CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Economics

Hassan Shahidi

BA International Studies '81, MA Economics '83

Hassan Shahidi is the president and chief executive officer of Flight Safety Foundation, an international and independent nonprofit organization with a singular mission to enhance global aviation safety through research, standards, education, and advocacy. 

He leads a global campaign across offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, to promote best practices and innovative solutions to aviation safety. In Africa, he has led initiatives to enable safe operations of drones for humanitarian missions, including delivery of vaccines and medicine. He holds a private pilot's license. Shahidi has a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master's in economics from George Mason University, a master's in systems engineering from University of Virginia and a doctor of science in engineering management from George Washington University. He has served in various roles in the aviation industry during the past four decades.