24 - 26 MAY 2022





The hospitality industry has made great strides towards diversity and inclusion in recent years but it’s safe to say that there’s still some way to go before gender parity is achieved. With this in mind, several properties and hospitality groups have introduced initiatives aimed at readdressing the balance of men and women in leadership positions.

The Women in Hospitality list was launched by Hotelier Middle East last year to celebrate the women leading the way across various sectors in the regional hospitality industry.

Here is who made the list this year:

1) Elaine Watson – Cluster General Manager, Marriott International
Her greatest professional accomplishment to date was being able to transfer from the finance sector as a qualified ACCA into an operational role which is where her passion lies

2) Feryal Haddon – Cluster Director of Human Resources, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah and Hilton Dubai The Walk and Hilton Dubai The Walk
Along with achieving significant savings through the effective cost management of payroll and staff accommodation, Haddon has a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) certification and during her tenure

3) Sahiti Gaddam – Head – Sales and Marketing, Dubai & Director of Sales and Marketing, Taj Dubai Indian Hotels Company Limited
Gaddam helped establish the Taj brand in the region within the luxury segment, and led the commercial drive of the hotel to achieve a marketing leading position

4) Tatjana Ahmed – Housekeeping Manager and Functional Specalist Housekeeping, Grand Hyatt Dubai
Since starting at Grand Hyatt Dubai, Ahmed has increased productivity by 60% for the room attendants by introducing new work processes

5) Sarah Walker Kerr – Vice President, Communications MEA, Marriott International
Sarah Walker Kerr arrived in the region in 1998 but this year has been a pinnacle year for her

6) Anne Scott – General Manager, W Dubai The Palm
This year Anne Scott founded FLI – The Female Leadership Initiative across Marriott in Middle East and Africa

7) Sarah Allen – Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Analytics, Marriott International
During her time in the region,Sarah Allen has created a culture of revenue management expertise

8) Emma Banks – Vice President, F&B Strategy & Development, EMA, Hilton
Banks is proud to be making strides towards gender diversity. In her current role, she has brought in several F&B professionals to Hilton properties, with the aim of being able to “inspire young female leaders”

9) Minakshi Pandey – Group Executive Housekeeper, Byblos Hospitality
She partnered with the UN’s #ShareTheMeal food programme and the same campaign was rolled out across our South East Asia region with other food banks

10) Anne Marie Hannan – Vice President, Human Resources, Middle East & Africa at Marriott International
Anne Marie Hannan has been working in the hospitality industry for 20 years and she understands the value of helping women in this field

Source – Hotelier Middle East

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