Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Pablo Mendes de Leon

Professor of Air and Space Law and Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University in the Netherlands.


Pablo Mendes de Leon is Professor of Air and Space Law and Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University, which is one of the leading international scientific research and teaching institutes in the world, specialised in legal and policy issues regarding aviation and space activities. The Faculty of Law of Leiden University founded the institute in 1986. In addition to his duties as Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University, Pablo Mendes de Leon maintains a vast range of memberships in organisations that work to combine law and practice of aviation law and policy. For instance, he is President of the European Air Law Association, Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore and the University of Bordeaux, France, a judge at the District Court of Haarlem, Membre titulaire de l’académie de l’air et de l’espace, Toulouse, France, Member of the Dutch Aviation Accident Board, a Board Member of the magazines Air and Space Law, Journal of Air Law and Commerce and the Italian ANIA Insurance Newsletter and the Director of the Series of Publications in International Aviation law and Policy with Kluwer Law International. He is the author of a large number of publications on topical issues regarding aviation law and policy.

Prof. Dr. Pier Marzocca is a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Discipline) at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. Professor Marzocca also holds a Research Professorial position from Clarkson University in USA, and academic fellowships from Virginia Tech, University of South California, and the US Naval Research Laboratory and PhD and Master in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino Italy. Professor Marzocca has been working in multi-physics modeling and characterization of advanced materials and structures since 1996. His expertise is in structural dynamics and controls of advanced aerospace systems, including active flow and aeroelastic controls of flexible structures, nonlinear system identification, diagnostics, prognostics, and health management. He leads/co-leads a number of projects in Aerospace and Aviation, totaling more than $20M in research funding from several government agencies, including Australian Federal and State Government, Defence Science and Technology, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, etc, and strategic partnerships including the Australian Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Dr. Marzocca’s received several awards including the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and the Forest R. McFarland Award from SAE, the ONR ASEE Senior Faculty Fellowship Award, the Inaugural Research Excellence Award and the Outstanding New Teacher Award of Clarkson University. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, and Journal of Thermal Stresses and chaired the Unmanned Aircraft System Technical Committee for SAE International. Pier Marzocca is the author and/or co-author of over 400 papers and has supervised more than 40 PhD and Master students to completion. 

Dr. Chrystal Zhang is an Associate Professor of Aviation in School of Engineering, STEM College at RMIT University. She commenced her academic career in 2011 after over 2 decades of service in industry in both public and private sectors in China and the UK. She has expertise in aviation regulatory framework and policy making, airline/airport strategies and marketing, airport operation and management, and traveller's behaviour and wellbeing. She conducts research with impact with an aim to inform policymaking and bring positive changes. 

She publishes extensively in leading aviation law and tourism/aviation management and marketing journals, and shares her thought leadership in non-academic publications. She is a frequent commentator in mainstream media outlets such as ABC News 24, ABC Radio, Radio New Zealand, BBC, Financial Times, and Business Insider where she shares her views on aviation matters. She is also a featured speaker in industry summits. Her latest book is published by Routledge: China’s trade policymaking on international air transport: policy goals, driving forces and its impact.

Dr. Huyen Vuong is currently holding positions as Quality Assurance Manager, IATA-approved Quality Control Manager and IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Auditor at Aviation Compliance Solutions Consolidated Group (ACSCG) – an IATA-accredited Audit Organisation in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  

Dr Huyen Vuong has had twenty-five years of working experience in aviation industry including ground operations in a South East Asian (SEA) airline and international aviation safety auditing programs. Her expertise includes assessment of an airline’s ground operations, airline organization and management and security management, and particularly assessment of the Safety Management System (SMS) covering four pillars in the ICAO SMS Framework, which are safety policy and objectives, safety risk assessment, safety assurance and safety promotion. Additionally, Dr Huyen Vuong has also involved in designing, developing and delivering aviation courses. Among those courses are IOSA Airline Auditor Training course, SMS Implementation course etc.