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Michel J-L. Iches (In Memoria)

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Michel Iches was involved in aviation and air transport for forty years, including over sixteen years in developing countries. At the World Bank, he was a member of the air transport team and participated in several major studies on the aviation sector, as well as in collaborative programs with international Aviation institutions such as ICAO, and in operational activities (project evaluation and supervision) in the context of cross-support to regional transport units, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Iches joined the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) in 1971 and served in a number of assignments at the authority’s headquarters, chiefly in policy-making functions, including his participation in restructuring the government’s strategies regarding the aeronautical industry, which eventually resulted in the Airbus A320 program. He also served on secondment to state-owned engineering companies, French and international development agencies. After working on the design of Abuja Airport, he was in charge of construction supervision (1979-1982), and several other airport projects in Nigeria. He also worked in long-term planning and institutional strengthening projects in a number of foreign countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Morocco, Bolivia, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Haiti). In the recent years, just before joining the World Bank, he has worked with the French Cooperation, as the coordinator of the Aviation Safety Oversight Improvement Program for West and Central Africa, in close liaison with the World Bank.

After his graduation from France’s Ecole Polytechnique, Iches graduated in aviation engineering from the French Civil Aviation Academy (ENAC), and earned a degree in political science from the University of Toulouse. He also held a pilot’s license from the French Civil Aviation Academy and a Master’s degree in economics from Stanford University, California.

Sadly, Michel passed away on 14 August 2010 after a long illness. He will be missed as a great colleague and friend by all who worked with him at the World Bank Group.




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