InPicture: UAE Brits List 2014 - Property and Hospitality
The second edition of the Arabian Business Brits List throws the spotlight on the most influential British expatriates currently living and working in the UAE
10. Nicholas Maclean
\nCBRE Middle East
\nAfter joining real estate firm St Quintin as a graduate in 1987, Nicholas Maclean was appointed head of the firm’s professional services department in 1995, becoming partner in 1996. Following St Quintin’s merger with Insignia Richard Ellis — which created CBRE — he became head of the rating and taxation department and a member of the city business team management board. In 2001, Maclean left the CBRE London office to take up an international role within the firm, concentrating on the development and expansion of cross-border European valuation advisory services. In 2004, he was appointed managing director of CBRE Middle East and he currently is leading the firm’s initiative to grow operations in the Middle East. Maclean is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the Institute of Rating, Revenue and Valuation (IRRV). Headquartered in the US, CBRE is widely considered to be the world’s biggest real estate services firm, offering asset services, brokerage and projects advice to its global portfolio of clients.
12. Alan Robertson
\nAlan Robertson has been in the top job for JLL in the MENA region since June 2011. He is responsible for the firm’s operations across the Middle East and North Africa, comprising over 110 professionals in five offices in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Before relocating to the Middle East, he was the managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle in Turkey, a position he held from 2008. Prior to this he worked in the commercial property markets in the UK from 1983 to 2008 and was head of Scotland for Jones Lang LaSalle as of 2005. He was made a partner in Jones Lang Wootton (now Jones Lang LaSalle) in 1989. Educated at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, Robertson has a post graduate Diploma in Land Economy (Dip LE) and an honours degree in Science (BSc Hons). He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).
16. Robert Swade
\nChief Development Officer and General Counsel
\nRobert Swade joined Jumeirah Group in October 2005 as general counsel. He was promoted to the position of group chief development officer and general counsel in December 2012.
\nHe is responsible for the group’s strategic expansion plan and for securing new hotel opportunities and overseeing and managing the Group’s development, design and technical services process. In addition he provides legal advice and guidance to the board of directors and to the senior management of Jumeirah Group. In particular, Robert has extensive experience of advising in relation to the development, management and operation of hotels.
\nAfter qualifying as a solicitor at a City of London law firm, he moved to Dubai to work for an international law firm. After four years, he moved in-house, initially to a Middle East telecommunications company as director of legal affairs and then in October 2005 to Jumeirah Group.
19. Safi Qurashi
\nBritish property developer Safi Qurashi won his freedom two years ago after being found not guilty of cheque fraud charges, and was released from jail after serving a two-and-half-year sentence. Qurashi went on hunger strike for seven weeks before being released from jail, and used the verdict to call on UAE authorities to amend regulations regarding bounced cheques. He now heads up Q Group of Companies, a new Dubai real estate holding company, which plans a series of new development projects and investment vehicles worth around $200m.
32. John Davis
\nJohn Davis has well over a quarter of a century of property-related experience and is presently regional CEO for Colliers International, which now operates four regional offices. Davis joined Colliers International in 1994 from one of South Africa’s leading financial institutions as general manager — finance for the company’s Property Management Division. Davis was instrumental in Colliers International entering into the facilities management arena across Southern Africa and in 1998 a new division of the company was formed with him assuming responsibility for both divisions as the property and facilities management director, prior to his appointment as the company’s managing director in 2000. In 2001 he transferred with Colliers to the UAE to drive the growth of the firm’s business across the Middle East region.
37. Jason Myers
\nGeneral Manager, Group Food & Beverage
\nJason Myers joined the Jumeirah Group in May 2012 as operations director of Jumeirah Restaurants, and took over as general manager of Jumeirah R&B after its launch. He was recognised for the significant changes he has made in the hotel chain’s F&B operations.
\nIn the last year, Jumeirah has moved towards supporting ‘independent’ restaurants, and stand-alone venues — hence the launch of Jumeirah R&B, which will take the company in a new direction with its F&B offering. In addition to his role as GM of Jumeirah R&B, he is also managing director of Jumeirah Restaurants, the group’s dedicated restaurant small business unit. This is made up of its managed and international franchise restaurants, comprising: Caprice Holdings (including The Ivy, Rivington Bar and Grill, Scott’s at Etihad Towers); The Noodle House.