Dr. JITENDAR SHARMAAdvisor (Health), Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Managing Director & CEO, Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ)
Executive Director, KIHT
Biographical Sketch: Known in policy forums as the “Med Tech Man of India”, Dr. Jitendar Sharma is the Managing Director & CEO of Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) which is Asia’s first medical devices manufacturing city besides being the Adviser for Health to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India and Executive Director of Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT)- a technology policy research body set up with the support of Govt. of India. He is adjunct faculty at University of Adelaide, Australia; and program Director for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) fellowships in India. He has been founder of 6 organizations and architect of Universal Health Coverage for the state of Andhra Pradesh- the first state in India with 50 million people to declare UHC. He is also the National Chairperson for Indian Bio-Medical Skill Consortium which is an active congregation of over 20 national academic institutions.
Awarded among the “100 most impactful healthcare leaders” in global listing by Health & Wellness Congress, Dr. Sharma served as the Founder Head of Healthcare Technology Division and Head of Health Financing Divisions at National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. He was also the Founder Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Medical Devices in India. His past experience includes that as Hospital Administrator at Sri Sathya Sai Medical Institutions-one of India’s largest not for profit health organizations, as consultant to the World Bank for health financing, as Expert Consultant to the World Health Organization, Geneva and advisor to Health Technology Innovation Centre at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Dr. Sharma has authored seven books, twenty research papers and six compendiums on technical specifications for medical technologies besides contributing to a number of WHO reports on health technologies, health financing and Non-Communicable Diseases. He has been a key designer and coordinator for several health programs in India and teaches courses on health policy & health technology in several countries.
Dr. SHUBNUM SINGHDirector-Medical Education, Medical Research Advisor - Healthcare Framework, Max Healthcare Institute Ltd.
Dr. Shubnum is an alumnus of Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi and has 38 years of experience in the medical profession ranging from core medical practice as a Pathologist, Allergist , Administrator to Strategy and policy advisory
A founder member of Max Healthcare Institute Ltd. She has been actively involved in strategizing and developing different verticals of the business. In her role as CEO of Max Institute of Health Education & Research, she was actively engaged in developing the educational and skilling vertical for the group. Currently as Advisor Healthcare Framework she provides strategic guidance to the group in various projects. She also serves as a Board member of Antara Senior Living & Crosslay Remedies Limited.
As a pivotal member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Healthcare Council for the last 15 years she has spearheaded, and led numerous initiatives with respect to critical policy matters that impact the healthcare sector at large. These issues include multi-stakeholder policy deliberations, developing and building strong industry government linkages on pricing of healthcare services & medical devices and equipment’s in India, Health insurance and reimbursements mechanisms, remodelling higher medical education, catalysing public private partnership (PPP) opportunities as well as skilling of healthcare/paramedical workers in India.
She has been the Convener of CII - NITI Aayog Government of India Central Planning board Working Group project on ‘Pubic Private Partnerships (PPP) for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) for defining the levels of services and specialties of critical services’ and worked closely with The World Bank, IFC and WHO in this capacity.
She is a founder member of the Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) which creates a robust and vibrant eco-system for quality vocational education and skill development in the Healthcare space in the country. She is the Founder Governing Council member and Chairperson of Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) National Occupational Standards (NOS) Committee. In addition she is a Governing Council Member and Secretary of the Life Sciences Sector Skills Development Council.
As a Clinical Allergist her vision is to grow the discipline in the country, build research capabilities within the scientific community in India by jointly conducting epidemiological research on childhood food allergy and atopy prevalence with Indian and overseas bodies.
She is a Life Member of the South Asia Association of Allergy, Asthma, Clinical Immunology (SAAAACI), Indian College of Allergy, Asthma & Applied Immunology (ICAAAI), American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), Indian Academy of Allergy (IAA) & European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI).
Dr. Saarthak BakshiCEO & Co Founder, International Fertility Centre
Saarthak , widely recognised as the recipient of the “Indian Health Professional Award 2017”, “100 Most Impactful Healthcare Leaders 2018”, “FORBES 30 under 30 Asia”, “AsiaOne 40 under 40”, Startup of the year 2017, Entrepreneur of the Year in Healthcare 2016, 2017 –Entrepreneur Magazine, My Brand Better Best IVF Chain 2018, India Entrepreneurship Excellence Award 2018, Best of the Best IVF India Award – 2013,14,15,16, National Healthcare Excellence Award 2016 and several other accolades is on a MISSION of helping couples with infertility concerns and believe in the vision of "At least One Child Per Couple”.
After working at Ernst & Young and co-founding a gaming enterprise, he started working at Adiva, a women-centric hospital. He realised the value of fertility and how deep the problem of infertility actually was. This led to the founding of International Fertility Centre (IFC) in early 2011. Now, IFC has a network of over 14 clinics located across India and Nepal.
Dr. Jagdish ChaturvediCEO & Founder, HIIIH Innovations
He trained at St. John’s Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore (2009-2011), a Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) Fellow 2012, and holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurship and Hospital Management (NIBM,2013). His core expertise lies in the process of identifying and analysing unmet clinical needs for quick development of low-cost and high quality medical devices, and teaching/ training the Biodesign process.
Since 2010, he has co-invented and developed 18 affordable medical devices addressing the unmet needs in the Indian healthcare system, many of which have been taken over by indigenous companies, while some have formed startup companies for further development and commercialization. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is currently Director, Clinical Innovations and Partnerships at Innaccel Technologies Private Limited. He continues his clinical career as a Sinus Specialist by running his private evening ENT clinic and carries out surgical procedures at Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore as Visiting Consultant in Ear nose and throat surgery.
He is recognized as one of the 35 innovators under the age of 35 by the MIT technology review 2016. He is also a stand-up comedian, popularized by his YouTube channel “Jagdish Chaturvedi” and is the author of the bestselling book on medical device innovations called “Inventing Medical Devices – A perspective from India”, ” The benefits of failing successfully” and “One year of Stand up comedy”.
Dr. Sandeep ChatrathSenior Healthcare Advisor & Hospital Management Consultant
Mentor & Hospital Management Consultant - CEO & Advisor to Hospitals, having more than 25 years of experience of managing best corporate hospitals of our country. Dr Chatrath is a professional with established medical & management background, having diverse experience in the field of health care industry ranging from managing operations of specialty hospital to developing regional business for Health Organisation. Possess necessary skills for fast pace business development, have strong network with medical fraternity, corporates and communities. Possess excellent leadership skills for managing organisations. A change-agent with proven capacity to identify, analyse and solve complex problems, turning under-performing organizations into profitable business units. An excellent motivator, teams builder that achieve results beyond expectations: faster, better & cheaper. A successful & entrepreneurial P & L CEO & Business Development catalyst.
AWARDED Prestigious CEO of Year for Healthcare 2014,Business Leader of Decade in Hospital Mgt.,Outstanding Service Award from Rotary International, Best Management Award by Govt. Of Andrapradesh, Award for Best Community Outreach Prog., Most Promising Hospital, Best Hospital Chain, GVMC & IMA Excellence Awards. Specialist in mentoring & helping hospitals to INCREASE PROFITABILITY by fast pace business development, IMPROVING PROCESSES & SYSTEMS, enhancing asset utilisations, COST REDUCTION,helping DESIGNING DASHBOARDS for monitoring and reviewing key performance indices of hospital and improving service delivery. Core strengths are Hospital operations, business development, control cost, improving quality systems, getting accreditation’s & managing hospital & healthcare projects.Have worked for leaders in Hospital industry including Apollo Hospitals,Fortis,Wockhardt, Birlas, Metro & Sir Gangaram Hospitals
Mr. Rajiv NathForum Coordinator
Mr. Rajiv Nath is Jt. Managing Director of Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Ltd. which is having a turnover of over 600 Crores. President of All India Syringes & Needles Mfg. Association. (AISNMA). He is also the Founder and Forum Coordinator – Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) with over 350 Members nationwide whereby Medical Device Manufacturers of all types of technologies have been attracted nationwide on one Platform. He was born in 1962 and entered his family business i.e. Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Ltd. (HMD) soon after he finished his college in 1984.
Mr. Nath has started from the scratch i.e started his career on the shop floor of HMD to have first-hand technical experience of all the ground realities & learning basic production techniques of Medical Devices Industry. HMD has capacity of manufacturing over 6 Billion Disposables per annum. HMD’s turnover has grown from a mere Rs. 2 crores to over Rs. 600 crores in the year 2017, an impressive growth rate of over 300 times in less than 35 years.
Mr. Rajiv Nath has dared to challenge the rules of the market & wrote his own script with respect to syringe design, packaging and presentation. HMD created a niche for their disposable syringe “DISPOVAN” which is today the most popular brand in Syringe market in India with over 60% market share and thereby displaced renowned MNC’s – an inspirational case study for other Indian Entrepreneurs. As Forum Coordinator of AiMeD,
Mr. Nath has taken many initiatives of establishing a collaborative framework with various Dept. of the Govt. and Media to bring to their attention issues troubling the industry and attract investments into India in his quest to make India as the Preferred Manufacturing Destination and the leading supplier of Medical Device worldwide. AiMeD is an Umbrella Association of Indian Manufacturers of Medical Devices covering all types of Medical Devices including consumables, disposables, equipment’s instruments, Implants, electronics and diagnostics. With a Primary Membership of over 350 Manufacturers and additionally of over 200 Associate Members representing the interest of over 700 Manufacturers of Medical Devices to address the manufacturer’s problems.
Dr. Pankaj GuptaPartner
Taurus Glocal Consulting
Dr. Gupta comes with a rich combination of medical background, IT experience and specialization in General Management from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. For over 2 decades he has been working in Healthcare/Pharma Technology business and Healthcare/Pharma process standardization.
He started with running primary care clinics for 8 years before getting into Healthcare IT and Management roles globally. Now he does Strategy Consulting at Board level of Healthcare funds and large Healthcare Organizations.
Nazir KhamisaChief Hospitality Officer
Nazir Khamisa has previously worked in the U.S.A, with over 35 years in the Hospitality and Food services sector. He is currently the Chief Hospitality Officer for Simba Corporation - the Hotel development division of Simba Corporation which is on a very aggressive growth path as an integral part of the company’s diversification portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis on Marketing and Accounting from the University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
Mr. Khamisa’s role encompasses: Asset management, growth, operational set up of new hotels, procurement, construction management, contract negotiations, food and beverage concept development and management, brand strategy, and HR development.
He project managed the Kempinski which today is the best property in the East African region, Opened and operated the Luxury tented camp Kempinski Olare Mara which is today among the best in Kenya & opened the first Acacia premier brand in Kisumu. The company is now intending to roll out the brand in sub-Saharan Africa . Simba has raised the bar in Hospitality in Kenya.
Prashant IssarCo-Founder & CEO
Square Meal Food
Prashant describes himself as "someone, who pursues opportunities beyond his control". Ask some of his peers and they will say things like "confident, charismatic, unpredictable, ambitious and always in-a-hurry".He started his career at one of India’s top hotels, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Working extensively in food and beverage across various kitchens and restaurants for five years.
He then packed his bags and moved to London, the city he considers the culinary capital of the world. In London, he worked for over ten years in various restaurants and was involved in new openings in Soho and Chelsea. He managed the famous Michelin star restaurant, Amaya in Knightsbridge for over five years.
Ever hungry to learn, he bagged a scholarship at the Henley Business School for an MBA, he majored in entrepreneurship. Ditching the comforts of a settled life he returned to India, which he calls the new land of business innovation. He adapted quickly to the new India working in hotels restaurants, heading brands like Hakkasan and Yauatcha in India, before opening his own Indian-tapas inspired restaurant, Mirchi & Mime, with business partner Anuj Shah in Mumbai in 2015. Together, they opened their second restaurant, Madeira & Mime, in the same neighbourhood in 2016.
Bill ReedVice President
WATG Singapore Inc
Bill Reed has contributed to the design and success of various high profile hospitality, leisure and mixed-use projects around the world. He believes in the importance of fostering an advisory role with his clients developing a trusting and collaborative environment in order to provide excellent designs.
Within WATG he has practiced architecture globally for over 30 years, in offices including California, Seattle, London and more recently in Singapore since 2012. Bill is very active in growing the Singapore office’s urban and boutique portfolio. Working with individual designers, he is committed to their mentoring and professional growth.
His recent design efforts include the Ritz Carlton Reserve in the stunning and unique landscape of Jiuzhaigou, China and the Ayana Komodo Resort, which will be opening this year in Indonesia. Taking the destination and culture as inspirations, each project that Bill is involved with is inspired by the place and stands the test of time
Khurshed GandhiManaging Director - Consulting Services, India
Cushman & Wakefield
ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
Khurshed is currently the Managing Director (Consulting Services) at Cushman and Wakefield India and has almost fourteen (14) years of experience in providing real estate advisory services across the country to wide spectrum of clients including investment banks, developers, private equity players, corporate houses, government bodies, land owners etc.
He has been involved in a wide variety of consulting and valuation assignments including projects across various real estate components (such as commercial, residential, hospitality, retail, industrial and other special use real estate evaluations) and service offerings such as real estate portfolio optimization studies, feasibility studies for various developments, portfolio valuations, concept testing exercises etc.
Prior to joining C&WI (formerly DTZ) , Khurshed was employed as an Associate Director (Advisory and Valuations) with CB Richard Ellis South Asia. Khurshed had joined CB Richard Ellis in 2004, prior to which he was employed as a team leader (sales) with Standard Chartered Finance Ltd.
TITUS KIPSANGManaging Director
Symbion International Mombasa
Over 20 years in Architectural Design and Management of projects experience in East Africa.
Titus Kipsang has over 20 years’ experience in both the design and management of projects. Titus currently works as Executive Director managing Symbion Mombasa office in Kenya. In this role, he has successfully handled a variety of projects in the hospitality, commercial and residential sectors.
Ariella KagerukaDirector General
Rwanda Chamber of Tourism
Ariella Kageruka is Director General at the Rwanda Chamber of Tourism which was established in 2006, with a mandate of enhancing business opportunities through effective lobbying and advocacy for the tourism, travel and hospitality industry in Rwanda.
Prior to joining the Chamber of Tourism, she worked eight years at RwandAir, Rwanda’s national carrier and one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa, where she served in various management capacities in marketing, public relations, customer loyalty management and customer experience.
Passionate about the industry, the move to the Chamber of Tourism was a natural fit. Ariella’s currently portfolio mainly focuses on capacity building, product development, promotion and advocacy among many others.
Mr. Prem ThakurDesign Director & Project Management – Global Design, Asia Pacific
Prem Thakur is Director Design & Project Management – Global Design Asia Pacific for Marriott International and based in the regional office in Mumbai. He is handling various Projects across the sub continent.
Prem with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree brings with him over two decades of experience in Project Design & Management, engineering operations, architectural and engineering consulting services, budgeting, cost control, engineering design review, value engineering, systems installation management.
He has designed and built many hotels ranging from Luxury brands to budget hotels. And also has extensive experience of managing engineering operations of complex properties like Renaissance Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, and Oberoi Mumbai. He is a Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors MRICS and an Accredited Professional of IGBC - Indian Green Building Council. He is also a member of ISHRAE Mumbai and was a Core committee member of IGBC Mumbai chapter and has been instrumental in carrying out initiatives on Green revolution in the region.
Mahat NoorProject Director, White Lotus Kenya
Project Manager, Pinnacle Towers, Nairobi
Mahat Noor is one of the founders of White Lotus Projects (Kenya) and is currently the Managing Director. Over the last 30 years he has worked across Africa and Middle East.
He pursued his articles with Cooper & Lybrand (currently part of the PWC) where he held the position of Audit Manager. He subsequently held positions of Audit Manager at Firestone and General Manager at United Food Industries in Saudi Arabia. He was further a Director at Hashi Energy and founding Director at Ainushamsi Energy.
He attained his CPA (K) in 1984.
Susan MuhweziSenior Presidential Advisor on AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act )& Trade in Uganda
Chairperson, Uganda Hotel Owner’s Association
Susan Muhwezi is the Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA & Trade in Uganda, and owner of two boutique motels in Uganda. Susan is also the first female Chairperson of Uganda Hotels Owner's Association (UHOA), Chairperson Uganda Women's Effort to save orphans and Chair Person Women League (Western Region). Susan currently serves on the Executive of Uganda Tourism Board as Vice Chairperson.
In 2003 the United States Coalition of AGOA Supporters (USA) in recognition of the exemplary leadership and work presented her with an Award in advancing AGOA. Amongst much other involvement she also owns two hotels and is the First woman Senior Presidental Advisor on AGOA and Trade related matters for the government (AGOA: African Growth and Opportunity Act trade trade.gov/agoa/)
Carmen NibigiraProject Director
Horwath HTL, Rwanda
Carmen has over 17 years’ experience in the hotel and tourism industry in Africa and Europe. Former Regional Coordination for East Africa Tourism Platform and Director General of Burundi National Tourism Office, Carmen is a seasoned tourism policy strategist. She has run tour operation companies in Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda as well as managed an international hotel in Tanzania. She has also conducted tourism and hospitality related capacity building training in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the capacity of consultant, Carmen advised governments and non-governments organizations on tourism planning, strategy and business competitiveness in West and Central Africa.
She worked at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, as an Academic Assistant and Researcher before joining Clemson University in 2012 where she is currently a PhD Candidate in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.
Voted in 2017 as one of the top 100 Women in Travel in Africa, Carmen is known to be an advocate for inter and intra regional travel and tourism. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Akilah Institute, a higher education college that offers market-relevant education with campuses in Rwanda. She also publishes widely on different issues related to tourism development in East Africa.
Justus KisauluFormer General Manager
Jazeera Palace Hotel, Mogadishu
It’s the kind of stuff of which television shows are made; a four-star hotel in the heart of a battle zone, Heads of State for guests, snipers for security and at the centre of it all is one Justus Kisaulu – the man that runs the show.
Except a writer somewhere didn’t exercise their creative licence in dramatising these events, the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu has actually been bombed twice; first in an assassination attempt on the then newly sworn-in Somali President Hasan Sheikh Mahmud and as recently as January 1st 2014 when two car bombs exploded outside the hotel resulting in 10 fatalities.
And through it all, Kenya’s very own Kisaulu has borne the responsibility of putting the pieces back together as General Manager. “I’m safer there (Mogadishu) than here,” a laughing Kisaulu unexpectedly told Capital FM News on a recent trip to Nairobi. “If you want to snipe me here it’d be easy but not there, my security team’s even better than the General Service Unit, they’ve had the privilege of training with the AMISOM forces,” he boasted.
Nick LussonBusiness Coach
Nick Lusson is originally from Sacramento, California. He has spent years in different parts of the world studying, working, and inspiring others. As a business coach and motivational speaker, Nick has trained several international organizations to improve their bottom line and spoken to thousands of business people, entrepreneurs and investors.
The ‘Nick Lusson professional training programs’ reflect the values and lessons of the world's greatest businessmen and business philosophers. He has developed these programs based not only on extensive management experience, but also through participation in training world-class training programs.
Nick’s strengths and experience lie business management, business development, customer service, marketing and sales. He is passionate about leading by example and inspiring those around him to be the best version of themselves in their work and their personal lives. Nick has worked and studied in the United States, Kenya, Sudan, and other Somalia,and other countries, and he loves new opportunities to excel, wherever in the world they may be.
Lee KaruriExecutive Chairman
Resorts and Cities
Lee Karuri is a leading Architect, business leader and an entrepreneur who has passion for Kenya as well as Africa’s economic and socio development. He is a founder Director of Dimensions Architects and Interior Designers, a leading firm of architects in East Africa. He served as Founder Chairman of Home Afrika upto June 2016, a leading Real Estate Development Company listed in the Nairobi Securities Exchange. He also served as the Chairman of Architectural Association of Kenya and today chairs the College of Fellows of the association. He is also the Chairman of Resorts and Cities a company developing Golf Resorts in Kenya.
He has participated actively in the last 14 years as a member of key national organizations that champion Kenya’s Economic Development Agenda. These include the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA),the umbrella body of the business community in Kenya where he served as Chairman. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of KEPSA Foundation. In addition he has served as a member of the Transparency International, Kenya Chapter and also chaired the DANIDA advocacy fund for Kenya.
Lee also served as a member of the National Steering Committee of Kenya’s Vision 2030. In addition, he served as a member of the National Committee that developed the Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS) that was the basis of Kenya’s growth and development agenda between 2003 and 2007.
He has been honored in Kenya with the title Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) award by H.E former President Mwai Kibaki for distinguished national service. Lee served as an advisor to the former president. On community service, he champions the socio transformation and empowerment agenda in Kenya. To this end, he chairs the governing council of the Africa International University based in Nairobi. Lee is a devout born again Christian and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Parklands Baptist Church where he attends with his family. Lee together with his wife Consolata and their children Diana and William founded Mwangaza Trust, a foundation which supports vulnerable individuals and families in education, food security, economic empowerment and spiritual growth.
Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda, Kenya
Judy is a sustainable tourism advocate, planner, advisor, assessor and trainer with over 17 years experience in working with tourism sector, communities, conservation. She has made significant contributions, locally in development of criteria and standards for sustainable tourism certification, key among them being the Kenya eco-rating scheme for accommodation facilities, the Kenya Safari Codes, the Eco-warrior Awards and Green Destination Guidelines for Kenya. In recognitions of her competencies, Judy has served as a judge and assessor for the Kenya/s Eco-Warrior Award, World Travel and Tourism Council, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, from 2008-2012 and National Geographic Nat Geo World Legacy Awards and Unique Lodges of the World.
Her expertise, passion, and commitment have also seen her serve in several profiled positions. At global and regional level, she has served in advisory Board of The international Ecotourism Society (TIES) for more than 5 years, served as board of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and was part of conceptualisation of Africa Sustainable Tourism Alliance. She is a board member of FTT. In Kenya, she serves as Director at African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), Trustee of Basecamp Foundation Kenya (BCFK) and is chairperson of Mara North Conservancy.
In 2013, she founded Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA) an organisation that uses education, research, and training to promote sustainable tourism. She believes that embracing sustainability is Africa’s greatest opportunity to compete with developed destinations and to save “paradise’ because its is good for people planet and profit. Judy is the convenor of Green Tourism Summit Africa since 2015.
Susan M. OngaloCEO
Kenyan Tourism Federation
Is the Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) - the umbrella body for the private sector in tourism charged with advocacy for a conducive business environment for the tourism sector. She bags a wealth of work experience, with 12 years in tourism and hospitality.
Professional achievement Mrs. Ongalo is a Public Relations and business manager by training. She has over the years added to her knowledge feathers in Advocacy, Project Management, Customer Relations, Disaster Management, and Marketing. She was instrumental in the setting up of the Secretariat/Administrative department at the Kenya Tourism Federation. She has served on a number of committees in the tourism sector.
Academic Qualifications · Bachelor in Leadership & Management · Advance Diploma in Public Relations · Champions (Diploma) in Occupational Health - Association of British Travel Agency (ABTA)
Hotel Association of Tanzania
Nura-Lisa is a young dynamic Tanzanian woman and a lawyer by profession. She has worked in the tourism industry since 2003 working in various positions from sales and marketing to managing accommodation facilities in Tanzania whilst also pursuing her law degree which she attained cum laude in 2009 from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Following this attainment, she proceeded to practice with Ako Law in Association with Clyde and Co. until 2011.
She went back full time to the tourism industry working with the a boutique hotel and Lodge on Mafia Island in Tanzania as their Company Secretary and Operations Coordinator. Nura - Lisa also holds a Master's Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of International Relations and Development Studies Geneva, Switzerland (graduate of 2015).
She returned to Tanzania and worked at UONGOZI Institute, under the President’s office as a policy analyst until she joined HAT as it’s CEO in May, 2017. In this capacity she represents the hospitality sector on all strategic partnerships, advocacy and public relations matters with the government of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Himank GoswamiSenior Manager Design and Technical services
An Architect, luxury hospitality design executive and a Columnist, Himank Goswami is presently associated with Dubai based Emaar Hospitality Group, a subsidiary of the global property developer, Emaar properties. He leads the design & technical services of the group’s part portfolio of luxury & upscale hotels worldwide. Previously, he spent 10 years with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, twice rated as the best hotel chain in the world and led the award-winning chain’s global part portfolio of luxury hotels.
His experience encompasses hotel developments globally, both as an operator as well as owner-operator, ranging from luxury business hotels, resorts to safari lodges and greenfield hotels to renovations.
Dr. Naveen NishchalFounder Director
Dr. Naveen Nishchal is Founder Director on Board of Cygnus Hospitals, a chain of 10 hospitals and Co-founder at his new venture Meddo- a network of Clinics. He is also heading Voice of Healthcare as Chairman .
Dr Nishchal is a Healthcare Delivery Expert from Harvard Business School, USA. His hard work has won him accolades and recognition among the medical fraternity. Medgate Today Magazine 2014 even featured him as one of the most influential persons in Healthcare.
He earned his MBBS from North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, West Bengal. And in 2004, obtained his MD from Govt. Medical College, Patiala, Punjab.
He co-founded Altius Healthcare in 2008 and first time in the history of the healthcare, devised an innovative model of running hospitals with the minimum CAPEX (an Asset Light Model).
Dr. Naveen Nishchal represents India as an Ambassador to the European Innovation Academy and is actively involved in mentoring and building entrepreneurs in India and abroad. He received his executive education from INSEAD, France and University of Heidelberg, Germany.