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Cornell International Hospitality Summit, a first for Asia

17/01/2012

The Cornell International Hospitality Summit (CIHS) is now underway in Mumbia, India. In partnership with the Center for Hospitality Research and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, the summit will take place on January17, 2012, at the Taj Mahal Palace.

Although this is the school’s first summit in Asia, senior executives throughout the hospitality and travel industry in India, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions are expected to attend. Most attendees work at the director level or above in the industries of hospitality, travel and tourism, or even real estate.
 
The CIHS highlights the 9th edition of the Dean’s Leadership Series, a CEO panel comprised of some of the top Indian hospitality executives. It is the first of the summit’s three major sessions.
 
Says Jon Denison, associate Dean for External Affairs at SHA who will serve as monitor for the Dean’s Leadership Series, “We are excited and honored to have so many hospitality leaders participating in our first [CIHS] in India. Our panelists lead some of the most important brands in India, and their insights are relevant to the global hospitality industry”.
 
The panelists will discuss key issues affecting the industry today. They include: Raymond Bickson, managing director and CEO of Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces; Patu Keswani, chairman and managing director of The Lemon Tree Hotels; Vivek Nair, vice chairman and managing director of The Leela Group; P.R.S. Oberoi, chairman and CEO of EIH-Oberoi Hotels & Resort; and finally, Priya Paul, chairperson of Apeejay-The Park Hotels.
 
The second session, Achieving Excellence via Operational and Human Capital Innovations, will be moderated by Rohit Verman, executive director of the Center for Hospitality Research and professor services operations management at SHA. The panelists include Neeraj Chadha, regional general manager-India at Hilton Worldwide; Ajay Kaul, CEO, whole time director, member of the audit committee, as well as member of share transfer and investors grievance committee at Jubilant Foodworks Limited; and, naturally, KS Srinivasan, the VP of Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces.
 
The third and final session, Revenue and Performance Enhancement in Emerging Hospitality Markets, is moderated by Chris Chan, dean of the Cornell-Nanyang Institute and professor of accounting. The panel includes Patrick Andres, VP Asia Pacific region at Sabre Hospitality Solutions; Brian Ferguson, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration ‘95 graduate and current VP of Expedia; Graham Tate, managing director Asia Pacific at IDeaS; Manay Thadani, managing director of HVS-India; and finally, K. Vijayaraghavan (Vijay) Sathguru, CEO of Sathguru Management Consultants.
 
Here is the full CIHS Agenda:
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Summit Registration Opens
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Dean’s Leadership Series: CEO Panel
    • Moderator: Jon Denison, Associate Dean for External Affairs
  • 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Achieving Excellence Via Operational and Human Capital Innovations
    • Moderator: Rohit Verma, Professor & Executive Director, CHR
  • 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Revenue & Performance Enhancement in Emerging Hospitality Markets
    • Moderator: Chris Chan, Professor & Dean Cornell-Nanyang Institute
  • 6:15– 6:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Summit Reception

Interested? Check out www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/industry/events/cihs.html!

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