Grazia Middle East welcomes new Assistant Editor

Shitika Anand has been appointed as the Assistant Editor for Grazia Middle East. A freelance journalist with extensive experience across the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industry, Shitika has been published in Forbes Travel, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Instyle, CNN International and Women’s Health magazine, to name but a few.

Prior to joining the ITP Publishing team, Shitika was based in London where she held the positions of Fashion Assistant for SHOP magazine as well as Editorial Freelancer at Women’s Wear Daily, additionally managing the role of remote Managing Editor and Social Media Manager for Australia-based online platform Shitika’s expansive knowledge will now be applied to her new position with the weekly lifestyle publication, led by Editor-in-Chief Alison Tay.

Sonia Khosla joins Hello! Middle East

Sonia Khosla has joined the Hello! Middle East team as Sales Manager. Sonia boasts solid sales experience gained from working across media titles in the UK and UAE, and has moved across to APP’s newly acquired title from ITP’s Cosmopolitan Middle East, where she also held the position of Sales Manager. In this role, Sonia was responsible for generating new business and handling existing accounts, as well as developing the publication’s portfolio of offerings. Sonia will now apply her sales expertise to the Hello! Middle East brand, which is due to re-launch on April 2, 2015.

Leah Simpson joins Time Out Dubai

Leah Simpson has been appointed as the new Digital Editor at Time Out Dubai. With experience across a number of editorial positions in the digital sector, Leah’s previous roles include Online News Editor for Hello! Magazine in the UK, and Showbiz Reporter at Daily Mail in the US. As Digital Editor at ITP Publishing Group, Leah will oversee content for the digital section of the Time Out Dubai brand.

Time Out Dubai announces awards dates

Time Out Dubai has announced the dates for its 2015 Restaurant Awards and Music & Nightlife Awards. Both events will take place in March at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, with the Restaurant Awards scheduled for March 18 and the Music & Nightlife Awards scheduled for March 24.

Celebrating the past 12 months of hard work across Dubai’s restaurant and nightlife industries, the 2015 edition of the Restaurant Awards will see the event celebrate its tenth anniversary; to mark the occasion, Time Out Dubai has added a Restaurant of the Decade category to celebrate the longevity and influence of the show.

The venue for the Music & Lifestyle Awards After-Party will be revealed following the announcement of the shortlist, with the shortlists for both awards revealed in the next two weeks. The Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards shortlist will be announced on February 15 and the Time Out Dubai Music & NightLife Awards shortlist revealed on February 22. The shortlist announcement will be made via

Katie Trotter joins Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

Katie Trotter has joined Harper’s Bazaar Arabia as Fashion & Beauty Director. With more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry, Katie has worked as a Fashion Editor at the Daily Mail and most recently at Luxury Magazine, as well as producing and styling more than 50 high-spec fashion editorials worldwide for print media in the luxury sector, in addition to styling celebrities, advertising campaigns and TV commercials. Having lived in the UAE for a number of years, Katie will now apply her skills at ITP Publishing to oversee all fashion and beauty content for the premium monthly publication.

Sofia Vyas joins Time Out

Sofia Vyas has joined the Time Out team as Features Editor. Previously Editor for online publication one8one magazine in Dubai, as well as a holding a number of editorial positions in the UK, Sofia brings regional and international experience to her new role.Having been with ITP Publishing for the past six months as Features Intern for Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, Sofia will now work across all guides and supplements for Time Out GCC.

Michaela Williams promoted at Stylist Arabia

Michaela Williams has been appointed to the newly created role of Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty Director for Stylist Arabia. Previously holding the role of Acting Lifestyle Editor at the Arab Publishing Partners’ (APP) weekly title, Michaela boasts years of editorial experience in women’s lifestyle, having worked across publications including Good Housekeeping Middle East, Qantas The Australian Way and Cosmopolitan Australia, as well as editing beauty blog Lather Rinse Repeat.

Cressida Meale moves across to Stylist Arabia

Cressida Meale has been appointed as the new Deputy Editor for Stylist Arabia. Having held the position of Deputy Editor for Grazia Middle East since 2013, Cressida has worked across a number of publications including and Vogue Turkey. She now moves across to the weekly women’s magazine at Arab Publishing Partners (APP), which is part of the ITP Group.

Grazia Middle East welcomes new Deputy Editor

Grazia Middle East has welcomed Elle Blakeman as its new Deputy Editor. Joining the team from London, Elle brings an impressive range of editorial experience to her new role, having worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire, InStyle and Harper’s Bazaar. Prior to joining Grazia Middle East, Elle was with Runwild Media Group where she was Editor for monthly luxury lifestyle title The Mayfair Magazine and The Mayfair Magazine Arabic, overseeing and planning across the magazine in addition to being heavily involved in developing its shape, from tone to layout.

In her new position, Elle will be supporting Editor-in-Chief Alison Tay to produce the weekly luxury fashion title.

Alexander Pieri joins Facilities Management ME

Alexander Sophoclis Pieri has been appointed as the Deputy Editor for Facilities Management Middle East. Bringing a wide range of editorial experience to the ITP Publishing team, Alexander most recently held the position of Contributor and Freelance Writer for Forbes Middle East and prior to this was the Technology Editor for the aforementioned magazine. In his new role, he will manage the editorial content for the monthly B2B publication.