Karlene Barkley is a seasoned travel industry professional with over 30 years of proficiency in the Travel and Aviation Businesses. She began her career in Zimbabwe in 1988 with Budget Tours. In 1990, she moved to South Africa where she continued working within the travel agency sphere, at the time as the owner and Director of Harvey World Travel for 17 years.

In 2008 Karlene joined Cathay Pacific Airways as Sales & Marketing Manager Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. Later in her tenure at Cathay Pacific she was appointed Port Manager Maldives where she managed & oversaw the Company’s commercial business interests.

Karlene’s continuous growth to success has brought her to been appointed as the Etihad Airways Country Manager South Africa since September of 2018, where she is responsible for all facets of the business on a commercial level.