9 - 10 FEB 2020 Pan Pacific, Singapore
9 - 10 FEB 2020
Pan Pacific, Singapore

25 JANUARY 2018

Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit 2018 Gathers Global Stakeholders to Reimagine Aviation’s Future

Singapore Airshow 2018’s key conference and co-located events underscore importance of technology innovation in unlocking industry’s future potential.

SINGAPORE, 25 January 2018 – The Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, will play host to the 6th Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS), which takes place at the Pan Pacific Singapore from 4-5 February 2018.

Held in conjunction with the Airshow, the biennial Summit is jointly organised by the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT), the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Experia Events, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The Summit gathers key stakeholders in aviation, including top government representatives, civil aviation authorities and senior executives of airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and air navigation service providers to exchange valuable insights, network and strengthen the nexus between government and the aviation industry.

This year, these top-level government and industry decision-makers will gather at the Summit to focus on “Reimagining Aviation's Future”. SAALS 2018 will seek to address both the challenges and opportunities arising from the continued demand for air travel, and provide a platform for aviation stakeholders to chart a sustainable approach to supporting future growth in air travel demand. Please refer to Annex A (page 5) for the programme and speaker details.

Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General, CAAS, said, “The aviation industry is at a crossroad. While the industry is expanding exponentially, opening up opportunities for economic growth and businesses, these developments also bring about immense challenges and complexities. Aviation leaders must make the right choices today to create the right pathways for a sustainable and brighter future for aviation. The SAALS will provide a timely platform to catalyse critical conversations among the movers and shakers in global aviation, bringing them together to reimagine aviation’s future and unlock its full value.”

Shared Focus on Technology Innovation

Additionally, the two co-located events at the Airshow will feature a strong emphasis on technology innovation. The Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC) 2018 will focus on “Shaping Aerospace Through Innovation”; while the A*STAR Aerospace Technology and Leadership Forum (ATLF) will explore “The Impact of Technology and Innovation on the Aerospace Industry”.

Now in its eighth edition, the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC) is the premier aviation conference that is held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow, and is a platform for researchers, aviation operators and aviation engineers to present and discuss key developments and advancements in aerospace technology and engineering.

The A*STAR Aerospace Technology and Leadership Forum (ATLF) will see leaders from major aerospace companies convene for an inspiring technology convention in Singapore. Eminent speakers from leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of commercial aircraft, engines and components, as well as aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies, will share their insights on the directions of research and development in the aerospace industry.

“The shared focus at this year’s Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit, Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference and A*STAR Aerospace Technology and Leadership Forum highlight the critical importance of addressing the impact of technology innovation on the global aviation industry,” said Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events. “It also highlights the Singapore Airshow’s expanding role as a strategic platform to support regulators, airlines, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders in charting our industry’s future growth.”

Singapore Airshow 2018 will be held from 6-11 February 2018 at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore and is organised by Experia Events.

Please visit www.aviationleadershipsummit.com for more conference programme updates.

SAALS 2018 Programme

Opening Dinner Dialogue

Mr Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador of ICAO


Moderator: Mr Paul Steele, SVP, Member & External Relations and Corporate Secretary, IATA

Opening Speeches

  • Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore
  • Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council
  • Mr Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA

Leadership Panel

  • H.E. Eng Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Bahrain
  • Honourable Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, MP, National Deputy Minister of Transport, South Africa
  • Mr Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Mr Henrik Hololei, Director General, EC Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
  • Mr Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas Group


Moderator: Ms Oriel Morrison, CNBC

The Next Generation of Aircraft Technologies

  • Mr Guillaume Faury, CEO, Airbus Helicopters
  • Mr Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BOC Aviation


Moderator: Mr Jens Flottau, Aviation Week

The Airline Industry:

What’s Behind the Horizon?

  • Mr Jeffrey Goh, CEO, Star Alliance
  • Mr Surendra Cudah Ratwatte, CEO, SriLankan Airlines
  • Mr Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO Vietnam Airlines


Moderator: Mr Max Kingsley Jones, Flight Global

The Future of UAVs

  • Mr Carl Burleson, Acting Deputy Administrator, US FAA
  • Mr Peter Ho, CEO, Hope Technik Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Ms Jessica Wei, Head of Corporate Finance, DJI


Moderator: Mr Stephen Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO

Accurate as at 25 Jan 2018

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