Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019

AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

2018 Session

International Investment Opportunities

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Extensive Management expertise in the global market, with a focus on Sales & Marketing projects and M&A assignments. Strategic & Turn around management with clarity in vision and strategy, leading to tangible results. 25 years experience in hotel operational consulting & sales with a focus on database management based customer loyalty programs and hotel reservation systems in the global market. Formerly focused on emerging markets, leveraging extensive entrepreneurial expertise in Europe, India, China and Brasil. Since 2011 responsible for the Hotel Brokerage & Consultancy expansion for Colliers International in the EMEA region.  Specialties: Multi country assignments, Strategic Marketing, International Business Development, M&A assignments; Turn around management; Hospitality consultancy and financial assignments.

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Mr. Fardan has more than 8 years of experience in corporate real estate in Dubai, and the UAE as well as Europe. 

He has a wide-range of valuation experience as well as local market knowledge. 

Mr Fardan's specialist field is in Real Estate and Real Estate related transactions and has closed a number of successful transactions in both UAE and Europe.  Mr. Fardan holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from The American University in Dubai and a Certified Diploma in Real Estate Management from Dubai Real Estate Institute.

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Since 2011, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT), M. Imad BARRAKAD greatly contributed in the development of the national tourism sector.

In fact, M. BARRAKAD worked effectively in the implementation of tourism projects within the National Strategic Vision 2020, which aims to make of the Kingdom among the top 20 destinations worldwide.  Various projects were launched in order to diversify the final product that the Kingdom offers as the city of leisure and culture of Rabat and Casablanca, the Leisure City of Tamaouanza (Agadir), the Resort Desert Dakhla, Morocco's Cultural Theme Park in Marrakech etc…. It is to note that SMIT has also strengthened its support role of investment in the sector by restructuring Beach resorts in Morocco.

Also, upon his arrival to SMIT, M. BARRAKAD strengthened the promotion actions of the company through an active participation to international events dedicated to the promotion of tourism investment in order to boost and maintain the investment attractiveness of the destination Morocco for tourism investment. Prior to joining SMIT, M. BARRAKAD was the head of Sales and Marketing at the Moroccan National Office of Electricity, an experience which equipped him with a good field knowledge. M. BARRAKAD has a global experience in project management and financial planning. In the past few years, he had also extensive interest and involvement in social marketing as well as project development. M. BARRAKAD is an industrial engineer and has a Master degree in Project Management.

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Mr. Rahul Chaudhary is the Executive Director of CG Corp | Global which is a multinational conglomerate with an exceptional legacy of 140 years and 4 generations. Spread over 30 countries and with a work force of over 10,000, it is the Himalayan Republic of Nepal's first and only company listed on the Forbes list of Billionaires since 2015 valued in excess US$2.5 Billion comprising over 90 companies that produces world class products and brands.

CG Corp | Global’s notable areas of interests are FMCG, Hospitality, Finance, Banking, Electronic and Home appliances, Cement, Real estate, Education, Energy, Biotech, Retail to name a few. CG is also the brain behind the famous Wai Wai brand of noodles.

Rahul heads CG Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality wing of CG Corp | Global. His forte lies in forging strategic alliances in established as well as emerging markets, which assists in the growth and development of the company. CG Hotels and Resorts has a proud history of successful joint ventures in the hospitality sector with esteemed partners and owns some of the most iconic assets globally with some of the leading hospitality brands over two decades such as Taj, Alila, Jetwing, Radisson, The Farm and its own brands The Fern, Summit and Zinc. CG Hotels & Resorts portfolio comprises of over 100 hotels & resorts in 20 countries and 65 destinations with over 6000 keys. By 2020, the portfolio is expected to grow to over 200 hotels and 10,000 keys.

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Ahmer Naushad has over fifteen years of global experience in real estate and hospitality strategy, investments, and asset management. In his current role as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, he oversees Gencom investments in the Caribbean, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Gencom, Ahmer completed successful tenures with prestigious firms including Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners/Trimont Real Estate Advisors, Miral Asset Management, Kingdom Hotels Investment, PKF Consulting, Istithmar World, InterContinental Hotels and Hilton Hotels. 

Ahmer has a thorough understanding of major gateway cities and destination leisure markets. He has a hands on appreciation of asset classes including hotels, resorts, branded and unbranded residences/condo hotels, F&B and retail, offices and integrated mixed-use developments. 

With core expertise in investment management, he is experienced in all facets of the real estate/hospitality investment cycle, including portfolio and single asset transactions, debt and equity funding, design and development, investment appraisal, asset management, operations and stakeholder management. He holds an MBA in Investments from the Washington State University; a BA in Hotel Management from Austria; and a post graduate certificate in Real Estate from Cornell University. He is also a Certified Hotel Asset Manager (“CHAM”) designee.