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A Hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience in Sales & Marketing, Operations and Asset Management having worked in companies such as Taj, Oberoi Group, Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels.Currently working in GMR and heading the Hospitality and Business Development function at the GMR Airport City Business in Hyderabad as Manager of the Holding company that owns Novotel Hyderabad Airport with charge over all Hospitality related projects including the Exhibition and Convention Centre. In the BD role, Narayan is responsible for the Branding and Marketing of the Airport City and commercial leasing.


Neil Paterson

General Manager Delegate
Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre

NHCC and HICC is Mr. Paterson’s first appointment in India. In the leadership role, Mr. Paterson is responsible for spearheading operations at NHCC and HICC. A firm advocate of leading with hands-on approach and team work, Mr. Paterson is directly involved in the planning and strategising of innovations and best practices at the hotel and convention centre

Mr. Paterson brings with him 20 years of experience in the trade & hospitality industry. He has been with Accor since 2004... (More)

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.

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Vishal D’Souza

Managing Director – MCI India

Vishal Dsouza brings in two decades of Destination Management, Corporate Events and Association Conference experience obtained in the Middle East and India. Vishal entered the destination management (DMC) industry in 1999 and worked as a destination consultant with globally acclaimed companies. As an astute entrepreneur, his quench for knowledge and exploring the various facades of meetings industry, landed him at MCI Middle East in 2007- a global meetings, events, congresses and association management organisation headquartered in Switzerland. Under the capacity of Director Operations at MCI Middle East, Vishal was primarily responsible for setting up start-up operations for the region, including working in tough business landscapes that lacked the knowledge on Association Management and Conferences. In 2012, Vishal moved to India to align and integrate MCI Vision and Strategy. He now leads a successful and profitable office across 61 cities and 32 countries within MCI, with India being an accelerator & growth market for MCI Asia’s long term growth vision.


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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.

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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 (Gary) 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 a MBA (Marketing, Corporate Finance, and Multinational Enterprises) from one of the premium universities in the United States.. More