Dr. Omar R. Kaddouha is the Director Flight Safety in the Lebanese Directorate General of Civil Aviation responsible for certifying airlines, airports and service providers.
He graduated from Toulouse University holding a Doctorate degree of Business Administration with a focus on “Regional Aviation Institutional Cooperation Framework: Air Transport Network between Arab and European Region”. He holds an Aerospace Management Master’s degree from ESC Toulouse and has an extensive experience in Aviation Industry.
He chaired the Turkish – Middle East Aviation Safety Group in 2009 that calls for cooperation between Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon on promoting safety, security and environmental protection.
Working closely with the French BEA “Bureau d’Enquête et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de L’Aviation Civile” and the American NTSB “National Transportation Safety Board”, he investigated two major Accidents involving the Ethiopian B738 major Accident that crashed near Beirut and investigated a Hawker 850 XP aircraft that crashed in Sulaimaniyah (Iraq). He has extensive experience in Search and Rescue where he received specialized training from ICAO, Lebanese Air Force, Navy Seals and Special Forces.
Dr. Kaddouha is the ICAO National Coordinator for Lebanon and Euromed Aviation Project coordinator.