The focus on diversity in aviation has never been more important, and IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards, sponsored by Qatar Airways, are designed to recognize those who are championing the Diversity Agenda.

D&I awards winners


Congratulations to our 2021 D&I awards winners!

  • Inspirational Role Model: Dr. Harpreet A. de Singh, Executive Director, Air India ​
    Harpreet began her career as a pilot from where she worked her way up, paving the way for women in India to pursue career in aviation. She was the first female Chief of Flight Safety and the first female accident investigator in lndia. More recently, she brought to life the 'Angels of Air lndia' initiative, providing support in the area of disaster management. In addition, she has been the president of IWPA (lndian Women Pilots Association) where she continued to encourage women from all walks of life to take up the historically male dominated profession of airline pilots. ​
  • High Flyer Award: Lalitya Dhavala, Aviation Engineering Consultant, McLarens Aviation 
    Lalitya  is the first female engineer in McLarens Middle East and Asia region, and has made it her mission to inspire a generation into the field of Aviation advocating for diversity and inclusion within McLarens. She led the first ever female team of engineers as part of the Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas competition, and volunteers extensively to inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. She is the youngest member elected to the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Advisory Council and Membership Services Board where she increased student participation/membership in her region from 30 to approximately 600.​
  • Diversity & Inclusion Team: All Nippon Airways 
    In an environment where traditional social gender stereotypes still prevail, ANA has been proactively promoting women's advancement since 2014 and, in doing so, has set measurable goals to increase the number of female leaders and managers within the organization from 9.8% to 17.0%.  Initiatives include introducing new working approach which allows employees to select their working hours and days to better balance work with family and caring responsibilities In addition, ANA has pioneered numerous training courses, such as a forum for women in management positions to learn from each other, as well as introducing programs which support cabin crew to move into alternative careers with the airline. ​


Watch the awards ceremony, hosted by Jane Hoskisson and with a keynote by Kristin Colville, CEO of SkyTeam:


Each award category comes with US$25,000 in prize money, generously funded by Qatar Airways.

Judges (2019 Winners)


The panel of judges consists of the winners of the 2019 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards:

  • Christine Ourmières-Widener (Former CEO of FlyBe) - Winner of the Inspirational Role Model Award
  • Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo (Founder and President of the Young African Aviation Professional Association) - Winner of the High Flyer Award
  • Christina Kennedy on behalf of Air New Zealand Team - Winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Team Award

The judging panel will be chaired by Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Air Transport World.

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