President & ChairmanA 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.
CIOJoining 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.
CEOMr. 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.
Contracts & Legal Affairs ManagerWorking 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.
VP AcquisitionsYuriy 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.
CSO / VP Strategy & Business DevelopmentIrfan 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.