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.
Ian has worked extensively throughout the United Kingdom and the Middle East, North and Southern Africa having been involved in projects in all of the Arabian Gulf Countries, the Levant, North and South Africa, GCC countries, plus Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Kingdom of Swaziland, Lesotho, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
For the last 20 years Ian has been based in the GCC, initially as an Associate Partner with a consultancy firm and later as the General Manager of a UAE focused Real Estate Investment Company. For the last 12 years he has lead the Valuation and Advisory teams of Colliers International MENA offices with P&L responsibility for the following teams in the Middle East and North Africa region; Valuations (residential and commercial teams), Development Solutions, Healthcare, Education, Plant and Machinery Valuations and Hospitality.
I have 15 years of experience in the field of real estate advisory. Prior to joining Colliers, I was a manager of transaction advisory services at Ernst & Young Saudi Arabia. During this period, I was involved in managing and delivering real estate assignments: feasibility studies, market research, best use studies, business plan, financial modeling, and business valuation.
I have vast experience in real estate and hospitality sector feasibility studies, covering some of the biggest projects in Saudi Arabia: 5 star hotels, furnished apartments, residential resorts, commercial malls, residential cities, office towers, commercial complexes, land use, e-real estate, and real estate financing.
Karim Helal started his career in banking in 1972 at the Arab African International Bank as Head of International Finance Department, later moving to Bahrain to establish the banks new OBU subsidiary following which he joined another regional bank based in Bahrain
as MD of the group operating in the GCC, South East Asia and London.
In June 2008, returned to Cairo as the group CEO of CI Capital Holding and has since led the company to new heights. Upon his arrival at CI Capital Karim initiated the launch of L.E 250 million SME focused private equity fund, and launched the CI Capital "Look East' initiate, positioning CI Capital as the financial partner of choice in Egypt for Asian companies . He led CI Capital investment banking deals and transaction which resulted in CI Capital becoming the best investment Bank in Egypt according to the Egyptian Stock Exchange and Global Trade Matters in 2010.
Published articles and interviews in Forbes, Oxford Business Group Reports, USA today, New York Times, Institutional investor, Middle East Finance, Euro Money Publications, MEED and Global Trade and Investment Report.
Currently chairman of ADIB Capital ( the investment banking arm of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in Egypt), MD corporate Finance at Carbon Holdings ,Chairman of Asia Egutp Business Association, member of the National Committee for State Assets.