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Our Instructors

​​Quality training starts with the right instructors. That is why we hire only the most qualified instructors to deliver our courses at our IATA Training Centers, in-company sessions and regional partner locations.

We work with more than 200 official IATA Instructors, IATA employees and sought-after consultants from around the world with at least ten years of experience in their respective fields. Each instructor has undergone rigorous assessment and instructional training to ensure they have the skills and expertise to deliver practical training with results.

Our instructors are dedicated professionals and it shows – participants consistently score our instructors over 90% on course evaluations for their knowledge of course content and ability to transfer skills in the classroom.

If you would like to become an IATA Instructor, please follow the instructions on the Instructor Opportunities page.

Meet some of our IATA Instructors 


Luciano di Renzo
Emergency Planning - Security

Luciano was a Captain with Meridiana Fly, flying Airbus A-330 and A-320 aircraft before retiring in 2011. Since then he has been an IATA instructor in security, emergency planning, and flight operations management.

Luciano previously worked for the Italian Air Force Academy in Naples as an Officer and Pilot, and with the RAF in the UK as a Tornado Instructor and Flight Safety Inspector. He is also a certified Flying Instructor, Examiner and appointed Knight of the Italian Republic.

Luciano graduated from the University of Naples with a degree in Aeronautical Sciences.

Courses Luciano teaches: Security Management Systems - SeMS | Airline Security Operations Optimization

Udai P.N. Fulena
Aviation Law

Udai was a Senior Legal Consult for IATA for 16 years, and advised IATA and member airlines on air transportation issues (insolvency, accreditation, default, litigation, restructuring, securitization, airline liability etc), and is now a consultant specializing in aviation law. 

A lawyer with credentials that include barrister of the Middle Temple, London, member of the District of Columbia Bar, USA,  and Mauritian Bar,  Udai has advised US and foreign air carriers on air transport regulatory issues when he was a lawyer in D.C. 

Udai spent 12 years as a commissioned officer in the RAF as an air navigation instructor, and was Deputy Director of Civil Aviation for the Government of Mauritius, where he oversaw the development of the air transport infrastructure in Mauritius.
International Air Law for Lawyers and Legal Professionals


Stefaan Ghijs 

Stefaan Ghijs
Airline Management

Stefaan is an airline management trainer for IATA and CAP Gemini, specializing in start-up business models, regulatory requirements and organizational structure.

An entrepreneur in the air taxi business since 2006, Stefaan is also a collaborator on a number of industry projects including the EU's “Small Air Transport (SAT) - Roadmap” project.

Stefaan holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Management and Operations from the Delft University of Technology. He is also affiliated with the university's chair, supervising research projects with KLM, Kenya Airways, Belle Air and more.

Courses Stefaan teaches: Airline Business Models and Competitive Strategies - virtual simulationRoute Forecasting and Development

John Mashava 

John Luthuli Mashava
Safety Management Systems - Audit

John is a ground safety specialist and auditor for Dzione, a consulting company of which he is both owner and director.

During the last ten years he has helped airlines in the Middle East and Africa to attain IOSA registration and implement Safety Management Systems. Chairman of the African Aviation Safety Council from 2004-2006, John continues to sit on a number of safety committees.

John holds a certificate in Airline Safety Management from the University of Southern California. A South Africa native, he is a key player in IATA safety training for the African region.

Courses John teaches: Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Implementation and Control | Airside Operations - Safety Compliance


Vesna Petrak
Quality - Audit

Vesna is an aviation quality and safety auditor with more than 150 completed IOSA audits for the ORG, CAB, GRH, CGO, and SEC scopes.

Currently the Director of Vesmar Qualitas d.o.o., she provides consultancy services for airlines implementing IOSA standards and for ground service providers implementing ISAGO standards. Vesna also worked for Croatia Airlines for more than 17 years. 

Vesna graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and has been an IATA instructor since 2008.

Courses Vesna teaches: ISAGO for Auditors | Aviation Internal Auditor | Quality Management (QMS) for Airlines


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