This annual named lecture was established by the Montreal Branch of the Royal Aeronautical to honour one of the greatest contributors to the development of civil aviation worldwide, Dr. Assad Kotaite FRAeS.

Prominent Speakers

From December 2004, the annual Assad Kotaite Lecture, hosted at ICAO Montreal, is given by prominent leaders in international civil aviation. Presenting organizations have included the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the US Department of Transport, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), EUROCONTROL, ICAO, US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Airports Council International (ACI), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). .

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Assad Kotaite Biography

Dr. Assad Kotaite FRAeS served as Secretary-General and Council President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Early Life

He was born in Hasbaya, Lebanon, on November 6th, 1924.

In 1948, he graduated from the French University of Beirut. In 1952, he earned a doctorate in law from the University of Paris. Continuing study at the University's Institut des Hautes etudes internationales, he graduated from the Hague Academy of International Law.


Returning to Lebanon in 1953, he accepted the post of Chief of Legal Services for International Agreements and External Relations at the Lebanese Directorate of Civil Aviation. In 1956, he became Lebanese Representative to the ICAO Council, serving until 1962. From 1963 to 1964, he served as Chief of Administrative Services for the Lebanese Directorate-General of Transport.

In 1965, he was reappointed as Lebanese Representative to the ICAO Council, serving until his appointment as the 5th Secretary-General of the ICAO in 1970. From 1976 to 2006, he served as President of the ICAO Council. He was succeeded by Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez.


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