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Hani Kuzbari

Managing Director
Novus Aviation Capital

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 planning and upholding the group’s proven track-record as well as managing its strong portfolio of aircraft-related investments (valued in excess of 3 billion US dollars). He also heads Novus Aviation Capital’s Asia-Pacific activities and directs operations of the company’s Hong Kong office, which today acts as the company’s footprint in core markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea. Mr. Kuzbari is a specialist in originating, structuring, and developing a range of aircraft leasing investment and financing vehicles and global joint ventures with investors, banks, lessors and manufacturers. More particularly, Hani has been very active in the EMEA region - with over USD 3 billion worth of aircraft leased to GCC airlines in the last decade - but also in the setting up of the first GCC syndicated retail fund for aircraft operating leases and the first Sharia’a-compliant structure for aircraft operating leases. Mr. Kuzbari has been instrumental in the design, launching and operations of Tamweel Aviation Finance (Novus’s mezzanine debt platform) as well as the award-winning Ortus Aircraft Leasing Fund, an innovative aircraft operating lease vehicle structured in partnership with a leading Japanese financial institution.
Hani has originated and completed a variety of aircraft leasing deals with prominent airlines across the globe under a variety of structures valued in excess of USD 5 billion. During his career and across cycles, Hani has also remarketed and transitioned a number of single and twin aisle aircraft with leases attached, following lease expiries but also as a result of distressed situations.
With his wealth of experience and expertise in various segments of the aviation industry, Mr. Kuzbari serves as board member of various investment companies specializing in transport related projects. Mr. Kuzbari is also a regular speaker and panelist at leading air finance conferences in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Hani is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration obtained with honors from the American University of Beirut (AUB), an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business, and has completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. Hani is also a member of YPO, the CFA institute, as well as the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading. Hani speaks French, English and Arabic.

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