Robert Swade is the Group Chief Development Officer. He leads Jumeirah Group’s expansion and development strategy. He is responsible for driving growth through securing new hotel, resort and residence opportunities, and he manages the relationships with the Group’s partners, owners and developers.
Robert oversees the entire development process including the development strategy, generation of leads, project feasibility and market analysis, due diligence, project negotiations, design and technical services. As well as leading the Development team, Robert works closely with the Group’s pre-opening and operations divisions. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Development Committee.
A British national, Robert moved to Dubai in 2000 and joined the Jumeirah Group in October 2005 as General Counsel with responsibility for the Group’s worldwide legal affairs. Robert took on additional responsibility for Development in 2012 and continued dual roles until January 2015. To prepare for the next phase of growth, Robert now dedicates himself full-time to the role of Group Chief Development Officer.
Robert started his career in law working as a commercial solicitor in both London and Dubai and has both private practice and in-house experience. Prior to joining Jumeirah Group he was Director of Legal Affairs for a leading Middle East telecommunications company. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Robert was a researcher at the House of Commons and worked for a Government Minister.
Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in English and European Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.