John Hanafin is a financier, investor, deal maker and established Huriya Private after 15 years in financial services in the Middle East.


A focused professional with entrepreneurial drive and a commercial mindset.  John has over 25 year’s experience in the HNW Trust & Corporate Services industry, with 15 years based in Dubai, Doha and Manama. With an extensive background in serving the specialised needs of high net worth investors around the world, John brings to the table proven leadership experience in global financial services, residency and citizenship planning, estate planning and other related services. In addition to sitting on the boards of various organizations globally, John is also a trusted advisor to governments for the structuring and implementation of programs to boost corporate re-domiciliation and foreign direct investments.


John is a Chartered member of the Securities Institute (CISI), a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a member of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), a member of the International Business Structuring Association (IBSA) and an FA Registered Intermediary, authorized to conduct intermediary activity on behalf of professional football players and clubs in England.

“The right to freedom of movement is a fundamental right preserved in the laws and constitutions of most countries, however we see evidence daily that this right is limited to the borders and visa restrictions of ones country of citizenship or lawful residence.


I have established Huriya Private to provide private advisory services to a select number of families and private individuals. Our team brings decades of professional financial services experience with an international network of contacts, and a deep understanding of the needs of the modern day high net worth client or international family.


We have great experience in advising some of the GCC’s wealthiest individuals. In an increasingly complex world, we help them to protect, maintain and enhance their private wealth. We provide them with the freedom to travel visa free, and to access and repatriate their wealth, in the most commercial, tax efficient and cost-effective manner possible.”


John D. Hanafin

Founder | CEO

+971 4 589 6434 | john.hanafin@huriya.ae


John Hanafin TEP LLM MCSI has over 25 years experience in the high net worth Trust & Corporate Services industry, with 15 years based in the Middle East, and an extensive background serving the specialised needs of ultra high net worth investors around the world.


Approved, licensed and recognised by many international FSCs, John is a trusted advisor to governments for the structuring and implementation of programs to boost corporate re-domiciliation and foreign direct investments. John is a chartered member of the Securities Institute (CISI), a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a member of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), a registered intermediary of the Football Association in the UK, and sits on the boards of various organisations around the world.

Katerina Pawlowska MA

Chief Operations Officer

+971 50 436 3698 katerina.pawlowska@huriya.ae


Katerina Pawlowska MA has a Masters in Management, and is a highly accomplished and influential multi-lingual HR Director and Organisational Transformation Specialist with an international career spanning 15 years. Skilled in steering corporate strategy in international companies through organic and new market growth, whilst advising on strategic direction and managing system enhancements and implementations.


Katerina has led highly effective projects both within many international businesses and charitable organisations. Her expertise also covers motivating innovative company-wide people practices to drive talent as a competitive differentiator, and implement commercially successful strategies that both sustain operational excellence and facilitates company growth.

Craig Brown

Board of Advisors

+971 50 148 9286 | craig.brown@huriya.ae


Craig Brown TEP started his career in the Company and Trust formation / Estate Planning business back in 1997 in Jersey, Channel Islands where he gained valuable experience of international structuring for global high net-worth individuals working with Price Waterhouse and then PwC following the merger with Coopers and Lybrand.

Returning to the UK to work in Accountancy and Tax and study ACCA, together with UK company management, then moving on to Dubai where he became Head of Trusts – Middle East for the Sovereign Group, a global corporate service provider, before joining a private family office in DIFC as head of operations.  Craig has been in the UAE since 2006 and has vast experience in local onshore Dubai corporate structuring.


Craig is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and continues to study the everchanging landscape of corporate structuring, Trusts and estate planning and compliance through the STEP organisation.  Craig has also studied the GCC VAT Compliance Diploma written by PwC.

Bill Anderson

Board of Advisors

+971 52 979 8302 bill.anderson@huriya.ae


Bill Anderson FCCA is a former Global CFO (Head of Finance & MI Operations) at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) corporate banking division overseeing their global operations worth over £2 billion profits and total assets of £103 billion.


Bill is a board member of the Irish Business Council in Dubai. He is a former Head of Internal Audit for RBS in three corporate divisions (Structured, Equity and Asset Finance) and two functional areas (Finance & Human Resources).


Bill worked with the CEO’s of each division to identify and resolve business issues. He established a wealth management practice in 2008 which won Irish Financial Advisory Firm of the Year in 2014 & 2015. He has worked as a mentor & adviser for a number of start-up & SME businesses helping them to expand their business internationally. He has 25 years’ experience in finance, strategy, business modelling, investor readiness, audit, corporate governance, compliance, business commercialisation, IT systems and corporate restructuring.

Evgenia Zavarnitsyna

Board of Advisors

+971 55 278 8831 | evgenia@huriya.ae


Evgenia Zavarnitsyna brings 15+ years of experience across various wealth management, family office and corporate services.

Bsc of finance, holder of STEP certification of International Trust Management, OECD BEPS frameworks expert and seasoned UAE based practitioner, Evgenia has a proven track record of successful execution of challenging cross -border projects and driving service excellence to the utmost satisfaction of our Clients.

Native Russian speaker with over 10 years of UAE experience Evgenia leads delivery of Huriya HNWI private practice services to the clients from CIS countries.

Daniel Strutt

Qatar – Country Manager

+974 5540 6601 | daniel.strutt@huriya.ae


Daniel Strutt has extensive experience in the high net worth real estate industry, previously heading up IP Global as country manager of Qatar. Daniel has over 18 years of experience dealing with high net worth investors, the last 10 of which have been based in Qatar.  Trust and transparency are the principles on which Daniel builds profitable and long-lasting relationships with his investors. Complete confidence and a passion in the product pave the way to growth and success for his business and team.  Daniel holds a Bsc in Ergonomics from the University of Loughborough.

Brendan Cottle

South Africa – Country Manager

+27 66 267 6774 | brendan.cottle@huriya.ae


Brendan, an early Millennial with a 360° vision of leadership, strategy and business development across multiple sectors throughout the MENA, SADC and CIS regions. With over a decade’s worth of experience working with leading international and start up brands, his limitless thinking has influenced some of the most successful business minds who have institutionalized well-known brands and have multiplied their global retail operations. Brendan believes that behind a successful brand, business or individual is a team of people that share the passion. Brendan holds a MBA degree from the University of Roehampton in London.

Sehrish Burza

Investment Immigration Manager

+971 50 641 9859 | sehrish.burza@huriya.ae


Sehrish Burza has a Bachelors of Business Administration and over 6 years experience in the citizenship by investment industry as a branch operations manager and sales team leader.  Sehrish has significant expertise in handling high net worth client applications for residency and citizenship in over 15 countries, from the Caribbean to Europe.

Anna Lyn Caraos

Administration Manager

+971 4 589 6434 | anna.caraos@huriya.ae


Anna Caraos is the former head of administration for a large multi-national corporate services group and has over 10 years management experience in the corporate services industry, covering all areas of international company formation an annual management. Anna has a Bsc in Psychology, which no doubt helps her deal with her colleagues…


“HURIYA” – ‘Arabic – Freedom’.

noun UK /’fri:·dam/ US /’fri·dam/

the right to live in the way you want, without being controlled by anyone else.

Cambridge def.