AAPA maintains a permanent secretariat of twenty full time staff in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, led by the Director General who reports, through the Executive Committee, to the Assembly of Presidents. The Director General and his senior directors have extensive experience in aviation, while all the managers and associates have degrees in aeronautical engineering, business, law and social sciences from recognised international universities.
About the Directors:
In this role he is committed to expanding the role of the Association as the leading trade organization for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, addressing a wide range of both regional and global policy issues affecting the industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable growth of international civil aviation.
Prior to joining the AAPA, Andrew held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, the parent company of Cathay Pacific Airways, with other diverse interests in aviation, property, beverages, marine services, trading and industrial sectors, predominantly based in the Greater China region, most recently as Director Corporate Affairs at Swire Pacific and a Director of the parent holding company, John Swire & Sons.
Mr. Herdman spent much of his earlier career in a variety of senior aviation-related roles with Cathay Pacific Airways and its associated companies, including: Managing Director, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Managing Director of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO), Chairman of Xiamen-based TAECO; Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo; Director and General Manager of ABACUS, and a board member of Worldspan. Mr. Herdman is a graduate of Oxford University, with BA (Hons) and a post-graduate BPhil in management studies.
Married with two daughters, he also enjoys tennis, sailing and hiking.
Martin Robert Eran-TaskerTechnical Director
Mr Eran-Tasker joined the AAPA as Technical Director in July 2004 after nine years in senior positions at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Montreal.
As Director – Environment, Mr Eran-Tasker developed and presented the IATA strategy at the ICAO Committee for Civil Aviation Environment Protection (CAEP) and was responsible for guiding the activities of IATA’s environmental committee and its supporting working groups.
As IATA Relationship Director – Operations, Mr Eran-Tasker was responsible for identifying global operations, safety, security and engineering issues of the world’s airlines.
Mr Eran-Tasker also coordinated and facilitated the IATA Engineering, Maintenance and Fuel Committees as the Assistant Director, Engineering and Fuel.
Between 1987 and 1995, Mr Eran-Tasker was with Airbus Industrie, Toulouse, as Extended Range Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) Maintenance Manager, where he coordinated, developed and managed the Airbus family ETOPS Maintenance and Reliability programs.
Mr Eran-Tasker started his career in 1970 as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with British Airways, and also worked with Saudi Arabian Airlines and British Caledonia Airways in engineering and support functions.
Mr Eran-Tasker holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Hatfield Polytechnic, UK, and is also a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council.
In an earlier role, Ms Lim was Legal Counsel with Singapore Technologies Aerospace, specialising in commercial agreements relating to aircraft maintenance and support activities. With her previous experience working in both the public and private sectors of the aviation industry, Ms Lim brings a broad knowledge of aviation policy issues as well as fresh ideas on meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
Ms Lim holds a Bachelor of Law honours degree from the National University of Singapore and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1996. An avid traveller, Ms Lim is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and French.