Etihad Airways has appointed Dr. Nadia Bastaki as the carrier’s new Chief Human Resources, Organizational Development and Asset Management Officer, becoming the first-ever female chief at the United Arab Emirates’ national airline.
On Monday (November 8, 2021), Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, announced the appointment of Dr. Nadia Bastaki as the airline’s new Chief Human Resources, Organizational Development and Asset Management Officer. With the appointment, Dr. Bastaki becomes the carrier’s first-ever female chief. Prior to her new role, Dr. Bastaki served as a key member of Etihad’s human resources leadership team as Vice President of Medical Services since 2014. In that role, she was responsible for leading the aeromedical center and ensuring the overall health and wellbeing of team members, as well as driving the diversity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility programs at Etihad Airways.
In Monday’s announcement, Etihad Airways Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Douglas, said,
“Dr. Bastaki has played a pivotal role in developing our world-class healthcare system at Etihad Airways and looking after our employees over the past 15 years, and we are delighted to welcome her to her new role. Dr. Bastaki’s astute leadership throughout the COVID-19 crisis was a defining factor in how successfully we navigated the pandemic. She brings a deep understanding of the industry to the role along with a wealth of executive leadership experience in human resources and medical services, at a time when employee health and wellbeing were never as important.”
Also commenting on her new role as Chief of Human Resources, Dr. Bastaki said, “I am delighted to take on this new role and look forward to continuing to build a highly-engaging employee experience and inclusive work culture at Etihad Airways. Our people are our most valuable asset and will be the key to our success as we continue to recover from the global health crisis.”
Dr. Nadia Bastaki joined Etihad in 2007, becoming the first female UAE national to specialize in aviation medicine. She was instrumental in the development of the Etihad Airways Medical Centre into a leading aeromedical center in the region. Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Bastaki played a central role in overseeing the airline’s health and safety response to the crisis, in coordination with the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, the General Civil Aviation Authority and SEHA.
Dr. Bastaki has nearly 20 years of experience as a medical practitioner and holds a master’s degree in occupational medicine from Manchester University, as well as a diploma in aviation medicine from King’s College London. In addition to her new role as Chief, Dr. Bastaki will continue to provide overall clinical leadership for the Etihad Airways Medical Centre.
Source: Etihad Airways