Badr Al-Olama Chairman, Sanad Aerotech, Sanad Capital, Sanad Powertech

Badr is the Head of Mubadala Aerospace, where he oversees key portfolio assets including Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata), and Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park.

As the former Chief Executive Officer of Strata, Badr was instrumental in positioning the company as a global tier-one supplier to both Airbus and Boeing, forging strong and value-adding partnerships with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Badr has also played a key advisory role in the strategic development of Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, a joint initiative between Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), which aims to establish a sustainable aerospace ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

Nominated as a Young Global Leader for the Middle East and North Africa region by the World Economic Forum, Badr heads the organizing committee for the world’s first Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), a joint initiative between the UAE Government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which aims to transform and shape the future of manufacturing.

Badr is the Chairman of Sand Aerotech, Sanad Capital, Sanad Powertech and Strata, and is a board member of the UAE Space Agency, as well as a member of the UAE Ministerial Council focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Badr began his career as an advocate and legal consultant at Habib Al-Mulla & Company, currently known as Baker & McKenzie Habib Al-Mulla.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Shari’a and Law from UAE University, and a Master of Law Degree from Harvard Law School, Harvard University.

Sanad Aerotech (Sanad) recently launched its first move towards disruptive Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology implementations. This reaffirms Sanad’s customer-first ethos and longstanding commitment to the aircraft engine MRO sector. To commence with its digitalisation roadmap, Sanad signed a memorandum of understanding with SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software, for an automated maintenance process tool. The move of tapping SAP’s expertise is part of Sanad’s digitalisation strategy aimed at further enhancing efficiencies across its industry-leading aircraft engine MRO process from its state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi facility.

This effectively adds to Sanad’s growing list of innovative technologies, which also includes TrackIT RFID technology to track and trace, monitor and manage engine parts and Blockchain Technology digital ledger.

Over the last two years, Sanad has deployed Honeywell’s AI enabled and customised ‘VoCollect’ digital voice data capture solution and Atlas Copco’s ‘Smart Connect’ digital electronic wrenches.

Sanad’s adoption of these technologies is expected to further slash Sanad’s aircraft engine MRO services turnaround times by 15%, reducing turnaround times by three days for minimum work scope level and up to 10 days for maximum work scope level.

Sanad is the first regional MRO provider to deploy TrackIT RFID technology on its shop floor. The system tracks parts and manages their flow throughout the entire MRO process, allowing real time assessment of part readiness, arrival and ease of forward planning.

Further technology adoptions include the use of blockchain in creating a digital ledger that provides a safe way to conduct and record transactions, agreements and contracts, providing all parties with visibility, transparency and traceability of clients’ assets from the start.

Deployment of the latest 4IR solutions is a key move in Sanad’s strategy to be at the forefront of MRO technology adoption, with further advancements under consideration.