Akbar Al Baker
Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways
Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in shaping the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world. Born in Doha, he is a graduate in Economics and Commerce and worked at various levels in the Civil Aviation Directorate before becoming Qatar Airways’ CEO in 1997.
Al Baker has, over the last decade, spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircraft in a regional capacity prior to his appointment. The airline currently flies to more than 80 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.
He is also leading the development of the multi-billion dollar New Doha International Airport which is scheduled to open in 2011.
A highly motivated individual, Al Baker has been a successful businessman in Doha for more than 25 years, holds a private pilot licence, and is also CEO of several divisions of Qatar’s national airline – Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International Airport, Qatar Distribution Company and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company