Meet the ZalméCo Team

The people in the ZalméCo form the soul and heart of the company. We are multinational, multicultural, and diverse in every imaginable dimension. Each individual brings unique talents and skill sets to the table.

Yousaf Zalmé Said

CHAIRMAN & GROUP CEO

Yousaf Zalmé Said, the founder of ZalméCo Investment LLC, has played a key role in developing the portfolio framework of ZalméCo that focuses on innovation, environment, and social infrastructure. He believes that every economic activity should be directed towards the greater good of humanity and is actively engaged in various CSR initiatives.

Said began his illustrious career in investment and wealth management over 20 years ago and has represented prestigious names in the GCC like Qatari Sovereign Wealth Funds, Abu Dhabi Investment Company, and their investments in various national and international ventures.

With his sharp business acumen and prowess in business and wealth management, Said heads multiple corporate entities across the Middle East. Said is a Barrister-at-Law, with Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from the University of London and Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the Queen Mary University of UK.

Haroon Hayat

Chief Financial Officer

Haroon Hayat is an inspirational leader with over 15-years of experience in the field of Corporate Finance, M&A, Treasury, and Trade Finance. He remains associated with multi-billion-dollar corporates in the region right from FMCG, commodities, construction, manufacturing, and healthcare. Haroon Hayat is a gold medalist and holds CPA UK and FCMA Pakistan professional accountancy degrees.

Steve Seow

Chief Technology Officer

Steve was a cloud architect at Microsoft with 15 years of user experience, evangelism, and technical experience with Fortune 500 retail brands and financial institutions, as well as startups in the Silicon Valley and across the US. The Singapore native brings a unique blend of credentials and experience: He earned his Ph. D. in Experimental Psychology from Brown University, authored 2 books, and has published nearly 100 apps across the major platforms. He is also the founder and architect of two data-centric companies.

Qutaiba Al Ali

Chief Marketing Officer

Qutaiba Al Ali is an innovative, results-driven leader with a proven track record of success in areas of strategic marketing, brand management, and franchising.

Equipped with a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration and Management, and over 13 years of F&B and Hospitality industry experience, Qutaiba provides transformative solutions that improve the efficiency and productivity of the organization.

Revamping the brand image of local home-grown businesses to fit international benchmarks and reach global markets is his key area of expertise and interest.

Qutaiba excels in dynamic and competitive environments while remaining detail-oriented and focused.

Jeana Mae Elayba Medallon

Personal Assistant to the Group CEO

An organized and goal-oriented person with strong analytical skills, knowledge of office administrative procedures, and a strong background in management. Mae’s strong organizational skills reflect in her ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail. She has a proven ability to handle confidential information, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.

Abby Marion D Sarmiento

Office Manager

With her keen eye for details and impeccable organization skills, Abby plays a vital role in managing our daily operations without any snags. She has exceptional skills in coordinating between different teams and aligning their departments to accomplish day to day operational requirements. Abby holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Financial Management. She has extensive experience in customer relations, filing and documentation, and heading the front office across multiple sectors like banking, healthcare, and legal aid.

Mohammad Alharoun

Chief Legal Officer

Mohammad Alharoun is a Kuwaiti attorney whose work focuses on corporate matters and dispute resolution. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and he is licensed by the New York Bar Association. His broad experience in the Middle East region includes advising on corporate and commercial law, real estate law, and dispute resolution matters.

Preeti Mulchandaney

IT Project Manager

Strategic Leader with extensive experience in digitizing business operations leading to a lean process and enhanced productivity. Being a Master’s Degree holder with PMP and Six Sigma certificate, Preeti has strong theoretical knowledge on resolving business issues by digitization. During her career span, she has led various challenging technology and business projects including performance management in Burj Khalifa and the award-winning Smart Watch project.

Joshua Brando Punzalan

Web Developer/IT Support

Joshua is an experienced and talented developer in both front-end and backend development. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the De La Salle Lipa University in the Philippines. He first stint was with the Emirates Group where he was instrumental in the enhancement for Emirates.com and helped to manage website content over 160 sites in 27 different languages.

Yasir Qureshi

Marketing Manager

An award-winning creative professional with over 10 years of branding experience. Yasir is a believer in creative ideas, on-the-spot thinking, and persuasive storytelling. At ZalméCo, Yasir is driving the marketing functions with a team of passionate and creative individuals.

Saba Shabab

Chief Architect

Saba is a creative Architect with an innovative approach to designing. She is skilled in providing best-fit architectural solutions for diverse projects across different sectors within any budget framework. Her responsibilities include attending technical meetings with clients to study requirements and designing from the conceptual stage to on-site execution. Saba leads the architectural and interiors development projects for ZalméCo and brings out-of-the-box solutions to amp up any space.

Anoop Das

3D Visualizer

Anoop has more than 11 years of experience working as a 3D Designer in the architectural industry. Anoop holds a Diploma in Interior Designing with a specialization in 3D designing. He is an expert in platforms like 3DS MAX, AutoCAD, Adobe designing software. Anoop is an extremely creative professional with versatile skillsets and expertise.

Fazal Ihsanullah

HR Manager

Fazal is a financially astute and experienced professional with over 10 years of experience in HR management, financial management, staff training, and internal controls. He is a strategic thinker who significantly contributes to core business with his high-level analytical and communication skills. Fazal is well versed in SAP, QuickBooks, Focus, Peachtree, and MS Office applications.

Hamza Kutty

Office Assistant

Hamza is a very humble and helpful team member at ZalméCo. He is a great support to the team as he never hesitates to offer a helping hand in work pertaining to any department. Hamza is highly adept at keeping everything organized and arranged systematically. A dependable person, who can multi-task, and coordinate between different departments to keep the workflow going uninterrupted.

Kashif Ali

Head of Practice

Kashif Ali graduated from the University of Peshawar in 2016 and obtained his Legal Practice Certificate to appear, act, and plead as an advocate from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

He has worked with local and international law firms in the UAE on different projects in hospitality, litigation as well as aviation and commercial transactions. He worked on investments in hospitality projects in Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Madagascar, and Georgia. He gained experience in commercial transactions between the Republic of China and North African countries, including work on an investment of 2 billion USD in Pakistan by Chinese companies at the request of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. At Said & Co., he is responsible for advising clients on restructuring and setting up their businesses.

Mohammad Alharoun

Senior Legal Associate

Mohammad Alharoun is a Kuwaiti attorney whose work focuses on corporate matters and dispute resolution. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and he is licensed by the New York Bar Association. His broad experience in the Middle East region includes advising on corporate and commercial law, real estate law, and dispute resolution matters.

At Said & Co., he is responsible for drafting all English-language agreements on behalf of UAE investor groups and companies, including investment agreements, escrow agreements, loan agreements, and acquisition agreements.

Steven C. Seow

Chief Technology Officer

Steve was a cloud architect at Microsoft with 15 years of user experience, evangelism, and technical experience with Fortune 500 retail brands and financial institutions, as well as startups in the Silicon Valley and across the US. The Singapore native brings a unique blend of credentials and experience: He earned his Ph. D. in Experimental Psychology from Brown University, authored 2 books, and has published nearly 100 apps across the major platforms. He is also the founder and architect of two data-centric companies.

Cyril Chandran

Head of Global Procurement

A professional in supply chain operations, Cyril took First Deterrence’s platform and applied his innovative approach and skills to develop an organizational expansion. Cyril’s top-line growth and bottom-line expansion focus are driven by personal core values such as ethical business practice, transparency, and integrity. His thorough thought-out leadership and innovation formulates into highly efficient business strategies, mapping processes, and developing systems for effective client satisfaction and business targets. With an MBA in Operations Management and 7 years in a global FMCG company, Cyril has brought FDT to the forefront in the market as a specialist in its field.

Maria Inez

International Business Development Manager

Maria Inez is an accomplished Sales and Business Development Manager, specializing in B2B, B2C, Partnerships, and Client Services. Having spent 8 professional years in the UAE, she has expanded her expertise throughout different industry sectors from Healthcare, IT, Banking, and much more - working with top-notch clients to build and expand their brand throughout the MENA Region. Maria brings to First Deterrence a wealth of experience and client acquisition expertise, and contact base ranging across the globe.

Carla Mendoza

Data Manager

Carla has been at the forefront of building the data processing vertical with First Deterrence. As the Data Manager, Carla has solidified the process of technical data collation and delivery of this information to clients along with the verification of all business and product based official certifications, with an in-depth understanding of product specification and conformity reporting. Carla graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Financial Management.

Marigold Medina

Procurement Specialist

Marigold is a seasoned professional with a career spanning 15 years in the services industries, and is a bachelor’s degree holder in education. Having worked in several jurisdictions including Philippines and Taiwan before pivoting her career in the UAE. She has worked across multiple functions from exhibitions to executive personal assistant, with notable experience with a UAE national logistics and transportation company. Marigolds keen eye for details and exceptional services background has enabled her to gain great traction with suppliers and customers alike, coupled with a flair for negotiations has given great results in closing supplier deals.

Muhammad Ali

Sales and Procurement Specialist

Holding a BSC and MSC in Electrical Engineering, Muhammad has been the driving force behind the technical product development at First Deterrence. He has been highly successful in applying his understanding and experience to deliver the team a high-level overview of the products we support. This has enabled him to be the backbone in streamlining the process of delivering to high-level, high-stake clients. Muhammad straddles both the procurement function and the sales client function effortlessly. His experience in Pakistan and UAE has been evident in his adaptability in working with multifaceted levels of information.

Ruby Ann Alkuino

Procurement Administrator

Ruby is a performance-driven procurement administrator adept at managing purchasing orders, maintaining professional relationships with vendors, and supporting procurement manager with any tasks. Her responsibilities include overseeing the overall RFQ process passed from Business Development to the Procurement team, from inquiries to formal quotations, prepare quotations, Purchase Orders, Tax Invoice, and perform data update for catalogue

Qutaiba Al Ali

Chief Executive Officer

Qutaiba Al Ali is an innovative, results-driven leader with a proven track record of success in areas of strategic marketing, brand management, and franchising.

Equipped with a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration and Management, and over 13 years of F&B and Hospitality industry experience, Qutaiba provides transformative solutions that improve the efficiency and productivity of the organization.

Revamping the brand image of local home-grown businesses to fit international benchmarks and reach global markets is his key area of expertise and interest.

Qutaiba excels in dynamic and competitive environments while remaining detail-oriented and focused.

Gilan Soliman

Head of Administration

Gilan is a highly efficient and diligent administrative office professional. She is a capable leader with excellent skills in delegating responsibilities to others and supervising and evaluating for effective task completion. Her enthusiasm for delivering excellent services to the management and clients both is commendable and her commitment to upholding company policies and procedures when working with team members is flawless. Gilan’s organizational skills and meticulousness when dealing with paperwork are exemplary.

Yasir Qureshi

Marketing Manager

An award-winning creative professional with over 10 years of branding experience with world-renowned advertising agencies. Yasir is a believer in creative ideas, on-the-spot thinking, and persuasive storytelling. Over the years, Yasir has mastered the art of creating engaging campaigns that not only generate revenue, but also create a lasting impact.

Preeti Mulchandaney

Head of Tech Support

Preeti is a Strategic Leader with extensive experience in digitizing business operations leading to a lean process and enhanced productivity. Being a Master’s Degree holder with PMP and Six Sigma certificate, Preeti has strong theoretical knowledge on resolving business issues by digitization. During her career span, she has led various challenging technology & business projects including performance management in Burj Khalifa and the award-winning Smart Watch project. Her dedication to researching, developing, and leading smart innovative projects has resulted in enhanced client and company operational efficiencies.

Azra Sulthana

Content & Communications Manager

As the Content & Communications Manager, Azra is responsible for the development, curation, and implementation of editorial calendars, aligning content with brand strategies and providing a clear vision and position to the brand. With a Master’s degree in Business Administration, she began her journey in digital marketing in pursuit of creative satisfaction. She has created and curated hundreds of articles and blogs for websites and social media channels across diverse industries and topics.

Masna Haseen

Digital Marketing Manager

Masna is a profound digital marketer with years of agency experience who specializes in Performance Marketing and Digital Analytics. Although Masna graduated as Software Engineer, a university topper, she set off to explore more about Search Engine bots and crawlers and soon realized that digital marketing in its entirety was her port of call.

Jayson Adriano

Graphic Designer

Jayson Adriano is an experienced graphic designer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. Responsible for creating print and digital design deliverables, graphics, and animations for social platforms and websites, logo designing, and comprehensive design solutions that support corporate branding and marketing strategies. Along with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Jayson believes in taking an innovative approach to the visual translation of a concept.

Muhammad Junaid Abbasi

Graphic Designer

Multidisciplinary designer having over 7 years’ experience with an array of local and international clients across the advertising and design sector. Experienced in developing interactive designs for advertisements, digital media, and animations, Junaid create concept-based designs to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate the target audience.

Hazel Dela Torre

Graphic Designer

Hazel is an experienced graphic designer and video editor with strong arts and design background. She is thoroughly experienced in Adobe Suites and come up with creative and out-of-the-box ideas to visually translate the concepts given by the marketing team.

Mohamed Gouda

Business Development

Gouda is a goal-oriented and high-energy sales manager experienced in developing business relations to cultivate and capture businesses that meet targeted goals. He is an expert in effectively assessing challenges and proactively implements strategies to maximize sales. Delivering quality service is his signature move and his in-depth understanding of company products, industry trends, and competition enables him to win over his clients every single time.

Usman Nasir Khalid

Business Development

Usman has extensive business development experience in the F&B sector and has worked with brands like Just Gourmet, Gourmet House, and more. Usman builds business by identifying new prospects and maintaining long-term relationships with clients. He ensures sales KPI's are delivered on achieving through providing an efficient sales coverage. Usman completed Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) from Preston University, Ajman.

Huma Rehmani

Business Development

With over 12 years of experience in sales and development, Huma comes with a plethora of skill sets and sales strategies. She has worked for prestigious brands like Yellow Pages and various other online and print media. She is an expert in nurturing long-term productive relationships with clients and building a brand’s credibility in the market.

Noel Fabricante

Business Development

Noel is an experienced business development executive with a background in customer service and facilities management. He is adept in multi-tasking and tasks that demand creativity, resourcefulness, and discipline. His key skills include sales strategies, marketing, and QA. Noel holds Bachelors in Hotel & Restaurant Management.

Leizel Mae Quisagan

Secretary

Leizel has more than 5 years of global work experience as PA to high net worth corporate executives. She holds a Bachelor's in Accountancy which gives her an edge in managing finances of the C-suite executives, spanning countries like Monaco and France. Leizel has a very comprehensive outlook about management and works with complete diplomacy and discretion.

Jam Medallon

Admin

Jam has strong interpersonal and organizational skills. She is currently working as an admin at Supermeal bringing her expertise in written and communication skills and knowledge in various computer applications. Jam is also a forward-looking thinker who is active in unpredicted situations at the workplace.

Chastine P. Calucag

Admin

With more than 6 years of work experience as Admin, Coordinator, and Quality Assurance, Chastine's organization and prioritization skills are commendable. Chastine holds a Diploma in Information Technology in Programming. She has a very analytical approach to problems solving.

Farida Bueno

Admin

Farida Bueno graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce majoring in Management Accounting and has worked as a personal assistant cum secretary for 10 years in a general trading company. Her role here entails encoding restaurants, reviewing restaurant menus, and managing media. She is a happy person, loyal, hardworking, friendly, and organized.

Emelio F. Halog

Technical Support Coordinator

Emilio holds the key role of training the restaurants in using the Supermeal back-end with ease and perfection. His background as an Electronics and Communication Engineer gives have an organized approach in completing the tasks with zero errors and delays. Emilio has extensive experience in technical maintenance and support.

Jubert Mendoza

Office Assistant

Jubert is a very soft-spoken and agile office assistant who is quick to act in any situation. He keeps the workplace well-maintained and proactively responds to the urgent requirements of the management.

Nigora Ziyaeva

Personal Assistant to CEO

Highly motivated, organized, and experienced personal assistant with strong organizational skills and an eye for details. Nigora’s ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion, tact, diplomacy, and professionalism when dealing with senior managers is extraordinary. Her responsibilities include assisting the manager and the team in their daily tasks, scheduling and confirming meetings, calls, and appointments with clients, maintaining the calendar, and sending reminders of upcoming meetings or calls to help managers make the best use of their time.

Joselline Camerino Naranjo

Administrative Assistant

Jhoy is an accomplished action-oriented administrative assistant experienced in maintaining and procuring office inventory, filing, documentation, and preparing petty cash reports and providing support to colleagues and new associates in office orientation. The ability to complete a high volume of work with timeliness and efficiency, process day-to-day schedules and support in workflow management are her core areas of expertise.

Saba Shabab

Chief Architect

Saba is a creative Architect with an innovative approach to designing. She is skilled in providing best-fit architectural solutions for diverse projects across different sectors within any budget framework. Her responsibilities include attending technical meetings with clients to study requirements and designing from the conceptual stage to on-site execution. Saba leads the architectural and interiors development projects for ZalméCo and brings out-of-the-box solutions to amp up any space.

Anoop Das

3D Visualizer

Anoop has more than 11 years of experience working as a 3D Designer in the architectural industry. Anoop holds a Diploma in Interior Designing with a specialization in 3D designing. He is an expert in platforms like 3DS MAX, AutoCAD, Adobe designing software. Anoop is an extremely creative professional with versatile skillsets and expertise.

Tufail Ahmed

Project Manager

Tufail has 20 years of experience in working on several projects in different industries, allowing him to advise clients setting up businesses and its operations in the United Arab Emirates. The scope of his work includes different hospitality projects in Kalam, Pakistan, and Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah. Tufail has lead projects across diverse sectors, such as luxury transport, aluminum, precious stones, etc., that give him an in-depth insight into managing projects successfully by eliminating unnecessary delays, wastages of time, resources, and funds.

Linara Tamulionyte

Head of Aviation

Linara is an accomplished sales and business development expert, experienced in dealing with high-pressure situations and broad responsibilities. As a graduate with 7 years of experience in aviation, Linara is well versed in working in the niche sector of aviation to achieve objectives on time and with excellence. Her responsibilities include developing, managing, and extending client base by implementing sales strategy across enterprise segments, managing aircraft charter, and maintaining close working relationships with clients (airlines in the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe).

Muhammad Ali

Manager

Holding a BSC and MSC in Electrical Engineering, Muhammad has been remarkably successful in applying his understanding and experience to deliver the team a high-level overview of the products we support. This has enabled him to be the backbone streamlining the process of delivering to high-level high-stake clients. His experience in Pakistan and UAE has been evident in his adaptability in working with multifaceted levels of information

Marinela D. Custodio

Chief Executive Officer

Marinela is an experienced leader in the mentoring team to put forth a synchronized effort to achieve business objectives. She is an excellent communicator who makes every person feel as if he or she is the only one in the room. Her strong ability to solve complex issues and bottlenecks using excellent judgment and decision-making skills has enabled OTR to remain at the top position in the holiday home sector. Marinela has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a thorough work experience in the hospitality sector

Leigh Anne Dumapias

Manager

Organization, supervision, and strong efficient communication skills are Leigh Anne’s key skills that drive her to get excellent work performance from her team. Her responsibilities at Olive Tree Residence include overseeing reservations and maintenance, handling financials, and keeping track of housekeeping functions for the smooth running of the facility.

Janith Kalanchige

Driver/Receptionist

Janith, with his excellent driving skills and pleasant personality, is an asset to our company. He responsibly picks up guests or clients from arrival points and brings them to the property all the while ensuring their comfort. He is organized and maintains the overall cleanliness of the vehicles and systematically completes logs regarding the trips taken.

Diluka Mudiyanselage

Housekeeping

Diluka is a proactive individual who always works hard to deliver any task. His on-ground support skills are exceptional and his passion to always do more sets him apart from others. He is a team player with exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills.