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Mr. Farhad Azima

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aviation Leasing

World Affairs Councils of America

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World Affairs Councils of America

Background Information

Employment History

The Collins Companies


HeavyLift Group


Buffalo Airways


Aviation Leasing Group


Board Member

Board Member
Palm Pictures

The Wings Club

Conquistadores Del Cielo

Commercial Advisor
Rolls Royce Plc

Board Member
Leadership - United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce

Board Member
Julaybib Research Associates

Board Member
Center for Cooperative Research

Board Member
Indian Springs State Bank

Global International Airways


Bachelor of Arts degree

Political Science and Business Administration

William Jewell College


Political Science and Business Administration

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Mr. Farhad Azima, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aviation Leasing

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Farhad Azima, an Iranian-born aviation millionaire, who gave between $250,000 and £500,000 to the Clinton Foundation, is also facing a potential legal battle in London's High Court connected to the alleged bribe.

Azima, 74, denies any wrongdoing and has indicated that he will defend the UK claim. He is countersuing his accusers in the US alleging he is the victim of an extortion attempt and dirty tricks campaign, which includes the hacking of his personal emails.
The legal papers claim that in return for introducing Rakia to three Iranian businessmen who wanted to buy the hotel, Khater Massaad, then chief executive of Rakia, agreed that Azima would receive a 5 per cent commission.
In a statement to Spinwatch, Massaad denied 'he ever illegally received monies from Mr Azima'.
Lawyers for Azima are countersuing Rakia in the US accusing it of hacking his personal emails in order to extort money from him. The claim alleges that after Azima's attempt to negotiate a settlement between Rakia and Massaad he was warned he would become 'collateral damage'.
Bell Pottinger, who act for Rakia, said it considered Azima's US claim to be 'baseless and an attempt to distract attention from his own conduct'.
The CIA, Azima and Iran
Behind the bribery claims is a story of international intrigue, shadow cold war warriors, secret offshore accounts and sanctions.
Azima arrived in Kansas from Iran in 1962 to study. He came from a prominent Azeri-Iranian family and became a naturalised US citizen in 1979.
In 1984, Azima formed Aviation Leasing Group (ALG) and expanded operations through the Middle East and Latin America. ALG had an UK office on London's Park Lane, where Azima lived. His company was a client of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers leak.
As his cargo business grew, the CIA is said to have secretly approached Azima to ferry arms around the world. An ALG plane leased to a company owned by his brother was involved in carrying arms to Iran as part of a wider covert operation to buy back western hostages. The CIA then illegally diverted money from the arms sales to fund anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
Azima denied all knowledge when the so-called Iran-Contra scandal imploded in 1986 during the Republican administration of Ronald Reagan.
In 2009, Azima tried to facilitate meetings between Bill Clinton and the ruler of Ras al-Khaimah in return for a donation to the Clinton Foundation.
It was in RAK that Azima met Massaad, who from 2007 to 2012 was chief executive of Rakia, the sovereign wealth fund.
Azima is an individual donor of between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which was set up after former president Bill Clinton left office in 2001.

USACC Certificate of Appreciation [cached]

USACC Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Mr. Shahin Mustafayev, Mr. Valeh Aleskerov, Mr. Galib Mammad, Mr. Farhad Azima, Mr. Mahir Iskender

Mr. Farhad Azima
Mr. Farhad Azima, Chairman Aviation Leasing Group and USACC Director The award was presented to Mr. Azima in appreciation of his years of service in the improvement of relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan.

HeavyLift International Airlines | Our People [cached]

Led by industry pioneer and aviation entrepreneur, Chairman Farhad Azima, the company prides itself on its well-trained crews and maintenance personnel, and contributes to the growing employment base in the U.A.E.

Executive Management Biographies Farhad Azima - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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