LEADERSHIPWe are helmed by a dynamic leadership team that values traditional ethics and innovation in equal measure. With decades worth of experience in all facets of the real estate industry, our team prides itself on consistently delivering over and above our clients, partners and stakeholders’ expectations.
Founder, Managing Partner
With a passion for structure and design, Maher Sweid laid the foundation for his professional career when he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in New York. From there, he joined DEPA, one of the world’s premier interior contracting companies and a global top-five industry leader, honing his skills in all aspects of construction - from the drawing board to site management. In 2006, Maher Sweid graduated with honors from Columbia University, New York, with a Master of Science in Real Estate Development. Having developed both a theoretical and practical understanding of the real estate industry, he founded Sweid & Sweid and has been successfully leading the company as Managing Partner for over a decade.
Mohannad Sweid is the founder of DEPA, one of the world’s premier interior contracting companies and a global top-five industry leader. He began his career leading and managing top interior consulting and interior contracting companies in the United States and Middle East. In 1996, Mohanned Sweid established DEPA Interiors, which through numerous acquisitions and partnership became part of DEPA United Group. Under his leadership, DEPA grew to employ over 10,000 people in fifteen countries and is renowned today for excellence in delivering large-scale, landmark projects. With his rich experience and expertise, he plays an integral role in guiding Sweid & Sweid through his position as Chairman.
Partner - Sweid & Sweid America
In his role as a Partner, Tom is responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing development opportunities and investments in the United States. He oversees all aspects of Sweid & Sweid’s US developments with a focus on providing joint-venture equity for multifamily and industrial projects. He works closely alongside the Managing Partner to identify and select opportunities, ensuring Sweid & Sweid’s reputation for quality and value is maintained. Tom has over a decade’s worth of experience in deploying capital and managing assets globally, and holds a Master’s Degree with honors in International Real Estate from Florida International University and a degree in Economics from the University of San Diego in California.
Alistair McMillan has a wealth of experience in both property and business development, investments, entrepreneurship, and, as the Managing Partner and Owner of renowned international architecture firm, Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG), he has a passion for the design and delivery of high-quality buildings.
Working closely with Maher Sweid, Alistair leverages his extensive knowledge of property development and portfolio management, built up over a period of 35 years, to ensure Sweid & Sweid continues to provide value to investors through projects and ventures. In addition, a key area of focus for Alistair is to uncover new opportunities in the U.S., helping to build the brand reputation and contribute to the emergence of Sweid & Sweid as a trusted and respected developer in the market.
Director – Business Development & Investor Relations
In his role as Business Development & Investor Relations Director, Wassim leads Sweid & Sweid’s business development strategy throughout the MENA region. His focus is on sourcing new investors for the firm’s growing real estate portfolio and institutionalising the investor relations process.
Wassim works alongside the existing Sweid & Sweid investor-base, as well as initiating new opportunities for raising capital for future projects. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Middle East market spanning over twenty-five years with numerous multinational organizations.
Debbie manages the Sweid & Sweid financial and accounts departments, taking responsibility for critical items including cost control, budgetary analysis, and payments. She reports directly to the Managing Partner, providing timely and accurate information, analyses, and reports, while advising on strategic decisions targeted at maximising profitability for the company and its investors.
A key focus for Debbie is the streamlining and optimization of the department in terms of procedure and output. This includes implementing best international practices of standards and procedures geared towards contributing to the long-term financial sustainability of Sweid & Sweid as a best-in-class developer.
Debbie has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting, and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Director of Development
In her role as Director of Development, Vicki takes charge of managing the development process from concept design through to handover. Facets of her role include managing the complete design process, overseeing consultants, tracking budgets, and orchestrating the tendering procedures across numerous projects within the Sweid & Sweid portfolio.
Vicki also takes responsibility for administrating contractual agreements pre and post-handover, which include Agreements for Lease and Lease Agreements for multinational clients. She graduated with honors from Queensland University of Technology in Australia with a double degree in Architecture and the Built Environment.
Director of Development - Sweid & Sweid America
Brook is tasked with overseeing the US development pipeline and uncovering opportunities for new projects. He monitors Sweid & Sweid America’s project performance during construction and manages the relationships with local operators. With a rich depth of knowledge and experience of the U.S. real estate market, Brook is a highly respected and trusted professional, and has an extensive track record in the hospitality and multifamily sectors.
Director of Construction
As Sweid & Sweid’s Director of Construction, David is tasked with overseeing and managing all facets of construction and delivery on site – ensuring Sweid & Sweid standards are continued to be upheld. Integral components of this role include cost management, contractor and consultant management, and client representation. Drawing on his contracting background, David is able to drive projects forward, making certain that all parties have the information, support and motivation to achieve the quality demanded by Sweid & Sweid.
David has extensive experience in the delivery of high-end projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including a series of five-star hospitality developments, a university campus, medical facility and a number of embassies. His outstanding track record and knowledge provides Sweid & Sweid’s clients and investors with the reassurance that the finished product will be delivered to the quality and standard expected.
Director of Asset Management
Anastasia oversees the performance quality of all Sweid & Sweid-owned assets under management. Reporting directly to the Managing Partner, she monitors sales and leasing targets, develops business plans, and supports the business by making recommendations for future property solutions in line with the overall strategy.
Key elements of her role include conducting feasibility studies, market research and competitor analysis to ensure Sweid & Sweid properties retain their long-term value and performance. She also works alongside the sales division to identify potential new clients, key occupiers and partners for the business.
Marketing and CSR Director
In her role as Marketing and CSR Director, Rawa oversees the development, implementation and execution of marketing plans for the organization. In addition, she is also responsible for raising awareness of the organization's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and mapping out current and future programs in line with this commitment. Rawa has a bachelor's degree in Marketing from McGill University in Montreal.
Associate Director - Investments
In his role as Associate Director – Investments, Arjun provides market research, financial modelling, reporting and other support functions for all Sweid & Sweid projects and investments. He takes responsibility for underwriting, structuring and managing real estate investments in the UAE and the US and provides valuable insight for strategic and investment decisions.
He works closely with the senior management to provide due diligence and key market data relating to prospective investment and development opportunities, playing a vital role in the effective structuring of projects - conducting pre-development exercises such as due diligence, planning, budgeting, reporting, financial analysis, consultant oversight, and coordination. Arjun has a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Sales & Leasing Manager
Josh is the Sales & Leasing Manager for Sweid & Sweid. His role encompasses managing the sales team and providing mentorship, leadership and training to ensure targets are met and buyer experiences are maintained. Josh also meets tenants, clients, and potential buyers, showing them around the properties and explaining the unique features and benefits of living or leasing within a Sweid & Sweid development.
He also works alongside external brokerages and agents, assisting in negotiations, maintaining client relationships, and ensuring that all external salespeople have the necessary tools and information to perform their roles. Josh has more than a decade’s worth of experience in sales, providing for an exceptional level of knowledge for assessing market conditions.
Prashant Poojary is the Accounts Manager at Sweid & Sweid, overseeing and managing all areas of Sweid & Sweid’s finances, in addition to providing strategic analysis for the senior management team to help determine project success, company profitability and future development opportunities.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in the world of finance and accounting, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai in India.
Human Capital & Administration Manager
Alaa is responsible for managing the Human Resources department at Sweid & Sweid. Key elements of his role include the development and implementation of Human Capital strategies, government relations, and policies & procedures, ensuring these are well aligned with the vision and mission of the business.
As a proactive, experienced, and enthusiastic team member, Alaa works closely with the senior management team to formulate company training programs and oversees personnel development, performance reviews, and the hiring process. Alaa has an International Diploma in Business Administration from Oxford International Academy.
Juan De La Garza
Juan Carlos is responsible for analyzing development and investment opportunities in the United States. He works closely with the Partner of Sweid & Sweid America by providing detailed market research, financial analysis, reporting, and continuously offers valuable insight for strategic and investment decisions. Juan Carlos has a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a degree in Architecture from Monterrey Institute of Technology.
Moayad M. Nofal
Moayad assists in managing projects for Sweid & Sweid, providing oversight on the development schedules and budgets, while ensuring the Sweid & Sweid quality and standards are constantly maintained.
With more than 10 years’ experience as a site engineer, Moayad has helped deliver numerous projects across the region. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Construction Project Management from Heriot University in Dubai.