Keynote Sessions

Day 1 Keynote

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

09:00-10:00 – Keynote Area, Hall B

Join NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, SAA President, Xin Feng, and senior-level government officials and industry leaders for their perspectives at the launch of ABACE2019 with the opening keynote session. In addition, for the first time, ABACE2019 will feature a panel discussion on the future of general aviation in China, moderated by the chairperson of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). The panelists will discuss growth opportunities for business aviation in China from the perspectives of Original Equipment Manufacturers, and explore what the future may hold – from urban air mobility, to international aviation.

  • Mr. Xin FENG
  • Mr. Xin FENG

    Shanghai Airport Authority

  • Mr. Xin FENG
  • Mr. Yun QIN

    Secretary of the Party Committee
    Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Shanghai Airport Authority

  • Mr. Ed BOLEN
  • Mr. Ed BOLEN

    President and CEO
    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

    Ed Bolen became the president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington, DC, on Sept. 7, 2004.

    Prior to joining NBAA, Bolen was president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) for eight years. Bolen joined GAMA in 1995 as senior vice president and general counsel. GAMA’s board of directors elected him president and CEO in November 1996.

    In 2001, Bolen was nominated by President Bush to serve as a member of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. Established by Congress, the commission’s objectives were to study and make recommendations on ways to ensure American leadership in aerospace in the 21st century.

    Bolen was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the Management Advisory Council (MAC) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He chaired the council from 2000 to 2004.

    Bolen is a member of the board of directors of the National Aeronautic Association. He also serves on the Aviation Advisory Board of the Mitre Corporation, a federally funded research and development corporation.

    Prior to his association career, Bolen was majority general counsel to what is now the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He also served as legislative director for U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS) and was a key player in the passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994.

    Bolen received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Kansas. He is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Law and holds a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Bolen, a recreational pilot, is also a competitive tennis player and former captain of the University of Kansas varsity tennis team.

  • Mr. Jun CAI
  • Mr. Jun CAI

    Deputy Director General of the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission

  • Mr. Chun Shui JIANG
  • Mr. Chun Shui JIANG

    Party Secretary of the Eastern Regional Headquarters for the Civil Aviation Authority of China

  • Sean B. Stein
  • Mr. Sean Stein

    Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai

    Sean Stein is the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. He previously served as Consul General in Shenyang, China. In that role he worked with U.S. states to foster over $1 billion in Chinese investment in the United States – a record at the time – and introduced dozens of U.S. firms to the Chinese market. He also developed a program that became the model for the U.S.-China Tourism Year, a Presidential initiative to attract Chinese tourists to the United States.

    As Principal Officer in Medan, Indonesia, Mr. Stein focused on reconstruction in Aceh after the Boxing Day earthquake and created a mission-wide program to double the number of Indonesian students studying in the United States. While serving as the first Deputy Chief of Mission in Dili, East Timor, Mr. Stein oversaw the establishment of a new mission and construction of a new embassy. When large-scale political violence and instability broke out in Dili, he oversaw the evacuation of U.S. citizens from country and the drawdown of the embassy. Mr. Stein has also served tours in Lagos, Jakarta, and Chengdu.

    He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and a graduate of Georgetown University. He speaks Indonesian and Mandarin Chinese and is married with three children.

  • Weldon Epp
  • Mr. Weldon Epp

    Consul General at the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai

    Weldon Epp joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996 as a foreign service officer. In Ottawa, he served in the China and Mongolia Division, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, and Assignments Division. Abroad he served in Beijing as second secretary and vice-consul, in Taipei as director of general relations, in Jakarta as political counsellor, and on short assignments in Geneva, Islamabad and Phnom Penh. Prior to his appointment to Guangzhou, he was the director of the Policy Research Division at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

  • Jenny Lau
  • Ms. Jenny LAU

    Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA)
    and President of the Sino Jet Group

    Moderator, Panel Discussion – The Future of General Aviation in China:

    Ms. Lau is the Chairperson of AsBAA. In this role, she takes overall leadership of AsBAA’s growth, engagement and initiatives under its three core pillars: Advocacy, Representation and Community. Ms. Lau was elected as Chairperson of AsBAA in 2017. Her current post runs until the next schedule Board of Director Elections at the AsBAA AGM in 2019.

    Outside of her voluntary position as Chairperson of AsBAA, Ms. Lau is also the President of Sino Jet Group, which was established in 2011. In close cooperation with the Sino Jet leadership team, Ms. Lau plays a prominent role in formulating and implementing the company’s growth and development strategies. She also defined the company’s mission and values – which include a commitment to service excellence, diversification and to creating new business opportunities by forming win-win alliances with vendors and industry players.

    Under the leadership of Ms. Lau, Sino Jet expanded rapidly to become one of the leading private jet management companies in the Asia Pacific Region. In 2014, Sino Jet merged with Bear Jet under the investment of Tsinghua Holdings Industry Investment Fund (TH capital). Since this time, Sino Jet has further developed as a comprehensive corporation with dual bases in Hong Kong and Beijing. The company currently manages and self-operates more than 30 private jets.

    Prior to joining the world of aviation, Ms. Lau had a successful career in the private banking division of Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, providing wealth management services and advice to ultra-high-net-worth clients in North America and Asia. During this time, Ms. Lau became interested in the opportunities of the business aviation industry in Asia.

    Ms. Lau holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. She holds three securities trading certifications in the United States of America and serves as Independent Non-executive Director of Digital Domain- a public listed company on Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

  • Guangshan LU
  • Mr. Guangshan LU

    Chief Engineer
    Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)

    Mr. LU has held several senior positions inside Avic, they are Director of Aerospace Department; Chairman, Avic Aerospace System Co., Ltd; Director of Planning and Development Department.

  • Mr. Todd SIMMONS

    President, Customer Experience
    Cirrus Aircraft

    Todd Simmons is President of Customer Experience at Cirrus Aircraft. He is responsible for leading all Customer Experience activities at Cirrus Aircraft including sales, marketing, personalization, delivery, service and support, flight training, flight operations and the opening of the Vision Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Todd joined Cirrus in early 2008 as vice president of marketing and during his tenure has led a number of innovative growth initiatives aimed at both the current owner community and penetration into new segments. In spite of challenging overall economic conditions in recent years, in that time the SR22 has continued to be the best-selling airplane in its class and worldwide market share has reached an all-time high.

    With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business leadership, Todd has held positions in marketing development, international marketing communications, revenue management and sales team leadership at a range of companies from boutique businesses to Fortune 500 firms. His recent aviation experience includes work at Delta Air Lines and at CubCrafters where he led sales and marketing efforts and later presided over the company.

    An active pilot, Todd holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • Mr. Kevin WU
  • Mr. Kevin WU

    Regional Vice President, Greater China & Mongolia Sales
    Textron Aviation Inc.

    Kevin is the Textron Aviation Regional Vice President for Greater China and Mongolia Sales, including business jets, turboprop and piston aircraft. He is also responsible for the integration of the Authorized Sales Representative network in the region.

    Before that, he was Cessna’s Vice President for North Asia sales, led to expand coverage and penetration of targeted markets for Cessna businesses in the region.

    Currently, Kevin serves as Governor to Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), Co-Chairman to the Aerospace Forum under American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in China. He is also the Vice Chair of the Aircraft Manufacturers & Experimental Aircraft Committee under China Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association (China-AOPA)

    In June 2007, Kevin joined Textron, one of the most successful multi industry Corporations in the world, as its Vice President for business development and government affairs for the greater China region. In this role, Kevin took the lead to drive the company’s strategy for growth (organic & acquisition) and industry collaboration opportunities in the region. The great contributions under his leadership in supporting China general aviation development by both Textron and the American business community earned great respects from the industry and government authorities. In 2010, Kevin was selected as member of AmCham Washington Outreach Delegation, voicing American aerospace business in China.

    Prior to joining Textron, Kevin had worked for Lockheed Martin Global Inc. since April, 2002, served as its Greater China Business Development Director. He managed business development and sales to civilian and military customers, grew sales annually to be one of the largest service/product providers of its type in China.

    Before joining the private sectors, Kevin had 16 years of experience working with Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Kevin was a professional air traffic controller and instructor, and was the director of International Exchanges & Cooperation Department of the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC ). A CAUC alumnus and senior instructor, Kevin is well connected with the executives at all levels of CAAC, AVIC, airports and airlines across this region.

    Born and raised in Tianjin, China, Kevin holds a MBA degree from RMIT University, Melbourne Australia, a Master degree of Aeronautical Engineering from Nanjing Aeronautics and Astronautics University, and an Air Traffic Management degree from CAUC.

Day 2 Keynote

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

10:30-11:30 – Keynote Area, Hall B

Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft are a highly anticipated urban mobility solution that can directly complement business aviation. The convergence of technology advances, urban infrastructure challenges, and consumer behavior has attracted many companies and new programs are announced almost weekly. This session will detail how eVTOL promises to be a disruptive technology, who the key players are and the potential timeline for launch. Following this presentation, an interactive panel will focus on the aircraft, their capabilities and operational considerations such as airspace integration.

  • Mr. Cyrus SIGARI
  • Moderator – Mr. Cyrus SIGARI


    Cyrus Sigari soloed at age 16, earned private pilot certification at age 17, commercial pilot and flight instructor certification at age 18, and airline transport pilot certification at age 23. He holds multiple single-pilot jet type ratings and is rated in the Boeing 747-400. Cyrus graduated from Purdue University where he studied Aeronautical Engineering. He has turned his passion of flight into a business that has helped hundreds of individuals and companies with the world of jet ownership.

    Prior to co-founding jetAVIVA, Cyrus served as a principal engineer for Eclipse Aviation during the initial development of the Eclipse 500. After fulfilling his engineering commitments, Cyrus transitioned to sales and sold 50 Eclipse 500s in a one-year period. Outside of his direct efforts at jetAVIVA, Cyrus holds the position of Very Light Jet Editor for Plane & Pilot and Pilot Journal magazines, has been published in Twin & Turbine magazine, and authors Light Jet Pre-Owned market report for Aviation International News. Cyrus is a founding member of the Citation Jet Pilots Owners group and Eclipse 500 Owners Club. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Farsi.

  • Mr. Shane TEDJARATI

    President, Global High Growth Regions

    Shane Tedjarati is responsible for driving Honeywell’s business expansion in High Growth Regions of the world: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

    Tedjarati has been instrumental in engineering Honeywell’s success story, starting in China and India, and expanding globally to the High Growth Regions of the world where today Honeywell drives the majority of its growth.

    Before coming to Honeywell, Tedjarati accumulated more than 20 years of consulting experience in various industries. He was the regional managing director for Deloitte Consulting (Greater China), where he worked with Chinese stated-owned enterprises and multi-national corporations to help them formulate and execute strategies for sustainable growth in China and abroad.

    Tedjarati is a Henry Crown Fellow of Aspen Institute and also the co-founder of its Middle East Leadership Initiative and China Fellowship Program; special advisor to Chongqing and Wuhan Mayors; member of the advisory board of Antai College of Economics and Management Shanghai Jiao Tong University; and industry Co-Chair of China Leaders for Global Operations (CLGO), a dual master’s degree program by MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

    Tedjarati is an avid aviator. He has lived in China for more than 20 years and speaks six languages.

  • Mr. Tian YU
  • Mr. Tian YU


Seating for the keynote is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you require additional assistance, please contact Edward Bagsic at [email protected].