MANAGEMENT TEAM

Meet the team

It takes a lot of people to bring the dream of a 50-million-square-foot development to life. With the vision of the two partners firmly in place, this is the management team working to transform those ideas into a fun, safe, thriving community.

Khalid Al Zarooni

President

A Board Member of the Emirates Cricket Board, Khalid is a graduate from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He has been actively associated with various companies, both as an owner and a senior executive, and has been instrumental in the formation of Dubai Sports City and played a pivotal role in moving the project forward to its current stage.

Khalid brings with him extensive knowledge of the local and international market from a community development perspective and is a Director of Al Zarooni Group of Companies. The group was founded in the early sixties and has since diversified in size and stature across various disciplines of the Emirate’s business development. Al Zarooni Group has been a pioneer in a number of businesses including real estate, construction, retail (including mall ownership and management), industrial-related materials and components, on a local, regional and international level, in addition to endeavors in foodstuffs, industrial plastics and garments. In construction the group is one of the largest companies within the Emirate of Dubai and is also well known for its golf course residential communities built in the United States, which have received numerous “Best Community” awards. The group is also widely recognized as a major player in the retail sector by way of its ownership of innovative and landmark shopping malls in premier locations in Dubai and around the world.

Khalid is a major proponent of sports, an enthusiastic supporter of Moto GP and an avid racer of cars and bikes.

Vijay Sajjanhar

Chief Finance Officer

A qualified Chartered Accountant from India, Vijay has about 20 years experience across sectors such as manufacturing, telecommunication and real estate business. He is on the advisory committee of several firms.

Kevin Brennan

General Manager, Facilities Management

A hands-on qualified Engineer and Business Manager with over 10 years of facilities management experience at the GM level in the UAE. Kevin has another 10 years of experience at the board level in the UK, which includes a rail maintenance period of 5 years. He is also a qualified Aircraft Engineer with over 20 years in the aviation sector.

Míchel Salgado

Director, Football Zone

Míchel has 18 years of professional experience, playing at the highest level in the Spanish and English football leagues. Míchel played as a right back for Real Madrid for 10 years and won 11 trophies while there. He has also represented Celta Vigo, Salamanca and Blackburn Rovers, as well as holding 53 full international caps for Spain.

Chris Brown

Director, The Els Club

A PGA Golf Professional, Chris has been involved in managing various golf operations at luxury golf resorts for over 10 years. His career began at the world renowned Turnberry Resort in Scotland, which has hosted numerous Senior Open Championships, Woman’s British Open Championships and many other prestigious amateur championships.

Rajeshree Iyer

Head of Marketing

A senior Marketing and PR professional, Rajashree has over 20 years of experience in brand strategy, communication and product launches and extensive media contacts. She has previously been involved in setting up sports cities in other countries and has previously held a senior position at Zee Television in Dubai. In her free time she conducts anti-stress management programs and is a yoga master.