The Royal Aeronautical Society has announced that Kerissa Khan MRAeS has taken over as president of the Society at its AGM on 4th May 2023. The AGM also elected David Chinn as president-elect.
The president provides leadership of the Council and of the Society in pursuit of its objectives. They uphold the values, and reputation of the Society as well as the interests of the members. The president is an ambassador of the Society representing it at key engagements, influencing the global standing of the Society in furthering the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering.
“We are entering an exciting new era for aerospace, aviation and space innovation,” stated Kerissa Khan MRAeS, president of the Royal Aeronautical Society. “We are the transformation generation pioneering novel ways to fly. This pioneering spirit is the foundation that the Royal Aeronautical Society has been built upon, bringing together the best innovators, disrupters, researchers and inventors who dared to make flight possible.
“The Royal Aeronautical Society has been leading the way since 1866, at the heart of the community that empowered the first flight by the Wright Brothers and the invention of the jet engine by Sir Frank Whittle, sparking the first and second aviation revolutions respectively. It is an honour and a privilege as President to stand on the shoulders of giants to convene and lead this global community at the forefront of the third revolution in flight. Once again, we will dare to make flight possible - sustainable, accessible and inclusive flight that addresses the challenges we all face today.”
Indro Mukerjee, CEO Innovate UK added: “Kerissa’s appointment as president of the Royal Aeronautical Society is a testament to her hard work, determination, and dedication to the industry. Innovate UK is proud to support Kerissa as she undertakes this important role, and we hope that this appointment will inspire more female leaders in the field.”
David Edwards FRAeS, chief executive, RAeS added: “We’re delighted to have Kerissa serve as president of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Her appointment recognises her experience across the breadth of our Society’s branches, boards, committees, Council and Trustees. Kerissa’s background in aeronautical engineering, and her role inspiring the future generations of our industries align very closely with the Society’s objectives. We’re looking forward to working with her.”