Board of Directors
Stephen founded AREIT in 2005, and was responsible for building the business into one of the leading real estate investment entities in the Middle East. Stephen has over 20 years experience in the Middle East having been instrumental in the establishment of the Investment Banking business for the Saudi British Bank (40% owned by HSBC), acting as Director and Regional Head for ANZ Investment Bank and a Placement Principal with Investcorp Bank B.S.C.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and a Master of Business (Banking and Finance) from the University of Technology, Sydney. Stephen is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a senior associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the Institute of Company Directors in Australia. Stephen has over 30 years experience in Investment Banking, Chartered Accounting and Real Estate, that includes project and structured finance, financial advisory services, listed and unlisted equity funds, private equity and property investment, including acquisition, due diligence, post acquisition, private placements and asset realisation.
Stephen resides in Dubai.
Jordanian by nationality, Fayez has made the UAE his home for more than three decades, arriving in Abu Dhabi shortly after receiving his BSc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Leeds University (UK).
In 1981, he set up Alpha Data L.L.C.; initially as a bureau offering data processing services – this was, of course, at a time when outsourcing of data processing was a necessity for most as computers were large and very expensive. The age of the personal computer, however, was just around the corner and – quickly recognizing these shifting trends – Alpha Data rapidly moved to distributing IBM – PCs in the UAE market.
In direct relation to the rapid growth the UAE has witnessed over the last three decades, the IT market also started to boom in the 1980’s and he directed the company’s sustained progress by successfully identifying solid B2B opportunities and started to cater to a growing demand for Networking and Infrastructure Cabling; later adding Telecommunications, Audio Visual and Radio business to its portfolio of services. Recognizing the investment and growth coming into Abu Dhabi’s northern neighbor, Fayez started Alpha Data Dubai office, in 1987. In February 2000, 4sight Technology was launched to focus on Software and Tuqnia in July 2004 to focus on Dell solutions. In 2013, Alpha Data Qatar opened for business.
As Managing Director of one of the longest standing companies in the UAE, He has made it an ethos of the company to be continually committed to sustained growth and success through driving innovation and quality through everything Alpha Data does. This was recognized when Fayez was the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achiever Award from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
From a small beginning, to a company today of over 700 employees, He has steered Alpha Data through three decades of steady growth establishing Alpha Data as the UAE’s leading systems integrator, to government and private enterprise alike.
Away from the office, Fayez is a dedicated family man, avid golfer, and keen environmentalist.
Fayez resides in Abu Dhabi.