Aviation is one of the strongest enablers for diversity.  As a global industry, it connects people from all over the world, transcending geographical boundaries and cultural differences. As such, it has the power to bring diverse individuals and cultures together and promote greater understanding and appreciation of different perspectives.

IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards, sponsored by Qatar Airways, recognize individuals, organizations, and initiatives that have made significant contributions to promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion within the aviation industry. These awards celebrate the efforts of those who have worked to create a more inclusive culture, foster a sense of belonging, and promote equity and fairness in the aviation industry. By honoring these achievements, IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards aim to inspire others to follow suit and continue to work towards a more diverse and inclusive aviation industry for all.

Nominations open until 19 April

Winners will be announced at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Istanbul on 4-6 June 2023. 

Submission Deadline

19 April 2023



Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize three categories of leadership in diversity and inclusion:

  • Inspirational Role Model: will be presented to a woman who holds a senior position within the industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support of the diversity & inclusion agenda. Open to all female participants in the aviation industry (IATA members and non-members alike).
  • High Flyer: designed to recognize one of aviation’s female professionals (i.e. under the age of 40) who has developed thought leadership through concrete action in favor of diversity & inclusion, making a positive impact on the industry. Open to all female professionals in the aviation industry (IATA members and non-members alike).
  • Diversity & Inclusion Team: designed to recognize an airline that has seen measurable change in diversity and inclusion as a result of the work it has been doing. Open to all IATA member airlines.

For more information, please refer to the Terms and Conditions.


Each award category comes with US$25,000 in prize money, generously funded by Qatar Airways. Winners will be announced during IATA’s Annual General Meeting in June 2023.

How to submit your nomination

To submit your nomination, please fill in the online form. You will need to prepare a short 3-minute video explaining why a given person/ team should be nominated and why they are a worthy winner. In addition, you will need to provide a short explanation in writing why the person/ team has been nominated. Nominations without video will not be considered.

IMPORTANT: self-nominations are not accepted except for the Diversity & Inclusion Team Award

If you are unsure how to upload a video to YouTube, please check out this short tutorial.

If you are unable to upload your video to YouTube, please share your video via wetransfer.com to 25by2025@iata.org. Make sure to include the WeTransfer link in your written nomination.

Nominations close on Wednesday 19 April.


The 2023 nominations will be evaluated by an independent panel formed by the winners of the 2022 Awards:

  • Güliz Öztürk, CEO at Pegasus 
  • Kanchana Gamage, Founder and Director of the Aviatrix Project
  • Alina Aronberga, SVP Human Resources at Air Baltic.

The judging panel will be chaired by Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Air Transport World.

> More information about the 2022 Awards winners

2022 Winners

The 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Award winners are Güliz Öztürk, CEO at Pegasus, Kanchana Gamage, Founder and Director of the Aviatrix Project and Alina Aronberga, SVP Human Resources at Air Baltic. They will be the judges of the 2023 Awards.

Inspirational Role Model

Güliz Öztürk - CEO at Pegasus
As the first female CEO in the field of air transportation in the history of Turkish civil aviation, Öztürk serves as a strong inspiration for women in Türkiye and around the aviation world. She joined Pegasus in 2005. As Chief Commercial Officer she pioneered numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives. Öztürk is also the co-chair of the airline’s Women in Sales Network, a company-wide initiative to improve gender balance in commercial departments.

High Flyer

Kanchana Gamage - Founder and Director of the Aviatrix Project

As a diversity champion from an ethnic minority background, UK-based Gamage continues to be a role model for the next generation of women. Having worked on bridging the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) gap, particularly in relation to the under representation of women in the aviation industry, Gamage launched The Aviatrix Project in 2015.

Diversity and Inclusion Team


AirBaltic’s core values “We deliver. We care. We grow” reflect the airline’s approach to operating in a globalized industry, such as aviation. Diversity and inclusion have become a key differentiator for the carrier, which has introduced a strict zero discrimination policy and where 45% of the airline’s top management team comprises women, a figure that is significantly higher than the industry’s average. AirBaltic is recognized for promoting gender equality across the company. 

Any question? Please contact us at 25by2025@iata.org