General Manager

Leila Antakly is from New York City and holds a Master’s degree in Luxury Goods Management from Bocconi University, Milan. She began her career in fashion producing photo shoots for Vogue Italia in New York, where she had the opportunity to work with the world’s most famed fashion photographers, stylists, designers and models. She later went on to produce documentary films, started a popular blog, ninunina.com and is currently involved in many philanthropy projects around the world including Aziza’s Place, a living and learning centre for children in Cambodia.
She is most passionate about photography, music, yoga and enjoys exploring new places with her pooch Mr. Coco.


Head Booker

Cynthia Gutierrez is from Madrid, Spain and has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She also has a Master’s in Event Management from Istituto di Design (IED).
Cynthia is passionate about film and photography and when she is not busy booking Wilhelmina models for all the top brands and publications she can be found decompressing by practicing Ashtanga yoga or brunching with friends. She has spent the past three years raising the standards of the industry in the region and casting only the most professional and beautiful models from all over the world.


Head Hostess Booker

Fabiola Jassan runs the Hostess & Events division. She is originally from Mexico City and began her career in hospitality. In 2008, Fabiola moved to Dubai seeking new challenges and began working in event productions. She saw an opportunity in improving the standards for hostesses and for tailoring her approach with clients to fill the gap in this quickly developing market. When she is not busy booking talent for events and activations, Fabiola can be found enjoying the many new venues popping up in Dubai and loves to share food reviews.

Alexander Payani

Business Development Manager

Of English and Persian origin, Alexander has now been residing in Dubai for over a year. After graduating from the University of Sussex with a BA in Sociology, Alex ran sales for a professional football team in London before joining Wilhelmina in Dubai.
His focus is Business Development on the ever strengthening hostess /event division of the company.
A keen sportsman and part time "Merman", Alex is always looking to explore the excitement that Dubai has to offer. With an assured outlook on life, he is really looking forward to adding value to Wilhelmina Dubai and cementing their position as the top agency in the Middle East.

Amelia McGahan

Jr. Booker

Amelia McGahan recently joined Wilhelmina Dubai full time as Jr. Booker after surviving an internship. She is also known as " the singing booker" on instagram and makes the best cappuccino in town. She is originally from London but was raised in Spain and has been in Dubai for almost three years. She has extensive knowledge in events, hostessing and is passionate for the modeling industry.

Preetha Uday

Office Manager

Preetha Uday Kumar, is originally from India and is passionate about keeping up with fashion trends. Preetha began her career in finance and has spent four years working at a bank developing her extensive knowledge of the financial stream. Her curiosity for the fashion industry led her to a full time position at Wilhelmina Dubai.
Always smiling and enthusiastic, when not busy managing the office, Preetha can be found giving hugs to Mr. Coco and learning new Spanish words every day.