Executive Comittee

IATEO’s executive committee is composed of experienced industry veterans from the field of aviation training and education, and includes representatives from major industry peak bodies and regulatory organizations.

All other IATEO’s committees and colleges report to the Executive Committee.


Executive Chairman

Dr Paul Bates

Head of Aviation and Logistics at the University of Southern Queensland, Paul was previously head of Aviation at Griffith University and immediate past Chair of the outreach committee of ICAO’s Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Task Force. He is Executive Chairman of the global aviation organization IATEO and has published several papers on Communities of Practice in Education. Paul has been recognized for his leadership through an ALTC Citation. He has previously chaired the Qantas Group Flight Training Research Board and acted as a consultant to Qantas Group Flight Training. He is currently a member of the Education and Research committee and The Council of Associates of the International Air Cargo Association.

Secretary General / CEO


IATA Representative


FAA Representative

Mrs. Deborah Stephenson

Deborah Stephenson is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Integrated Curriculum Branch Manager as well as the FAA International Training Program Manager. Deborah was instrumental in achieving our Curriculum Transformation Initiative for competency based training for our Aviation Inspectors and continues to bring a blended approach to new training initiatives. She oversees all of the ICAO Government Safety Inspector Training and is the FAA representative to the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals working group and the English Language Proficiency Working Group. She has over 30 years of government experience and over 20 years managing training and technical programs. Deborah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Park University and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership development Program.

JAATO Representative


AATO Representative

Mr. Sadamba Tchagbele

Sadamba TCHAGBELE was born in 1958 in Sokode, Togo. He is a Civil Aviation Engineer with an Air Traffic Control background. He held the following position: Instructor in a Training Organization, Director General of an Airport Management Company prior to becoming Representative of ASECNA (ANSP) in Togo, Head of Airport and Overflying Charges Billing Services (ASECNA Headquarters, Senegal). Since August 2006 he has been Director of the Training Organization called EAMAC in Niger. He is the co-author of Professional English for Air Traffic Controllers, co-published with MM Yves RENGADE, Jeremy MELL and Joel MOLAC for ASECNA. 

Airports Council International Representative

Mr Kevin Caron

Head, Global Training and Human Resources at Airports Council International. In this capacity he leads ACI’s Global Training department in providing airport education programs to members worldwide. Additionally, he leads the strategic direction of ACI World’s Human Resources Department and ACI World HR Steering Group. His airport career began in 1995 with Aéroports de Montréal and in over 8 years with the authority he held positions with increasing responsibilities in Terminal Operations, Safety/ Security and Public Affairs. His final position was as the Airport Communications Officer. In 2003 he was recruited by IATA As Product Manager Airport Training, he led the global expansion of airport management, operations and safety courses.