Board members and Officers elections Term March 2019-2021
April 07 2019, 6:26 AM

The Middle East and Africa Duty Free Association held the elections of the board for the new term starting from April 2019 until March 2021 during the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 in Dubai at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The Associate members selected the following board whilst the new board selected the committee officers as follows:

Mr. Haitham Al Majali –    CEO, Jordan Duty Free Shops –  President
Mr. Sherif Toulan –    CEO, IDFTA Ltd. –  Vice President
Mr. Tarek Hamila –    CEO, Hamila Duty Free –  Treasurer
Mr. Taleb Izmigna –    Chairman, Dufry Jordan –  Secretary General
Mr. Bernard Creed –    Senior VP Finance, Dubai Duty Free  
Mr. Nuno Amaral –    CEO, AerRianta International Middle East  
Mr. Nicolas Van Brandt –    CEO, IDF Africa & Middle East DWC – LLC  
Mr. Alain Maingreaud –    President, Tax Free World Association  
Mr. David Bisset –    CEO, Lagardère Travel Retail  
Mr. Karl Raphael –    CEO/ Chairman, Aphrodite Duty Free Shops  
Mr. Felix Brunner –    General Manager, Dufry Sharjah  

The meeting witnessed the election of the first board member representing the Affiliate category under the Tobacco group to represent them in the MEADFA Board:

Ms. Rita Chidiac –    Corporate Affairs & Communication Manager Worldwide Duty Free,  JT International

Mr. Haitham Al Majali expressed his thanks to the outgoing Board members for their support and contribution to making MEADFA as successful as it is today. He, as well, welcomed the new Board members and wished the officers elected the best of luck in running the Association.

Mr. Haitham Al Majali stated: “It is a pleasure and honor to be elected as the MEADFA President for the second time. My sincere gratitude to the members for their trust.

Since the introduction of the Affiliate category, our membership grew to 44 members.  A new chapter in direct collaboration with the affiliate members, and it is indeed an exciting and interesting period joining forces for the best advantage of the duty free and travel retail industry in the Middle East and Africa region.

I look forward to partner with my fellow board members to deliver on our vision and help accelerate the strategic actions to represent the industry and strengthen the Association’s growth”.

For more information on MEADFA membership visit MEADFA website or contact Ms. Micheline El Ammar Enkiri on