Italian candidate Salvatore Sciacchitano becomes first European President of the ICAO Council
Tue 26 Nov 2019 – Italy’s Salvatore Sciacchitano has been elected by the 36-member governing ICAO Council as its President for a three-year term beginning 1 January 2020. He succeeds Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu of Nigeria who has served as President for two terms since 2014. Sciacchitano’s candidacy had been endorsed by the 44 Member States of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). During a 39-year career in aviation, Sciacchitano has served as General Director of the Italian Airworthiness Authority (RAI), as Deputy General Director of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and Executive Secretary of ECAC between 2010 and 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 had also recently been appointed to the Italian Delegation to the ICAO Council.
In an ECAC candidacy statement published this summer, Sciacchitano said ICAO needed to strengthen its global leadership in implementing its strategic objectives and address “the pressing challenges of acute global traffic growth.”
He added: “I would steer the Council with leadership built on solid know-how and experience, neutrality and independence, aiming at consensus in order to take difficult but also long-lasting decisions.
“Leadership, neutrality and independence when dealing with sensitive and controversial issues or disputes will be essential, as well as putting in place all the necessary actions to prevent tension or disagreements from escalating.”
Sciacchitano’s first Session as Council President in March will consider the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Board on the first round of emission units to be considered eligible under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme, which starts in 2021.
Salvatore Sciacchitano flanked by Dr Fang Liu, ICAO Secretary General, and outgoing Council President Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu (photo: ICAO):