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The newly appointed ICAO Secretary-General is the right man at the right place at the right time


The future of the aviation industry has big challenges. A new Secretary-General for the international body assigned to regulate aviation will have a challenging position.

  1. The 36-State governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the ICAO Council, has appointed Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar of Colombia as the new Secretary-General of the Organization for a three-year term, beginning 1 August 2021. 

2) The last ICAO Secretary-General was Dr. Fang Liu of China, who has held the position for two consecutive terms since 2015. 

3) The Chairman of the World Tourism Network Aviation Group made a statement after the appointment.

It takes a pro to master this international assignment, and Mr. Salazar is such a pro. Mr. Salazar was appointed based on his extensive professional experience in the administration of complex organizations at the national, regional, and international levels.

Vijay Poonoosamy, a Board Member and Chairman of the Aviation Group of the World Tourism Network said: “The ICAO Council must be congratulated for having elected the sharp, experienced and energetic Juan Carlos Salazar as ICAO’s Secretary-General. He is the right man in the right place at the right time. So proud of Juan Carlos and so looking forward to working with him again during these exceptionally challenging times for ICAO, international civil aviation and the world.”

Mr. Salazar is also a lawyer practicing aviation law and standards with more than 26 years of experience in international negotiations in the fields of aviation, management, and public policy. 

Since January 2018, Mr. Salazar has been serving as Director General of Civil Aviation of Colombia at Aerocivil, a complex civil aviation organization with more than 3,100 employees and 12 trade unions. He is in charge of a network of 72 public airports and of the sole air navigation service provider in a country that serves as a key hub for air routes in Latin America. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Colombian Civil Aviation Organisation and as Senior Advisor to the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates. 

Mr. Salazar holds master’s degrees in public administration and air and space law, and speaks fluent Spanish, English, French and Ar