Meet the Team

Tags: Nova, bermuda, software development, capital markets, consulting, business analysis, Reinsurance

Our most valuable resource is our people.  We have carefully selected a team of eighteen strong talented individuals and we take the time to continually develop skills and keep up to date with the latest technology.  Our typical Senior Developer is someone with 10+ year’s development experience and strengths in engineering, architecture and the .NET framework.  A passion for on-going learning and development is also a must!

Sandra De Silva - Managing Director & Chief Software Architect

Sandra is the Founder, Managing Director and Chief Software Architect at Nova, a Bermuda based software engineering company providing bespoke development to the reinsurance and capital markets industry globally.  She has participated in the systems architecture of a number of billion dollar reinsurance startups and has driven the innovation and execution of large enterprise software systems, including assisting global Silicon-valley start-ups in taking ideas from concept to market execution.  Sandra is the founder and president of the Bermuda .NET User Group, a not for profit organization providing free education and networking for the software engineering community whose scope exceed beyond .NET into alternative technologies.  She is an executive council member at the Bermuda Insurance Institute and part of the initial core organizing committee for the Bermuda Insurance Institute.   Sandra is fully engaged in assisting Bermuda’s sustainability and business development growth by working with Bermuda Government via the ECAB, GIS and as a past council member at the National Training Board. Sandra was also recently elected as Chair of the Technology Leadership Forum and is a vocal advocate for technology advancement.

Zelia Amaral - Director 

Zelia Amaral is a Director of Nova and has over 27 years of insurance and accounting experience including senior Finance, Regulatory, and Compliance roles within Ironshore Insurance, ACE Group of Companies and Cooper & Lines, Chartered Accountants. Zelia obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration from Acadia University, has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 1995, and became a member of the Institue of Directors in 2013. Zelia also utilizes her financial acumen within the community; she was a member of the Measurement and Metrics Committee for the SAGE Commission, which was a Spending and Governement Efficiency Commission setup by the Government of Bermuda to assist with bringing costs down, and was also on the St. Patrick's Church Finance Committee from 2006 to 2014 including having served as Chairperson.  

Roxanne M. Franks - Executive Assistant

After several years in the Hedge Fund arena, Roxanne now provides support to the Company as the Executive Assistant to its Directors. She started her career with The Bank of Bermuda Limited (now HSBC Bank of Bermuda) as the executive secretary to the Manager of the Mutual Funds' area which allowed her to learn many aspects of the Alternative Funds business. She went on to head the Investor Relations departments in both Cayman Islands and Bermuda and later returned to her roots by providing assistance primarily to the CEO of a local hedge fund administrator but also to other Senior Managers located in Bermuda, New York and Canada. Most recently, Roxanne was the Executive Assistant to two independent directors while also providing fund administration services for a small number of clients as well as overseeing the operation and maintenance of their office.