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May 2024



Bridget Donley

Bridget Donley joined the insurance industry in 2010 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in English. By 2014, she found her way to the aviation sector and hasn't looked back since. As someone who loves to learn, Bridget finds aviation to be the most interesting industry within the wonderful world of insurance and risk management. Currently, she is in a new role at WTW as the Aviation & Space Strategy & Execution Leader for North America, where she helps drive thought leadership and special projects.


Jenny Beatty

In her aviation career, Captain Jenny Beatty has served as airline flight operations manager, standards captain, instructor, and pilot rated to fly the B737, B747, B777, B787, DC-9, seaplanes, and gliders. She is a longtime researcher, writer, and speaker about women and others underrepresented in aviation careers. Her advocacy for women in aviation includes active roles as program developer of the 99s Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative, trustee for the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Subject Matter Expert on bias and discrimination in aviation. Captain Beatty provides free resources and guidance to up-and-coming professional pilots, including the Halt Harassment in Aviation Checklist, on her website at www.JennyBeatty.com.


Katherine O'Brien

Katherine has over 20 years experience as a corporate treasury professional, of which over 10 years have been gained in the aviation sector. Previously as head of Treasury with aircraft lessor AWAS and subsequently DAE Capital, a role held for more than 9 years. Prior to this she held a number of senior treasury roles with Global Crossing (a major telecoms company) and Intel Corporation both in Ireland and the UK. Katherine is also a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK) and holds the Cert and Diploma from the Institute of Directors Katherine has over 20 years experience as a corporate treasury professional, of which over 10 years have been gained in the aviation sector. Previously as head of Treasury with aircraft lessor AWAS and subsequently DAE Capital, a role held for more than 9 years. Prior to this she held a number of senior treasury roles with Global Crossing (a major telecoms company) and Intel Corporation both in Ireland and the UK. Katherine is also a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK) and is a member of the Institute of Directors (Ireland and UK). In her current role, Katherine is working to expand the UMB Bank footprint in Europe through their recently opened Irish office, focused exclusively on providing corporate trust services to the aviation sector.


Katie Chase



Michele Granatstein

Michele Granatstein is a Partner at Oxera, an economics consultancy firm based in London. She leads the Aviation team and has spent the last ten years working for airports, airlines, government entities, and ANSPs.


Neha Arora



Sheri Hollaway

Ms. Hollaway, P.E., CM, has 35 years experience in heavy/highway, power, petrochemical construction and estimating, as well as construction administration and management, 22 of which are specifically in aviation. She holds a BS and and ME in Civil Engineering/Construction Management from Texas A&M University. ; Ms. Hollaway opened Hollaway Consulting Engineers in 2015 and has focused her business on construction management and RPR Inspections.


April 2024


Katalin Downing

A native of Hungary, Ms. Downing has a BA from Dickinson College, where she double majored in International Studies and Political Science and minored in French. Her undergraduate studies included a year as an ERASMUS student at the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) and L'institut supérieur des arts et du design (isdaT) in Toulouse, France. Ms. Downing holds an MA in International Crime and Justice from CUNY/John Jay College, where she specialized in counterterrorism and human rights.

Ms. Downing worked in the private sector before joining the United Nations in 2007, where she has served in production editing, peacekeeping, administration and finance. Ms. Downing was selected for the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) in 2011 and was posted at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) as her initial YPP assignment. She currently serves as a Team Lead (a.i.) in the Department of Operational Support at Headquarters.

She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at CUNY/John Jay College, in her academic subject matter expertise.




Aida Gabriele

Aida Mehari Gabriele serves as the Chairwoman of the Board for AYMP, Inc. Aida has over 14 years of aviation experience and plays a key role in Air Traffic Control Systems for the National Air Space and its initiatives. Aida currently supports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a lead engineer and mentors young aviators especially girls and shares her experience and journey from Sweden to the United States.

Ms. Gabriele has extensive experience in aircraft engines, aviation safety, engineering configuration management, maintaining system requirements, and deployment. Aida loves to engage in STEM and prides herself in enriching others on the benefits of aviation when learning engineering principles. Most significantly she thrives on diversity and incorporating people into teams and recognizing and integrating varied skillsets which sets her apart as a leader.

Aida graduated from Malardalen University in Vasteras, Sweden with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Aida grew up in Sweden with diverse background and speaks more than four languages fluently.



Lea Last

Lea has 14 years of Aviation insurance experience. Over the last 10 years, Lea has been working as Space Underwriter.



Elizabeth Osborn

Elizabeth is currently a full-time college student and CFII. She has participated in Women's Rowing / Crew teams and is an active member of her college's Alpha Eta Rho organization.



Rupali Sharma

Rupali Sharma is an experienced aviation lawyer specializing in litigation, arbitration, and regulation. She serves as an associate in the aviation litigation and regulation team at Stephenson Harwood LLP in London, where she handles a wide range of commercial disputes for clients within the aviation sector.

Sharma has provided counsel and representation to airlines, lessors, manufacturers, airport operators, and insurers in various litigation matters in the English courts. Additionally, she possesses extensive experience in aviation regulatory affairs, with a focus on areas such as travel, consumer protection, and passenger rights at domestic, EU, and international levels. Sharma has also delved into issues pertaining to the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 on aviation, contributing to the changing regulatory and legal landscape. Notably, she co-authored a chapter on "Covid-19 and Aviation Disputes" in a special publication by Wolter Kluwer titled "International Arbitration and the Covid-19 Revolution."

Sharma's expertise extends to matters involving airspace management, including significant work concerning the UK's primary air navigation service provider, NATS. She frequently advises airlines facing investigations by regulatory bodies such as the Civil Aviation Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority, the Payment Systems Regulator, and the Advertising Standards Agency. Additionally, Sharma holds a keen interest in issues related to decarbonization, ESG, and greenwashing within the aviation sector. Currently, she is preparing a podcast offering top tips for managing the risk of greenwashing accusations in environmental campaigns within the aviation industry.

Passionate about corporate responsibility initiatives promoting gender and ethnic diversity, Sharma actively champions these causes through internal and external networks focusing on inter-firm diversity. She is in the process of planning an event for women in aviation to coincide with International Women's Day in 2025.