more than 20 years of experience in aviation. He joined SGI Aviation 10 years ago as an executive director and in charge of its engine team. Paolo became the CEO of SGI Aviation and 2-REG director in September 2014.
Paolo started his career in the engineering department of Air Europe of Italy, the leading charter operator in Italy at the time. He then moved to Total Engine Support, a boutique firm specializing in engine consultancy. Thereafter, he became the powerplant department manager for Volare airlines. Following the bankruptcy of Volare, Paolo moved to IASG, where he built his own team of consultants that pursued in advising and assisting airlines, lessors and investors on engine-specific and other essential technical & financial matters.
At SGI, Paolo has been instrumental in the creation of 2REG which is a unique example of cooperation between a national authority and the private sector and this is evident from the fact that till date, more than 300 aircraft have been registered on the 2-REG register.
Managing Director, Asian Sky Group
Mr. Lowe has over 35 years of Engineering, Marketing and Sales experience in commercial and business aviation. His most recent position is as Managing Director for Asian Sky Group & Asian Sky Media in Hong Kong. Asian Sky Group is the largest business aviation consulting group in the Asia-Pacific region with 30 employees & 6 offices. It focuses on both fixed and rotary aircraft and related aviation services. Asian Sky Media annually publishes 10 industry reports & magazines and offers a number of different marketing platforms for clients wishing to increase their brand awareness in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Sky Group & Media are both backed by SEACOR Capital (Asia) Limited and Avion Pacific Limited and both are designed to capitalize on their shareholder companies’ considerable investments and business development initiatives already in the Asia Pacific region.
Having resided in Hong Kong since 1997, Lowe specializes in the Greater China business aviation market. He first came to Hong Kong as a Director of Sales for Asia-Pacific for the Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft Division. He was then appointed Regional Vice President of Sales for Asia by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in May 2000 where he was a top sales executive. In 2007 Lowe joined the recently formed BAA Jet Management Limited and was responsible for establishing and expanding its managed aircraft business plus aircraft sales, marketing and project development.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Lowe worked in commercial aviation for the de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada, Boeing Canada, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the Canadair Regional Jet Division and Bombardier’s Regional Aircraft Division. Lowe began his career as a Ground Test Engineer and then moved into marketing and sales internationally in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Lowe earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1983. He is a Canadian native, married with 2 children.
Commercial Aviation Director, Philips
Sarah comes from a background of high level sales and marketing, with multicultural experience at a global level. With almost 20 years in the medical device industry, she has worked with both business aviation and commercial aviation at a number of levels.
Sarah’s initial appointment at Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT), was as BDM for Business and Corporate Aviation, EMEA and APAC, promoting Tempus, a Telemedicine solution. She resides in the UK and works internationally with some of the largest Commercial airlines in the world, in her current role as Commercial Aviation Director for RDT, a Philips Company. She is also responsible for Business and Corporate Aviation, APAC.
As well as being involved in general sales and marketing activities, Sarah is a regular presenter at a number of key aviation events around the globe on the subject of general medical support in aviation, a subject she is very passionate about.
MRO Sales Director, GE Aviation
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steve is an educated engineer, master blackbelt, working sales professional with a strong background in private, business, and commercial aviation. Having more than 30 years of experience at GE in engineering, customer/product support and sales, Steve’s primary focus is business aviation engine and OnPoint sales and service on GE CF34, Passport and CFM engines powering Boeing Business Jets, Airbus Corporate Jets, Bombardier and Embraer Business Jets within his regions around the world.
As a pilot, Steve comes from a family of pilots and has enjoyed the pleasure and challenges of aircraft ownership as well.
Combining his 30+ years of professional experience with his passion for Aviation, Steve brings a firsthand understanding of business aircraft management and ownership to his customers.
Shareholder, McAfee & Taft
Scott McCreary represents local, national and international clients in connection with matters involving the buying, selling, leasing and financing of aircraft. His practice is primarily focused on matters relating to the Cape Town Convention, the Federal Aviation Act and the FAA Aircraft Registry, such as aircraft title, registration, finance and leasing law, as well as regulatory issues relating to the operation of aircraft under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Scott is a frequent speaker at aviation conferences in the United States and abroad and has made presentations at venues such as the Strategic Research Institute’s Annual FAA Aircraft Registration, Lien & Securities Interest Conference; the Federal Bar Association’s Aircraft Title, Registration, Finance and Leasing Law Conference; the Institute for International Research’s Corporate Aviation Symposium; the NBAA’s Cape Town International Registry Meeting; and the Geneva International Forum on Aircraft Finance & Commercial Aviation.
His achievements in the area of aviation law have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (equipment finance law), Oklahoma Super Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.
Scott currently serves on the Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and the Tax Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). He has previously served as the leader of the firm’s Aviation Group and on McAfee & Taft’s board of directors.
Vice President, Sales - Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and China,
Khader Mattar, Vice President, Sales, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and China at Bombardier Business Aircraft was born on November 10, 1964.
With a strong employment history in both aviation and marketing, Mr. Mattar has attained a range of both technical and global sales and marketing management experience. He began his sales career in 1999 with General Electric as Sales Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, establishing himself in the region.
Mr. Mattar joined Bombardier Business Aircraft in 2001 as Sales Director for the Middle East, with responsibility for new and pre-owned aircraft sales. He was appointed Regional Vice President of Sales for the Middle East and Africa in March 2007, and then named to his current position in October 2015.
Educated in Scotland, he holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Abertay, and a Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.
He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Business Aviation Association.
Mr. Mattar is based at Bombardier’s regional sales office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Sales Director - Business Aviation, Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
Michael Mechler is Rolls-Royce’s Sales Director – Business Aviation. In this role, Michael is responsible for Rolls-Royce’s aftermarket services sales for business aircraft, including CorporateCare® Enhanced and Time&Material Aftermarket sales and marketing. His sales region comprises the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. Michael is part of Rolls-Royce’s global sales team and is based at Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG near Berlin.
Prior to this current role, Michael held positions within Engineering and Customer Services at Rolls-Royce Deutschland. He joined Rolls-Royce over 24 years ago.
Michael holds a diploma in Aeronautical Engineering from Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.
Managing Partner, Shearwater Aero Capital
Chris Miller is Managing Partner at Shearwater Aero Capital
Shearwater is a private finance company offering asset-based financing on business jet aircraft for clients across the globe. Founded in 2014 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, Shearwater has financed aircraft in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the USA.
Prior to Shearwater, Mr. Miller oversaw Guggenheim Partners’ Business Aircraft Investment (BAI) Group. The BAI Group provided capital solutions to the business aviation industry, specifically asset-based lending on medium to large sized business aircraft.
Prior to a career in business aviation finance, Mr. Miller ran the US Division of a UK based performance management consultancy working with management teams of both small and large organizations on the execution of their strategies. Notable projects include working with a private equity group to form a venture to fly cargo into geopolitically unstable regions of the world as well as working with large defense contractors to help fulfill urgent need requests from US military forces based in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before entering the business world, Mr. Miller served in the United States Marine Corps, as an F/A-18 pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Aviation Safety Officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety and currently holds a commercial pilot rating. He is an accredited “Senior Aircraft Appraiser” with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and serves on its Investment Committee. He is also the former President of the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA). Mr. Miller received a BA from Denison University and an MBA from Columbia University.
CEO, International Jet Management Asia
Max has been in Asia for the last 34 years having previously served in the German Air Force in various flying positions. Munich Riem Airport Corporation and FRAPORT were his next career steps in airport management before flying again with Aero Lloyd in Germany.
A brief stint with the Royal Fleet in Saudi Arabia brought him to Asia and he grew roots in the aviation world of Asia. He served as Consultant for Security and Operations to the General Manager of the Manila International Airport and served as the Senior Consultant in the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) directly reporting to the Director General. His main responsibilities were flight operations as well as cultivating international relations with ICAO, FAA, EASA and other National Civil Aviation Authorities.
He incorporated and managed a Flight Operations Service Company in the Philippines before joining International Jet Management (IJM) as Regional Operations Director in 2012.
Since 2013, he is the CEO of International Jet Management Asia Ltd. and since then have taken care of the development of IJM’s business interests in the Asia and Pacific region.
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General Manager, Aviation Concepts Technical Services Inc.
At ACTSI, John takes the leadership role as general manager for the ACTSI Subic Bay International Airport facility in 2018 where he is responsible for managing all aspects of daily operations and business development while also looking forward to building ACTSI into an MRO power in Asia.
Mr. O’Meara has over 50 years of experience in aviation as a pilot and the aerospace industry at the management level. Mr. O’Meara was formerly with Gulfstream Aerospace both as the Chief Test Pilot and the Director, Flight Operations Test where he directed the efforts of over 50 pilots for both experimental and production test operations.
While at Gulfstream Aerospace, Mr. O’Meara participated in the design, development, and certification of several airplanes including GIV (post TC), GV, G550, G450, G650, G150 and G280. Mr. O’Meara was the Pilot In Command on the first flights for the GV, G550, and G450.
Since retiring from Gulfstream Aerospace, Mr. O’Meara remains active as a corporate pilot flying various model airplanes including the G650, G550, G450, GV, and GIV.
Mr. O’Meara holds a BA, Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. O’Meara is a United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran with a one-year combat tour in the Republic of Viet Nam flying the AH-1G Cobra gunship earning several decorations.
Regional Vice President, Sales
Nilesh Pattanayak is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree and also completed Executive and Advanced Management Programs.
Mr. Pattanayak began his career with Bombardier Inc. in 1996 at Bombardier Aerospace Headquarters in Montreal, then held positions of increasing responsibility within Bombardier sites in North America, including a role in Strategy, Business Development and relationship building, with a particular focus on Bombardier’s expansion in emerging markets.
In 2006, Mr. Pattanayak was appointed Managing Director for South Asia, responsible for sales of Bombardier Learjet, Challenger, and Global business jets and for developing Bombardier’s presence in the region. In 2012, he was appointed to the position of Regional Vice President, Sales, for Asia-Pacific, taking on the additional responsibility of overseeing Bombardier’s sales team for new Bombardier business aircraft in South Asia, South-East Asia, North Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Mr. Pattanayak is currently based in Singapore.
Business Development Manager, ExecuJet
Richard Porter is the Business Development Manager for ExecuJet Asia Pacific, leading the development of the company’s Aircraft Management business in Asia.
During his 28 years in Business Aviation Richard has held Field Service, Airworthiness and Engineering positions with OEM’s and Corporate Flight departments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Richard joined ExecuJet as part of the initial management team that started ExecuJet’s UK operations at London City Airport in 2008.
In 2014, Richard relocated to Singapore and for the last five years he has been responsible for Business Development and Client Management across the Asia Pacific region.
SVP Regional Operations Asia Pacific, Jet Aviation
Profile coming soon
Head of Business Development, Airbus Corporate Jets
Mid 2006, Jean-Noel joined Airbus team in Dubai as Sales Contract Director, looking after airlines in Middle East. Mid 2008, he became ACJ North Asia Sales Director. In Sep 2010, he moved to Hong Kong and in June 2015, his regional responsibilities were extend to whole Asia.
Jean-Noel also served as Chairman of the not-for-profit Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) from 2011 to 2013. Under his leadership, AsBAA notably doubled its members, launched the 1st ABACE in Shanghai and created the Hong-Kong, Mainland China and South East Asia chapters.
Mid 2016, Jean-Noel moved to HQs (Toulouse - France) to his current position. His main mission is to develop initiatives supporting commercial activities with clients and industry influencers.
Jean-Noel graduated from Toulouse Business School. He started his carrier with Airbus in 1995 in the Customer Support division. In between his Airbus experiences, JeanNoel worked for Schneider Electric for 10+ years successively as Financial Controller in Middle East; Country CFO in South Korea; Project Manager at corporate level and West Africa General Manager based in Senegal.
CEO & Attorney-at-Law, OPMAS Group
Lasse Rungholm is an aviation lawyer specializing in EU importation and all matters related to EU VAT, duty and aircraft. After graduating in 1993 Lasse focused on Transportation law and spent 6 months in Norway studying maritime law at the Nordic Institute of Maritime Law.
Establishing OPMAS in the early 90's Lasse has gained a lot of expertise in the area of EU importation, customs duty and Value Added Tax, the VAT. As a member of NBAA and EBAA Lasse has been a panelist at numerous different conferences and is a well-known speaker. Articles include review of court cases and new legislation some of which can be found on the OPMAS website.
Lasse maintains a relationship with DELACOUR, which is one of the largest law firms in Denmark. He still handles a few select aviation cases every year before the courts.
Lasse is also a professional pilot with both EASA and FAA ATPLs with multiengine land- and seaplane ratings. He is rated on Twin Otters on floats, the L-29, ATR42/72s and Citation II 550 series and flies them regularly.
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General Manager, Gama Aviaton
Sergio Oliveira e Silva is the General Manager of Gama Aviation Asia. Prior to joining Gama, Sergio was instrumental in the growth of Netjets Europe, responsible for the maintenance operations of a fleet of more than 50 aircraft.
Over a 20-year career, starting at Macau International Airport, Sergio has gained expertise across all areas of private and business aviation. Sergio is now responsible for the growth of Gama Aviation in Asia, with a particular focus on Aircraft Management, as well as developing the partnership with China Aircraft Services Limited, offering a new maintenance product for the Hong Kong business aviation market.
Managing Director, Colibri Aircraft
Oliver is the managing director for Colibri Aircraft Ltd., a private aircraft brokerage and advisory firm based in London. Oliver started with Colibri Aircraft in 2011, after spending the previous 8 years managing the brokerage and advisory unit for a firm in the United States. His focus has been on the international arena, selling and purchasing aircraft for clients as well as advising lenders on asset value protection and repossessions. Having bought and sold aircraft for customers in Asia, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the US, he has a first-hand perspective on different cultures and their approach to private aviation, as well as the demand for such aircraft around the world.
Head of Credit Solutions Asia, AON
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President, Boutsen Aviation
As President and shareholder of Boutsen Aviation, Dominique is in charge of business development. He provides leadership to the Monaco Sales Team as well as Boutsen Aviation representatives in Dubai, Delhi, Moscow and the UK, optimizing global sales strategies.
Dominique's career began with a passion for aviation, leading him to fly as Captain on various jet aircraft. After ten successful years in the aviation community in France and the West Indies he naturally transitioned to the sales and brokerage industry and joined the growing team of Boutsen Aviation in 2000.
Design Director -Shanghai Studio, Designworks - A BMW Group Company
A product and automotive designer with extensive experience in Europe and Asia, Nils Uellendahl was appointed as Design Director of the Shanghai Studio of BMW Group Designworks in 2017. Responsible for product and transportation design, he works with diverse clients across a broad range of industries, creating meaningful products and services. His passion for future-oriented thinking combined with a level headed strategic approach has led to a successful and award-winning portfolio.
Nils began his career in London with Ross Lovegrove, honing his design approach. He then joined Designworks, spending time in the Singapore, Munich and Shanghai offices, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies, and contributed to numerous BMW vehicle projects, including the interior design of the BMW X1, launched in 2017.
Following this, Nils led the interior design team of Great Wall Motors as Director of Interior before re-joining Designworks Shanghai.
‘Having started out as an Industrial Designer, I strongly believe in a holistic design approach, a result of strategic research shaping digital and physical elements that define engaging user experiences - always balancing aesthetic and functional requirements depending on purpose and context. My experience in automotive design complements my practice through the appreciation of proportion and sculpture as well as the emotions both can relay when applied correctly.
Bringing those two worlds together while embracing emergent technologies and shaping visions with our clients is how I approach my role with BMW Group Designworks in Shanghai.’
President, Avsurance Corporation
Ed Underwood, president of Avsurance Corporation, and vice president and risk manager of Avfuel Corporation, has been in the aviation insurance industry since 1980. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation conferred in 1984 and the Certified Insurance Counselor designation conferred in 1995. Underwood received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College.
Prior to his appointment as president of Avsurance Corporation in 1991, Underwood was vice president of the Rockwood Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Avsurance Corporation is a specialty Aviation Insurance Broker and a wholly owned subsidiary of Avfuel Corporation. Avsurance is licensed in all 50 states and places coverage for more than 300 aviation accounts throughout the world. The agency practice includes Part 121 cargo operators, Part 135 fleets, fixed based operators, maintenance facilities, component part manufacturers and more than 200 turbine Part 91 aircraft. Specializing in US registered foreign-owned aircraft.
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Global Head of Aircraft Finance, Citi Private Bank
Ford von Weise is currently a Director and Global Head of the Aircraft Finance Group at Citi Private Bank. The group provides private aircraft financing solutions to individual ultra high net worth clients and their companies throughout the world. Ford's responsibilities and roles while at Citi have included loan origination, product program management, reporting and workouts. The group focuses on transactions typically in the range of $10 to $50 million.
Ford has over fourteen years of business aviation experience most recently serving as Vice President of Business Aviation Finance for Merrill Lynch Capital. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he worked for GMAC Commercial Finance in the same capacity. His expertise covers a wide range of corporate and personal aircraft both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining GMAC, Mr. von Weise was Vice President of Capital Transactions at Lend Lease Real Estate investments, where he was responsible for the recapitalization and workout of large multi-family properties throughout the U.S.
Mr. von Weise is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Aircraft Finance Association and was appointed by the Boards of Selectmen from the Massachusetts towns of Concord, Lincoln, Bedford and Lexington as a commission member of the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission. He is also a past board member of the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association and a local volunteer representative for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also an instrument rated pilot, aircraft owner, and a pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. von Weise has also appeared on the Discovery Channel as an aviation expert in the Celebrity Crash Files, J.F.K., Jr, documentary series. He is also currently a member of the Board of Advisors for Brown Aviation Lease.
Ford holds an undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Environmental Studies and History from the University of Vermont.
Senior Vice President, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
Don Walsh is currently Senior Vice President of Originations for Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Business Aviation, the company’s global business aviation financing platform.
Don joined Stonebriar from Guggenheim Partners, where he was most recently a Managing Director and oversaw new transaction origination activity for Guggenheim’s Business Aircraft Investments group. He brings over 25 years of experience in the business aviation finance industry, previously originating transactions at US Bank Equipment Finance, Key Equipment Finance and Boeing Capital Corporation. He joined Boeing Capital following the merger between The Boeing Company and McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
He previously worked at McDonnell Douglas Finance Corporation as an Asset Manager, responsible for the company’s portfolio of business aircraft operating leases. Prior to joining McDonnell Douglas Finance, he worked at Equitable Life Leasing Corporation as a lease manager. Don received a BS from University of the Pacific and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Head of Commercial, GAMA Aviation
As Head of Commercial, David oversees all commercial activity for both the air and ground divisions for Gama Aviation Asia, a fully owned subsidiary of Gama Aviation Plc. This includes the strategic development of the Asia Pacific region, one of Gama Aviation’s four global regions.
After starting his career with the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) in the UK, David has now built up more than 15 years of aviation experience, nine of which from business aviation in Asia, ensuring he is one of the many passionate aviation advocates in our industry. He has experience and expertise in a wide range of aviation subsectors, including safety, operations, finance, strategy and management.
David holds a BSc (Hons) in Air Transport Management from Loughborough University in the UK, and completed a Masters in Finance in 2015 whilst working in Hong Kong, where he currently resides.
CEO, Pacific Basin Economic Council
An award-winning seasoned senior executive, recently appointed the new CEO of PBEC - Pacific Basin Economic Council. Walsh advocates the economic benefits of professional networking, responsible business, fair trade and a friendly regulatory environment for companies in the APAC region. He believes in win win benefits from the reduction of barriers to entry and tariffs for business, encouragement of foreign investment whilst keeping environmental impact to a bear minimum.
Walsh has 23 years experience in the Aviation Industry and sold the award winning business aviation company Asia Jet HK to a subsidiary of HNA Group in 2016 called Hongkong Jet.
In November 2014, he joined the AsBAA - Asian Business Aviation Association board as a volunteer. Under his leadership and guidance, the value proposition of AsBAA was developed and it has earned global recognition by Air Transport Government-related Agencies and other international trade bodies for its efforts to date.
One of his many proud achievements was creating in 2014 the annual Icons of Business Aviation, Annual Industry Awards Asia event and its charity gala dinner hosted in Hong Kong which has raised over HKD1.2M in donated funds for Orbis Charity since its inception and has become a must attend network & recognition event.
His passion extended to youth engagement and the next generation of talent through the creation of the AsBAA Student Discovery program which has hosted several thousand students from across the region over the past 4 years, to educate young people about Business and General Aviation and its benefits. He has worked diligently with several Government Agencies and Airport Authorities to advocate for new infrastructure to accommodate the future of general and business aviation across Asia.
Walsh holds a Master’s Degree in Finance & Accounting and a MSc in Economics. He is a Part Qualified Management Accountant and a Graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Senior Partner - Asia-Pacific, Global Risk Analysis, Control Risks
Steve Wilford is a Senior Partner for Asia-Pacific in Control Risks’ Global Risk Analysis team, in which role he leads a group of specialists conducting country, sector and regulatory risk assessment work. Prior to this, Steve was the Director of Corporate Investigations for South-East Asia. This remit encompassed joint venture partner/new purchase due diligence, litigation support, discreet enquiries and broader national, provincial and micro-scale political and regulatory risk analysis.
Steve is a regular BBC, CNN, CNBC, radio and print media commentator on trends in insurgency, political succession, corporate governance and threats to business assets in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a frequent presenter at regional risk management conferences.
In a long career with Control Risks, Steve variously set up and ran Control Risks’ first operational presence in India, managed the South-East Asia business development team, ran the Jakarta office’s Corporate Investigations practice and spent several years as the company’s South-East Asia analyst.
Steve holds a master of philosophy in international relations from the University of Oxford, and a first-class honours degree in South-East Asian studies and language from the University of Hull, where he specialised in Thai military politics and Malaysian corporate governance issues.
Director of Civil Aviation, Isle of Man Aircraft Registry
Simon Williams has successfully held a number of challenging senior operational and staff appointments. He has operated as an aircraft commander, training captain, qualified helicopter tactics instructor, and instrument rating examiner and has flown a wide variety of aircraft including Royal Air Force Search & Rescue Sea Kings, Special Operations Pumas and civil Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s, most recently for British Airways.
During 5 years at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, he developed a very broad regulatory and safety portfolio which saw him chairing groups at national and international level. These groups were focussed on delivering tangible safety benefits whilst working closely with a diverse cross section of the aviation industry. Towards the end of that tenure he increasingly devoted much of his time to working in ‘Safety Partnership' with the Business Aviation community.
In his current role as Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) he is leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary internationally-based team and is directly responsible for a multi-million pound budget. The breadth and depth of the DCA role is significant and includes: leading, managing and growing the world's 6th largest international private/corporate Business Aviation registry; regulating aviation, airspace and airport activity on behalf of the Isle of Man Government with direct accountability to the UK Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority; and facilitating the growth of the increasingly successful Isle of Man aviation industry.
Vice President of Government Relations, Textron Aviation
Rocky Zhang, has been working as Vice President of Textron China Government Affiars from Jul 2014. He is responsible for government affairs and spearheading Textron’s aviation business development efforts in China.
Rocky Zhang is also the Co-Chair for General Aviation & Business Aviation Committee, and Manufacturing & Airworthiness Committee of U.S. and China Aviation Cooperation Program On behalf of Textron. He has been leading different GABA projects with Civil Aviation Administration of China and the aviation industry. Rocky Zhang has been working with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Civil Aviation Administration of China on a lot of activities including organizing and hosting the 2016 FAA Asia Pacific Airworthiness Bilateral Partnership Dialogue, contribution to the bilateral agreement special arrangements, and the contributions to the airworthiness bilateral agreement between China and Canada on behalf of the industry.
Rocky Zhang is the Chairman for AsBAA China Mainland Committee, leading the business aviation industry development in China together with other AsBAA members.
Before he joined Textron, Rocky was Chief Engineer of Boeing China Service since Nov 2003. In his more-than-11-year career in Boeing, Rocky held increasing management positions within Boeing Guangzhou office and Boeing China, and has been working closely with the Chinese aviation industry ever since. During the years in Boeing, Rocky has been well known for providing different trainings related to regulations, airworthiness, engineering management, aging aircraft, new theory and concept, best practices and other aircraft maintenance & engineering courses to thousands of professionals in the industry all over Great China.