World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Akbar Al Baker

Company: Qatar Airways

Designation: CEO

Country: Qatar

Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in shaping the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world.

Born in Doha, he is a graduate in economics and commerce and worked at various levels in the Civil Aviation Directorate before becoming Qatar Airways’ CEO in 1997.

Al Baker has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircraft in a regional capacity prior to his appointment. Qatar Airways currently flies more than 120 aircraft to over 125 destinations across six continents.

He is also member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), a member of the board of governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is a non-executive director of Heathrow Airport Holdings.

Wings of change

Al Baker is a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO).