Advisory Board

Mike Propen
Advisory Board Member

Michael Propen (Mike) is credited with driving productivity through corporate-wide networks and accelerating growth through sharing of common processes and best practices. He started his career as a Design Engineer and worked in this position for 5 years at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and then at Lockheed Missiles & Company. In 1977, he joined Textron where he held various senior positions. In late 1994, he became Vice President of Engineering at AlliedSignal, Stratford, CT. In 1997 he was made Vice President Technology & Business Development at AlliedSignal Automotive Products Group. In 1998, he took the position of Corporate Vice President – Technology & Program Management at Honeywell International.

Besides Aequs, Mike is also on the board of QuEST Global where he counsels in talent acquisitions and potential acquisition and integration of new entities into QuEST Global.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics/Mathematics from Queens College, NY, BS degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics from New York University, NY, Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Technological University, FL, and an MBA from the University of New Haven, CT.

Crispin Vincenti-Brown
Advisory Board Member

Crispin is the driving force behind the international practices of the Bourton Group, a management consultancy specialising in operational performance improvement, since 1975.

Crispin had managed Bourton Group’s French and Italian offices before moving to the US where he led US operations. Subsequently, Crispin set up office in Europe to focus on Bourton Group’s high technology international clientele.

Crispin applies his expertise in strategic and operations management to the aerospace, energy and electronics sectors. He is well known for his work in developing strategies for the Agile Enterprise®, value based management and “Lean” operations. Crispin’s success in helping clients take products from concept to market include the introduction of new operational processes in the design and manufacture of aerospace components in Europe, US and Canada and implementing lean operations for a major Indian aerospace conglomerate. His clients include Airbus Industries, Boeing, UTC, Arianespace, BAE Systems, Cummins, Fiat, Schlumberger, Snecma, Rolls Royce, Lockheed Martin and Textron.

Crispin is a European Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology in the UK. Crispin served his apprenticeship with a French aerospace machine tool company and graduated from the University of Birmingham with an Honours degree in engineering production.

Ashok K Baweja
Advisory Board Member

Ashok K Baweja has joined Aequs as an Advisory Board Member from QuEST Global Engineering Services, where he was heading their Indian entity, Quest Global Defense Engineering Services (QGD), for over 5 years, managing offset driven opportunities and new business development.

During his extensive stint at HAL, Ashok headed Aero Engine & Helicopter Divisions and Corporate Business Development. Later he joined the Board as the MD for Design & Development, and as the Chairman from 2004 to 2009. During his tenureship, HAL revenues grew to $2.3 Billion.

Ashok’s significant achievements include certification & service entry of the Advanced Light Helicopter variants, besides development of the Intermediate Jet Trainer, major upgrades of the Jaguar Strike Aircraft, Sea Harrier, Chetak and Cheetah Helicopters, production of Darin standard, Jaguar Strike aircraft, Sukhoi Mk 30 I’s and ALH Helicopters. He has been instrumental in various alliances and ventures with Private Indian and foreign companies for development of complex aircraft systems and technologies. He worked with HCL Technologies briefly as a Senior Advisor for Aero & Defense and Business Development before joining QuEST in Oct 2012.

Ashok holds two graduate degrees, in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration.

Dhiraj Mathur
Advisory Board Member

Dhiraj Mathur combines vast field and policy experience in the State and Federal Governments, multilateral organisations and the private sector to provide strategic advice to leading corporations in a wide range of sectors including A&D, Education, Auto, Health, Tourism, Pharma, Civil Aviation, Electronics, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), foreign trade policy and TRM. He set up the first professional Aerospace & Defence (A&D) practice in India as well as the Trade Remedial Measures (TRM) and Education practices.

Dhiraj was also a Partner with PwC India. Prior to PwC, he spent 24 years in the Indian Administrative Service. Key positions in the Govt. of India include Secretary of the Department of Energy, G/o Madhya Pradesh, Director in the D/o Industrial Policy & Promotion,  G/o  India.  He has also consulted with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Foreign Investment Advisory Services of the World Bank/IFC.

Dhiraj was a Director on the Boards of the power distribution, generation and transmission companies of  MP,  as well as the Regional Rural bank and Central Cooperative banks in MP.  He was also on the National Defence Committees of ASSOCHAM and AMCHAM.

He holds a B. Tech from IIT, Delhi, and Masters in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University, New York. He completed his MBA in Finance from Pace University, New York and M. Phil in International Economics from New School University, New York.


Dr. Matthias Mette
Advisory Board Member, Aequs

Dr. Matthias Mette brings considerable experience in Aerospace and management consulting to our Advisory Board. His previous roles have helped organizations identify and assess supply chain inefficiencies and implement specific solutions. Besides Aerospace and Air Transport, he has worked extensively across several industry sectors such as Automotive, Engineered Products, and Transport & Logistics.

Dr. Mette has held various key positions across major organizations. Before assuming his current role as Principal for H&Z Management Consulting, Munich, he was Chief Procurement Officer at Premium Aerotec (Augsburg), Chief Procurement Officer at PFW Aerospace (Speyer), and has held several senior management positions at Airbus (Toulouse) including, Vice President - General Procurement Strategy & Savings Programs and Vice President Power8 General Procurement. In his early professional career, Dr. Mette worked in management consulting for Cap Gemini and as a strategy analyst for DFS German Air Navigation Services.

Dr. Mette has strong functional expertise in strategy, business development, transformation & turnaround management, as well as in the M&A due diligence area. His professional focus over the past 10-15 years has been on procurement and supply chain management – both as executive with strategic and operational responsibilities and as management consultant advising senior executives across industries.

Dr. Mette holds a PhD and Engineering diploma in Aeronautical Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and an MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSc) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Konrad Hahnelt
Advisory Board Member, Global Operations

Konrad Hahnelt leads global site operations of Aequs located in France, India and the U.S. His operational responsibilities include production, engineering, quality and procurement. In addition, Konrad champions all business process excellence initiatives for Aerospace. .

Konrad brings over 20 years of extensive operational and supply chain experience in the Aerospace industry. Prior to Aequs, he served as Vice President of North American Operations for Magellan Aerospace where he was guiding their North American operating divisions, global supply chain development and India subcontract support organization.

His familiarity with the culture and customs of China and India enables him to understand the benefits and challenges of operating in these regions by virtue of his previous experience in operational management and overseas supply chain development (with a focus on India and China).

Konrad holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queens University and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Professional Accountant.