Permanent Representative of Zambia on the Council of ICAO
Vincent Banda is the Permanent Representative of Zambia on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council and Permanent Representative of Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ICAO, former 2nd Vice President of the ICAO Council, former 3rd Vice President of ICAO Council and the African and Indian Ocean Islands-AFI group Coordinator at ICAO.
Vincent Banda is an MBA degree Holder from Milpark Business School in South Africa and Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) as his first degree. He joined the ICAO Council as an Alternate Representative in September, 2016. He was elected to the ICAO Council as a Council Representative in October, 2019 at the 40th ICAO Assembly. Vincent has served in various ICAO Council committees i.e. Finance Committee- (FIC), Technical Corporation Committee-(TCC), Advisory Group on CORSIA-(AGC), Human Resource Committee (HRC), Edward Warner Award Committee and he is the former Chairperson of Committee on Cooperation with External Parties CCEP and current Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Governance. Vincent was appointed as a member of the ICAO- Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART I, II and III) on COVID- 19. He was also appointed as Chairperson of the Coordination team for the African Union High Level Task Force (HLTF) on COVID-19. He is the current Coordinator of the African and Indian Ocean Islands(AFI) group at ICAO who also sits on the African Civil Aviation Commission Governing Body (The AFCAC Bureau).
Vincent has over 30 years of extensive international experience in the aviation sector. His activities include acting as a link between ICAO and the 16-member states of Southern Africa Development Community- (SADC). He supports the work of ICAO within the context of the ICAO objectives such as safety, air navigation capacity and efficiency, security and facilitation, economic development of air transport and environmental protection.
Prior to joining ICAO, Vincent was based in South Africa as COO and CEO of BidAir Cargo Africa and BidAir Cargo Tanzania, respectively. As a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Vincent created a cargo outsource concept that designed a systematic expansion of the company from presence in two countries to nine African Countries that created a network that linked Southern, Central and Eastern Africa while attracting intercontinental airline interline agreements. Vincent also held several managerial positions when he worked for the National Carrier Zambia Airways and later Aero Zambia limited before joining BidAir Cargo (PTY) Ltd.