A statement issued by AFRAA reads that Kuuchi joins AFRAA from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he served as the special envoy to Africa on aero-political affairs for 2 years and IATA vice president – Africa for 4 years.
AFRAA secretary general, Abdérahmane Berthé while making the announcement said, “We are pleased to welcome back Raphael to AFRAA fraternity. He brings onboard the extensive industry experience to complement AFRAA team to better exercise our mandate to promote, serve African Airlines and champion Africa’s aviation industry.”
While Kuuchi in his reaction expressed joy at rejoining AFRAA, “I look forward to re-join the AFRAA team and to continue the exciting challenge to contribute to the development of air transport in Africa at a time much needed as the industry recovers from the Covid-19 crisis.”
Kuuchi holds an MBA from Henley Management College, UK and a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) UK.
He led IATA engagements with top government, regional and industry leaders in driving key initiatives aimed at unlocking the full potential of African aviation. He was also IATA’s focal point on the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
Before joining IATA, he served as AFRAA commercial director in 2005 and later as director commercial, corporate and industry affairs till February 2014. In this capacity, Kuuchi initiated and oversaw many projects in airlines business development, commercial operations, IT and communication, liberalisation/ market access, aero-political/regulatory affairs and training across Africa.