#MeetADS: Omar Kadhim, Head of Aerospace Business Development

Omar joined ADS in February 2018 heading up Business Development within our Civil Aerospace team. Using his domain expertise, he helps UK Aerospace companies access opportunities locally and abroad. Engaging across industry and Government, he leads/supports ADS activity in:

  • Sourcing specific UK capabilities for Primes such as Boeing’s Office of UK Industrial Capability.
  • Supporting Department for International Trade in sourcing and curating relevant, high performing UK Aerospace technology companies for particular trade missions.
  • Providing advice to UK SMEs and traditional manufacturers on promoting themselves and facilitating relevant introductions into higher tier Aerospace companies.
  • Facilitating direct business-to-business meetings at trade shows such as Farnborough and Paris Airshows.

Omar also oversees our civil Aerospace special interest groups including the Through Life Service Group focusing on MRO and servitised business models, the Systems and Equipment Group which brings together the leading UK power system OEMs and the Aircraft Interiors Group which includes over 200 UK designers, manufacturers and service providers.

Omar studied Aerospace engineering at the University of Cambridge, completing technical internships at Jordanian MRO JorAMCo, and computational engine performance simulation at the University of Cambridge, before transitioning into project and programme management roles for AAR. There, he supported airlines in Singapore and Japan, before joining GE to head up the component sales into the Middle East and Russia for their aircraft leasing and trading business, GECAS.

Omar’s expertise areas include MRO, Aerospace-service business models, airline analytics and digitisation, advanced manufacturing, gas turbine performance and vibrational control systems.

In his spare time he blogs about his side projects in programming, design and flying cars at omarkadhim.com and enjoys exploring the UK countryside with his fiancé Michelle!

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Already an ADS Member? Find out more about activities, programmes and opportunities by contacting Omar.Kadhim@adsgroup.org.uk