HAVING AVIATION IN YOUR BLOOD IS PROBABLY WHAT IT TAKES to be the leading business aviation advocate of the Middle East, who is now set to take the authority of this industry at a global level. What started with a passion for the industry and a dedicated will to enhance awareness about business aviation has taken Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi to now become the Chairman of IBAC (International Business Aviation Council). Alnaqbi, who is the Founding and Executive Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) had once said that he just loves the smell of jet fuel and that aviation is in his blood. This statement evidently reflects the deep-rooted love that Alnaqbi holds for aviation. It is this that has established him as a seasoned industry professionals with more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and made him sit on the Board of several reputed international aviation companies.
Effective from January of this year, Alnaqbi was elected as the Chairman of the IBAC Governing Board. The IBAC Governing Board serves the diverse needs of business aviation across the globe and is involved in all ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) forums that affect business aviation, in addition to directing the council. In a meeting held at Las Vegas, the IBAC Board elected Alnaqbi for this position to be held for a period of three years. Alnaqbi will be the first Arab to be presented with this role within the international council. This is important evidence of the development of the business aviation of the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region. MENA, also known as MENAP, refers to the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, corresponding to the Greater Middle East. In the past, Alnaqbi has also served as the ViceChairman of the IBAC Board for three years, holding that position since 2017.
“I am honored for this trust by the IBAC Board in being elected as the Board Chairman,” Alnaqbi said. “This opportunity to guide the business aviation sector not only in the MENA region but also globally is a big responsibility and it is also a perfect synergy with my passion for the industry and previous achievements. No doubt we have a long way ahead of us and I look forward to driving the industry forward through IBAC in the next three years in this role.”
MEBAA called the appointment “a key milestone for Alnaqbi and a testament to the incredible success MEBAA has achieved since its founding.”
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