Wafik Youssef has been appointed as vice president operations, Middle East & Africa at Kempinski Hotels, taking over from his predecessor, Michael Sorgenfrey.
A leader with great operational aptitude, strong strategic planning skills and financial acumen, Youssef has been with the luxury hotel group for the past 10 years. More recently, he held the role of regional director of operations, Middle East & Africa, where his contribution has been instrumental in setting performance standards and driving quality and compliance throughout the MEA region.
Youssef started his hospitality career in Egypt almost 20 years ago and joined in 2006 the opening team at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. In 2008, he took over the role of front office manager at the Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, also in its opening phase. With a genuine passion for the hospitality, Youssef returned to Kempinski Hotels in 2009 and has grown his career with the company ever since by taking on several assignments in various geographic destinations including front office manager and rooms division manager at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, High Tatras, Slovakia, and executive assistant manager at the Grand Hotel Djibloho Kempinski, Equatorial Guinea. In 2015, Youssef joined the Regional Office Middle East & Africa in Dubai as regional operations manager.
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