DOHA, QATAR – The first day of the IATA World Financial Symposium (WFS) kicked off on Wednesday 21 September at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The conference, held under the patronage of Qatar’s Minister of Transport, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulaiti, was attended by officials, senior executives and financial leaders from the aviation industry.
The IATA World Financial Symposium (WFS) is taking place on 21-22 September; featuring more than 50 expert speakers across the airline and financial sectors, discussing strategic topics relating to the industry’s financial outlook and its future sustainability.
On this occasion, Minister of Transport His Excellency, Mr. Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulaiti said he was pleased for Doha’s hosting of the 4th edition of the IATA World Financial Symposium (WFS), which brought together key aviation industry’s financial leaders for the first time since before the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. IATA WFS, he added, will represent an exceptional opportunity to discuss the status quo of the aviation market, aiming to find beneficial ways based on innovation and creativity to address current and future challenges through enhancing close and fruitful cooperation among all parties.
On the first day of the conference Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, delivered an inspiring keynote address in front of the largest in person gathering of the aviation industry’s financial leaders since the start of COVID-19 pandemic.
In his address, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said “Not long ago, we all came together at the AGM to discuss the very pressing topic of resilience after the pandemic. Going through these unprecedented times has allowed us in the airline industry to come together more than ever before. In this mission, we must think of our future, not only as airlines, but the future of our planet by committing to our mission of net-zero carbon by 2050.”
Key international industry speakers at the event include: Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker; IATA Director General, Mr. Willie Walsh; Qatar Airways Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Duncan Naysmith; Chair of the Industry Financial Advisory Council and KLM’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Erik Swelheim; Head of Corporate Responsibility of Lufthansa Group, Mrs. Caroline Drischel; Iberia Head of Sustainability, Ms. Teresa Parejo; IATA Senior VP Financial Settlement and Distribution Services, Mr. Muhammad Albakri and IATA Chief Economist, Ms. Marie Owens Thomsen.