Our Team

  • Hamid Kerayechian

    Hamid Kerayechian

    CEO & Founding Partner

    Hamid Kerayechian is the Co-Founder & CEO of Ayana Properties, which is part of the Ayana Holding group of companies, where Hamid is the CEO & Founding Partner.

    Hamid relocated from Southern California to Dubai in 2008 and over the course of his career served with some of the world’s most influential organizations. With over 17 years of robust experience in the luxury development space and a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Hamid is inspired by an innate sense of boldness, integrity and resourcefulness – qualities that he injects to all of his companies, projects and developments.

    Hamid infuses his companies with an essence of drive, growth and enterprise, which has enabled him to assemble a portfolio of the most prestigious global organizations. As an energetic and interactive leader, he prides himself on managing teams of highly motivated and experienced professionals, who play a fundamental role in the growth, development and delivery of the quality projects and companies that comprise Ayana Holding.

    Hamid believes that the quality and veracity of each project is enriched by explorative and open collaborations with all stakeholders, he says, “collective creativity enhances each endeavor, resulting in strong and distinctive solutions. Our inventive methods drive global brands to partner with us, cultivating and refining ideas for ambitious environments of all kinds.”

  • Mandana Dabbagh

    Mandana Dabbagh

    Managing Director

    Born and raised in London, with over 12 years of real estate experience, she has built a solid foundation of corporate and individual clients. She has a long record of successfully advising local and international clients with their real estate acquisitions. Early in her career, Mandana worked at Foxtons Estate Agents London in the prestigious Mayfair Park Lane Office. There she handled high net worth clients and received a great wealth of knowledge and training from the best in the industry, ultimately becoming a high achiever at a young age.

    In 2008 she relocated to Dubai and joined Hamptons International. Mandana became highly regarded as a specialist real estate expert within Downtown Dubai, and was the go-to agent to advise those looking to buy or rent in the area. Eventually, she positioned herself as a pioneer in selling Armani Residences as well as achieving success in Burj Khalifa. Throughout her tenure until 2016, one of her most rewarding accomplishments was the sale of a large plot of land for hotel use. Mandana spotted an opportunity to make use of her extensive London knowledge to assist foreign buyers purchasing properties in the UK, eventually deciding to dedicate her focus to UK property.

    With a passion for development and property from a young age, Mandana graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Economics from the University of London.

  • Shazia Shafi Esmail

    Shazia Shafi Esmail

    Associate Director-UK Sales

    Shazia Shafi Esmail is the Associate Director of UK sales for Ayana Properties. Born and educated in London, Shazia spent most of her childhood between the UK and Kenya and in 2005 she relocated to Dubai.

    Shazia is a Real Estate professional with over 13 years of sales, marketing and strategy experience across the GCC and UK markets specialising in both off-plan and ready new developments as well as existing refurbished properties. Ranked among the top UK agents in the GCC, Shazia is known for her extensive market knowledge. She excels at building and improving private client portfolios, ensuring year-on-year (YOY) increased growth, Return on Investment (ROI) and revenue.

    With a proven track record of consistent sales, repeat clients and referrals in the GCC, Shazia spends her time between the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and London. As a results-oriented and driven professional, Shazia has assisted in securing several large acquisitions for clients. With this, she provides end-to-end service and handles everything to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience, where clients can also expect full respect of their privacy on real estate transactions.

  • Rami Ibrahim

    Rami Ibrahim

    Senior UK Property Advisor

    Rami is a Senior UK Property Advisor at Ayana Properties. Coming from an Iraqi heritage, raised and educated in the United Kingdom, Rami is fluent in both Arabic and English. He has amassed over ten years of real estate experience and is well versed in the Prime Central London property market. This has led him to become a trusted advisor for individuals and families across the Gulf.

    Prior to relocating to Dubai, Rami worked in Central London catering to Gulf clients and their property requirements. His primary focus is working with VIP and UHNWI clients within the GCC. Rami is an extremely articulate and mature individual with a broad and extensive background across the real estate sector.

  • Usman Humayun

    Usman Humayun

    Senior Portfolio Manager

    Usman has over 15 years’ experience within the UK residential property market focusing on property investment and luxury owner occupier transactions, as well as development sales and building business relationships in both the UK and international markets. His primary focus is on targeting VIP and UHNWI clients within Qatar/UAE/Pakistan/KSA/Jordan alongside establishing relationships with all the major funds managers and international/ local brokers within the region as well as key local introducers/partners.

    Usman’s property market knowledge is outstanding which gives his clients the peace and assurance that they are buying an asset which suits their particular needs.

  • Joanna Liu

    Joanna Liu

    Wealth Advisor

    Joanna is Wealth Advisor for Ayana Properties, specialized in handling the investment needs of High Net Worth Chinese clientele, she provides her clients with strategic real estate proposals which maximize their return on investment and offer ease of transaction. Joanna had a record-breaking year of sales in 2018. She was based between Dubai and London where she built business relations between Dubai, London and China giving Chinese investors tactical investment options in the Dubai and London real estate market.

    Born and raised in Shanghai, she graduated from a major in Industrial Design from the Shanghai University of Engineering Science as well as a Certificate of Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Her expertise and professional perspectives on architecture, interior and art design helps clients get the right choices on their real estate investments.