Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi has been elected as the chairman of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), making him the first ever Arab to hold the position.
In a recent meeting in Las Vegas, the IBAC board elected Alnaqbi, who will hold the position for a period of three years effective 1 January 2020.
The IBAC governing board aims to serve the needs of business aviation across the globe and is involved in all ICAO forums that affect business aviation, in addition to directing the council.
“I am honoured for this trust by the IBAC Board in being elected as the board chairman,” said Alnaqbi.
“This opportunity to guide the business aviation sector not only in the MENA region but also globally is a big responsibility and it is also a perfect synergy with my passion for the industry and previous achievements.
“No doubt we have long way ahead of us and I look forward to driving the industry forward through IBAC in the next three years in this role.”
Alnaqbi is well known in the aviation industry. He founded MEBAA (Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association) in 2006, in Dubai; MEBAA represent the Middle East and North Africa region under the IBAC.
The full MEBAA community wishes Alnaqbi “all the success in his new role”, it said.