Alya Almehairi


Alya commenced her Food & Beverage career with Jumeirah Group shortly after completing her BA Degree in Marketing from The American University in Dubai.

Starting in operations at the Rivington Bar & Grill in Souk Al Bahar, her role evolved to managing both the restaurant and bar in the larger branch located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Shortly afterwards, she moved to ‘The Restaurant Group’ (TRG) where she utilised her knowledge and skill set supporting Jumeirah Group develop new concepts and bars.

She then moved to London for a year to complete her Masters Degree from Hult International Business School where she acquired a Masters in International Business.

Upon her return to the UAE, Alya joined the Expo 2020 Food and Beverage team where she remained for over three years managing a diverse portfolio of caterers from contract management to event time operational planning. She also supported operations in the Expo Pavilion Premier for three months in early 2021.

Professor David Russell

Co-founder and CEO

Michelle Harbour

Office Of The Chairman

James Johnson

Head of F&B Design and Operations

Darren Moore

Country Director (United Arab Emirates)

Charlotte Harbour

Head of Nutrition

Peter Russell

Chairman's Representative & Chief Technology Officer

James Ellerby

Senior Consultant

Neil Johnson

Non-Executive Director

Robert-John van Exter

Food & Beverage Consultant

Deborah Cordiner

Senior Consultant

Memory Mambo

Senior CAD Technician / BIM Manager

Sue Creed

Operational Senior Consultant

Michael Sebti

Senior Design Consultant

Private: Michael Greenwold

Food and Beverage Consultant

Private: Patrick Dukes

Design Consultant