Date/Time: 25 August 2020, 5:30pm – 7pm UAE Time
Format – moderated panel session


  • Dr. Alejandro Rios-Galvan, Director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Khalifa University


  • Sean Newsum, Director – Environmental Strategy, The Boeing Company, USA
  • Mariam Musallam Al-Qubaisi, Head of Sustainability – Government, International & Communications, Etihad Airways, UAE
  • Darrin Morgan, Head of Growth and Investment, SkyNRG, Netherlands
  • Arvid Løken, Senior Adviser, Avinor’s Carbon Reduction Programme

Session attendees will come away with insights into:

  • The efforts worldwide for promoting SAFs from different perspectives
  • The view from an airline
  • The view from an OEM
  • The view from a distributor of SAF
  • The view from a promoter
  • What has worked? What hasn’t?
  • What is needed to get to the long-term goal?
  • Recommendations from the industry to realize SAFs


Sean A. Newsum is the Director of Environmental Strategy at Boeing. Sean Newsum leads a team that addresses key industry-wide environmental issues, including aircraft emissions and community noise reduction, sustainable biofuel development, and pursuing methods to enhance environmental performance. Newsum’s expertise in biofuel development stems from over 20 years at the Boeing Company, having worked in various roles from program management to marketing and business development. In his current position, Newsum is responsible for developing an integrated strategy to ensure that Commercial Airplanes’ products and services are aligned with Boeing’s environmental performance objectives. He also represents Boeing with key industry bodies, including the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering and his MBA in technology management from the University of Washington.

Mariam Musallam Saeed Abdulla Alqubaisi is heading Sustainability under Government, International Affairs & Communications in Etihad Aviation Group. Before that, she worked as an instructor in the department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Zayed University where she taught Environmental and Natural Sciences. She holds a bachelor of science in Environmental Health from Zayed University and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include water resource management, environmental policy, and innovation and technology management. Mariam co-founded the Arab Innovation Network (AIN) in 2011, a youth initiative focused on inspiring innovative solutions to environmental and health challenges in the Arab region. As a member of AIN, she was actively involved with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in the Middle East.

Darrin Morgan joined SkyNRG in 2018 from the Boeing Company, were he was Director of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) for 12 years. At Boeing, he was one of the primary aviation industry architects of the emerging SAF industry and has been involved in, or founded, many of the significant aviation fuel efforts to date. Prior to this, he led the selection of new energy projects at Puget Energy. With more than 15 years’ experience in renewable energy, clean technology in the electric power and aviation industries, Darrin has a proven track-record of developing, launching, and managing industry-leading projects and initiatives. He excels in coalition-building and creating tangible business outcomes by convening stakeholders from across sectors and creating investment opportunities. These include financial, political, industrial, technical, academic, and non-governmental organizations.

Arvid Løken works as senior adviser in Avinor’s Carbon Reduction Programme. His main responsibilities are jet biofuel and research and development projects. He has a background from innovation funding and innovation projects. He has worked 8 years as senior innovation adviser in Nordic Innovation, an organization owned by the 5 Nordic ministries of industry, working to promote growth and sustainability in the Nordic region. Prior to that, he has been working in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and in Sweco. Løken holds a master’s degree in economics and resource management and an MBA. Avinor is a state owned company that owns and operates the majority of the airports in Norway. Avinor has for a number of years engaged in activities to reduce emissions both from the airports and from Norwegian aviation.