ascension global leadership team

PAMELA COHN

managing partner

Pamela is an expert in market and regulatory strategy for innovative technologies and has spent her career helping public and private sector entities navigate the complex ecosystem of aviation and space technology development, integration, and monetization. Prior to founding Ascension Global, Pamela worked at McKinsey & Company, where she was a leader in their Aerospace and Defense practice and the founder of their global Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) hub.

 

In her time at McKinsey, she spearheaded the Firm’s work on UAS, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), and intermodal unmanned/autonomous regulation and policy. Pamela has extensive experience serving a range of public and private sector clients throughout all areas of the aviation and space value chains on strategy, regulation, transactions, and corporate finance. Pamela holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London, where her research focused on the development and regulation of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs).

MICHAEL WHITAKER

partner

Mike is the immediate former Deputy Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), serving from 2013 to 2016. As FAA's Chief NextGen Officer, he also oversaw the modernization of the air traffic control system.

Since leaving the FAA in 2016, Mike has been advising companies – including United Airlines and Boeing’s Insitu – on issues relating to aviation, drones, and airspace. He sits on the board of directors of Matternet, which operates medical delivery drones, and NUAIR, the operator of the New York State UAS test site.

Prior to joining FAA, Mike spent over twenty years in the aviation industry with India's largest Airline - IndiGo - as Group CEO; United Airlines as SVP for Alliance, International and Regulatory Affairs; and TWA as Assistant General Counsel.

ALLAN FAN

principal

Allan Fan brings wide-ranging experience advising aerospace and defense leaders on a broad range of strategy and corporate finance topics.

Prior to joining Ascension Global, he was a leader in McKinsey's Aerospace and Defense practice, where he led dozens of corporate and business unit strategy projects, market assessment efforts, strategic planning initiatives, and due diligences. Allan is an expert in identifying new areas of growth in the aerospace and future mobility value chains, and has extensive experience in advising companies on R&D budget allocation, business model development, and international growth and offset strategy. 

Allan holds an MS in Applied Mathematics from Harvard Engineering School and a BA in Classical Archaeology from Harvard College.