Sandile Chipunza is IATA’s Manager, Advocacy & Strategic Relations, Africa and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
His responsibilities include ensuring that IATA’s members’ priorities and needs are met. This function contributes to Aviation playing its critical role as a catalyst for economic & social development ensuring that the industry connects and enriches the world.
Central to this role is Advocacy and of critical importance, advocating for the value and benefits that Aviation brings to the African Continent and the Global economy at large. In addition, working with all Member Airlines and Aviation stakeholders in the quest for a more secure and safe industry through the implementation of the IATA safety standards, he contributes expertise in Industry solutions that directly support sustainable commercial and business planning strategies and expertise to Aviation.
Prior to taking up the role of Manager, Advocacy & Strategic Relations, Africa, Sandile was an Aviation Solutions Manager for Southern Africa and was previously with Airlink as a Regional Manager – Africa for seven (7) years after spending seven (7) years with SAA, helping set up new SAA managed operations in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Sandile holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Managements from the University of South Africa and also holds Diplomas with IATA.