Founder & CEO
Founder & CEOBassam Yammine previously worked for Credit Suisse, building the investment banking and asset management divisions of the firm in the Middle East and North Africa.Prior to founding Excelsa, he was Co-CEO of the Investment Bank the region. Bassam has been investing in residential real estate since the 1980s and set up Excelsa as a family office focused on real estate. He has a BA in Business from Loyola Marymount and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Managing PartnerFadi joined Excelsa in 2018 and currently focuses on post-acquisition management of assets. Prior to joining Excelsa, Fadi was a Senior Partner and Board Member with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) where he led the Investment and Real Estate practice. He serves on several corporate boards and is currently the Chairman of Endeavor Lebanon. He has a B. Eng. from the American University of Beirut, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Director, Corporate Development
Director, Corporate DevelopmentKhalil heads group-level business development activities, early stage operations, and investor relations for Excelsa. He established the group’s real estate development operations in Europe and MENA and the expansion of real estate investment operations in the US. Prior to Excelsa, Khalil was the founder of an emerging markets-focused investment consultancy. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Associate, InvestmentsLilas handles fund and corporate finance. Since her start at Excelsa in 2018, Lilas has been working on US acquisitions and deal analysis. Initially trained as an industrial engineer, Lilas holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management with a concentration in Financial and Industrial Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Lilas passed the CFA Level 2.
Analyst, Business Development
Analyst, Business DevelopmentRazane joined Excelsa as a Business Development Analyst in 2019. She plays a key role in fund administration and investor relations. Razane holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Finance, both from the American University of Beirut.
Analyst, InvestmentsJoseph is an Analyst at Excelsa, working on acquisitions and asset management. Prior to joining, he worked as a strategy business analyst for a multinational insurance group. Joseph holds a B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, with distinction.
Analyst, InvestmentsAli is an Analyst at Excelsa, working on acquisitions and asset management. Ali holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Lebanese American University. He has a Master’s degree in Finance from the American University of Beirut, where he also worked as a research assistant and a portfolio manager of the university's student-managed investment fund.
US REAL ESTATE TEAM
Chief Operating Officer of Excelsa Properties
Chief Operating Officer of Excelsa PropertiesJonathan joined Excelsa in 2015 and manages most aspects of the firm's US real estate activities including transaction sourcing, financing, fund structuring and management. After a career on Wall Street with UBS, Jon started his career in real estate in 2003 by establishing one the of the first ground-up development funds in the Middle East. Jonathan earned his MBA at Columbia University in New York and has a BA in history and economics from Brown University.
Managing Director, Head of Acquisitions
Managing Director, Head of AcquisitionsDavid has 17 years of experience as a principal investor in commercial real estate equity and real estate finance instruments, throughout his career with Prospect Capital Management, ORIX Capital Markets LLC, and NorthStar Realty Finance. He has underwritten and acquired approximately 8,000 units of multifamily and $3BN in debt and debt-linked instruments. David holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from New York University. He graduated from both institutions with honors.
Director, Asset Management
Director, Asset ManagementPrior to joining Excelsa in 2019, Curtis was Head of Asset Management for a $2 BN privately held REIT. He has over 15 year’s experience acquiring and managing commercial real estate across the USA. He has investment banking experience with Wachovia Securities and private equity experience with Peak Capital Partners, JDH Capital and Grubb Properties. Cutris has a BA in Finance from Brigham Young University.
EMEA REAL ESTATE TEAM
Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Development
Managing Director, Head of Real Estate DevelopmentTarek presently oversees the company’s multiple projects in Algeria. He also manages the “Le Patio” mixed-use development currently under construction. With experience that spans Europe and the Middle East, Tarek’s previous experience includes Group Financial Director for Optimum Holding where he managed finances for companies and projects in Morocco, the UK, Lebanon, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Egypt, Libya, Oman, and Poland. Tarek has a Master’s Degree in Financial Services Management from the University of Surrey in the UK and a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from the Lebanese American University.
Manager, Sales Administration
Manager, Sales AdministrationLoubna is a Manager in the Sales division as Excelsa Algeria where she oversees strategic planning, regulatory compliance, and collections. She has eleven years of experience in real estate development. Loubna holds a degree in International Business Engineer from the Algerian Chamber of Commerce, and also holds a degree in International Trade.
Hikmat Abou Reslan
Hikmat Abou Reslan
Project DirectorHikmat is the Project Director for Excelsa’s development projects. Before joining the team, he acted as a Construction Project Manager for the building of the headquarters of a leading regional bank. Hikmat’s previous experience includes over 30 years of project management in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Lebanon, and Algeria. He a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Southern California.
Seifeddine El Hassan
Seifeddine El Hassan
Technical ManagerSayf is a Technical Manager with Excelsa’s development arm. He focuses on Electrical and Mechanical works. He previously worked for a leading contractor in Saudi Arabia. His experience includes procurement, cost estimation, and project management. Sayf holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University.
Chief Accountant, Algeria
Chief Accountant, AlgeriaMustapha serves as Chief Accountant in Algeria. He manages and coordinates compliance, accounting, and finance for Excelsa’s subsidiaries in Algeria. Mustapha has twelve years of accounting experience and holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting management. He is also a certified auditor.
ACCOUNTING AND ADMINISTRATION TEAM
Group Accounting Manager
Group Accounting ManagerGhassan Daher joined Excelsa in May 2016 as Accounting Manager. His responsibilities extend to Excelsa’s projects in the US, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Excelsa, Ghassan worked at a leading auditing firm. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and additional degrees in accounting an audit. He is a Certified Internal Auditor.
Executive AssistantHayfa Dagher joined Excelsa in April 2014 as a Personal Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager. She studied Business Administration at the Lebanese American University.