FACE (Future Air Cargo Executives) is IATA’s response to the industry’s need for young, aspiring, and diverse professionals.

Together with the air cargo industry, IATA recognizes that there is an urgent need to invest in people, promote gender diversity, and engage young talent. The FACE Program aims at attracting, retaining, and developing a bright and diverse pool of individuals under 36 to prepare them to become the next generation of leaders in the cargo industry. Read the FACE presentation (pdf) for more information about the program.

  • Please, fill the form at the bottom of the page to join the FACE program

FACE UP Air Cargo Career Competition

FACE-UP! gives recent graduates from around the world with the opportunity to present their thesis to industry executives. Their work must focus on innovation and transformation in air transport logistics. The entries received were evaluated based upon the innovative, transforming, and visionary nature of the content, as well as the quality of the solution presented in the thesis.

FACE UP 2021 Winner

The WCS attendees selected Martina Brysch, from the University of Groningen, as the winner of the 2021 edition for her thesis “Air Cargo in the Physical Internet.” Her research focused on the Physical Internet, a new logistics concept based on modular and autonomous PI-containers, full automation, the openness of the system, and decentralization, which may create a novel solution for current problems across air cargo.

​​​​​​​​​The two runner-ups are:

  • Tereza Bartlová, Brno University of Technology: “Performance Possibilities of VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”
  • Craig Neal, University of New South Wales: “Demand for Cargo Airships in Australia: An analysis of mode choice decision making by logistics professionals”

Future Air Cargo Executive Summit (FACES)

Join the annual summit for young industry professionals under 36 to interact with today’s leaders, create a strong network with like-minded ambitious peers, and up your leadership skills through our interactive education and working sessions. 

IATA organized the first FACES in 2013 to highlight the critical role young leadership plays in the future growth of the air cargo industry. The annual summit, held in conjunction with the World Cargo Symposium, allows the newest generation of industry executives to express their viewpoints and make a sound contribution to the global air cargo agenda.

Vision 2030 White Paper

The FACES Vision 2030 is the result of a think tank comprised of young air cargo professionals. The project started during the 2015 edition of FACES when the participants decided to express their long-term vision & for the industry. Read the FACES Vision 2030 White Paper.

Join the FACE program

If you are a young or aspiring air cargo executive under 36, you are invited to become part of FACE.