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Collaborating to establish a more sustainable aviation industry powered by GE Aerospace and MEED
As one of the world’s largest suppliers of aircraft engines, systems and services, GE Aerospace continues to lead the industry in developing technologies to reduce CO2 emissions from flight. This commitment to innovation and investment over decades has led to engines, services and software available now to reduce CO2 emissions from the existing fleet in service.

Additionally, GE Aerospace is already at work today to develop breakthrough technologies for the benefit of us all, such as advanced new engine architectures like open fan, hybrid electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel combustion.

On Thursday 2nd March, join GE Aerospace, together with knowledge partners MEED, for a discussion which will explore the innovation roadmap for developing future technologies of aircraft engines to reduce CO2 omissions.

Guided by a senior panel of experts, the broadcast will discuss the following points:

• The role that GE Aerospace plays in the development and innovation of aircraft engine technology to reduce CO2 omissions i.e. through more efficient engines using cleaner low carbon alternative jet fuel
• How is technology expected to develop over the next 3-5 years?
• What needs to be done to accelerate and to support the development of cleaner fuels?
• What policies and incentives can the region and its airlines adopt to support this?
• The challenge the entire industry faces in the supply of SAF


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Paul Vaughan
Customer Program Operations Leader @GE Aerospace
Paul Vaughan is a Customer Program Operations Leader for GE Aerospace, based in Dubai. Paul started his career at Rolls-Royce in the UK and subsequently joined GE Aviation at the company’s engine overhaul facility in Cardiff, UK. There he was responsible for managing services aftermarket contracts for customers in China. In 2008 he moved to Dubai in a contract management role, supporting customers in the Middle East with the growth of the fleet and increased maintenance activity. He moved to take up a role within GE Aviation based in Amsterdam for a period leading a field support team across Europe, before returning to Dubai in 2013 to lead on field support initiatives with customers and the growth of engine overhaul facilities in the region. From 2018 Paul lead the Middle East Technology Centre in Dubai, managing a team of engineers focused on development and introduction of new technologies and processes using analytics to support customers with on-wing reliability and operations
Edward James
Head of Content & Analysis @MEED
A well-known and respected thought leader in MENA affairs, Edward James has been with MEED for more than 19 years, working as a researcher, consultant and content director. Until September 2008 he was MEED’s Gulf Bureau Chief, after which he moved over to head up the consulting arm of the business. From 2015-2021 he was responsible for content and research at MEED Projects, the region’s leading projects tracking service. Today he heads up all content and research produced by the MEED group. His specific areas of expertise are construction, hydrocarbons, power and water, and the petrochemical market, and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the MENA projects market. He is a regular guest commentator on Middle East issues for news channels such as the BBC, CNN and ABC News and is a regular speaker at events in the region. He has an honours degree in Arabic and Middle East Politics.
Eng. Maryam Al Balooshi
Environment Manager @General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)
Eng. Maryam Al-Balooshi is the first Arab expert in the field of Aviation Environment started in 2006, to become the founder of Aviation Environment in UAE and the region. One of the First expert in the world seconded to the Department of Environment in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2010. Environment Manager at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of United Arab Emirates since 2010.
Mohamed Al Ghailani
Global Sustainability Policy and Partnerships, META Regional Lead @Boeing
Mohamed Al Ghailani holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering and a M.Sc. in chemical and environmental engineering. Merging his travel and aviation fascination with his skills in chemical engineering and his passion for sustainability, his thesis focused on the production of sustainable aviation fuel in arid conditions. Mohamed joined Boeing in 2017 to work with the Environmental strategy team and the sales & marketing team in Seattle. He is currently based in Dubai as the regional lead on sustainability policy and partnerships for the Middle East, Turkiye and Africa. His role focuses on scaling up sustainable aviation fuels and forming the right partnerships with stakeholders to achieve the industry wide aviation sustainability goals.
Dr. Lourdes Vega
Director, Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH) @Khalifa University
Dr. Lourdes F. Vega is a Full Professor in Chemical Engineering, the Director and Founder of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH Center), and the Senior Director of the Petroleum Institute at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has developed her career between academia and industry, with relevant positions in the USA, Spain, and the UAE.