Wafik Youssef has been appointed vice president of operations for the Middle East & Africa at Kempinski Hotels, taking over from his predecessor, Michael Sorgenfrey. Youssef has been with the luxury hotel group for the past 10 years. More recently, he held the role of regionaldirector of operations, Middle East & Africa.
Youssef started his hospitality career in Egypt approximately20 years ago and joined the opening team at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, in 2006. In 2008, he took over the role of frontoffice manager at the Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, also in its opening phase. Youssef returned to Kempinski Hotels in 2009 and has grown his career with the company 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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