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Vijay Arumbakkam

CEO, Vaayu Group

Vijay is the co-founder of Vaayu Group, established in 2011, focusing on the aviation, advisory and logistics sector. Today he is the group’s CEO and catalyst facilitating expansions through new start-ups, mergers and acquisitions in the aerospace and aviation sectors.

Before establishing Vaayu Group, Vijay had a string of successful careers as the chairman of Aero Gulf Norway AS, deputy CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, director KPMG MESA, partner KPMG Lower Gulf, director KPMG, Singapore & Asia Pacific and director of Ernst & Young, Singapore & Asia Pacific.

With 30 years of experience working with clients across Singapore, Asia Pacific, Middle East /Africa, and South Asia markets specializing in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, Vijay has an excellent relationship and track record working with aviation companies, banks (investment and commercial), multi-lateral financial institutions (ADB, EBRD, IFC) and key senior decision-makers across a broad spectrum of industry sectors with a particular focus on sovereign wealth funds and the transportation sector, particularly aviation and ports.

Vijay is a notable speaker at leading international aviation conferences and is a significant contributor to the development of the MRO industry with a particular focus on the narrowbody aero engine segment.

Having completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Government College of Technology, India, he obtained his MBA from Bond University, Australia.
Vijay is an alumnus and fellow of The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, (Advanced Management Program), USA.