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Assistant Manager, Cargo Operations Innovation & Change Management

International Air Transport Association


Interested in:

Becoming a board member, Contributing to workshops, Becoming a speaker at an industry event, Contributing to publications (i.e. white papers), Taking part in working groups, Joining a jury in industry awards

About her:

Patricia Varela has been working for the IATA Cargo team for six years. Currently, she supports the development and communication of initiatives helping the industry to keep pace with the volume growth in cargo operations, through innovation and change management. Before that, Patricia worked in the Cargo Transformation team, supporting activities related to Innovation and Industry Engagement, and previously in Nestle’s Supply Chain and Logistics team. Since 2018 she co-leads the Future Air Cargo Executives (FACE) program, designed to attract, develop and retain talent in the air cargo industry.

Her expertise:

8 to 15 years

Industry affairs, Communication & marketing, Learning & development, Transformation & innovation, Automation, Robotics, Mixed realities, Cargo operations, e-Commerce, Sustainability & environment

The perspective(s) she brings:


The language(s) she speaks:


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English, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician

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