Darshan "Dash" Divakaran, Head of Airspace Innovation & Partnerships - AFWERX

Darshan “Dash” Divakaran is the Head of Airspace Innovation & Partnerships for AFWERX, the Innovation arm of the United States Air Force. In this role, he leads the airspace integration efforts with a focus on scaling autonomy and traffic management for UAS & AAM. He also leads the AFWERX Prime partnerships & outreach efforts. Dash works closely with the military, federal, state and academia on the future of air mobility and accelerating innovation.

Dash is an aerospace intrapreneur and technology evangelist with expertise in uncrewed aviation, aviation development, military innovation, geospatial analysis, emerging technologies, and program management. His areas of expertise are in uncrewed aviation, autonomy and related emerging technologies. In his previous roles he led many 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 a multi engine rating and holds a FAA part 107 remote pilot certificate.