Non Executive Chairman Specxreef Africa
Born in Kenya and educated in the UK, Akbar is an alumnus of the University of Wales (LLB Aberystwyth) and Gray’s Inn, where he qualified as a barrister. His early career as a lawyer in Nairobi with Makecha & Co, a prestigious Nairobi firm at the time, gave him a firm understanding of business practices in the region although he moved back to the UK in 1974.
Besides the law, his main focus has always been in the hotel sector and he acquired his first hotel in 1978. Since then, based out of London and Dubai, Akbar has bought, sold, leased, managed and consulted on over 100 hotels across the US, Canada, the UK, the UAE, India, Oman, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Ghana. Today, Akbar is the Chairman of Hotels Home LLC, a UAE based hotel investment and management company and acts as the non-executive Chairman of CityBlue Hotels, one of Africa’s fastest-growing hotel chains.
Akbar has also set up businesses over the past three decades in real estate development, nursing homes, textiles, retail pharmacies and restaurants and remains an avid entrepreneur. However, his passion is voluntary work, primarily to support the Aga Khan Development Network, and he dedicates as much time as he can to do so.