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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)


Sharad Datta

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

Sharad has assumed this new role as General Manager of the Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre and Courtyard by Marriott, Hyderabad, on 16th January 2013.With almost two decades of hospitality experience; Sharad is no stranger to the industry as he brings with him a rich & versatile experience wherein he has worked with reputed Brands such as Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Regency and Carlson Rezidor Hotels. His last stint as a General Manager was at Radisson BLU Dwarka, New Delhi since 2010. Sharad is a Hotel Management graduate from Institute of Hotel Management, Dadar, Mumbai.

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Dietmar Kielnhofer

General Manager
The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

Mr. Kielnhofer will be taking over as the General Manager of The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace from 1st December,2014.He brings a treasure of experience to the position complemented by highly respected operational excellence. Dietmar has a wealth in hospitality operation and management experience, with his career commencing over 38 years ago. Dietmar’s journey with Starwood began in 1999, as Resident Manager with Le Meridien, Jakarta in Indonesia. Due to his extensive past experience in the field of hospitality, he was appointed as the General Manager of Le Meridien Makadi Bay ,Hurghada in Egypt in 2000. Before taking charge of The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, Dietmar held the position of the General Manager at The Westin Tokyo, Japan.

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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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K Mohanchandran

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