ABL Aviation Insights March 2021
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Meryeme Lakdim has a Data science engineering degree, graduated from the Information Science School ESI-Rabat. Her first Internship was at BMCE Bank, where she learnt how to handle their data and manage financial transactions. Meryeme also worked at HCP-Rabat, where she gathered and analysed Statistical Data with a field team for the population statistical Programs. Also managed HCP- Rabat’s social network and website.
Meryeme final study project (PFE) was developed in the Ministry of Health, specifically in the Health Regional Administration of Fez- Meknes. Building a BI data collection and analysis platform for decision-making. This experience gave her the boost to develop her skills in the data analysis field, as she explored and managed different Health programs, such as; the new immigration program, that gives the migrants the right to access all the public health centres in the region. The Mobile Health program, that enables different campaigns and medical caravans to seclude areas of the region. The program of chirurgical appointments “Zero RDV”, that gives the right to all the citizens to have a more accessible appointment to perform their surgeries in time.
As part of these various programs, she worked with the new Information technologies, to manage and be able to analyze and report all facts that help the local authorities of the region to make decisions.
As a member of ABL Aviation, she is ready to learn, to be part of a very innovative team and become an expert in this field.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in aviation and is a widely respected member of the aviation banking and aircraft leasing sector. He has also been a pioneer in attracting new investors from around the world into aviation in the form of funds since 2007.
He joined ABL Aviation as senior marketing and commercial advisor to further develop and support the company’s growth.
Eileen O’Donnell is responsible for streamlining the finance and accounting functions for the international divisions as well as managing a portfolio of special purpose vehicles. In addition, her team is responsible for managing relationships with lessees’ finance teams to ensure smooth running of the lease management process by maintaining a dialogue on a monthly basis in relation to rent invoices and payments.
Finnian O’Neill is responsible for investment strategy, pricing, credit, and portfolio construction at ABL Aviation. He is responsible for managing lender relationships globally as well as origination / management of transactions. Previously, he was Head of Analytics at Aerlytix and Managing Director at AFC.
He started his career as an investment strategist in London with Willis Towers Watson, advising pension funds / insurers on investment strategy and risk management. He is a qualified actuary and CFA charterholder.
Anas leads a group of enthusiastic engineers responsible for asset management and technical activities with a purpose to add efficiency and innovation to the aircraft management process. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Anas is critical in the evaluation and identification of strategic initiatives aimed at developing and preserving the optimal liquidity of investors’ assets and contracts with prospective airlines and service providers.
Olivia Sun joined ABL Aviation and her role is to support the aircraft trading, finance and monitor airlines customer’s compliance with their payment obligations.
Olivia previously held the role of Contracts Manager at CDB Aviation where she: (i) acted as the project lead to aircraft deliveries and redeliveries; (ii) provided legal support to the business’s aircraft trading function; (iii) managed post-delivery filing requirements in various legal jurisdictions; and (iv) monitored lessees’ compliance with their lease obligations. In addition, she was instrumental in establishing the aircraft document archive system.
Prior to this role, she worked as paralegal at Avery Dennison in Hong Kong where she was responsible for drafting and reviewing legal documents; providing legal support to litigation; conducting legal research; and managing corporate matters in Asia-pacific region.
Before joining Avery Dennsion, she was a contract management officer at BOC International Holdings Limited. She drafted and reviewed contracts; established contract management system in both soft and physical copies forms. She provided training to IT department, monitored contracts performance and provided legal support to the contracts dispute.
She obtained Law degrees from University of Shenzhen and Chinese University of Hong Kong. She speaks native Mandarin, fluent Cantonese and English.
Naomi Mullins holds the position of Senior Financial Analyst with ABL and has both a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and a First Class Honours Masters in Applied Finance. During her MSc. degree, Naomi completed her Thesis on investigating the sensitivity of Airline Companies profitability to different external market factors.
Prior to ABL Aviation, Naomi worked as a Mutual Fund Accountant where she was primarily responsible for analysing fund performance on a daily basis, reconciling the fund’s position to outside sources and preparing Net Assets Values.
As Senior Financial Analyst, Naomi’s main responsibilities at ABL Aviation consist of aircraft pricing and assisting in sourcing debt for investors to finance the acquisition of aircraft. She is also involved in organising some of the marketing projects and event.
Naomi has always had an interest in the aviation industry and has travelled extensively for leisure, work and in representing Ireland at Modern Pentathlon events throughout the world. She is highly motivated, and looks forward to developing her career in the dynamic and exciting environment at ABL Aviation.
Outside of the office, Naomi enjoys playing a variety of sports including; running, horse riding and fencing.
Carlos Merino is Vice President of the CEO´s Office at ABL Aviation. In this role, Carlos oversees the investor relations department; producing investor materials, conducting market research in the evaluation of potential investment opportunities and representing ABL Aviation at industry events. He also drives the aircraft purchase transaction processes in coordination with various ABL Aviation departments in offices around the world with third-party advisers, assisting in the negotiation and structuring of the transactions.
Carlos previously worked at Lignum Capital PFP, a leading Spanish equity crowdfunding platform authorised and supervised by the CNMV (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores), as Operations Manager. In his role, the company successfully closed 13 fundraising transactions for start-ups and early-stage companies. Leading the business development strategy and Lignum Capital’s analysts team, and reporting to the firm’s shareholders, Carlos gained valuable professional skills such as fund-raising projects coordination and commercialisation, accredited investor relations management, valuation and modelling working with both traditional (DCF) and alternative methodologies (Venture Capital Method, Market Approach Method and Balance Scorecard).
Previously, Carlos worked at Lawell Law & Strategy, a corporate law boutique that provides specialized services in the area of mercantile law; and at L’Air Liquide’s Corporate Strategy department, analysing business opportunities in the Spanish engine production and emission testing markets, and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020).
Carlos also has entrepreneurial background, founding Neckabout in 2015, a handmade accessories fashion brand, and Lastweek.es in 2010, an online based travel agency start-up.
Carlos graduated in Business Administration and Law from Carlos III University of Madrid and studied at the ESC Rennes School of Business (France) as part of the Undergraduate Exchange Programme.
Outside of the office, Carlos enjoys playing sports, doing boxing regularly. He also loves the outdoors and some of his favourite hobbies include sailing and skiing. Carlos is an enthusiast of literature and mainly enjoys reading Russian authors and classic novels. The opportunity to travel and work within an international environment was a big factor in moving to Dublin and working at ABL Aviation.
Shanaaz Kassim joined ABL Aviation as office assistant and is responsible for the running of the Dublin office as well as Personal Assistant to the CEO, Mr Ali Ben Lmadani. Shanaaz studied Travel & Tourism Management in DIT and Cabin Crew in the Liberties College. During her studies in the Liberties she was given the opportunity to train with Aer Lingus. During this training Shanaaz got to experience the main duties and evacuation procedures while working on a plane, Shanaaz was so honoured to have experienced such a training as it increased her knowledge and passion for learning more about how a plane can fly.
Shanaaz previously held the role of Front Desk Receptionist in Jurys Inn Christchurch, succeeding 3 years of increasing her experience in Jurys she then moved to a company called Quantcast as an Office administrator/Events Co-Ordinator. After 1 year in Quantcast Shanaaz moved back to the hotel industry as a Meeting & Events Executive in the Fitzwilliam Hotel. After spending 6 months in The Fitzwilliam Shanaaz decided that it was time for her to pursue her dream on working for an aviation company.
When Shanaaz was given the opportunity to work for ABL Aviation, she grabbed it with both hands and successful landed the role as an office Assistant. Shanaaz will continue to work her way up and she looks forward to what the future holds for her here at ABL Aviation.
Shanaaz is highly motivated and brings a cheerful atmosphere to the office. When Shanaaz is not managing the office and assisting our CEO she enjoys playing her guitar and painting as well as spending time with the family on the weekends. Shanaaz really enjoys what the outdoors has to offer like hiking and mountain climbing.
Goutham Panchangam Joined ABL Aviation after completing his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Limerick.
Goutham has always been passionate about aviation and never pass up an opportunity to study its innermost workings. After completing his bachelor’s in aerospace engineering in India, he worked as an intern at Tata Aerospace as a product design engineer. During this period, he developed technical knowledge in various designing software’s. It was a wonderful industrial experience and helped him in his academics to achieve first class honours in his bachelor’s degree.
Goutham always wanted to study abroad in Europe and as part of his Master’s degree he received a scholarship to study at University of Limerick in Ireland. Apart from having the academic proficiency he is also actively involved in sports and extra-curricular activities. As part of his volunteering activities he received “President Volunteer Award” from University of Limerick. In his free time, he likes to travel and play sports like cricket and badminton.
Goutham finds the concept of Aircraft leasing interesting and during his masters he had the chance to study “Foundations of Aircraft leasing”. He is an ambitious graduate, being a keen enthusiast of the leasing industry, he joined ABL Aviation as a Technical Analyst. He finds the work done by ABL Aviation inspiring and challenging. During his beginning days of internship at ABL Aviation he worked on Projects that included Microsoft products like Dynamics 365, SharePoint and PowerBI. Coming from a non-IT background these projects were of great benefit to him and allowed him to improve his IT, management, teamwork and communications skills.
In his current role as a technical analyst his main responsibilities include technical analysis and maintenance cost forecasting of the assets over the lease term, analysing and constant development of the company’s technical business models ,asset management and aircraft records management of the current ABL Aviation fleet, analysing aircraft maintenance data and maintaining ABL Aviation maintenance cost database and management of the company’s technical teams around the world as per best practice organization procedures.
He feels that as constant improvisation and development of innovative technologies lead to the erosion of the older versions, he likes to be in tandem with the latest technology. He wants to learn his never-ending curiosity in aviation and make the optimum use of the technology.
Mustapha Amrani is a senior IT consultant. He holds a computer science degree, from Sciences and Technologies Faculty of SETTAT. He joined ABL Aviation as a Systems & Databases Developer and he is passionate about learning more about the aviation and aircraft leasing industry at ABL Aviation. Having over nine years of professional experience allowed him to navigate several building blocks of information systems, such as; database administration and development, business applications, coding with several programming languages and infrastructure and networks.
Having previously held the role of ERP/WMS technical consultant where he had the opportunity to work with diverse functional teams (Finance, Accounting, Feed Production, Supply Chain and Distribution) and participate in designing business workflows for the developing team.
When Mustapha is outside the office, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including; running, soccer and hiking. His next goals are to conquer the highest peaks in Africa (Tanzania-Kilimanjaro 5895m) and Europe (Russia-Elbrus 5642m).
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Davan Byrne is an Analyst with ABL Aviation, working in the Hong Kong office. Working as part of the Pricing & Debt team, Davan’s primary area of focus is the credit analysis of existing and potential lessee’s – including producing in depth research reports and maintaining an active watchlist of target airlines.
Prior to joining ABL Aviation Davan spent five years working at Davy, Ireland’s leading wealth manager, where he held a variety of positions. Initially, Davan joined Davy as an Equity Research Analyst covering FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) sectors, before subsequently moving across to the Asset Management department, a globally focussed asset manager with more than US$5 billion AUM (assets under management). At Davy Asset Management, Davan worked as Co-Manager on the Global Equity Income strategy (US$550 million AUM) reporting directly to the Chief Investment Officer (CIO). Employing a combination of quantitative and fundamental investment techniques with a mega-cap value focus, a core area of responsibility for Davan was the coverage of the Industrial and Aerospace & Defence sectors – including the large commercial aerospace OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). It is this experience that led Davan to pursue a career in aviation finance, particularly in Asia where he believes future industry growth will be centred. In 2018, Davan moved to Hong Kong where he joined CDB Aviation as part of their Financial Planning & Analysis team with a view towards gaining a foothold in the industry, before subsequently moving to ABL Aviation.
Davan is a graduate of University College Dublin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics & Finance. Davan chose to specialise in Economics, with a focus on analytical and numerical modules, and graduated top of his class. He is a member of the CFA Institute and
is a CFA Charterholder. Davan has an acute interest in global economics and politics and has had a number of insights published in the financial press.
A keen sportsman, Davan plays rugby and squash regularly. His other favourite sports include soccer, hurling and national hunt racing. Davan loves the outdoors and one of his favourite things to do at the weekend is to explore some of Hong Kong’s many hiking trails. The opportunity to travel was a big factor in moving to Hong Kong, but his favourite things about the city are its neon streets and skyline. These are best enjoyed either at night from up high on one of the city’s hiking trails, or at street level, dining at one of the many great street food vendors.
Abdellah received his state engineer diploma from the national school of arts and crafts Meknes, a mainly mechanical training with a deepening in materials science and manufacturing processes.
He joined the aeronautical sector through the airline operator Royal Air Maroc, a rich experience and familiarization with aircraft documents and aviation regulations.
Then he joined an aeronautical equipment manufacturer to create the maintenance manuals including oxygen cylinders and passenger masks and pilot masks in addition to a wide range of mechanical, electrical and pneumatic equipment.
He also had the quality assurance function to which he was led to oversee the quality KPI and produce weekly and monthly reports in addition to supporting his team members to comply with the EN9100 standard.
Abdellah enjoys outdoors activities, some of his favourite hobbies include hiking, biking and mountain climbing.
He succeeded several summit in the High Atlas and reached the highest summit of Morocco and North Africa Toubkal more than ten times.
Oumaima Asmama is a recent graduate from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Management Sciences and a thematic area in Finance.
Also, while doing her bachelor’s degree, she participated in a number of competitions, such as the NASA Space Apps challenge, in which she ended as second. She also ended in the top 10 participants in Girls Code 2 at the International University of Rabat in 2016. Furthermore, she also participated in the London International Model United Nations as the delegate of Luxembourg, and in the AUI Model United Nations as the delegate of Kuwait.
Oumaima worked as an analyst with Vigeo Eiris, a research and rating agency, which evaluates organizations’ integration of social, environmental and governance factors into their strategies. She works as a technical analyst with our team at ABL Aviation, and performs maintenance forecasts analysis using the company’s fly forward model among other responsibilities.
Jason Chan joined ABL Aviation as a Junior Credit Analyst and he is responsible for performing credit analysis of investment universe of airlines.
In addition, he oversees fleet and market analysis, as well as assisting the Credit team to produce credit and investor memos.
Before joining ABL, he completed a one-year internship with GECAS as a portfolio strategy intern as part of his MSc in Aviation Finance at UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.
Prior to that, he spent five years in the UK completing his GCE A levels and on top of that, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Air Transport Management at Loughborough University.
He also had two summer internships at Ascend by Cirium working as an aviation analyst and one at GE Aviation as an aeronautical engineer.
Jason developed an interest in aviation since a very young age where he would assemble and disassemble aircraft models.
He is an ‘avgeek’ who is passionate about the industry, especially on the leasing side of things.
Mohamed Rouass is a finance & accounting master’s degree graduate from the national school of trade and management, and succeeded CFA Level I. As always passionate for finance, Mohamed completed several theme related internships to strengthen his finance skills before joining ABL AVIATION. From conducting due diligence, credit and financial analysis on the bank’s corporate clients, to applying the IFRS conceptual framework on a peer of companies. He also managed the exchange risk of the USD/MAD and EUR/MAD, through a proposed framework, containing financial model VaR and hedging efficiency methods.
As a CFA program participant, Mohamed is willing to adhere to the standards of professional conduct and work ethics. Through the program, Mohamed consolidated his financial knowledge in corporate finance, and financial markets through studying portfolio management, debt and equity securities and derivatives. Furthermore, studying economics, quantitative methods, and reporting were to complete the sound program.
Mohamed successfully participated in the organization of important charity and cultural events. Particularly he was a key player promoting the Waay Association. Besides, taking part in numerous and different academic projects, such as building business plans and conducting strategic scouting, contributed to his personality build up.
Mohamed’s core competencies are; primarily financial analysis and secondary financial reporting credit analysis, risk measurement and management, working capital management and financial modelling.
With a forward-looking vision, Mohamed’s interest is always IT oriented as the IT integration into finance is immeasurable, pushing him to continuously assesses the potential impact of IT technology on the finance field, particularly in the aircraft leasing finance industry.
Working at ABL Aviation allows him to apply his theoretical background and professional experience into the aircraft leasing industry, conducting credit analysis for airlines. The industry of aviation was always at the core of his interests.
Dicky has joined the ABL Aviation Hong Kong team as a Junior Pricing Analyst. He is concurrently completing his studies in Investment Science and Financial analytics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Dicky has previous work experience completing internships with DZ Bank, Bank of China, Bank of Montreal and Fundpark Limited across a variety of risk and credit roles. During his internships he was able to use his Python and C++ skills to improve and automate internal risk processes. He hopes that his data modelling skills along with a keen eye for detail will help him to contribute meaningfully the Pricing and Debt team.
In his down time, Dicky loves playing badminton and along with being a member of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University team he has represented Hong Kong. He also volunteered at the 2015 Special Olympic Games in Los Angeles, helping the Hong Kong badminton team.
Dicky is excited to join the ABL Aviation team and keen to travel to the Dublin office once travel restrictions are lifted as he is a whiskey lover. Through his passion for Irish whiskey he has learned about Irish history and is looking forward to exploring the city.
Imane Elaskouri is a baccalaureate graduate in science from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This experience enriched Imane from a personal perspective, allowing her to better deal with cultural diversity.
Imane began her professional career at school as an administrative assistant for 7 months, where she learnt how to manipulate IT tools. She also worked at FAIZ EL-JIFRI Company as a requirement controller of building materials. Imane was specialized in
stone and asphalt controlling. Detecting whether these materials comply the required standards. During the 10 months trainee were proven to be important as she learnt several skills during this period.
Imane completed her studies in the Hassan II University in Casablanca, where she graduated in a bachelor’s degree in American Culture Studies. Imane started working at ABL Aviation as a data entry operator learning about asset management and aircraft leasing licence.
Nizar Najem is a Moroccan finance master’s degree from HEM Business School and IAE Lyon School of management , his school curriculum has allowed him to learn a lot regarding the world of business administration. Besides his studies Nizar completed internships that permitted strengthening his different soft and hard skills. Nizar had always an interest in both aeronautical industry and finances, hence his motivation to hold the position of Financial Analyst within ABL Aviation, his tasks consist mostly in aircraft pricing, analysing fund performance, preparing Net Assets Values, along with other basic tasks. At ABL Nizar is learning day by day the economics of aircraft leasing deals, working in parallel with all the other offices in the world. Dynamic and having a good relation-building ability and he is looking forward starting his professional journey and developing his career in the thriving environment of ABL aviation.
Outside the office, Nizar is passionate by cars and engines in general, he loves learning everything about this industry. He also enjoys sport and loves travelling and looks forward the opportunity to travel the World.
Desiree is Data Entry Specialist at ABL Aviation. In this role, Desiree gathers and manages data from various sources into ABL Aviation fully customized data management system and supports the transaction management department.
Desiree has more than 12 years of work experience in United Arab Emirates, working as Secretary in various departments. In these roles, she successfully completed general and administrative critical tasks, including project and documentation management.
She began her career as Administrative Secretary in Gulf Electronics Company, distributor of Philips, Siemens and Bosch products in Abu Dhabi, where she worked for over 4 years. In this role, Desiree was responsible for providing general office management support and administration support to the Human Resource, Administrative and Sales departments.
Desiree also worked at Eldiar Furniture Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Depa United Group, and one of the world’s leading providers of interior solutions as Administrative Secretary, specializing in Oracle and Aconex construction management software. She was promoted to Sales and Marketing Secretary, providing support to the marketing and sales team for 6 years. Desiree was in charge of maintaining the marketing database, creating and interpreting corporate reports for board sales presentations.
Desiree studied Information Technology, and Hotel and Restaurant Management in the Maritime School in Philippines. Currently, she is studying the Bachelor of Arts in English from AMA University, a 4-year degree program centered on the theoretical aspects and practical applications of the English language and literature.
Ali Ben Lmadani is the founder and CEO of ABL Aviation, an independent aircraft investment management firm focusing on commercial aircraft, and headquartered in Dublin, with offices in New York, Casablanca, Hong Kong, and Dubai.
Ali is a strong market leader and forward thinker in the aviation industry. In recent years, he has structured several aircraft transactions for private equity investors and family offices, developing financial models, sourcing debt, and providing in-depth technical support.