The AMENA Aviation Board brings together leading and seasoned sector professionals in Africa’s aviation industry. The purpose of this Board is to address unique challenges within this industry that are born of dated operational and managerial strategies, with homegrown solutions. The Board is a consolidated effort to support players interested in, or operating within the African aviation industry to optimise their operations.
The AMENA Aviation advisory board was appointed in January 2021. Members of the board were handpicked based on their merit, experience and knowledge of the industry and its particular African characteristics.
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Prof. Dr. Eyden Samunderu
The service offerings of AMENA Aviation are built around Eyden, a seasoned leading expert and most trusted senior strategic advisor in the aviation sector.
He is a dynamic self-starter with strong strategic and business planning skills. His first class leadership, mentor and managerial skills are capsuled by a strong business analytical acumen and commercial awarness of the African aviation market.
Omoh Anna Ohiomoba
Advisory Board Member
Omoh has 15 years of business operations experience working in Africa, Europe and North America. She has experience in airport operations and management focusing on strategic planning to deliver revenue growth and support major capital investments. While working as a manager with Airports Council International (Africa Region) she supported economic and market research, airport training, marketing, business development and government relations leading to growth and development in the African aviation industry.
Simon Peter Njoroge
Advisory Board Member
Simon Peter currently serves as the Airport Operations Manager at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya. He has extensive experience in multiple cultures with more than 20 years of industry experience in Africa and Europe. He holds an MBA from Strathmore Business School.
Advisory Board Member
Winnet is a seasoned airline executive with 30 years of experience working in the commercial & airport operations space. She has extensive experience in commercial activities. Her experience has also exposed her to advocacy and stakeholder relations with public and private sector bodies.
She also sits on the IATA Local Carrier Advisory Group, Board of Airline Representatives and Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe.
Dr. Joachim Vermooten
Joachim is an experienced senior international aviation consultant, qualified as a chartered accountant CA (SA) registered auditor (IRBA), transport economist (specializing in aviation) and aviation researcher, which follows on a successful career as managing director and chief executive. He has a broad range of industry exposure including electricity, airlines, financial services (assurance), manufacturing, engineering and steel production. Joachim is a former university lecturer in aviation, taxation and financial management.
Emmy Arsonval Maniriho
Emmy currently serves as an advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda and has worked as Air Transport Intern in ICAO Air Transport Bureau (ATB) in its Economic Regulatory Framework Section (ERF) and worked closely with Aviation Data and Analysis Section (ADA). He has published several books regarding Aviation engineering, Human factors in Aviation, Airport planning and Air Traffic Control. He thus has broad knowledge and experience in international air transport, management, tourism and hospitality industry. In addition, he trains and educates aviation aspirants and public servants in Strategic Management.
''Because airlines play a pivotal role in economies through trade and commerce, aviation is crucial to Africa's economic recovery, being part of a team that can contribute towards this vision of a sustainable, world-class African aviation sector is my passion.''
John van Hoogstraaten
John has over 30 years of Air Traffic Management (ATM) experience across the full spectrum of operations, management, safety and regulatory compliance. He is an experienced aviation consultant specialising in aviation support to airports, airport developers and air navigation service providers to help achieve regulatory compliance and implementation of future systems. Change Management is in line with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), national aviation regulatory requirements and international best practice. In addition to his ATM experience, John brings a wealth of knowledge in emergency planning through his accreditation with the Business Continuity Institute and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.