Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

21-22 September 2020 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E

Speaker profile

Sanjeev Agarwala

Group Chief Operating Officer

Sanjeev Agarwala is the Group Chief Operating Officer of Al Habtoor Group (AHG).

He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and board member of AHG’s Hospitality, Real Estate, Education, Car leasing and Audit divisions.

Managing a multibillion-dollar real estate portfolio comprising 2,000 luxury lifestyle residential units in the UAE — and over 700,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space in the emirates and abroad — Mr Agarwala is responsible for structuring Al Habtoor Real Estate and all its operational aspects including sales, leasing and facility management. He also oversees AHG’s investment and acquisitions in real estate and hospitality.

Among his key achievements is the record-breaking transition of four hotels under the Habtoor Hospitality portfolio, from Marriott International management to Hilton, devised and guided by him.

In 2016, Mr Agarwala was Chief Strategy Officer at Meraas Holding. Joining Meraas as Vice-President of Funding and Investments in 2014, he looked after funding for mega projects such as Dubai Parks, Blue Waters, La Mer, Al Seef, and Bvlgari Hotel. He was instrumental in leading the IPO and Rights Issue of Dubai Parks, and in various other syndicated loans and raising of private equity.

Prior to that, Mr Agarwala held executive positions such as Group CFO, and Director of Strategy & Business Development for 17 years at Al Habtoor Group, besides key positions in Habtoor Hospitality. He started his career at ITC Limited in India and later worked for Sarova Hotels in Kenya.

An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Mr Agarwala’s core strengths include fund raising in equity and debt capital markets, private equity, investments, derivatives, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has a proven track record of leveraging his financial and accounting skills to develop and implement business strategies successfully.

His excellent relationships with local, regional and international commercial and investment banks provide a value-add.

Mr Agarwala holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant in India, Certified Public Accountant in the United States, a public speaker and erstwhile faculty member at Becker CPA in Dubai Knowledge Village.