Over the past 20 years, Furqan Athar has been instrumental in the financial and administrative strategic planning and management of some of the most successful shopping centers and mixed-use developments in the Middle East and Asia.
Furqan began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG before taking on management positions with Dubai-based developers Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Shopping Centres and Al Futtaim Group Real Estate. An expert in business process and IT set-up, he has participated in the deployment of major ERP solutions such as JDE 1 World, Navision and SAP in major multinationals.
In previous management positions with Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Centres and Al Futtaim Group Real Estate, he has been instrumental in the financial and strategic planning of some of the Middle East and Asia’s most successful shopping centers and mixed-use developments.
Furqan is a trained Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Management Accountant (CMA) from the UK with wide-ranging experience in investment portfolio management, from planning to divestment and exit strategies.
In 2004 he launched SPRET Trading; he founded Retail Solutions, an investment management and advisory firm based in Dubai. He’s the Managing Director of SPRET Retail, a multinational retailing company with over 250 employees within various locations across the Middle East.
In 2011, Furqan became a partner at McARTHUR + COMPANY. As director of strategic planning and finance, he leads the team on various assignments throughout the Middle East, North America and Asia.
He has extensive experience in all aspects of the shopping centre industry, more specifically in investment management and value creation.
Furqan is well known throughout the region as an expert in shopping centre investment, underwriting, and operational finance, as well as planning and Retail Operations.