Arabian & African Hospitality
Investment Conference

20-22 September 2021 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Speaker profile

Neil Menezes

Head of Information Technology

Neil Menezes is the Head of Information Technology at AMAALA. An award-winning IT strategist with over 20 years of experience, Neil has proven experience in delivering mission critical, next generation Information and Communications Technology architecture to support organizational growth at the region’s leading destination brands.

As head of the Information Technology function, Neil oversees the development of AMAALA as a Smart Destination. He has engineered the set-up of AMAALA’s information and technology services, bringing his expertise in process automation, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, and leading critical efficiency gains, to create a world-class IT framework. Over the years, Neil has continuously challenged and assessed the effectiveness of governance, communications, policy and procedure, project prioritisation, project management as well as security and risk management, earning him titles such as Tahawul Tech’s CIO of the Year in 2018, and was included within the Top 100 CIOs of Middle East by CPIMedia.

Prior to AMAALA, Neil led the digital transformation roadmap for Dubai Holding, developing a digital transformation strategy across its extensive portfolio of companies focused on investments, financial services, real estate, telecommunications, media, and hospitality.

Neil has also held the role of Vice President of IT Infrastructure & Operations at Jumeirah Group - a global hospitality brand - where he was responsible for the pioneering launch of a global internal communications platform. Neil played a pivotal part in growing the IT infrastructure and developing the strategic technology and communication roadmap that has allowed Jumeirah Group to achieve scalable growth on a global level.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, UK.