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… Read More
Chafik Kuzbari
Non-Executive Director
Mr. Chafik Kuzbari has been a Director of Novus Aviation Capital since its inception.He previously served as Novus Aviation Capital's  Chief Financial Officer before stepping down in 2018.  In 1994, he co-founded Novus Aviation Capital S.A. (formerly Novus Management & Consulti… 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 invest… 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 capita… 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 air… Read More
Charles Graham
Advisor to Board of Directors
Charles Graham joined Novus in October 2017 as Advisor to the Board of Directors, bringing over 30 years of Board and CEO experience in airlines, aircraft leasing and international logistics.  He began his career in transportation as Global CFO of TNT Express, leading the acquisition of roa… 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 al… 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 subsi… 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 hand… 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 t… 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… Read More
Simon Clements
Executive Vice President – Marketing
Simon has spent the last 18 years working in the aviation industry. Simon joined the Novus London team from FPG Amentum where he was a part of the management team and participated in the MBO from HSH Nordbank and the subsequent sale of Amentum to FPG, Tokyo. Prior to Amentum he has held position… Read More
Wesley Pollard
Senior 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 th… Read More
Kenneth Loo
Senior Vice President – Marketing
Ken joined Novus Aviation Capital in Hong Kong in 2018 with over 18 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Novus, he held the post of Senior Vice President, Special Finance with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in Hong Kong. He also worked for 7 years at Boeing Capital Corporation… Read More
Animesh Jain
Senior 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 an… 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 o… 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 pr… 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… 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 glo… Read More
Suzannah Barnard
Legal Counsel
Suzannah works in the Legal department of Novus and has 13 years experiences as a lawyer. Prior to joining Novus, Suzannah was a lawyer at Legg Mason Global Asset Management and prior to the Suzannah provided Legal and Compliance support for Citigroup Asset Management and the Financial Times.… Read More
Jude Alkutoubi
Assistant Vice President - HR
Jude is responsible for the Human Resources function for the company. Prior to joining Novus, Jude worked for the Jumeirah Group, where he managed and supported various HR tasks for all the hotels based in the Middle East and Asia regions. Bachelor of Business Administration – G.I.H.E Bulle,… 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 junio… 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 Japanes… Read More
Mohamad Jalloul
Assistant Vice President - Finance
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… Read More
Stella Saccomanno
Assistant Vice President
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 functi… 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, LebanonJunior Financial Analyst (JFA Certificate) f… Read More
Naji Ghraoui
Naji is an analyst at Novus Aviation. He is responsible for marketing studies, and analyzing contracts and reports. Previously, he worked in General Electric Capital Fleet Services. He holds a DEUG in Economical Science and Management from the Université Pantheon-Assas Paris II and a Master i… Read More
June Lam
June is in charge of administration and settlements at Hong Kong office. Prior to joining Novus in 2018, she had office administration experience at various local and international companies based in Hong Kong. She speaks Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
Nancy Helou
Executive Assistant
Fleurette Elias
Executive Assistant
Emma Fan
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 ha… 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 e… Read More