Premier Lecture by Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Tony Fernandes

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September 18, 2017 - September 18, 2017
12:00 pm

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Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes

One of Asia’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes is best known for co-founding AirAsia, the region’s first low-cost airline. Fernandes famously bought the ailing, debt-ridden airline for a token RM1 (approximately 25 US cents), turning it around within two years and growing it from a Malaysia-based domestic carrier into Asia’s largest, most successful airline group with operations in 5 countries serving more than 250 routes to 120 destinations across Asia Pacific.

Fernandes studied at Epsom College and the London School of Economics in Britain, and qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1991 and Fellow Member in 1996. An accountant by training, Fernandes began his career in Richard Branson’s Virgin Group before returning to Malaysia as Warner Music Group’s Vice President for Southeast Asia.

Fernandes has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career. These include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur, awarded by the French government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry.

In 2010, Fernandes was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia – the first person from Malaysia and Asean to receive the honour – for democratizing air travel and transforming AirAsia into a successful global brand. TIME Magazine included Tony Fernandes in the 2015 TIME 100 list, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world which included Chinese President Xi Jinping, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and hip-hop artist Kanye West. In February 2016, Fernandes was recognised by the US-Asean Business Council with the Fourth Pillar Award for his extraordinary contribution towards the growth of Asean, the second recipient of the award after the Administration of US President Barack Obama.

 

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