Our Team

Our Founders

Tamer Erian

Tamer has been in the hospitality business for over 15 years, starting as a trainee on Nile Exploration cruise to being assistant to the CEO. Tamer sets the stage for his team to create innovative quality dining experiences. His constant quest for knowledge of all the innerworkings of the industry allows him to lead a diverse team spanning several areas of specializations. He has overseen the design, fit out and launch of several of Cairo’s top dining stops including, Gigi Burger Bar, Mezcal, Izakaya and Binge Gastropub in Cairo. 

Under his leadership, Sanctum Hospitality’s projects and foothold in the industry has grown exponentially in the last 5 years to be one of Egypt’s leading hospitality companies.

Taymour Erian

Taymour has learned the hospitality and service industry in some of the world’s most distinguished hotels. He has served royalty as assistant manager of the restaurant Center Cut in the Ritz-Carlton Dubai. He then went on to lead a team of expert serviceman as the Deputy Food & Beverage Manager of the hotel. 

He is a leader by example, participating in every aspect of the restaurants from service to kitchen to stewarding. Taymour always strives to bring new dynamic dishes and experiences to his guests. His charming nature and affable personality foster loyalty among his guests and his team. He has made a name for himself in the Hospitality industry in Egypt in a few short years putting Sanctum Hospitality’s restaurants Cairo’s top dining spots today.

Culinary Team

Lan Thorne

Executive Chef

Meet our culinary Maestro and the curator of all our restaurants’ delicious flavors. Leading a team of talented chefs, Chef Lan always strives to produce the best, unique experiences. He has been excelling in the culinary world for 15 years, starting his journey in the Hospitality Management School of Columbia in Lima, Peru. He has worked with restaurants such as The Act in Dubai, UAE, and Osaka in Lima, Peru, among other distinctions in the field. 

By channeling his passion for food and his thirst for knowledge, embedded within him since a young age, into Sanctum Hospitality, he has helped us grow and reach a culinary level we are proud to represent today. Chef Lan follows three simple principles wile doing so ‘simplicity, freshness & elegance’.

Martin Rodriguez

Executive Chef De Cuisine

For over 13 years, Martin has been a noteworthy leader in the diverse culinary universe. You may know him as the Chef de Cuisine at Izakaya, but Martin can also be credited with contributions to Hanzo, one of the best Japanese Peruvian Nikkei restaurants in Lima & Santiago de Chile as well as Temple, one of the renowned restaurants serving contemporary Japanese cuisine in the Intercontinental Hotel in Santiago. 

Stemming from a rich culinary background stimulated by his family and a bachelor’s degree in the Peruvian Institute of Chefs in Lima, Martin aspires to accentuate the flavors of his home country, Peru, as well as explore and discover new ingredients from Egypt so he can create harmonious dishes of new flavors and textures resulting in a new refined fine dining cuisine experience.

Darwin Barbosa

Chef De Partie

Darwin is our Chef de Partie at Mezcal, curating and perfecting our authentic Mexican Peruvian dishes. He believes sharing his dishes as well as his culinary expertise is a mandatory part of every chef’s journey; the experience provided to the guests as well as taught to his colleagues creates a supportive and transparent environment allowing the kitchen to reach its full potential. Originating from Peru, Darwin can provide the most authentic of experiences to Mezcal’s culinary verse which has enabled Sanctum Hospitality to harbor a refined Latin restaurant in the heart of Cairo. 

Our Peruvian Chef has worked on a culinary certificate in his hometown and aspires to continue his journey in Cairo, immersing himself in his love for refined food birthed from a passion carefully developed by his familial background.

Ivan Mosquera

Bar Manager

Ivan is our bar manager and head mixologist, responsible for all our delicious concoctions and impeccable bar team. With years of history in the hospitality industry all over Europe, he is a force to be reckoned with. He started his career in the hospitality industry 15 years ago in London, then on to Amsterdam, Milan, Antalia, Barcelona, Madrid and Galicia. Working in some of the most notable hot spots in Europe including Café Del Mar in Barcelona, Ivan’s knowledge of the art of the cocktail has no bounds. 


Ivan is part of the European bartender school association, and has worked as an instructor, mixologist, and head bartender. Sanctum Hospitality’s newest team member, Ivan’s endless energy and meticulous nature makes him the perfect addition to the team.

Management Team

Pino Azer

Hospitality Manager

Pino is our Hospitality Manager – he oversees and ensures our guests receive the best service possible, which can stretch over the spectrum of organizing a decadent event for our guests to making sure the smallest of our cutlery is spotless. His attention to detail and calm and collected demeanor allow him to tackle any issues of service and operations in an efficient manner. 


Starting as an Event Organizer, Pino decided to take his passion one step further by entering the hospitality industry handling all internal and external operations, by ensuring all guests are receiving great and unique services, orchestrating the front of house’s operation to meet stellar expectations, ensure the kitchen’s operation does the same, as he juggles the former with the company’s constant new-and-improved directions.

Farida Zaki

Communications & Business Development Manager

Ensuring public relations and marketing plans encourage brand loyalty and revenue, Farida covers a wide array of programs ensuring the new concepts developed with our founders are curated to the guests’ tastes. Farida’s journey has begun as holding the position of Public Relations at Nola’s Cupcakes to reaching Marketing Manager at Fairmont Nile City where she discovered her passion for Food & Beverage. 

She believes marketing with a cause is an important aspect in the hospitality industry which is why causes raising awareness on issues such as Breast Cancer are projects that hold a lot of importance to her. Farida hopes to develop the Marketing department in Sanctum Hospitality to become a full-fledged and independent sector of the company fulfilling its vision and goals.