Fly Africa

Eric Kacou, Hassan El-Houry

Africa is brimming with potential and enthusiasm. With foresight and commitment from industry leaders and support from governments, aviation could become one of the continent’s great strengths. Yet today, Africa’s aviation industry lags behind much of the world, the disparity visible in its run-down airports and its airlines. But this discrepancy is not inevitable..

In Fly Africa, Hassan El-Houry, a pioneer in the African aviation industry, and Eric Kacou, an African strategist and investor, explain how the continent reached its current state, examining the huge disparities between Africa’s handful of hubs and its many underserved cities and countries. Then they map a route to transforming the continent’s aviation, highlighting its existing champions and illustrating the effects aviation can have on other sectors.

Aviation can provide a lifeline to revitalize national economies throughout Africa and contribute to development. This book – a must-read for anyone who believes in Africa – shows how it’s possible.

Eric Kacou & Hassan El-Houry

Eric Kacou holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Eric is cofounder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), an advisory and investment firm serving entrepreneurs and leaders across Africa. In 2010, he was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow by the African Leadership Institute (ALI). His first book, Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity in BoP Markets, was published in January 2011.

Hassan El-Houry holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from the American University of Beirut. He is the group CEO of National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest-growing aviation services provider in the Middle East, India, and Africa. He is also a board director with various large companies in emerging markets. In 2014, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, in recognition of his contributions to aviation and airport services.


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