12 February 2020, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Global fleet and MRO growth forecasts continue to exceed expectations, creating a healthy market opportunity for maintenance providers, OEMs, information technology suppliers. Today’s e-enabled aircraft produce terabytes of valuable operational data which, if efficiently and effectively leveraged, have the potential to dramatically improve operational performance and the customer experience. The potential gains of using big data analytics, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence and robotics to support predictive maintenance are huge. But their application will present challenges and implementing them in a cost-effective manner will take time. Our experts will cut through the hype and weigh in on the real-world potential and challenges to integrating these emerging technologies in the MRO industry.

10:30am – 10:45am
Welcome Remarks & MRO Market Trends

An overview of the global demand for MRO services to include the key drivers of growth.

Mr. Jonathan Berger

Managing Director, Alton Aviation Consultancy

10:45am – 11:00am
Driving Innovation in Aviation MRO

An overview of SIAEC’s activities in the areas of digitalisation, automation and robotics, data analytics and predictive maintenance.

Mr. Wilin Ng

Senior Vice President, Innovation, Technology & Fleet Management, SIA Engineering Company

11:00am – 11:15am
The Impact of Predictive Maintenance in MRO Operations

A concept of end-to-end (E2E) predictive maintenance and how natural language processing can be used in MRO operations will be demonstrated.

Mr. Ali Baghchehsara

Managing Director, LISA Group GmbH

11:15am – 11:30am
Simplifying Blockchain for MRO

How will blockchain change the way we think about data, the aftermarket, and safety? Tangible examples for how it is transforming MRO and guidance on how to prepare your organization for the future will be discussed.

Mr.Todd Siena

Founder & CEO, Block Aero Technologies

11:30am – 12:45pm
Industry Update: Evolution to Paperless MRO

IATA’s vision for the digitalization of the MRO industry will be discussed, along with aspects on regulatory efforts to accept e-records, and the need for standards to ensure seamless data transmission and a number of industry use cases.

Mr. Chris Markou

Head of Operational Cost Management, IATA

11:45pm – 12:30pm
Panel Discussion / Q&A Session

An interactive panel discussion to include questions from the audience.


Mr. Jonathan Berger


Mr. Wilin Ng

Mr. Ali Baghchehsara

Mr. Todd Siena

Mr. Chris Markou


Jonathan Berger

Managing Director

Alton Aviation Consultancy


Jonathan Berger brings 25+ years of MRO industry experience to his client engagements. Jonathan leads Alton Aviation Consultancy’s Global Aerospace & MRO practice, specialising in strategic planning, market analysis, operational improvement, and commercial M&A due diligence. Prior to joining Alton, Jonathan was a vice president at SH&E and ICF, where he was responsible for leading the global airline engineering and maintenance advisory practice. He began his career at Delta Air Lines, where he held numerous leadership roles in airline operations, quality assurance, supply chain management, and technology. During his final assignment with Delta TechOps, Mr. Berger was based in Paris, France responsible for developing and executing an MRO sales & marketing strategy the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EMEA) region.  Jonathan received his BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Ali Baghchehsara
Managing Director
LISA Group GmbH

Ali Baghchehsara is known for providing digital solutions and new concepts in automotive, aerospace and cognitive science branches. 

His efforts have been recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society in (Achievement Award, London, 2014), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Outstanding Service Award, Montreal, 2015). 

 In 2013 he influenced Space Industry with a new concept for operating satellites for collecting electricity from space with Danny Jones and published a book after it in North Charleston, SC. This concept is about the common project with WH which later founded Solar Maximum LLC® to further Research and develop Concentrated Solar Energy System. Additionally, in his time in DLR (German Aerospace Agency) he has brought the integrated vehicle health Monitoring to overall operational concept using cognitive Systems and the first autonomous system (ADT) in Airbus.

 With a bachelor of aerospace engineering and Masters in Aeronautics and Management, his PhD is in the field of Cognitive Avionics Systems. Presently he is a leading executive in transforming companies throughout digitalization, while creating Operational Management Systems for the purpose of Autonomous Flight in Germany.

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Chris Markou
Head of Operational Cost Management

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 optimise airline operational costs using industry best practices and benchmarks on Airline and specifically Maintenance Costs trends. 

Part of his focus is the “Digital Aircraft Operations” initiative leading to simplifying the business through regulations, standards, worldwide acceptance of electronic documentation and records. Chris is the Secretary to several groups on airline cost benchmarking, technical operations and aircraft leasing.

Chris is leading IATA’s efforts in the efficient use of Aircraft Operational Data (AOD) and the IATA CFM agreement (technical).

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.

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Todd Sienna
Founder & CEO
Block Aero Technologies

Todd Siena comes from the leading edge of the millennial cohort with over a decade of experience executing on projects in aerospace manufacturing, MRO, aftermarket, and finance. As the Founder of Avia-Tek, he successfully completed a wide range of consulting and trading transactions with airlines, MROs, OEMs, PE investors, and large financial institutions.

The inefficiencies of the aviation ecosystem in regards to traceability and documentation standards inspired him to found Block Aero Technologies (2017), an aerospace asset management platform that uses machine learning and blockchain to search and synchronize aircraft, engine, and component data across organizations.

Todd has given speeches to leaders of the global aviation industry at the widely respected SpeedNews Aerospace Suppliers Conference, MRO Asia-Pacific, Paris Air Lab at Le Bourget, the inaugural ICAO Aviation Blockchain Summit, and many more. He was recognised as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives in the industry by Aviation Week.

Todd, an Asian-born American, has lived in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ohio, North Carolina, Shanghai, Florida, and Bangkok. He speaks Chinese and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Asian Studies and Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded the Stedman Award for Entrepreneurship and a fellowship with the Ewing Marrion Kauffman Foundation. 

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Ng Jan Lin Wilin
Senior Vice President
Innovation, Technology & Fleet Management
SIA Engineering Company

Mr Ng was appointed Senior Vice President Innovation, Technology & Fleet Management on 1 April 2019.  He joined SIA Engineering Company in August 1994 and has held various senior positions in Line Maintenance Division and Information Technology Division.  He was appointed Vice President Line Maintenance in 2011 and Vice President Information Technology in 2015.  In addition, Mr Ng has also been seconded to Singapore Airlines, where he served in the areas of Material Management and Fleet Management. 

Mr Ng is a Director of Goodrich Aerostructures Service Center – Asia Pte Ltd, Goodrich Aerostructures Service (China) Co. Ltd, Pan Asia Pacific Aviation Services Ltd (Hong Kong) and Panasonic Avionics Services Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Mr Ng holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Alton Aviation Consultancy is a global advisory firm dedicated to serving the aviation and aerospace industries. Its engagements span the entire value chain to include commercial, financial and technical aspects; from strategy and business plan development to operational improvement and implementation support. Clients include airlines, OEMs, MRO and other service providers, lessors, lenders and the broader financial and investment community.