ROTORCRAFT ASIA 2017 CONFERENCE
ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Rotorcraft Asia 2017 Conference is privileged to have a cross section of the industry represented on the inaugural Advisory Committee. With members drawn from rotorcraft manufacturers, academia, training and research spheres. The key role of the Committee is to provide clarity and direction in the curation of the conference programme, which is themed “Innovation in Rotorcraft”. Each individual brings with them vast knowledge and experiences to the table.

Mr Lim Yeow Khee is Managing Director of LYK Aerospace Pte Ltd, Singapore. He is a consultant on aviation training and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) processes.

He has worked in the aerospace industry for 40 years, and had held various technical and management positions in a major airline in Singapore. He is currently a part-time lecturer at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Air Transport Training College and RMIT University, Australia, where he teaches Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Aviation Safety.

Mr Lim is the current President and an Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK.

Christophe Nurit is Vice President of Lockheed Martin Global Inc. representing Sikorsky in Asia. Prior to this role established in Singapore, Christophe was Sikorsky’s General Manager and Vice President for Asia Pacific, with P&L accountability for all lines of business, both Commercial and Military in the APAC region. Christophe joined Sikorsky in February 2011, as the Regional Executive responsible for all business development in Asia.

Prior to joining Sikorsky, Christophe was Vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for MD Helicopters, located in Mesa, AZ.

He also spent eleven years with Bell Helicopter, located in Fort Worth, TX, where he held positions of increased responsibilities. His assignments included Director for the Middle East and Africa, Sales Manager for Europe and the CIS, Sales Manager for Africa as well as other assignments throughout EMEA and Eurasia.

An aviation enthusiast, Christophe holds a private helicopter license and is a member of several aviation associations. He also holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from ESTACA in Paris, and an MBA from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. In 2013, he attended United Technologies’ first cohort for its Global Leadership Development Program at INSEAD. He and his wife Valérie have three children.

Eicher Low joined SIT as Associate Professor in January 2012. He is currently the Programme Director overseeing the SIT-UoG BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Systems programmes offered in Singapore Polytechnic.

Prior to joining the SIT Academic Programmes, he was the Executive Director in the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) from Nov 2009 to Dec 2011 where he also served as the Engineering Accreditation Board secretary. He obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and spent 18 years as faculty member in NTU and was involved in teaching the Aerospace Engineering program students from 2005.

Gianmarco graduated with a first class M.Eng degree in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1996 and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow in 2000. He was then a research assistant on the Phase 2 study of the Improved Mission Autonomy and Robustness (IMAR) funded by the British National Space Centre.

In 2003 he was appointed to a permanent lectureship position in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Glasgow. He is currently Director of University of Glasgow Singapore.

Leo is currently the Deputy Vice President for Support Engineering at Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia (AHSA) overseeing the Technical Support, Technical Publications Support, Health Usage Monitoring Systems Support, and Design Office functions of the company for the Region. He is concurrently leading the Airbus Helicopters Aviation Safety Initiative as the Head of the Asia-Pacific Hub for Aviation Safety.

He is a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Design Signatory, a Rotary- Wing Category 1 Flight Test Engineer, Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE), and Certification/Qualification Engineer (CQE) for the AHSA Design Organization. He also serves as the industry chairman for AHEST, the Asia-Pacific arm of the International Helicopter Safety Team, and is a member on the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Aerospace Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC).

Prior to joining AHSA in 2009, Leo was an Airforce Engineering Officer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). His tours of duties include serving as an Officer-In-Charge of Rotary-Wing Structures Repair and Non-Destructive Inspection, Detachment Engineering Officer in Brunei, Rotary Wing Flight Test Engineer, and Rotary- Wing/UAV Aerodynamics Section Head.

Leo is a graduate and Dunlop Trophy winner (top Flight Test Engineer) of the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS). He also holds a B.Eng in Solid-State Engineering Physics and a M.Sc. in Material Science and Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, USA.

As Programme Manager of the Helicopter Programme Office in the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), Lim Wee Kheng oversees the upgrade of in-service helicopters and the acquisition of new helicopters for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

A recipient of the Defence Technology Group Scholarship, Wee Kheng graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) (Hons) from Nanyang Technological University in 1994.  He started his career in the then Defence Materiel Organisation as a Project Engineer before assuming other appointments in DSTA.

Wee Kheng’s extensive contributions to the capability development of helicopters in the SAF span over two decades. He has taken on various key roles in many rotorcraft projects, including the acquisition of the AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopter. He has also headed DSTA’s Foreign Military Sale Procurement Department.

Beyond his work with helicopters, Wee Kheng is also a lecturer at the DSTA Academy where he shares his experiences and knowledge with other DSTA engineers.

Mr. Peter Robson is the Regional Manager for Customer Service & Engineering of Bell Helicopter, responsible for Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Mr. Robin Thevathasan is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Plans of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engg), a company listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore. ST Engg is an integrated engineering group with a global presence and specialised capabilities in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and marine fields.

Mr. Thevathasan’s responsibilities are to chart the corporate strategy for the ST Engg Group, including that of its constituent companies. This includes scenario planning, the development of strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions. For ST Aerospace, this includes M&A, strategic alliances, new business directions and collaboration activities.

Having worked as a stress engineer from 1979 to 1983 in the European Aerospace Industry (British Aerospace and Fokker Space), Mr. Thevathasan began his career with the Singapore Technologies Group of companies in 1984 as an engineer with ST Aero (Engineering Department). There, he undertook various engineering functions (Senior Engineer - 1985, Principal Engineer – 1989) before moving on to undertake corporate functions (Corporate Planning Manager – 1991 & 1993, Regional Director (UK) – 1991, Assistant Vice President (Business Development) – 1994). In 1995 he was appointed Vice President (Programmes & Development) for STA Engineering, with line responsibility for the operations of commercialised aircraft logistics programmes and Military Business Group Business Development. In 1997, he assumed the role of Vice President (Strategic Planning) for ST Aero and in 1999 he broadened the scope of his corporate planning responsibilities to that of the ST Engineering Group. In April 2000 he was seconded as Director (Industry Development) to the Defence Science & Technology Agency, a statutory board of the Singapore Ministry of Defence, where his role was to help develop, sustain and enhance local defence industrial strategic capabilities. Having completed his secondment, he assumed his current position in April 2004, concurrently running Business Development for ST Aerospace, which is the aerospace arm of ST Engg, until January 2011.

Mr. Thevathasan schooled in the Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore. He has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1974), Master of Science in Aircraft Design from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom (1979) and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, Singapore Institute of Management (1998). In 2000 he completed the Programme for Executive Development, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Thevathasan is married to teacher, Joy Indra Alfreds. They have three children. Mr. Thevathasan enjoys classic cars and music.