Hotel & Catering News Middle East, a BNC Publishing monthly, has announced the judges for its Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2021, due to take place on April 8.
Meet the Judges
CEO and Founder, Virtual Solutions Global Ltd. and TV Personality
Dawn Gribble has over 20 years of experience working with hospitality, and food and beverage brands, and has partnered with award-winning boutique hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, international food brands, celebrity chefs and influencers.
Gribble has appeared on numerous top TV shows, including MasterChef and is an Expert Judge on The Restaurant Talent Show. She is the founder and chief strategist of Virtual Solutions Global, a boutique marketing agency specialising in the hospitality industry, with offices in Dubai and the UK.
Gustavo de Hostos
Managing Partner, Forsite Creative
Gustavo is the managing partner of Forsite Creative, and for the last eight years has been heading up the office in Dubai, which currently executes projects across the EMEA region.
He has a background in hospitality business and operations and has set up multidisciplinary teams to tackle turnkey hospitality and F&B projects. These services range from research, strategy and F&B concepts, to design solutions for front and back of house. This unique combination of in-house expertise ensures coherence between disciplines which are often isolated, resulting in projects which are concept-driven, market-led and operationally feasible.
CEO, sps:affinity – Strategic Partnership Solutions
Martin Kubler is a hotel GM and hospitality and service industries consultant with 20+ years of executive-level management experience in hotels, in Europe and the Middle East, and interim-and board-level consulting experience in Africa and Asia.
Kubler is the founder of Iconsulthotels, a boutique hospitality, leisure, and tourism consulting firm, and the CEO of sps:affinity, a Dubai-headquartered business advisory and consulting company. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a frequent speaker at hotel, marketing and customer service conferences and events, and a regular contributor to industry websites and publications.
Partner – Hospitality and Leisure, Knight Frank
Manzoor has been in the Middle East since 2011, primarily working on hospitality development projects throughout the MENA region. In this time, he has worked with developers, investors and governmental institutions on feasibility studies, concept definition, pricing strategies and optimum site use for both large-scale multi-use projects and stand-alone assets.
Manzoor has worked with major hotel operators to develop market-entry strategies for new markets, and also helped developers successfully select operators for hospitality assets across the region.
Talal Al Rashed
Hospitality Consultant and Social Media Influencer
A Kuwaiti hospitality consultant and social media influencer who has been based in Dubai for the past six years, Al Rashed has shifted from his career in accounting, investment banking and real estate, to hospitality by studying in one of the world’s top hotel schools: Glion, and worked at different hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, Turkey, Saudi and the UAE.
Now, he travels to experience hotels and airlines, as well as luxury and dining scenes around the world and works with different lifestyle brands. Al Rashed is a public figure who leveraged social media to reach out to an elite following from the GCC region, Middle East and entire world. A global influencer, he has collaborated with many hospitality and lifestyle brands around the region.