Ahmed Janahi Group Chief Executive Office
Ahmed Janahi was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Hotels Group in October 2023. Ahmed served on the board of Gulf Hotels Group since June 2016, and he was a member of the Board Executive Committee and the Board Investment Committee.
Ahmed has over 24 years of professional experience in the fields of investment management, strategic and financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, asset management and development. Prior to joining Gulf Hotels Group, he held several senior leadership roles at the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, including Senior Director - Private Markets overseeing private markets investments across all asset classes and strategies, Vice President of Investments overseeing real estate and hospitality investments in Bahrain and globally. He also served as an Acting Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Real Estate Investment Co (Edamah) in 2011.
Ahmed currently serves as a Vice Chairman of Bahrain Family Leisure Company. Representing Gulf Hotels Group, he is a board member in Bahrain Airport Hotel Company, Paradise Realty Holding Company and Injaz Bahrain. He has also previously chaired the board of Southern Tourism Company and has held key board positions in various companies including Cranemere Group, Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain, Marina Durrat Al Bahrain, Southern Area Development Company and ARC Logistics.
Mohamed Al KayedDeputy Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Al Kayed is a recognized Bahraini professional in the international hospitality industry with over 10 years’ experience in business leadership, operations, hotel development, asset management and strategic advisory. With a BSc in Managerial Accounting from New York Institute of Technology and a Hotel Leadership Certificate from Cornell University; his passion lies in building and empowering resilient teams, driving organizational change to accelerate growth and deliver stakeholder value. Additionally, he became the first Bahraini to win Business Elite’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Award. In November 2023, he was appointed as a Board Member in Bahrain Family Leisure Company’s Board of Directors.
Charbel SarkisChief Financial Officer
Charbel holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Melbourne Australia, MCIPS Diploma from the UK, MFC from the USA, he is a Licensed Arbitrator from the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre; coupled with professional studies and conglomerate experience, in Projects' Management, Information Technology, and Property Development.
He was previously assigned as Advisor to EWA, General Manager for RFM of Reef Island, Deputy Chairman for a large Kuwaiti family group and others in UAE, Qatar, and Kuwait. Before moving in 2006 to the GCC, he sharpened his skills and strengths in M&A, DD and Business Engineering in the MENA and Central African regions.
He brings along thirty years of international nine digits’ business value exposure, within a variety of industries, mostly in Hospitality, Real Estate & Facility Management, ERPs & Online Collaboration Systems, and Logistics & Supply Chain; his roles ranged from leading Mergers & Acquisitions, General Management, Financial Management, Advisory, Strategy Development, Business Modelling, and Shared Services Centers.
On the other hand, Charbel constantly dedicates time and effort to the Lebanese Diaspora activities in the GCC and North America.
Shaheed ElaiwiDirector of Finance & Board Secretary
Shaheed Elaiwi has a Masters in Commerce from Bhopal University and B.com from Delhi University. Shaheed started his career in the hospitality industry in 1992 with the Hilton International as management trainee and made his way to assistant FC then promoted to the role of Financial Controller in 1996.
When Hilton moved from Bahrain end of 2005, Shaheed led the team in the final closing of the books and successfully handing over the hotel to the new operator then proceed for the pre-opening of a new Hilton hotel in Beirut/Lebanon. In mid-2006 moved to work in the main office of Hilton International in Dubai in the role of Area Internal Auditor. In July 16th 2007 joined The Gulf Hotel as Financial Controller and currently hold Director of Finance and Board Secretary in Gulf Hotels Group.
Roshan TennakoonTechnical Services Director
Over 30 years of experience in hospitality industry, having worked in Sri Lanka and Middle East held various key positions in international hotel chains such as Ramada, Le Meridien, IHG and Accor Hotels.
Mr. Tennakoon has vast knowledge and experience in Facility Engineering, Renovations and MEP Projectsincluding Fire Life Safety, Sustainable Development and Waste Management.
He is a pioneer member of pre-opening five-starhotels in Sri Lanka, UAE, Doha and Bahrain.
Shuvendu BakshiDirector of Projects
Mr. Shuvendu Bakshi PMP, is an architect and a Project Management Professional who brings with him 25 years of experience in serving the building industry. His architectural education is from Bengal Engineering College under the University of Calcutta, India; and PMP from PMI, Pennsylvania. He had initially worked in the design offices of well-known consultants – designing hotels, palaces, religious buildings, luxury villas and apartments. Later he moved into Project Management and Construction Management and has successfully managed the design and construction of numerous hotels and other commercial and residential buildings. He had been working in different countries of the Middle Eastern region for the past 23 years.
Mr. Bakshi started working with the Gulf Hotels Group in June 2015 in the position of Director of Projects. He is entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing all construction related activities including Architecture, Interior Design and Civil projects that are undertaken by the Gulf Hotels Group. Mr. Bakshi manages his own team and also looks after all procurements relating to construction and refurbishment works. His involvement and responsibility ranges from creating the initial project charter to handing over of the completed building.
Amit PuriDirector of Human Resources & Development
Amit Puri has been appointed Director of Human Resources & Development for Gulf Hotels Group. Prior to joining GHG, Amit has worked with Marriott International since 2014 and brings with him over 17 years of experience in core facets of Human Resources and Talent Management.
Amit hails from India but since young age, he periodically spent years residing overseas with his family in Europe and Asia that developed his interest in hospitality and holding part time jobs during his school years gave him a wider perspective of people and culture. He saw the opportunity to combine his zeal for travel and hospitality that led him to his university studies in Hotel Management. Amit commenced his career in 2001 with Food & Beverage, Hyatt International, before discovering his passion in Learning, Development & Human Resources Management. He has worked across India & Middle East, facilitating various training and HR roles for hotels and contract services establishments. Amit moved from Abu Dhabi to Bahrain in 2013 with Kempinski Group as the Director of People Services soon after the opening of their hotels Grand & Ixir, Bahrain City Centre. Amit played a pivotal role in driving organisational change when these hotels were converted to Westin & Le Meridien brands in 2014.
Besides his love for travel, Amit is an avid technology enthusiast and is a keen student of Middle Eastern culture.
Fatima BahloolDirector of Marketing and Communications
A Bahraini national, Fatima is a Communications professional with 13 years’ experience in the fields of Strategic Marketing, Advertising and Branding. Fatima holds an MBA (CIM) from London South Bank University in Marketing Communications and a BA (Hons) in Corporate Communication from Richmond University, London. Prior to joining GHG, she served various senior positions in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is now appointed to the newly created role of Director of Marketing and Communications in the Group to overlook and manage its vast business portfolio.