Dr. Assad Kotaite, President Emeritus of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), was universally recognized as one of the most prominent and respected figures in the world of civil aviation. A true leader and visionary, he served as Secretary General of ICAO from 1970 for six years and as President of the ICAO Council from 1976 for thirty years until his retirement in 2006. Created in 1944 in Chicago, United States, ICAO is the specialized agency of the United Nations for international civil aviation. Dr. Kotaite constantly promoted cooperation and dialogue among the Organization’s now 191 Member States and within the world aviation community. He gained a well-earned reputation as a master conciliator and consensus-builder, steering global aviation through an increasingly complex, competitive and politically challenging environment. Dr. Kotaite wrote My Memoirs as a personal and candid account of the great adventure of civil aviation and the human quest for selfunderstanding. His purpose was to avoid conflicts, to promote understanding, cooperation and friendship among States, and to be an architect of multilateralism. Assad Kotaite’s My Memoirs gives the readers insight into his courage, patience and leadership in bringing people together for a common cause. He has provided a human face to the phenomenal adventure of flight and managed to provide the reader with a deep understanding of the importance of civil aviation in our lives. The lessons learnt may serve as inspiration for current and future leaders, professionals in the field of aviation and other areas, as well as any other interested readers. Dr. Kotaite passed away on 27 February 2014.