Shafi Syed joined Jumeirah in August 2016 as the group chief development officer.
He is in charge of Jumeirah’s global growth and leads the group’s development team and the development strategy. Reporting to Stefan Leser, group CEO, Shafi brings over 25 years of development expansion experience across diverse hospitality sectors, including hotels and branded real estate, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He joined Jumeirah Group from Trump Hotels where he was regional vice president of development and acquisitions. He previously held senior positions in development and operations at Wyndham in London and Dubai, and Taj Hotels in India. Shafi is a graduate of the Institute of Hotel Management in Bangalore and holds an Advanced Certification in Real Estate & Hotel Investments from Cornell University, New York. He is a dual citizen of the UK and India and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.