Anju Gomes has been appointed ICCA’s new Director Middle East to take the helm of the global meetings industry trade association’s fastest-growing region. Gomes is an accomplished Events Strategist and Director of Business Development with over two decades of experience in the international events sector in the Middle East.
Having been based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 1996, Gomes has spent a significant portion of her career working in senior positions across both the association and corporate meeting industries, specialising in local and international stakeholder relations, sales and service optimisation, and event management.
The former MENA Head of Events, Finance and Administration for the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Gomes is a skilled communicator and strategist with in-depth knowledge of regional market conditions and local business culture.
Senthil Gopinath, ICCA Chief Executive Officer, said of Gomes’ appointment: “Anju’s extensive association management experience, strong professional history of association development work in the Middle East, and strategic knowledge of what is important to stakeholders in the region makes her the ideal person to continue the growth and development of our Middle East Office.
“ICCA Members in our Middle East Chapter are an incredibly active and knowledgeable community, with a passionate drive to develop their destinations further through the expertise and skills and knowledge exchange opportunities offered by international association meetings. They will most certainly find the support they need to continue to do this in Anju as ICCA’s Director Middle East.”
Gomes will be based at ICCA’s Middle East Office in Dubai, where the association is registered with the Dubai Association Centre. Gomes will represent the region at the fourth ICCA Middle East International Meetings Forum from 18-19 September 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and at the 58th ICCA Congress from 27-30 October 2019 in Houston, US.
Gomes said: “I feel extremely fortunate to be engaged with ICCA, the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry. I believe there is great scope to increase association meetings in the region and enhance ROI for members and their trade shows and business events. I am keen to contribute to the growth and development of the ICCA Middle East Chapter.”