Asif MajidCEO & FounderAsif MajidCEO & Founder
Asif has been the creative force behind YU Spaces and leads its global strategy and development initiatives. His passion for contemporary design came in the early 90’s when both living and working in Spain and Italy.
Prior to establishing YU Spaces Asif spent 15 years working within the sports management arena in International and development, working for some of the biggest sports brands in Football and F1.
It was through his extensive travelling and marketing expertise in brand development that he saw a niche in contemporary design within the UK market. He set about forming partnerships globally with some of the leading lights in the industry and thus YU Spaces and Partners was born.
Today the company have regional Partners in nearly a dozen countries and have carried out numerous design and build projects globally.
Asif has an excellent eye to both unearth new design talent and procure new products for YU demanding clientele. His knowledge of contemporary design, construction and procurement is highly respected within the industry. In 2018 he won the prestigious London Asian Businessman of the Year Award.
In his spare time he works on charitable projects, loves to travel, learn languages and works as a motivational speaker.Fran SilvestrePartnerFran SilvestrePartner
Fran Silvestre (born 5 July 1976) is a Spanish architect. After having graduated in Architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia in 2001, he specialized in urban planning at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven a year later.
He then won a scholarship to work at the studio of the Pritzker Prize architect from Portugal, Alvaro Siza, which is located in Oporto, and have ever since then undertaken projects in cooperation with him.
Fran has also been the visiting professor at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia since 2006 and the Universidad Europea since 2009.
Fran Silvestre Architects has been awarded with the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2013 in the category: “architecture an urban design” for the project House on the cliff.
During 2010, has been awarded the MHK Prize (Berlin) for the project Casa del Atrio (Atrium House); and has been finalist of Concurso international for la Fundación de Arquitectura Contemporánea de Córdoba and the project Casa en la Ladera del castillo (House on the mountainside overlooked by castle) has been chosen by Fundación Caja Arquitectos to be part of the best Spanish architectural buildings of 2008-2009 catalogue.Bash KhwajaSenior ArchitectBash KhwajaSenior Architect
Bashir Khwaja has been working in architecture and design for the past 18 years and as a Chartered Architect since 2007. Previously Bashir worked in a number of noted architectural practices in London which lead to him setting up his own practice in 2007 as well as working with YSP.
USL Architects are based in Burnham, Berkshire and work in the high end residential sectors. As an example they are currently working on a grade 1 listed house in Regents Park and a grade 2 listed building in Staines.
Over the years he has developed a good understanding of the complexities of working in London and with all the constraints and the opportunities it provides, such as conversions and changes of use class that can provide a new lease of life to buildings and their environment as well as more sensitive heritage work.
To him good architecture is an example of triumph over adversity. We have always held the belief that Architecture is the art of problem solving, this being the culmination of a number of constraints starting with the clients brief, the budget, the site itself, planning restrictions and building regulations.
The best examples of successful architecture is achieved when an architect is able to use these constraints and create something that is both visually and physically appealing as well as functional.Trevor Price MCSDPR & CommsTrevor Price MCSDPR & Comms
Trevor is a member of the Chartered Society of Designers his working career started in Madrid as a designer for ‘estudio perez enciso’, working on branding for architects. In 1990 he started his design consultancy ‘price associates’, specialising in company branding.
With offices in both London and Amsterdam. Trevor is also a creative director for Maestro dna in Amsterdam as well as YU Spaces & Partners in London.
He has been instrumental in the re-branding and marketing of YU Spaces both in the UK and abroad due to his many years of experience working with blue chip clients clients ranging from property developers, architects, food chains, sports clothing and new businesses.David ScotlandFinance ConsultantDavid ScotlandFinance Consultant
David is YSP in house financial consultant helping our clients obtain funding on UK properties and development projects. He is an expert in large mortgages with a wealth of experience within the property finance sector.
In the previous year he placed mortgages with over 20 banks and lenders, so whether you’re new to buying or refinancing your existing property and want the most suitable terms, he can help.
If you need to borrow in excess of £1m, regardless of the complexity of your income (significant bonuses, self-employed, business owner or non-domiciled), he can also explore potential financing options which might include utilising assets such as your personal pension, share portfolio or overseas stock, to help secure preferential lending terms.
In his spare time David is a keen sportsman and is an avid fan of Watford FC.David HarriottReal EstateDavid HarriottReal Estate
David heads the company’s real estate division and has worked with some of the most exclusive corporate and private clients in the world since 1996. David is highly experienced in achieving the requirements of the most demanding requests and tasks possible. Over this period he has acquired a database of some of the most influential clients from around the world.
With over 15 years experience in the London property market, he has access to private fund developers stock and professional approach to sourcing property for his clients has built him a life time rapport.
He prides his reputation with his peers on trust and always treats his clients how he would expect to be treated himself.
In his spare time David enjoys playing squash at premier league level and relaxing at his health club as well as being a movie buff.Michèle EssamOperations Director FranceMichèle EssamOperations Director France
Michele is YSP Operations Director for France and based in Paris. She is a proven strategic thinker and a leading pioneer in Luxury Property Concierge & Lifestyle Management in Europe and has headed businesses in the Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) sector in Romania, France and the UK for private clients over the last 20 years.
She successfully transferred from an IT Operational role to a General Management role with responsibility for luxury property concierge & luxury lifestyle management services across several European countries.
One of Michèle's guiding principles are, “Always strive to deliver authenticity, discretion, excellence and sophistication to both my Corporate and Private Clients”, which has rewarded her with an exceptionally loyal client base and gives her the impetus to strive for even greater things in future.
In her spare time Michele hobbies include interior design, luxury shopping, coaching women and young people with financial intelligence.
Atif BashirOperations Director SingaporeAtif BashirOperations Director Singapore
Atif is YSP operations Director for Singapore as well as CEO at the Matwa Group. He has spent over two decades in global finance and transaction structuring experience as an entrepreneur and as a senior banker with State Street Bank.
As a serial entrepreneur Atif has experience in originating projects in power sector (particularly clean energy), physical trading of commodities, joint ventures, M&A, project financing, investment management, trading/electronic trading and technology.
At the Matwa Group he is responsible for the overall group strategy and his focus is financial markets and fintech as well due-diligence on private deals across all sectors.
Prior to a string of business ventures Atif spent 14 years with State Street Global Markets and was part of the senior management team that created the world’s first multi-bank Foreign Exchange trading platform for Institutional fund Managers.
He started his career with State Street in Boston working in the currency risk management business as a portfolio analyst and subsequently worked for them in London, NYC and Sydney. His last position was in Singapore as Managing Director and regional head for their e-trading business covering FX, equities and fixed income.
Atif has an eye for the extraordinary and a passion for client service that goes beyond the expected, helping his clients achieve the maximum in their communication, sales, marketing and business development goals ʹ whatever they may be.
With strong interpersonal skills and a unique relationship with his clients which distinguish him as his primary goal is always to provide the best tailor-made solutions for their needs.
Atif has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Westminster and in his spare time his hobbies include reading, history, travel, sports and technology.Nicola GiulianiOperations Director ItalyNicola GiulianiOperations Director Italy
Nicola is YSP operations Director for Italy and is based in Milan. He is also the CEO and Founder of Giuliani Sport a leading Italian sports management company which looks after many leading Italian footballers and other HNW individuals from the world of Sports and entertainment which he has run for over 20 years.
He has a Master degree in law from Bologna University as well as another Masters in Sports Law and business Management from the University of Trento.
Nicola has an eye for the extraordinary and a passion for client service that goes beyond the expected, helping his clients achieve the maximum in their communication, sales, marketing and business development goals ʹ whatever they may be.
With strong interpersonal skills and a unique relationship with his clients which distinguish him as his primary goal is always to provide the best tailor-made solutions for their needs.
He is a person defined by persistence, punctuality and perseverance and above all has a highly professional approach to his clients. His excellent knowledge of the English as well as Italian, French and Spanish provides an invaluable communications platform from which he liaises.
In his spare time, he loves to travel, loves modern Art and learning about cultures.
Gilles KuhnOperations Director MonacoGilles KuhnOperations Director Monaco
Gilles is the Founder & CEO of GK Luxury Consulting, a leading Luxury and Lifestyle Management company based in Monaco. Gilles acts as Operations Director for YU Spaces and Partners for both Monaco and the French Riviera. He is responsible for various aspects of the company ranging from Property, Luxury Lifestyle Management, Event Design and Public Relations Management.
With a penchant for the extraordinary Gilles is a highly qualified, results-oriented Director with strong and diversified experience in various sectors ranging from banking, compliance, luxury services, tailored assistance, customer services and relationship management.
He has a comprehensive knowledge of high end client profiles and is dynamic and goal oriented with a genuine sense of client services. Gilles is able to provide a personalised service tailored to fulfil your every need and is highly regarded within the industry.
With his unshakeable knowledge of Monaco and the French Riviera, the culture, customs and lay of the land, he is the key to region and all it has to offer from Lifestyle to Investment.
Gilles in his spear time enjoys tennis, jogging and skiing and is also a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce. He also speaks French, Italian and English fluently.Mariajo GilOperations Director SpainMariajo GilOperations Director Spain
Mariajo is YSP operational Director for Spain and is based in Madrid. She is also the CEO and Founder of award winning Marketing and PR company Dimension Communication which she has run for over 25 years.
Her evolution stems from years of professional work experience in the field of communication, facing and developing different challenges for elite firms such as Chanel, Ïndice Multimedia, Wanadoo, Iberdrola and Distrito Cuatro to name but a few. This has allowed her to update and substantiate her own know-how in addition to establishing excellent contacts and professional relationships.
Dimensión has an eye for the extraordinary and a passion for client service that goes beyond the expected, helping businesses achieve their communication, sales, marketing and business development goals ʹ whatever they may be.
There services assure the highest impact on each communication activity they develop and guarantee a return. They provide a wide range of event celebration formulas, from glittering lunch events to high profile sport meets, festivals, specialist TV, Art and Fashion work.
For the past 10 years they have been responsible for both the Spanish Cinema Jose María Forqué Awards as well as the Platino Awards with over 3000 attendees at La Caja Mágica in Madrid.
Mariajo hobbies include reading, yoga, surfing, diving, sailing, walking and travelling.Fatima KhanSenior Architect PakistanFatima KhanSenior Architect Pakistan
Fatima is YSP Senior Architect for Pakistan and works between our offices in Islamabad and Lahore. She also heads award winning architectural practise ZASA which she joined in 1998 after graduating from the National College of Arts with distinction.
Both ZASA and Fatima have a lot of international exposure working on high end residential projects. She has also worked at Dan Way an international interiors and architectural design firm based in Dubai in 1999 and in 2010 she joined Net Mimarlik in Istanbul and worked on projects with International firms like Black Sheep UK and Dara Kirmizitoprak.
She returned to Pakistan in 2016 and rejoined ZASA as senior partner. Since rejoining she has Won the International Asia Pacific Property Award in 2018 for best Interior Design. Fatima is a born leader with an exceptional eye for detail and excellent communication skills as well as an exceptional outside the box thinker.
In her spare time her hobbies include photography, painting and reading.Masood ButtConstruction Director PakistanMasood ButtConstruction Director Pakistan
Masood is YSP Construction Director for Pakistan and is based in Islamabad. He is also the CEO and Founder of Masood Enterprises a leading engineering and construction company which he has run for over 25 years. He has worked with renowned construction companies in executive positions in the capacity of project coordinator, project manager and Project Director.
He has worked on prestigious residential projects as well as completed challenging engineering jobs in rural areas of Pakistan where the progress and quality assurance are a real challenge and proven himself to be a great team leader in a country where there are many daily obstacles which are taken for granted in other parts of the world.
Masood has a good command on FIDIC contracts and has excellent communication skills regarding contractual issues. He is a member of both the Engineering Council of Pakistan and Institute of Engineers Pakistan.
In his spare time his hobbies include hiking, travelling and sport.Areti KalogerogianniOperations Director GreeceAreti KalogerogianniOperations Director Greece
Areti is the YSP Operational Director for Greece and is based in Athens. She is a senior business development executive with extensive global experience in the financial, luxury, retail and investment sector. As well as working with individual investors and groups she also works with Private Family Offices for members of the UAE royal family as well as senior executives and ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI) in the US, Europe and Middle East.
She is exceptionally well qualified to establish and maintain high profile client relationships across industries as well as managing strategic partnerships. She performs well under pressure and with cross border communication skills, can effectively manage inter-cultural challenges. Strong managerial and interpersonal skills.
Areti has a broad organizational perspective and results-driven approach to activities and projects. she holds an Executive MBA from Athens University of Economic and Business (AUEB). She also holds a Bachelor of Science (double major) from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens as well as completing a course at the London School of Economics for Executives 2018.
Her hobbies include fitness, philosophy (existentialists) she is a lover of classical Greek thought, fine art, travel and follower of visionary thinkers.Sulaiman Al ShaqsiOperations Director OmanSulaiman Al ShaqsiOperations Director Oman
Sulaiman is Operations Director for YSP in Oman and is based at our Muscat office. His role is primarily to oversee our HNWI clients based in Oman in terms of real estate development and investments both locally and abroad.
Sul has over 35 years’ experience in both the Real Estate and Oil and Gas sectors in Oman and has worked with several global companies specializing in Logistics as well as a business consultant for overseas companies wishing to invest in Oman and the Gulf States.
Sul holds degrees from both Loughborough University and FCILT. He is a born leader with an exceptional eye for detail and excellent communication and logistical skills. In his spare time he coaches a local football team and is also a karate instructor holding a 4th Dan.Andrey LyubimovOperations Director KenyaAndrey LyubimovOperations Director Kenya
Andrey is Operations Director for YU in Kenya and is based at our Nairobi office. His role is primarily to look after our Kenyan and Southern African clients both in Southern Africa and the UK.
With over 10 years of experience in both property and construction project management he has an excellent knowledge of global real estate, working on behalf of many HNWI Russians acquiring properties abroad. His unique skill set was built on a number of international projects ranging from luxury villas and mega yachts to class A offices and shopping malls. Andrey’s particular interest lies in the renovation of listed buildings in Russia, France and the UK for private clients.
Andrey holds a BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management form one of the top Russian universities MSc in Real Estate from Cass Business School, London. He is fully qualified Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Andrey is a born leader with an exceptional eye for detail and excellent communication skills. He also both fluent in English and Russian.