Stars of 2018
Sat 22 Dec 2018 10:25 PM
Hamid Kerayechian

Industry: Diversified

Company: Ayana Holding

Designation: CEO and founding partner

Entrepreneurship runs in Hamid Kerayechian’s veins, having established a number of successful ventures under his firm Ayana Holding.

Along with chairman and co-founder Abdulla Lahej, the CEO and founding partner built the company into an internationally recognised organisation housing a group of leading businesses and investments across real estate development, architectural design and master planning, interior design, fit-out and furnishing, marketing, sales strategy, IT security and infrastructure, hospitality management, procurement, asset management, technology and starts-ups.

Kerayechian is responsibile for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations for Ayana Holding’s wide-ranging portfolio of companies which include VX Studio, Opaal Interiors, Detay Living, Detay Homes, ALT Technology, Brand Capital, Ayana Properties, Mount Kelvin, Nioum, Performaa, Wkrbay, Retail Boutique, Aquila Hospitality, Siren Digital, M2L Concepts and Manya Decor.

In just a few years, the company has reached diverse markets, with ongoing projects in the Middle East, UK, Europe, North America and Asia. But Kerayechian is not stopping there, telling Arabian Business his mission is to grow Ayana Holding into the most recognisable brand across real estate, an industry he is personally passionate about.

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Having receiving his Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of South California, Kerayechian relocated to Dubai in 2008. Over the course of his career, he has served with some of the world’s most influential organisations. He has been recognised as one of Dubai’s Most Influential People, one of the Most Inspiring Leaders in the Middle East, one of the Most Admired Leaders of Asia and as CEO Middle East’s Young CEO of the Year.

Additionally, Kerayechian is regularly featured in highly acclaimed publications, sharing his insight and experience regarding architectural design, master planning, developer-led design, real estate development and investment. He has built a solid reputation particularly for incubating new business models. Kerayechian’s initiatives and market insights are widely admired by peers, while his opinions and expertise are highly sought after.

As the force behind a number of companies, Kerayechian believes in personal dedication and passion. Being a hands-on leader, he also believes equal commitment to all projects is of utmost importance.

“The most imperative policy for driving a company forward is the vision you must have for the future. It’s vital to commit oneself and have the passion to carry out what you set out to do,” Kerayechian says.

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With contagious enthusiasm and passionate belief in his employees, Kerayechian inspires his staff to become stronger and more valuable contributors to his organisation. He emphasises that the successful future of the group fundamentally depends on its people.

“Good leaders focus on the bigger picture. In a leadership role, it’s important to manage people in a way that brings out the best in them. Aligning my team towards a unified goal and allowing them to take ownership of their role in the company is how I empower my employees.

“I’m not linear in the way I run my business, I think outside the box and I believe this has contributed to my success. Overall, as Ayana Holding continues to flourish as an organisation, I see myself as the captain of a fast-moving ship that’s heading in the right direction,” he says.