The Team

Experience, Expertise, Excellence
Experience counts and Novus Aviation has this in abundance.
Our core team has an average of more than 27 years of commercial experience in the leasing, financing and trading of aircraft.
Many of our team members have been players in the industry since the 1970s. Some of them were pioneers in the development of new financial and leasing structures that are now regarded as standards in aviation finance. Our team has been involved in over 400 successful aircraft transactions, closing deals with a combined value in excess of US$15 billion. Novus Aviation team members operate in half a dozen languages and are recognized specialists in their respective fields, covering Shari'a compliant and structured financing, risk and research competence, technical skillset and commercial acumen.
Board of managing directors
Safwan Kuzbari
President and CEO

Mr. Safwan Kuzbari is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Novus Aviation Capital, a leading aircraft leasing, financing and asset management company. Novus’ aircraft portfolio is currently valued at around $3 billion. Mr. Kuzbari also serves as a director for several global investment funds.In October 2010, he launched Dubai-based Adenium… Read More

Chafik Kuzbari
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Chafik Kuzbari is the Chief Financial Officer and Board member of Novus Aviation Capital.

In 1994, he co-founded Novus Aviation Capital S.A. (formerly Novus Management & Consulting S.A. and Novus Aviation Services S.A.) in Geneva, Switzerland and acted as its General Manager until 2016.

Mr. Kuzbari participated in developing various Sharia’s compliant… Read More

Hani Kuzbari
Managing Director - CFA

Hani Kuzbari, CFA, is the Managing Director, Member of the Board and Shareholder at Novus Aviation Capital, a resilient, reliable, and growing aviation financing platform and a pioneer in aircraft leasing for the last two decades. Besides leading the company’s equity capital raising and investment related activities globally, Hani is also responsible for strategic plann… Read More

Mounir Kuzbari
Managing Director

Mounir Kuzbari is the Managing Director, Member of the Board and Shareholder of Novus Aviation Capital, a resilient and growing aviation financing platform and a pioneer in aircraft leasing. In his current role, he heads the group’s Dubai operations and overseeing its financing and debt capital activities including Tamweel Aviation Finance (TAF), Novus’ mezzani… Read More

Mamoun Kuzbari
Managing Director

Mamoun Kuzbari is Managing Director at Novus.

Mamoun Kuzbari is the Managing Director and Member of the Board of Novus Aviation Capital. He heads the Novus Group’s operation in Europe out of London and is responsible for Novus’ portfolio management and trading activities. He manages the aircraft remarketing, transitions and disposal having completed over $1 billion asset sale a… Read More

Marie Gauchenot
Executive Vice President and Special Counsel

Marie, formerly General Counsel of the Novus Group, now acts as Special Counsel  of the Novus Group, since July 2016, working on special projects and new business development. Marie is well known to our industry, having worked in commercial aircraft leasing and in corporate finance all her professional life. Marie has held senior positions with prominent international… Read More

Tarek Khouja
Executive Vice President

Mr. Khouja was Vice President- Controller and Treasurer with UAS. He has over 20 years’ experience in the aircraft industry, administration, controllership and treasury. His functions included overseeing aircraft sub-lease collection, banking relationships and financial management of UAS subsidiaries.

Mr. Khouja is a cofounder of Novus and currently leads tre… Read More

Maher Kuzbari
Executive Vice President -Contracts Administration

Maher is in charge of Contract Management, monitoring assets under management and is part of the Portfolio Management and Trading division. His experience spans over 30 years and covers various aspects of the aircraft industry, including marketing, wet leasing, arranging, coordinating and handling short-term leasing for pilgrimage mass movements and ad-hoc charte… Read More

Peter Wenham
Executive Vice President -Technical

Leading Novus in all matters technical, thanks to his background of operator maintenance and engineering, airworthiness authority liaison, manufacturer and general leasing technical support, Peter provides advice on how technical issues affect the different aspects of Novus’s business. Peter trained originally with British Airways, then worked with Saudia, Airbus and American Airlines.… Read More

George Young Ho Ai
Executive Vice President

George leads Novus’s business development and capital raising in Asia. George has over 28 years of experience in the financial industry in major Asian cities for multinational financial institutions including Morgan Stanley (HK), Merrill Lynch Japan, Nikko Securities (Seoul) and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (HK). He is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese.

Wesley Pollard
Vice President - Research and Risk

Wesley is a specialist in commercial aviation industry research and airline/aircraft leasing company credit risk analysis. He has public sector experience as the Chief Airlines Analyst for UK Export Finance/ECGD (the UK's Export Credit Agency). He has also worked in the commercial sector as the Senior Aviation Analyst for HSH Nordbank AG in the London team covering all… Read More

Hussam Ramadan
Vice President

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting – Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

Program Certificate, Information Management - CNAM

With more than 10 years of experience in financial analysis and accounting, Hussam leads the accounting and pricing department. 

Leila Mourad
Vice President

Leila works in Contract Management, Research and Portfolio Management and Trading at Novus Aviation. Prior to joining Novus Aviation in 2004, Leila worked as a journalist and writer.

Bachelor of Arts, Economics – American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Matthew Lancaster
Vice President - Legal

With over 14 years of legal experience, Matthew has acted for various banks, lessors and other financial institutions, lessees, airlines and manufacturers. Prior to joining Novus, Matthew spent over 10 years at Clifford Chance which included time in London, New York and Singapore and a year on secondment at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) in Shannon and Singapore. He has als… Read More

Animesh Jain
Vice President

Animesh brings to Novus over 15 years of experience in the fields of banking, investment and financing. Prior to joining the Novus team, he was actively involved in investment banking and project finance transactions and worked on number of transactions in multiple sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemical and fertilizers, renewable energy, power, offshore d… Read More

Vice President - Technical

Andy has extensive industry experience with time spent working at OEM’s, airlines and aircraft operating lessors. Prior to joining Novus, he worked as a design engineer at Airbus followed by a number of years with Virgin Atlantic, and more recently worked in the Leasing Industry in Dublin. Andy provides technical input and support to various aspects of Novus’ portfolio activities. He holds… Read More

Alkis Elias
Vice President - Risk

Alkis is a specialist airline/aircraft leasing company credit risk analyst. He has considerable experience in international and global business having worked for the corporate and investment banking arms of NatWest and National Australia Bank (London). He has specialist experience in credit risk analysis, corporate lending and securitisation, in a variety of industry sectors including auto… Read More

Yuana Y.E. Sung
Vice President

Yuana is responsible for Asian investor/airline relationship and transaction management. She also assists in Hong Kong office operation, including accounting and audit support. Prior to joining Novus in 2014, Yuana worked at Citigroup as an investment banker and she has involved in several global M&A and underwriting transactions. She is fluent in Korean and English… Read More

Ziad Medawar
Assistant Vice President

 Ziad is actively involved in the financial modeling, debt to equity structure, investment relations, and asset pricing. Prior to joining Novus, he has worked in assurance & advisory at Deloitte & Touche (M.E) for over 5 years. He has led large complex organizations and managed junior peers in multiple sectors including renewable energy, construction, oil & gas, real estat… Read More

Fuyumi Takeuchi
Assistant Vice President

Fuyumi is responsible for the firm's Japanese client relations, including research and due diligence support. Prior to joining the team, Fuyumi worked at Nikkei (Japan's largest financial media group) as a business journalist, as well as three years based in Hong Kong. She is fluent in Japanese and English, and is proficient in Mandarin, having obtained HSK level 6 (the… Read More

Sana Kawekji
Business Analyst

Sana is a Business Analyst at Novus Aviation, responsible for pricing related results, and coordinating information requirements to management.

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance – American University of Science & Technology, Lebanon

Junior Financial Analyst (JFA Certificate) from IFA - Schewezer institute (2013)

Mohamad Jalloul
Finance Manager

Mohamad oversees business operations and manages funds. He engages in financial analysis in the areas of forecasting, budgeting and cost reduction analysis, and also monitors operational performance. Additionally, Mohamad develops and manages financial systems and models. Prior to joining the Novus team, he served as a senior auditor with Deloitte Dubai, undertaking external audit… Read More

Heidi Ho
Senior Associate

Heidi is responsible for fund administrative, settlements for Asian based clients, and Hong Kong office accounting. Prior to joining Novus in 2017, she worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers as an external auditor. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, English.

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Financial Economics - University of New South Wales, Sydney

Stella Saccomanno

Stella is responsible for the accounting department and staff-related insurance company in Geneva. Prior to joining Novus Aviation in May 2001, Stella began her career in accounting at UAS (Geneva). After UAS and before joining the team at Novus, she also served as accounting functions at SFS/PWC Geneva, conducting external missions… Read More

Charles Yeterian
Senior Advisor

Charles is responsible for Novus's advisory activities and is a participant in the strategic planning of the group. Additionally, he covers aspects of Novus's asset procurement, aircraft financing and leasing, fund management, and liaising with airline customers, banks and institutional investors. He brings to the company his extensive experience in corporate lending, project/asset-based finan… Read More
Johnny Lau

Johnny established Astro Aircraft Leasing Co., Ltd. in March 2015 and acts as CEO.  Based in Hong Kong, this new advisory and consultancy firm is focusing on aircraft financing, trading and leasing businesses for airlines, financial institutions and investors. In the last two years, Astro has represented top-tier international aircraft leasing companies, banks, aircraft r… Read More

Johan Visser

 Johan Visser acts as advisor to Novus through the consultancy firm JLV Advisory. Previously, he worked with J.P.Morgan since 2000 and worked in the global asset-backed securities department in New York in excess of 13 years covering transportation issuers globally. His recent transaction experience comprises a variety of asset classes including roles on warehouse loans for aircraft a… Read More