Our Esteemed Panel of Judges-2018

The event will take place on the evening of Wednesday, 28th Nov 2018 at Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, 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:-

Ibrahim Yaqoot

Executive Director-HR/Training Solutions

DTCM

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.


Rizwan Sajan

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.



Uwe Micheel

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.








Manoj Prasad

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.

Ron Thomas

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

Zee Network

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.



Categories (CORPORATE)

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (5 star)

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (4 star)

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (3 star/Budget hotel)

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (Hotel Apartments)

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotel of the Year (Heritage Resort)

Hospitality Excellence:- Best Weekend Getaway

Hospitality Excellence:- Best Boutique Hotel

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (Green Initiatives)

Hospitality Excellence:- Best New Luxury Hotel of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Best New Budget Hotel of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Indian)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Arabic)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Italian)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Mexican)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (American)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Healthy Food)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Others)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Radio Listeners Choice)

Hospitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Quick Service)

Hospitality Excellence:- Lounge/Night Club of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Spa of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Car Rental of the Year

Hospitality Excellence:- Travel Company of the Year

Hospitality Excellence:- Facilities Management company of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotel Team of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Best Hospitality Employer of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Best Hotel Management Company of the year

 

Categories (PERSONAL)

Hospitality Excellence:- Hotelier of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- General Manager of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Entrepreneur of the Year

Hospitality Excellence :- Emirati/Arab Hotelier of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Hidden Gem of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- CSR Champion of the year

Hospitality Excellence:- Food and Beverage Service

Hospitality Excellence:- Guest Services

Hospitality Excellence:- Housekeeping

Hospitality Excellence:- Human Resources/Training

Hospitality Excellence:- Front Office

Hospitality Excellence:- Engineering

Hospitality Excellence:- IT

Hospitality Excellence:- Admin and Secretary

Hospitality Excellence:- Spa and Fitness

Hospitality Excellence:- Sales and Marketing/PR

Hospitality Excellence:- Accounts and Finance

Hospitality Excellence:- Purchase

 

Categories (Chefs)

Hospitality Excellence:- Executive Chef of the Year

Hospitality Excellence:- Chef De Cuisine of the Year

Hospitality Excellence:- Sous Chef of the Year

Hospitality Excellence:- Young Chef of the Year

Hospitality Excellence:- Rising Star Chef of the year