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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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 - RwandAir
As RwandAir's director of safety, Hellen provides leadership to the growing airline's safety performance and regional leadership since 2014.
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 - 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.
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.
Hans van Dijkhuizen
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.
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.
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.
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
Our marketing intern helps us better understand our customers and supports our marketing team with our work on our social media platforms.
As a qualified psychologist from the University of Rwanda, Felicien is currently attached to the Foundation as a trainee, fulfilling a crucial liaison function towards the University of Rwanda and supporting the Foundation's back office.
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.
Marketing & Communications
With a degree in business management and marketing, Ada Aukje works with aviation start up companies and provides aviation insurance services. For the Foundation, she works on our communication and PR, among others through our social media channels.
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.
Idi brings well over a decade of experience in African aviation management, safety, quality and compliance to the Foundation.
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.