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The Company enjoys constant support from its parent company on the strategic and operational fronts, as Mr. Sawiris, Mr. Bichara Dr. Tooma, and Mr. Hanafi, ODH’s Chairman, CEO, CFO and Legal Counsel respectively, sit on the board of OHD, in addition to Abdelhamid Abouyoussef, ODH Chief Hotel Officer who is responsible for all the hotel portfolio of the Group including OHD.
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Mr. Ryan is a pioneer, leader, innovator and visionary in luxury resort and residential development.
For more than twenty years he has consistently broken new ground and raised the bar for what is possible. His unique abilities have enabled him to partner with people who are all recognized as the very best in their fields, convincing them to risk their reputations with him as they work together. Whether it is Greg Norman for Golf design, Eric Ripert for food, Nick Bollittieri for Tennis, La Prairie for Spas, Jean-Michel Cousteau for environmental programs, Ritz-Carlton for hotels and service.
Similarly in the fields of finance; Blackstone Group, Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Scotland, Mitsui Sumitomo and others chose to work with Mr. Ryan through economic cycles, good and bad, because he gets the job done. His most recent project in London, Lloyds Chambers, where he has partnered with former Treasury Secretary John Snow, Fosun and Aviva is another example of his ability to see value and act on it to secure outsized returns.
Mr. Ryan is based, through his company Silverfin Development in Grand Cayman, and has been involved in projects from Canada to Costa Rica, London to Vietnam. He is prominently known in Cayman for his charity work having, for the past ten years, been the main benefactor of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, raising funds for this charity through the now famous annual Legends Tennis Charity Event. He was Chairman of the Cayman Islands National Investment Council, and has been on the boards of the Private Finance Initiative Oversight Committee, the Cayman Islands Investment Council and the Planning Review Committee.
After receiving his Diploma in economic engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in 1980, Mr. Sawiris founded his first company, National Marine Boat Factory. In 1996 he established Orascom Projects for Touristic Development and in 1997 Orascom Hotel Holdings, the two companies that later merged to form Orascom Hotels & Development S.A.E. (OHD). He has served as CEO and chairman of OHD since its incorporation. Furthermore, Mr. Sawiris established El Gouna Beverages Co. in 1997, which he sold in 2001 when it was the largest beverage company in Egypt. He also serves as chairman or as a member of the board of a number of Orascom Development subsidiary companies.