Abdul Majeed Ismail Al Fahim, Chairman
As Chairman of Dubai Pearl, Abdul Majeed Ismail Al Fahim drives the company’s long term strategic objectives, representing its key industry, civic and philanthropic constituents, and providing leadership to the Board of Directors.
In addition to Dubai Pearl, Al Fahim heads several enterprises as Chairman. Prior to Dubai Pearl, Al Fahim was Executive Director of the Private Office for a member of the Abu Dhabi Ruling Family. He has also held several key positions at at leading financial institutions in the Middle East, as Senior Management Member in National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Vice Chairman at Islamic Financial Consultancy (Bahrain) and Head of Projects and Direct Investment at Abu Dhabi Investment Company.
Santhosh Joseph, President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph has over 20 years of management expertise developing and executing new investment strategies and driving the growth of various companies he headed. Joseph took over the Dubai Pearl project and has planned and successfully executed a revival plan, including the redesigning and rebuilding of the project.
Lawrence Elms, Principal Advisor
Elms has more than 25 years experience in international senior development and investment positions which most recently included that of CEO of Tejoori Ltd, an independent Islamic investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to this, Elms was the CEO of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC)’s land corporation. He also created the development concepts for one of Dubai’s most ambitious project - Business Bay. Elms is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.
Anthony Liddiard, Chief Executive Officer - Rmal Hospitality
Liddiard has spent nearly 30 years in the region and brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of Rmal Hospitality. He held several senior multi-disciplined positions within the Intercontinental Hotels Group during his 23 years tenure including: Area Vice President Sales and Marketing Middle East and Africa General Manager in several key properties, and Director of Operations for UAE and Qatar
Masood Hassan, Senior Executive Vice President - Planning and Commercial
Hassan has over 35 years of experience in finance; he held several senior positions in reputed organizations in the region. Hassan was among the key finance people who oversaw the execution of Phase I and II of Dubai International Airport expansions and has also worked on Jebel Ali Airports City’s Master Development Plan. He participated in the establishment of internal audit function at HH The Ruler’s Court, Govt. Of Dubai and was the Financial Advisor on various projects for Surouh Real Estate in Abu Dhabi.
Raghad Madanat, Senior Executive Vice President - Legal Affairs
Madanat is a lawyer with over 16 years of experience, highly exposed to several corporate structures and has handled the legal affairs of various local and multinational companies in the UAE and Jordan. Madanat has extensive experience in the various divisions of law, mainly in the field of development and real estate, telecommunication and corporate/commercial matters with general litigation and arbitration practices.
Ayman Bou Khzam, Senior Vice President - Design Management
Ayman, Senior Vice President, is serving as the Head of Design Management of the Project. Ayman holds Masters Qualification in the discipline of Architecture and Urban Design from INBA University, Lebanon. He has eight years experience in design management, construction finishes, architecture, interior design and landscaping. During his career, he worked as Technical and Design Manger in major construction projects in the Middle East. These Projects include ARAMCO (Arabian American Oil Company) Community Centre in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Free Zone at Abu Dhabi International Airport
M Jayachandran, Senior Vice President - Finance
Jayachandran is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership on finance, accounting, contracting, and reporting activities. With a track record stretching more than 25 years in multinational and multi-divisional environment, Jayachandran has an extensive experience in strategic business planning and analysis, financial restructuring, project evaluation, treasury, public issues, and forex management. He also has an in-depth understanding of International Accounting Standards.
Academically a gold medalist, MJ is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and MBA from India and a Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA) from UK. He also has a Masters in Economics (MA), Masters in Commerce (MCom) and Bachelors in Law (LLB).
Ravi Shivdasani, Senior Vice President - Corporate Governance & Audit
Shivdasani is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since 1983 and has worked extensively in India, the Middle East, Canada and the US. Shivdasani articled with PriceWaterhouse and has worked with Ernst & Young. PriceWaterhouse, McKinsey & Company as well as many large reputed local Groups including WJTowell in Oman and Al Futtaim in the UAE.
Shivdasani forte is Corporate Governance and Change Engineering. His current assignment is to streamline Business Process by introducing policies and procedures as well as structuring, defining and putting into place elements of Corporate Governance. He is also an essential member of our Core Team that handles Investor Relationships.
Syed Irfanullah Hussainy, Senior Vice President - Program Management
Hussainy has over 20 years of experience in managing construction activities and is an expert in the industry in the UAE and the region. Prior to joining Dubai Pearl, he was the commercial Director for the Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (SCADIA) and head of planning for the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Dubai. Hussainy is also one of the leading trainers in Project Management in the UAE.
Sushil Kurian Pilo, Senior Vice President - Integrated Community Management
Pilo is the founder of Mindserve, a subsidiary of Pearl Dubai FZ LLC, mandated to create a state-of-the-art working environment within Dubai Pearl. He spearheads the operations of five divisions in facility management, technology, lifestyle management, property management, and content/data management.
Pilo has previously held senior executive positions and has successfully implemented challenging projects in a spectrum of industries across the US, the UK, the UAE, CIS countries and the Far East.
Samson Joseph, Vice President – Technical Services
Samson has over 30 years of experience in Hospitality, Commercial, Mixed Use, Engineering Projects and operations with core strength in Technical services. He had been with Engineer's Office of His Royal Highness managing Projects technical services and FM operations of over 120 facilities of varied nature. Samson has worked as client's representative and Director Technical services for developing and managing Hospitality projects associated with Starwood, Le Meridien, Kempinski and Dusit brand operators in the region.
Abdel Naser Taha Al Ahmad, Assistant Vice President – Project Operations
Abdel Naser is the Assistant Vice President for Project Operations for Dubai Pearl. With a history of experience in finance and commerce, Naser is well positioned to manage business processes for the development of Dubai Pearl. His current responsibilities include supervision of project document management systems, maintaining government relations, administration of site office operation and assisting in construction related commercial and financial projects.
Anas Zerqieh, Assistant Vice President – Client Management and Administration
Anas has over 10 years of experience working in the hospitality and international real estate development sectors where he gained a great experience dealing with VIPs, government officials and high profile clientele. At Dubai Pearl, Anas is mandated to manage the Client Relationship and Administration Department. He is holder of an MSc International Hotel Management from the University of Surrey – UK.
Declan McNaughton, Assistant Vice President – Sales
Declan has over fifteen years experience in both senior sales and director positions, with 6 years spent within Blue Chip corporate companies before moving into property development 11 years ago. Educated in Canada, Declan moved to Europe to commence his career and held positions at Price Waterhouse Coopers as a Senior Consultant in the E-security division and Senior Sales Consultant at CISCO Systems both in the UK. A move to Cyprus followed as Director Co-Founder of DND Developments, an award winning niche property developer before arriving in Dubai in 2008 with the position of Sales Director at Engel & Voelkers.