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Nominations Open for 2021 IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is inviting nominations for the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Awards.

The awards were launched in 2019 to recognize and celebrate efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive aviation industry. These annual awards were suspended in 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

The second edition of the IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards will, once again, highlight exceptional work in this area.

“Along with honoring those leading change, the awards aim to inspire even greater urgency in driving the changes needed to strengthen aviation with a commitment to diversity and inclusion at the industry’s highest levels of leadership… Improving our gender balance, in particular, is a top priority as seen by the growing number of signatories to the IATA 25by2025 pledge,” IATA Director General Willie Walsh said.

The awards recognize three categories of diversity and inclusion leadership:

  • Inspirational Role Model Award: Recognizes a woman holding a senior position within the air transport industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support of the diversity and inclusion agenda.
  • High Flyer Award: Recognizes a young female aviation professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated leadership through concrete action in favor of diversity and inclusion.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Team Award: Recognizes an airline that has seen measurable change in diversity and inclusion as a result of the work it has been doing in this area.

Photo Source: IATA

The winners of each category will receive 25,000 dollars in prize money sponsored by Qatar Airways payable to the awardee or their nominated charity working on diversity and inclusion projects.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 29 August at 18:00 CET. Full details for nominations can be found at

The winners of the 2021 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards will be announced at IATA’s 77th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit to be held in Boston during 3-5 October.

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