Talal Jassim Al-Bahar, Vice Chairman of International Financial Advisors, Chairman and Group CEO of

  • Since 1987, International Financial Advisors has become one of the largest investment companies listed on the KSE (Ticker:IFA). IFA has also been listed on the Dubai Financial Market since 2005
  • Talal is also the Chairman & CEO of United Investments Portugal

Joe Sita, CEO of IFA Hotel Investments

  • More than 30 years of hotel management, development and investment experience
  • In charge of IFA Hotels & Resorts’ acquisitions and its extensive operational hotel, commercial and condominium ventures
  • Founding CEO of Nakheel Hotels and formerly EVP development at Carlson Hotels

Patrick Smith, SVP, Asset Management, IFA Hotel Investments

  • Since joining IFA Hotels & Resorts in 2004, Patrick has been a pivotal founding member of the company, moving across to IFA HI in 2010
  • Schooled via The Savoy Group's Management Training Programme in London with five additional years consulting with PKF and HVS International

Simon Hasdell, VP, Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

  • Simon is responsible for the operational asset management of IFA HI’s full hospitality portfolio, including its hotels, beach clubs and stand-alone F&B outlets
  • With over 35 years of hospitality experience, Simon has spent two decades in senior leadership roles for Hilton Worldwide, and in Abu Dhabi for both Aldar Properties and, most recently, TDIC overseeing a complex multi-use portfolio of leisure and hospitality businesses
  • Simon has worked on three continents in 10 countries and is a graduate of London Business School

Waleed Abudayeh, Vice President - Finance, IFA Hotel Investments

  • Waleed joined IFA H&R in 2007 bringing over 15 years of experience in real estate finance, acquisitions and capital raising across the GCC, Canada and the United States
  • Moving across to IFA HI in 2011, Waleed heads the finance department overseeing all of IFA HI’s operational assets across Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US
  • Waleed holds a title of Chartered Public Account (CPA) from University of Illinois