The regulatory body controlling airlines in Africa, African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has appointed Raphael Kuuchi as the new Director Government, Legal and Industry affairs in a consulting capacity. The change was effected on January 1, 2021.
The newly appointed Director, joined AFRAA from IATA. Where he served as the Association’s Special Envoy to Africa on Aero-Political Affairs for 2 years and IATA Vice President in Africa for 4 years.
He led IATA engagements with top government, regional and industry leaders in driving key initiatives aimed at unlocking the full potential of African aviation. He was also IATA’s focal point on the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
Before joining IATA, Raphael has served AFRAA as commercial director in 2005 and later as Director Commercial, Corporate and Industry Affairs till February 2014. In this capacity, Raphael 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.
Reacting to the appointment, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA Secretary General, said: “We are pleased to welcome back Raphael to AFRAA fraternity. He brings onboard the extensive industry experience to complement AFRAA team to better exercise our mandate to promote, serve African Airlines and champion Africa’s aviation industry.”
Mr. Kuuchi in his acceeptance speech said: “I look forward to re-join the AFRAA team and to continue the exciting challenge to contribute to the development of air transport in Africa at a time much needed as the industry recovers from the COVID-19 crisis.”
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.