CRJ is delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Smith, Director of Business Development for Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd, to the CRJ Editorial Advisory Panel.
A graduate of Law and French Language from University of Leicester, Stuart began his career on a graduate apprenticeship in the railway industry before joining the aviation industry in 2005 with a leading global aircraft charter organisation.
One of Stuart’s first assignments was to be seconded to the Pakistan Kashmir region in October 2005, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake where he managed a sub-contract UN relief effort programme involving 4 x MI8 helicopters.
Between 2006 and 2011, Stuart managed the company’s air charter teams in United Arab Emirates, USA and France and continued to be involved in the provision of emergency airlift operations, including a secondment to Malaysia to manage an airlift programme for the IFRC post the Myanmar cyclone and heavy involvement in arranging cargo air charters to Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.
Stuart moved on to work as the Charter Sales Manager of Qatar Airways Cargo for 2 years before returning to the air charter industry in 2014, working in both Istanbul and London for another international air charter organisation as their Business Development Manager. He continued to be involved in International emergency aid response, organising cargo airlifts for a wide range of agencies to West Africa during the Ebola outbreak.
Stuart focused in on last-mile humanitarian and conflict logistics during a stint working in Africa for a South-African aviation group with passenger and cargo aircraft assets based in Central African Republic and South Sudan. He was involved in the provision of both air charter and ACMI lease contracts for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to a large number of INGOs and UN agencies and joined the Humanitarian Logistics Association in 2016.
Working for the Volga-Dnepr Group of international cargo airlines since summer 2017, Stuart is responsible for the development and expansion of the group’s activities in dealing with the Humanitarian & Development sector.