John D. Kasarda is the leading developer of the Aerotropolis concept defining the roles of aviation and airports in shaping 21st-century business location, economic development, and urban growth. He is President of the Aerotropolis Institute China, Director of the Center for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and President and CEO of Aerotropolis Business Concepts LLC. Dr. Kasarda has published more than 100 articles and ten books on aviation infrastructure, logistics, and urban development. He is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the international media. His book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next (co-authored with Greg Lindsay), was featured in Time Magazine in 2011 as one of the “10 Ideas that will change the world”. In 2013, Kasarda was listed among the “Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide” by Future Cities magazine. In 2015, he was named to The 1,000 Foreign Talents program in China by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs for his aerotropolis development work in Zhengzhou and elsewhere. In 2016, he received the Yellow River Prize for his contributions to the economic development of China's Henan Province. Dr. Kasarda has offered numerous workshops on airport city and aerotropolis development, logistics infrastructure, and global supply-chain management to airports, governments and multinational firms. He chairs the annual Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition, and is an advisor to airports around the globe. Dr. Kasarda obtained his B.S. and M.B.A. (with Distinction) from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Receiving many grants and awards from such organizations as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the World Bank, he has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his research on airport-driven economic development and is a former Senior Fellow and Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.