Mr. Anoop Bali, Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer of Tourism Finance Corporation of India Limited (TFCI) holds Master's Degree in Business Administration. He has rich experience of over 31 years in the areas of Project Finance, Project Monitoring, NPA Management, Project Advisory, Risk Management, Accounts & Finance, Treasury & Resources, Corporate Advisory, etc.
Born in Germany, Britta Knobel Gupta commenced her Architectural studies in Konstanz Germany and Lyon France. She received a scholarship in 2004 to study M. Arch DRL at Architectural Association School of Architecture London. In 2006 she joined Zaha Hadid Architects and was involved as Lead Architect in a number of seminal projects as Lead Project Architect which attained international acclaim. She has been awarded in her early career with the Newcomer Award 2002 and in 2014 the prestigious 40 under 40 Europe, alongside she has also been awarded with international property award for Best Hotel project of the year, Finalist in WAF, Estrade International Award, Iconic Award, German Design award and Golden A’ Design Award. As an invited speaker she gave prominent talks at TEDx Germany, Smart Geometry Hong Kong and CIBF Congress by AIT in Hamburg Germany and got featured in CNN. She was judge in WAF 2017 and is returning as a judge to WAF Lisbon 2021.
Mr. Rajnish Aggarwal, an engineering graduate from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad has more than 25 years of experience in providing MEP services for various projects including hotel, hospitals, institutional, residential, industries, educational institutes, pharmaceutical units etc. After working for over a decade in a reputed organisation like Atlas Copco, United technologies, Hitachi Aircon Mr. Rajnish currently has established a reputed MEP Consultancy organisation of the region. Mr. Rajnish also is a member of various reputed organisations like ASSOCHAM GEM, FSAI, ASIS, SPGI, ISHRAE.
Over the past 32 years, Khozema has been a major driving force for several independent and collaborative projects across the globe, which has led to an extensive and diversified work experience. He has worked on a gamut of projects ranging from Mixed use developments, commercial & residential, hospitality, resort development, second home schemes, private residences etc. He believes that contextual and sensitive design adds in-measurable value to any project. Khozema strives to create environments that not only encourage interaction, but also meet aesthetic and functional needs of the people who inhabit them. Over all, his designs cater to the clients needs holistically by designing the total experience!
Mr. Kunal Chaudhari is a ‘2nd Generation Consulting Engineer’, and Director at renowned MEP Consulting Firm ‘Udayan Chaudhari & Associates Pvt. Ltd.’ A Mechanical & Automation Engineer by qualification, Kunal has successfully delivered several prestigious projects in India and Abroad, and has begun his journey as a guest lecturer in renowned Architectural & Engineering Institutions as well. At ASHRAE and various Industry platforms he has been part of panel discussions, and acted as a moderator too. He is also the Past Treasurer of ASHRAE India Chapter. Kunal is a published author with two titles to his credit. Sustainable designs coupled with pro-active use of state-of-the-art technology have been the cornerstone of his career as a Consulting Engineer. He has work extensively with MNCs and Renowned Global Brands over the last 13 years. The industry knows him as someone with an ‘eye for detail’, and having an appetite for concluding complex MEP design assignments. Data Centers, Labs, Retail & Commercial Buildings, Universities, Hospitals, Embassies, and Hotels roundup his repertoire of successfully commissioned assignments. As a second generation entrepreneur, he is working toward creating an Engineering Organization with a Global Outreach.
Kiran Andicot holds the position of Regional Vice President, Hotel Development with Marriott International based in New Delhi, India. Mr. Andicot joined Marriott International in January 2006 in their development planning and feasibility department. Before joining Marriott, he worked with the real estate and hospitality consulting division of Ernst & Young in Dubai and prior to that with HVS International in New Delhi. Prior to HVS, he spent over seven years working in hotel operations with the Taj and Oberoi group at various locations in India. Mr. Andicot is an alumnus of the Oberoi School of Hotel Management (now OCLD), Delhi.
Praveen is an Electrical Engineer from Bhopal University and has 25 years in the hospitality sector across The Oberoi, Grand Hyatt, Starwood, IHG and now Lemon Tree Hotels.
Praveen’s expertise lies in pre-opening projects/engineering, property assessment and improvement plan formulation as well as in day-to-day engineering operations. He ensures the effective implementation of all Engineering policies and standards across the chain. This includes planning and execution of day-to-day repairs & maintenance and the smooth operation of all technical services.
Praveen regularly liaises with suppliers, distributors and state government departments to make arrangements for renewable energy through Open Access or Captive/Group Captive methods across Lemon Tree. Praveen focusses on environmentally friendly practices including energy conservation, reduction of emissions and carbon footprint through energy efficiency programs, the use of renewable energy, the conservation and recycling of water and more.
Mr. Senthil Kumar a graduate with a distinction from school of Architecture, Hosur has also attended Executive Business courses from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kolkata and ISB Mohali was the lead architect of Design Bay Architectural Firm based out of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), where he had been involved in a reclamation Hilton resort. Mr. Senthil joined Hilton in 2008 as Senior Regional Director of architectural, design and construction (AD&C). Mr. Senthil is handling projects in India, Nepal, Bhutan & Bangladesh as part of the Southeast Asia Team and overseas design and construction of Hilton projects in these countries as one point contact for hotel owners till handover to operators. The key focus of Mr. Senthil is to work closely with hotel owners and their professional team to ensure the best techniques, methods, processes are adopted to deliver excellent Hotels.
Romesh Koul, a Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management from Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, started his career as a Management Trainee with Jaypee Group at their hotels in New Delhi and left in 1984 to join Hotel Corporation of India at their unit at Srinagar. He started his career as a Management Trainee with Jaypee Group at their hotels in New Delhi and left in I 984 to join Hotel Corporation of India at their unit at Srinagar. He joined Hotel Banjara Hyderabad in 1986 as Assistant Front Office Manager.
After 6 years of operational experience with various hotels, Romesh joined In Hotels Management Services Private Limited, a specialised consultancy organisation promoted by Mr. A. N. Haskar, Chairman Emeritus, ITC. Subsequently, he joined Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) in 1990 and was responsible for appraising more than 200 hotel projects. Romesh left TFCI in 1996 to set up his own company “Naaz Hotel Consultants Pvt. Ltd.” to provide specialised tourism related consultancy and need based services to new entrants in the hospitality industry. Today, Naaz advises various operational, project and financial matters to individual hotel promoters /groups.
Sahil Khan is currently the Senior Director of Design and Technical Services for Radisson Hotel Group in South Asia and has two decades of experience in Design Management and Project coordination of Luxury to Upper Mid-Scale Hotels. His key responsibilities include rolling out of eight Hotel brands in the subcontinent and Indian Ocean. He is responsible for the oversight of all design and construction related activities for new build projects and major capex projects within the region and is actively handling a portfolio of more than sixty-five hotels in different stages of design and construction. Previously, Sahil has worked with world class hospitality chains such as The Oberoi Group of Hotels, Emaar India. In his last assignment with The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, he was actively involved in development of Luxury Hotels in Africa, GCC, Far East, Indian Ocean and Indian Subcontinent and was directly responsible to the Group Executive Chairman, Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi. Sahil has been part of various hotels which have been consistently ranked as No. 1 in Asia and India by Leading Travel Magazines and Journals. Sahil is an ailurophile, Aviation aficionado and loves researching on Aviation in his free time.
Vinayak is a Partner in Paradise Group, a Real Estate & Hospitality firm. The group currently owns a portfolio of three hotels & resorts, namely, The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa, Royal Orchid Central Jaipur & Ramada by Wyndham Jaipur North. Furthermore, the group has a new project in its pipeline – Luxor Pushkar, scheduled to open in March 2022. Vinayak has an extensive 14 years of experience in the hospitality, real estate & renewable energy sector. He is a believer of having efficient SOPs and a strong team to elevate day-to-day operations and drive the top line. He emphasises on reading market trends while adapting to the ever-changing world. The young and enthusiastic leader values quality and never compromises it on any level. He is a keen traveller and enjoys watching informative documentaries in his spare time.
Anil Sharma graduated from IIT Roorkee in the year 1982 and started his career with Bharadwaj & Associates in the year 1982 and worked with them till 1984. Thereafter, he joined Kabil Associates, a USA-based firm, and worked with them until 1989. He worked with them on various prestigious projects, namely USIS Calcutta, US Chancery Burma, US Consulate and Consular Residence in Lahore. In addition, he also worked in the US office of Kabil Associates for 6 months. In the year 1989, he started his own practise of architecture by the name of ASA (Anil Sharma Associates). His first project in Pune was later branded as the Holiday Inn Pune. It was also awarded "The Best New Hotel of the Year in the Asia Pacific Region" by Holiday Inn worldwide. Since then, ASA has been involved in various reputed hotel projects all over India and has designed projects in Nepal, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan as well.
Mr. Arun Chaudhary Chairman & Managing Director of CG Holdings - a member of Chaudhary Group is the largest business conglomerate in Nepal. The group which had a humble beginning around 80 years back with a family-owned textile business has on date become a household name in Nepal as also around the world and forms an intrinsic part of every realm of life ranging from Biotech, Education, Electronics, Energy and Infrastructure, Financial Services, FMCG, Hotels & Resorts, Realty, Retail Automobiles etc.
Mr. Dorje Gyaltsen Lama, born in December 1975 did his schooling from St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling and graduated from Fort Lewis, Colorado, USA. Mr. Lama ventured into his family business of hand-knotted carpet manufacturing & hospitality industry at an early age of 23. He strengthen his hold in the hospitality sector at Nepal by tying up with Dusit International to open a Dusit Princess branded hotel at Kathmandu. Mr. Dorje received the award of CIP (Commercially Important Person) in 2019-21 and has constantly been awarded for being the highest carpet exporter from Nepal by the Government of Nepal.
Mr. Desh Bandhu Basnet, an Engineer by education is the chairman of AB Investment Holding, a Nepal-based conglomerate with focus on Hospitality & Tourism, Infrastructure & Real Estate, Health Care and Manufacturing. Mr. Basnet has associated with the most prestigious hospitality brands to operate hotels/resorts in Nepal - the recent ones being the Mercure Hotels by ACCOR or with Sarovar Hotels under the Sarovar Premiere & Sarovar Portico. With his continued contribution in the process of prosperous Nepal, he has also been successfully elected as the Executive Committee Member of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and has been honored by Honorary Consul of the Republic of Zambia for Nepal, Executive Committee Member of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SAARC CCI), Advisor for the International Investment Promotion Committee (FNCCI) and Chairman of Bi-National and Coordination Forum (FNCCI) respectively.
Juhi Roy joined Marriott International in April 2012 in the Development Team. Before joining Marriott, she worked with the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in the Development Team for four years and prior to that with Hindustan Times Media Ltd. and Ernst & Young. Juhi started her career with the Oberoi New Delhi and been a part of the hospitality industry for the last 26 years.
Mr. Nikhil Sharma who holds the hotel management degree from Pusa and a certification from Cornell University has been in the hospitality trade for more than two decades. Mr. Sharma has worked for major players in Indian region with focus on strategy and planning, business development, revenue management and distribution. Mr. Nikhil Sharma is currently the Regional Director, EurAsia for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer at Ginger Hotels – A Tata Enterprise. Mr. Sharma was one of the founder member of Lemon Tree Hotel Company and was Chief Operating Officer for East, Central and West regions of the Group. Mr. Sharma has collaborated with many high profile industry organisation services as Chair and Convener for Skills and entrepreneurship, confederation of Indian Industry, Delhi State Council, the Steering Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry.
Vandana Saxena heads a dynamic Architecture and Hotel Interior Design practice based out of Gurgaon, India; established in 2012. Vandana has a keen eye for detail, a logical mind and strong design aesthetic. She believes in weaving together the local context, a larger functional need and a modern aesthetic to help create a unique and timeless narrative for a project. She; along with a talented set of designers; has been involved in the design of multiple new build hotels as well as brand conversions. She recently worked on the biggest simultaneous brand conversion in India, a portfolio of 10 Holiday Inn Express Pan India, which was also completed in a record time of less than a year. She has also been involved in creating the unique meeting space venue (EQ:IQ) for Hyatt Regency Pune, the Renaissance by Marriott at Ahmedabad besides many other projects. The practice has enjoyed the exclusive patronage of many owners through sustained good work over the years. Vandana received her Architecture Degree from the prestigious School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. She is also a LEED accredited professional (from the US- Green Building Council) and has obtained a higher degree in Real Estate Finance at New York University (NYU-USA). She has been in professional practice since 2004 and has worked extensively both in the US and in India.
Ganesh’s 22 years in architecture and interior design in the hospitality sector include more than a decade as design director and associate at HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates), where he won renown for bringing excellence in design and service to award-winning projects of diverse scales and styles across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Throughout his career, Ganesh’s commitment to innovative yet timeless design has resulted in benchmark concepts that have reinforced and elevated brand standing, and delivered results-driven success for clients and partners, including many of the world’s most recognised hospitality brands and operators.
Mandar Zaware is the Vice President - Project Management of Global Design Asia Pacific at Marriott International. Mandar is leading GDAP Mumbai team as well as GDAP consultants based in India and continuously oversee the markets he is currently managing in South Asia countries. Mandar has 14 years of experience with GDAP, successfully managing his projects and has become respective professional in the industry. As a Vice President of Project Management, Mandar has been leading GDAP India team over years, shown a great leadership among team members. Mandar is passionate about supporting growth of company and has strong focus on quality. Working closely with internal departments and with external owners and clients. Mandar is the man spearheading the design team of the fastest growing hotel chain in Asia Pacific region. He is the one who delivers profit-by-design hotels and not just adheres to Marriott International’s design standard’s but also meets the owner’s expectations.
Akshay Golyan is the Managing Director at Golyan Group, a conglomerate headquartered in Nepal with business interests in Agriculture, Banking, Construction, Hotels, Insurance, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, and Manufacturing. He completed his MBA from ESADE Business School in Spain. As a dynamic leader, his passion for implementing global work culture and practices in Nepal has led to multiple expansions and transformations across businesses. Akshay Golyan continues to spearhead the Golyan Group’s growth and was the key force in the completion and opening of Hyatt Place Kathmandu, a 153-key, five-star hotel.
Mr. Gaurav Agarwal, MD Kathmandu Marriott Hotel, Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu and Moxy Kathmandu is better known as a Seasoned Entrepreneur, one who’s Futuristic, visionary and a resourceful leader. His business achievements are established and awarded. He is a scholar from London Business School and has completed his Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy. Apart from his entrepreneurial role, he’s Actively involved in philanthropy and social causes where his presence has empowered many people to come along. His ideology “I don’t want to just exist; I want to live” has become an inspiration for a lot many upcoming entrepreneurs.
Mr. Pushpendra Bansal, a hospitality stalwart is a civil engineer by profession, who expanded his family business in construction at an age of 20 after completing his education. In 1990 he diversified into hospitality and set up two hotels – one in Surat and the other in Mumbai. Later, he moved to the USA in 2003 and it was there that he acquired hotels, motels, and resorts of reputed brands. He had a passion to give back to his homeland and ventured into the mid-segment hotel business in India. In 2007 Lords Hotels and Resorts was formed. He is an accomplished hotelier, operating 42 hotels in three counties and 15 more in various stages of completion. His dream is to be the largest mid-segment market Hotel chain operator.
Mr. Amit Gupta is the Founding Partner of Studio Symbiosis, an architectural practice based out of Stuttgart and New Delhi is Masters in Architecture and Urbanism from Architectural Association and upon graduation he joined Zaha Hadid Architects from 2006 till 2010. Mr. Gupta has won the prestigious 40 under 40 by Perceive Global Hong Kong, 2 years in a row he was awarded Hotel Architect of the year by IDE. He was recently featured in Forbes India: the bold club – Top 30 Architects India. Amit started his own practice in 2010 by winning the prestigious Athletic Ripples sports complex. Studio Symbiosis has since been involved in projects of various scales and sectors. Computational design overlapped with sustainable design solutions are used by him to achieve a rich spatial landscape creating a performance driven space. The key projects from him are; Bangalore Train Station, Gwalior Train Station, 890 Acre Eco Park Delhi (Biggest man made bio diversity park in India), Hilton Kathmandu, 1250 Acre Trans Ganga Masterplan, 1125 Allahabad Masterplan, 1500 Acres Ranchi Masterplan, 10 Acre Hyderabad group housing, to name a few.
An accomplished, Hotelier with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry with strong focus on Leadership, Team Management, Technical Services - Design & Project Management Mr. Thakur has spearheaded design & technical services of multimillion-dollar hotel developments in South Asia and MEA. His experience encompasses a variety of premium luxury, upper upscale, upscale lifestyle & contemporary midscale hotels, resorts, serviced apartments. A key part of the role is to support the Operational leaders in creating Refurbishment and Asset maximization Business Plans to maximize GOP. As an Entrepreneurial Hospitality Design leader – he is focused on maximizing value for both owners and operators through Design innovation and Strategic business initiatives. With a degree in Engineering along with honorary Doctorate in “Design & Project Management” from University of Entrepreneurship & Technology. A Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors MRICS UK. Certified accredited Professional of Indian Green Building council – IGBC AP. Vice Chairman of FSAI (Fire & Security Association of India) Suraksha Index. Mr. Thakur - an ingenious leader with a sharp financial acumen, pragmatic business-focused approach, strong global orientation and deep understanding of Managerial Economics. He is a committed Multiculturalist, proficient at building partnerships with excellent stakeholder management, communication and Public speaking skills.
Having 25 years’ of experience in project financing, appraisals & corporate finance functions with focus on tourism and urban infrastructure sectors. Joined TFCI in 1997 as a Management Trainee and worked across multiple domains viz. Credit Appraisals, Project Monitoring & Supervision, Risk Management, NPA resolution and various consultancy assignments with private players/government agencies. Holds a degree in MBA (Finance) and is a qualified Cost Accountant (ICWAI). She is also an associate of Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).
Neel Kamal Chauhan is an Associate Member of FCSI, Food Service Consultants Society International. He is a recognized name in the field of kitchen consulting and is known for his innovative ideas in Designing Show & Interactive Kitchens. He is an expert in Food service Planning for Hotels, Resorts, Healthcare Food Service, Mass Production Kitchens, and Corporate Catering Facilities. He is the man behind HPTS, under whose leadership HPTS, Hospitality Planning and Technical Services has been able to expand globally and is currently involved in projects in various parts of India and 13 other countries viz. Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Tajikistan, Kenya, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, with offices in New Delhi, Dubai & Riyadh.
He is the man who recreated the luxurious living experience of America's Beverly Hills with the famous Aamby Valley project in India. With over 15 years of experience in Architecture and Design, Bobby strongly believes in bringing an international standard to his architecture and design right here in India. In keeping himself abreast with global trends in design, Bobby has set new Industry benchmarks. Bobby Mukherji & Associates (BMA), an internationally acclaimed architectural and design consultancy, was set up in 1993.With added expertise in lighting and landscape design, BMA also specializes in architecture and interior designing of airlines & airline infrastructure, 5-star hotels, resorts, recreational clubs & facilities, large urban developments and townships, educational institutes, retail, commercial and residential properties, etc.
Upaul heads the Tourism Practice in Dolma Consulting UK, for Nepal and for the neighbouring countries in South Asia. He has deep expertise in the hospitality, tourism and service quality industry. A service industry and hospitality professional with specialization in turning around service businesses by working on quality standards, service competencies, low revenues and increasing profitability and customer experience of service businesses. Besides long career stints with the hotel industry in middle and senior management positions, Mr. Upaul has extensive consulting and working experience with South Asian teams in sectors like Aviation, Financial Services, IT, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Retail, Aviation and Tourism companies. Have a total experience of over thirty years starting with Oberoi Hotels and later with Oberoi Flight Services for the initial 7 professional years and then with the Jet Air Group for 2 years and consulting in service quality with Upgrade Management Services for 16 years. Mr. Upaul was also the CEO of The Annapurna Hotel Group in Kathmandu, and then joined the global hotel giant IHG as General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Soaltee – Kathmandu. In his long career stint of over 32 years he has worked on assignment with Hotel companies, Airline and Travel businesses and in Service Quality consulting in the region. Besides working with the private sector, Upaul is closely aligned with the Nepal Tourism Board and is currently the Advisor for the Tourism and Civil Aviation Committee of the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the largest trade body of Nepal.
A seasoned hospitality professional with 16 years of expansive experience in Design Management, Interior design and opening Hotels under various IHCL brands. Fortunate to work in diverse range of brands from luxury, resorts, palaces, budget hotels& homestays. Have been instrumental in designing(architecture and interior) the first two proto types of “Ama” Homestay brand and launching it successfully with in the stipulated time frame which was much appreciated by the management and guests. Passionate about creating story line for the brand and picking up the right design brief and design element for the conversion hotels. Being an AP IGBC, always gives emphasis to holistic design including functionality, aesthetics, energy efficiency and sustainability.
An innovative and experienced Interior contractor with ability to give ‘AAKAAR’ to the designer’s dream concepts. Since its inception in 1990, the company has had the privilege to work with renowned Interior designers from both domestic and international market. The company has proven its ability to successfully complete projects in time by objectively solving critical onsite issues, while maintaining high quality standards.
Sanjay Dhingra, a 1990 batch architect from SPA, Delhi started Albergo jointly with Madan Purohit in 2007 for PMC services with special focus on Hospitality sector. In this short span of almost 15 years, Albergo has many feathers to their cap, namely, ITC Welcom, Chail; Aloft & Marriott – both at Kathmandu; Fairfield Marriott, Amritsar; Courtyard by Marriott, Raipur; Radisson Blu Plaza, Hyderabad; Maurya at Patna; Radisson at Ranchi and Paschim Vihar/ Delhi; Four Points by Sheraton, Indore and Country Inn and Suites, Sahibabad/ Delhi. This converts to approx. 3000 guest rooms & close to 4 million sqft built up area. Ongoing Hotel Projects include Hyatt Regency at Jaipur, Marriott Courtyard at Shillong, Holiday Inn Express at Kathmandu, Sheraton & Four Points combo at Ahmedabad and Hyatt Regency at Kasauli.
Ishaan Koul holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Hospitality and Restaurant Management from IIMT (Institute for Management and Technology) Gurgaon affiliated with Oxford Brookes University, UK in 2009. Ishaan underwent industrial training at Four Seasons Sydney in 2007 and started his professional carrier as Management Trainee at Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon. In order to gain international experience Ishaan worked at Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre Singapore between 2011 & 2012 and joined Naaz Hotel Consultants Pvt. Ltd., in 2013. With the background of hotel operations, revenue management & marketing Ishaan was heading the feasibility division of Naaz Hotel Consultants Private Limited. Mr. Ishaan Koul joined Radisson Hotels Group as a part of the development team in 2019 and spent a year in the organisation before joining Naaz again in 2020. The current focus of Mr. Ishaan in addition to heading the feasibility division is to assist, advise and help in finalising the management & other agreements with various International & domestic hotel chains for independent owners diversifying into hospitality industry. Mr. Ishaan is a sports lover and has interest in acting.
Manish Thapar has been leading projects for Ascentis since 2012.Manish is a strong team leader with a solid technical expertise and proven track-record of value engineering and under-budget delivery for several complex projects in the region. He has been associated with over 40 projects in South Asia.
Mr. Paritosh Ladhani is the Managing Partner of the Ladhani Group, the Executive Director of Taj Hotel and Convention Centre, Agra and also the founder and owner of Hard Rock Café, Delhi. He hails from a business family that happens to be the biggest Bottler for Coca-Cola India. His family has been the No.1 bottling group for the company for the last 23 years, and this continual supremacy inspired him to venture into other business ideas, such as, hospitality. His biggest inspiration is his father and his uncle who have grown the business from scratch to a multi-million-dollar conglomerate. Mr. Ladhani is an MBA in entrepreneurship from University of Stirling, Scotland. He was inducted as the Executive Director (Operations and Business Development) at a young age of 21. As a Managing Partner, he has taken the G Ladhani Group to an altogether higher growth trajectory. In the 20 years that he has been in the Group, he has accelerated growth, built a meritocracy and enhanced stakeholder value. The group has been awarded the best bottling partner of Coca-Cola more than 5 times in the past 10 years. Not only this, Mr. Ladhani has driven the property towards greater heights with powerful strides into the hospitality domain. As an energetic entrepreneur, with sharp understanding of business ethics, he values the amount of detailing and hard work this industry demands.
Siraj along with his Architect wife Renu set up a design practice -"Siraj & Renu". in the early 80's in Hyderabad & extended their practice, establishing offices at Bangalore & Chennai. Designed & conceptualised Hotel, Hospitality & Development projects primary focus being on Hotels, Hospitality & F&B spaces in India & Abroad. The firm has designed & implemented 65 plus hotel developments in addition 30 / 35 million sft. Residential & Commercial projects. They have won numerous Awards - Instituted by reputed ID related organisations such as IIID which they won 3 consecutive years from 1996 to 1999 & thereafter many more awards in the field of Architecture & Hotel design. Over the years, they have been prominently featured in trend setting I.D. publications including Inside Outside, Elle Décor, C W Interiors, IFJ & they've seamlessly enjoyed extensive coverage in major national publications. Most recently S&R won the most prized The Realty Plus- Conclave & Excellence Awards 2020, by BW Business World in two select Categories - "Sustainable Design Architect of the Year" & "Hospitality Project of the Year" 2021. In December 2021, they were prominently featured in the Business Connect magazine as India's Top 10 Hospitality Designers.
Amit, Regional VP - Development at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, has played a key role in enhancing Hyatt’s distribution in India and South West Asia region for more than 12 years. Prior to joining Hyatt, Amit worked as Director Development - South Asia at IHG for more than 3 years. He has a holistic experience of over 24 years of in the hospitality industry that includes business development, consulting, hotel pre-openings and operations. In his earlier assignments, Amit has worked as a consultant at HVS New York and also served as general manager of select service hotels in the eastern coast of United States. Amit graduated from IHM Mumbai and obtained Masters in Hospitality Management from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Aniruddh Kumar, a qualified Chartered Accountant, have 25 years of diverse
experience in the field of Finance, Accounts, Investments, Merger and Acquisition,
Development and Growth as well as Asset Management.
Aniruddh has started his career in 1998 as a trainee for a chemical manufacturing Company.
Aniruddh has worked with leaders of the Hospitality industry such as Aman resorts, Leela Hotels & Resorts, Duet India Hotels., Starwood, Marriott and Accor. Aniruddh's work experience ranges from Hotel operation finance, Corporate Finance of Hotel owning companies, and Hotel development from the operator side as well as from the ownership side. Hotel investments include acquisition, financing and equity investments.
In his current role, Aniruddh spearheads Accor's growth in the South Asia region, which include India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
Sunil Khemani is founder and Principal Consultant of Aufait International Engineering Studio, a Multi-Disciplinary MEP Design and Consulting Firm with over 200 projects including Hotels, Hospitals, Retail, Residential, Commercial, High Rises and Industrial. He started Aufait International Engineering Studio with a broad vision to provide high quality consolidated Professional Consulting Services all over the country and globally covering all fields of engineering and construction. Aufait has presence in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Seychelles and Kenya. Today, Aufait is at a pole position in the country and is poised to become leading international Consultancy firm through its growing team of Engineers, Experts, Associates and professionals in its fold.
Reema brings along 22 years of experience in hospitality and track record
of delivering award winning and iconic hotels.
She heads Design & Technical Services for Accor- India & South Asia. She is instrumental in delivering projects under various brands reflecting her strategic thinking and vision of crafting design led spaces.
In her previous assignment she was associated with Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces and has conceptualised brands like SeleQtion Hotels, Qmin, new age Vivanta and Ginger Flagship.
Prior to Taj she was associated with Starwood Hotels & Resort and have delivered positioning of various Starwood brands.
Reema is known for her passion and visionary outlook towards each project and have been recognized for launching many award winning and design led hotels
A professional hotelier with over forty years experience in the hospitality industry. Born in Delhi in 1957, he completed his schooling from Mayo College, Ajmer and did his postgraduate diploma in Hotel management from the Oberoi school of Hotel management in the year 1981. During his tenure in the industry so far, he has had the opportunity to work with the finest hotel companies, which include Oberoi hotels, The Park Hotels, Bharat Hotels and Shanti Hospitality Group. As Vice President Operations with Bharat Hotels he was responsible for managing and operating the group’s hotels, which included large format Inter-continental hotels in key metro cities. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Nidra Hospitality ( Shanti Hospitality Group ) and later Director, he was responsible for managing the groups hotels and acquiring third party hotel contracts for management. Presently as a Head Development of Shanti Hospitality Management Services Private Limited his primary role is to grow the portfolio by acquiring more hotels across multiple brands.
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