Two new board members, representing the ground handling and cargo carrier sectors, have been appointed to the TIACA Board of Directors. The new appointments come as TIACA prepares to host its Executive Summit, which takes place at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Golf Club in Miami, USA, from 18th to 20th October, and features a track on Latin America.
Ramesh Mamidala is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New Delhi, India-based Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management Pvt, and brings over 22 years’ air cargo experience to the post. Sanjeev Gadhia is Founder and CEO of Nairobi, Kenya-headquartered Astral Aviation Ltd, as well as Vice Chairman of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Cargo Task Force.
Mamidala previously worked as Senior Manager Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) Cargo for Qatar Airways and Manager Cargo Hub and Product Development at Emirates SkyCargo. Prior to that, he was Senior Management Consultant for Eicher Consultancy Services Ltd, based in Mumbai, India.
Gadhia launched cargo carrier Astral Aviation in 2000, which has grown to become the largest private cargo airline in Eastern Africa, boasting a fleet of B747-400F, DC9F, B727F, and F27 freighters. Gadhia is also Vice Chairman of the Cargo Task Force for AFRAA, which is Africa’s largest airline association and promotes co-operation in operational, commercial, technical, and training fields.