ICAO elects its First Woman Secretary General

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The International Civil Aviation Organization has elected Dr. Fang Liu of China as its first female Secretary General and its second Asian- Pacific person to hold this position. She succeeds Raymond Benjamin of France, who was the Secretary General since 2009.

Dr. Liu has substantial credentials within the United Nations. Her past posts have included membership on the High-Level Committee on Management under the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination, and separately served as Chairperson of the Security Advisory Group and vice-chairperson of the Security Management Team for all UN Organizations in Canada. Since 2007 she has managed the internal workings of ICAO as the Director of ICAO’s Bureau of Administration and Services.

Her aviation expertise was developed between 1987 and 2007. There Dr. Liu held the posts of Legal Counsel, Deputy Director, Director and Deputy Director General in the Department of International Affairs and Cooperation of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). From those chairs she was involved in setting policies for international affairs and cooperation at bilateral and multilateral levels including ICAO, aviation policy, international air transport regulation and development, and bilateral and multilateral air services negotiations for the Chinese government. She also served for four years as Chair of the Aviation Group for the region’s premier forum on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Congratulations, Dr. Liu!

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