Our Esteemed Panel of Judges-2018
The event will take place on the evening of Monday, 26th Nov 2018 at Queen Elizabeth 2, where more than 500 top industry figures will meet at this spectacular gala dinner. The glamorous evening will include a reception, a great meal and excellent entertainment, in addition to the actual awards ceremony.
The Judges for the Awards are prominent hospitality professionals, and these champions will be invaluable in helping us to encourage entries from beyond the UAE, and judge them fairly. The Judges will help us reach the final list of nominations for each Category that will be opened for online voting.
Panel of Judges:-
Executive Director-HR/Training Solutions
Ibrahim is an Executive Director with specializations in Human Resources, Training and Development in the areas of service and Excellence in tourism and hospitality industry.
Ibrahim supervises the Emiratization Task Force for Hotel Industry in Dubai. He is a Member of the international concierge group (UICH) and supervises the les Clefs d’Or-UAE (Dubai Chapter) in Dubai hotels and hospitality industry. Also member of the International front office group (AICR) and supervising AICR- Dubai Chapter in Dubai hotels and hospitality industry.
Founder and Chairman of Danube Group
Rizwan Sajan is the founder and chairman of Danube Group the leading building material company in the UAE region. In 1993, after two years of residing in the UAE, he started his own business, a small trading firm with his wife Sameera opening their first store in Deira Dubai. Sajan with his confidence and business savvy had coursed a path that transformed Danube from small trading firm that has grown steadily into Danube group, the number one construction and building materials company in the GCC region. The company’s operations are primarily in four segments, namely, Building Material, Danube Home (Home Interior Solutions), Cha Cha Chai and the most recently launched division Danube Properties dealing with the realty sector. His vision, focus and hard work are qualities that made him the successful businessman he is today. As a testament to his leadership and business acumen, Rizwan has been awarded top honours by some of the region’s most prestigious award bodies. Beginning with the title of ‘Businessman of the Year’ claimed at the 2010 edition of the Ahlan! Masala Awards to ‘Visionary of the Year' at the first CEO Awards by Middle East magazine and was recognized as one of the top 25 ‘Young Asian Achievers' in the UAE.
Director of Kitchens
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
President, Emirates Culinary Guild
Chef Uwe Micheel is the President of Emirates Culinary Guild and Director of Kitchens at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. The German born, award winning 5 star Chef has more than two decades of experience as a Chef in Dubai and a huge list of credentials to follow his name.
He joined Emirates Culinary Guild in 1993 and became Emirates Culinary Guild General Secretary from 1994, ECG Chairman from 1996 and President from 1999 until present.
Executive Vice Chairman
Chief Executive Officer
Que Capital Limited (DIFC)
15+ years experience in Corporate & Investment Banking and Wealth Management, working with the most reputed global banks and financial institutions.
Manoj has held several senior and management positions within global corporate and investment banks such as Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital & HSBC. He played a critical role in re-establishing Barclays in the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent.
Manoj Prasad is a die hard serial Entrepreneur, and an active investor and promoter of several startups. He is member of executive committee of UAE-INDIA economic forum and Indo-European business Forum.
MD, Strategy Focused Group
Ron Thomas is Managing Director, StrategyFocused Group-, based in Dubai.
He is also a senior faculty member and representative of the Human Capital Institute [ hci.org ] covering the MENA region He was formerly CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and former CHRO based in Riyadh. He held senior level HR positions with Xerox HR services, IBM, and Martha Stewart Living. Board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, ,McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI's Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy.
He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia
Manoj Abraham Mathew
Chief Operating Officer –Middle East & North Africa
In his current role, Manoj leads content, marketing and distribution of over a dozen pay channels and 4 free to air channels in the region. He has over 20 years experience in the media, marketing and advertising business of which 13 are in international markets which include Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Manoj has spent his last 10 years with Zee Network handling various portfolios including their foray into the Arabic TV business with Zee Aflam and Zee Alwan.
A top contributor on Trip Advisor for hotels and restaurants, he loves giving his take on establishment to readers all across the globe.