George Uriesi's career spans more than 23 years spent mostly in airport and airline operations as well as the safety and economic regulation of the industry.
His trainee and early management years were spent in the fast moving consumer goods industry with Procter and Gamble South Africa.
He has held a number of senior responsibilities in the airport sector in Africa, including being the General Manager of Cape Town International Airport in South Africa and the Managing Director/CEO of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.He was also Vice President of Airports Council international, Africa Region.
Apart from his BA Honors Degree, George holds several professional qualifications including the Aviation Safety Management Certificate of the University of Southern California, the ACI Airport Executive Leadership Certificate and the Executive Leadership Certificate of the University of Cape Town, amongst others.
He is also a Certified Business and Executive Coach.George is now the Managing Director of Trade Flair LLC, a consulting outfit providing specialized services in Airport Development, Management and Leadership in Africa.
Uriesi Receives NPOM Award | JetLife NigeriaJetLife Nigeria
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. George Uriesi, was honoured with the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) award by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on 15 August 2013.
The event took place at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja and also saw the conferment of the award on other notable Nigerians who had made significant contributions to the country's development in their various fields of endeavour.
Mr. Uriesi was recognised because of the significant improvement he has brought to the management of Nigeria's airports since his appointment as the Managing Director of FAAN in October 2011.
His unique management style, which has given the Authority's staff an unprecedented sense of belonging, has enhanced service delivery at all airports managed by FAAN.
This is in addition to his transparent commitment to the implementation of government's Transformation Agenda in the aviation industry, including infrastructural development through the Airport Remodelling Project and other new policies such as Aerotropolis and the development of perishable cargo exports through designated cargo airports.
Mr. Uriesi holds a BA (Hons) degree from the then Bendel State (now Ambrose Alli) University, Ekpoma and began his working career in 1992 at ADC Airlines, after his NYSC at the then Nigerian Airports Authority.
Mr. Uriesi returned to Nigeria in January 2010 to become FAAN's Director of Airport Operations.
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George Uriesi, the Managing Director of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria, was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm shown by potential investors.
"The trip was far more successful than we could have imagined," he told JetLife.
"We had many instances where investors were ready to sign MOUs there and then, but we had to take a pragmatic approach and assess the best possible deal for Nigeria."
After the trip, the minister was quick to give a progress report.
At a press conference in September, she noted that not only was the team well received in those countries, but also the trip had begun to yield great results.
She returned to China to sign a contract for the start of construction work on the five brand new terminals.
The practical benefits of Nigeriaâ€™s Aviation Transformation Agenda | JetLife NigeriaJetLife Nigeria
Another sensitive area the Minister has overhauled, in conjunction with FAAN Managing Director George Uriesi, is the Aviation Security Directorate.
Aside from placing square pegs in square holes in the directorate, several training programmes have been mapped out for staff in Aviation Security.
Since the reorganisation, some personnel have helped arrest drug traffickers at Lagos Airport.
BENIN AIRPORTâ€™S NEW TERMINAL â€“ A milestone in Nigeriaâ€™s aviation transformation | JetLife NigeriaJetLife Nigeria
In his remarks at the event, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), George Uriesi, said the remodelling of the Benin Airport Terminal had entailed the expansion of the floor of the arrivals and departures halls to enable them to handle growing passenger traffic, especially at peak periods.
He added that more offices, shops, toilets and other related terminal facilities such as a modern VIP lounge had been added.
This, he noted, was in addition to the installation of modern x-ray screening machines, CCTV, check-in counters, conveyor belts and other facilities comparable to the best in the world.
While thanking President Goodluck Jonathan for showing passion and support for the transformation of Nigerian airports, he assured all stakeholders that other airports at various stages of completion would be wrapped up in record time.
Mr. Uriesi also thanked Governor Oshiomhole for his tremendous support, which had seen the project through from conception to completion.
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