The ACA Team
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Sassy N'Diaye
Sassy N'Diaye
Managing Director Africa
Dakar, Senegal
Mr. N'Diaye spent over 30 years serving Africa and the international aviation community at IATA. He is a citizen of Senegal and maintains residences in Dakar, Senegal, and Geneva, Switzerland. His specialties are airline safety and the aero-politics of African aviation.
Mr. N'Diaye began his aviation carrier at ASECMA, the Central and West African aviation regulatory agency, where he specialized in the group's ATC and ATS needs. He left ASECMA to join the Department of Civil Aviation of Senegal where he negotiated the new nation's bilateral agreements after it became independent. He was also responsible for engineering Senegal's acceptance into the ICAO Council. During this period he also had responsibilities with Senegal's Foreign Affairs Department.
Mr. N'Diaye was invited to be the Special Assistant to the Director General of IATA for Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East in 1971 and was named IATA's first Director for Africa and the Indian Ocean in 1977. In the late 1980's his responsibilities were expanded to include the Directorship of Membership Liaison. While serving in that capacity, he was responsible for convincing many of the world's largest airlines to join IATA, including Delta, Northwest, US Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Aeroflot, Royal Air Maroc, and Air Madagascar. In addition, he substantially expanded participation by the African airlines in IATA.
Over the past decade, Mr. N'Diaye has focused most of his energies on helping African airlines create a political and technical infrastructure that will enable them to compete in the modern world. His most significant achievements during this period included: finding ways to enhance technical cooperation on matters involving safety in spite of Africa's divisive politics; promoting the United Nations Commission on Africa in 1989 which led to the Yamoussoukro Declaration, which began the liberalization of African aviation; and, most recently, he was a key liaison between the FAA and Department of Transportation in the U.S. and African aviation officials on the Safe Skies initiatives.