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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic. One of its key priorities has been to work with governments to complete roadmaps to reopen borders to travel.

Ian Lorigan, who is Asia-Pacific Regional Director for Distribution and Payment, will be providing an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry from both the global and Asia Pacific perspective. He will also share the role IATA has been playing in support of industry players, governments and travellers during this pandemic period and in preparation for the restart. IATA's Travel Pass App, for example, is enabling passengers to create a secure and verified digital identity linked to their passport, verify their test/vaccination requirements and status, and share this information with the relevant authorities.


  • Desmond Goh (Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Eaton Aerospace)

    Desmond Goh

    Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Eaton Aerospace


    Desmond Goh is currently the Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Eaton’s Aerospace Group. He is responsible for the overall Aerospace business across the region, including commercial, technical, operational and corporate functions. In this role, he also has responsibility for driving organic and inorganic growth for the business, including long term strategy, capability development and government/industry engagement for the business.

    Desmond had joined Eaton Aerospace in 2019 as its Regional Director, Commercial Aftermarket & Military Business for the APAC region, where he was responsible for leading the regional team to grow the business across the Eaton Aerospace product line, and deliver exceptional customer support to all its customers in the region.

    Prior to joining Eaton, Desmond was the General Manager, Customer Support & Business Strategy in Eagle Services Asia (Pratt & Whitney/SIAEC JV) and was responsible for leading the customer support team to support a worldwide airline customer base. He developed new business strategies for the engine aftermarket business and led the contract negotiations for various sales campaigns on the PW4000, GP7200 and PW1100G engines.

    Before Pratt & Whitney, Desmond was with Rockwell Collins, where he held various roles in Strategy Development/M&A, Sales & Marketing and Program Management, based in both Singapore and Iowa, USA. His last role in Rockwell Collins was Director, Airborne Solutions in Asia Pacific, and led a cross-functional team to manage the P&L and grow the portfolio’s regional business. Desmond had also served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force as an Air Engineering Officer previously.

    Desmond is also an elected Management Committee member of the Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore (AAIS) since May 2020.

    He obtained his Master of Business Administration (with High Honors) degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Both his Master of Science (ORSS prize winner) and Bachelor of Engineering (with Honors) degrees were awarded by the National University of Singapore.

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  • Ian Lorigan (Regional Director, Distribution & Payment - Customer, Financial & Digital Services of IATA Asia Pacific)

    Ian Lorigan

    Regional Director, Distribution & Payment - Customer, Financial & Digital Services of IATA Asia Pacific

    Ian Lorigan is the Asia-Pacific Regional Director for Distribution and Payment, within the division of Customer, Financial and Digital Services (CFDS), for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Based in the Asia-Pacific regional office in Singapore, Ian leads a team responsible for Key Account Management and the support of Area/Country Managers in the delivery of the CFDS priorities, initiatives and projects within the region. Additionally, the role provides support to the regional commercial team to promote CFDS products and services, engaging external stakeholders across the passenger value chain and cargo supply chain, including airlines, agents, forwarders, airports, trade associations and industry suppliers.

    Ian holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney. Prior to joining IATA in 2008, he spent 18 years with Singapore Airlines, holding senior commercial roles in Sydney, Singapore and New York.

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