The Hospitality industry has displayed immense strength and resilience through the pandemic. The stalwarts associated with this industry have shown their wholehearted dedication and passion towards their work and serving society. Across the world, this zeal among Hospitality professionals has inspired others to follow in their footsteps.
To spread the light of inspiration, knowledge and experience, the IIHM College of Distinguished Fellows has organized a second convocation ceremony where 60 dedicated professionals of the Hospitality industry were conferred the title of Fellows of IIHM. All of those who received this honor, have contributed immensely to the international Hospitality industry in some way and would now share their knowledge and experiences to educate the upcoming future generation of hospitality professionals studying at IIHM.
The motto of The IIHM International College of Distinguished Fellows is ‘FIAT LUX’ (Let there be Light). The distinguished Fellows are the shining light of the industry, always guiding future generations and students of hospitality.
The Vision is to create The IIHM International College of Distinguished Fellows membership that will solely comprise individuals who have been conferred the Fellow of IIHM. The key objective of this college is to proactively create and provide support in a range of ways to the student and academic community in general. This will further enhance the educational and career aspirations of all students and graduates of the hospitality industry through inspirational leadership.
The IIHM International College of Distinguished Fellows was inaugurated on 9th July, 2021 with 8EX Hospitality E- Conclave bringing together 200 Hospitality professionals from across the world. The conclave was a massive platform for exchange of ideas and experiences through speeches and panel discussions on the online platform.
The first special virtual convocation ceremony was held on 10th July 2021 where Dr Suborno Bose, CEO, International Institute of Hotel Management & CEO, International Hospitality Council, Prof David Foskett , MBE, Chairman -International Hospitality Council, London, Ron Scott, International Director, Indismart Group came together to confer the Fellowship on to the 150 selected Hospitality professionals.
The 150 from the first and 60 professionals from the second ceremony have been elected to become members of IIHM International College of Distinguished Fellows include several Global Hospitality leaders and Hospitality icons. Some of the names include Ankit Nagori, Founder, Curefoods and Simply Sport Foundation, Aradhana Khowala, CEO and Founder, Aptamind Partners, Eric Neo, Executive Chef, InterContinental Singapore, Gavin Sanders, GM, Radisson Blu Resort, Maldives, Laurent Noury, Cluster GM, Novotel & IBIS Abu Dhabi Gate Hotels, Geoffrey Harrison, Chairman, Harisson Catering Services, UK, Camellia Panjabi, Group Director, Masala World, Vita Whitaker, CEO and Commercial Director, Whitco C&BE Ltd, Rohit Khattar, Chairman, Old World Hospitality Pvt Ltd and Manjunath Mural, Chef Partner, Adda- Singapore.
On the occasion, Dr Suborno Bose, CEO, International Institute of Hotel Management & CEO, International Hospitality Council, said, “IIHM International College of Distinguished Fellows is the first ever attempt in the world to bridge the gap between future hospitality leaders and those who are leading today. There have been several interactions between students and the IIHM Fellows and the effort is directed towards passing on the knowledge and sharing experiences of the leaders with the young people.”
Prof David Foskett, MBE, started the convocation ceremony with “IIHM leads the world through its hospitality management education and this great initiative of the IIHM International College of Distinguished Fellows. The legends and icons of hospitality industry illuminate the world with their success in this industry. We have the greatest brains of the industry coming together as role models of young people and guide them.”