5-7 NOVEMBER 2024


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STE Conference 2024

Comprising over 80 keynote interviews, panel discussions, expert briefings and best practice workshops, the STE conference 2024 program will provide exclusive regional and international insight, giving a unique blend of insight from senior stakeholders based in Greater China, Asia and key International markets.

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Confirmed Speakers

Mr Chan is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Before joining the Government, Mr Chan held a number of public service positions including member of the Legislative Council and Chairman of Legal Aid Services Council.

Mr Chan served as Secretary for Development from July 2012 to January 2017. He has been Financial Secretary since 2017.

The Honourable Paul Chan Mo-po, GBM, GBS, MH, JP Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Aged 65, Mr. Lam was appointed Chairman of the Board in June 2024. He is a member of the World Board and Asia-Pacific Regional Board of Airports Council International and the Lantau Development Advisory Committee. He served as CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong from October 2014 to May 2024. Recognized as "Director of the Year" in 2007, he has received numerous accolades, including the Peace through Commerce Medal and the Executive Award in the DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards.

Fred Lam
Chairman, Airport Authority Hong Kong

Aged 63, Mrs. Cheung was appointed Acting CEO in June 2024 and COO in December 2022. She holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from The State University of New York. An alumnus of Stanford's Executive Programme, she joined Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) in 1992, having worked in high-tech companies in New York and Silicon Valley. She serves on various boards and committees, including the Town Planning Board.

Vivian Cheung
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Airport Authority Hong Kong

Karen Walker is the Group Air Transport Editor-in-Chief at Aviation Week Network and Editor-in-Chief of Air Transport World, leading global air transport coverage. She joined ATW in 2011, previously serving as Chief Editor at Armed Forces Journal and Americas’ Chief Editor at Airline Business. Karen is on the Board of the International Aviation Club of Washington D.C., was President in 2018-2019, and has won multiple Aerospace Media Awards. She chaired the 2022-2024 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards judging panels and serves on the L. Welch Pogue Award Committee. She earned her journalism degree in the UK.

Karen Walker
Editor-in-Chief, Air Transport World

With 23 years in Aviation SaaS, Sajin has collaborated with over 100 global airlines and ground handlers. He began as an IBM Mainframe programmer for Swissair and has since held roles such as business analyst, architect, product manager, and strategy consultant. Currently the global lead for cross CAS – Solution Architecture, Sajin holds a B.Tech in Computer Science, an Executive MBA, and an IATA-Harvard diploma. He is pursuing further tech leadership studies at MIT.

Sajin Mohamed
Global Lead, Solution Architecture CROSS CAS - Connected Aviation Solutions, Asia Pacific

Chen Chuanren is the Air Transport World senior editor for Southeast Asia and China, covering areas including airline strategies, airport development and sustainability in the beyond the region for over a decade. He has a Diploma in Mechatronics (Aeronautics) and Degree in Mass Communications.

Chuanren Chen
Senior Editor Southeast Asia and China, Air Transport World

Dr. Xie Xingquan, with over 20 years in the aviation industry, has held senior roles in China, Canada, and Singapore. Recognized for leading aviation policy and international standards development, he’s been with IATA since 2011, serving as RVP North Asia after being Assistant General Counsel. Dr. Xie holds a Doctor of Law and L.L.M, authors academic works, and is an arbitrator.

Dr. Xingquan Xie
IATA Regional Vice President, North Asia

As Chief of the ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Sub Office since August 2016, Raphael Guillet is responsible for organizing ATM implementation projects to support APAC States to cope with the traffic growth, which includes assistance to improve ATS route network, to implement new PBN flight procedures, to coordinate implementation of ATFM systems between States and to enhance civil military coordination. He worked for the rulemaking bureau of the French Directorate for Air Transport in Paris and as aviation counsellor in the French Embassy to China for 4 years from 2010. 

Raphael Guillet
Chief of the Regional Sub Office ICAO Asia and Pacific Office

Zhang Wuan, Vice President and spokesman of Spring Airlines Co., LTD., Special expert of China Civil Air Transport Association. Doctor of Management, MBA of Peking University, Master of Service Management of Cornell University, served as General manager of IT Department, General Manager of Marketing Department and Executive Director of Spring Airlines, with nearly 30 years of aviation and tourism industry experience.

Wuan Zhang
Vice President, Spring Airlines

A Ph.D. in Regional Economics, this professor directs the Institute of Airport Economics at the Civil Aviation University of China. He’s a leading technologist for the Civil Aviation Administration of China and introduced Chinese Airport Economics theories. He authored ‘Airport Economics: Growth Space in Speed Economy Era’, translated ‘Aviation Metropolis: Our Future Life Style’, and won the Sci-tech Achievement Award of CAAC and the 10th Tianjin Outstanding Social-Scientific Achievement Award.

Prof. Yunchun Cao
Director, Center Airport Economic Research, Civil Aviation University China (CAUC)

Sarah, with 28 years of travel industry experience, has worked on projects for major airports worldwide. She joined Amadeus in 2014, leading the Airport & Airline Operations business unit for Asia-Pacific. She’s responsible for scaling up market share and overseeing solution delivery. Sarah serves on the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Board and advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She sponsors the Amadeus Women’s Network in Asia and is a Director on the Women in Aviation, Singapore Chapter Board. She holds a BA in Economics & Finance and an AMAP Diploma.

Sarah Samuel
SVP, Airport & Airline Operations, APAC, Amadeus

With >30 years in aviation, Athanasios Titonis enhanced service standards across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He mastered ground handling, tour operations, and airport management for a German airline and worked part-time at Stuttgart Airport. As CEO of Mactan-Cebu International Airport, he drives transformative initiatives to position it as the Philippines' premier tourism gateway. Titonis also lectures in Aviation Management at a top German university, mentoring future aviation leaders. Committed to advancing the industry, he aims to leave a lasting impact through leadership, innovation, and education.

Athanasios Titonis
CEO, Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Tony is the Chairman of Transported Asset Protection Association in Asia Pacific, a leading global association. Previously, he was the Director of Logistics Purchasing and Centre of Excellence for Lear Corporation Asia Pacific, a leading global automotive manufacturer. Tony has a strong background in Supply Chain Management, Security, and Global Account Management. He has extensive experience in Aviation Security and has won awards for Risk Management and Supply Chain Security. Tony holds qualifications in Security Management, Aviation Security, and other related fields.

Tony Lugg
Chairman, Transported Asset Protection Association in Asia Pacific

Dr. Gao is professor and Director of the General Aviation Industry Research Center of Beihang University. He is the Vice Chairman of the General Aviation Committee of the China Communication and Transportation Association, a Member of the International Cooperation Committee of the Chinese Society of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and an AAM Advisory Group Member of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA). Dr. Gao supported various general aircraft manufacturing projects in China and has been active in aviation forums and media interviews.

Dr. Yuanyang Gao
Professor, Director of Gen. Aviation Industry Research Center of Beihang University

Sumesh Patel is appointed President of the Asia Pacific region for SITA since 2017 and is responsible for developing the strategic direction of SITA. He has guided teams in the design+implementation of IT initiatives meeting needs of Asia Pacific’s airlines and airports. Sumesh is a global leader in the air transport industry. His deep knowledge air transport industry in APAC and an Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore. Based in Singapore, Sumesh plays a crucial role in shaping SITA’s presence and impact in the region.

Sumesh Patel
President of Asia-Pacific, SITA

Kellen Xie holds Master degree of Telecommunication Engineering, University of Melbourne, has 11 years of professional communications experience and 10 years of industry expertise in autonomous UAV. He worked for Huawei as key account manager in international sales and also held the position of overseas regional sales director in Hytera, a public company and global leader in professional communications. Kellen also served as former general manager and vice president of multiple leading Industrial UAV companies and now is the Senior VP of AutoFlight, in charge of sector of sales, marketing as well as business development. 

Kellen Xie
Senior Vice President, Autoflight

Minesh Pore is a distinguished leader in the global sourcing and supply chain sector, known for his insightful contributions as a speaker, panelist, moderator, and event MC. With over 20 years of experience in multinational corporations, including roles as Co-Founder and CEO of BuyHive,
Minesh blends deep industry knowledge with a passion for innovation and AI. His engaging speaking style and ability to discuss complex topics with clarity make him a sought-after participant at major industry events.

Minesh Pore
Cofounder & CEO, SourcingGPT & BuyHive

David West is VP of Cargo and works closely with clients to help them maximize value of their cargo business.  Prior to joining IBS, he spent 24+ years as an executive with a Management Consulting company where he held multiple roles in the aviation practice. His roles included Global Director of Sales for Cargo, Senior Product Line Manager for Cargo, Senior Program Manager for major transformation & system improvement programs, and Consulting Executive leading multiple Strategy, Capabilities and Business Performance evaluation projects.

David West
VP of Cargo, IBS software

A Master of Business Administration graduate from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Ms Chan was appointed in September 2012. Ms Chan was the Director, Retail Portfolio & Marketing, at Hysan Development Company Ltd. Ms Cissy Chan gained substantial management and commercial experience in MNC while holding senior positions at Reckitt Benckiser (HK, Taiwan), Johnson & Johnson Hong Kong. Ms Chan is the Chairman of Dongguan HKIA Logistics Park Investment (Dongguan) Co., Ltd and a member of the Advisory Board of The Chinese University of Hong Kong MBA Programmes.

Ms Cissy Chan
Executive Director Commercial, Airport Authority Hong Kong

As CEO and Chief Scientist of Sichuan Aerofugia Technology Development Co.Ltd and Professor of School of Aeronautics and Astrononautics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC); Dr. Burt Guo is listed in “40 under 40” in 2016/2017 Fortune China. Dr Guo is Chief Supervisor of Commercial Association Chengdu and Vice President, Sichuan Technology & Equipment Manufacturing Chamber of Commerce and Deputy Chairman of the Flying Car Sub-committee of the China Society of Automotive Engineers.

Dr. Burt Guo
CEO and Chief Scientist, Sichuan Aerofugia Technology Development Co. Ltd.

Velis, an expert in airport operations with 29 years’ experience, has worked on global projects and with top organizations like Eurocontrol and EASA. He’s a pioneer in ATM, AAM, and safety regulation, contributing to innovative concepts like A-CDM2.0 and PBAM. Velis also educates on these topics as an IATA instructor since 2006.

Velissarios Eleftheriou
Strategic Account Lead, Airport Intelligence TotalCDM

Wilson Kwong joined the Jardine Matheson Group since 1998, and has held senior management positions in aviation, real estate development, property management and engineering services. Since joining Hactl in 2018, Wilson strengthened Hactl’s service portfolio & focus on digitalization, innovation and sustainability. Initiatives incl. robotics in security, hygiene+spare part provision; the Integrated Hactl Control Centre; accreditation under all 4 IATA CEIV programs (Pharma, Fresh, Live Animals, Lithium Batteries).

Wilson Kwong
Chief Executive, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd.

Holds a Master of Computer Based IS from the University of Sunderland and a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying from Robert Gordon University. Mr Yiu was appointed Executive Director, Airport Operations, in December 2022. Mr Yiu has been in the aviation industry for over 30 years. He joined AAHK in 1995 and held various management positions in airport operations, including technical services, airfield and terminal management. He was General Manager, Terminal, at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport from 2009 to 2012. He is currently a Director of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai Airport Management Company Limited. Mr Yiu is a Registered Professional Surveyor. Prior joining AAHK, he was actively involved in numerous airport developments, including the refurbishment of Kai Tak Airport, New Airport Master Plan, and construction of Macao International Airport.

Steven Yiu
Executive Director Airport Operations, Airport Authority Hong Kong

David Casey is Routes Editor-in-Chief at Aviation Week Network specialising in aviation news and features.

David Casey
Editor-in-Chief, Routes

Guo Peng
Deputy Director-General, Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone

Holly is Editor of International Airport Review magazine, the leading information provider to the airport community focusing on passenger experience, innovation, airport operations, revenues and sustainability. Since joining the magazine in 2020, Holly has increased the magazine’s global reach and brand awareness and is well known in the industry. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Queen Mary University of London.

Holly Miles
Editor, International Airport Review

Paul Cheng has over 20 years of experience at Hactl, having held a number of posts including Senior Manager of Ground Services and Manager of Ramp Services. Over the course of his career, Paul has been in charge of all aspects of the company’s operations, including cargo terminal services, ramp services and customer services. In 2018, he was appointed General Manager - Service Delivery. He was appointed Executive Director – Operations in 2021

Paul Cheung
Executive Director Operations, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd.

Yun Yuan Tay is the Head of Asia Pacific for Skyports, overseeing AAM infrastructure and drone services since 2020. He has grown the APAC team to over 20 employees. With over a decade of experience in aerospace and aviation, Yun was a leader at McKinsey & Company and held roles at ICF Aviation and United Airlines. He holds a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Yun is also a certified FAA private pilot.

Yun Yuan Tay
Head of Asia Pacific, Skyports

Fred Lam, CEO, HKIA
Vivian Cheung, CCO, HKIA
ZHANG Wuan, VP, Spring Airlines
Sarah Samuel, SVP, Airport & Airline Operations, APAC, Amadeus
CAO Yunchun, Director of The Center for Airport Economic Research, Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC)
Dr. Yuanyang Gao, Professor and the Director of General Aviation Industry Research Center of Beihang University

Advisory Board

Paul Burton
Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Aviation Week Network

Vivian Cheung
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Airport Authority Hong Kong

Sarah Samuel
SVP, Airport & Airline Operations, APAC, Amadeus

David Stroud
Managing Director Air Transport Strategy and Consulting, Aviation Week Network

Sanjeev Kumar
Vice President,
SITA at Airports, Borders & CDE

Prof. Yunchun Cao
Director, Center for Airport Economic Research, Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC)

Athanasios Titonis
Chief Executive Officer,
Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Mr. Bien has over 30 years of experience in Hong Kong's ICT industry, with a focus on digital transformation and data applications. He has extensive management experience in finance, telecommunications, logistics, transportation, and aviation. As the former CIO of the Hong Kong Airport Authority, he led strategic technology planning at HKIA. Currently, as the Chief Digital Officer of Global Aviation at Huawei, he travels across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe to share insights on connectivity, platforms, and AI. Mr. Bien holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Queen's University and an MSc in Communication Engineering from Imperial College.

Andy Bien
Director VBRAN & Company Limited

Super Terminal Expo Conference Agenda

preliminary version - subject to change


Panel Description


Conference Registration, hall 11 


Opening Ceremony 


Opening Keynote  

Fred Lam, Chairman Hong Kong Airport Authority 


Conference Day 1 Morning Session 

Welcome by conference chair to morning session 

Conference Chair: overseas industry expert


Aviation Industry Outlook - Challenges and Opportunities for airport operation 


Opening Panel  

Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 


Description: This panel will discuss airport hub campaigns with governments, identify regional challenges in Asia-Pacific and discuss future opportunities. TAPA will share insights into increasing importance of digital protection mechanisms.   


Flight Path to Future Airport Excellence 


Panel Discussion 

Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 


Description: Future airport development and expansion – using technology support overall masterplan development, integrate sustainability and dive in the competitive landscape. 


Keynote Interview: Hong Kong Airport Authority 

Ms. Vivian Cheung, Chief Operations Officer 


Interview with Paul Burton from Aviation Week Network 


Description: From city airport to airport city, the Chief Operating Officer Vivian Cheng will share insights into the future road to success.  


Leadership Panel: The Airport as an Eco-System 


Leadership Panel  

Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 


Description: As airports evolve into dynamic hubs of connectivity and economic activity, understanding the interplay between airport connectivity, passenger experience enhancement, and destination development becomes paramount. This panel will delve into the strategies, innovations, and collaborative efforts shaping the future of airports and their role in driving regional development and tourism growth.  


Networking Lunch


Conference Day 1 Afternoon Session 

Welcome by conference chair to afternoon session 

Conference Chair: Overseas industry expert 


Geographical Advantage in the Philippines: The Subic Bay Corridor Plan 


Panel Discussion  

Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 


Description: The Philippines shares a plan to form Subic Bay and part of Luzon Island into a regional superhub for cargo, and passengers. The panel will discuss the planned intermodality of train, port and airport and how to be an attractive destination for logistics centers. The country’s skilled workforce in addition to new technologies (e.g.Manila port facilitates seamless cargo movement). 


Passenger Experience and Connectivity at Airports 


Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 


Panel with 

Sarah Samuel, Vice President Asia-Pacific Amadeus 

And others 


Description: Future airport development and expansion – using technology to support the overall masterplan development, integrate sustainability and service for seamless passenger journeys. 


Best Practices for Passenger Terminal Safety & Security 


Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 

Dialogue with 

Amy Huang, Marketing Director Nuctech Company Ltd. 

And others 


Description: As air travel continues to grow, ensuring the safety and security of passengers within airport terminals becomes paramount. This panel discussion brings together industry experts to share, best practices, and consider emerging technologies that can enhance safety and security in passenger terminals. From threat detection systems to crowd management protocols, our panelists will delve into the challenges faced by airports worldwide and share insights on creating a seamless and secure travel experience for passengers. 


What Are Requirements for Sustainable Airports in South East Asia? 


Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 


Panel with 

Airport, airline, government representatives 


Description: What technical solutions do future airports need to be sustainable and to deliver into zero carbon neutrality? This dialogue will open the floor to each of the stakeholder’s wishlists. 


Networking Coffee, hall 9 


Conference Day 1 END 


CAPA Networking Drinks, hall 9  followed by  

CAPA Gala Dinner, hall 11


Panel Description


Conference Registration, hall 11 


Conference Day 2 Morning Session 

Welcome by the conference chair to morning session 

Conference Chair: Overseas industry expert  


Single Presentation/ China Airport 


Chances for Urban Aviation Mobility 


Moderator: Minesh Pore, Founder of The Buyhive 


Panel with 

Prof. Gao Yuanyang, Beihang University 

Dr Burt Guo , CEO and Chief Scientist, Aerofugia 

Mr Kellen Xie , Senior Vice President, AutoFlight 


Description: Urban aviation mobility is currently a hot topic in China and this panel will discuss the chances and challenges, especially in testing eVOTL. Professor Gao is driving this technology at Beihang university and we placed the start-up experienced moderator, Minesh Pore, to identify pain points. Aerofugia is a subsidiary of Chinese car-manufacturer Geely, completed the first test flight of its eVOTL prototype. Autoflight is developing unmanned cargo-carrying drones.    


Leadership Panel 

Elevating Efficiency: Innovations and Challenges in Air Cargo and Terminal Ground Handling in Asia  


Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 


Leadership Panel with 

Professor CAO Yunchun, Director of CAUC 

David West, VP of Cargo, IBS software 

And others 

Description: Evaluate the air cargo development strategies that reflect the long-term potential and explore the opportunities and challenges to develop a comprehensive air cargo ecosystem. Evaluate strategic options and discuss factors that could affect airports’ air cargo performance and competitiveness. 


Keynote Interview 


The Future of Asian Aviation: LCCs and the Construction of Super Hub Airports 


Moderator: Mr Paul Burton, Aviation Week Network 


Leadership Panel with 

Mr Zhang Wuan, Vice President of Spring Airlines 

An others 


Description: Speakers predict the role of Chinese LCCS in China's super hub construction and emphasize the role of Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) in the development of major aviation hubs in Asia. 


Networking Lunch


Conference Day 2 Afternoon Session 

Welcome by Conference Chair 

Conference Chair: Overseas industry expert 


Intermodal Innovators: Pioneering Excellence in Logistics and Infrastructure 


Moderated by industry expert 




Description: This panel is about intermodal innovations in logistics and infrastructure, sharing insights, potential challenges and future trends will be discussed. 


Showcase Greater Bay Area: Connecting Passengers by plane, boat and train 




Description: This panel discusses the advantages of intermodal innovation and connection among different stakeholders at airports. New solutions for Cargo and Baggage handling systems targeting seamless passenger journeys for “fly & rail” and “ferry & fly”. 


Networking Coffee, hall 9 


Air Traffic Management Standards & Systems in the GBA 

Moderated by industry expert 

Leadership Panel 

Description: aviation norms for safety, air traffic management discussing Air Traffic Management Systems, Regional Collaboration. 


Passenger Terminal Experience and Automated Passenger Journey 


Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 




Description: This panel will showcase airports who have already implemented fully automated passenger journeys. The panel will discuss chances and challenges for future development. 


Decarbonizing Strategies and Technology for Airports 


Moderated by industry expert from Aviation Week Network 




Description: how to reach zero carbon by 2035? Energy savings targets and utilizing new equipment at airports is an aspect for discussion as well as the last-minute blending of SAF at airport fuel farms. 


Conference Day 2 END


Panel Description


Conference Registration, hall 11 


Conference D3 

Welcome by Conference Chair to morning session 

Conference Chair:Overseas industry expert 


Presenting innovative Designs to increase Passenger Terminal Efficiency 


Moderated by Aviation Week Network 


Leadership Panel 


Description: New airports already plan different designs to target zero emission. This panel discusses innovative designs for airport terminals in South East Asia.  


Best Practice for Air Operations Centre's (APOC) in South East Asia/ China 


Moderated by Aviation Week Network 




Description: this panel will discuss digitization at airport terminals, biometrics, facial recognition and new scan technology, such as cutting-edge C3 scanners.   


Keynote Interview 


Single Presentation/ China airport  


Green Finance for Asian Airports 


Moderated by industry expert 


Leadership Panel 


Description: this panel will discuss the green side of large infrastructure project, such as airport terminals. China has launched a “Beautiful China” strategy including green finance development targets and plans to boost sustainable economic development. 


Networking Lunch


Conference Day 3 Afternoon Session 

Welcome by conference chair to afternoon session 

Conference Chair: Overseas industry expert 


Aviation Academy 

Keynote speaker 


From Classroom to Boardroom: Exploring Airport Industry Dynamics with Experts 


Moderated by an industry expert 




Description: this panel will discuss the war for talents and how to recruit and retain talents in the aviation industry. How to encourage more female talents to enter aviation industry could be an aspect for discussion. 


Conference Day 3 END


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