Directeur de Cabinet, Office of the Secretary General, ICAO
Mr. Daniel Azema is the Directeur de Cabinet of the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) since September 2010. His extensive career in civil aviation spans more than 30 years with special emphasis on air navigation systems. Prior to joining ICAO, he was the Regional Director for Civil Aviation in Rhône-Alpes/Auvergne Regions, France. Previously he was in charge of all CNS/ATM systems for the French Air Navigation Service Provider. Throughout his career, he has maintained a teaching position at the École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) in Toulouse and has represented France at numerous working groups of the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL).
Mr. Azema holds an engineering degree from the École Polytechnique (Paris) and an engineering degree in civil aviation from the École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC).
A French citizen, he was born on 10 July 1949 in Narbonne, France.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary of State from 2001 to 2010, John Byerly was responsible for market-opening aviation agreements with over 70 countries. He personally led U.S. delegations that secured Open Skies with Germany, France, and Japan as well as the historic Open Skies Plus accord with the European Union. Byerly also helped implement the U.S. response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, was instrumental in securing U.S. ratification of the 1999 Montreal Convention on airline accident liability, and participated actively in the economic, legal, and environmental work of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
At present, Byerly is a consultant who advises airlines, airports, and other clients on a broad range of commercial aviation issues.
Deputy Director General, CAAC
Mr. Zhou Laizhen, Han Chinese, was born in Mupin, Shandong province, in March 1960.
In April 1987, Mr. Zhou joined the CPC. He graduated from DongBei University of Finance and Economics. He is the PhD in Economics.
From August 1981, officer in organ Party Committee of Ministry of Finance, and deputy secretary of organ Youth League Committee;
From September 1989, deputy director of Party Committee Office of State Administration of State Property, deputy director of Administrative Resource Department, director then deputy director general of Property Department;
From May 1999, deputy director general of Department of State-owned Capital Funds Management, Ministry of Finance; deputy director general of Enterprise Department;
From October 2006, director general of Finance Department of GACAC, director general of Finance Department of CAAC (level of director-general of a bureau), and Chairman of Board of Supervisors of Capital Airport Holding Company;
From December 2011, vice president of China National Aviation Holding Company (a temporary post);
From March 2013, deputy director general of CAAC, member of CPC Leading Group.
Secretary General, European Low Fares Airline Association
John joined British Airways in 1968 as a graduate trainee and spent 30 years in overseas Regional General Management positions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His last position with British Airways was as General Manager Africa and the Indian Ocean, based in Johannesburg. Awarded OBE in 1993 for services to British aviation interests in Nigeria. Joined Flybe in 2000, becoming Director Alliances.
In June 2006 appointed Secretary General of ELFAA – European Low Fares Airline Association, having previously chaired the Airspace Work Group within ELFAA.
ELFAA member airlines carry over 206 million passengers a year, operating a combined fleet of over 900 of the most environmentally-efficient aircraft. Low Fares account for over 43% of point-to-point intra-European traffic, a share forecast to grow to 60% by 2020.
Director General, CAAC
Mr. HAN Jun was appointed as Director General of International Affairs Department of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in February 2012. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director General of CAAC’s International Affairs Department from March 2008 to February 2012. From March 2007 to February 2008, Mr. Han worked as China’s Alternate Representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Mr. Han joined the CAAC in 1997 and had served as Deputy Division Chief and then Division Chief of Foreign Affairs of CAAC’s Department of International Affairs & Cooperation. Before his public service with CAAC, Mr. Han taught at Jilin University of Technology in northeast China from 1991 to 1994.
Mr. Han acquired his Ph.D. degree in civil and commercial law from Renmin University of China in 2006. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Han studied for his M.A. degree at Renmin University of China majoring in English and American Literature. Mr. Han graduated from Hunan University in 1991 with a B.A. degree.
First Secretary at the Delegation of the European Union to China
Roberto has been with the Delegation of the European Union to China and Mongolia since September 2011. As First Secretary in the Trade and Investment Section, he is specifically responsible for issues concerning Transport (aviation, logistics, railways, maritime and urban mobility) and Intellectual Property Rights, in addition to overall trade relations with Mongolia..
Working for the European Union since 2003, Roberto's main focus has been on Trade and Development. Both in Brussels and abroad he has been engaged in business dialogues, trade co-operation and development, thereby strengthening relations between the European Union and other countries. Previously he worked in the legal department of the European Chemical Industry Association, dealing with trade policy issues relevant to the industrial sector.
Roberto is currently involved in the bilateral aviation negotiations between the European Union and China. This has led to the signature of a Letter of Intent and paves the way for the future technical exchanges and co-operation on matters related to air traffic management, aviation safety, aviation security, environment, airports, application on competition law and economic regulation of the air transport industry.
Roberto has a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Trieste, Italy, and a Master's Degree in European Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He also followed special courses on development co-operation at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium.
Shanghai airport authority
Director of Strategy and Development Dept., Shanghai airport authority.
Director of marketing committee, Deputy Director of planning and development committee, China civil aviation association.
Ms. Zhao is presently presiding over the research work of Shanghai Air Hub Development Strategy and Shanghai Airports’ Corporate Strategy.
Executive Chairman, CAPA-Centre for Aviation
Peter Harbison is Executive Chairman of CAPA-Centre for Aviation (formerly the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation), which is today the world’s largest publisher of B2B commercial aviation information and analysis.
Peter established CAPA in 1990. It now produces the leading range of executive analysis, numerous newsletters, data and information reports, covering the global airport, air navigation services and airline industries. CAPA’s Knowledge Centre also presents major conferences on key aviation topics and provides education and training courses for the aviation and tourism industries.
His career in aviation comprises more than 40 years, in government and in industry, including two years with the Australian mission to the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal and 10 years at a senior level in the International Air Transport Association, IATA, in Geneva.
Peter is an aviation lawyer, consultant and commentator on industry issues. He speaks frequently at industry events and presents private high-level executive briefings to airlines, airports, suppliers and consultants. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted more than 200 consultancy projects in aviation, including airport privatisations, airline startups, strategy formulation and regulatory development.
Dato’ Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali
Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB)
Dato’ Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali, 58, holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Glasgow and a Masters of Science Degree in Airport Planning and Management from Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom.
He has extensive years of working experience through direct involvement in airport planning, development, operations and maintenance throughout his 30 years of service in aviation, including setting up many MAHB joint ventures both local and abroad. He was also involved in the consultancy and management services of other airports in Middle East and Central Asia. He was formerly the Chairman of Operations and Development Committee for Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Turkey when the airport was constructed in 2009. As a civil engineer, he has acquired extensive experience in fast track developments projects, with the latest being the construction of klia2.
He has held several senior positions at DCA and KLIAB. In MAHB, he has held the position of Senior General Manager of Technical Services and Senior General Manager MA (Sepang) prior to assuming his current position.
Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
Andrew Herdman is Director General of AAPA based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Herdman is committed to expanding the role of the Association as the leading trade organisation for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, addressing a wide range of both regional and global policy issues affecting the industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable growth of international civil aviation.
Mr. Herdman previously held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, Cathay Pacific Airways and other aviation related companies based in the Asia Pacific region. He is a graduate of Oxford University.
Air Transport Officer, ICAO
Mr. Wang is a senior officer in the Air Transport Bureau of ICAO, responsible mainly for the work program relating to international air transport policy and regulation. He has 37 years of working experience in civil aviation, including 15 years with China’s civil aviation administration before joining ICAO in 1991.
In his 22 years of work in ICAO, he has done several important studies on major regulatory issues, including the safety and security implications of economic liberalization. He has been in charge of the development and updating of ICAO’s policies and guidance material on air transport regulation and liberalization, as well as organizing and conducting air transport conferences, including the past three worldwide air transport conferences. He is the Secretary of ICAO’s Air Transport Regulation Panel (ATRP), currently working on the implementation of recommendations produced by the recent sixth air transport conference (ATConf/6).
Mr. Wang is the Manager of ICAO Air Services Negotiation Conference (ICAN) since its inception in 2008. As the mastermind in developing the concept and responsible for its implementation, he has successfully organized and conducted the annual ICAN event in the past five years, in close coordination with hosting States.