Women In Aviation 2020: Kinda Sarrage

by Kinda Sarrage on 03/02/2020

Hello, I am the VP of sales for Middle East, Africa and South Asia for all Commercial Aviation products across L3Harris. I am also a VP/Board member of IAWA (International Aviation Women’s Association) for the Middle East and Africa.

I have been with L3Harris for the past year but have over 13 years’ experience in the aviation industry. On a day-to-day basis, I work with airlines in the MEASA region supporting them with a wide range of challenges and demonstrating how our solutions can help. We can offer the airlines a true A-Z solution across avionics, data management and pilot training. I’m proud to work here as our products literally make the skies a safer place.

I love my job and I love the aviation industry; I find it so dynamic and international. Interacting with customers from all over the world is truly amazing. I greatly enjoy dealing with different people from all parts of the world with a common goal of making the aviation industry safer, making the world more connected and making businesses run more efficiently. I knew from the first minute I started working in the aviation industry that this is what I wanted to do.

I would say that to do my job you need to have a deep understanding of the aviation industry. You need to have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate, understand and cater to customer needs so you can gain their trust and loyalty.

As a woman, I have come across some challenges and faced stereotypes during my career. At the beginning of my career in the industry, when I would walk into the meeting I would get asked if I was a flight attendant or if I was the secretary. But, the minute you show them you know what you are talking about, any stereotype goes flying out the window. When you are qualified it does not matter if you are a woman or man. Your qualification, skills and knowledge speaks for itself.

The biggest thing I have learnt during my career is to be confident in your ability and yourself. If there is something you don’t know ask or learn it. Take the time to invest in yourself and your professional development. My advice would be to find a mentor, whether it is a man or woman and learn as much as you can from them. Expose yourself to new approaches and constantly learn new things. The minute you stop learning you will stop developing.