Nik Engel

Nik Engel.jpgNik Engel
Senior Manager Corporate Strategy – Performance Management
Etihad Airways

Nik Engel is Senior Manager Corporate Performance Management at Etihad Aviation Group. Etihad Aviation group includes Etihad Airways, Etihad Engineering, Etihad Airline Services, Hala Tourism and Airline Equity Partners thus including all services along the travel and airline value chain. In his role he reports directly to the Chief Executive Affairs and the Board of Directors of Etihad Aviation group. Nik drives and leads performance reporting and strategic planning across all entities and airline partners.
Leveraging on experience gathered in various industries as well as working in consulting for many years he has established performance management and balanced scorecard as standard management tool at Etihad. Through his continuous engagement and leadership Etihad has been able to align quantitative measures and KPIs to the executive pay for performance as well as to make scorecards part of the monthly management review. Strategic objectives have been cascaded to all employees and clarity on the objectives and mandate has been increased. In 2015 Etihad won the Abu Dhabi Excellence award for performance management.
Nik holds a Master in International Business and an MBA in Strategy furthermore his passion to improve and learn has allowed him to study social sciences, psychology, philosophy and literature and gain profound background in IT related subjects. During his consulting days he worked for various organizations in the fields of banking, transportation, marketing, finance as well for the UN.
This knowledge and broad understanding of business helps him to better understand the context of business problems and challenges and hence provide valuable advice and leadership for companies to improve and add value.

Nik has lived and/or worked in Germany, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, China, Switzerland, Canada, Thailand led multinational teams allowing him to excel in multinational environments.


  • Strategy Development, Implementation and Controlling
  • Business Process Management & Operational Excellence
  • Project Management of international and culturally diverse teams
  • Process Knowledge in finance, banking, aviation and transportation
  • Extensive experience in foreign countries (> 120) and with multinational teams

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