The prime gamers within the Middle East and Africa’s hospitality sector had been honoured on the Future Hospitality Summit Awards right now within the presence of Founding Patron of the Arabian Hospitality Investment Conference (AHIC), His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group.
The FHS Leadership Award, Lifetime Award for Services to the Industry and the Be The Change Award winners had been named as Amit Nayak, Ranjan Nadarajah and Assia Riccio respectively, following nominations and choices by the FHS Advisory Board and key trade friends for his or her excellent contributions and management.
Amit Nayak, Vice President of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA) Middle East and Africa, acquired the Leadership Award in recognition of his 20-plus 12 months profession in asset administration, non-public fairness and operations throughout the area. Amit is a mentor at Intelak Dubai, sits on the chief board of the Cornell University Alumni Association for GCC, and is a board member of the UAE Restaurants Group.
The Lifetime Award for Services to the Industry went to the late Ranjan Nadarajah in honour of his exceptional management and unparalleled providers to the sector. The legendary Dubai hotelier, who sadly handed away in March this 12 months after a profession spanning a number of a long time, was often known as a ‘thorough gents, liked and revered by friends, fellow hoteliers, trade leaders and associates’. Nadarajah was senior advisor to Wasl Hospitality and GM of Dubai International Hotel at Dubai International Airport. He was additionally the long-serving GM at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, the place he labored for greater than 35 years. The award was proudly accepted by his household.
Assia Riccio, Founder & CEO, Evolvin’ Women, gained the Be The Change Award in recognition of her work as a champion of change for the hospitality trade. A pioneer in supporting the event of unemployed girls from under-privileged background and feminine farmers in creating international locations, Assia is the previous Group Learning and Development Manager at Jumeirah Restaurants Group, the place she developed methods for greater than 1,000 staff throughout a portfolio of 42 eating places.
Commenting on receiving the award on stage right now Assia stated: “Being recognised by the Future of Hospitality Summit, for ‘Be The Change’ award is an extremely significant milestone for us at Evolvin’ Women. Our strategic companions within the hospitality discipline have been intrinsic to our success, and the success of the wonderful girls who’ve gone by way of our programme and thrived.
We are on a mission to empower extra girls and propel gender equality in our society, however we can’t obtain this alone, so we request the hospitality trade to hitch us – as a result of after we all unite, there may be super potential to convey extra significant change and pave the trail for an equitable, resilient and sustainable future.”
Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of The Bench, organiser of FHS, stated: “We are honoured and proud to have a good time our FHS Award winners, whose excellent contributions, achievements and management are pivotal to the area’s previous, current and future hospitality sector. Our three winners are exemplary of their work, position fashions for up-and-coming trade stars, and a shining instance of successfully main the way in which to reinforce the area’s world-class, ever-growing hospitality sector.”
FHS was attended by practically 1,000 delegates and featured 185 top-flight audio system, with three days of high-level debate, networking and occasions, all centred across the theme Lead the Change.