HCVB Board

Alexander Sebastian

Head – Destination Marketing and Airline Account Manager

20+ years of Business Development and Marketing experience across industries like; Apparels, Perfumes, Insurance, Telecom, Aviation and Airport sector, covering key geographies of India, Russia, Middle East, and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Alexander is responsible for driving Destination marketing initiatives, passenger transfer development and traffic from various catchment cities. He works closely with the Government of Telangana on a few key projects related to Tourism Development and Promotion. As President of the Board of Hyderabad Convention and Visitors Association (HCVB), he works closely with global MICE players with an aim of promoting Telangana and Hyderabad as a preferred choice for MICE Association Meetings.

Mr. Manish Dayya

General Manager
Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

Mr. Manish Dayya as the new General Manager. He brings with him over two decades of experience in the trade and hospitality industry. He has been with AccorHotels since 2013 and has held multiple roles across various locations in India. Being a proficient hospitality professional, Manish has expertise and valuable insights on augmenting brand standards for the company.

Manish has experience working with leading domestic and international brands holding key positions which further whetted his expert business development approach. His camaraderie with AccorHotels started, when he joined the Group as the General Manager of Novotel Goa Resort & Spa and Novotel Goa Shrem Hotel. He then went on to head the operations of Novotel Lavasa, Mercure Lavasa and Lavasa International Convention Centre as the Area General Manager. Prior to joining the dual property in Hyderabad and continuing his allegiance with the parent brand, he was the General Manager for Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach.

Shrikant Wakharkar

General Manager
Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Courtyard by Marriott, Hyderabad.

Marriott International appoints Shrikant Wakhakar as the Complex General Manager for Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre and Courtyard Hyderabad. Prior to this he has worked as the Complex General Manager for the Westin Chennai Velachery and Le Meridian Kochi. With a career spanning over 27 years in the hospitality sector, he has held key leadership positions in various brands like Taj, IHG & Hyatt.

Rohit Dar

General Manager
The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace.

Mr. Rohit Dar has been appointed as the new General Manager at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace. Prior to joining The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, he was the General Manager at Jaipur Marriott Hotel.Having started his journey in the Hospitality Industry as a management trainee with Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development (OCLD). He joined OCLD post completing his Business Studies graduate degree from Delhi University and has not looked back since. With a strong record of endeavors, Rohit brings over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked at properties like The Oberoi in Mumbai and New Delhi, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Oakwood Premier Prestige, Banglore and The Trident Kochi. For a few years, he even worked in the learning and development space as an integral part of the team at Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, Delhi.

Samir Kalia

Chief Executive Officer

With a vision of becoming the largest PCO in the country Samir spear heads the India business of MCI Group. July, 2017 saw a new horizon for MCI as it entered into a JV with GeTS Holidays and Conferences, one of the largest conference management and accommodation procurement agency in the local market. Through the establishment of this joint venture, MCI sets to be one of the largest and sole international PCO in the country with a true local market reach and a list of international client success stories. It also enhances the company’s Corporate Events and Destination Management capabilities in supporting meetings, social events, pre- and post- tours more effectively.

As a young enthusiast, the entrepreneur bug bit Samir early in 1987 when he founded GeTS Holidays. From starting with a small room office, to spreading its wings across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Agra, GeTS Holidays provides finest travel services to its clients from across global destinations.

K Mohanchandran

K Mohanchandran, ‘Mohan’, as he likes to be called is a career hotelier, who started with Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces in 1989, as a Management Trainee. An alumnus of the Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi, he has worked across all hotel functions and in multiple locations with the Taj Group – including Chennai, Aurangabad, New Delhi, Dubai, Mumbai, Udaipur, Sydney and lately Kolkata. His GM assignments include the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, Taj Wellington Mews in Mumbai, Blue, A Taj Hotel in Sydney, and most recently Taj Bengal.

An avid reader, his interests include Medieval and Indian History, the books of John Steinbeck, travel and food, and listening to a wide range of music, spanning the classical and contemporary genres, with a special place in his collection for West African music

Sri B.Venkatesham

Sri B.Venkatesham was appointed to the Indian Administrative Service in 1995 and stood All India 15th Rank. He worked as:

Sub-Collector and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Rajahmundry and Rampachodavaram
Commissioner–Urban Development, Warangal
Joint Collector of Chittoor and Guntur districts
Joint Secretary (Revenue)
Collector & District Magistrate of Medak and Guntur districts
Managing Director, Tourism Development Corporation
AP Health & Medical Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation, Hyderabad
Commissioner, I & PR Dept., and Managing Director, AP State Film, TV & Theatre Dev. Corporation
Managing Director, AP State Housing Corporation Limited, Hyderabad.
Home Secretary of Telangana State.
Presently, he is Secretary, Youth Advancement, Tourism & Culture of Telangana State.

His special interests are:

Rehabilitation of mentally ill people, support for physically challenged and disadvantaged groups and Self-Help Groups, Rural Development, Tourism
His ambition is Elimination of starvation from the World
Received 10 gold medals in Red Cross for Social Welfare
Received E-India award for mobile e-Governance application “HOMES”

Jalil (Gary) Khan

Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau-India.

Mr. Jalil Khan is a veteran strategist and tactician, with more than 23 years of rich and diverse leadership experience in managing the travel and tourism business lines. He holds an MBA (Marketing, Corporate Finance and Multinational Enterprises) from one of the premium universities in the United States. He has been a globetrotter since his childhood and was educated in some of the finest private schools spanning 4 continents: United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

As a District Account Manager at United Airlines in San Francisco, he managed the top revenue territory of corporate Fortune 500 accounts in Northern California with over $290 M in Air Travel and Leisure spend. Throughout his 23 years with United Airlines, he has demonstrated a consistent track record of delivering extraordinary results in growth, revenue and sales performance.Read more

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