The founder of a group committed to creating a gateway for young people to enter aviation has been recognised in his native Ghana.
Okyere Obed, aged 23, the founder and CEO the Runway Aviation Club Ghana was presented with the Yound Advocate Award for his work in developing the club.
The award was set up in Ghana by Neogenics Education, as part of the “Education Community Awards 2016” and was for “Individual students or group of students who have successfully advocated for young people either through writing, negotiations, interventions or representations.”
Obed had formed the club in 2014 as a gateway for young Ghanaians into the aviation industry, to provide a platform for its members which would assist them find a career in aviation, to educate the members on available routes into the industry, to encourage the members to self-educate where possible and to approach the Ghanaian aviation industry to investigate future opportunities for members to start careers across all sectors of the industry, including the airlines, business aviation, trip support, ATC, regulation, MRO, aircraft finance and leasing.
Speaking after the presentation Obed said “I am thrilled to receive this award and I hope it helps us attract interest and support for our project, Runway Aviation Club Ghana, as we need sponsorship from companies at home & abroad to continue advising our young members on careers in all sectors of aviation”
Runway Aviation Club Ghana Honorary President, Joe McDermott, senior consultant at Dublin based Global FBO Consultancy described the award as an “outstanding achievement.”