Over fifteen years of experience advising business leaders and top public sector officials on topics encompassing strategic growth, innovation, diversification and capability development across 20 countries and multiple industries. Mr. Zuazua is currently based in UAE, but has worked out of Dallas, New York, São Paulo, Mexico City, and Washington, D.C.
Bob Willen is partner and Managing Director of A.T. Kearney Middle East. He has extensive experience leading transformational strategy and organization initiatives for large commercial and government clients globally. With more than 20 years’ consulting experience, Bob Willen leads A.T. Kearney’s Government and Economic Development practice globally in addition to driving the firm’s business growth across the Middle East.
David P. Storch is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR, a leading provider of diverse products and value-added services to the worldwide aviation/aerospace and government/defense industries. Mr. Storch joined AAR in 1979 with responsibility for developing the Company’s aircraft engine business.
UAE National Ahmad Al Haddabi, Abu Dhabi Airports Chief Operations Officer, is responsible for the operations of all the company’s airports in respect to compliance, safety, security, environment, air traffic performance and cost effectiveness.
Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei has held a number of high profile roles and has driven sustainable business expansion across the Emirates’ transport sector. Added to his current position as a CEO of Abu Dhabi Ship Building, he was formerly the General Manager of Fujairah International Airport for over ten years and the chairman of the Gulf Airport Services Association.
John Schmidt leads Accenture’s Global Aerospace and Defense practice. In this capacity, John directs a team of experienced industry professionals who design and deliver transformational solutions for the commercial aerospace, defense, and space exploration sectors.
Pierre Bontems leads Accenture’s Aerospace and Defense practice for Middle East and North Africa. Pierre joined Accenture in 1998 and its Aerospace & Defense practice in Toulouse, France in early 2006. Throughout his career, he has worked with major A&D players, helping them shape and drive their transformation programs.
Maher Ezzeddine is the Chief Executive Director of Ideanco, a strategy consultancy firm based in Abu Dhabi, New York, Beirut, Paris and Calgary with representative offices in over 30 countries. Ideanco is a disruptive idea innovator with a very innovative business model and over 9,000 people focusing on providing strategy consultancy targeting both private and public sectors with special highlight on aerospace and renewable energy.
David F. Melcher is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association. AIA, founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, homeland and cybersecurity systems, materiel and related components, equipment services and information technology.
Adel A. Ali is well known for being at the forefront of the development of modern aviation. His innovative achievements and contribution to air transport and tourism sector in the wider Arab world are globally recognised. He managed to transform Arab aviation in October 2003 when he set up Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first low-cost carrier (LCC), opening up a market niche in the region whose existence few had suspected.
Dane Kondić has more than 25 years of international experience in the travel industry, with success in top level sales, marketing, key customer management, strategic planning and change management. His experience has been gained within major international airlines, as well as in the agency, wholesale and content segments of the travel business.
Roy Kinnear was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles on 1 July 2015. Prior to this role he held the position of Senior Vice President – Revenue Management and Planning at Etihad Airways, where he was responsible for leading the airline’s revenue management, inventory control, pricing, and revenue forecasting.
Captain Billy Nolen was named senior vice president, safety, security and operations for Airlines for America (A4A) in July 2015, and is responsible for working closely with A4A members to advise, evaluate and set standards and procedures that maximize safety and customer service and improve efficiency.
Dan Murphy is Vice President, Project Development Middle East for Alcoa’s International Project Development and Asset Management group. In this role, he is responsible for the identification, evaluation and development of downstream opportunities, partnerships and projects in the Middle East.
Fahed, a UAE national, is the CEO of Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC), a Mubadala Aerospace, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Joint Venture Company based in Abu Dhabi, a position he has held since 2009. Concurrently, Fahed is serving as a Staff Brigadier General (Engineer) in the UAE Air Force, a Board Chairman of Horizon International Flight Academy, a Board Member of Al Taif Technical Services, and previously, a Board Member of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and SR Technics (SRT).
Bader Almasoum is an Emirati who holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia. He completed his MBA in Aviation Management from Emirates Aviation University.
Born in Al Ain and raised in Abu Dhabi, Faisal Al Haira currently serves as a Business Development Director at AMMROC, where he leads the Middle East region. Prior to joining AMMROC, Faisal interned with NASA Aerospace in California, USA, and was mentored by members of senior management.
Dr. Andrew Aldrin serves as the Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI) and is an Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. BASI is a multidisciplinary institute created to advance space exploration and development toward the goal of establishing and maintaining a permanent human presence on Mars.
Mauricio is a 6 time Grammy Award winning producer/engineer. A Chilean native who moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988, he’s been involved in countless music productions including Phil Collins, Beyoncé, Shakira, Gloria Estefan and Plácido Domingo among others.
After his post-graduate studies in Socio – Economic Development & Political Sociology, Mr. Teffaha joined AACO as an assistant tariff analyst and rose up in the ranks until becoming Assistant Secretary General in 1992.
Joseph C. Anselmo became Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology on Jan. 1, 2013, leading a team of more than two-dozen aerospace journalists across the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific. Under his leadership, Aviation Week has won numerous accolades for its scoops and in-depth reporting, including multiple Jesse H. Neal Journalism Awards and Aerospace Media Awards.
On the formation of BAE Systems in November 1999 (following the merger of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems), Chris was appointed Managing Director – Harrier, Tornado and US Military Aircraft Projects, later to become Military Air Solutions and Support.
Marc Allen is senior vice president of The Boeing Company and president of Boeing International. He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council. As president of Boeing International, Allen, 42, is responsible for the company’s international strategy and operations, and oversees 17 regional corporate headquarters in key markets around the world.
Amna AlRedha recently joined Boeing International team as a Business Analyst to support Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizen (GCC) Community Engagement and People Development work in the Middle East.
Jean-Marc Astorg was born on 2 December 1962 and graduated from the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in 1985. He joined the CNES Launch Vehicles Directorate the same year, and successively held various managerial positions in the field of European launchers, responsible alternately for programmes that were preparing the future or for developing launchers.
Mr. Fu Zhiheng graduated from the Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xian, China, with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1991. He then obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from China University of Mining Technology (Beijing) in 2004.
John Defterios is CNN’s Emerging Markets Editor. Based in the network’s Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011 his reporting focuses on the top business stories from emerging economies.
Krishna Bodanapu is Managing Director & CEO at Cyient. In this role, he manages all business operations including delivery, sales, marketing, strategy and organizational excellence. He is also responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and extending current service offerings to new markets. Mr. Bodanapu’s journey at Cyient began in 2001, when he joined as a Sales Manager, driving sales of engineering services in Europe.
Bill Wood is President of Composite Materials, a global business unit of Solvay. Mr. Wood has 30 years’ experience in the advance materials industry, and has held leadership positions in Manufacturing, Engineering and General Business Management.
Humaid Al Maazmi began his career in Air Traffic Management as an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) in the Area Control Center in the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in 2000.
Eric Eifert is the Senior Vice President of Managed Security Services at DarkMatter. With more than 20 years of military and civilian experience in information technology and cyber security, Eric leads the DarkMatter team of security and technology professionals.
Bernard Charlès has been working as the CEO of Dassault Systèmes since 1995. He started his career in the company in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986, he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research and Strategy department, and in 1988 was appointed President of Strategy, Research and Development.
Michel Tellier directs the worldwide Aerospace & Defense (A&D) business for Dassault Systèmes. This involves partnering with hundreds of leading aerospace companies — from the largest OEMs to small suppliers — to enable them to confidently drive program efficiencies, scale capacity to meet growth, and enhance the experience they deliver to their customers.
Vago Muradian is the editor of Defense News, the world’s top defense news weekly with correspondents in 19 countries, and host of Defense News with Vago Muradian, providing expert insight every week on the latest news from the defense industry.
Mr. Matthew Cochran is an entrepreneur and seasoned executive-level leader, equipped with more than 18+ years of global experience in creating value in startups and propelling divisions of multibillion-dollar enterprises to growth in sales and market share. Mr. Cochran is currently serving as the Chairman & CEO of the Defense Services Marketing Council (DSMC).
Mr. Mohamed Abu Baker Farea is the Director of Aviation, Development and Planning Division, in Aviation Sector, of the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, where he is mandated to develop the aviation sector strategy, supervise the amendment of local and federal aviation law whilst representing Abu Dhabi in many bilateral aviation agreements.
Reem has a bachelor’s degree in e-commerce from the higher colleges of technology, a Golden Diploma in Global Safety Network (Programme consists of six specialized courses on airport safety)from Airports Council International (ACI), and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Business.
Ammar Habib holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental fields from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He also successfully attained a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Diplomacy degree from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi.
Wissam Hachem is Vice President of Learning & Development at Etihad Airways. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the people development strategy across Etihad Airways and Etihad Airport Services.
Dr. Shareef Al-Romaithi has more than 10 years of flight experience and has accumulated over 5,000 flying hours. He is currently flying the Boeing 777 for Etihad Airways. American educated, Shareef completed his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and went on to complete two Master degrees in Aviation and Aerospace Management and Safety Systems, and a Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Throughout his extensive career, M. De Sa has launched many ventures and advised mid-size to very large corporations in various regions of the world. With GlobAer Partners, he is now pushing Aerospace Innovation to the next level. M. De Sa holds a PhD in Solid State Physics and a MBA from University of Chicago.
In 1986, Mr. Ribhi Al-Husseini obtained a BS in Engineering Science from The City University of New York – USA. Ribhi is a Saudi Arabian National and has over 30 years in the aviation industry.
A UAE national, Ghaith Al Ghaith is Chief Executive Officer of Dubai-based flydubai which was launched in 2008. Al Ghaith has a long track record in aviation. He started his career at Emirates Airline joining in 1986 as a Management Trainee.
M. Arif Wibowo starts his tenure as the President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia on the 12th of December 2014. Mr. Wibowo is an example of Garuda’s owned-bred talent.
Professor Steve Mirmina has worked in the fields of international air and space law for more than twenty years. Currently, he teaches a seminar on space law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. He has spoken widely and authored numerous articles.
Dr. Karasik is currently a Senior Advisor to a number of consultancies based in the UAE and abroad. For the past 30 years, he worked for a number of US agencies involved in researching and analyzing defense acquisition, the use of military power, and religo-political issues across MENA and Eurasia including the evolution of violent extremism. Dr. Karasik has lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years.
Aileen has 20 years’ experience in the aerospace industry in both Europe and North America. She has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining.
Hussein Dabbas is IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa & Middle East based in Amman – Jordan since 2012 His responsibilities include defining IATA’s members’ priorities and needs, Implementing IATA policies and promoting its services, ensure that the clearing of over $24 billion Dollars annually is done in a safe and timely manner.
With over 20 years of experience in the aerospace, aviation and commercial space sectors, Andrew Nelson is a recognized leader in the emerging commercial space industry. He is also the originator of the Wet Lease concept at the heart of the XCOR go-to-market strategy for Lynx, XCOR’s suborbital reusable space vehicle.
Patrick (Pat) Dewar is Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin International, Chairman of Lockheed Martin Global, Inc. and a corporate officer. Appointed to his current role in July 2013, he is responsible for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s global operations and for the development and execution of strategies aimed to grow the business and strengthen international customer relationships and industrial partnerships in 70 countries.
Bob Harward is the Chief Executive Officer for Lockheed Martin in the UAE. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s business interests in the UAE, including strategy, operations, growth and execution of Lockheed Martin programs.
Ziad Al Hazmi was born on June 25th, 1973. After achieving his high school degree at the International School of Choueifat in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, he studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London. He graduated in 1994 as a Bachelor of Engineering with a final year project on the design of leading edges of aircraft wings with laminar flow control and de-icing systems.
S.P. Shukla is a Member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and as Group President, he is responsible for Aerospace and Defence Sector. He is also the Chairman of Mahindra Sanyo Special Steels Ltd.
Shane O’Hare was appointed as Senior Vice President, Marketing at Etihad Airways in November 2014. He is responsible for developing and implementing the airline’s global marketing strategy and also focuses on core functions such as brand management, communications, product and service development, and sales and distribution strategies.
Mr. Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi is the Founding Chairman of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Alnaqbi has over 24 years of experience in the aviation industry; having started his career in the high-profile segment of VIP air transportation before diversifying his interest into business aviation with a specific emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa region.
Heading up the mission operations team for the Emirates Mars Mission, Zakareyya is the Software Systems Section manager in MBRSC’s Space System Development Department and is responsible for the flight software and testing tools being integrated into the KhalifaSat satellite.
Dr. Jaiwon Shin is the associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), a position which he has held since 2008. Shin manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction, including research in advanced air vehicle concepts, airspace operations and safety, integrated aviation systems, and the nurturing and development of transformative concepts for aviation.
Peter Smith is Chairman and CEO of the UK-based Nasmyth Group, a cluster of precision engineering companies that serve a range of industries including aerospace, defence, energy, medical, automotive, marine and space.
Alex Thursby became the Group Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) on July 1, 2013. As the Group CEO, Mr Thursby is responsible for defining the strategic direction of the bank and the day to day management of NBAD and its subsidiary companies. He reports to the Board of Directors and leads the Executive Committee which is responsible for implementation of the bank’s strategic plans, ensuring that sustainable growth is achieved.
Vern Boyle is the vice president for cyber and advanced processing with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. He is focused on emerging technologies and research and development that support customer missions in defense and intelligence.
Mr. Prentice is a Partner in the Manufacturing, Transportation and Energy practice at Oliver Wyman based in the Dallas office. He has over 15 years of management consulting experience and works primarily with clients in the transportation space.
Ivor Ichikowitz is an industrialist, philanthropist and Executive Chairman of Paramount Group. Over the last 20 years he has built successful businesses across defence and aerospace manufacturing, aviation, property, retail, tourism, mining, agriculture and sustainable development.
Emma Finlay-Broadbelt is the Managing Director of Phoenix Aviation Ltd. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Phoenix Aviation Ltd (PAL) was formed in 1994 and today operates a fleet of eight fixed wing air ambulances, VIP aircraft and three utility/EMS helicopters.
Dr Yehya Al Marzouqi joined Tawazun in 2009 after working in Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), for over 16 years. Prior to that, he had worked in Resources Centre in a major bank in the USA.
Chris Davis is Raytheon’s Country Leader for the United Arab Emirates, and President of Raytheon International Inc., Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Colin Mahoney is senior vice president, International and Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. In this role, which he was appointed to in February 2013, Mahoney is responsible for leading the company’s international team in developing and achieving strategic and tactical business objectives, as well as managing the company’s global network of service centers providing repair and overhaul of avionics for commercial, business and military aircraft worldwide.
Kelly Ortberg is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rockwell Collins. He was appointed president in September 2012, CEO in July 2013 and was named chairman of the Board for Rockwell Collins in November 2015.
Hamid is an internationally acclaimed Manufacturing Leader with over 30 years of experience in the Automotive and Aerospace Industries. During this period he has held senior positions in a variety of disciplines ranging from Product Engineering to Operations and Supply Chain Management. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2001 from BMW Group where he was Director of New Product Programmes.
Ross Bradley began his career in aerospace as an engineering apprentice at the British Aircraft corporation, now BAESYTEMS. During his employment with the company he held Director level positions in most aerospace disciplines. In 1995 he was appointed Production Director of the Eurofighter Programme (Typhoon) and subsequently became the Programme and Managing Director.
Capt. W. Patrick Gordon has been serving as Advisor to His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of Royal Jet, for the past 17 years. With vast experience in the aviation industry his previous tenures included managerial and advisory posts in Aviation Operations, Training and Safety in the UAE, KSA , Africa, South America, USA and Canada.
Simon Carroll is the President and General Manager of Saab Middle East LLC and Head of Country Unit Middle East as part of the wider Market Area Europe, Middle East and Africa. In these roles, Simon is responsible for the Saab management, business development, sales and marketing efforts and partnerships within the Middle East region.
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President for Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), born in Riyadh on 27 June 1956. He got a master’s degree in Social and Political sciences from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Social Affairs at Syracuse University in the United States in 1999.
Vik Kachoria is CEO and President of Spike Aerospace which is designing the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Spike S-512. The low-sonic boom, 18 passenger, Mach 1.6 business jet will offer 50% savings in flight time making flights from UAE to London possible in just 3 hours.
Mr Siddiqui joined Mubadala in 2009 and was appointed the Strata CFO in 2011. He is responsible for all Financial affairs relevant to the business as well as overseeing the Commercial, Procurement & Supply Chain, Business Performance, Information Technology, Human Capital and Facilities Management departments.
Since 1981, Sir Martin has pioneered rapid-response, low-cost and highly-capable small satellites utilising modern terrestrial COTS devices to ‘change the economics of space’. In 1985 he formed a spin-off University company (SSTL) which has now designed, built, launched and operated in orbit 41 nano, micro, and mini-satellites – including the international Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and GIOVE-A, the first Galileo navigation satellite for ESA.
Richard Welford joined Tata Technologies in 2005 and is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. Previously President of EU Global Solutions and Strategic Business Unit at Tata Technologies, Richard currently leads the company’s global marketing activities and corporate strategy. As such, Richard is responsible for the definition and evolution of the Tata Technologies value proposition worldwide.
Eng. Osama Fadhel is the Director of Strategy, Programs & Commercial in Tawazun Precision Industries (TPI). In this capacity, he is assisting to forge the direction of TPI, one of the UAE’s leading manufacturers for machine components and metallic aero-structures for the defense and the aerospace industries. His current responsibilities include business development, sales, programs management, and the execution of offset projects within TPI.
Majid Al Mail is the Senior Manager at the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), heading the INNOVATOR Program. Majid holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University. He also has a Diploma in Leadership from Cambridge University and is a Mubadala Graduate Program alumnus.
Bill Irby is senior vice president and general manager of Textron Systems’ Unmanned Systems business, as well as a member of the Textron Systems Executive Leadership Team. In this role, he leads experienced teams, responsible for designing, delivering, manufacturing, fielding and supporting unmanned aircraft, command and control systems, remote video terminals and related technologies.
Ellen Lord is president and chief executive officer of Textron Systems, as well as a member of the Textron Executive Leadership Team. She leads a multi-billion dollar business with a broad range of products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace, infrastructure protection, and other customers around the world. Prior to assuming this position in 2012, Lord served in senior leadership positions within several of Textron Systems’ diverse businesses.
Thibaut Trancart graduated from the Superior Institute of Industrial Managing (France, Lille) and from the E.S.C. Business School (France, Lille). He also holds a certificate in Industrial Business from the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark, Copenhagen). Thibaut Trancart began his career holding management position within Thales Training & Simulation.
Graduated in Electronics at Naples University Rederico II, has started his space activity designing communication systems and on board computers. He has been responsible within former AERITALIA of science projects like Hipparcos and Integral, working as well for the International Space Station.
Sultan Almehrezi joined Thuraya telecommunication in 2004. Over the course of 11 years, he has held a variety of key strategic positions within technology team in the company. Sultan was Thuraya representative within the vendor facilities in USA for almost two years handling multiple major projects for Thuraya.
Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi is the Director General of the UAE Space Agency and a board member of UAE ICT fund. He played a key role in lobbying for the need to set up a federal Space Agency for the UAE. He was responsible for leading the task force to define, design and setup this Agency.
Sheikha Al Maskari is the Chief Innovation Officer at the UAE Space Agency with extensive knowledge of strategic communications, planning & development, personnel management, leadership training, employee development, and management in multiple industries.
After graduating from the University of Southern California with B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Telecom &Network) in 2004, Naser Al Rashedi joined a newly established and exciting federal organization, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority in beginning of 2005 looking after the Regulatory and Policy Issues related to Media, Information and Communication Technologies at both National and International Levels.
David P. Hess is United Technologies Corporation Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Aerospace. Hess rejoined UTC in January 2015 following a 35-year career that included serving as President of the corporation’s Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt & Whitney businesses.
Steve is currently studying potential international spaceflight operations as well as supporting Virgin Galactic with other business development initiatives. Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, Steve was the Executive Director for Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Ben Droste’s (1944) career is dominated by aviation and later by space as well. Firstly by his 38 year service in the Royal Netherlands Air Force as fighter pilot with 4000 hrs in his logbook and through a multitude of leadership functions.
Khaled Alnuaimi is an Engineer in The Spectrum and Regulatory Affairs Department at Al Yah Satellite Communications Company. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Sharjah in 2012, and a M.S. degree in Microsystems Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in 2014.