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Sadiq Gillani

Sadiq Gillani
Lecturer, Marketing
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Lecturer in Management
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Teaching Statement

Sadiq Gillani teaches MKTG 534: "The Travel and Airline Industry" with Harikesh Nair at the Graduate School of Business. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Lufthansa Group, the world's largest aviation group. He is recognised as one of the airline industry's leading experts, having delivered the first ever TED Talk on the airline industry and serving on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Travel.


Sadiq Gillani has been the Chief Strategy Officer for Lufthansa Group since 2011. He is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Portfolio Strategy, Innovation, Business Development and Sustainability. He was previously the Chief Commercial Officer of a startup Brazilian low cost carrier based in Rio de Janeiro and has a decade of consulting experience. He was a Partner with Seabury, a boutique airline consultancy, in Sydney and New York, advising airline clients across the world, including Qantas, Air Canada, US Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Etihad. He started his consulting career at Bain & Company in London and Johannesburg. He also supported with the launch of two startup airlines in the United States.
He is a keen traveller, having visited over 115 countries and lived on 6 continents.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Harvard Business School, 2006
  • MPhil, Management Studies, Cambridge University, 2001
  • BA, Management Studies, Cambridge University, 2000

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer in Marketing, Stanford GSB, 2014-present
  • Tutor in Management Studies, Cambridge University, 2000-01

Professional Experience

  • Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, 2011-present
  • Chairman, Lufthansa Consulting, 2012-present
  • Member of Board of Directors, SunExpress, 2013-present
  • Chairman, Lufthansa Innovation Hub, 2014-present
  • Member Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum, 2014-present
  • Chief Commercial Officer, Webjet, 2010-2011
  • Senior Vice President, Seabury, 2006-2010
  • Senior Associate Consultant, Bain & Company, 2001-2004

Awards and Honors

  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2015
  • Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders, FInancial Times, 2014
  • Airline Strategy Award, Airline Business, 2013

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


This class will provide an overview of the travel and hospitality industry focusing on strategy, business models, institutions and innovations. Issues we will cover include pricing and yield management, service quality assessment and loyalty and...

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