Our Team

Senior Team

Harmen De Jong

MANAGING PARTNER
SECTOR EXPERTISE: HOSPITALITY

Harmen is a Senior Advisor at TCN GCC and a Partner in Knight Frank’s Development Consultancy service line. He has advised Clients on optimum investment strategies pertaining to capital projects with a combined value of over USD 100 Bn. in geographic markets such as the Middle East, Asia, CIS, and South America on behalf of investment funds, real estate developers and hotel management companies. He has been based in the Middle East since 2006 and has been involved in a number of large scale mixed-use projects with leading real estate developers and (semi) government authorities. His strengths include real estate development strategy, feasibility assessments, highest and best use analyses and he is a well-versed financial modeler. The size of projects he has advised on vary from standalone hotel resorts to large townships with an anticipated population in excess of 30,000 inhabitants. His key responsibility with TCN is to grow the firm’s Development Management service line in the region. In addition to Dutch, his mother tongue, he is proficient in German and Indonesian.

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Kaveh Samsamy

PARTNER
SECTOR EXPERTISE: MASTER PLANNED DEVELOPMENTS, RESIDENTIAL, MIXED-USE, COMMERCIAL, LIGHT INDUSTRIAL

Kaveh is a Partner at TCN GCC and responsible for the Development Management service line. He has delivered projects totaling over USD 2.5 Bn. in gross development value for blue-chip international real estate developers in various GCC markets. He has extensive knowledge in master-planned mixed-use communities, high-density residential developments, and greenfield residential villa community projects.
His key responsibility with TCN is to execute the firm’s development advisory projects and serve as point-of-contact to Clients in the region, providing strategic development advisory services with a Client-side business approach. Kaveh holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a concentration in international development.

Omar Talih

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
SECTOR EXPERTISE: INFRASTRUCTURE, MIXED-USE, COMMERCIAL, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, HOSPITALITY

Omar has 30 years of international experience in the real estate and construction industry, 24 of which in the MENA region, in initiation, planning, execution and delivery of large-scale programs. He gained diverse and direct in-depth knowledge across a wide range of demanding responsibilities, as a contractor, consultant, real estate developer and client. He established comprehensive management processes and tools, led PMO’s and DMO’s as well as real estate development and construction companies to successful program deliveries in multiple GCC markets.

Jad Bardawil

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
SECTOR EXPERTISE:  MIXED-USE, RESIDENTIAL, HOSPITALITY

Results-oriented development manager with over 16 years of experience having a diverse background encompassing roles as real estate developer, client representative and a contractor. Led the family real estate development company that has been operating since 1968, for 8 years, overseeing all aspects of project development and delivery. Worked with two construction management companies (client representatives), managing projects of different scales, including villas, high-end residential buildings and a hotel with budgets varying from USD 5-Million to USD 200-Million.

Hamid Kia

SENIOR ADVISOR
SECTOR EXPERTISE: RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, HOSPITALITY

Hamid is an accomplished and effective senior executive in Real Estate Development with more than 36 years of experience, including 25 years international Real Estate, Property Development, Master Development, Investment Management, Construction and Hospitality experience managing Companies, Divisions, Projects, managing budget, driving growth, reducing cost, proposing investment opportunities and P&L accountability.

Adrian Jonklaas, CFA

SENIOR ADVISOR
SECTOR EXPERTISE: RETAIL

Adrian brings a wealth of real estate consulting experience to TCN GCC especially where it involves financial and scenario analyses. As a previous head of consultancy of a GCC based real estate advisory company, he also brings valuable insights into the consulting process, having been a career consultant himself. In that capacity, Adrian is involved in the overall quality assurance process. Over a decade of consultancy, Adrian has worked on hundreds of feasibility and highest and best use studies including prestigious master planned developments such as Yas South and The Wave as well as single tower projects such as the Taj JLT, resorts such as The Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, and shopping malls such as Bahrain City Centre. Having worked with the majority of tier 1 shopping mall developers in the region, Adrian was an early member of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, a speaker at retail events, and a contributor to retail industry publications. He is a CFA charterholder and has an MBA from the Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University.

Alexander Haex

SENIOR ADVISOR
SECTOR EXPERTISE: LIGHT INDUSTRIAL

Alexander is a Director with 20 years of experience in Port and Industrial Zone complexes in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, succeeding in senior management roles with leading multinational companies and flagship projects. He has a proven track record in strategy development, commercialization / implementation with accountability for key business results. He successfully managed multicultural teams that consistently exceed targets.
During his tenure with Sohar Industrial Port Company, KIZAD and ADPC, Alexander has spearheaded the development of logistics and maritime clusters. These clusters featured warehouses, offices and other supporting real estate components. Given his involvement in light industrial FMCG clusters in the UAE and Oman, Alexander Haex is well placed to provide strategic input into the development process of any logistics, light industrial and maritime developments.

Sam Sidiqi

SENIOR ADVISOR
FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: STRATEGY & REORGANISATION

Sam Sidiqi is the Chairman and Co-founder of Silk Road Mining and Development in Afghanistan. For 7 years Sam was CEO of listed real estate companies in the Middle East; RAK Properties listed in Abu Dhabi and NREC listed in Kuwait. Before that he spent 8 years at Agility Logistics working in M&A, strategy, and operations across a number of Agility’s global locations. Sam started his career at Bain and Company in Boston as an Associate Consultant.
Sam is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained an MBA from the Wharton School with a major in Strategic Management and an MA from the School of Arts and Sciences. He is a Palmer’s Scholar, a Fellow of the Lauder Institute Global MBA program and an alumnus of the Arabic international program. Sam is also an alumnus of MIT where he obtained Bachelors degrees in Economics and Political Science after which he spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt.

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Why TCN GCC?

We are a niche Development Management service provider and our Senior Partners bring a combined 75 years of project delivery and execution experience to our Clients

As former senior and ‘’C Suite’’ employees of blue-chip GCC Developers, we provide our Clients with access to ‘’best in class’’ development systems and processes

We formulate bespoke project delivery solutions for each Client and provide the attention to detail commensurate with a niche service provider

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