Melvin Cintron

Regional Director, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean


Since 2015 Mr. Melvin Cintron is responsible for providing executive leadership to achieve the Organization’s vision and mission in support of 41 countries (22 ICAO Contracting States and 19 Territories). He established the change strategy based on performance, accountability and measurable deliverables through “hand holding” assistance.
Mr. Cintron has over 40 years of combined military, industry, and government aviation experience. Prior to joining ICAO, he served as Transportation Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, representing the Secretary of Transportation with responsibility for the rebuilding of the country´s transport system (road, rail, and aviation). He was recognized by the military and the civilians for having developed strategies that established the government civil aviation authority as well as the railroad authority, and the transfer of the military control of airspace to the civil authority. He voluntarily serviced the Iraq Reconstruction Office as an expert assisting in the reconstruction of Iraq’s civil aviation safety system from Baghdad from 2005 to 2006.
He also served as United States Senior Executive. He held key senior leadership positions, including Head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) International Programs and Policy Division, where he transformed a small office into a Division infrastructure, with responsibility and capacity on the safety of United States’ airspace and of international aircraft operating in the North American territory. Under his leadership, the number of countries that obtained Category 1 under the FAA IASA audits (in compliance with ICAO international standards) increased 25%. He was a key member in the success of the presidential program “Safe skies for Africa” by leading the establishment of the regional system for Eastern Africa, as well as other assistance in that continent.
He was appointed as head of General Aviation and Commercial Division, responsible for the strategies and policies governing United States’ general aviation under FAA’s flight standards. He established and implemented the strategy for the transformation of safety of the biggest and most complex general aviation worldwide. He also served as Representative of the U.S./FAA in bilateral agreements with the EU, Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. He developed the successful “Transformational strategy of general aviation safety”. He worked in aviation industry positions such as Director of Maintenance, Director of Operations, Chief Inspector, and Marketing Director for Latin America.
Mr. Cintron holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master in Business Administration. He graduated with academic honors from the U.S. Army´s Warrant Officer Candidate School; he also was a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army’s Aviation Maintenance Officer School, and holds FAA Commercial Pilot ratings. He received the U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation International Award, the Senior Executive Foreign Service Award, the National Visionary Award, and an award of the American Trade Chamber of Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR), among others. He has appeared as an influencer in several publications internationally.

GATM Virtual Conference Agenda

25 November 2020 | 16:40 - 17:40 | Virtual Panel: Continuity Of Air Cargo Operations During COVID-19: The Vaccine Disruption challenge

During the pandemic; flexibility, agility and efficiency were the key drivers of success for the cargo and commercial industry. Now, stakeholders are being warned of potential capacity constraints with delving the vaccine. IATA has urged governments to facilitate cooperation and start planning with the global network, this session will discover how to create operational contingency plans to combat this challenge and what post COVID-19 procedures should be considered permanently to enhance efficiency.

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