By Nosa Aituamen
The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) has elected Ms. Adefunke
Adeyemi as the new Secretary General of the Commission.
Ms. Adeyemi was elected as the new Secretary General of AFCAC was at the 34th AFCAC Plenary in Dakar, Senegal.
The new AFCAC Secretary General
takes over from the former Secretary General, Mr. Tefera Mekonnen TEFERRA whose tenure ended in January 2022,
following which Ms. Angeline Simana steered AFCAC as Interim Secretary General.
The new AFCAC Secretary General in her remarks shortly after her election said, her objective is to build on the progress already made by previous Secretaries General and teams of AFCAC to see a
new dawn for change through positive action for AFCAC and African aviation.
“The vision for African aviation is to enable a fully connected, prosperous and united Africa. We have made so much progress and we must stay the course and build on current momentum to strengthen existing partnerships and
create new mutually beneficial relationships. We are stronger together and I am fully committed to collaboration, multilateralism and fostering cooperation with all States,
partners and relevant stakeholders to move African aviation forward.”
Up until her appointment, Ms. Adeyemi has been the IATA focal point for the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and a Private Sector Champion of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), two strategic policy initiatives of the African Union designed to promote intra-African connectivity and trade to secure Africa’s integration and prosperity.
Ms. Adeyemi is a lawyer and advocate, with extensive experience in regional and global strategy and policy development. She is also a global air transport and trade facilitation expert, focused on driving value, policy reform, best practices and international standards to air transport and related sectors, businesses and government. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Hons) from the University of Lagos, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nanyang Business School, Singapore in collaboration with Wharton Business School, Philadelphia and Berkeley Hass Business School, California.
The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) is the specialized agency of the African Union mandated to oversee matters related to civil aviation across Africa.