Michele van Akelijen

Managing Director, F&E Aerospace


Michele van Akelijen is the Managing Director of F&E Aerospace, a division of F&E which is a member of the Tarsus Group plc., one of the most influential and long-standing names in the Middle East’s events sector, delivering world- class international trade events including the internationally-acclaimed Dubai Airshow. 

Michele is an experienced Aerospace and Defence Event professional with over 26 years of experience.

She took over the management of the entire Aerospace portfolio as a Managing Director in February 2013.

Since joining F&E Aerospace in 2006, Michele has been instrumental in developing the company’s expanding aerospace events portfolio which includes Dubai Airshow Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE), MEBAA Show Morocco, Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Middle East (MRO ME) and MEBAA Show.

Prior to joining F&E Aerospace, Michele began her career in the USA with companies such as TWI and then moved to the UK in a senior management position with Premier Showfreight where she handled key clients such as Gulfstream, DMA – Defence Manufacturers Association and Boeing Interiors Middle East (AIME), Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Middle East (MRO ME) and MEBAA Show.