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A distinguished board of aviation leaders, law practitioners and educators, including former lawmakers, members of the Council and Secretariat of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), aviation executives and executives of aviation Industry associations provides the oversight of WAF.

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Board Members:

WAF’s Executive Committee:

Dr. Nasim Zaidi, President, 2021-2022

Mr. Girma Wake, First Vice President, 2021-2022

Mr. Jalal Haidar, Managing Director & Acting CEO

Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy, COO & Representative to ICAO, IATA and ACI

Captain Edward Davidson, Representative to the US National Transportation Safety Board

Captain Moh’d Aziz, Representative, MENA Region

Mr. Jan Philipp Goertz, Representative to the European Commission

Mr. David Soucie, Representative to the US FAA and EASA

Dr. Vahid Motevalli, Academic Affairs & the Aviation Human Capital Bank


WAF Associates conduct policy analysis, research, and initiate professional discussion forums in collaboration with partners from government, industry, regional and international bodies and academia.

Article 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation:

The laws and regulations of a Contracting State as to the admission to or departure from its territory of passengers, crew, or cargo of aircraft, such as regulations relating to entry, clearance, immigration, passports, customs, and quarantine shall be complied with by or on behalf of such passengers, crew or cargo upon entrance into or departure from, or while within the territory of that State.