STEERING COMMITTEE

Behind AWAR’s success is our dedicated team of experienced leaders, drawn from multiple sectors of the aviation industry including major airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions, law firms and professional services organizations. We share a passion for the advancement of women in all aspects of the industry, and an unwavering belief that by engaging with our male and female industry colleagues, we can drive real change.

FIONA SCOTT

Talent Acquisition Advisor, CDB Aviation

AWAR Steering Committee Member

Fiona Scott has spent the last 15 years in the industry in a range of commercial, talent acquisition and executive search roles. She is currently assisting CDB Aviation in identifying and attracting high performing talent to support the rapid expansion of their international platforms.

Prior to that, Fiona was a Senior Consultant with Horizon Executive Search specialising in the aircraft leasing and financing sector and successfully leading search and recruitment campaigns across all industry functions such as C level, Marketing, Legal, Trading, Risk, Finance etc.

Fiona is a member of the AWAR Steering Committee, a founding member of PropelHer and a recipient of the Airline Economics 2018 40 Under 40 Award.

An honours graduate in International Marketing & Languages from Dublin City University, Fiona spent her early career on the pilot recruitment, ferry flight delivery and Electronic Flight Bag sides of the industry.

Mehtap Cevher Conti

Partner, Hogan Lovells

AWAR Steering Committee Member

Mehtap Cevher Conti is a partner at Hogan Lovells, where she concentrates her practice on asset finance, particularly in the aviation and transportation industries. Her broad-based experience includes working with clients on secured debt and export credit agency supported transactions, revolving credit facilities, leveraged leases, operating leases, portfolio acquisitions, and asset-backed structured financings and securitizations for commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, aircraft operating lessors, and airlines. She also advises clients in the purchase and lease financing of corporate aircraft and helicopters.

Ms. Cevher Conti frequently handles finance transactions that involve multiple global jurisdictions. She has been recognized in The Legal 500 US for Aviation/Air Travel Finance, as well as in Euromoney’s Expert Guides for Aviation.

Ms. Cevher Conti received her BA from Koç University in Istanbul and her JD from Boston College Law School. She is a native of Turkey and is fluent in Turkish.

ANYI LEE

Director, Global Structured Dept – Transportation, Citigroup

AWAR Steering Committee Member

Anyi Lee is a Director in the Global Structured Debt group at Citigroup based in New York.

Anyi focuses on the aviation sector, originating, structuring and advising on financing and strategic transactions for US and international airlines, leasing companies, manufacturers and buy-side aviation investors.

Since joining Citigroup in 2014, Anyi has worked on numerous industry award winning transactions across the full spectrum of structured products including Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETCs), Aircraft ABS, structured equity sales, term loans, warehouses and secured revolvers. Prior to joining Citigroup, Anyi was an Associate in the Aviation Capital Markets group at Deutsche Bank.

Anyi is a member of the Advancing Women in Aviation Roundtable (AWAR) Steering Committee and the Women’s Bond Club of New York. Anyi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Political Science from Duke University.

TARUNA HASRAJANI

Senior Manager, Hubs and Gateways, American Airlines

AWAR Steering Committee Member

I have always been fascinated with numbers, growing up I loved helping my friends with math, statistics and accounting problems.  Coming from small family owned business background, I would say I inherited the financial and strategic skills J.  While I never thought of joining Airline industry, interestingly I got the job offer after my MBA from US Airways (right after US Airways and America West merger) as Sr. Financial Analyst.  I must say Airline industry is very dynamic, has its unique challenges and there’s never a dull moment.  Surviving through two mergers, there’s always opportunity to learn something new and exciting in the Airline world.  In my tenure at American Airlines, I have had privilege to work with great leaders, mentors to support Food and Beverage, Sales and Marketing, Admin Finance, Reservations and now Airports as Finance liaison in my role as Senior Manager, Hubs and Gateways.

In 2018, I had wonderful opportunity to join American Airlines Women’s Leadership Team as Treasurer.  I am very pleased to be part of the team and help with the great cause. Outside of work, I love playing UNO with my 6 and 4 year old, watching movies, and dancing.  

ImpactfuL AWAR EVENTS

Unique opportunities for real engagement – across gender and seniority lines

AWAR events seek to educate and enlighten, providing unique opportunities for engagement with our industry colleagues. Roundtable exercises set the stage for meaningful dialogue and learning through shared experiences.

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