Capt. Aysha Al Hameli

Capt. Aysha Al Hameli heads the Permanent Mission of the UAE on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, for more than a decade now.

Before called to serve at ICAO, Capt. Al Hameli was the head of the UAE General Civil Aviation Air Transport Department in-charge of bilateral air services negotiations. She took part in 40 bilateral negotiations and successfully chaired the working group that drafted the UAE’s air transport policy.

At ICAO, she served as the Chair of the Implementation and Strategy Planning Group; Chair of the Human Resources Committee, and; Chair Based Measures environment group, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Behind the scenes, Capt. Al Hameli has also initiated reforms on the organization’s policies and advocated for geographical and gender representation in ICAO. She was one of the founders and contributors to the ICAO flagship initiative “No Country Left Behind.”

As the first female pilot in the UAE, Capt. Al Hameli’s work has inspired many women from the region to pursue careers in aviation. She is an active speaker in national and international events advocating the role of women in aviation. Recognizing her contribution to the development of gender equality and civil aviation, she has received numerous awards, both in the UAE and internationally.