The Gulf Dunes Team is Growing!


Gulf Dunes continues to beef up its team with new talents and industry experts.

Over the first half of the year, it welcomed two new Project Managers, Ana Branco and Mathilde Vilpoux, and two Project Coordinators, Lisa Christian and Sharlene Hartley-van Boven.

Both Ana and Mathilde have significant Destination Management Company (DMC) and MICE experience prior to joining the team.

Ana was with Desert Adventures’ Groups Department for almost three years, and has also spent part of her career in other DMCs, as well as in the tourism industry of Portugal, where she’s from.

Mathilde, on the other hand, has been in the DMC business for nine years now, specialising in MICE. She started in Oman then moved to the UAE, and then headed out to Panama, and is now back in the Land of the Sand!

Providing Gulf Dunes’ project managers with valuable support as Project Coordinators, Lisa and Sharlene are new to the DMC industry and have been bringing us fresh concepts, new ideas and alternative ways of looking at MICE.

A media and advertising graduate from the UK, Lisa has spent considerable time in marketing and advertising before moving to the events team of a UAE sports publication, and joined Gulf Dunes in February.

Sharlene, on the other hand, is a certified travel enthusiast with more than a decade of experience in the hospitality sector in the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.