Advocate Mandi Ellaine Samson is the Acting Managing Director of Air Namibia, the national airline of Namibia, headquartered in Windhoek. She joined Air Namibia on 12 August 2015.
Advocate Samson, holds a B. Juris Degree (University of Namibia), LLB (Hons) ( University of Cape Town), Master of Law in International Air & Space Law (LLM) Cum Laude (Leiden University), Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Commonwealth Open University) and is completing a Doctorate in Philosophy (PHD) in Air Transport with Leiden University.
Advocate Samson previously served in the Office of Attorney-General of Namibia, and gave advisory services as a Member of the Committee negotiating the Bilateral Air Service Agreements. She later worked as General Manager: Corporate and Legal Services at Namibia Airports Company (NAC).
She also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Government Institutions Pensions Fund (GIPF). She was previously a Commissioner of the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC), Member of the Cabinet appointed Task Team on the De Beers Sales Agreement, Member of the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) on the Orange River and Maritime Boundaries, as well as a member of the Committee Evaluating Applications for Fishing Rights of Exploitation.
In the area of aviation, Advocate Samson assisted the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in developing and drafting the ‘Common Regulations of Competition of Air Transport Services’ within the common market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Advocate Samson also previously consulted for the African Union tasked with drafting the “Regulations of Competition for Air Transport in Africa and Arbitration Procedures.