Women in Aviation International India Chapter hosted its first conference on The Invisible Force- Skill Development for Women in Aviation on April 15 at the Dusit Hotel (D2) in Delhi. The Chief Guest for the conference was Minister of State for Skill Development Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, former minister of aviation and a pilot.
Rudy spoke on the importance and need for skill development for women in aviation in India. Two panel discussions along with a presentation by Dr. Frank Fichert, Deputy Dean, University of Applied Science, Worms, Germany, were held. The first panel discussion on skill development was moderated by Sonia Singh, Editorial Director, NDTV comprising aviation professionals Dr. Renu Parmar, IES, Senior Advisor, Government of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and Mr. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman & Managing Director, Air India. The discussion centered on issues that need attention in India. The second panel discussion was an all-women panel moderated by Ms. Fatima Karan, Consulting Editor Bloomberg India TV on 'Success and Talent' in the aviation Industry. The panelists for this session were Ms. CJ Collins, FAA Senior Representative, South Asia, Ms. Sally Jones, Chief Financial Officer, ExecuJet Aviation Group & Ms. Fatima Subramanian, Director – Fuel Services and Support., Skyplan Services.
The first conference for the India Chapter was a great success as it created the much-needed awareness. The guests numbering over 200 comprised senior leaders and aviation industry professionals, clearly amplifying the fact that WAI India is a force to be reckoned with.