Sanjeev Gadhia

Sanjeev is the Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation Ltd which is a dedicated all- cargo airline based in Nairobi, Kenya and operates a fleet of fourteen cargo aircrafts into Europe, Middle East and within Africa.

Sanjeev is also the Founder of Astral Aerial Solutions Ltd which is a Commercial Drone Operator.

Operating one of the most successful airlines in Africa for 20 years, Sanjeev is responsible for the overall management and fleet acquisition for Astral Aviation, along with their Pan African expansion strategy, which entails two new cargo hubs in West and Southern Africa, including diversification into Airport Infrastructure, Executive Jets and Unmanned Cargo Aircrafts.

He has been honored as a “New Generation Leader for Africa” by the prestigious African Leadership Network, while Astral has been rated as the best all-cargo carrier in Africa in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2019.

In 2017, Astral Aerial (UAV/Drone subsidiary of Astral Aviation) won the prestigious ‘IATA Cargo Innovation Award for its UTM’ (UAV Traffic Management) innovation for Africa.
In 2019, Astral Aerial was rated as ‘Africa’s Top 10 Tech Startups’ and selected by Airbus to participate in Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme.
In April 2019, Astral Aerial was recognized by World Bank as the Winner – Data Analytics of its Disruptive Agricultural Technology challenge.

In September 2016, Sanjeev was appointed Vice Chairman of AFRAA’s Cargo Committee based on his extensive experience in the aircargo sector in Africa and was promoted as Chairman of the Cargo and Route Network Committee in November 2020.
In October 2017, he joined the Board of TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association) being the first member from Africa and in 2019 was appointed Vice Chairman of TIACA which is a position he serves to date.

A banker by profession, he has an MBA in International Business, in addition to being a member of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) of Kenya Chapter and YPO (Young Professional’s Organization) of Africa Great Lakes Region.