Rannia Leontaridi - United Kingdom
Rannia Leontaridi joined the Department for Transport in 2020 as the United Kingdom's Director General for Civil Aviation. She has a wealth of experience in policy, strategy and commercial roles and has led teams across the UK government.
Her previous roles include director for business growth, leading the government's policy on entrepreneurs, small businesses and new emerging high growth and technology businesses. She was the director of the UK's first Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Ms Leontaridi also led the development of more than 100 employee-owned private sector businesses, and was the co-founder and UK government director at Crown Hosting Data Centres, a joint venture between the UK government and Ark Data Centres.
She started life as an entrepreneur and later became an assistant professor in economics. She received an OBE for public service in 2016 and is a Carnegie Scholar in Economics and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.