Dr. Muneer Bakhsh

GDC Middle East, Saudi Arabia


Eng. Muneer has large experience, around 30 years, in aircraft industry. He was born in Al-Madina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1999, he obtained his bachelor and master degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA in the field of engineering and design of aircrafts. His excellence in the field of design of aircraft bodies from composite materials enabled spending 27 years working in USA for several leading aircraft companies.

Eng. Muneer has several leading positions in several companies such as:

  • In last quarter of 2019, he was appointed by the public investment fund organization as the deputy-chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saudi aircraft preparation and maintenance company (GDC Middle East), which is one of the public investment fund companies that was established to transfer aircraft industry to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • Also, he was appointed as deputy-chairman for Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC), one of the economic balance program companies.

  • He was appointed in USA by Boeing to design horizontal stabilizers for the aircraft (Boeing 787), Honda to design fuselage of Honda jet and Gulfstream for aircrafts to design winglet for aircraft (Gulfstream-G500/600).

  • Among his biography in the field of designing aircrafts, he established two companies in USA to design aircraft and he also present a patent in the field.

  • Upon his arrival to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2016, he was appointed at the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA), at which he established a factory for aircraft bodies at King Khaled international airport. Then, he moved to Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI) Company to work as general director of air systems.



Carbon fiber in the aerospace industry




The future of composite material is increasing tremendously. The need for such material is from all kind of industries, specially Aerospace, due to its characteristics like the strength of the material and light weight. Yet, the cost and manufacturing technics need to improve to make this material more available to all industries such as constructions and machineries. There are many institutions in the Kingdom working on developing composite materials such as KAUST, KACST, SABIC, and many others. As a former composite design engineer, with experience designing the horizontal stabilizer for the Boeing 787 DreamLiner, and Winglets of the Gulfstream G500 and G600 as well as the all composite fuselage of the HondaJet and many other components, I have extensive experience with Carbon fiber materials.

GDC Middle East is a Public Investment Fun (PIF) company specializing in Aerospace Engineering, Aircraft Upgrades, Modification, and MRO in addition to Airworthiness, Certifications and Qualifications. Currently, GDC has 250 employees, and 80 percent of our work force is Saudis. Our current customers are RSAF, and other government entities. I believe it's an exciting time to be in the Kingdom and see the development of such technologies, specially being involved in it and be part of it.

All sessions by Dr. Muneer Bakhsh

1A: Carbon fiber in the aerospace industry
04:20 PM

Session theme: Growing industry in a digital era

Dr. Muneer Bakhsh

GDC Middle East, Saudi Arabia