Kamil H. Al-Awadhi

The International Air Transport Association appointed Eng. Kamil H. Al-Awadhi as IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and Middle East (AME), effective 1 March 2021.

Most recently, Al-Awadhi was CEO of Kuwait Airways, a responsibility he held from November 2018 through August 2020.

That capped a 31-year career at Kuwait Airways during which his positions included Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer.

Al-Awadhi has also held several positions in the areas of safety, security, quality management and enterprise resource planning. “This is the most challenging time for air transport—in AME and around the world. The top priority is reconnecting the world when governments are able to safely re-open borders without travel restrictions. And the immediate action is supporting governments in establishing benchmarks and plans for an orderly resumption of service. The crisis has also reinforced our determination to tackle some major issues—reducing emissions, modernizing process, and reforming air traffic management. Under my watch, IATA will continue to be a driving force for a safe, reliable and sustainable aviation sector. By connecting people and businesses aviation is a catalyst for prosperity across the region,”said Al-Awadhi.

At IATA, Al-Awadhi will lead the Association’s activities across AME from its regional office in Amman, Jordan. He will report to the IATA Director General and CEO and join IATA’s Strategic Leadership Team.

A national of Kuwait, Al-Awadhi holds an MBA in Aerospace Management from the Toulouse Business School and an Engineering degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management from Air Service Training (AST) in the UK.