Etihad Airways today announced new roles and responsibilities for four of its most senior UAE nationals.
Al Qubaisi, who currently holds the position of Vice President Aero Political and
Industry Affairs, will be promoted to Senior Vice President and take on
responsibility for International Affairs and for Environmental Affairs. Ahmed
joined Etihad Airways in 2015 as Vice President Alliances and Partnerships,
before being promoted to his current role in 2016.
Al Muhairy is to become Senior Vice President, UAE and GCC Sales, responsible
for driving sales revenues in the airline’s priority markets. He moves from his
current position in Corporate and International Affairs.
Taher has been promoted to Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and will be
responsible for leading corporate communications strategy for Etihad Aviation
Group (EAG). With this promotion, she
becomes one of the group’s most senior female executives.
responsibility for the airline’s corporate social responsibility strategy will
be moved under Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Vice President Medical Services. Dr. Nadia
joined the Medical Centre at Etihad Airways in 2007 and is a leading Aviation
Medical specialist in the region. Under
her leadership the Etihad Medical Centre has become adopted by the industry as
best-in-class and the addition of corporate social responsibility is a natural
extension of her Medical and Wellbeing portfolio.
Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of the Etihad
Aviation Group, said: “Our business is committed to developing career
opportunities for advancing UAE nationals. These four highly-talented leaders
have all seized those opportunities to develop careers as senior executives
within one of the UAE’s largest businesses.”
new executive roles come two weeks after Etihad Airways’ team at Abu Dhabi
International Airport welcomed 157 talented Emirati nationals from across the
UAE, after they graduated from the Etihad UAE National Development Foundation
Aviation Group employs more than 3,000 Emiratis and runs more than 20
programmes to attract, train and develop UAE nationals in areas such as
engineering, flight operations, management and at the all-female Al Ain Contact
to joining Etihad Airways, Ahmed Al Qubaisi spent six years at the Department
of Transport, as Director International and Government Affairs, responsible for
protecting and enhancing the aero-political interests of Abu Dhabi. His
aviation career also includes three years with Abu Dhabi Airports Company
(ADAC) as Head of Capacity and Operations Planning and as project coordinator
at SCADIA. Since joining in 2015, Mr. Qubaisi has performed a critical role in
Etihad Airways’ international aviation regulatory affairs arena at a time when
the industry is experiencing increasingly complex and challenging competition
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Portland State University in
the United States.
Hareb Al Muhairy’s career at Etihad Airways has
spanned both the Commercial and Corporate Affairs portfolios, holding the role
of Vice President Sales UAE before moving to oversee Corporate and
International Affairs in 2015. He previously held the position of Vice
President Corporate Communications between 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Al Muhairy joined Etihad Airways in 2004
having studied political science and management at the UAE University in Al
Ain. He also holds a Master Degree in Strategic and Security Studies gained in
2015 from the National Defense College.
Amina Taher joined Etihad Airways’ Corporate
Affairs department as Head of Corporate Communications in January 2014, from
the Mubadala Development Company (MDC) where she held the position of Head of
Social Development and Sponsorship. An experienced media professional, Ms. Taher
has hosted a number of Etihad Airways’ global media conferences and more
recently has been focused on providing corporate communications strategic and
campaign support to the Etihad Airways executive leadership.
Ms. Taher holds both a Masters of Business
Administration (MBA) from the London Business School and a Masters in Public
Administration from Harvard University gained in 2015. She achieved a
Bachelor’s degree in Applied Media Studies with honours from the Higher
Colleges of Technology, Dubai.
Nadia Bastaki has made significant
achievements during her decade with Etihad Airways. She was the first
female aviation medicine specialist in the UAE appointed by the Abu Dhabi
health authority and was also the first GCAA instructor and Medical Review
Officer (MRO) for the region appointed by the GCAA.
her leadership, the Medical Centre has received a number of awards, as well as
recognition by the GCAA and both the FAA and CASA (American and Australian
aviation authorities). Dr. Nadia herself has won several awards for her
Nadia holds a Master degree in Occupational Medicine from Manchester University
and a post graduate degree in aviation medicine from Kings College London. She
recently completed a women’s director programme run by the Institute of
Directors and Hawkamah.
These new appointments take effect immediately.