Permanent Representative of Spain on the Council of ICAO
Víctor M. Aguado is the Permanent Representative of Spain on the Council of ICAO. He has served as the 1st Vice-President of the Council and Chairman of different Committees of the Council: Air Transport Committee, Technical Cooperation Committee, Finance Committee, Joint Support Committee and also Chairman of the Special Task Force to develop the ICAO Policy on Assistance to Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families. He is currently the Chairman of the Working Group on Governance and Efficiency.
Before joining ICAO, Mr. Aguado was Director General of EUROCONTROL, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (2000-2008). Under his lead EUROCONTROL significantly enlarged its membership, reaching a pan-European dimension and successfully implemented pivotal pan-European aviation initiatives enhancing safety, reducing air traffic delays and minimizing costs. Mr. Aguado signed the first agreement with the EU Commission to jointly launch the Single European Sky and the SESAR Program.
Previously, and for four consecutive terms, Mr. Aguado was President of the Air Navigation Commission of ICAO. During this tenure the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme was conceived, defined and approved.
Victor M. Aguado has held numerous high-level positions in Spain, including CEO of ISDEFE (systems engineering and consulting). He was appointed Director General of the Cabinet of the Minister of State for Defence, after being Director for Advanced Air Traffic Management Programs in the Ministry of Transport. Mr. Aguado has been a member of the Supervisory Boards of AENA International (airport operator), HISPASAT (satellite communications operator), ISDEFE (systems engineering) and INSA (aerospace engineering). Furthermore, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Flight Safety Foundation and a member of the European Union´s Group of Personalities on Security Research as well as of the European Union’s High-Level Group on the Single European Sky.
Mr. Aguado has been bestowed with a number of national and international honours and awards, among them: American Legion Award in the EEUU, Gran Cross of Aeronautical Merit in Spain, Global NavCom Award in Canada, Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Couronne in Belgium, and Civil Merit Award in Spain.
Victor M. Aguado holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, a Diploma in Financial Management from ESADE and a Master’s of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.