Air Marshal Jyotinarayan Burma held various important positions in the Indian Air Force including Air Officer-in-charge " Administration and was a Principal Staff Officer at Air Headquarter. In 2013, He assumed charge as Administrative Member in Armed Forced Tribunal, Principal Bench.
He represented Indian Air Force in Inter-Ministerial Committee on Civil Military Integration of Air Traffic Services and Implementation of Communication Navigation Surveillance and Air Traffic Management System.
Subhranshu Sekhar Das is Vice President and Head of the Aviation Practice at Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific. He focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in commercial and business aviation. His domain expertise includes global aviation industry advisory, and he has executed a series of research and global consulting assignments. He has direct Contribution in Developing Singapore and other Asia Pacific Country's Aviation Industry.
Subhranshu has represented Frost & Sullivan as a speaker at numerous conferences in Asia, the recent ones being " Aircraft Leasing & Finance, International Seminar on Challenges in Aviation Technologies, Integration & Operations, Asian Airports and Asian Aircraft Maintenance Conference. He is also actively Involved in Charity and community Development.
He has received acclaim for his research, consulting and strategy formulation. His articles and quotes have been published in leading international publications and aviation trade journals including Flight International, Harvard Business Review and Aviation Week. He has also been quoted in some of global leading newspapers such as The Economic Times, Strait Times Financial Express and Business Standard.
Prior to working with Frost & Sullivan, Subhranshu had worked with other well known global consulting organizations. In all, he has more than a decade of experience in Technical/Management Consulting/Research and implementation of large Aviation projects.
Chris Markou is Head, Operational Cost Management for IATA's Operations department. Chris has been working on Airline Operations Cost Management and Efficiency Improvement. He has worked on several initiatives to optimize airline operational costs using industry best practices and benchmarks on Airline and especially Maintenance Costs trends. Part of his focus is the "Paperless Aircraft Operations" initiative leading to simplifying the business through worldwide acceptance of electronic documentation and records. Chris is the Secretary to several groups on airline cost benchmarking and aircraft leasing. Before IATA, Chris worked at Delta TechOps. He held various positions in TechOps' Strategy leading to General Manager for Technical Sales - Marketing. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and an Executive MBA from Emory University.
Ashish is the Vice-President & Make in India Officer for Airbus India where he is driving Airbus' existing 'Make in India' initiatives and is conceiving new ones across all its three Divisions (Airbus Helicopters, Airbus and Airbus Defence & Space) in order to increase their industrial footprint in India.
Prior to joining Airbus Group, Ashish headed the Tata"Sikorsky joint venture in Hyderabad and was also responsible for Sikorsky's industrialisation and strategic partnership initiatives in India.
Ashish started his career at Dassault Systemes followed by Deloitte Consulting. There, he led multiple business planning and transformation projects focused on lean engineering, supply chain strategy and product development optimization, for Fortune 100 companies.
A truly international professional, Ashish has lived and worked for over a decade in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Ashish is the recipient of the prestigious Maxell award for Excellence in Business Leadership 2016.
Airbus was recently appointed in the governing council and board of Aviation and Aerospace Sector Skill Council(AASSC). Ashish will be Airbus' representative on the board of AASSC.
Ashish holds a Masters Degree in International Business from University of London, Post Graduate Diploma in Business (Mktg.) Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune India, a Diploma in Managing for Execution from Cornell University, New York and a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Nagpur, India. He has also attended joint Executive Leadership Program from the Darden School of Business, USA and NUS Singapore.
Apart from his professional commitments, Ashish serves on the advisory board for a not-for-profit organization aimed at helping farmers across the country through fair trade.
He currently lives in the Delhi NCR with his wife and two children and enjoys reading and playing golf whenever he gets time.
Born in small village BASI KALAN, Dist Hoshiarpur, Punjab, obtained Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh in 1975.
Joined Air India as Graduate Engineer Trainee and got AME licence in 1980.
Worked in Base/Line Maintenance as an AME & Shift-Incharge.
Shifted to Quality Management and headed Quality Department in Air India Express and Air Costa.
41 years of experience in Aviation engineering including 37 years in Air India.
Have done assignments in Singapore, Abh Dhabi & London.
Extensive travel around the globe - 57 countries in 5 continents.
Have made more than 30 presentations in International aviation conferences and seminars in past six years on all aspects of aviation engineering " Maintenance, Quality & Safety Management, Lease Management, Big Data, Data Analytics etc
Headed policy committee and was VP of AEI (Aircraft Engineers International)
Have been nominated as industry expert in following committees formed by Indian government and Directorate General of Civil Aviation :
Harpreet A De. Singh, is the Executive Director & Chief of Flight Safety - Air India.
She is President of Indian Women Pilots' Association (IWPA) affiliated to 99s world organisation. She is also Vice Chairman of 'Aeronautical Society of India', Mumbai Branch & Council Member at Headquarters of AeSI and has presented many papers in various International conferences.
She obtained Commercial Pilot's Licence from IGRUA in 1988 and was selected as first woman pilot in Air India. She is a qualified Instructor who imparts DGCA approved Technical training for all Pilots, Flight Engineers, Flight Despatchers on CAT-II/III, RVSM, ETOPS, MNPS, FMS, etc on all aircraft type of Air India which are A310, B747-400, B747-200/300, B737-800 & B777. She is also qualified as an Instructor for Human Factors and CRM training and has conducted many "Train the Trainer" courses for airlines and corporate organisations.
She is also the first woman Head of Quality Management Systems in an airline and the first Lead Auditor and Evaluator for International Quality and Safety Standards for IOSA, ISAGO and LOSA. She has obtained the diploma in Safety Management System and Risk Management and the first woman head of Corporate SMS and Convener for the Risk Management in an airline. She is also the first woman to head the Emergency Response in an airline and conceptualize the 'Angels of Air India' for Humanitarian Response. Her previous role included the additional responsibility to Head the Environment Management and Green Initiatives, besides the Fuel Management and Operational Efficiency Programme.
• Born in small village BASI KALAN, Dist Hoshiarpur, Punjab, obtained Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh in 1975.
• Joined Air India as Graduate Engineer Trainee and got AME licence in 1980.
• Worked in Base/Line Maintenance as an AME & Shift-Incharge.
• Shifted to Quality Management and headed Quality Department in Air India Express and Air Costa.
• 41 years of experience in Aviation engineering including 37 years in Air India.
• Have done assignments in Singapore, Abh Dhabi & London.
• Extensive travel around the globe - 57 countries in 5 continents.
• Have made more than 30 presentations in International aviation conferences and seminars in past six years on all aspects of aviation engineering – Maintenance, Quality & Safety Management, Lease Management, Big Data, Data Analytics etc.
• Headed policy committee and was VP of AEI (Aircraft Engineers International)
• Have been nominated as industry expert in following committees formed by Indian government and Directorate General of Civil Aviation : 1. Aviation Regulations Advisory Panel (ARAP);
2. State Safety Programme (SSP);
3. National Aviation safety team (NAST)
Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant has Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering. His areas of specialization include Aircraft Conceptual Design, Air Transportation, and Optimization. He has been a member of faculty of Aerospace Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay since December 1989.
Prof. Pant is an alumnus of College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University, UK, where he earned his Ph.D. under Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, and IIT Madras, where he did his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. He has also worked for five years in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the Design & Engineering Department at Kanpur (3.5 years) and Nasik (1.5 years) Divisions.
In 2002, he set up a Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) systems laboratory at IIT Bombay, which has undertaken several R&D and Consultancy projects related to design, development and demonstration of LTA systems. Since 2007, he has been an international member of AIAA’s Lighter-Than-Air Technical Committee, and currently is its Chairperson for 2014-16. He has published and presented more than 200 scientific papers, of which around 140 are in international journals and conferences. He has also visited several top ranking Institutes and Universities all over the world.
Prof. Pant has been a Visiting Professor at School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for a year in 2016. Earlier, he was appointed as a Special Visiting Researcher during 2012-15 under the Science Without Borders program of the Brazilian Government for a project related to design and development of Hybrid Lighter-Than-Air systems. He has been a visiting faculty at Department of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2010-11, and a visiting researcher at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil in 2012, Texas A&M University in 2011, Cambridge University in 2008, and Imperial College London in 2006. He was an Adjunct Faculty at Department of Aerospace & Automobile Engineering, MIT, Manipal University during 2009-10, and is a regular visitor to various institutions and colleges to interact with their students and faculty members.
Mr. HR Jagannath is an accomplished techno-commercial expert and has Over 33 years of extensive experience in Airline Industry. He has been associated in maintenance & operations of aircraft, safety inspections, PIBS, quality, process optimization 8. continuous improvement, as well as Project Management, Engineering Services, Technology Integration, Techno-commercial Consulting, Auditing, Reporting & Documentation and Strategic Management and scheduling etc.
In his various roles he has managed overall engineering functions, handling all types of crisis situations like AOGs, incidents, flight diversions, etc., leasing aircraft, preparing maintenance plan, authoring MOE for airline etc.
His diverse knowledge has helped him in setting-up and operationalising of aircraft. maintenance facilities like Thriruvanantapuram, Nagpur and Hyderabad MROs of Air India in shortest possible time.
Mr. Jagannath is a B.Tech from Calicut University and holder of licenses and approvals from Indian DGCA and FAA and UK CAA. He has held several key positions in Air India before being selected as CEO of Air India Engineering Services Limited on 01" Mar. 2014.
Shaji Karunakaran is the Chief Engineering Manager of BlueDart Aviation, India’s only scheduled domestic cargo airline and South Asia’s largest, with a fleet of six B757 freighters.He has been with Blue Dart Aviation since the inception of the airline and established the entire engineering setup ensuring smooth operations.
Blue Dart Aviation has in-house capabilities to carryout Major maintenance checks, Line maintenance and limited shop work.
During his over 40 years of aviation career, he worked with National Carrier Indian Airlines and private airlines East-West & Damania before joining Blue Dart Aviation in 1996.Heis a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Air Transport Management.
Kishore Jayaraman is the President for Rolls Royce India and South Asia. Based in New Delhi, Kishore looks after all operations and activities of Rolls-Royce in India and South Asia and pursues expanded opportunities for all Rolls-Royce businesses across the region.
Kishore came into Rolls-Royce after a long and distinguished 23 year career with GE, the last of which was as President & CEO, of GE Energy, South Asia. Kishore has rich multifaceted experience in Technology, Project Management, Commercial Operations and Business Leadership. Kishore has spent extensive time in global management responsibilities and during the course has relocated for extensive durations globally.
Born in Chennai, India, Kishore graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and is an MBA graduate from the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, Athens.
Kishore is an active member of several boards and committees in the South Asia region and is based in New Delhi, India.
Mr. Bharat H. Malkani
Chairman and Managing Director of :
Max Aerospace Group:
1) Max Aerospace and Aviation Private Limited
2) Max MRO Services Private Limited
3) MaxAero Engines Private Limited
1) Hotel Transit Group at Mumbai
Masters' Degree - Technology Management, Washington University
Bachelors' Degree - Electronic Engineering, MIT.
Chairman, Joint FICCI Task Force for Aerospace and Defense Policy
Chairman, CII Committee on ‘MRO and Make In India’
Executive Committee Member, MRO Association of India
Executive Committee Member, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India
Some notable Awards:
Lifetime Achievement Award from SIATI for contribution to the Aerospace Industry.
Best Military MRO 2011, Indian Aviation
Best Aerospace and Defense Company 2016, India Today Award
Bharat Malkani is a first generation entrepreneur in Aviation and Defense. He started his company in a small rented workshop in 1994. Since then the company has grown to be India’s premier MRO for both Civil and Military aviation.
Rahul Shah joined AAR in 1991 as a Development Engineer for AAR Engine Component Services in New York and Connecticut, USA. He then rose to the rank of Program Manager, with responsibility for the sales and marketing activities of the Company’s engine component repair business.
Mr. Shah became Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AAR’s Asia Pacific region in 2000. He was promoted to Managing Director of Asia Pacific Operations in 2002 and, with his technical expertise and international business acumen, the business grew seven-fold under his leadership.
Mr. Shah has now focused his attention on growing AAR’s presence in Africa, India and the Middle East, in addition to the Asia Pacific. As Senior Vice President, Mr. Shah manages operations, sales and marketing efforts across these regions from an office in Singapore.
Mr. Shah earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in Business, Finance and Marketing, which he applies as he develops strategic programs to meet the needs of AAR’s customers around the world.
Mr. Arun Kashyap is an aviator by professional with 20 years aviation experience. He has completed basic course in aircraft maintenance from School of aviation science and Technology, Delhi in 1997. Heholds an Aircraft maintenance engineers’ licence in Avionics streamon Boeing 737 Classic, Boeing 737 NG, Boeing 777, Airbus 330, Airbus 340, trainer aircraft Cessna A-152, King Air C-90, ATR 72-500, He has acquired management qualification Masters in Air Transport management in year 2012 from City University UK.
He has worked in different airlines at various positions in engineering and Maintenance division in past 20 years. He hasserved different positions in prestigious airlines - Jet airways, Flydubai, Oman Air and Spicejet during his tenure. He has been in management positions in different airlines. He is currently engaged with Spicejet as Executive Vice President and Head of Engineering and maintenance. Spicejet airline is low cost airline in India with a fleet of55 Boeing 737-800 and Q400 aircraft. As head of Engineering and maintenance, He is responsible for Airworthiness, safety, quality, On time performance and budget of engineering devision. Hehas been part of start- up team at Flydubai airline in 2009 and core team involved in turnaround of Spicejet airline in 2014.
Ms. Priya Iyengar, a professional lawyer and a passionate teacher is involved in the both fields for the last 20 years. She is part of CASL(NALSAR) team and assisted Dr. Balkista Reddy (Founder of CASL and Current Registrar, NALSAR) in content development and teaching aviation and corporate law related subjects for CASL courses.
Ms. Iyengar is also a team member of legislation drafting committee of NALSAR University which is a knowledge partner for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh State Governments. She contributed her expertise in drafting Revenue Laws(State of Telangana), Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy Frame Work(State of Andhra Pradesh), Transfer of Technology and Contracts Implementation Frame Work for Defense organizations of Indian Government.
With varied experience of twenty years from her diverse background as a Corporate, Aerospace & Defense Lawyer andArbitrator , Priya Iyengar focuses on Civil Aviation Sector in leveraging her expertise on the effective and efficient resolution of complex disputes. She also has a counseling practice in civil aviation, telecom, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions.
Ms. Priya Iyengar is the founding partner of Compass Law Associates which is a specialized Aviation Law Firm based out of Delhi. Her efficient team, in association with many external subject matter experts and specialists, collaborated with Avion World in extending legal and management knowledge courses and skills to function in Aviation Sector for students and professionals as well.
Dinesh Keskar is senior vice president, Asia-Pacific & India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a position he assumed in February 2012. He is responsible for the Boeing business relationships with airline customers in Asia Pacific & India and for sale of commercial airplanes to customers in those regions.
From 2009 until his present assignment, Keskar was vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing India. In that role he was responsible for representing the entire enterprise and for leading Boeing-wide efforts focused on expanding the company’s local presence and pursuing new growth and productivity initiatives in India.
From 2004, Keskar served as Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for South and Southeast Asia. His responsibilities included overseeing all commercial airplanes activities in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
In 2000, Keskar was the vice president, Sales, and president of Boeing Aircraft Trading. In this dual role, he was responsible for marketing all types of aircraft, owned by Boeing, to customers worldwide, and managed all commercial airplanes sales activities in India. Keskar served as president of Boeing Aircraft Trading until March 2005.
From 1995 to 2000, Keskar served as president of Boeing India for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, he was responsible for sales and marketing of commercial airplanes, airline support and industrial partnership activities in India.From 1987 to 1995, Keskar was a director of International Sales, where he managed all of Boeing’s airplane sales and marketing activities in India, and was responsible for managing relationships with government-operated Air India and Indian Airlines, related civil aviation government offices and new India-based private airlines.
Since he joined Boeing in June 1980, Keskar has held senior positions in engineering, marketing and sales. From 1980 to 1986, he was responsible for research and consultation in the areas of system identification, digital signal processing and modern control theory. Keskar developed the techniques to conduct flight tests and analyze flight test data to obtain airplane math models for the 737, 747, 757 and 767 flight simulators. Before joining Boeing, Keskar worked as a research associate in the Flight Dynamics and Control Division at NASA Langley Research Center.
Keskar serves on several boards and organizations, including the national board of directors of the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin; former chairman of Amcham India, chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s FICCI civil aviation committee; the advisory board of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati; U.S.-India Business Council Board Member Emeritus, which operates under sponsorship of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
From 2003 to 2007, he served as a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, an organization that serves as the official voice for the entire commercial transport aircraft secondary marketplace, and was a member of the executive committee of the Indo-American Society. Keskar remains an active member of Indian community organizations in the United States.
In 1999, Keskar was honored with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” by the University of Cincinnati for meritorious achievement, recognized stature and conspicuous success in the imaginative blending of engineering education with highly productive endeavors in industry. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Achievement award from the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin.
Keskar received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nagpur India with a Gold Medal in 1975. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1976 and 1978, respectively. Further, he received an MBA from City University in Seattle in 1987 and was a recipient of the President’s Honor Roll. In 1994, he attended the Berkeley Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley.