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Tony Fernandes

Serial Entrepreneur, Founder & Owner of, Team Principal of Team Lotus

Tony Fernandes is an iconic entrepreneur. He is Team Principal of Team Lotus, Group CEO of the world's best low cost airline AirAsia and co-founder of the fledgling Malaysian-based conglomerate Tune Group which includes Tune Money, Tune Mobile and Tune Hotels. The aim of Tune Group is: "to innovate and revolutionize the way services are made available and to employ efficient Web-based technologies to reach and engage our customers".

"Believe the Unbelievable, Dream the Impossible and Don't Take No for An Answer" Tony Fernandes

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In detail

Educated at Epsom College 1977-83 and then graduating from the London School of Economics in 1987, Tony Fernandes started his career at Virgin Atlantic as an auditor, subsequently becoming the financial controller for Richard Branson's Virgin Records in London from 1987 to 1989. Upon his return to Malaysia, he became the youngest-ever managing director of Warner Music where he was responsible for revolutionising ethnic music. However, when Time Warner Inc announced its merger with America Online Inc., Fernandes left to pursue his dream of starting a budget no-frills airline. In 2009 he launched the first ever long-haul Low cost airline (with Sir Richard Branson) flying from London to Kuala Lumpur.

What he offers you

Tony has received many awards for his innovative and highly successful business approach and he is now building on the success of AirAsia, to venture into F1, Telecoms and Finance. Fernandes is a true visionary and exceptional leader whose presentations are high in actionable content and full of inspiration.

How he presents

A familiar face in the aviation industry as well as on an international level having been featured on the front cover of many high profile magazines, Tony Fernandes means business. He has an amicable, warm and yet highly informative style.


He presents in English.

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  • Leadership
  • Aviation
  • Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Delivering Services at Prices Everyone can Afford


  • UK CBE in 2011
  • International Herald Tribune Award for the "Visionaries & Leadership Series", for his outstanding work in AirAsia
  • French "Officier of the Legion d'honneur" for his outstanding contributions to the aviation industry
  • Asia Businessman of the Year 2010" by the international magazine Forbes
  • "Malaysian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006"
  • The Malaysian government honoured him with title Dato (equivalent to 'Sir') in recognition of his services rendered to the betterment of the nation and community

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