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image of h.e mohamed ali rashed alabbar chairman of emaar H.E. Mohamed Ali Rashed AlabbarChairman
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H.E. Mohamed Ali Rashed Alabbar

Chairman

A global entrepreneur with active interests in high-value property development, retail, luxury hospitality, mining and commodities, Mohamed Alabbar is the founder and chairman of Emaar Properties PJSC.

Ranked second in the list of the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs – Leaders’ 2014 by Arabian Business, the leading regional business magazine, Mr. Alabbar is well-known for his pioneering role in positioning Dubai as a world-class city. 


He spearheads the growth strategy of Emaar, which has a presence in over 18 countries, with a focus on developing prime real estate, shopping mall and hospitality and leisure assets. Mr. Alabbar heads Emaar’s joint venture with Giorgio Armani to set up the Armani-branded luxury hotel and resort chain in key international destinations.


He is also the Founder and Chairman of Africa Middle East Resources (AMER), which unlocks the value of natural resource opportunities in Africa and links them with large consumer markets in Asia. He is a board member of Eagle Hills, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and real estate development company that funds and develops large-scale projects in high-growth international markets.


Mr. Alabbar is the Chairman of Tradewinds Corporation, a premier leisure and hospitality owner-operator in Malaysia, focused on developing world-class real estate developments in the country and Southeast Asia. He is also the founder and major shareholder of RSH, the leading Singapore-based pan-Asian marketer, distributor and retailer of some 60 international fashion and lifestyle brands through more than 70 outlets in over 20 countries.


Mr. Alabbar sits on the board of Noor Investment Group, an affiliate of Dubai Group, the leading diversified financial company of Dubai Holding. He is also a member of the Dubai World Expo 2020 Preparatory Committee. He was the founding Director General of the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), and served as a member of the Dubai Executive Council and Dubai Economic Council.


A graduate in Finance and Business Administration from the Seattle University in the US, Mr. Alabbar also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University, and serves on its Board of Trustees. A keen sportsman, Mr Alabbar is an active member of the UAE’s endurance horse racing community.

image of mr ahmed bin jamal bin hassan jawa director at emaar Mr. Ahmed Bin Jamal Bin Hassan JawaDirector
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Mr. Ahmed Bin Jamal Bin Hassan Jawa

Director

Mr. Ahmed Jawa, a Saudi Arabian entrepreneur, fits the profile of a true international business magnate with business experience in a host of different countries including the US, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.

Cutting his teeth in business on his own, Mr. Jawa was fresh from college when he established Starling Holding Limited, a global investment group that deals with private equity and direct investments worldwide (www.starlinggroup.com).


He is also the Founder of Contracting and Trading Company (CTC), which oversees investment opportunities and options in the GCC region and the Middle East. 

His expertise, professionalism and contribution to international business was underscored at the World Economic Forum in 1996 in Davos, Switzerland, where he was honoured as one of the ‘Global Leaders of Tomorrow.’


Mr. Jawa is credited with introducing a range of Walt Disney licensed products to the Middle East markets through the Disney-Jawa Enterprises, a joint venture between the Walt Disney Company and the Jawa family. Helming the joint venture as Chairman, he supervised the sales and marketing of Disney computer software, interactive multimedia, toys, home furnishing, personal care products, consumer electronics and English and Arabic videos in the region.


Mr. Jawa served as a Board member of Tricon Group, a US based oil and securities trading firm, from 1983 to 1991. He was also Chairman of Stallions Home Video LLC, a video distribution company in the Middle East, and successfully spearheaded the anti-piracy initiative in the region.


He is Board member of Emaar, The Economic City, Member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, a company listed on the Saudi Arabian stock exchange, and involved in the development of the Middle East’s largest private sector project – King Abdullah Economic City. He is Board member of Emaar Turkey and serves on the Board of Emaar MGF India.


Mr. Jawa is a Board member of Al Salam Bank and Member of the Executive Committee, a Bahraini publicly traded Islamic bank. He is also Board member of RAK Petroleum, an oil exploration company partly owned by the Ras Al Khaimah Government.


He has also served on the Boards of the Novapark Swiss Hotel Group and Mirapolice, an entertainment company that builds theme parks in France. He also served as Chairman of Coflexip Saudi Arabia, a joint venture with the French giant Elf Aquitane, which was only one of two companies in the 1980s involved in laying underwater pipes for crude oil transmission.


Mr. Jawa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of San Francisco.

image of mr jamal majid bin theniyah vice chairman at emaar Mr. Jamal Majid Bin Theniyah Director
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Mr. Jamal Majid Bin Theniyah

Director

Mr. Jamal Majid Bin Theniyah is Non-Executive Director and Vice Chairman of DP World Limited.

A UAE national, he joined Port Rashid Authority (PRA) in October 1981, becoming Assistant Managing Director of Dubai Ports Authority in 1991.  In 2001, he was appointed Managing Director. In 2005, during the merger of Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai Ports International, Mr. Bin Theniyah became the DP World Vice Chairman, and in October 2009 became Non-Executive Director and Vice Chairman.


Mr. Bin Theniyah is the Chief Executive Director of Port & Free Zone World, the holding company of DP World Limited, Economic Zones World (EZW) and P&O Ferries.


In September 2009 he was appointed Non-Executive Independent Director of Etihad Rail Company PJSC (Abu Dhabi).

Mr. Arif Al DehailDirector

Mr. Arif Al Dehail

Director

Mr. Arif Obaid Al Dehail currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Port Authority -Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation since Jan. 2017.

Mr. Al Dehail has extensive experience in international ports and terminal operations and management through his vast knowledge and leadership during his 27 years in port and maritime industry. 


He has held several leading positions in ports and maritime sector such as Chairman and CEO of P&O Ports between year 2014 & 2016, also in regulatory arm of Ports, Customs & Free zone Corporation as CEO of the Department of Planning & Development. DP World as Assistant Managing Director of DP World - UAE Region, and prior to that, Senior Vice President - DP World , Global Operations & Engineering and Acting Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Africa region. He also served on several key roles in DP World and Dubai Ports Authority as Chief Operating Officer of DP World - UAE Region.

Al Dehail has worked on several key projects in the UAE and internationally within the portfolio of DP World. He was actively involved in the master plan development of Jebel Ali port and future terminal phases planning for port expansion. He was a board member at DP World in Sukhna - Egypt in 2008. He was recognized as a valued contributor in the successful integration of DPA, DPI & CSXWT as well as P&O company merger in 2007. 

Al Dehail holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geo-Economics from UAE University -1989, and holds Diplomas in Ports and shipping Management from Singapore Port Authority and University of Delaware - USA; and a Diploma in International Program in Port Planning and Management jointly organized by University of New Orleans – Louisiana USA, and Port of New Orleans, Louisiana, and he has a Diploma- SEPME (Senior Executive Program) from Harvard Business School, Boston USA -2004.


Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin BishrDirector

Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

Director

Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr is Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity entrusted with Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Dr. Aisha also leads the creation of ‘The Smart City Index’ - the first-ever benchmark for smart city implementation across the globe in cooperation with ITU and the United Nations. As an acclaimed digital transformation and Smart Cities thought leader globally, she represents Smart Dubai in City Protocol Society, Smart City Expo World Congress and GSMA.


In addition to her responsibilities at Smart Dubai Office, Dr. Aisha serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils; The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s smart cities readiness index team; and the World Happiness Council where she heads The Council of Happy Cities. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Emaar Development, and was elevated to its Board in 2017.


Prior to her current role, Dr. Aisha served as Assistant Director General of The Executive Office, and has worked as the Assistant Undersecretary Ministry of Labour in her illustrious career. Throughout her 20-year experience in ICT development, Dr. Aisha has committed herself to humanizing digital transformation, from developing technologies to transforming human experiences. With the distinction of being the first executive woman to lead Smart City Launch globally, she has laid a robust foundation for upcoming talent and inspires youth towards nation building.


The incredible work of. Dr. Aisha is recognized globally. She has received numerous accolades which include, Excellence in Strategic Leadership Award 2017; ‘Outstanding Alumni Award 2017’ from The University of Manchester ME Centre; ‘Woman in Public Sector Award’ from Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum 2015; Community Service Medal 2013; and the Middle East Woman Leader in Corporate Management Excellence 2012. In addition, she has been felicitated by the Swedish Embassy, Trade Council, and Ericsson, in recognition of her role in implementing the Smart City Vision of Dubai’s leadership. 


Dr Aisha holds a PhD in Management, Science, Technology and Innovation and an MPhil in Policy and Research on Engineering, Science and Technology from The Manchester Business School. She is also a graduate of the ‘young leaders’ program organized by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development.

Mr. Abdulla AlawarDirector

Mr. Abdulla Alawar

Director

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar is the CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC).

In this capacity, he oversees the Centre's work and collaborates closely with DIEDC’s multiple stakeholders to implement the ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy’ strategy through enabling private and public sector organisations to innovate and promote sharia-compliant economic products and services ranging from Islamic finance to halal food and lifestyle, among others.

Prior to his current role, Al Awar was the CEO of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 2009 to 2012. During his eight-year tenure with DIFC that saw him hold various executive positions, he leveraged his exceptional skills in strategic planning, operational management and financial control to help develop DIFC into a global financial hub.

Under his strategic leadership, DIFC was ranked as the leading financial centre in the region for the years 2009-2012, demonstrating an average 13% client growth year-on-year, as well as improved efficiency and performance.

Al Awar has served as member of several committees and boards in Dubai including the Economic Committee of the Executive Council of Dubai, Dubai Free Zones Council, Bourse Dubai and the Investment Committee of the Emirates NBD Real Estate Fund.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, US. He is also a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development, an executive education program conducted in affiliation with Cranfield University, UK, IMD and INSEAD.

Mr. Adnan KazimDirector

Mr. Adnan Kazim

Director

Adnan Kazim was appointed Divisional Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation & Aeropolitical Affairs in October 2015.

He joined Emirates in 1992 as a Management Trainee and worked in different EK departments including ground handling agent Dnata and successfully leading the airline’s commercial operations in several major markets: U.A.E., Pakistan, East Africa and stations in Europe growing it from strength to strength over the years.


The Emirates Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation & Aeropolitical Affairs Dept. has a central role in devising the Emirates Airline strategy influenced by the Emirates Group corporate purpose and consists of 3 Departments: Strategic Planning & Market Research, Revenue Optimisation and Aeropolitical Affairs.  A brief summary of each unit’s core activities is provided below.


Strategic Planning provides a platform for strategic corporate decisions with regards to serving new markets, future investments in aircraft purchases, product enhancement and airport facilities. 


Market Research provides Emirates Group with its own in-house research capabilities. The unit functions in a consultancy capacity by providing research expertise in helping develop research plans for Emirates Group departments. 


Revenue Optimisation works to maximise revenue for the company by balancing market demand with scheduled passenger capacity, manages flights and group traffic, disseminates flight forecasts to various departments across the company and works towards optimising Emirates’ network revenue. 


This department also manages a number of strategic level partnerships, contract evaluation, financial due diligence, operational overview and relationship management relating to the codeshare partnerships.


Aeropolitical Affairs represents Emirates in government negotiations and air services talks, and is also the link to the various aviation trade bodies of which Emirates is a member.

Executive Team

Chris O’DonnellChief Executive Officer

Chris O’Donnell

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chris O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Development, joined the company in August 2017, bringing over 40 years of proven experience in property development, construction, property management and funds management.

Mr. O’Donnell was previously Group Director - Real Estate at Al-Futtaim leading the operations and expansion of real estate projects in the UAE, GCC and North Africa. Earlier, he was CEO of Nakheel responsible for the overall management of the company’s Dubai-based operations, and worked as Managing Director of Investa Property Group, a listed company in Australia. 


He also served as Managing Director of Leighton Property Funds Management, Capital Property Trust and Capital Property Group. He has held other senior executive roles with leading Australian organisations such as Lend Lease, Westpac and Leighton Group.


Mr. O’Donnell is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of Australian Property Institute and Affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. He holds a Diploma in Business (Real Estate Management) from Canberra Institute of Technology in Australia.

Sunil GroverChief Financial Officer

Sunil Grover

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Sunil Grover is the Chief Financial Officer of Emaar Development; he joined the company in March 2000.

Mr. Grover has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, budgeting, planning and reporting, and has worked as Senior Director – Finance at Emaar earlier. 


He is a Certified Public Accountant from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a certified Company Secretary from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).


Mr. Grover holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi in India.

Milosha MascarenhasSenior Director, Design

Milosha Mascarenhas

Senior Director, Design

Architect by background, Milosha Mascarenhas is the Senior Director of Design – Emaar Development.

With over a decade of experience in designing and overseeing large-scale mixed-use projects in the UAE and Oman, she joined Emaar in February 2015 as an Architect at the Chairman’s Office, responsible for managing projects and developments, mall operations & leasing, hospitality operations, customer care and marketing at the Chairman’s office. Subsequently, she was promoted as Project Manager, and now as Senior Director of Design. In her current role, she oversees the master-planning and design of mixed-use mega-developments as well as residential, hospitality and malls projects under Emaar.

Soon after graduation, Milosha started her career in Dubai with Woods Bagot, where she worked on the design of several large-scale mixed-use projects. She then joined RSP working on the front-end of design as well as assisting in Business Development and Marketing. She also led a team of consultants and designers on a large specialised project. 

Over the years, Milosha has worked on several landmark ventures as Senior Architect, Project Coordinator and Design Architect with proven strength in mixed-use developments as well as hospitality, healthcare and educational projects. 

Milosha has a Bachelor of Architecture from Goa University, India, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Council.

Walid KaramLegal Counsel

Walid Karam

Legal Counsel

Walid joined Emaar Properties in April 2007 bringing over 26 years of experience in international & corporate law and in litigation.

In his current role, Walid serves as legal counsel for the Company’s operations and businesses in Dubai and overseas, providing professional legal advice to the business. He leads commercial negotiations, contracts and Company litigation matters.

Walid is a member of the Beirut Bar Association since 1991. He is a fellow in the International Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ELI).

Walid holds LLB from Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut, Lebanon.


Fadi El BornoGeneral Manager, Joint Ventures

Fadi El Borno

General Manager, Joint Ventures

With extensive experience in supporting Emaar’s international project development portfolio, Fadi El Borno was appointed as General Manager, Joint Ventures at Emaar Properties in 2016.

In his new role, Fadi is responsible for the end-to-end management and execution of Emaar’s joint venture projects with Dubai World Central (DWC) and Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC). 

Fadi will work closely with various departments including development and projects, sales & marketing and finance to successfully deliver project completion and profitability against set targets.

Fadi joined Emaar in 2004, and was most recently the Managing Director of Emaar Middle East in Saudi Arabia. 

Fadi has hands-on experience in master-planning, strategic planning, business development and partner relationships. He played an instrumental role in developing the concept of King Abdullah Economic City, one of the largest real estate developments in the region by Emaar, The Economic City. 

He also worked for two years with several consultants on the Emaar Group strategy, which was later approved by the Board of Directors.


Bader HarebExecutive Director, Development

Bader Hareb

Executive Director, Development

Mr. Bader Hareb is Executive Director – Development and joined Emaar in August 2017.

He is responsible for the design, development, delivery and infrastructure-related functions of Creek Island at Dubai Creek Harbour.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hareb was the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Healthcare City, leading strategy and sustainable growth of the free zone. In his career, Bader held senior positions in reputable organizations within the real estate industry. He was Chief Property Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, spearheading large-scale investment projects in the MENA region and concurrently serving as Vice-Chairman at Sharjah Holding and The Wave, Muscat.

Mr. Hareb also served as Managing Director at Nakheel where he strategized and managed several projects and was instrumental as a member of the team that steered the real estate developer through a period of significant financial restructuring. At the beginning of his career, he handled projects at Mobily in Saudi Arabia and Etisalat. In addition, he has held board positions at Enshaa, Dubai, and Dubai Healthcare City Authority.

A native of Dubai, Mr. Hareb holds Executive Master of Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from United Arab Emirates University. He is a graduate of Dubai Leadership Program through The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Natalie BogdanovaExecutive Director, Malls Development

Natalie Bogdanova

Executive Director, Malls Development

Natalie Bogdanova is the Executive Director, Malls Development responsible for all development activities including design, construction delivery and retail tenancy delivery for the Dubai Mall, Dubai Hills Estate Mall, The Springs, Dubai South Mall, Zaabeel extension, Dubai Creek Harbour Retail District and all other retail and community malls within Emaar portfolio.

She joined the team to ensure close collaboration and partnership with all retail operational teams and leasing to bring the retail projects to successful completion.

Natalie is the former General Manager of The Dubai Mall and was responsible for the post-opening and operation of the mall for 5 years. In 2013, Natalie's role was changed to Senior Director of Business Development & Operations with focus on upcoming mall expansions and in the last two years Natalie was charged with international development in Emaar Turkey, responsible for the opening of the Emaar Square Mall Istanbul, the first Emaar mega-mall outside of the UAE.  

Natalie started her career with Emaar Properties 15 years ago in International Sales & Marketing, and shortly thereafter was spearheading Customer Care Centre as a Director of Customer Care, Property Handover, Property Transfer and Call Centre. She was also a member of the executive opening committee for Burj Khalifa.

Natalie holds a BA in International Business from Bournemouth University and a HND in Marketing from Dubai Polytechnic.

Johann SchumacherSenior Director - Development

Johann Schumacher

Senior Director - Development

A senior property development executive with a proven track record of strategic direction in master-planning and development of over 40 large-scale assets covering residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use precincts, Johann Schumacher joined Emaar Development as Senior Director – Programme Management in 2017.

Johann was previously Project Director – Development at Mirage Leisure & Development, responsible for building the project management team and driving the operations of a world-class development. 

He has worked as Vice President – Development at Oxford Properties in Toronto, driving the development and execution of strategic plans for a portfolio of Oxford real estate assets such as the masterplan for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Johann was Development Executive at Qualitas in Melbourne, mandated with analysing the development risk/opportunity of target investment assets. He has served as Managing Director of Palm Jumeirah Dubai, and in various roles including as Development Director, UK and Managing Director- Development at Multiplex Developments, where he was associated with many landmark projects. 

He also worked as Industrial/Commercial Development Manager at Walker Corporation, in Victoria, Australia, having started his career as Quantity Surveyor at Currie & Brown, Cameron & Middleton.

Johann has a degree in Construction Economics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Graduate Diploma in Project Management from the Victorian University of Technology. 

Craig Anthony GloverSenior Director - Development

Craig Anthony Glover

Senior Director - Development

With over 30 years of professional property development and project delivery experience in Australia, the USA, Asia, and Middle East; Craig Glover joined Emaar Development as Senior Director – Dubai Hills Estate in 2017.

He is responsible for the strategic development aspects of the 11 million square meter master-planned green oasis located centrally in the city.

Craig has proven experience in delivering commercial mixed use, hospitality, retail, residential, and infrastructure projects, having worked in senior executive leadership roles on mega-developments. Among his key achievements is the fast-track delivery of the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Previously, he was Vice President – Galaxy Entertainment in Macau. He has also worked as Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company in Mumbai, Delhi and Dubai, and as Senior Project Manager at Lend Lease Capella Capital Pty Ltd in Sydney.

In other career roles, he was Project Director of Okada Resort; Deputy Project Director at Hsin Chong Construction Group Ltd; Director of Construction of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; Senior Development Director at Posec Hawaii in Honolulu; and Senior Director at Hanmiparsons Co Ltd in South Korea. He has also worked in project managerial roles in Indonesia. Prior to starting his international career, Craig worked with major multi-national top tier contracting firms on a wide range of complex projects in Australia. Craig is a member of the Australian Institute of project management (MAIPM).

Craig has a Diploma in Project Management from the University of New England, New South Wales.

Philip ParisSenior Director – Development

Philip Paris

Senior Director – Development

A senior professional with over 20 years of international hands-on experience in mixed-use and hotel development across Middle East, European and Asia-Pacific regions, Philip Paris is a Senior Director- Development at Emaar Development. He joined the company in 2017.

Previously, he was Development Director at Majid Al Futtaim, working across hotel, mixed-use and shopping mall business units, developing project development briefs and ensuring innovative design of master-planned projects. He has led prestigious projects in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, Philip was Development Director at Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Australia, responsible for advising the government, CEO and board on the project business case, design and delivery for the Barangaroo redevelopment, a benchmark multiple award winning public and mixed-use city waterfront precinct.

Philip has also worked as Senior Development Manager at Sama Dubai; Development Manager at Provent Property Group in Australia; Project Manager at CGP Management, Australia; Project Manager at St. James Homes Ltd in England; and Contract Administrator & Project Manager at Intek Constructions Pty Ltd in Australia.

He holds a Bachelor of Building (Construction Economics) from the University of Technology, Sydney; and has completed postgraduate programmes from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Property Council of Australia, and Urban Development Institute of Australia.

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