ROTORCRAFT ASIA 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Mr. Benjamin R. Lopez was appointed as INAEC president in 2006. He is concurrently vice president of First Philippine Corporation (FPH), a publicly listed company. He was seconded to FPH’s property development subsidiary, Rockwell Land Corporation, from 1993 to 2003, where he held various man-agement positions. He is a member of the board of directors of First Balfour, Inc. and various sub-sidiaries of the FPH group. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs concentration in economics from the George Washington University, Washington D.C. (1992) and an Executive Mas-ters in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management (2001).
Asian Sky Group / Asian Sky Media
With over 35 years of experience in commercial and business aviation, Jeffrey Lowe has focused his career on engineering, marketing and sales. Residing in Hong Kong since 1997, Jeffrey specializes in the Greater China business aviation market. He first came to Hong Kong as a Director of Sales, Asia-Pacific for the Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft division. He was then appointed Regional Vice President of Sales for Asia by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in May 2000. In 2007, Lowe joined the recently-formed BAA Jet Management Limited and was responsible for establishing and expanding its managed aircraft business, as well as aircraft sales, marketing and project development.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Jeffrey worked in commercial aviation for the de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada, Boeing Canada, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the Canadair Regional Jet Division and Bombardier’s Regional Aircraft Division. He began his career as a Ground Test Engineer and then moved into marketing and sales internationally in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He is now Managing Director for Asian Sky Group and Asian Sky Media.
Founder & CEO
Ascent Urban Air Mobility
Lionel recently founded Ascent, a startup backed by venture builder & capital firm Re.A.Pra, to develop Urban Air Mobility starting in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, he advised Re.A.Pra. He contributed to the growth of Airbus helicopters division, in the Southeast Asia-Pacific region and in Latin America for 14 years, leading sales, marketing, and support activities. Lionel most recently graduated from the Executive MBA program in INSEAD.
Executive Vice President
Nigel Leishman is Executive Vice President based at LCI’s Singapore representative office, Singapore Commercial Leasing, where he is responsible for developing commercial opportunities in the Asia Pacific region.
Born in Scotland, Nigel has been involved in commercial aviation for over 20 years including several management roles providing broad experience in all aspects of the air transport business. He joined LCI in April 2008 from aircraft leasing company AWAS where he was Vice President Sales based in Singapore. During his seven years with AWAS he concluded many transactions throughout Asia including China. Prior to joining AWAS, he was Customer Marketing Director for Airbus for six years, based in Toulouse and latterly Sydney. In this role he was instrumental in several new aircraft deals in Europe and Asia-Pacific region. Earlier in his career he also worked with DHLWorldwide Express in the Middle East and airline Air Europe based in London-Gatwick. Nigel holds a Master’s degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, where he graduated top of his class, and previously studied at Edinburgh University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Sales & Relationship Management — Asia / Australia & Pacific
Mr. Stransky has seven years of global upstream oil and gas experience ultimately focused on business development and contract negotiation. Prior to joining Waypoint, Philip was the Asia Area Manager for SEACOR Marine. While in Singapore, he led growth strategy and business development for the Asian and Oceania regions. Prior to this, Philip worked for SEACOR Marine in Mexico, Europe, the US and Africa. Philip is a graduate of Connecticut College and has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow. He is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish.
Helicopter Technical Advisor
Ty Corley is a helicopter Technical Advisor at Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI). He is based at JSSI’s European headquarters in Farnborough, UK, and provides technical and logistics assistance to a diverse fleet of JSSI Helicopter Services clients around the world, specifically for helicopter airframe and engine maintenance requirements. Mr. Corley has more than 30 years of aviation experience, including engineering, maintenance and design. Prior to joining JSSI, he was a helicopter technician in the British Army for 13 years and a civil licensed engineer for a further 20 years, including working on multiple types of civil commercially operated helicopters and management of civil helicopter maintenance facilities. Mr. Corley holds numerous helicopter type ratings and has extensive experience of routine maintenance, major overhauls and repairs for a wide range of makes and models of army and civilian helicopters. He is on the board of the British Helicopter Association.
Mr. Tisanu Ratanarat has been CEO of SFS Aviation Co., Ltd (formerly known as “Si-Chang Flying Services Co., Ltd.”) since 2011. SFS Aviation is 100% Thai-owned and is part of a group of companies owned by the Ratanarat family. Mr. Tisanu played a major role in pioneering SFS to become the first and only Thai helicopter operator to venture into Offshore Oil and Gas Helicopter Service business. And in the process, broke into the foreign monopoly that had this business in the Gulf of Thailand for 20 years. Today SFS remains the only Thai Offshore Helicopter Service provider that is approved by multi-national major oil company without any need for foreign technical partner. SFS operates a helicopter fleet of six medium helicopters and is an Authorized Service Center for AgustaWestland Helicopter covering Thailand and Myanmar.Mr. Tisanu’s previous positions in SFS include Deputy CEO, and Director of Business Development.
From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Tisanu was the Managing Director of SFC Excellence Co., Ltd. (formerly known as “The Siam Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd.”), one of the largest lubricant manufacturer and trader in Thailand, and is also owned by the Ratanarat family. Today, he remains active in SFC as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Board. Mr. Tisanu joined his family group of business in year 2003 after a successful career at Trafigura, one of the world’s largest oil and metal commodity trading firms in London and Singapore from 1998 to 2002. Prior to that, he worked in the Oil Price Risk Management department of the Thai national oil company, PTT. Mr. Tisanu graduated in 1996 with Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I), Troy, New York, U.S.A.
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