Our Esteemed Panel of Judges-2016

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The event will take place on the evening of Monday, 12th Dec 2016 at Dusit Thani Dubai, where more than 400 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


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.

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.

Ron Thomas

MD, Strategy Focused Group

Ron Thomas is based in Dubai. He formerly was CHRO the RGTS Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He is a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute.  He holds certification from the Human Capital Institute as a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP). Prior roles included senior level roles 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 has received the "Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress [Mumbai, India]"  and the "50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia".

Manoj Abraham Mathew

Chief Content & Creative Officer –Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan)

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.

Rajesh Bhardwaj

Founder and CEO

RB Hospitality Group

Rajesh Bhardwaj is the CEO & Founder of RB Hospitality Group, a consulting and management company in the F & B space. A graduate of IHM Pusa batch of 1982, and a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from International School of Tourism Sciences in Rome, Italy in 1986.

With extensive experience in the hospitality with ITDC and Taj Group, Rajesh migrated to the US in 1990 with a vision. Beginning with a small restaurant in Queens, NY, he later co-founded Café Spice in 1997, which grew into an Indian Bistros chain, and changed the landscape of Indian Cuisine in the US. ​

Categories (Companies)

  1. Hozpitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (5 star)
  2. Hozpitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (4 star)
  3. Hozpitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (3 star/Budget hotel)
  4. Hozpitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (Hotel Apartments)
  5. Hozpitality Excellence:- Hotel of the year (Green Initiatives)
  6. Hozpitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Indian)
  7. Hozpitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Arabic)
  8. Hozpitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Italian)
  9. Hozpitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Mexican)
  10. Hozpitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (American)
  11. Hozpitality Excellence:- Restaurant of the year (Others)
  12. Hozpitality Excellence:- Airline of the year (Full Service)
  13. Hozpitality Excellence:- Airline of the year (Budget)
  14. Hozpitality Excellence:- Spa of the year
  15. Hozpitality Excellence:- Travel Agency of the year
  16. Hozpitality Excellence:- Facilities Management company of the year
  17. Hozpitality Excellence:- Best Hotel (Staff Engagement) of the year
  18. Hozpitality Excellence:- Best Hotel Team by (Staff Choice) of the year
  19. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Hotel Team of the year

Categories (Individual)

  1. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Hotelier of the year
  2. Hozpitality  Excellence:- General Manager of the year
  3. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Hidden Gem of the year
  4. Hozpitality  Excellence:- CSR Champion of the year
  5. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Food and Beverage Service
  6. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Guest Services
  7. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Housekeeping
  8. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Human Resources
  9. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Training and Development
  10. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Front Office
  11. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Engineering
  12. Hozpitality  Excellence:- IT
  13. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Admin and Secretary
  14. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Spa and Fitness
  15. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Sales and Marketing/PR
  16. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Accounts and Finance
  17. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Food Production/Kitchen

Categories (Chefs) (New Addition)

  1. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Most Celebrated Chef
  2. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Executive Chef of the Year
  3. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Chef De Cuisine of the Year
  4. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Sous Chef of the Year
  5. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Chef De Partie of the Year
  6. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Commis Chef of the Year
  7. Hozpitality  Excellence:- Young Chef of the Year

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