Non-profit

Aviassist is a non-profit organisation. As a result, we can provide affordable, world-class safety promotion and reinvest all revenue back into African aviation safety.

Highly skilled

Our professionals have a long track record in the industry with a pedigree you can verify. We have earned worldwide respect since 1995 by tailoring our courses for the operational and educational context.

Passionate

Our volunteers have all walked a very different path in life but they have one thing in common: a profound passion for aviation safety and Africa.

Dedicated

We are uniquely powered by our professional volunteer facilitators, who are fully dedicated to making their contribution to safer aviation in Africa.

A quarter of a century of experience

AviAssist is the only independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting professionalism in African aviation safety. For over 25 years we have been acting as a catalyst for safety improvements in African aviation: impartial & independent. We are the only regional partner to the renowned Flight Safety Foundation.

We were founded to provide affordable access to world class safety promotion in Africa and that is what we still do today. Always learning, improving and developing. Our BIG vision is a series of three AviAssist Safety Promotion Centres throughout Africa, starting in Rwanda.

Board

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Christopher McGregor - ATR

Christopher has spent the majority of his career in Flight Safety and Customer Support roles within aircraft manufacturers. He started his career in aero-engine development from where he grew into aspects of commercial aircraft flight operations, maintenance and safety.  His current role and leadership position is that of ATR's flight safety officer. 

Kjell Kloosterziel

Kjell Kloosterziel - Schiphol Group

Kjell studied Civil Engineering and joined Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) in 2001. He lived in Beijing to oversee the design of a new terminal at Beijing Capital Airport. He joined the Royal Schiphol Group from his position as Director of NACO and currently is Director Schiphol International.

Auke Dros

Auke Dros - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Auke joined KLM in 1992 and until recently held the position of Chief Pilot of KLM's Airbus 330 fleet, the KLM fleet that flies into many African destinations. He now serves as Vice President Crew Training at KLM.

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Kees Oudendijk

Kees holds the position of board treasurer. He has over 22 years of experience in accountancy, ranging from working at accountancy giant KPMG to being finance consultant in Tanzania’s
tourism industry. He holds a master’s degree
in accountancy from the University of
Amsterdam as well as a private pilot license.

Hellen Ndichu

Hellen Ndichu - RwandAir

As RwandAir's director of safety, Hellen provides leadership to the growing airline's safety performance and regional leadership since 2014.

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Harriet Angetile

Harriet started off in Electrical Engineering before studying Business Management and later pursued a Master’s in Business Administration. Over the past 25 years, her roles at the Zambia Airports Corporation Ltd. involved oversight on safety, health, environment, and quality. She serves as the airport manager of Zambia's biggest airport, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Frank van de Laar

Frank van de Laar - Aviatify

 

Frank has spent well over a decade with the KLM as General Manager and Marketing Director and Revenue Manager and in other challenging roles, often in marketing and business development. Frank holds his private pilot license and has passion for aviation technology and serves as a Simulator Test Pilot for a manufacturer of level-D flight simulators.

Team

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Tom Kok

Director

Having lived, worked and flown (PPL) in Africa for many years, Tom has gained unique expertise on African aviation safety issues. For well over two decades, Tom has been working to connect African aviation professionals to best safety practices that are essential to their work. Tom studied air law and African studies.

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Marc Streefland

Website Manager

Provide leadership and strategy for all things web-related. Work cross-functionally across marketing, engineering, and design to optimize the website experience for existing customers and prospects.

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Cyril Ndegeya

Photojournalist

Cyril is a passionate freelance photojournalist based in Rwanda who specializes in aviation & wildlife. He is a passionate aviation blogger and holds numerous aviation safety & operations certificates. He is a regular photojournalist at aviation events around the globe.

Marily van Messel

Marily Heyster

Senior program manager

As a trained aviation lawyer, Marily lived and worked in Kenya and Dubai over the past 20 years, spending 3 years in the ICAO Regional Office in Nairobi and many years working in various roles related to African aviation.

Idi Maswaure

Idi Maswaure

Quality management

Idi brings well over a decade of experience in African aviation management, safety, quality and compliance to the Foundation.

Hans van Dijkhuizen

Hans van Dijkhuizen

Quality management

With a bachelor's degree in aviation engineering and a masters degree in technology, innovation & policy, Hans works as a qualified Six Sigma quality engineer in the transport sector, analyzing & improving business processes. For the Foundation, he works on quality management.

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Vacancy

Sales & Marketing manager

Our marketing manager will lead our marketing, sales & communications team and help strengthen our customer relations management.

Simon Prent

Simon Prent

E-learning coach

Simon is an E-learning coach responsible for the coding of the course materials in our online learning application and the training of trainers. The position enables Simon to share his knowledge - sharing knowledge is a key motivator for Simon in his professional life.

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Vacancy

Fundraiser events

Our fundraiser takes charge of fundraising events that we are planning  in Africa and beyond. Think you are ready to help us grow our impact? Get in touch for more information and see how you can help improve African aviation safety.

Felicien

Felicien Izaturwanaho

ASPC-Rwanda Research

As a qualified psychologist from the University of Rwanda, Felicien is currently attached to the ASPC-Rwanda as our research assistant, shaping this third pillar of our safety promotion work in Africa and supporting the Foundation's work.

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Capt. Mary Kai

SafetyFocus magazine editorial review board

Capt. Mary Mukulu Kai is an experienced airline captain and manager, with over 7.000 flying hours on various types including Boeing 737, 767 and 777. She currently works as manager flight operations

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Alex Mugabo

ASPC-Rwanda trainee

Alex graduated in engineering from the University of Rwanda. Alex has a passion for public works, water resources management, and environmental
sustainability and is dedicated to giving back to the community in all possible ways.

Adrian Young

Adrian Young

SafetyFocus magazine editorial review board

Adrian was born in East Africa and has extensive experience in SMS programs within European airlines and in difficult environments as well as projects relating to flight operations, crew training, ground operations aerodrome design & operation and maintenance management.

Our instructors & experts team includes

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Alireza Ahmadi

Airworthiness & engineering
Gwen Dudok van Heel

Gwen Dudok van Heel

Leadership development
Jan Huizing

Jan Huizing

Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting
Kirabo

Gloria Kirabo Bitebekezi

Airport wildlife management
Frank Klap

Frank Klap

Human factors & team work
Erik Lely

Erik Lely

Aviation mental health & CRM
Wout Ruijs

Wout Ruijs

Ground operations & safety
Patrick Schoenmaker

Patrick Schoenmaker

Dangerous Goods
Jan Smeitink

Jan Smeitink

Accident & incident investigation
Jacques Sol

Jacques Sol

Ground operations & safety
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Jan Dirk Steenbergen

Airworthiness & engineering
Rosanne Blijleven

Rosanne Blijleven

Airport wildlife management
Philippe Carous

Philippe Carous

Air Law
Ralf Overduyn

Ralph Overduyn

Aircraft marshalling
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Martin Griffin

Air Navigation Services management
Jaco Bruggeling

Jaco Bruggeling

Flight operations - safety
Bert Jansen

Bert Jansen

Cargo & ground handling safety
Lucas van Gerwen

Lucas van Gerwen

Commercial pilot & aviation psychologist
Joeri Rijkeboer

Joeri Rijkeboer

Events
Sjonnie Vagevuur

Sjonnie Vagevuur

Events
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Annual report

Our annual report to our partners gives an overview of our activities in the past year.

Annual report 2020

Annual report 2021

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