GENEVA, 23 November 2016: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has named Muhammad Ali Albakri as its new regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East.
Albrakri’s appointment is effective 1 January 2017.
He will be based in the IATA regional office in Amman, Jordan.
“Muhammad Ali Albakri is stepping into a critical role at IATA. Africa and the Middle East are among the fastest growing markets for air transport,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.
Albakri is a Saudi national and aviation veteran. Prior to this appointment he was executive vice president for strategic projects and transformation at Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Albakri’s career at Saudia spanned some 26 years. He rose through the ranks of the airline’s IT division, eventually being appointed as vice president of information technology (2009 to 2016) concurrent to holding the responsibility of Chief Financial Officer (2012 to 2016).
He will lead IATA’s regional office for the AME region which has 124 employees responsible for IATA’s operations across 68 countries.
Aviation support some 9 million jobs and USD130 billion of GDP across Africa and the Middle East.