Mehmet T. Nane, the Chairperson of the Board of Pegasus Airlines, successfully completed his one-year term of office, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the aviation industry. As a testament to his dedication and expertise, Nane handed over the prestigious role of Chair of the IATA Board of Governors to Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the esteemed CEO of RwandAir.
Yvonne Manzi Makolo assumed the position of Chair at the 79th Annual Ordinary General Assembly Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) held in Istanbul, marking a historic moment as she became the first woman to lead the organization. With her exceptional leadership skills and industry knowledge, Makolo is well-equipped to drive positive change and propel the global aviation industry forward. Her tenure as Chair will span one year, during which she aims to champion sustainability, foster collaboration, and promote inclusivity within the industry.
Meanwhile, Mehmet T. Nane, while transitioning from the role of Chair, will continue to contribute his valuable insights and experience as a member of the Executive Committee for an additional year. This continuity ensures a seamless transition and enables Nane to provide ongoing support and guidance to IATA’s strategic initiatives.
Nane also expressed his pride and honor in passing the baton to Yvonne Manzi Makolo, acknowledging her historic appointment as the first woman Chair of IATA. Recognizing her capabilities and dedication, he extended his best wishes for her success in fostering sustainable growth and development within the global aviation sector.
During his impactful one-year term, Mehmet T. Nane diligently worked towards IATA’s vision of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change within the industry. He actively supported initiatives aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of aviation and promoting sustainable practices across the sector.
Additionally, Nane prioritized advancing gender equality and increasing women’s representation within the industry. He actively promoted initiatives that empower women in aviation, encouraging their participation and leadership in various roles and sectors. By championing diversity and inclusion, Nane aimed to create a more equitable and thriving industry.
Moreover, Mehmet T. Nane demonstrated his unwavering belief in the Turkish aviation industry. Throughout his term, he tirelessly worked to organize and facilitate IATA’s European and global meetings in Turkey, showcasing the country’s potential and serving as a catalyst for fostering international partnerships and collaborations.
As Mehmet T. Nane transitions into his role as a member of the Executive Committee, the aviation industry eagerly anticipates the leadership of Yvonne Manzi Makolo as the Chair of the IATA Board of Governors. Together, these distinguished individuals represent the industry’s commitment to progress, sustainability, and diversity, ensuring a vibrant and prosperous future for global aviation.