MRO Middle East Conference Speakers
Omar Abou-Alam, Regional Marketing Manager, Middle East & Africa, GE Aviation
Omar is GE Aviation’s Regional Marketing Manager for Middle East & Africa. In this role, he is responsible for driving regional strategies, proactive customer engagements, competitive assessments, and market analyses to identify and evaluate trends & growth ideas and convert them into actionable strategies.
Prior to joining GE in 2011, Omar had several years of professional experience where he acquired a deep understanding of the Middle East Aviation industry working for Triangle Group in Egypt as a representative for companies such as Lufthansa Technik, Honeywell, Sikorsky, and Raytheon among others. During this period he was involved in deals for a range of products & services, including avionics, satellite communication equipment, seats, galleys, auxiliary power units, aircraft maintenance, engine repair, component repair, and simulation & training solutions.
Omar is a graduate of University of Surrey in the UK where he studied Electronic Engineering. He received his MBA from INSEAD in 2010.
Abdulla Al-Abry, Senior Manager Quality Assurance, Oman Air
Mr. Abdullah Sulaiman Al Abry is the Senior Manager Quality Assurance and a nominated post holder representing Oman Air’s Quality under EASA Part-145, PACA CAR-145(+CAR M) and PACA CAR-147.
Mr. Al Abry graduated from AST-Perth-UK in 1984 with a B2 Licence covering Avionics trade. Because of his innovative and innovative way of working, Gulf Air was proud to have him amongst their team and he spent over 10 years as Line and Base maintenance for heavy checks. With the country wanting solid professionals in aviation, Abdulla Al Abry decided to join Oman Air in 1994.
At Oman Air he has held a number of roles and shown his expertise in various fields. His experience includes: roles in the Engineering & Maintenance department, implementing a computerization system (PMI) project, and a position as Oman Air’s / Airbus liaison Manager at Toulouse, to name a few. Currently, you name ‘Quality’ in Oman Air and there stands ‘Abdullah Al Abry’.
With a solid background of over 29 years of active aviation professional experience, Mr. Al-Abry brings with him a wealth of experience. He has been instrumental in implementing new methods for Oman Air’s quality improvement system making state of the art improvements in their Quality System – a pride to Oman Air and to the Sultanate of Oman as well.
Mohamad Al Charif, Senior Interiors Engineer, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies
After completing a degree and masters in Mechanical Engineering and an additional masters in Aeronautical Maintenance, Mohamad started his career at Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies as a Senior Design Engineer in 2006. He remained here for 3 years before moving in March 2009 to Gulf Air to be Acting Manager for Structures and Interiors. Here he was responsible for defining and reviewing standards and requirements for existing and new fleets. In September 2010 he returned to ADAT to be a Senior Interiors Engineer. Here Mohamad’s role covers project management, engineering design and fleet engineering support along with developing and certifying repair solutions.
Micheál Armstrong, CEO, Armac Systems
Micheál Armstrong is CEO of Armac Systems, a leading solutions provider in the area of MRO inventory planning. He is an engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin. Micheál has over 23 years experience in the aviation and management-consulting sectors with expertise in MRO, ERP, SAP, Systems Integration and Supply Chain having worked for Lufthansa Technik, System Dynamics and the National University of Ireland. Micheál has pioneered several new concepts in the complex area of planning inventory with uncertain demand. In 2002 he founded Armac Systems and to date the company has helped its clients save millions in inventory investment and inventory spend as well as providing management control around MRO inventory planning.
Steven Cespedes, Strategic Account Manager & Implementation Consultant (Aviation), Gael Middle East
Steven Cespedes is a quality and safety management professional with particular strengths in implementing management systems, managing change, project management and database development. He is a consultant for Gael with a background in implementing quality, safety and environmental management systems in large blue chip companies. Steven has tailored his skills in Gael’s aviation domain and has implemented around 50 Aviation solutions across the globe. Steven also manages Gael’s key aviation accounts, a responsibility which entails customer service visits and joint project management of Gael solutions into their operations.
David Conrad, VP Sales, Marketing & Customer Service, Zodiac Aerospace
Mr. David Conrad is the Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Zodiac Water & Waste Systems based in Carson, CA. In this role, he is responsible for leading all sales, market and customer support functions for the leading supplier of water and waste technology to the aviation and aerospace industry for over 50 years.
Prior to joining Zodiac Water & Waste, Mr. Conrad spent three years as the Director International Sales & Marketing of Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Co., Ltd (GAMECO) a Part 145 MRO based in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. In this role he was responsible for leading the development of all third party international airframe and component business for GAMECO, as well as the development and marketing of the GAMECO brand internationally. He also led the development of OEM partnerships to grow the capabilities of GAMECO.
Mr. Conrad has more than twenty eight years leadership experience in the global aviation and aerospace markets with extensive expertise in business development, sales and marketing, as well as experience managing businesses including P&L, strategic planning and process improvement. Mr. Conrad also served as the Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service as well as General Manager, PSI at Rexnord Aerospace. He has also held the position of Senior Director, Business Development, China Region for Goodrich Cargo Systems (based in Beijing, China). Prior to that he was Vice President, Marketing/Customer Service at AeroUnion Corp. and earlier had progressed through a number of business development and leadership positions in Honeywell. Mr. Conrad holds a B.S. degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Liam Creaven, SVP Technical, GE Capital Aviation Services
Liam graduated in engineering from Trinity College, Dublin in 1985. His aviation career spans modification design in South Africa, heavy maintenance in Shannon Aerospace, certification as an aeronautical officer at the Irish Aviation Authority and, since 1998, aircraft leasing with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). In his project management role for GECAS Liam is involved in aircraft redeliveries, deliveries, sales, acquisitions and modification programs. As the nominated representative of the Aviation Working Group, Liam is a member of the EASA technical records rulemaking working group and a member of the EASA rulemaking working group for import of aircraft from other regulatory systems into Europe. Liam has been based in the GECAS Dubai office since 2006.
Osama Fattaleh, Chief Executive Officer, JorAMCo
Osama took up his current role in May 2012 and is also co-founder of Zadd Business Process Outsourcing, who provide outsourcing services in the fields of legal, accounting, HR and publishing, targeted at small and medium size enterprises in other Middle East countries. Prior to joining JorAMCo, Osama held senior positions at Kingdom Electricity, Enara and Aramex.
Luke Gregori, Manager Business Technology - Engineering and Group Safety, Emirates Group IT
Luke is a very experienced IT manager currently for one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. Having played a key role within two significant Engineering software implementations, he has the background to share experiences and best practices regarding not only the software but the business implementation. Having to cope with the huge aircraft expansion seen within Emirates Group, innovation, streamlining and strategic vision are key to successful maintenance operations. This all builds the foundation of the fast moving Engineering IT portfolio.
Sakher Haddadin, Director- Material Management, NASTECH
Sakher is Material Management Director at NASTECH, which is part of NAS Holding based in Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He holds a Bsc Hons in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College/London and BA in political science. He has over thirty years experience in the aerospace industry of which fifteen years experience is in procurement and supply chain management.
Sakher has 19 years experience in aircraft maintenance and procurement with Royal Jordanian Air Force. He also has 14 years experience working in airlines, MROs and aerospace manufacturing companies in the UK and the Middle East
Antonio Haerry, Head of Quality, SR Technics
A mechanical engineer by trade, Antonio Härry began his career in 1980 at Jet Aviation in Basel as a completions project engineer.
Between 1982 and 2001 he worked for Crossair Technics and Swissair/SR Technics. At Crossair Technics he established the technical organization initially in Zurich, and then in Basel. Following this, he became Head of the Maintenance Department at Crossair, where he set up and developed a full-size maintenance organization with two main bases.
At SR Technics he worked in the Aircraft Overhaul division before moving to the Flight Safety division.
Between 2001 and 2006 he spent five years as Head of Quality Assurance at Contraves Space (RUAG Space). He went on to become Vice President Quality Assurance and Flight Safety for RUAG Aviation in Emmen, where he introduced a proactive, risk-based quality and safety management organization and safety management system (SMS). In 2009 he became Vice President Products at RUAG Aviation in Emmen and Oberpfaffenhofen (Munich), where one of his responsibilities was the successful relaunch and certification of the Dornier 228 New Generation aircraft. He re-joined SR Technics in January 2011 as Vice President Group Quality and Safety.
Antonio Härry holds an Engineering degree from the ZHAW School of Engineering.
Dr. Jassim Haji, Director Information Technology, Gulf Air
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has appointed Dr. Jassim Haji as the Director of Information Technology Division since August 2011.
Dr Haji has been instrumental in implementing some key innovations at Gulf Air’s IT systems and processes in recent times, most notably, the introduction of advanced technology for Gulf Air World Wide Contact Centre and Cloud Computing that have helped further improve customer interface services as well as cost efficiency to the company.
Dr Haji received his Doctorate in Business Administration (PhD) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK in 2010. He has completed his Master degree in Management of Information Technology from the University of Sunderland, UK and graduation in telecommunications from the famed Cable and Wireless College, Cornwall, UK.
He started his career with Sprint Telecommunications in London before joining Gulf Air in 1985 as a network engineer and moved to Sabre – an airline IT solutions company – to whom Gulf Air outsourced its IT services. He then moved to EDS, another American IT solutions company with global presence, when Gulf Air moved its outsourcing services and grew within the ranks to become the Executive Director of EDS. When Gulf Air brought back its IT services, Jasim also moved back to Gulf Air and became the Head of Information Technology Infrastructure in 2008.
Richard Howard, Managing Director, Howard Consultants & IATA Registered Instructor
Richard Howard has over 22 years of experience in airline and airport operations, the majority of which have been specialized in the training and development field. During his career he has fulfilled the roles of Airside Instructor, Air Operations Manager, Ground Operations Manager and Training & Standards Manager based in the United Kingdom, Iraq, and Bahrain.
Richard is an IATA registered instructor and subject matter expert supporting the IATA Training and Development Institute in the development and delivery of various training programs. In addition to this Richard is an active IOSA and ISAGO auditor and independent consultant specializing in Safety and Quality Management Systems.
Richard has a University Diploma in Training and Development and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development and Performance Management both from the University of Leicester and is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Oussama Jadayel, Director, Balamand Institute of Aeronautics, University of Balamand
Professor Jadayel works at the University of Balamand in Lebanon where he leads the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Institute of Aeronautics.
He obtained his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. in the field of Aero-Thermodynamics. Following his graduation, he served as a research engineer at Cambridge University and later as a lecturer in Thermal Sciences at Birmingham for some seven years.
He joined Balamand in 1997 where he helped set up many teaching, research and community service programs in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance Technology and Geographical Information Systems. He has served on many national and governmental committees and provided advice and consultancy to many industrial organizations in his area of expertise.
Professor Jadayel is also an active Flight Instructor and a Flight Test Examiner. He has authored many articles and papers journals and conferences, as well as the first book on Lebanese Aviation History.
Tiymor Kalimat, Manager Technical Procurement, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Chairman of the IATA Maintenance Cost Task Force (MCTF)
Tiymor holds a Bsc. in mechanical engineering, and Aerospace MBA from the Toulouse business school.
He started his career as a power plant development engineer at Royal Jordanian Airlines, then moved be a senior service project engineer, where he was responsible for aircraft commercial customization and aircraft entry into service.
Up until the end of 2010 Tiymor was managing the cost control section for Royal Jordanian’s engineering and maintenance department and also acting as an internal consultant to the airline, where he was responsible for the financial and contractual evaluation for certain cost saving projects, and was a member of aircraft leasing and maintenance agreement negotiation committees.
At the beginning of 2011 he moved to the finance department to work closely on certain ongoing projects, and on aircraft leasing agreement management and optimization.
Early in 2012, Tiymor moved to the procurement department and he is currently the manager of all technical procurement activities for the airline, including procuring aircraft and all of its maintenance services.
Tiymor has been the chairman of the IATA maintenance cost task force since 2009.
Bernd Kriegl, Chief Repair Engineer Commercial MRO, MTU Maintenance
Bernd joined MTU in 1984 after earning his master’s degree in both in aeronautical and flight operations engineering. He started his career in verification and testing which tasks focussing on performing system and component analysis for various military and commercial engines.
After gathering additional field and customer support experience as company representative in the United States, he moved on to design and engineering acting as Chief Engineer for MTU’s helicopter engines and later on as Technical Director for industrial and marine gas turbines.
In 2000 he took over the position of Director Turbine Technology, being responsible for all of MTU’s turbine related technology activities. During that period he was also the Chief Engineer for a new high speed low pressure turbine (LPT) technology demonstrator. Later, the high speed LPT became one of the key elements in PW’s family of geared turbofan engines.
Bernd is currently responsible for all high tech repair development activities in MTU’s commercial MRO business.
Philip Lawes, Base Maintenance Manager, Volga-Dnepr Gulf
Philip began his career in aviation following his graduation from RAF Halton in 1973.
Since leaving the RAF in 1978, Philip has spent the last 35 years working for 4 major airlines and 2 MRO’s in Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance environments, gaining equal experience in both line and base maintenance, and working on both sides of the commercial boundaries, as a provider and as a client. The experience gained has presented him with a valuable perspective, the ability to make quick decisions and reach practical solutions in all aspects of aviation maintenance.
Past roles include: Licensed Engineer, Technical Representative, Line Maintenance manager, Operations Manager, Heavy Check Manager and Base Maintenance Manager.
During Philip’s career he has seen, and been involved in, many phases of restructuring as aviation business and regulations evolved. He has continually advanced his knowledge and experience, adapting to the changes in aircraft technology, maintenance programs, and business models. As recognition of these qualities Philip has been entrusted with several special assignments requiring delicate and careful interpersonal relationship management and organizational skills.
Yann Lepage, Global Sales Leader – HAT, Honeywell Aerospace
Yann Lepage is currently the Global Sales Leader of the Honeywell Aerospace Trading (HAT) business across the entire aerospace product portfolio. Yann leads the Global Trading business’s sales activities. In this role, he is responsible for proposing pre owned equipments to an extensive set of customers around the world. Yann is based at the Honeywell Aerospace - Rolle office in Switzerland.
He has made significant contributions to the development of sale propositions and commercial models to align with customer requirements. Yann is a customer focus representative of Honeywell Aerospace and his expertise spans internationally. In addition, he has been able to use his expertise to leverage the offering made by Honeywell in support of customer’s programs and expectations enabling HAT to become one of the key players in the aerospace pre owned equipments business.
Prior to joining Honeywell Yann previously spent eleven years working within IT and telecoms companies including IBM, Orange Business and Dell. He held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility in sales; including senior account management and global account management. Yann holds a Masters degree from the business school of management in Lille, France, and graduated from the IBM Sales University.
Mike Lewis, Director, Sales Support & Proposal Operations, Bombardier
Mike Lewis was appointed Director, Sales, Support and Operations in January 2009. In this role, Mr. Lewis and his team are responsible for supporting the sales of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and bundled Customer Services cost-per-hour service offerings for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft programs world-wide.
With many years in the aerospace industry, Mr. Lewis brings a wealth of experience to his role. In his 34 years with Bombardier he has held positions in Operations, Product and Customer Support, Product Development and Governance in both the Commercial and Business Aircraft sectors. Prior to his current position, Mr. Lewis was the Director of Strategy and Business Development, where he oversaw strategic planning and governance for the Commercial Aircraft division.
Jeff Livings, Managing Director - Europe & Middle East, TeamSAI
Jeff recently joined TeamSAI having accumulated some 38 years experience in aviation , during which he has held executive roles with operators in the UK, Middle East and India.
Jeff has a strong engineering background, having held various line management roles in base and line maintenance with British Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Jeff had a long career at Virgin Atlantic where he helped establish the engineering department, before taking on various roles around the department before becoming Director of Engineering and then later adding Ground Operations. Jeff led various aircraft cabin improvement programmes, the building of the Virgin hangar and various business improvement programmes.
Jeff led the start up of a corporate jet operation based out of Hyderabad and Delhi in India, offering customised services to meet individual client expectations for a wide range of VVIP passengers across India and Asia.
Jeff has developed a strong set of technical, managerial and financial skills over the years, which he has demonstrated with considerable success at senior executive level. Jeff has extensive negotiating experience having concluded agreements with most aircraft and engine manufacturers, including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce and GE, leading industry service providers, aircraft maintenance companies in the UK and overseas for heavy and line maintenance, aircraft leasing companies and financial institutions.
Jeff has used his broad experience to assist established operators introduce various efficiency focused initiatives, driving cost reductions and improving productivity. Jeff has used his extensive supply chain experience to drive improved technical standards into tender programmes to ensure the total cost and effects to the business are fully considered. Such an approach ensures despatch reliability and aircraft availability are considered along with price.
John Maggiore, Director, Fleet and Maintenance Solutions, Boeing
John Maggiore leads the Fleet and Maintenance Solutions organization within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services’ newest business unit, Digital Aviation. Fleet and Maintenance Solutions provides a broad portfolio of information-powered capabilities to the aviation industry, with a focus on the maintenance and engineering domain. His purview includes Airplane Health Management, aspects of Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and their applications, a suite of Boeing-hosted e-Enabling offerings and a new line of maintenance-related mobile applications. He also leads the Inmedius software and services business, which Boeing acquired in 2011.
Before he accepted his current role, he led the Airplane Health Management program. Upon joining Boeing in 2001, he worked on the concept, design and creation of Airplane Health Management.
Maggiore’s background includes more than 27 years in aviation-related positions, with focus on avionics, information management and systems health management. Maggiore holds a bachelor of science in engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and has been awarded two patents for Boeing airplane data related information innovations.
Peter Mashaba, General Manager Risk & Compliance, South African Express Airways
Mr. Peter Mashaba completed his aircraft maintenance studies in the year 1999, and obtained a license as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in 2003, upon completion of his studies; he was employed by South African Airways as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for a period of 5 years.
In 2003, Peter expanded his horizon after being offered an opportunity to work for the regulatory body, South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) at the capacity of Airworthiness Inspector and later as Head of Large Aircraft division, where he was responsible to certify aircraft and organizations that operate and maintain aircraft.
Currently Mr. Mashaba is employed by South African Express (SAX) as General Manager: Technical Maintenance and Engineering, previous position with SAX for three years as General Manager: Aviation Safety, Security, Quality and Environmental Affairs. Mr. Mashaba is responsible for safe operation and maintenance of the airline fleet and ensuring compliance with Civil Aviation Regulations and International Standards set by International Airline Transport Association (IATA). Mr. Mashaba has been involved in the aviation industry for over a period of 17 years, which include both the airline environment (SAX) and the regulatory environment at South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). He holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety and Aircraft Airworthiness from ENAC and ENSICA University in France.
He is also serving on Accident and Incident Panel of South African Civil Aviation Authority which is responsible for advising the Director for Civil Aviation on all accident that occurs within the republic and on South African registered aircraft.
Nay Mezannar, Training Manager, Balamand Institute of Aeronautics, University of Balamand
Nay Mezannar is a Ph.D. student at the University of Bologna and a Lecturer at the University of Balamand in Lebanon. She is also the Training Manager at the Balamand Institute of Aeronautics (BIA). After finishing her Master degree in Aeronautical Engineering in SUPAERO (Toulouse-France) along with an internship at Airbus in the Aircraft Performance field, she went back to Lebanon and joined the University of Balamand. She is a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University and gives courses in Fluid Mechanics, Flight Mechanics for Aeronautical Engineering students and Physics for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians. As the BIA Training Manager she is directly concerned with the education and guidance of the students. Starting January 2012, she enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Bologna and is working on the Innovative Man-Machine Interfaces in Aeronautics.
Abdullah Osman, VP, Engineering Material Management & Supplier Support, Emirates Engineering
A graduate in Aeronautical Engineering with over 40 years of experience in Aviation in the areas of Maintenance, Planning, Technical Services and Materials with PIA and Emirates. Joined Emirates in 1989 and have been part of the management team of Emirates Engineering supporting the growth of the fleet from 3 to 188 aircraft fleet of wide body aircraft. Currently, working as Vice President Material Management in Emirates, responsible for the Supply Chain of Engines, Nacelles, Components and Parts including management of repairs, material planning, warehousing and logistics.
Jim O’Sullivan, Vice President Sales & Business Development, Europe, Middle East & Africa, HEICO
Mr. O’Sullivan began his career with Irish national airline, Aer Lingus, at its Engine Overhaul Division. During his ten years there Jim held various positions within Production Operations.
In 1991 Jim left Aer Lingus to join SIFCO, an engine component repair specialist. As Technical Support Engineer he was responsible for the sales and marketing of new products and services to customer airlines and MRO facilities worldwide.
In 1996 Jim joined AAR as a Technical Sales Manager responsible for its Engine Component Services repair divisions. In 2000 Jim was appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing for Europe, Middle East & Africa. In 2003 he also assumed additional responsibilities supporting the sales efforts of its Aircraft Component Services and PMA Products divisions.
In January 2007 Jim moved to HEICO Aerospace as Director of Sales and Strategic Programs for EMEA. In March 2009 Jim was promoted to Vice President Sales for the region and in August 2009 he also assumed the role of Vice President Business development for EMEA.
Entisar Ramahy, Marketing & Public Relation Manager, Mideast Aviation Academy
Entisar Al-Ramahi has been Director of public relations and marketing for the Mideast Aviation Academy since 2000.
Mrs. Ramahi is considered one of the founders of the Middle East Aviation Academy where she has worked for thirteen years. She has gained vast experience and expanded the circle of public relations with all Arab CAA and big Airline companies to become one of the discerning ladies working in the marketing field of aviation training.
Ms. Ramahi was able to contribute to the academic progress as well as to attract a large number of Arab and foreign students to study in Jordan.
Jean-Thomas Rey, Marketing Manager Services, Snecma
Jean-Thomas Rey holds a master’s degree in Air Transport Management from the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) in Toulouse, France. After his graduation in 2009, he started his career at Sabena technics as a Sales & Marketing Manager for the business unit “Technical Training”. His role was to sell and promote a wide range of training services within the EMEA area. At the end of 2011, Jean-Thomas moved to GECI International where he held a position of Sales Support Engineer. He was in charge of airline marketing analyses for the programs SK-105 and F406. In April 2013, Jean-Thomas joined the Sales & Marketing division of Snecma as a Marketing Manager dedicated to the Services for civil engines (CFM56, LEAP and SaM146). He also holds a Private Pilot License and has logged 100+ flight hours on aircraft such as C152, TB20 and CAP10.
Graham Smith, Head of Business Development, Regional Aircraft, BAE Systems
Graham Smith Head of Business Development, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft was born in Manchester England. Graham Joined then British Aerospace in 1979 and has held a variety of positions within the company predominantly in Supply Chain and Aftermarket Support & Contracts, including VP Spares Operations Americas in Washington DC, Commercial Director and currently Head of Business Development.
During this time Graham has developed an extensive knowledge of the regional commercial aircraft sector and has been closely involved in ‘Rate Per Flight Hour’ support programs delivering value and satisfaction to our customers for almost 20 years.
Chris Spafford, Partner, Oliver Wyman
Chris Spafford is a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Aviation, Aerospace and Defense practice and also runs the firm’s Dallas office. He is a 15 year veteran of the industry that focuses entirely in the commercial aviation and aerospace aftermarket. He has worked for over 50 different clients across all continents on a wide array of assignments including operational / financial restructuring, mergers / acquisitions, strategy development, supply chain optimization, organization redesign, and launching new ventures. His clients have included leading airlines, OEMs, and financial institutions from around the globe. He is an Engineer by trade holding a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. He is an avid and tortured hockey fan – Go Stars!
James Stewart, Group CEO, Mubadala Aerospace MRO Network
James Stewart is Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, encompassing Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and SR Technics.
Previously, James was Chief Financial Officer of SR Technics and the CEO of the SR Technics Group. James Stewart started his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young before joining Bombardier Inc. His career at Bombardier included the roles of CFO of its Learjet business, and Vice President Finance at Short Brothers. He was also CFO of Bombardier Aerospace, Vice President Specialized Finance at the Bombardier Group, and Vice President Finance, New Commercial Aircraft Programs.
James Stewart holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Queen’s University in Belfast (UK), and is a fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
William J. Welch, President, EcoServices, LLC
William “Bill” Welch is the President of EcoServices, LLC, which provides market leading EcoPower® engine wash services for commercial and military customers worldwide. EcoPower® engine wash technology employs a patented closed-loop system that cleans engines using only pure atomized water, collects the wastewater and achieves significant reductions in aircraft fuel burn and emissions. To date over 40,000 EcoPower engine washes have saved an estimated 250 million gallons of fuel and prevented more than 2.2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.
Prior to joining EcoServices, Bill led Pratt & Whitney’s Line Maintenance Services organization. He joined Pratt & Whitney in 1994 and he assumed various roles in manufacturing and engineering. Bill earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and holds a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Omar Abou-Alam, Regional Marketing Manager, Middle East & Africa, GE Aviation
- Abdulla Al-Abry, Senior Manager Quality Assurance, Oman Air
- Mohamad Al Charif, Senior Interiors Engineer, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies
- Amir Ali, Chief Engineer, Maintenance Operation Centre, PIA Engineering
- Abdulrahman Altayeb, VP Maintenance, Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Micheál Armstrong, CEO, Armac Systems
- Iain Blackhall, Managing Director, Civil Aviation, Aviation Week
- Steven Cespedes, Strategic Account Manager & Implementation Consultant (Aviation), Gael Middle East
- David Conrad, VP Sales, Marketing & Customer Service, Zodiac Aerospace
- Liam Creaven, SVP Technical, GE Capital Aviation Services
- Ed Duran, GM Customer Services Engineering, GE Aviation
- Osama Fattaleh, Chief Executive Officer, JorAMCo
- Luke Gregori, Manager Business Technology - Engineering and Group Safety, Emirates Group IT
- Sakher Haddadin, Director- Material Management, NASTECH
- Antonio Haerry, Head of Quality, SR Technics
- Dr. Jassim Haji, Director Information Technology, Gulf Air
- Luiz Hamilton, VP Services & Support, Europe, Middle East & Africa - Commercial Aviation, Embraer
- Ed Hazelwood, Editor-In-Chief Conferences, Aviation Week
- Richard Howard, Managing Director, Howard Consultants & IATA Registered Instructor
- Oussama Jadayel, Director, Balamand Institute of Aeronautics, University of Balamand
- Tiymor Kalimat, Manager Technical Procurement, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Chairman of the IATA Maintenance Cost Task Force (MCTF)
- Bernd Kriegl, Chief Repair Engineer Commercial MRO, MTU Maintenance
- Philip Lawes, Base Maintenance Manager, Volga-Dnepr Gulf
- Yann Lepage, Global Sales Leader – HAT, Honeywell Aerospace
- Mike Lewis, Director, Sales Support & Proposal Operations, Bombardier
- Jeff Livings, Managing Director - Europe & Middle East, TeamSAI
- John Maggiore, Director, Fleet and Maintenance Solutions, Boeing
- Ashraf Mohamed Mansour, Cabin Interior Engineer, EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering
- Peter Mashaba, General Manager Risk & Compliance, South African Express Airways
- Jim Mathews, Senior Director - Online Editorial & Data, Aviation Week
- Nay Mezannar, Training Manager, Balamand Institute of Aeronautics, University of Balamand
- Abdullah Osman, VP, Engineering Material Management & Supplier Support, Emirates Engineering
- Jim O’Sullivan, VP Sales & Business Development, Europe, Middle East & Africa, HEICO
- Cornelis Radjawane, VP Cabin Maintenance Services, GMF AeroAsia
- Entisar Ramahy, Marketing & Public Relation Manager, Mideast Aviation Academy
- Zaffar A. Razzaq, Vice President, The Middle East & N. Africa, Commercial Engines & Global Services, Pratt & Whitney
- Abulqasim A. Redha, Acting CEO, ALAFCO
- Pierre Reville, VP Services-Solutions, Airbus Customer Services
- Jean-Thomas Rey, Marketing Manager Services, Snecma
- Paul Saunders, Global Product Manager, Flatirons Solutions
- Ahmad Seblini, Business Development Manager, SITA Communications & Infrastructure Solutions
- Phil Seymour, President & COO, IBA Group
- Graham Smith, Head of Business Development, Regional Aircraft, BAE Systems
- Chris Spafford, Partner, Oliver Wyman
- David Stewart, VP, ICF SH&E
- James Stewart, Group CEO, Mubadala Aerospace MRO Network
- Lee Ann Tegtmeier, Chief Editor, MRO, Aviation Week
- William J. Welch, President, EcoServices, LLC