Appointed as Chief Executive in March 2014, Ben has lead the transformation of Souq Extra into the UAE’s leading community property developer, operator and investment partner.
Prior to landing in the UAE, Ben spent five years as Chief Executive of multiple private and public joint stock Kuwait and UK property development and investment companies held by the Al Khorafi family, including US$988 Million London listed RAK Real Estate Ltd.
Ben moved to Kuwait from London in 2008, where he was based as a Director of London boutique private equity firm TIC, specializing in UK residential real estate and infrastructure.
Before leaving Australia, Ben lead the Lend Lease Communities business in the Northern Territory, where he was responsible for delivery of the master planned communities ‘Fairway Waters’ and ‘The Chase’. He was formerly a manager with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments (‘LLREI’) and earlier in his career, an analyst in Corporate Insolvency at Deloitte.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Charles Darwin University in Australia, and served as an alternate Board Member on the University’s Foundation.
Ben is an active Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Institute of Directors in London, the Australian Property Institute, Australian Marketing Institute, and the US-based Project Management Institute.
Ben is married with a five-year old son.