LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD — AsBAA Chairperson, Jenny Lau
In 2017, AsBAA, Asia’s non-profit representative body for the business and general aviation industry (BA/GA) appointed me as Chairperson, a role that I have been deeply honoured to hold for the past two years. I was elected by AsBAA members to represent, to advocate, and to create a community in which organisations can cooperate towards mutual success.
In the time that I have been Chairperson of AsBAA, we have achieved good things. We have created stronger regional chapters to support members with localised issues. This would not have been possible without the outstanding contribution of the Board of Directors and Board of Governors. I take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment, support, and perseverance on behalf of the association, and the industry.
AsBAA remains committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. In the past two years, we have expanded and enhanced the student and careers chapter, AsBAA Discovery, to include more events around the region than ever before. These events mitigate the risk of a depleted talent pool by raising awareness of careers in BA/GA. More importantly, the projects give back to schools, universities and employers in the communities in which we are privileged to operate. I am also honoured to have seen AsBAA continue to raise vital funds for its chosen charity, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, through the Icons of Aviation Awards (IOA). The IOA will celebrate its five-year anniversary on 2 November 2019, an event that I hope you will support.
Looking back over my two-year tenure as Chairperson, I am enormously grateful for the support that has been given to me by AsBAA members and the wider global community. During my time as Chairperson, we have been honoured to successfully co-organise two ABACE events with NBAA and sign memorandums of understanding (MOU) with Japan Business Aviation Association (JBAA), the Malaysia Airport Authority, among others. These agreements will continue to serve AsBAA members over the coming years.
I am often asked about the significance of my gender in relation to my leadership at AsBAA and in my own company. The truth is that many great women have led the industry before me, and I hope that I have inspired others to step forward after me. I thank all that have supported me during my time as chairperson of AsBAA. I take this opportunity to give my complete support to the next leader, while urging you to join me in doing so.