Women’s Leadership in South Africa – An Interview with Poppy Khoza

22nd February 2023

Boardroom has once again collaborated with the South Africa National Convention Bureau, enabling Poppy Khoza, the Director of Civil Aviation (DCA), to share her thoughts and ideas.

Hailing from Sibongile, Dundee in the north of KwaZulu-Natal, Poppy Khoza is a woman who firmly believes in setting an example and advocating for organizational values, including service excellence, teamwork, integrity, collaboration, and promoting sound corporate governance. Her notable accomplishments in the global aviation community attest to her impressive achievements.

Over the years, South Africa has actively participated in global discussions related to regulatory aspects of aviation. Most recently, at the 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization, which Poppy Khoza presides over, South Africa’s unbroken membership in the 36-member Governing Council since 2003 was reaffirmed as it was re-elected to serve in the council.

In this special interview, Khoza reaffirms her beliefs in the power of diversity: “Leaders must embrace diversity – for diverse workforces spark innovation, increase productivity, and better decisions are taken which can only enhance team performance.”

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