Ms Wafa Abdullah Alobaidli

Senior Director, Oversight & Inspection Department Aviation Security Affairs Sector General Civil Aviation Authority

Mrs. Wafa Abdullah Al Obaidli is currently the Senior Director, Department of Oversight & Inspections (OIN) within the Aviation Security Affairs Sector in the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She has 18 years of experience in the field of Civil Aviation Security, Facilitation and Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

She holds a Master's Degree in Strategic and Security Studies from the UAE National Defense College, Abu Dhabi. She graduated from the UAE Government Leaders Programme under the patronage of the UAE Prime Minister office as an Executive Leader. She also holds professional as well as specialized qualifications in the field of Civil Aviation Security, Facilitation and Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air.

She is the first Emirati women who, specializes in the fields of Aviation Security, Facilitation and Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. She is also the first Emirati women, who was certified as a National Aviation Security Auditor. She was nominated by the Government of UAE as a member of the ICAO Facilitation Panel. She is a chairing the UAE Aviation Security & Facilitation Innovation Committee.

She actively participates as a member in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Panels and Working Groups such as Aviation Security Panel, Facilitation Panel, Innovation & Dangerous Goods Panel and represents the UAE in other important regional and international forums too.

As part of her duties as responsibilities, she is responsible for providing aviation security safeguards, measures and procedures at all international and domestic civil airports within the UAE in order to safeguard civil aviation operations against acts of unlawful interference. This is achieved by a combination of measures, including undertaking quality control activities on a regular basis to determine the status of implementation of the aviation security measures in accordance with UAE national requirements.