Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

Management Team

Management Team

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport’s management team bring decades of diverse experience and a history of success. Combining business acumen with aviation know how, these executives guide more than 350 talented employees to provide passengers and businesses operating here with exceptional service.

Board of Directors

Engr. Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Chairman

H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi is a member of the Government of Ras Al-Khaimah Executive Council. H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi has been Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah since 1997 after serving the dual role as Chairman of the Airport Board and Director General of the Department. He has been responsible for stabilizing management and financial positioning of the organization and currently leads a 350 person workforce with full responsibility for the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport including all management, business development, marketing, human resources and administrative affairs.


Raki Phillips

As CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), Raki Phillips is responsible for the continued growth of the Emirate as a world-class tourism destination. This includes collaborating with key partners, regulating standards within the sector, developing the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and creating sustainable investment opportunities. In addition to improving the competitive performance of the tourism sector, Phillips is also tasked with the economic and social prosperity of Ras Al Khaimah while enhancing the quality of life for all its residents.

Phillips is an award-winning hospitality veteran and a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s most renowned brands including Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) and Universal Studios Orlando as well as pioneering a game-changing online dessert concept – SugarMoo- in the Middle East. Phillips, an American national and a fluent Arabic speaker, has a great understanding of the region having worked in the Middle East since 2005 and was recognized by Hotelier Middle East as one of the ‘Top 20 Most Powerful Arab Hoteliers’. His previous role as Senior Partner and Senior Vice President of Development with International Hospitality Consulting Group (INHOCO), saw him develop hotel project pipelines exceeding $5 billion in assets and negotiating multimillion-dollar hotel deals for global luxury brands in over 25 markets worldwide.

Phillips is a member of the Executive Board of RAK Airport. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a MBA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in Orlando.


Ciro Iorio

Mr. Ciro is an investment professional with more than 15 years of experience.

Ciro is a Director in the Investment team at IDO and he serves on the boards of several companies in the tourism and infrastructure sectors.

Prior to his current role, Ciro was a Senior Vice President at McKinsey&Co where he led operational excellence, performance uplift and cost optimization programs across different industries. During his career, Ciro gained extensive exposure to private equity firms ranging from due diligence transaction support to portfolio management (full potential growth strategies, turnaround/ restructuring plans). Ciro also served large institutions (Financial sector, Utilities, Telco, Media & Tech) as a strategy consultant.

Ciro earned a Master in Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management (Boston, USA) and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering (Naples, Italy).

Ciro was appointed as board member of RAK Int’al Airport in November 2022.


Aditya Ghosh

Aditya Ghosh is an Independent Director at Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) International Airport. He is a Business Leader and Co-Founder of Akasa Air. Aditya is currently a Member of the Board of Directors at FabIndia Group, OYO Hotels & Homes, GreenCell Mobility, Tweet Foundation and Ashoka University. He is the Chairperson of the Social Enterprise Central body of SEWA and is a Member of the CII National Committee & Co-Chairman of the CII National Committee on Skill Development & Livelihood. He is one of the Founders of Ashoka University and a Member of the Circle of Sponsors where he heads the Service Excellence Committee.

Formerly, he was the President & Wholetime Director of IndiGo for ten years where he was instrumental in turning the airline into the largest and most profitable airline in India, and also one of the fastest-growing low-cost carriers in the world. Prior to becoming a Board Member at OYO, he was also the CEO of OYO Hotels and Homes South Asia.

Aditya is World Economic Forum-Young Global Leader and has been recognised as Fortune 40 under 40 Globally and Fortune India 40 under 40 three years in a row. Aditya is a key supporter of the start-up world and has invested in consumer-facing businesses through his investment arm Homage Ventures such as Blue Tokai, Wholsum Foods, Genepath Diagnostics, CreditEnable, SpeakIn, Vsync, Juggernaut, Ladies Who Lead, EasyRes and Caterland UK, Chourangi.

Aditya is originally a lawyer by training and an alum of the Harvard Business School, having successfully completed HBS’ coveted and flagship Advanced Management Program (AMP).


Ralf Schustereder
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ras-Al-Khaimah International Airport

Ralf Schustereder is a dedicated and experienced Management & Logistic Expert who has worked with organizations like Lufthansa , Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Consulting and SunExpress from the airline’s perspective. In addition, he gained substantial knowledge at GlobeGround and Servisair before he moved to exploit new management roles at Fraport, Cairo Airport, Kassel Airport.

Beside taking managerial roles at passenger airlines he also has extensive experience in the ground handling and cargo fields his strength is the integrated approach starting from strategy, conception and then finally operational implementation. This is also connected with his fundamental understanding of key figures and the operational service level management.

Ralf is renowned for enhancing and monitoring operational goals and outcomes as well as contributing to the design, execution, and audit of international companies' worldwide business standards. He has a broad set of skills and competences, particularly in the airline and airport industries, and has over ten years of extensive and certified experience in a variety of operational responsibilities and departments.