SGE Team

The core team at SGE is a maverick bunch of six from four continents, speak eight languages amongst us and come with a combined experience across 15 industries.
Within such diversity we have one thing in common, a burning desire to succeed.

James Allen Gantt

Managing Director

Mr.Gantt has more than 17 years of experience living and working around the world - focused on entrepreneurial ventures, international business, channel partner development/management, and implementation of best practice methodologies. Prior to joining SGE, Mr. Gantt founded multiple international companies across a range of industries. In addition to his start up experience, Mr. Gantt understands the high demand corporate nuances having managed the Asia-Pacific region for a NASDAQ publicly traded company. Among his entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Gantt founded and operated a Singapore-based consulting/trading company that bridged the gap between Asia and the rest of the world and co-founded a multinational construction and development company that has operated throughout Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Gantt's background is well suited to SGE's growing portfolio, specifically targeting growth opportunities in the IT, land development and associated sectors in emerging markets. Mr. Gantt graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a BA in Political Science/International Affairs and a BA in French.

Maher Reefay

General Manager

Maher has more than 25 years of experience in multi-national company management, business development, construction management, and technical equipment sales and operation. Prior to joining SGE, Maher co-founded a consulting engineering and construction management firm with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Lebanon. He has held positions focused on business development and sustainability and facility management at a major US construction firm and has been a regional manager for a US-based Fortune 500 firm with global reach. Maher's proven track record in business development, creating and implementing acquisition plans, developing and spearheading strategies in support of corporate goals and providing vision and setting goals for business development activities is an integral part of SGE's placement agent practice and investment diligence. Maher graduated with an MSc in Engineering from Stanford University and a BSc in Engineering from Syracuse University.

Raafat Osman

Chief Financial Officer

Raafat has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, which he acquired the USA and internationally. Prior to joining SGE, Raafat played a key role in managing the finances of the New York Economic Development Corporation. He built his extensive experience in the real estate, financial and services sectors. Raafat has a track record in cost cutting, developing effective financial plans, structuring financial hedge strategies, team building and streamlining the accounting process. He earned his MBA in finance from Georgia state university. He is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts and NY state.

Hocine Remram

Hocine has 30 years of engineering, construction, development and project management experience. Hocine manages client relations and liaises with architects, engineers, consultants and contractors for investment projects focused on development and construction in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He also ensures adherence to contracts, specifications and local building code requirements, and minimizes risks impacting project cost, schedule and quality. Prior to joining SGE, he was a development leader at Johnson Controls Inc., where he managed energy efficiency and sustainability projects. Prior to that, Mr. Remram was a department manager at Tetra Tech, Inc. in Irvine, CA, where he managed a construction and engineering department. Hocine also held managerial and engineering positions with Bechtel Corporation, Syska & Hennessey, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Mr. Remram holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, a Certificate of Engineering from UC Berkeley and Management Certifications from the American Management Association. Hocine is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State California.

Mohamed Akbar Sherif

Akbar is an ambitious, self-driven individual who obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics degree from Anna University, India. Prior to joining Star Property Inspection, Akbar worked for several facilities management firms as a Facilities Engineer where he was primarily responsible for, amongst others, conducting building conditional survey and generating snag reports, property asset performance monitoring and enhancement, preventative and reactive maintenance, and managing statutory requirements and subcontractors. Akbar is now further developing his skill set as an inspector at Star Property Inspection.

Tendai Makuwaza

Tendai is a vibrant and determined young lady who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting and Finance major) from Curtin University, Australia and PRINCE2 Certification in project management. Prior to joining the team, she was employed by a prestigious energy and infrastructure development firm where she acquired extensive experience in project management after having been involved in some of Zimbabwe’s largest power expansion projects. Her current role as Administrative Assistant matches well with her unwavering desire for order and excellence. She is presently responsible for, amongst others, providing administrative support to the Directors in the various disciplines, coordinating in-house activities, providing administrative support to the Inspectors and the Sales Teams.