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IAWA Singapore Forum Recap

On February 19th, IAWA hosted its first Asia Forum on the backdrop of the largest Asia Airshow in the lovely city of Singapore with the theme "Aviation & Aerospace Industry at the Crossroads of Innovation, Growth and Global Turbulences: The Asian Perspective".  We were delighted to welcome more than 80 participants and panelists from all areas of the industry.  From the three panels we discussed the State of the Industry, the technology trends and key challenges for the sustainability goals, the scale up of SAF and finally the talent pipelines and staff shortages, limiting growth and innovation speed if not managed rightly.
As a special honor, we welcomed keynote speaker, Ms Li San Poh, Senior Vice President of Changi Airport Group, who shared her views on the challenges of aviation from the Singapore perspective, her own amazing career path and her call for action to include more female in career pipelines in aviation and aerospace as we need all talents in our industry.
In the panel on the state of the industry we discussed the impacts of the global turbulences and the impacts and challenges on the supply chain, covering from the civil sector to the defense sector and the specifics of air navigation services challenges, impacting all the growth rate of air traffic in the region. The production & supply chain issues to scale up Sustainable Aviation Fuel were addressed by the experts within the second panel. Reflecting the call for action from the keynote, the third panel discussed the leaky pipeline for females in aviation, the impacts of the covid-pandemic on staffing and women leaving the sector and the value of STEM capabilities for countries and companies.  
Thanks to all our stellar panelists, moderators and speakers: Deb Santos, Marita Lintener, Li San Poh, Erika Pearson, Dorothy Reimold, Hadley Bowling, Ibu Polana Pramesti, Rita Flaherty, Mary Ellen S. Jones, Beatrice Cassou, Irene Makris, Jia Min Chew, Lisa Ousley, Hui Ling Teo, Rahul Shah, Amita Unni, Lou-Ann Seet, Mansi Singh, Mehreen Tanvir
Special thank you for their support in the preparation to GE, Airbus, Boeing, JetZero, Pratt & Whitney, and to the Women in Aviation Singapore Chapter as collaboration partner for this event. We are all part of the journey which tenacity and dedication to promoting women is the norm and we can best succeed together.
According to our IAWA mission statement – Connect, Inspire and Lead – the participants made intensive use of building up connections and exchanging with peers during the networking breaks. IAWA is committed to cultivate & advocate women leaders in the aviation and aerospace industry though a global network, passionately. After this successful event is for sure: IAWA will be back to Asia-Pacific and Singapore to continue the collaboration locally and to connect the networks globally.

Click here to see photos from the event.