TALAL JASSIM AL-BAHAR
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TALAL JASSIM AL-BAHAR

VICE CHAIRMAN AND CEO, IFA HOTELS & RESORTS

Chairman of one of the largest investment companies on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, with a market capitalisation of US $1 billion, Talal Jassim Al-Bahar is well versed in the investment sector with a degree in business studies from Loyola Marymount University and experience as the chairman of the Kuwait Invest Holding Company and positions at the Jeezan Holiday Company and Al-Deera Holding Company.


His financial acumen has found a profitable outlet in the global expansion of IFA Hotels & Resorts from its origins in the Gulf to become a powerhouse from North America and Europe to Asia, the Indian Ocean and in to Africa.


His most recent deal has involved partnering with the Kuwait Real Estate Company and United Investments Portugal for a US$315million financing and acquisition deal for the new Yotel property in New York City — at 669 rooms, the largest hotel opening there this year, and the first hotel under the brand outside of an airport site that is expected to become the blueprint for future expansion in city centres.


In addition, the agreed financing of $115 million for its Fairmont Palm Jumeirah project in Dubai, structured and arranged by Standard Chartered Bank, has fast-tracked the hotel opening to next year, reviving confidence in the emirate’s real estate sector — construction is also well underway on the Kingdom of Sheba development on The Palm Jumeirah.

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ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
PRESIDENT AND CEO
SARMAD N. ZOK
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
BANI HADDAD
VP DEVELOPMENT — MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
SAMI NASSER
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER
PASCAL DUCHAUFFOUR
AREA VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
H.E. KHALID AHMED BIN SULAYEM
DIRECTOR GENERAL
H.E. MUBARAK HAMAD AL MUHAIRI
DIRECTOR GENERAL
RICHARD RILEY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
AMINE MOUKARZEL
PRESIDENT, SVP AND MD
ENG. AHMED AL-EISSA
GENERAL DIRECTOR FOR LICENSING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
ULRICH T. ECKHARDT
PRESIDENT MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
MOHAMMED ARKOBI
MANAGING DIRECTOR
MICHAEL SCULLY
MANAGING DIRECTOR — HOSPITALITY
SIMON CASSON
REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER
PATRICK HEUZE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
TALAL JASSIM AL-BAHAR
VICE CHAIRMAN AND CEO
PETER FULTON
MANAGING DIRECTOR
ALAN LEIBMAN
PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
JAMES PRINGLE
ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
JOE SITA
PRESIDENT
David Roberts
Executive vice president operations Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
DARROCH CRAWFORD
MANAGING DIRECTOR
HUSSEIN HATATA
VICE PRESIDENT - HOTELS DIVISION
PETER BLACKBURN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SAMI AL-ANSARI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PAM WILBY
COMPLEX GM
CHANTEL MOORE
GENERAL MANAGER
SIEGFRIED NIERHAUS
MANAGING DIRECTOR
FADI MICHEL MAZKOUR
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
TAREK EL SHERIF
MANAGING DIRECTOR
DAVID THOMSON
REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER
ABDIN NASRALLA
VICE PRESIDENT
SIMON COOMBS
PRESIDENT AND CEO
VICTOR LOUIS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
RON HILVERT
MANAGING DIRECTOR
PAUL ARNOLD
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND INDIAN OCEAN