Ashraf Al Sayad began his career in the aviation industry in 1997 as a Tourism Division Area Manager in Singapore for EGYPTAIR, thereafter, moving into the District Manager position in both Tunisia and Japan between 2004 and 2008. From 2009 to 2015, Al Sayad was member of the Industry Affairs Committee (IAC) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he remained until he assumed his current position in June 2015.

Al Sayed had previously acted as chairman of the Commercial Committee of African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and as well as a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) Commercial Committee from 2008 to 2011.