On November 2nd, ACI World Director General, Ms. Angela Gittens, Director of ICAO’s Air Transport Bureau, Ms. Nancy Graham and AMPAP Premier Sponsor, SITA’s Vice President, Ms. Catherine Mayer, together with Dr. Pierre Coutu, Global ACI-ICAO AMPAP Executive, presented the IAP diplomas to the 2010 AMPAP graduates who earned their International Airport Professional (IAP) designation.
The ceremony, which took place at the 20th ACI World/Latin America-Caribbean Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Bermuda, marked the third annual AMPAP graduation and welcomed the largest graduating class in the Programme’s three-year history. 19 of the 48 graduates of 2010 were in attendance during this important occasion.
Before a distinguished audience of ACI World Governing Board members, World Business Partners, airport leaders and global AMPAP community members, Ms. Gittens congratulated the 2010 graduates. She encouraged them to regard this as a beginning, not an end stating: “we want your graduation to mark the start of a lifelong membership in an international network of airport professionals.” She also noted the strong partnership that ACI and ICAO had forged in building AMPAP since its launch in 2007.
Dr. Coutu added: “It is rewarding to see the AMPAP initiative has appealed to airport executives from all categories of airports spanning all continents in 74 countries. The International Airport Professional (IAP) designation is enjoying growing recognition as a standard of excellence tied to the successful achievement of stringent requirements that ICAO and ACI established for the Programme. Close to 100 resource persons have contributed so far to the development and delivery of AMPAP and we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to this extraordinary venture.”
In their addresses, both Ms. Gittens and Dr. Coutu made special mention about the increasingly important role of AMPAP graduates in the programme’s strategic planning. Ms. Gittens specifically recalled the representation for the first time of the AMPAP Community on the ACI/ICAO AMPAP Steering Committee, the body which oversees the programme.
Ramesh Ghir, Class valedictorian and CEO of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation recalled his AMPAP experiences, noting that he had benefitted from the sharing of best practices in airport management with an international network of professionals. He thanked his instructors and his fellow participants for creating such a vibrant and relevant learning experience.