UNMANNED SYSTEMS ASIA 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Director-General for Mobility and Transport
Henrik is 48 years old, an economist by training and holds degree from TalTech (Tallinn Technical University). He has also studied in Aarhus University in Denmark.
He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004 and was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union, working directly with the Prime Minister.
In 2001-2002 he was Minister of Economy.
In 2002-2003 he represented the Estonian Government in the Convention on the Future of Europe.
In 2004 he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas. Vice -President Kallas' first mandate 2004-2010 dealt with Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud while during his second mandate he was responsible for Transport.
From November 2013 he was Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission and represented the European Commission in the Committee of Permanent Representatives.
On October 2015 he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission.
Throughout the years, he was been awarded the Grand Cross of the Lion of Finland from the President of Finland, Order of the White Star (3rd class) from the President of Estonia, the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite from the President of France, Order of Honour (Ordinul de Onoare) from President of Moldova and the Commander of the Cross of Recognition (3rd class) from the President of Latvia.
In May 2014, the Estonian European Movement named him "European of the Year". In September 2018, TalTech named him as the "Alumni of the year".
In addition he holds positions of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian School of Diplomacy and Member of the Board of "Hermes Air Transport Organisation"
Married, one daughter.
Consulting Director, Defense & Security, Asia-Pacific, Frost & Sullivan
Janesh Janardhanan is the Consulting Director specializing in Defense & Security at Frost & Sullivan, Asia Pacific. He has over 13 years of consulting expertise, working closely with large MNCs, Government Agencies, technology houses and Startups in the areas of growth strategy, competitive positioning, international expansion, government regulations, etc.
Janesh has delivered over 60 high-impact consulting projects with Defense & Homeland security clients across the world including developing the Safe City Opportunity Map in Asia Pacific. He is widely quoted & interviewed on leading international publications including the BBC, CNBC, Forbes, Books on Robotics published by John Wiley & Sons, etc.
Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Janesh was the Co-founder & CEO of India’s first mainstream robotics company, signed large-ticket deals with leading consumer electronics MNCs, and built multi-award winning robotics platforms.
Janesh completed his MBA from the National University of Singapore. He was a Singapore Ministry of Education Scholar for his B.Eng (Mechanical, Hons) at the National University of Singapore.
Ipsos Business Consulting
Jessica is the Consulting Manager in Hong Kong for Ipsos Business Consulting, the strategy advisory arm of Ipsos. Jessica works with stated-owned enterprises, private corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations across Greater China and Southeast Asia in areas of operational restructuring, competitive intelligence, growth strategy, and IPO listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
With her background in technological diffusion and productivity growth, Jessica leads Ipsos Business Consulting’s Center of Excellence for Commercial Drone Technology Adoption, developing frontier market intelligence on drone adoption across industry sectors in Asia.
Jessica has authored two publications on the commercial drone industry; Commercial Drone Adoption in Agribusiness - Disruption and Opportunities in Asia (2017), and, China’s Agriculture Drone Revolution: Disruption in the Agriculture Ecosystem (2019) in partnership with the largest global drone company DJI. She has presented as a keynote speaker and expert panelist on commercial drone adoption at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference, at Germany’s Agritechnica Futures Forum, and at multiple commerce chambers in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Beijing.
Jessica holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Clark University, and she has completed EMBA courses in innovation, competitive strategy, and growth strategy. She is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honours Society for Economics, and The Women’s Foundation of Hong Kong’s Women Leaders Programme.
Project Director, Thomson-East Coast Line (Civil Team 2)
Chairman, Drone Task Force
Land Transport Authority
Currently serving as the Project Director for the Thomson-East Coast Line (Civil Team 2), Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore, Tan Kok Jin leads his team to achieve timely completion of all 6 station structures, and the project is on schedule to serve Singaporeans in year 2020. With 35 years working and serving as senior civil servant in the Singapore land transport scene, Tan Kok Jin is instrumental in advancing the infrastructural development to support Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) since 1984, including East-West Line, North-South Line, North-East Line, Circle Line, Downtown Line, and the construction of the Kim Chuan Depot; the World’s first underground MRT depot that also entered into the Guinness World of Record in 2007.
Since the launch of interagency UAS trial led by Ministry of Transport (MOT) in 2016, Tan Kok Jin was appointed as the Chairman for LTA Drone Task Force (DTF), leading a team of enterprising in-house drone pilots pursuing various drone trials via active collaborations with both public and private organizations. The DTF continuously explores potential drone use cases within LTA, including 3D-photogrammetry, experimenting with applications of Deep Learning via image-analytics model and trialing autonomous drone flights in tunnels. Tan Kok Jin led the DTF to pioneer innovative drone initiatives in LTA’s construction sites to not only enhance LTA operations, but also discover commercially viable drone application and business cases for local construction industry.
Applied Research Lead
Dr Terry Martin is Applied Research Lead at Nova Systems and Project Director for a CAAS sponsored UTM Consortium developing a UTM System for Singaporean conditions. This effort includes an array of UTM and UAV related R&D in conjunction with a suite of complex trials looking at the LTE network, CNS, and development of a routing topology for a metropolitan environment.
Dr Martin a former RAAF and Army military officer and holds a PhD in Machine Learning and Applied Signal Processing which was sponsored by the Chief of Army. He has significant experience on fast jets and rotary wing manned platforms in conjunction with effort for RAAF, Navy and Army on a variety of UAV platforms.
Dr Martin also holds positions as an Adjunct Professor at University of South Australia and Queensland University of Technology where he conducts UAV Traffic Management and DAA research.
Dr Martin has a deep interest in progressing UAV related technologies and fusing them with Machine Learning technologies. He has served as the Co-Chair of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) UAS Standards Committee and currently is a member of the Joint Authority for Rulemaking on UAS (JARUS) Working Group 6 (SORA) and Working Group 4 (Detect and Avoid), as well as NATO SVT-228. He currently leads the Quantitative Methods sub-group within JARUS which is focused on new age methodologies characterizing collision risk for manned and unmanned traffic, to help safely integrate UAVs into the NAS in a timely manner.
Executive Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office / Outgoing Deputy Vice President, Air Traffic Organization’s Program Management Office
Federal Aviation Administration
Prior to being named the new Executive Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, Peter “Jay” Merkle was the Deputy Vice President (DVP) of the Program Management Organization (PMO) within the Air Traffic Organization (ATO). The PMO is responsible for all NextGen program activity: all National Airspace System (NAS) communications: navigation, weather, surveillance and automation modernization programs; and all service life extensions to legacy NAS sensors, communications and navigation aids. Given the tight coupling between successful automation program delivery and current system operation, the PMO also leads and manages all second -level automation engineering efforts. Lastly, the PMO works with FAA operations and aviation users to ensure globally interoperable solutions for NextGen.
Prior to that position. Merkle was the Director of Program Control and Integration, AJM-1, in the PMO for the ATO. ln that capacity, he led the PMO in developing effective, timely, and innovative solutions to evolving business needs. The focus areas were program control. cross-cutting analysis and integration, and special initiatives.
Since joining the FAA, Merkle has served as the Manager of Systems Integration for Portfolio Management and Technology Development within the NextGen organization. He also has held positions as the Lead Engineer for tower, terminal, and en route automation systems, as the Chief System Engineer for En Route and Terminal Domains, and as the Chief Architect for NextGen at the Joint Planning and Development Office.
Merkle has over 30 years of extensive experience in engineering and program management. He started his career as an engineer working in cockpit and crew station design on several aircraft, including the C-17 large transport aircraft. Merkle holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Mark is CEO and co-founder at Garuda Robotics, a developer of enterprise drone and drone data solutions serving clients in agriculture, infrastructure and security. He has 20 years of robotics experience, having designed and implemented systems in domains ranging from Urban Search and Rescue to STEM education. Mark was previously an award-winning lecturer in the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. He has degrees in computer engineering, computer science and economics from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan.
Asia Managing Editor
Greg Waldron is the Asia Managing Editor for FlightGlobal. He leads the company's coverage about commercial and military aerospace in the region. In addition to analyzing the region's aerospace sector for FlightGlobal's international audience, he is a regular commentator on both television and print about the aviation industry.
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Daniel K. Elwell is the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this capacity, he is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world — a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day. He oversees a $16.4 billion-dollar budget, more than 47,000 employees, and is focused on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry. Mr. Elwell also oversees the FAA's multibillion-dollar NextGen air traffic control modernization program as the U.S. shifts from ground-based radar to state-of-the-art satellite technology.
Prior to serving as Acting Administrator, Mr. Elwell was the Deputy Administrator of the FAA. President Trump announced the appointment of Mr. Elwell as the Deputy Administrator in June 2017 and he was sworn in to office on June 26, 2017.
Elwell previously served at the FAA as the Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Environment from 2006-2008. Most recently, he was Senior Advisor on Aviation to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Earlier in his career, he served as a legislative fellow for the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
From 2013-2015, as Senior Vice President for Safety, Security, and Operations at Airlines for America (A4A), Elwell was responsible for leading the advancement of commercial aviation safety and security excellence for major U.S. air carriers.
Prior to A4A, Elwell was Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) from 2008-2013. In this role, Elwell represented civil aerospace manufacturers and led policy development and advocacy for the civil aerospace manufacturing interests of more than 300 AIA member companies.
Elwell was a commercial pilot for 16 years with American Airlines, flying DC-10, MD-80, and B-757/767 aircraft. While maintaining his proficiency as an MD-80 Captain, he served as Managing Director for International and Government Affairs at American Airlines.
Dan earned his pilot wings at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs. Lieutenant Colonel Elwell retired from military service as a Command Pilot with more than 6,000 hours combined civilian and military flight time in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve, including combat service during Operation Desert Storm.
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Patrick Ky became Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 1 September 2013. His mission will be to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the Agency to become a worldwide reference in aviation and to make the European aviation regulatory system a fully consistent, efficient and reliable framework.
Prior to leading EASA, Patrick Ky was in charge of the SESAR program, Europe’s ambitious ATM modernisation program. He also held different managerial positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority, in a consulting company, and in Eurocontrol. In 2004, he joined the European Commission to work on SESAR.
In 2013 Patrick Ky was the recipient of the The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award of the Air Traffic Controllers Association as a recognition of his achievements in the field of aviation and for being an advocate of innovation and change in air traffic control. In 2015, he was designated “Industry Leader of the Year” by the German publication Fliegermagazin for his commitment to develop simpler, better and lighter rules for General Aviation.
In total, Patrick Ky has more than 24 years of work experience in Civil Aviation. A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and the Civil Aviation Engineering School in France, Patrick Ky also holds degrees in economics from the University of Toulouse and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Patrick is married and the proud father of 3 sons. In his leisure time, he plays tennis and enjoys all types of mountain sports (ski, mountain bike, trekking).
Head of Asia-Pacific, Urban Air Mobility
Derek Cheng is the Head of Asia-Pacific, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), and is responsible for leading all Commercial, Business development and Partnership activities for Airbus UAM in the Asia-Pacific region. Derek joined Airbus in 2016, and has held various positions in Airbus’ Strategy & International organisation at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, including in International Development, and New Business strategy. Prior to joining Airbus, he was with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) for 7 years. At his last appointment, he was EDB’s Regional Director for Europe, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Derek flew as a pilot in the Air Force, and has a Private Pilot’s License. He graduated from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and was trained as an aerospace engineer in Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He speaks English, Mandarin and German.
David Sale is the Managing Director for Bell currently living in Singapore and is responsible for all Commercial Bell Sales in the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to this position, David was the Managing Director with Bell Helicopter for the Middle East where he has been successful in leading a team in capturing aircraft sales throughout the Middle East and Africa.
Outside of Textron, David was the Director of Sales at Bombardier Aerospace with their Specialized and Amphibious Division and also spent 12 years with the Boeing Company where he led the Capture Team for the US Army Apache Program. He also has experience in Industrial Participation/ Offset and Procurement.
David’s military experience includes more than 20 years in the Aviation Branch where he flew the OH-58 Kiowa, the AH-64A Apache and the CH-47D Chinook. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and recently retired.
David attended Auburn University where he received his BA in International Business and commissioned as an officer in the United States Army.
Business Development Director
David Rottblatt is the Business Development Director for EmbraerX, and focuses on early stage project growth and innovation architecture. David works with industry leaders and strategic partners to develop new solutions seeking to enable the urban air mobility industry to scale. One of the most recent projects David has led is a concept of operations for a new air traffic management paradigm focused on air taxis operating in low altitude urban airspace.
Before joining EmbraerX, David held multiple market development roles at GE including international assignments in Brazil, South Africa, and Hungary. Both David’s current and previous roles require navigating ambiguous environments to provide clarity, a skillset he enjoys sharing in order to create value when the road to success is not self-evident. David holds a Master of International Business degree from Tufts University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. For fun, David is a multi-engine instrument rated pilot, an avid skydiver and scuba diver.
Following a degree in business engineering and a number of years as management consultant he was most recently responsible for the development of technology start-ups as Venture Manager in central research with Siemens AG Munich. He now applies his many years of experience in the strategic positioning of High-Tech innovations within international markets to Volocopter GmbH.
Member of AAIS Panel of Experts
Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)
Mr. Robin Thevathasan was until his retirement in January 2018 the Senior Vice President for Special Projects in Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engg), a company listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore. ST Engg is an integrated engineering group with a global presence and specialised capabilities in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and marine fields.
He is currently active as a consultant in the Aerospace & Defence Industry internationally, as well as in the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE) and the Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore (AAIS).
Having worked for several years as a stress engineer in Europe (British Aerospace and Fokker Space), Mr. Thevathasan began his career with the Singapore Technologies Group of companies in 1984. There, he undertook various engineering functions before moving on to undertake management functions ranging from Strategic Planning, International Business Development. Within this period he also spent 4 years seconded as Director (Industry Development) to the Defence Science & Technology Agency, a statutory board of the Singapore Ministry of Defence. His final role prior to retirement involved the Change Management aspects of a Group-wide Shared Services project.
Mr. Thevathasan has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1974), Master of Science in Aircraft Design from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom (1979). He also has a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, Singapore Institute of Management (1998) and attended the Programme for Executive Development, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.
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