Meet ICF economist Kata Cserep, who made this year's Airline Economics 40 under 40 list
Says Nick Dunn, CFO of Gatwick Airport, “We’ve relied upon Kata and her ICF team for over a decade! The duration of this relationship is testament to the quality of her support and advice.”
An industry that's ever-changing
She’s well-known for leading some of the most important forward-looking conversations in the aviation industry today—such as how airports can capitalize on the low-cost carrier revolution, and how the industry can simultaneously grow and achieve sustainability goals. Including a discussion on “eco-taxes” to combat “flygskam” (“flight shame” in Swedish).
“I’m excited by the challenge changes in our climate and sustainability pose for the global aviation sector,” Kata admits. It’s a complex topic, but one that combines the passion of ICF’s collective team of experts in climate, biofuels, technology, aviation, energy, communications, economics, and policy. Specifically, in helping policymakers think through “the art of the possible”—impacts of various policy options and the industry’s ability to adapt.
A career that soars
Kata joined ICF in 2005, and her role has grown every year since.
“Kata sets a great example,” said Gene Costa, who leads ICF’s Europe and Asia business. “Again and again, she demonstrates strong leadership, practicality, and analytical mindset. Under her leadership, our aviation team constantly innovates, collaborates, and grows.”
Kata credits her career growth—and her aviation team’s—to ICF’s entrepreneurial and collaborative culture. And she encourages other colleagues to vocalize new ideas and volunteer for new roles, “as my mentors and managers have done for me.”
It’s always rewarding to apply critical thinking to client challenges—then watch the impact and positive feedback. As for her recent recognition, “it’s nice to see our work get recognized, not just within ICF, but in the industry at large.”
“I’m excited to see what next year, and the years beyond, will bring,” says Kata. So are we.