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The SITA Council is a member-representative advisory body that addresses Member community interests. The Council has the role of representing and safeguarding the interests of the Membership in an advisory role.

The Council contributes to and advises on SITA’s portfolio of ATI products and solutions to the benefit of the ATI community. In support of SITA’s governance, the Council makes recommendations to the SITA Board on Membership matters and provides input and guidance on issues of importance to Members requiring General Assembly approval.

The Council also identifies and is a proponent of Member community initiatives and is involved in the design of SITA’s long-term business strategy, focusing on the portfolio.

The composition of the SITA Council

Following the approval of the revised Articles of Association, and the new Council Charter, in October 2021, the composition of the Council is changing. Over H1 2022, the Council its transitioning to its new role, as defined above, and its new composition. The Council will be comprised of up to 20 Representatives from Tier I Member companies. Ten Geographical (GEO) Groups have been defined:

  1. Middle East & North Africa
  2. North & Central America
  3. North Asia
  4. South Asia & Pacific
  5. Southern Europe
  6. Indian Subcontinent *
  7. Northern Europe
  8. South America & Caribbean
  9. CIS & Russia
  10. Sub-Saharan Africa

* Includes India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

There will be two Council seats available in each Group. As per the Council Charter, the Council shall strive to have appropriate representation of Member airports.

The Council President is the chair of Council meetings, supported by the Deputy President.

SITA Council President

SITA Council President
Adib Charif, Chief Executive Officer, Information Technology, Middle East Airlines, Air Liban

Adib brings over 25 years of executive leadership in the airline Information Technology and Strategic Planning

His core skills encompass delivery of multi-million automation projects, creating robust IT architectures and infrastructures

He also served as Chairman of the IT Committee in Arab Air Carriers Organization and is involved in a number of other professional associations

Current composition of the SITA Council

Adib Charif

Adib Charif

Council President, Chief Executive Officer, Information Technology, Middle East Airlines, Air Liban
Fathi Atti

Fathi Atti

Qatar Airways
Mohammed Bamaga

Mohammed Bamaga

Saudi Arabian Airlines
Hui Yee Boo

Hui Yee Boo

Malaysia Airlines
Sam Charmand

Sam Charmand

Qantas Airways
Chris Clair

Chris Clair

American Airlines
Isabelle Droll

Isabelle Droll

Representing the, Northern Europe Group (TUIfly)
Sherine Fahmy

Sherine Fahmy

Representing the, Middle East & North Africa Group (Egyptair)
Dragan Gajovic

Dragan Gajovic

Representing the, Southern Europe Group (Air Serbia)
Edwin Garcia

Edwin Garcia

Representing the, South America & Caribbean Group (LATAM Airlines Brasil)
Lata Gupta

Lata Gupta

Air India
Kamal Hingorani

Kamal Hingorani

SpiceJet
Suhail Kamil Kadri

Suhail Kamil Kadri

Representing the, Airport Group (Hamad Intl Airport)
Jean-Christophe Lalanne

Jean-Christophe Lalanne

Air France
Chamindra Lenawa

Chamindra Lenawa

Representing the, Commonwealth of Independent States & Russia (Air Astana)
Cobus McQuirk

Cobus McQuirk

South African Airways
Jennifer Paine

Jennifer Paine

Representing the, North & Central America Group (Southwest Airlines)
Juliana Rios

Juliana Rios

LATAM Airlines Group
Aart Slagt

Aart Slagt

KLM
Getinet Tadesse

Getinet Tadesse

Representing the, Sub-Saharan Africa Group (Ethiopian Airlines)
Angie Tinsay

Angie Tinsay

Representing the, South Asia and Pacific Group (Philippine Airlines)
Brant Venice

Brant Venice

United Parcel Service
George Wang

George Wang

Singapore Airlines
Bardo Werum

Bardo Werum

Lufthansa

The Council has two standing Committees:

Membership

The Membership Committee addresses membership policy and rules, as well as Member admissions, expulsions, and the transfer of shares between Members.

Current composition
  • Adib Charif (Chair)  Representing the Middle East & India Group (Middle East Airlines - Air Liban)
  • Sherine Fahmy        Representing the Middle East & North Africa Group (Egyptair)
  • Bardo Werum           Lufthansa

Nomination

The Nomination Committee considers candidates for the roles of the Council President and Deputy President for appointment by the Council. This Committee will be re-established once the new Council composition is in place.