Mr. Salvatore Sciacchitano, representative of Italy, has been announced as the sixth International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council president.
He emerged after an election of the 36-member council which he won with 19 votes against his closest rival, Captain Aysha Alhameli of the United Arab Emirates, who got 13 votes.
A statement said, “the 36-member governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the ICAO Council, has elected Mr. Salvatore Sciacchitano of Italy as its president for a three-year term, beginning 1 January 2020.”
He succeeds Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu of Nigeria, who has held the position for two consecutive terms since 2014.
Mr. Sciacchitano’s candidacy had been endorsed by the 44 General Directors of the European Civil Aviation Conference.
His election follows an accomplished 39-year career in aviation, during which he served as General Director of Italian Airworthiness Authority (RAI); Deputy General Director of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), and held many other international positions including Executive Secretary of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC; 2010–2018).
He has also participated in several ICAO assemblies as chief or alternate chief of the Italian Delegation to ICAO, as well as the Chief Delegate of ECAC. He was also recently appointed to the Italian Delegation to the ICAO Council.
Mr. Sciacchitano is fluent in English, French and Italian. He graduated as a Master in Telecommunication Engineering “cum laude” from the University of Catania, and has an extensive educational background in both aviation and management.