John Davis

John Davis

Chief Executive Officer | MENA Region

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Professional Summary

John, a British national, has over 30 years of property related experience and 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.

In 1996, he was appointed as a Director to the company's main board with responsibility for the company's Property Management activities throughout Southern Africa. John was instrumental in Colliers International entering 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 & Facilities Management Director, prior to his appointment as Managing Director in 2000.

In 2001, he transferred with Colliers International to the UAE to drive the growth of Colliers International’s business across the Middle East & North Africa region. Based in Dubai, John currently holds the position of regional CEO for the company which now operates 6 (six) regional offices offering a full range of professional real estate related services across the MENA region.

John is a member of the Colliers International Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) board, as well as Colliers International’s Global board. In addition to the above positions, John is also the board sponsor for the Colliers International EMEA Real Estate Management Services Group and a member of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Advisory Board.


John has previously held positions on the boards of 2 (two) Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed property funds, as well as the Middle East Council of Shopping Centre’s and the investment committee of a UAE Real Estate Development Fund.

In June 2009, and again in March 2011 John was listed in the Expat Power 50, a list of the top ranked expats in the Middle East region, in 2013 and again in 2014 he was recognised as one of the Top 50 most influential Brits in the UAE according to Arabian Business.


T2 (Electrical Engineering)

MAP (Wits Business School - Johannesburg)


Memberships & Involvements

  • EMEA - Board Member
  • IGC - Board Member
  • CI Property Consultants Inc. (CIPC) - Board Member
  • Quantity Surveying and Cost Consultancy Company MENA Region - Chairman
  • Arabian Travel Market (ATM) - Advisory Board Member 


MENA Region Retailers, MENA Region Shopping Mall Owners and Developers, MENA Region Financial Institutions, Middle East Sovereign Wealth Funds

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