Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer, Accident Investigation Bureau, Akin Olateru, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, a global professional body with members from all aerospace disciplines.
Olateru’s election on June 5, 2018, was confirmed in a letter dated July 5, 2018 and signed by the RAeS President, Simon Henley, and the Chief Executive, Simon Luxmoore.
The AIB boss is one of the few Africans who make up the 3,201 individuals from across the globe who have been elected fellows in the 152 years of the RAeS’ existence.
Established in 1866 and headquartered in London, United Kingdom, the society is the world’s only aviation professional body dedicated to the aerospace community (military and civil) and seeks to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world.
The society seeks to promote the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines, provide specialist information and act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas.
Olateru, according to a statement, has also been elected as a member of the Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), United Kingdom.
The institute is an international affairs think tank and world-leading policy body with a mission to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
Founded in 1920, the Chatham House has 3,300 members based in over 75 countries. Its members and subscribers are drawn from the worlds of business, diplomacy, academia, politics, the media and the civil society.
Olateru’s election into the fellowship of the RAeS, according to the statement, came after the society conducted very strict and rigorous due diligence bordering on records of his personal integrity, good conduct and outstanding contributions to the aviation industry; the same with his election into the Chatham House.
“These are global testimonials and recognition of his achievements and professionalism that clearly highlight his zest to grow and strengthen the aviation sector,” it added.
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