H aninder Sachdeva is a seasoned hospitality professional, leader and strategist with 21-years of experience in Senior leadership roles and as a General Manager. A graduate from one of the top hotel schools in the United Kingdom with Hons degree in Hospitality Management from University of West London – UK. He has vast experience of managing mid-market to luxury hotel brands like Hilton, IHG, Radisson Hotel Group, ITC (Luxury Brand) and Louvre Hotels. Specialized in team building and collaborations, CRM, change management, trouble shooting, qualitative market research and analysis, creative and innovative, pre-openings, start-ups, re-branding and re-positioning, e-commerce & market planning and deployment, business development, project management & coordination, asset management, ROI & risk analysis, results driven and focused.
Haninder holds a reputation in the hotel industry for strong organizational and interpersonal skills. With his rich International exposure and ability to strategize, foresee and implement, he has helped his clients achieve the best possible results. He aims to work on very innovative structures to help hoteliers and entrepreneurs get an escalated return on investment.
R icha Adhia is a former pageant winner and actor, Richa knows the importance of positive brand building and visibility.
With over 10 years in the events management business she has learnt to capitalize on the smallest opportunities with her eye to minute details by forecasting and spotting sales and marketing trends that drive a shift in sales margins.
Her effective communication skills and organizational abilities coupled with persona, team leadership, and analytical approach to problem solving make her a perfect fit for the role.
L avna Arora is a competent and seasoned legal professional with more than 20 years of extensive experience in legal and corporate law.
Lavna joined Eight Continents Hotels & Resorts as our Global Corporate Council. Before joining Eight Continents Lavna has worked with Inventus Law, Law Firm based in USA, her key role was contract drafting and vetting.
She also worked with Incisive Legal Services as Director Operations and was responsible for setting up a startup LPO. In addition, she have rich experience of working as paralegal in LPO , IDS Infotech as Team Leader. (ISO 9001 2000 certified)
S anjoy Das, a seasoned hotelier for more than two decades, an expert strategic leader in hospitality, healthcare and retail industry Dr Sanjoy Das champions the Operations in India sub-continent and southeast Asia at Eight Continents, driving brand vision to reality. In the past Sanjoy has played an important role in the management of several hotel chains and hospital chain that includes the Taj Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels in United Kingdom, The Park hotels, RCI resorts in Spain, The Raintree hotels and Dr Agarwals Group of Eye hospitals.
An alumnus and triple graduate from Calcutta University, Council of Alternative Systems of Medicine and IHM Kolkata, Sanjoy is a duel post graduate diploma in Marketing and E-Commerce. He has worked extensively in countries like Spain, Oman, UAE, UK and India. He has been a globe trotter and an avid marathon runner running 10 KMs on a daily basis to derive fitness and positive energy.
Sanjoy has been recognized as “GM of the Year” by Ritz Chennai in 2012, and received the prestigious “Times Business Award for Retail” by Times of India in 2020. He was recognized as the “Hospital Administrator of the Year” at the NABH India Awards, 2017, demonstrating his prolific leadership qualities.
A kash Rathore is a product of a Top Hotel Management College named “ITC Welcome group”. He graduated school with a top 5 ranking and is a university topper academically. Akash has luxury experience and was selected by Leela Group of Hotels and resorts at a campus interview and worked with them for 3 years where he managed the top rated Indian fine dine “Diya and jamavar as a Sous Chef”
He comes with a zeal to explore and
learn which also lead him on a journey
with Carlson group under Sarovar as an
executive chef and one of the youngest
chef in the country and also has
pre-opening experience as he was the
Pre-Opening Executive chef to the
first full-fledged Ramada
Akash also gained international exposure in Tanzania as Executive Chef and mounted to be Director Food and Beverage, In the Middle East as Corporate Executive Chef where he managed the biggest operation and team of 350 chefs and 250 service personals and later on a short assignment to Australia to set up few pre-openings with Airways Hotels.
Prior to joining Eight Continents Hotels & Resorts Akash was heading Hilton-Lucknow as Head of Food and Beverage. Akash comes with tremendous vision and a strong thought process and creativity in the culinary world.
R ishen Patel is an entrepreneur with experience in a variety of countries including Tanzania, UAE, China, he has been based in USA since 2010 and built multiple start up companies from food, hotels to entertainment.
Rishen is on the board of a variety of non profit organizations in Delaware and is actively involved in the community and political scene. With a vast network in North East USA, he brings in a variety of ideas to expand Eight Continents hotel in America and Canada.
T heodora Karadenizli, coming from Interior Design background, with 14 years of experience, have worked and collaborated successfully with architects, design furniture decoration trading companies and construction companies.
In the projects have been involved on the concept development & planning to the execution and handover of the project.
Further to my previous professional experience as project coordinator, my work was commended for the coordination and timely delivery of multi-million euro, furnishing project of new property development in Cyprus, involving large teams, international design furniture suppliers and tight deadlines. In the project, I have been working closely with the developers, suppliers, and the main contractor to achieve the requirements and the execution of the project.
V irender Pal Singh is a Dynamic hospitality professional, leader and strategist with 25-years of experience in Senior leadership roles and as a Corporate General Manager, Group Head & Vice President. A result-oriented person with diversified work experiences, specialised in Hospitality administration.
Virender Pal Singh is a Strategic Leader offering over two decades of experience in establishing & operating Hotels & Resorts, building and sustaining relationships, marketing, business development, negotiations, concept development and ROI. Ownership of P & L responsibility and EBITDA. Revenue maximisation, cost optimisation, implementation of innovative concepts to enhance business. Develop and execute the strategy to build scalable processes that will improve the client experience, operational control and efficiency. Align the function to maximize impact and effectiveness while meeting financial targets.
J yoti is a seasoned and results driven professional with 17 years accomplished career. She worked as Rooms Division Manager including pre-opening of various luxury hotels.
Strong guest relations and hotel operations background, known in the hospitality industry for delivering and exceeding customer satisfaction and drive revenue by engaging her team.
Strong communicator with consultative style, strong negotiation skills, exceptional problem solving abilities and a keen client needs assessment aptitude.
She loves travelling and spending time with friends and family in her leisure time.
J asbir Kajal is Skilled Accounting Professional with 25+ years of experience.Strong understanding of all aspects of accounting & financial management. Proven ability to manage multiple assignments while meeting tight deadline schedules. Process reputation as a self-directed professional with excellent problem solving, analytical and communication skills. Proven track record of performing work in an ethical manner while consistently maintaining the integrity of all financial data. Highly-versatile, multilingual professional offering comprehensive technical experience in financial and accounting roles
C hef Vishal Gautam joins Eight Continents Hotels & resorts to strengthen our F&B strategy and develop Firangis and Eight Continents brands Globally. Chef Vishal has been very passionate about cooking since his childhood. Academically a graduate and started his career with Taj hotels as a trainee and worked his way up by working with several hotels including Grand Hyatt, Aman Resorts, Universal Resorts and RAAS hotels in India and Overseas. Chef Vishal handled the key positions within F&B i.e., Executive Chef and Corporate Roles as Head Food and Beverage. His key attributes – well seasoned in pre- openings, F&B layouts designing and setting up the efficient SOPs to achieve excellence in Food and Beverage.
Chef Vishal did 3 years apprenticeship to master his skills in cooking and enjoyed it thoroughly as he wanted to acquire as much knowledge as he could, even if he had to devote most of the time in the kitchen and restaurant floor. When he became a chef, it was the proudest moment of his life. His culinary inspiration evolves from day-to-day life, for example “A hawker selling a snack on the roadside” or “A fresh ingredient in the market”. Vishal is focused and believes in back-to-basics philosophy. He is passionate about organic and fresh ingredients. Chef Vishal has spent years to learn and understand about Ayurvedic cuisine and has successfully delivered it. He believes in “Less is More”!
S huvai Madanhire is an accomplished and innovative human resources professional with more than 15 years of successive experience devising future-fit HR strategies to achieve maximum value in hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, and FMCG in private and public sector organisations. Shuvai’s travel experiences growing up fuelled her passion for hospitality, and she went on to study Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Birmingham in the UK. After graduating from university, she started her career as a Graduate Trainee in hotel operations at Rainbow Tourism Group in Victoria Falls. Shuvai returned to the UK after completing her programme and transitioned into human resources with Hilton Hotels and resorts.
A jay Upadhyay is a veteran hospitality professional, Masters in Tourism & Cornell University hotel management graduate with over 25 years of experience in several capabilities such as Vice President (Hospitality), General Manager, Front Office Manager, Duty Manager, Restaurant Manager in 5-star deluxe properties. This appointment builds on the company’s ethos of developing a reliable and passionate team of local and international professionals while growing standards and fostering a sense of family.
Ajay Upadhyay possesses solid working familiarity in branded hotels including experiences in the 5-star deluxe/luxury hotels such as Taj, Royal Meriden, Sheraton, Radisson, The Orchid, Royal Orchid Hotels, Heritage hotels in India & overseas. Moreover, he is fluent in developing branding and hotel marketing strategies as per local and international obligations to build product reputation and its revenue. He can adapt to the work environment by leading, guiding & building the world-class hotel business & management teams to attain its potential in terms of quality, consistency & revenue. He has comprehensive knowledge of international quality standards for hotels and the ability to think beyond business development including ownership management & satisfaction in a hospitality setting.
K hushboo Anand is an entrepreneur with years of experience in décor and interior designing, She has also worked as a Personality Development Coach in India before making a base in the UK. A self-starter with exceptional management skills, she believes in achieving operational excellence that can add value for customers, increase employee productivity and grow a business.
anjiv Banerjee is experienced sales and marketing professional with a 28-year track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership within the luxury hospitality industry. Proven sales track record of continuous success developing and leading over-achieving multicultural teams. Embraces challenges, highly driven to exceed goals. Exceptional communicator at all levels. Possess strong negotiation skills. Sales and marketing experience in India, Europe, US, Middle East, South East Asia. Expert knowledge of the Indian and Europe markets with contacts at the highest level in travel trade, corporate, wedding planners, consolidators, GDS platforms. Proficient in Inbound Marketing solutions that enable businesses to take advantage of the internet (search engines, blogosphere, and social media sites) to get found and convert high percentage of them into customers.
Proven background in improving operational turnaround Strategic planning, positioning, and implementation. Driving revenue and improving market penetration. Expert in rate strategies, develop rate fences, use multiple distribution channels to manage price elasticity. Problem solver and skilled negotiator, Public speaking and presentation experience, Expertise in new business development; corporate branding and positioning and Inbound Marketing. Has worked in key leadership roles at The Park Hotels, IHG, The Paul Hotels & Resorts, Swissotel, Zuri Hotels and Resorts.
arun Dacha comes with an experience of more than two decades in the hospitality industry. He has worked with some of the best names in the industry, including Old World Hospitality; Radisson, New Delhi and Renaissance Hotel & Convention Centre, Mumbai. Starting his career as a management trainee in 1987 with The Ashok Group, Delhi, he gradually moved up the ladder of success with many challenging assignments. Before joining Sarovar Hotels, Tarun’s last assignment was with Viceroy Hotels Ltd. - promoters of Marriott Hyderabad & other food and beverage ventures in the country - where he joined as Executive Chef in 2004 and was eventually promoted to the position of General Manager – F&B Development.
Tarun’s expertise lies in planning & setting up of process & procedures for new openings & re-launching of hotels & restaurant. A keen observer of local food trends, culinary excellence of the region & excellent understanding of taste, across the country.
A very active member of Culinary Federation in India, he is one of the few WACS certified judges in India. As a Corporate Chef, he is responsible for food & beverage development, facility planning, recruitment of chefs & guiding the F&B team in operations for company’s operating & upcoming hotels & institutions.
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