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Executive Team

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Gilbert Chagoury – Founder

Founder and Chairman of the Chagoury Group,Gilbert Ramez Chagoury was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 8th January 1946. His parents, Ramez and Alice Chagoury were Lebanese immigrants who raised all their children in Nigeria, a country they had both come to love passionately. Gilbert was sent to study at the College des Freres Chretiens in Lebanon and after returning to Nigeria began a promising business career, rising quickly to become Director of Sales for a Nigerian car company.

Gilbert’s commitment to African development was further cemented following his marriage to Rose Marie Chamchoun, the daughter of a successful businessman operating in Niger and Benin. It was this commitment which focussed Gilbert’s development of a business empire, almost entirely based in Africa.

With brother Ronald Chagoury in partnership, the Chagoury industrial and financial empire has grown to encompass a multi-faceted business conglomerate determined to break the myths and perceptions of African developmental limitations.

Gilbert Chagoury’s plans for the future include tying up the best of African industry to the resource needs of China, India and Latin America.

Ronald Chagoury – Founder

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Chagoury Group, Ronald Chagoury was born in Nigeria on 8th January 1949. Ronald’s parents, Ramez and Alice Chagoury had emigrated to Nigeria in the 1940’s where they instantly laid down roots and became fully part of Nigerian society and culture. Growing up steeped in the cultural traditions of two countries, Lebanon and Nigeria, Ronald quickly realised that his adopted country cried out for mechanisms to harness the boundless talents of its peoples.

After studying at the College des Freres Chretiens in Lebanon, Ronald enrolled in business studies at Long Beach University, California. Following graduation, he quickly returned to Nigeria and began to implement the business principles he had so eagerly taken on board in the United States.

With his business knowledge fully attuned, Ronald quickly took oversight of the construction and civil engineering development of the Chagoury Group.

Ronald is married to Berthe, daughter of Blanche and Eduard Awad, and they have two children.

Ronald Chagoury Sr - Chagoury Group

Caline Chagoury – Director

Caline continually looks to the advancement of her home, Lagos, Nigeria, through building businesses, establishing spaces for the Arts of Africa to flourish, and empowering artists to reach their full potential. To that end Caline has launched multiple businesses including:

  • Art Twenty One, a dedicated space for contemporary art in Lagos Nigeria,
  • Echo Art, an art consulting & management company focusing on the Contemporary African Art scene
  • Artoja, marketplace and creative production company for contemporary art and design in Africa.

After completing her studies in France, and in addition to running her own businesses, Caline joined The Chagoury Group in 2010 to oversee the many upgrades and improvements that have continually been added to The Eko Hotel. Caline has since expanded her role in The Chagoury Group to look over various other companies.

Through her many endeavors, both within The Chagoury Group and out, Caline continues her commitment to Nigeria.

Laurent Backx – Director

In 2005 Laurent graduated from the American University of Paris with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and soon went on to work in the finance industry across Europe.

Having worked in various firms, and after completing an MBA program at the University of Southern California, Laurent moved to Lagos, Nigeria to be a director in The Chagoury Group to oversee multiple companies. Bringing with him his experiences, Laurent continues to push the core values of The Chagoury Group.

Chris Chagoury – Director

Chris Chagoury graduated from Université Pantheon-Assas Paris and New York University School of Law in 2003, specializing in Business Law, international Law, and international litigation/arbitration. Upon completing his degree he further went on to pass the BAR in New York and practiced law in the United States for a number of years.

Upon returning to Nigeria he joined The Chagoury Group as a Director and now oversees various companies within the group including being Chairman of Eko Hotel

Ronald Chagoury – Director

After completing undergraduate and graduate studies in France, Ronald returned to Nigeria in 2007 to join The Chagoury Group as a Director.

Ronald has and continues to incorporate new technologies and systems throughout various companies within The Chagoury Group to ensure the companies remain at their best.

Currently, Ronald is the Vice Chairman of South Energyx Nigeria Limited, the company which is currently building Eko Atlantic City, a new city construction project located off Victoria Island, adjacent to Lagos