Our award winning team of aviation consultants and analysts, based across Europe, Asia and North America, offers a unique combination of skills, experience and data which enables us to deliver the best solutions across all sectors of the global aviation industry. We travel extensively and are as often on the road meeting customers as we are at our desks. So if we've not managed to meet you in person yet, and you're curious as to what we look like, take a look at our biographies below.

 

Rob Morris, Head of Consultancy


Rob has more than twenty five years industry experience as a commercial aviation analyst. Prior to joining Flight Ascend Consultancy in January 2012, Rob was Vice President, Marketing & Analysis at BAE Systems Asset Management in Hatfield where he was responsible for market and strategy analysis in support of the regional aircraft lessor’s business winning process. Rob has also worked in the Aerospace team at the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry where he managed all aspects of market analysis and forecasting in support of the UK’s investment in a wide range of commercial aircraft and aero-engine programmes. He began his Aviation career in 1990 as a Marketing Executive at British Aerospace (Regional Aircraft).

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George Dimitroff, Head of Valuations


George joined Flight Ascend Consultancy in 2005, having previously worked at Airbus and United Airlines. He has ultimate responsibility for all Value and Lease Rate opinions produced by the consultancy team. He also leads the annual Future Value and Lease Rate forecasting process. George has worked with the majority of lessors, banks, manufacturers and a number of airlines to support their decision making processes. He is currently based at the New York office and has worked extensively with global clients in the past out of London and Hong Kong. George has a BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering from City University in London.

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Joanna Lu, Head of Advisory Asia

 

With 16 years professional experience in aviation and consultancy business, Joanna is a trusted advisor to governments, regulators, investors, OEMs, airlines and airports. She is experienced in providing high quality advisory services and helping clients to find solutions in addressing the most complicated issues. Joanna specialises in Airport planning & design, airline & airport strategic planning, OEM market studies, network development, environmental impact assessment and cargo market analysis. Joanna is familiar with global and Asia aviation market, industry regulations. She is well known by our key customers in Asia and a regular media commentator on the aviation industry developments.

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Chris Wills, Head of Consultancy Operations

 

While based in London, Chris facilitates the efficient running of the Flight Ascend Consultancy globally, closely supporting the Global Head of Consultancy. Chris is a Senior ISTAT accredited appraiser and is a head of helicopter & flight simulator valuations, as well as responsibility in maintaining values on commercial aircraft types. Previously, he managed the European Valuations team directly, a position which followed two and half years spent in the Flight Ascend Consultancy New York office. His main focus areas are oversight of global teams, delivery, valuations, methodology, operating procedures, training and strategic planning.

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Peter Morris, Chief Economist


Peter is a veteran of over 25 years’ in the air transport industry. His expertise spans strategic and economic studies, industry forecasts and a range of traffic, capacity, revenue and cost analyses. Before joining Flight Ascend Consultancy in 2003, Peter was Chief Economist and Director, Research Consultancy for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), where he developed IATA’s Aviation Information & Research (AIR) department into a leading global commercial supplier of air transport information and research. Peter is a regular media commentator on the aviation industry and the impact of new market developments. He holds a BSc in Economics and a MSc in Energy Economics.

 

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Tony Brooks, Senior Analyst

 

Tony has worked in the Flight Ascend Consultancy for over 20 years and is a trusted advisor to banks, lessors, operators and lawyers for whom he covers valuations of all aircraft types. He is one of the few qualified ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) Appraisers in the world today and is a qualified Expert Witness from the Cardiff University Law School. He specialises in Expert Witness cases, especially those where a Diminution in Value due to damage history is contested.

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Ben Chapman, Aviation analyst

 

Ben is primarily focussed on commercial aircraft and helicopter valuations, however also provides support to the market with industry insight articles, regular Market Values discussions and presentations regarding current market issues. He has been a key analyst in the development of the Ascend Ascend Consultancy products and specific expertise to meet the growing demands of the helicopter leasing and finance market. Prior to joining the Consultancy Team, Ben received a degree in Economics from the Australian National University, did his internship at Bloomberg and was a member of the Flight Ascend Consultancy Sales Team; managing relationships with all EMEA Airlines and European financial institutions.

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Sara Dhariwal, Senior Aviation Analyst


Sara joined Flight Ascend Consultancy in 2016, after six years in the EMEA Flightglobal Sales team managing relationships with the majority of EMEA lessors and aircraft traders. Sara is specialising in commercial aircraft and helicopter valuations, but is also responsible for liaising with the market regarding developments and providing thought-leadership input. Sara holds a BAHons in Business from the University of Westminster and a CIRM from the Institute of Risk Management.

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Richard Evans, Senior Consultant

 

Richard Evans is a Senior Consultant with Flight Ascend Consultancy, where he applies his expertise working on advisory and valuations projects across the whole commercial aviation sector. Richard joined the consultancy team in 2014 after 27 years with Rolls-Royce. Most recently Head of Market Analysis in their Civil Aerospace division, Richard is well known and widely respected for his informed industry views and experience. At Rolls-Royce he was responsible for published industry forecasts and provided analysis of major airline and aerospace industry trends for both internal and external customers, as well as acting as a consultant for business improvement activities. Richard frequently presents at international conferences. He is currently chair of the European aerospace analysts group, FEAMA, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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Daniel Hall, Senior Analyst

 

Daniel is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers and is based in Flight Ascend Consultancy's New York office. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Commercial and Business Aviation sectors. His involvements include analysis of values, market insight & commentary, business development, and consultancy advisory. Daniel frequently works on Commercial & Business Aircraft Market Values and Appraisals, to both an ISTAT and ASA-compliant standard. Daniel specialises in the Business Aviation sector actively tracking Market Values and financing for over 50 Business Jet type families / 100 variants. His client interaction ranges with those representing banks, financiers, investors, airlines, lessors, and includes industry conference speaking.

 

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Michael Hui, Aviation Analyst

Based in Hong Kong. Michael specialises in airports and airlines business development. Michael joined in 2014, having previously worked for aviation consulting and airlines in Australia. Michael began his career in 2009, providing strategic analysis for the aviation and airline community. In particular worked on airline route developments, airport revenue optimization and policy analysis projects for the Asia-Pacific region. Michael holds a Bachelor of Aviation (Management) at University of New South Wales and a Master of Marketing at University of Technology, Sydney.

 

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Thomas Kaplan, Aviation Analyst

 

Thomas focuses on the commercial aviation market, advising clients on asset values and business decisions. He began his career in the aviation industry in 2005 working for a components manufacturer supplying the major players in Montreal’s aerospace industry including Bombardier and Pratt & Whitney Canada.  He has since lived in New York, where he studied business and finance, as well as in Dubai, where he worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney. Thomas holds a mechanical engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.Thomas is based in Hong Kong.

 

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Eva Karagianni, Aviation Analyst

 

Eva joined the Flight Ascend Consultancy team as an Aviation Analyst. She holds an MSc on Air Transport Management and Planning from the University of Westminster in London and has a wide knowledge of the aviation industry including Airline Economics and Airport Expansion Strategy. She has been part of FlightGlobal data team prior to joining the consultancy team and she is now responsible for delivering desktop appraisals for different types of aircrafts as well as conducting market research and market commentaries for them.

 

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Michael Lapson, Senior Analyst

 

Michael is an accredited Appraiser with the International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) and is based in Flight Ascend Consultancy’s New York office. As a Senior Analyst with Flight Ascend Consultancy, Michael has focused on appraisal of commercial fixed-wing aircraft and spare engines since he joined the team in 2010. Prior to joining Flight Ascend Consultancy, Michael was a consultant in the shipping port industry.

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Dennis Lau, Aviation Analyst

 

Dennis first joined the Flight Ascend Consultancy in August 2004 as Data Analyst in the UK office, focusing on the research of airline operator data. He later joined the marketing team as Research Editor, and was responsible for analysing data for company publications and preparing marketing material. Dennis also worked on consultancy projects for Asia clients, as well as writing articles for well-known industry publications. Dennis joined the Asia office in February 2012, and has been primarily responsible for researching aircraft fleets data in Greater China and Japan. In addition, he provides data support to key clients and industry knowledge training within the company. Dennis holds a MEng in Aerospace Engineering from Bristol University and an MSc in Aviation Management from the University of Southampton.

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Henk Ombelet, Project Manager/Consultant

 

Henk joined the Flight Ascend Consultancy team in March 2012, continuing a career of more than twenty years spent in aviation and aerospace. He started in the engineering department at Fokker Aircraft, before joining the International Air Transport Association. At IATA he was responsible for traffic and financial data collections, edited World Air Transport Statistics, and conducted many studies, forecasts and consultancy projects in the aviation sector. He subsequently joined FlightGlobal as the data manager working closely with key industry partners in traffic data, schedules and fleet data. He was responsible for product development, and set up the route development conference Network Latin America with Airline Business. Henk holds an MSc in Business Administration and Engineering from Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands. He speaks fluent Dutch and Spanish.

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Chris Seymour, Head of Market Analysis

 

Chris joined the Flight Ascend Consultancy in 1985 after taking a Business Studies degree at City University, London. In the early 1990s he joined the expanding consultancy arm of the business, undertaking aircraft valuations and market studies.  He was instrumental in developing the helicopter valuation side of the business. As Head of Market Analysis Chris now specialises in the growing advisory and market analysis.  He works in the team that produces the Flight Fleet Forecast and has developed the new Global Helicopter Forecast.  He is editor of Market Commentaries and the Flight Ascend Consultancy V1ewPoint quarterly magazine. Chris is also a speaker and moderator at aviation conferences.







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Gary Sze, Project Manager

 

Gary is responsible for the overall project management of advisory projects for clients in the region. Prior to joining the Flight Ascend Consultancy, Gary was the regional marketing manager for United Parcel Services leading new product development initiatives and business planning in the Asia pacific region. His other areas of aviation expertise also include traffic market analysis and revenue management when he worked for the Airport Authority of Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific Airways respectively. Gary holds a Bachelor degree in Transportation and Logistics from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a Master degree in Global Logistics Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and also a Chartered Member at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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