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Speaker Profile

Raphael Kuuchi

Special Envoy on Aero-political Affairs, IATA

Raphael Kuuchi is the IATA Special Envoy to Africa on Aero-Political Affairs. He has many years’ experience in air transport management, operations and consulting. After working with an airline in various senior management positions for over a decade, he joined the Nairobi-based African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in 2005, as Commercial Director and later as Director Commercial, Corporate and Industry Affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Kuuchi initiated and oversaw many projects in airlines business development, commercial operations, IT and communication, liberalization/market access, aero-political/regulatory affairs and training across Africa.

Mr. Raphael Kuuchi effective July 2018, assumed a new role as IATA Special Envoy to Africa on Aero-political Affairs. Prior to that he was IATA Vice President Africa for 4 years. In his new role Raphael is leading IATA engagements with top government, regional and industry leaders in driving key initiatives aimed at unlocking the full potential of African aviation. He is also IATA’s focal point on the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

Mr. Kuuchi holds an MBA from Henley Management College, UK and a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) UK.