Dr Rannia Leontaridi
Dr Rannia Leontaridi
Director for Aviation
Department for Transport

Rannia joined the Department for Transport to be the new Director for Aviation and the Director General Civil Aviation for the UK. Over the last three years Rannia was the Director for Business Growth, leading Government’s policy on entrepreneurs, small businesses, but also new and emerging high growth and technology businesses. She devised and implemented the UK’s first AI strategy and secured an AI sector deal in a partnership between the private sector, government and academia of £1bn. She created and became the first Director for the Office for Artificial Intelligence for Her Majesty’s Government and led the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to BEIS she led teams in the Cabinet Office, No10 Strategy Unit, and Defra in policy, strategy and commercial roles, including leading the development of more than 100 employee-owned private sector businesses, and was the Co-Founder and Director HMG Shareholder at Crown Hosting Data Centres, a joint venture between UK Government and Ark Data Centres. Rannia started life as an entrepreneur and later became an Assistant Professor in Economics. She received an OBE for public service in 2016 and is a Carnegie Scholar in Economics and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Rannia is married with one daughter, loves to travel, and is a runner, and a “maker” in her spare time.