Regional Director - Africa & Middle East
Kashif Khalid is currently leading the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) industry activities and projects in the Middle East & Africa region providing leadership and guidance to Airlines, Airports, ANSP's, Civil Aviation Authorities, Security Agencies and Governments to further develop IATA’s mission, projects and advocacy initiatives. With a core focus on the Airports, Passenger Experience and Global Facilitation programs.
Formerly he was Head - Assets & Acquisitions at Abu Dhabi Airports, managing the Global M&A function for the Government entity as well as the development, modernization, and operations strategy of the Airports portfolio. Which included multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment and development programs, including Abu Dhabi’s crowning jewel, the iconic 700,000 sqm Midfield Terminal Building (MTB).
He has advised global Governments and Airport Investors/Operators on both Greenfield and brownfield redevelopment projects, Operations & Management programs, privatizations, public private partnerships and associated infrastructure planning, development, and concessions.
Earlier on in his career he has had the privilege of holding several senior executive positions with Dubai Government, the Abu Dhabi Sovereign Wealth Fund, Citi and British Airways.
Kashif graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York in International Business & Economics and holds an MS-IB as well. His professional credentials include an advanced diploma in Airport Planning and Finance, IAP – International Airports Professional and the ACI - Airport Executive Leadership program (AELP).