Nominations for the 2021 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards have begun, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Nominations are now being accepted in the three categories listed below:
The Inspirational Role Model Award honors a woman in a high position in the aviation sector who has made a major influence on the industry’s agenda through her excellent contributions to business delivery and continued support for the diversity and inclusion agenda. Nominations are accepted from all sectors of the aviation industry.
The High Flyer Award honors a young female aviation professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated leadership by taking meaningful steps in the direction of diversity and inclusion, thereby positively impacting the industry. All female aviation professionals are welcome to apply.
Diversity & Inclusion Team Award recognizes an airline that has experienced measurable progress in the areas of diversity and inclusion as a consequence of its efforts. All IATA member airlines are eligible to participate.
The winners in each category will receive $25,000 in prize money from Qatar Airways, which will be paid to the awardee or a charity of their choice that works on diversity and inclusion initiatives.
“As an industry, we embrace diversity that reflects the nations and continents we serve, but we must continue to demonstrate leadership and identify greater opportunities to broaden the inclusive nature of aviation, ensuring that we benefit from an engaged workforce that feels valued and appreciated,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker. We feel that promoting greater diversity and gender balance in the global aviation business is critical for long-term success, which is why we are once again supporting the IATA Diversity and Inclusion awards.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed the aviation industry’s agenda on diversity and inclusion,” stated IATA Director General Willie Walsh. In fact, it has provided us with an opportunity to redouble our efforts to enhance our results. As seen by the growing number of signatories to the IATA 25by2025 pledge, improving our gender balance is a primary goal. The IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards, now in their second year, will once again recognize outstanding efforts in this area. The awards aim to inspire even more urgency in making the changes needed to enhance aviation with a commitment to diversity and inclusion at the industry’s highest levels of leadership, in addition to rewarding those who are leading change.”
An independent panel comprised of the 2019 IATA Diversity and Inclusion Award recipients: Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of TAP Air Portugal; Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, Founder and President of the Young African Aviation Professional Association; and Christina Kennedy, General Manager People – Operations and Employee Experience at Air New Zealand, will assess the nominations for 2021. Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Air Transport World, will chair the judging panel.
Nominations must be received by August 29, 2021, at 18:00 CET. The IATA website has all of the details for nominations.
At IATA’s 77th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Boston, USA, the winners of the 2021 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards will be announced (3-5 October 2021).
The IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards were established in 2019 to recognize and celebrate initiatives to make the aviation sector more diverse and inclusive. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, these annual prizes were halted in 2020.