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FACE UP! 2020

The IATA air cargo career competition


FACE-UP! gives recent graduates from around the world with the opportunity to present their thesis to industry executives at the 2020 World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Istanbul, Turkey. To be eligible, their work must focus on innovation and transformation in air transport logistics (e.g. transportation, operations, mobility, revenue management, distribution, customer experience, etc.). 

An independent jury panel will choose the top three entrants who will be invited to pitch their thesis idea in front of 1200 top-level industry professionals during the closing plenary of the WCS. IATA will cover the travel and accomodation expenses for the finalists, as well as a pass for the full event. Besides being a unique networking opportunity, attending the WCS will also provide a valuable chance to learn about the latest trends and developments in the air cargo industry. 

Stay tuned!

IATA will launch the 2020 edition of FACE UP! in summer 2019. In the meantime, prospective applicants can join the Future Air Cargo Executives (FACE) program to receive updates about the launch and network with young industry professionals.


"The idea is to bring fresh energy into the air cargo industry by offering opportunities that will assist the professional development of talented graduates with a passion for the industry. Air cargo is growing at an impressive rate and we want young people to be a part of unlocking and benefitting from this potential," says Glyn Hughes, IATA's Global Head of Cargo.


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