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:
- Middle East & North Africa
- North & Central America
- North Asia
- South Asia & Pacific
- Southern Europe
- Indian Subcontinent *
- Northern Europe
- South America & Caribbean
- CIS & Russia
- 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
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 CharifCouncil President, Chief Executive Officer, Information Technology, Middle East Airlines, Air Liban
Fathi AttiQatar Airways
Mohammed BamagaSaudi Arabian Airlines
Hui Yee BooMalaysia Airlines
Sam CharmandQantas Airways
Chris ClairAmerican Airlines
Isabelle DrollRepresenting the, Northern Europe Group (TUIfly)
Sherine FahmyRepresenting the, Middle East & North Africa Group (Egyptair)
Dragan GajovicRepresenting the, Southern Europe Group (Air Serbia)
Edwin GarciaRepresenting the, South America & Caribbean Group (LATAM Airlines Brasil)
Lata GuptaAir India
Suhail Kamil KadriRepresenting the, Airport Group (Hamad Intl Airport)
Jean-Christophe LalanneAir France
Chamindra LenawaRepresenting the, Commonwealth of Independent States & Russia (Air Astana)
Cobus McQuirkSouth African Airways
Jennifer PaineRepresenting the, North & Central America Group (Southwest Airlines)
Juliana RiosLATAM Airlines Group
Getinet TadesseRepresenting the, Sub-Saharan Africa Group (Ethiopian Airlines)
Angie TinsayRepresenting the, South Asia and Pacific Group (Philippine Airlines)
Brant VeniceUnited Parcel Service
George WangSingapore Airlines
The Council has two standing Committees:
The Membership Committee addresses membership policy and rules, as well as Member admissions, expulsions, and the transfer of shares between Members.
- 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
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.