Board of Directors
Dr. Harold O. Demuren, aged 70, has served as an independent non-executive director of the Company since 8 April 2014. Dr. Demuren is an aeronautical engineer and the chief executive officer of Harold Demuren Consulting. With over 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors of the aviation industry, Dr. Demuren has been a strong proponent of aviation safety and security, especially advocating and spreading safety regulatory oversight on the African continent. He was the chief executive officer of Afrijet Airlines, a successful cargo airline, which had strategic alliances with foreign partners servicing Africa, Europe and the Americas from 1998 to 2005. He is the founder of Evergreen Apple Nigeria, the first fully integrated fixed based operations and maintenance facility hangar in Nigeria. He was appointed as the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority from 2005 to 2013 and was the first to provide vital information to the public on the failed attempt of the “Christmas Day Bomber” in 2009. He successfully attained US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category One Certification for Nigeria and was the first African to be elected as the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) General Assembly in Montreal in 2010. For his contribution to aviation safety globally, Dr. Demuren has received numerous awards including the 2010 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award and the 2014 FSF-Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award from Flight Safety Foundation. Dr. Demuren holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Kiev Institute of Aeronautical Engineers in the former Soviet Union and a Doctor of Science degree in the field of gas turbines, specialising in aircraft jet engines, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).