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Ethiopian airlines, the leading African carrier is pleased to announce that its Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam has been re-appointed to the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Board of Governors for a three year-term at the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Dublin, Ireland.

Moreover Mr. Tewolde has also been appointed to the IATA Strategy and Policy Committee. He has been serving to the Board of governors since 2013. 


The IATA Board of Governors has 31 members, who are elected from the representatives’ of IATA active member airlines. Its members exercise an oversight and executive role on behalf of the membership as a whole in representing the interests of the Association and the Board of Governors acts as the government of IATA, which represents around 260 airlines in over 117 countries, carrying 83% of the world’s air traffic. 

Among the Board of Governors members, 11 key members are elected as the Strategy and Policy Committee member, which acts on behalf of the Board with respect to the duties and authority delegated to it by the Board. Subject to review and approval by the Board, it has an overall responsibility for industry policy and for providing policy directives and guidance to the Industry Committees and subsidiary bodies as well as policy guidance to the IATA Traffic Conferences and to industry settlement plans.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam also serves as a member on the High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST) with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), A Board member of the Airlink Advisory Council, A member of Board of Directors of Africa Travel Association (ATA), A member of Board of Directors of Ethio-Telecom, A Board member of Ethiopian Railway Corporation, A Board Member of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia; and The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO).

Mr. Tewolde has received prominent awards from different organizations including The Best African Business Leader and Professional Excellence Award.

The re-appointment of the Ethiopian Group CEO to this prestigious airlines association IATA Board of Governors and his appointment to the Strategy and Policy Committee is recognition of Ethiopian fastest growth and significant role in the development of the African Aviation Industry as well as Ethiopian sound and commendable growth plan, vision 2025. 

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