Dr Zheng Lei is the founder and the President of the Institute for Aviation Research. He earned his PhD in Air Transport and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey in 2006. Zheng has research expertise in such areas as airline business models, air transport market analysis, air transport regulation and policy analysis, as well as airport, tourism and regional competitiveness. Zheng has published a number of papers in leading academic journals. A distinctive feature of his research is its real-world and industry focus. Zheng is frequently invited to give keynote speeches to policymakers, industry conferences and seminars. He advises airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, aviation service providers, and civil aviation authorities around the world on strategic issues through research, consultancy and executive training courses.
Zheng also serves as Professor of Aviation and Department Chair for Department of Aviation at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. He is the Visiting Professor to Civil Aviation University of China. Previously, he was Director of Centre for Aviation Research at the University of Surrey and founder of Surrey’s successful MSc in Air Transport Management programme. Prior to that, Zheng worked in the Department of Air Transport at Cranfield University, where he was responsible for Cranfield’s renowned Executive MSc in Air Transport Management programme.
Dr Cheung-Kwok Law
Dr Cheung-Kwok Law is Senior Advisor to the President of the Institute for Aviation Research. He also serves as Director of Policy in the Aviation Policy and Research Center and Director of Economic Policy Programme in Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, at Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Senior Researcher of Fung Global Institute.
Dr Law is a prominent economist in Hong Kong and a well recognized expert on aviation policies. He has been active in public affairs. Previously, he served as a member of Hong Kong Legislative Council, Provisional Legislative Council of HKSAR Government, Sai Kung District Council, Consumer Council, Travel Industry Council, Legal Aid Services Council, and a national member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference as well.
Dr Law has a PhD in Economics from the University of California (Los Angeles). He has published extensively on economics and policy-related topics. His recent publications include “Hong Kong New Industrial Policy: Theory and Practice” (2014); “The Exposition of Hong Kong Competition Ordinance and Policy Recommendations” (2012); “Aviation Policy and Development in Greater China” (2010); and “Structure and Development Policy of Hong Kong’s Financial Sector” (2008).
Dr Xiaowen Fu
Dr Xiaowen Fu is VP Research at the Institute for Aviation Research. He obtained his PhD from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia in Canada in 2006. Dr Fu’s main research area is transport economics which covers issues such as competition policy and government regulation, efficiency benchmarking, transport demand modelling and industrial organization. He has been the principal investigator of a number of research grants, and published more than 30 journal articles. Dr Fu has provided advisory and economic modelling services to organizations such as Boeing Commercial Aircraft, New Zealand Commerce Commission, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, , Government of British Columbia in Canada, Australian Competition Tribunal, Hong Kong Central Policy Unit, Japan Rail (East), Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, and OECD.
Dr Fu is an elected VP Research of Air Transport Research Society. He also serves as a Professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Prof Kin Nam Lau
Prof Lau Kin Nam is VP Innovation at the Institute for Aviation Research. He leads the Institute’s research in big data and artificial intelligence. He is also a Professor of Marketing, and the Director of Centre of Big Data Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Director of Smart Marketing Lab at Southwest Jiao Tong University. Prof Lau’s teaching and research areas include CRM, big data marketing and marketing analytics. He was the principle investigator for many data mining projects for leading companies in the financial, retail, and telecommunication industries. In addition, he is frequently invited as a speaker or trainer in marketing analytics and big data marketing by Hong Kong and mainland companies. Prof Lau was the recipient of the faculty award from IBM from 2012 to 2015. He recently collaborated with IBM and other mainland universities on the A100 (Analytics 100) program to help 100 companies on their Big Data initiatives.
Director of Learning
Frankie O’Connell is Director of Learning at the Institute for Aviation Research. He completed an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and an MBA (Aviation) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, later returning to Cranfield to complete a PhD in Airline Strategy. He also holds a pilot’s licence. Frankie specialises in airline strategy and also covers areas such as deregulation, ancillary revenues, emerging aviation markets with a particular focus on Arabian Gulf region. He has produced over 30 academic journal papers as well as a popular book entitled ‘Air Transport in the 21st Century’.
Previously, Frankie worked for the Boeing commercial aircraft company as an analyst for a number of years and then for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (extended campus in California) and Cranfield University. While at Embry-Riddle, he regularly lectured at the NASA Ames research facility at Moffett Field. He is also a regular speaker on the BBC and Irish radio stations and at international commercial conferences discussing the ongoing trending events in the airline industry.
Boeing Director of Strategy
AirAsia Group Founder & CEO
SITA Director of Strategy
ICAO West African Representative to ICAO
IATA Director of Data and Digital Content
Bain & Company Partner
Xiamen Airlines President
Hong Kong Express CEO
Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer
Westminster University UK Professor
Cranfield University UK Professor
Applied University of Bremen Germany Professor
Tae Hoon Oum
University of British Columbia Canada Professor
Civil Aviation University of China Professor
Through The Looking Glass Managing Director
Watson Farley & Williams Partner
University of Newcastle Senior Lecturer
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