Middle East Retail Forum (MRF) 2023

Hesham Almekkawi is currently the CEO of YYT Food Corp. based in Dubai and the operator of multi restaurant brands in the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and KSA. He is an International Business Consultant and F&B industry expert with more than 25 years’ experience in managing global and international chains of restaurants in the US and the Middle East. He is the founder and president of AHRAMIZ FZ LLC, a leadership development and management consulting company based in Dubai. Prior to AHRAMIZ, Almekkawi was the Vice President of Hospitality for Majid Al Futtaim and COO for Kuwait Food Company (Americana) in the UAE. Prior to moving to Dubai in 2008, Almekkawi held several leadership positions with YUM! Brands and ADF Companies in New York and the Mid-Atlantic Region in the US for more than 15 years. Almekkawi holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt and EMBA from the Zicklin School of Business in New York.