Irelandia Aviation’s Advisory Group was founded in 2014 to assist the development and execution of IA’s strategy and investment activities around the world. The Advisory Group consists of Declan Ryan, Tony Davis, Howard Millar and Captain Alberto Abed. Four industry veterans with combined experience in the aviation sector in excess of 100 years. The majority of this experience is focused on the LCC space with success in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Declan Ryan - Managing Partner

  • Founder and Managing Partner of Irelandia Aviation
  • One of the founders of Ryanair where he held several senior management positions, including CEO. Member of the Board from 1986-2004
  • Chairman of VivaColombia and VivaLatinamerica, Board member of VivaAerobus. Past Board member of Tiger, Allegiant and Ryanair
  • Founder of the One Foundation in 2004, a major Irish and Vietnamese philanthropic organization

Tony Davis

  • Former Chief Operating Officer of Irelandia Aviation where he had responsibility for portfolio company performance
  • CEO of Tiger Airways from 2005 -2011. Led successful development of company and IPO on Singapore exchange in 2010
  • Founding MD of BMI Baby 2002-2005
  • Over 25 years airline management experience , including BA and Gulf Air prior to BMI, Tiger and Irelandia Aviation

Howard Millar

  • Former Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Ryanair, Europe's largest and most successful airline
  • During his 23 years at Ryanair he was a pivotal figure in the transformation of Ryanair from a small loss making regional carrier to Europe's largest and most profitable airline
  • Howard joins the Board of Ryanair as a Non-Executive Director in June 2015

Captain Alberto Abed

  • Born in Mexico City where he completed his professional studies in the area of Civil Aviation and obtained his pilot’s license
  • Co-founded TAESA in 1988 and became CEO in 1993, Mexico’s first low-cost airline in Mexico, providing more than 20 million passengers the opportunity to fly for the first time
  • Currently President of Flymex a charter airline operating out of Toluca, Mexico
  • Capt. Abed has over 50 years industry experience in Latin America, currently IA’s focus region and has won numerous awards throughout his career

Paula Doherty

  • 12+ Years of experience
  • Former CFO of Irelandia, sat on the Boards of Viva Aerobus & Viva LatinAmerica and Audit of VivaColombia