Management Team

Darren Gibson 

Chief Executive Officer
Mr Gibson joined Luštica Development AD in October 2014, with over 25 years of experience in public and private sector urban development including 8+ years as a Company Director in urban planning and development consultancy practices in Australia and 6 years as Vice President of Planning & Development for the Egyptian Resort Company (ERC) in Egypt. 

He has extensive experience in the planning, management and implementation of urban planning projects, including master plans and large urban land release areas, major tourism projects, commercial and residential projects and major infrastructure. Prior to this, Mr Gibson spent twelve years as an urban planner in local and regional government authorities in Australia. 

Mr Gibson holds a Bachelors degree with honors in Town Planning from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is also accredited as a Certified Practicing Planner by the Planning Institute of Australia.

Nabil Michel

Head of Construction
With over 33 years of experience in executive engineering and management, Mr Nabil Michel brings a wealth of experience to Luštica Bay. 

Furthermore, Mr Michel has been part of the Orascom family since 1992. Prior to joining Orascom, he worked with one of the biggest construction companies in Egypt, AYOUBCO for 10 years. 

His CV includes more than 23 years spent managing a variety of building projects, including Hotels, Golf Courses and Real Estate projects, such as Ebasco-Contract JV in the Apache Helicopter airport project, the Movenpick Hotel, Sheraton Miramar Hotel, Steigenberger Golf Hotel and Club-Ocean View Hotel, as well as The Bibliotheca Alexandria Library branch and the Nursing institute in El Gouna, Egypt.

Mr Michel joined Luštica Development in March 2015. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Assist University, Egypt.

Mohamed AbouArab

Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Luštica Development in 2014, as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. AbouArab held a number of senior roles. He served as Group Finance Manager of Orascom Development Holding AG, while he was also part of the Corporate Finance Team of Citadel Capital S.A.E., one of the leading private equity firms in the Middle East and Africa.

It was during this time that he worked as a Finance Manager in charge of a $3.7 billion project for the construction of a refinery complex in Egypt, in addition to two Capital Investment Funds with a committed capital of $500 million, focusing largely on acquisitions of greenfield & brownfield businesses in the MENA region. Mr. AbouArab also served as a Senior Auditor within the Assurance & Advisory Team in Deloitte & Touch Egypt. 

Mr. AbouArab holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from the University of Zagazig, Egypt.

Ruediger Fleige

Head of Sales and Marketing
A native German, Mr Fleige began his career in 1979 and his CV boasts sales and marketing roles in world renowned international companies such Mars, Johnson & Johnson, Sony Music and EMI Electoral. 

Mr Fleige made the move into real estate brokerage in 2005, quickly rising to the position of Managing Director of RE/Max and Kodex in Germany, specializing in brokerage of residential and commercial property. 

In 2011, he joined the team at Andermatt Swiss Alps, Switzerland (an Orascom affiliate) as channel manager before establishing his own real estate brokerage company. Mr Fleige joined Lustica Development as Head of Sales and Marketing in March 2015.

Nebojša Popović

Head of Legal Department
Mr. Nebojša Popović joined Luštica Development in 2014, assuming the role as leader of the project’s legal department. His career began at the Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Montenegro, where he was first employed in the role as adviser, but went on to become an Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs. He held this post for three terms, and in 2012, took over the role as Secretary for the newly formed Secretariat for Development Projects in Montenegro.

His experience has seen him coordinate the drafting of laws and other strategic documents in the field of tourism, including, crucially, the Master Plan for the development of tourism by the year 2020. As a member of the Tender Commission for Tourism as part the Privatization Council, he participated in the preparation of models and the conclusion of agreements on long-term lease and tourism value of several major greenfield projects in Montenegro. 

He coordinated the activities for the development of regulations on classification and of facilities, and later became the President of the Commission for categorization of hotels in Montenegro. Mr. Popović holds a Law degree from the State University of Montenegro.

Maja Simović

Facility Manager
Ms. Maja Simović joined Luštica Bay as Facility Manager in 2014 having a wealth of knowledge she has acquired from a 16-year career; 13 of those spent in the field of facility management, procurement, project management and property management, primarily working within the US Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro. 

Ms. Simović's experience is in the management and supervision of facilities, OBO construction management and general services. Her experience leaves her well positioned to make a major contribution to the establishment of the Luštica Bay community. Her responsibilities are primarily ensuring functionality and safety, while at the same time creating an enjoyable environment for all homeowners. 

Ms. Simović holds a bachelor degree in Structural Engineering from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Podgorica.
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