EBACE2022 Opening Keynote

Monday, 23 May 2022 – 09:00-10:00

Exhibit Hall, Innovation Zone

This session will inspire you and set the tone for an innovative forward-thinking show. Join EBAA Secretary General Athar Husain Khan and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will discuss the importance of business aviation in Europe and around the world, at the EBACE2022 Keynote.

Inspiration will be a hallmark of EBACE2022, as highlighted in the show’s stirring kickoff featuring trailblazing 19-year-old Zara Rutherford, the Brussels-born pilot and the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe in a microlight aircraft.

Martina Navratilova will share her perspectives on the ways that her passions – tennis and flying – have instilled key leadership skills applicable across many disciplines. Winner of an unprecedented 59 Grand Slam titles, Navratilova is an outspoken advocate of aggressive goal-setting.

Seating for the Opening Keynote Session is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you require additional assistance, please contact Edward Bagsic at [email protected].


Zara Rutherford

Zara Rutherford
On 20 January 2022, 19-year-old Zara Rutherford became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. Her journey took 155 days in a Shark UL, a high-performance ultralight aircraft manufactured by Shark Aero in Slovakia, specially prepared for Rutherford’s circumnavigation. This remarkable journey was flown to promote aviation and STEM-related careers for girls and young women.


Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova, tennis player extraordinaire, took women’s tennis to a new level with her speed, determination and agility. She won the Wimbledon women’s singles title a record nine times and has been described by many as “the greatest singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player who’s ever lived”. In all, Navratilova has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles; in total she has won 59 Grand Slam titles. She still plays at all the Grand Slams where she takes part in the legends doubles.

When not playing tennis, Navratilova is involved with various charities that benefit animal rights, underprivileged children, LGBT rights and the environment. In February 2019, she also joined the cast of the ‘All New Monty’ to raise awareness of breast cancer; a subject which she had personal experience of as in 2010 she describes the ‘bombshell’ when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.