13 February 2020, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Few transport concepts have a stronger hold on the public imagination than the flying car. For decades convenient, personalized air transport has been the stuff of science fiction, yet today that dream appears to be tantalizing close. Both aerospace giants and scrappy, entrepreneurial firms are developing technology and concepts for the next frontier of urban transport: the sky.

10:30am - 10:35am
Introduction & Welcome

Mr. Greg Waldron

Asia Managing Editor, Flightglobal

10:35am - 10:55am

Are Technical, infrastructure and political challenges the barriers for UAM?  How NTU’s eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre in Singapore will help make the UAM dream become reality.

Dr James Wang

Professor MAE Department, Director of eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre, Nanyang Technological University

10:55am - 11:15am
Transforming the Mobility Ecosystem

EmbraerX is engaged in a variety of collaborative and complementary solutions to create a new and disruptive mobility ecosystem for people and cargo.

That includes the development of an eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and land) aircraft that will disrupt the Urban Air Mobility upcoming market, a new fleet agnostic business platform and a proposed very practical, simple and robust urban air space design to allow more aircraft to fly in urban environments (UATM).

As an organization, EmbraerX is uniquely positioned to lead the world at the intersection of disruptive innovation, autonomy, and urban mobility because the values that drive our work are deeply human, cross-culturally resonant and leveraging on EMBRAER’s 50 years of engineering excellence and aerospace experience.

Mr. Andre Stein

Head of Strategy, EmbraerX

11:15am - 11:35am
The Safe and Secured journey toward Large scale Urban Air Mobility

Governments, airports, airlines, pilots, crews and passengers rely on Thales to make flight safer, easier and more efficient. From air traffic management, training and simulation solutions to aircraft connectivity and in-flight services, Thales enables and connects all parts of the aerospace ecosystem in the air, on the ground, and in between. In this presentation, Thales will share the key elements of on-board intelligence that help paves a safe and secured journey towards Urban Air Mobility, allowing it to become a reality.

Mr. Herve Jarry

Chief Technical Officer, Vice President Technical, Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd

11:35am - 12.15pm
Panel Discussion / Q&A Session

An interactive panel discussion to include questions from the audience.


Mr. Greg Waldron


Dr James Wang

Mr. Andre Stein

Mr. Herve Jarry


Greg Waldron
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.

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Andre Stein
Head of Strategy

Andre Stein is the Head of Strategy for EMBRAERX, an organization dedicated to develop disruptive new businesses, leveraging on EMBRAER 50 years fo aerospace know-how and focusing on a human centric approach, with an inherent startup mentality and leading Embraer's Urban Air Mobility efforts. He is a firm believer and a key spokesperson for the concept of the Internet of Mobility, and wants to bring to the physical world what the internet brought to content and data, promoting integrated solutions for people and goods to move from A to B in a seamless, simple and affordable way.

With more than 20 year of experience in the aviation industry, he had leading roles in strategic areas such as Product Development, New Business Development, Project Management, Market Intelligence and Sales and accumulated great multicultural experience, not only by been based in Australia, Singapore, Silicon Valley and Brazil, but continuously interacting with customers, partners and suppliers from all over the globe.

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Dr James Wang
Professor MAE Department, Director of eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre
Nanyang Technological University

Dr. James Wang has held several executive leadership positions, and has more than 30 years of experience in aerospace, helicopters, defense and high-tech industries. In 2018, he founded Vtolwerke LLC, a US consulting company that offers worldwide consulting services in aerospace technology strategy, marketing & business strategy, VTOL aircraft design and engineering. Dr. Wang and Vtolwerke LLC now specialize in helping entrepreneurial eVTOL startups. Dr. Wang is an internationally renowned expert in helicopter and eVTOL aircraft design. In 2018, he was invited to teach a graduate course on Multidiscipline Design at Stanford University. In 2019, he was seeked by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) to teach eVTOL design. He is a volunteer Mentor and Master of the Boeing sponsored GoFly Competition. Currently, Dr. Wang is also a full professor, and the Director of the eVTOL Research and Innovation Center, at the prestigious Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

He received his bachelor degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. , and Masters and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland Advanced Rotorcraft Center. After completing his PhD, Dr. Wang started his career at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he was known as one of the most energetic and prolific engineers and managers; he contributed greatly to the Comanche, Black Hawk, Naval Hawk, S-92, and the Variable Diameter Tiltrotor programs.

Dr. Wang has the rare talent to combine technical knowledge with business thinking, and bringing people to collaborate to achieve a common goal. At Sikorsky Aircraft, Dr. Wang transitioned from engineering to leading strategic business campaigns. His commitment and astute leadership led to the successful winning of two of the largest international helicopter sales contracts in history, each worth over one billion dollars. Dr. Wang has a Master degree from the M.I.T. Sloan Business School, and an Executive Business Training Diploma from the London Imperial College Business School.

In 2007, Dr. Wang joined AgustaWestland as the Vice President of Research & Development, reporting directly to the CEO. Dr. Wang created a comprehensive technology roadmap and initiated many pioneering research. He established three University Research Centers in Europe and one Think Tank in Japan. In 2015, Dr. Wang was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, responsible for the global marketing strategy of all AgustaWestland helicopter products at Leonardo Helicopters. He served 7 years as a board member on the EU sponsored 2 billion Euros CleanSky programs.

Dr. Wang was invited to teach courses and give lectures in US, Europe, Australia and Asia, and he has written over 40 technical papers. He holds seven patents and major international awards, including Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UTC Gold Mead Award, AHS Fellow, AHS Grover Bell Award, M.I.T. Luis de Florez Award, NASA Research Award, Italian National Innovation Grand Prize, and the coveted Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Team Award. In 2013, WIRED Magazine named Dr. Wang “the Steve Jobs of Rotorcraft” for his ability to think “outside the box” and pushing the transportation technology boundaries by inventing and designing the AgustaWestland Project Zero, the world’s first all-electric VTOL technology demonstrator aircraft.

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Mr. Herve Jarry
Chief Technical Officer (CTO) & VP Technical

Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd

Since February 2017, Hervé JARRY serves as CTO & VP Technical of Thales Singapore, in charge of Research & Technology & Innovation and of the Digital Transformation for the activities of Thales in Singapore (Security, Transportation, Avionics, Defense…). Prior to his current role, Hervé JARRY was driving the Engineering transformation of Thales Group Products and implemented PLE (Product Line Engineering) approaches across the Group Product Lines portfolio. From 2006 to 2010, he managed the Program Division of Samsung Thales Co. Ltd (STC), a JV between Samsung Electronics and Thales based in South Korea. Hervé JARRY has previously held management positions in France and in Germany in the Radar domain for Thales and formerly Thomson-CSF, which he joined in 1992. He began his professional career in the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) in 1984. He is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique (X1979, MSc) and from ENSTA (1984, M.Eng) and also holds a Master’s degree in Business & Strategic Management from ICG Paris (1992)

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