Aviation is the Business of Freedom. The essence of aviation is building a global community by connecting people, businesses and cultures across great distances. Ten million people work in the aviation industry to make this happen. It is important that this workforce reflects the amazing diversity and inclusion that it fosters in our society. The IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards, sponsored by Qatar Airways, aim to recognize and celebrate the great work that is being done to take the industry into the future.

Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards which recognize three categories of leadership in diversity and inclusion:

  • Inspirational Role Model: Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO, Flybe - Nomination video
  • High Flyer Award: Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, Founder and President, Young African Aviation Professional Association (YAAPA) - Nomination video
  • Diversity & Inclusion Team: Air New Zealand (VIDEO) - Nomination video

Nominations for the awards were adjudicated by a panel of four judges: Angela Gittens, Director General, Airports Council International; Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council; Mark Pilling, Vice President Publishing and Conferences, FlightGlobal; and Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief, Air Transport World.

Three awards to recognize three categories of leadership in diversity and inclusion

  • Inspirational Role Model: Will be presented to a woman (30+) who holds a senior position within the industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support of the gender diversity agenda. Open to all female participants in the aviation industry.
  • Young High Flyer: Designed to recognize one of aviation’s women under 40 who has started to develop her career, and thought leadership in the industry through her inspirational work. Open to all under 40 female participants in the aviation industry.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Team Award: Designed to recognize an airline that has seen a tangible change in their diversity as a result of the work it has been doing in diversity and inclusion. Open to all IATA member airlines.


Each award category comes with US$25,000 in prize money, generously funded by Qatar Airways.

Terms & conditions (pdf)

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