Blair Cowles

Blair Cowles, Asia-Pacific Regional Director of Safety and Flight Operations, IATA

Blair Cowles is IATA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director of Safety and Flight Operations based in Singapore. Blair leads a small team engaged in extensive advocacy work throughout the Asia-Pacific region representing the safety and operational interests of IATA member airlines, primarily with air navigation service providers, transport ministries, civil aviation authorities, airports and ICAO.

Prior to joining IATA in 2013, Blair spent eleven years with Airways New Zealand in a variety of operational and managerial roles, most recently as the manager responsible for oceanic services. In this role Blair oversaw the operation of a dedicated ATC training facility and was regularly utilized as an assessor/instructor at ab initio air traffic controller recruitment and selection assessment centers, both in New Zealand and internationally.

Blair has an Executive MBA, Post-Graduate Diploma in Management and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.