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Sanjeev Gadhia Wins AviaDev Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award

The organizers of AviaDev Africa has announced that Sanjeev Gadhia, the Founder & CEO of Astral Aviation, is the winner of the 2022 AviaDev Ato Girma Wake lifetime achievement award.

This esteemed award will be presented to Sanjeev Gadhia, Founder and CEO, Astral Aviation.

Since 2018, AviaDev has presented one distinguished leader in aviation with this annual award for their contribution to route development in Africa.

Previous winners include Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Relations, Africa – IATA; Raphael Kuuchi, Special Envoy on Aero-political Affairs, IATA and Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive, Airlines Association of Southern Africa.

Sanjeev launched cargo carrier Astral Aviation in 2000, which is an All-Cargo airline based in Kenya, operating a fleet of 14 Freighters from its hubs in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Dubai and Liege into Europe, Middle East, Asia and within Africa.

In 2020, Sanjeev was appointed Chairman of AFRAA’s (African Airlines Association) Cargo & Route Network Committee and is currently the Vice Chairman of TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association) and recognized for being the only Board Member from Africa.

During the recent Covid-19 pandemic, Astral Aviation played a vital role in distributing PPE and vaccines across the continent, the impact of which was astronomical and life-saving.

Additionally, the airline was selected by UNICEF to participate in the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative, based on their track record in performing humanitarian flights within Africa and the Middle East during the past twenty years.

All award winners are nominated and chosen by the AviaDev advisory board who consists of recognised experts in African aviation.

The award will be presented to Sanjeev during the 2022 event and he will be interviewed about his life by Ato Girma and outline the plans Astral Aviation has for the future.

AviaDev Africa is an annual aviation premier platform dedicated to growing connectivity to, from, and within the African continent. It brings together airports, airlines, tourism authorities, governments and industry suppliers.

The 2022 edition will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 29 June to 1 July, 2022. Registration is still open at

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