Area of expertise
Strategic Planning
Business Strategy
New Business Development
Romy Hawatt

Founder & CEO

Romy Hawatt is a leading entrepreneur known for innovation and transforming start-up & fledgling businesses into successful, multi-million dollar projects.

With a passion to seed & develop sustainable business models and with a significant history & experience in international trade, business consulting, property & education, his resume includes transactions worth well in excess of a $billion.

Romy is active in philanthropy and from his Dubai based Riana Group develops and supports various water, education, orphanage, refugee and other projects internationally.

He is a Founding Member of the Global Sustainability Network (GSN) with in excess of 1300 renowned members and influencers pursuing Goal 8 of the United Nations 17 Sustainability Goals.

Romy has written and sponsored numerous articles in partnership with Inter Press Service (IPS) to create awareness around the plight of victims of Modern Day Slavery, Human, Human Organ Trafficking and Child Labour.

He is also a Director of Football for Peace under the Patronage of HRH Prince William the Prince of Wales and on the Advisory Board of the New York based charity funding group Charidy. Charidy raises over $ 500 mil annually for qualified NGO’s

Other Advisory & Sponsorship roles include:

Help Children Now

Goodwill Caravan

Human Thread Foundation

As former Chair of the SAE Governing Council and former CEO of the SAE Group (2003-2014) Romy is credited with a major role in the development and positioning of SAE Institute into the world’s largest creative / digital media educator and also credited in leading a large international team in the $304 mil. sale of SAE to Navitas

Romy retired his position as SAE Group CEO in 2014 to leverage his broad experience, international profile and passion for aviation into developing a new & unique global aviation education & training model with the founding of @Airways Aviation Group in 2014

Romy is one of the aviation education & training industry’s recognised players, with his global network of academies offering accredited commercial and military pilot training programs along with Cabin Crew and other accredited courses.

The Airways Aviation Group including subsidiary ESMA Academy are now the worlds largest privately owned pilot academy with a series of first class education & training facilities across Europe, MENASA, Africa and Australia.