Darren Ellis received a PhD in strategic airline management from the University of New England (UNE) Business School, Armidale, NSW, Australia in 2017. His thesis investigated the future trajectory of the global airline industry based on a five-stage mixed methods Delphi study. In 2011 he completed a Master of Aviation Management through Griffith University; his final thesis looked at the global ascendancy of the three major Gulf carriers.
He has also completed postgraduate degrees in International Relations, Management and Education. Darren completed a Bachelor of Arts (History) in 1999. He has taught undergraduate and MBA students at UNE, taught English in Japan, supervised aviation Masters students via Griffith University, taught undergraduate aviation students at the University of South Australia, and taught and marketed tertiary aviation courses in Hong Kong, Oman, Slovakia, Singapore and India.
Darren has disseminated his work and research at academic conferences in India, Italy, the UAE (Dubai), Singapore, the Netherlands, Hungary, Malta and Slovakia. He has also been a guest speaker at a transport corporate summit in Portugal, an online presenter at an international aviation forum in Latvia, and contributed to an air transport workshop in Saudi Arabia. Darren is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).