AMFORHT announces new board appointments and strategic plans for growth

AMFORHT announces new board appointments and strategic plans for growth

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AMFORHT has revealed significant changes with the appointment of its new board members and the constitution of the executive board. The organization outlined the future direction during a pivotal meeting, making these decisions.

Key appointments

AMFORHT has reshaped its leadership landscape with a series of key appointments during a recent board meeting. At the forefront of this transformative change is Djibril Fofona, who assumes the pivotal role of general secretary. He will orchestrate a seamless coordination, liaising with the executive board, board member, and the president. Fofona’s influence extends further as he takes on the mantle of general delegate for AMFORHT in Africa.

Joining the ranks is Denis Sorin, who steps into the role of chairman AMFORHT Middle East. He will work beyond representing and harmonizing relations in the region. Sorin will wield his expertise in shaping the organization’s communications strategy. In addition, he will oversee its implementation.

Meanwhile, Xaver Gret adds a global perspective to the team. He has been newly appointed general delegate AMFORHT North America. Therefore, his responsibilities encompass regional representation. Additionally, he will advocate for AMFORHT in international bodies like the UN and UNWTO.

In a strategic move, Didier Argence assumes a crucial position as the finance head, shouldering the responsibility of managing the association’s finances. Argence’s overarching mission includes overseeing the collection of membership fees. He will collaborate with partner Colonna and spearhead fundraising endeavors across diverse institutions.

AMFORHT anticipates further additions to the leadership team in the coming weeks. The organization focuses on enhancing collaboration with partner schools, acknowledging their pivotal role in shaping the future of the hospitality sector.

With a reinvigorated leadership team in place, AMFORHT will tackle ambitious goals head-on. The organization envisions positioning AMFORHT as a trailblazing NGO within the hospitality industry, rallying the support of its dedicated members and the board to collectively usher growth and success.

Strategic outlook

The newly formed board not only focuses on current appointments but also plans for future expansions. Furthermore, the organization will give special attention to coordinating relations with partner schools.

Future goals

With this strengthened team, AMFORHT expresses confidence in achieving ambitious goals. The organization aims to position AMFORHT as a leading NGO in the hospitality sector. The collaborative efforts of all members and the Board are crucial in realizing this vision.

AMFORHT looks forward to an exciting phase of growth and success with its revamped leadership and strategic initiatives.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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