OUR PEOPLE

THE AEROVISTA TEAM

The Aerovista team is composed of highly experienced airline management, operations and engineering professionals with prolific industry track records. The team has an extensive network of senior industry relationships with airline customers, aircraft/engine manufacturers, lessors and regulators worldwide. Our approach is simple. We think relationships are important and we focus on them. We reward our people for being creative, for making decisions, for keeping our business flat and lean. Long-term relationships, creativity, integrity, efficiency, that’s our approach.

Apandi Lakhiyalov

President & Chairman

A graduate of the Kharkiv State Aeronautical University in Ukraine, where he received a PhD in Aeronautics, Mr. Lakhiyalov founded his first aviation company, TransAvis, in 1993, to provide technical support. services to airlines and aircraft manufacturers. In 1999, Mr. Lakhiyalov founded Aerovista and under his leadership, the company has grown to a staff of over 100 employees, with a highly experienced and professional management team. Apandi is a keen sportsman and in 2013 conquered Kilimanjaro.

Apandi Lakhiyalov

Zulqarnain Siddiq

CIO

Joining Aerovista in 2008, Zulqarnain is a highly qualified Information Technology professional with two Masters Degrees to his credit from two International Universities; one is University of Liverpool UK in Computer Sciences and Information Systems Management. His success and ability have seen him graduate and expand from ICT and Communications Manager to Head of Information Communications Technology and Marketing with Aerovista. Whether you call it hiking or trekking Zulqarnain enjoys what the great outdoors have to offer.

Zulqarnain Siddiq

Jumber Yakobadze

CEO

Mr. Yakobadze leads Aerovista’s global operations and recently became a Partner and member of Board of Directors. He earned his Masters Degree in General Medicine from Kharkiv State Medical University. He joined Aerovista in 1999 as Commercial Operations Manager and went on to occupy various senior management positions and now has 15 years of experience in airline operations and management. When something needs to be fixed Jumber is the man for the job; he also enjoys working on the blooms in his garden.

Jumber Yakobadze

Maral Berdyniyazova

Contracts & Legal Affairs Manager

Working on the legal side of Aerovista is Maral our Contracts and Legal Affairs Manager. Maral has a Masters in Law from Essex University as well as two Bachelor’s degrees one of which is also in Law and the other in English Language and Literature. Maral’s work for the UN has taken her to places as diverse as Thailand, Azerbaijan and Tunisia. Don’t let her studious nature fool you Maral is also keen on photography and salsa dancing.

Maral Berdyniyazova

Yuriy Tokarev

VP Acquisitions

Yuriy Tokarev has over 25 years experience in aviation industry and currently serves as CFO / Vice President Asset Management of Aerovista FZE. Prior to joining Aerovista in 2008, Mr. Tokarev has held positions related to finance and investment in various international projects related to the restructuring, privatization and financing of medium businesses in Ukraine. Mr. Tokarev had a 10 year scientific and research career with Kharkov National Aerospace University working in Aircraft Engine testing. He graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kharkov National Aerospace University in 1988. Yuriy likes to keep his mind sharp with chess and plenty of reading he also keeps his blades sharp as he is a skating aficionado.

Yuriy Tokarev

Irfan Dhankot

CSO / VP Strategy & Business Development

Irfan Dhankot is responsible for Directing the Sales and Business Development of the group. He has more than 20 years of experience across various regions and industry verticals. Within the Aviation Industry he has been instrumental in developing a unique Wet leasing (Hybrid-ACMI) Model through which Aerovista Group has been able to support airlines within the emerging markets to grow through primarily a second life – narrow body fleet expansion strategy. He has spread the footprints of Aerovista Group across Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been a regular speaker at various aviation conferences where he presented on variety of subjects ranging from Risk Mitigation in Africa to developing new and unique equipment leasing models in emerging markets as well as out of the box approach within aircraft leasing in particular.
Irfan earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nichols College, Massachusetts, USA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai, India , and is a Certified Management Accountant from Institute of Certified Management Accountants in Australia.
For Irfan there are three big “M”s in life: Music, Movies and Meeting people, the third being the major motivator for his professional and personal life. He is happily married with one son and one daughter and is based in the vibrant city of Dubai in UAE, with his family.

Irfan Dhankot