Darshan “Dash” Divakaran

Senior Manager, Strategic Innovation & Partnerships, AFWERX, Department of the United States Air Force

Darshan “Dash” Divakaran is an aerospace intrapreneur and technology evangelist with expertise in uncrewed aviation, aviation development, geospatial analysis, emerging technologies, and program management. His areas of expertise in uncrewed aviation also includes Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM), and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). He has led efforts to work with the public and private sector to develop, integrate and manage national programs and initiatives. He is also an FAA certified commercial pilot with multi engine rating and holds a FAA part 107 remote pilot certificate. Currently Dash is the Senior Manager for Strategic Innovation & Partnerships for AFWERX, the innovation arm of the Department of Air Force. In his role he leads efforts to promote innovation and integration through joint operations, interagency, state, and academic partnerships. In addition, he supports the industry engagement, outreach, and educational initiatives for AFWERX. He is also the government subject matter expert for uncrewed systems on the AFWERX Agility Prime program, the non-traditional program to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles.