Adefunke Adeyemi has been chosen to receive the AviaDev Africa 2021 Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to route development in Africa.
Recently identified as one of the 200 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) globally in recognition of her achievements, Adefunke Adeyemi is a transformative leader, agent of change, and an influencer, positively impacting lives and the business environment through her passion, work, and initiatives.
In her current role as the Regional Director for Member and External Relations of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Africa and the Middle East covering 68 countries, she advocates for the overall sustainability and growth of the aviation industry, showcasing the value it brings to business and economies as an enabler and catalyst for development and growth.
She is the intermediary between airlines, the wider aviation community, governments, policymakers, and the general public. She is responsible for conceptualizing and delivering an ongoing campaign regarding the transformation of Africa’s socio-economic prospects through improved air connectivity across the continent and introducing the concept of Smarter Regulation as a fundamental basis for sustainability.
The award will be presented to Adefunke during the event and she will be interviewed about her life and times by the previous winner Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) about her life’s work to date and what she hopes the future will bring.
AviaDev Africa is an African Aviation Development Hub that is dedicated to growing connectivity to, from, and within the African continent. The next event is slated from the 9th of June to the 11th of June, 2021. You can register your participation via https://aviationdevelop.com/africa