TIACA adds new board members to represent the ground handling and cargo carrier sectors
September 21, 2017: Ramesh Mamidala, the chief executive officer of Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management Pvt and Sanjeev Gadhia is founder and CEO of Nairobi, Kenya-headquartered Astral Aviation Ltd have been appointed to the TIACA Board of Directors.
“TIACA represents the air cargo supply chain globally, and Ramesh and Sanjeev will help to expand the links with the regions which are fast developing and are very important for the air cargo industry – Asia and Africa,” said Vladimir Zubkov, secretary general, TIACA.
Mamidala previously worked as senior manager Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) Cargo for Qatar Airways and manager Cargo Hub and Product Development at Emirates SkyCargo.
Prior to that, he was Senior Management Consultant for Eicher Consultancy Services Ltd, based in Mumbai, India.
“The Indian air cargo market is experiencing one of the fastest growth rates in the world with significant potential, expected to double from the current rate in near future,” said Mamidala.
“I am so honored and feel privileged to serve on the TIACA Board, which I believe will give me an opportunity to integrate the Indian air freight industry with the global market through TIACA.
“TIACA will be able to reach out to the industry players in India, which I am confident will lead to several of them joining the organization.”
Gadhia launched cargo carrier Astral Aviation in 2000, which has grown to become the largest private cargo airline in Eastern Africa, boasting a fleet of B747-400F, DC9F, B727F and F27 freighters.
Gadhia is also vice chairman of the Cargo Task Force for AFRAA, which is Africa’s largest airline association and promotes co-operation in operational, commercial, technical, and training fields.
Earlier this year, Zubkov attended the 2nd Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which culminated with TIACA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) pledging to work together to support further air cargo growth in the region.
“My appointment will enable AFRAA members and especially the Cargo Task Force, to embrace the opportunities that TIACA will bring aboard in areas such as networking, education and training, industry relations, and participation in TIACA cargo events as a group,” said Gadhia.
“For TIACA, my appointment will enable the organization to reach out to the air cargo fraternity in Africa and also to assist AFRAA in its lobbying efforts to a global level.
“I also plan to promote TIACA’s air cargo development program to African airlines and foster greater participation from African airlines at TIACA events.”
The new appointments come as TIACA prepares to host its Executive Summit, which takes place at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Golf Club in Miami, USA, from October 18 to 20, and features a track on Latin America.
Photo: Ramesh Mamidala (L) Sanjeev Gadhia (R)