Speaker Profile

Jameel Verjee

Founder & CEO
CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

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Born and raised in England, Jameel began his career as a lawyer with Berwin Leighton Paisner in London and Paris. He decided to leave the law to develop several fast-growth companies from inception and has been actively involved in doing so across the UK, UAE and Africa over the past decade. These, along with several businesses of which he is a board member, are now consolidated under the Diar Group.

Today, Jameel is actively engaged as Founder & CEO of CityBlue Hotels, which he has developed from inception: having opened the first CityBlue hotel in Rwanda in 2013, the group has now expanded across East Africa and is following a clear path to create one of the leading multi-jurisdictional African hotel chains.  It is anticipated that by early 2018, CityBlue will have added a further 1,000 keys to its portfolio.