Thomas Proxa MIH
Thomas has bags of experience in the hospitality sector. He is also a highly effective recruiter with a strong track record in filling high profile positions. As CEO of the Unitas Group he is responsible for overseeing all Unitas divisions and is actively involved with all national and international senior management and executive recruitment assignments. Since 2001 he has built up an impressive portfolio of international hospitality clients including luxury hotels, as well as renowned restaurants (restaurant groups), food retail businesses and high profile bar operators.
Thomas is regarded as one of the leading and most respected hospitality experts in the UK. He has established one of the strongest networks allowing Unitas to consistently grow year after year.
Paolo’s experience with internationally renowned restaurants and other hospitality businesses helped him build an impressive network of quality suppliers all over the globe. He is responsible for sourcing products ensuring the reliability of the products and the supply chain. His mission is to create money-saving upstream sourcing solutions for any hospitality and food retail business.
Paolo is a strong believer in transparent, flexible and honest business dealings and loves the personal, hands-on contact with clients and suppliers alike, which has played an instrumental part to Unitas’ success to date.
Michael Schäfer MIH
MD Unitas Group Germany
Michael’s main experience is in luxury hotels. He has worked in some of the best four and five star hotels in the world as Controller and General Manager. This solid commercial background in the hospitality industry is one of his key strengths. Michael is able to identify the key indicators that turn any hotel or hospitality operation into a successful business. He always ensures that the offer is attractive to the customer and economically viable for the operator. Most importantly, he has a balanced approach to business and is always looking for simple solutions to complex issues. Michael’s main responsibility is growing the Unitas Group in Germany and other German speaking countries. He also assists with business and start-up planning and is involved with large scale hotel and serviced apartment projects.
Michael’s main responsibility is growing the Unitas Group in Germany and other German speaking countries. He also assists with business and start-up planning and is involved with large scale hotel and serviced apartment projects. Michael has also been a Brand Ambassador for BridgeStreet Global Hospitality since May 2015. He assists with the search and selection of suitable sites for Mode ApartHotels (as well as for the other brands within the portfolio) in the German speaking countries of Central Europe.
MD Unitas Group US
Jeyson Rivera is a results-driven finance executive with more than 15 years of experience in both the US and internationally effectively overseeing and controlling finance shared service operations in a number of industries. He is also the co-founder of High Class Marketing LLC. Launched in 2002 it is involved in leading campaign projects for marketing and promotional events primarily within the beverage, tobacco, media and entertainment industries in the US East Coast.
Jeyson attended Saint Peters University in New Jersey on a football scholarship where he attained a degree in International Business and Trade. Upon graduating in May 2002, he started his finance career at Panasonic Electronics US corporate offices in New Jersey leading the global credit and collections team. In his 15 plus years within finance, he has held executive roles within global conglomerates such as Morgan Stanley, Pearson Education, American Express and NBC Universal. Jeyson has taken on the US territory and has already started to expand our Unitas services into the US.
Managing Director B2B UK & Africa
Ghanaian born Eric Ofori-Atta was educated in the UK and Germany where he was awarded a degree in history. Two years ago, he setup the successful luxury concierge and asset intermediary DuMont Noir. With a keen interest in travel and hospitality Eric prides himself in providing prompt bespoke services to high-calibre clients worldwide. He is an excellent networker and we are very pleased to have Eric on board as a director.
He has already established and introduced an amazing network to Unitas and has been instrumental in making Unitas B2B the most successful division of the group.
Ijlal A. Hameedaddeen
Partner/Managing Director KSA & Dubai
A graduate from Prince Sultan University with a degree in Applied Linguistics, Ijlal is an excellent communicator and networker. She has held a number of positions with KPMG in their Executive Search division and has been responsible for talent recruitment as a Resourcing Specialist for General Electric in Saudi and Bahrain. Ijlal joined Unitas as a Founding Partner and MD for KSA and UAE and is the key contact for Unitas clients in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East especially for hospitality consultancy and foreign currency and requirements.
Her positive attitude and phenomenal networking capabilities have already had a big impact for Unitas in the Middle-Eastern market.
CEO Unitas Hospitality
Nigel’s extensive experience in the hospitality industry covers operations and openings across a broad spectrum of sectors including fine dining, boutique and 5-star international hotels, branded & privately owned restaurants and business and industry contract catering for both leading independent and large scale global operators. He has an excellent track record of success throughout the UK and internationally and he thrives on building a culture that nurtures great talent, rewarding and recognising success. Whilst being commercially astute, he also understands the business benefits and viable realities from both an organisation’s and its customers’ perspectives.
Nigel has joined Unitas to work closely with the board to develop and implement a strategy to grow Unitas’s Hospitality division with a strong focus on the Middle-East.
Jan Van Delden
MD Unitas Hospitality UK & ME
Jan van Delden has over 25 years experience in luxury food and beverage management. After graduating in the Netherlands, his native country, he managed a number of highly regarded restaurants there. He then gained his international experience in several countries around the world. He has played an instrumental part in establishing the MARC group in London and on the East Coast of the USA over last ten years. This group, with him as Operations Director, has created several brands, such as A Voce and FPB in New York City and established the position as one of the true leaders in the fine food market in the UK with (multi-) Michelin starred restaurants like The Greenhouse and Umu in London.
His passion lies with the process of concept development and the implementation of brands. During his career he has been involved in the creation and positioning of the F&B operations in bars, restaurants, night clubs, golf & country clubs, private member clubs, wholesale food operations and food retail shops.
B2B Partner Balkans / Senior Hospitality Consultant
Matt is the founder and co-owner of a successful restaurant chain throughout Slovenia www.srestavracije.si and has recently launched the highly successful Slovely Park Brand to the Ljubljana market with the view to expand the concept to the UK and the Middle-East.
As a hands-on restaurateur, he is an expert in the hospitality sector with first-hand knowledge of concept development, branding, sourcing, restaurant openings and contract catering. Over the years he has also developed a large network of business contacts through his restaurant group and has proven himself as an excellent networker.
Matt joined the Unitas team to help our ever-growing client base with new concept development and branding.
Unitas B2B is extremely pleased to have formed a business partnership with Matt. He is responsible for the Balkan office and has already successfully introduced our Foreign Exchange Partners, Global Reach Partners, to his vast network of contacts in the Balkan region.
Atif has a wealth of experience in the hospitality sector which began in 2004 when he joined Alan Yau, working alongside industry names such Tony Kitous, Jean Michel Orieux, Eric Partaker, Daniel Houghton, Daniel Bear and Sumit Chadha.
He also co-owns and c-founded a new concept in London called “Carve” alongside Daniel Bear.
His hospitality sector experience as FD, CFO and COO includes working with brands such as Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Saka No Hana, Busaba Eathai, PingPong, Comptoir Libanais, Levant, Kenza, Beauchamp Club, Chilango, Euphorium Bakery and Chiquen/Frangos.
Atif has raised money using “Crowdcube” in excess of £5m, and HNW, instrumental and prepared the presentation for the sale of Hakkasan and Busaba. In 2012 he joined Euphorium Bakery as the Group CFO / High Street COO, being instrumental on the sale of a minority stake to Tesco PLC in May 2013, and then selling the remaining percentage in March 2015 for double digit millions.
Atif has joined the Unitas Group Board to help grow an already successful business to the next level, controlling all divisions not only financially but also commercially.