Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam
Stelliers South Asia:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
* This award is open to applicants in the APAC region.
Being a hotelier is not just a job, it is a mentality and our judges have a deep understanding and appreciation of the dedication involved. Candidates from all 19 categories will be reviewed, and an unbiased decision will be made collectively by the panel to recognise the most outstanding Hoteliers of the Year.
The judging panel decides on the top five* candidates for each category based on the facts provided in the applications.
*Six finalists for the GM category
Phone interviews* will be conducted with the finalists to support the judges’ decision, along with the initial application submitted.
*Face-to-face interviews for the GM and the Corporate finalists
Diane has a 20-year career specialising in strategic communications and content creation in the international hospitality, media and financial service industries. After acquiring her MBA at Fordham University Graduate School of Business in New York City, Diane has worked across the Philippines, Hong Kong, bi-coastal USA, China (namely, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) and the Middle East.
Having held senior management roles for premium brands such as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, American Express Company International and Jumeirah Group, Diane understands the intricacies behind crafting the communication and content stategies for international luxury brands. Her last China posting in Guangzhou had her juggling two hats: as chief editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine and as creative content curator and consultant for a bijou collection of luxury resorts and hotels in China and Asia. Diane is a firm believer and advocate of compelling narratives of hotels that align with guest and colleague engagement and, ultimately, with business excellence goals.
Julia has been a renowned leader in the hospitality architectural and design industry since 1978. She has been the recipient of the industry’s highest honors, including the prestigious Platinum Circle Award. Julia is a member of the AIA, IIDA, ULI and NEWH. She co-founded the New York chapter of the AIA Architecture of Hospitality Committee and is an active member of the ULI Asia Pacific Hospitality Committee and ULI WLI. She serves on the advisory boards of HD Magazine and Radical Innovation Award; teaches an annual course at Harvard Graduate School of Design; judges for The Hoteliers Awards and AHEAD; and, speaks as an industry panelist and keynote speaker.
Christophe Laurent is the Values Ambassador at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), a leading Swiss university that provides learning solutions for enthusiastic, talented and ambitious students from 119 different countries. Christophe oversees the implementation and respect of the values on campus at EHL. Prior to joining EHL, he held operational and managerial responsibilities in top restaurants and hotels in the UK. In 1991, he was awarded the title of MOGB (Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne) Arts de la Table by the French Academy of Culinary Arts. With his domain of expertise in customer care management and international business etiquette, he travels locally and around the globe to share his experiences with university students and key players in the world of hospitality.
A graduate of Ecôle hôtelière de Lausanne and a certified Sommelier, Christine is a hospitality professional with more than 29 years’ experience, 18 of which have been in Asia. Christine is a Senior Operations lead with LRA by Deloitte; a leading global provider of customer experience measurement services for multinational companies with complex customer interactions. She manages a global portfolio of hospitality clients across the region including Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Christine’s interests lie in mentoring aspiring hoteliers and she has contributed columns to Biz Events Asia and is an examiner for the EHL student recruitment interviews.
Having spent nearly 30 years working in the hospitality industry, Claudia’s profile is enriched by her time at Trusthouse Forte Hotels Plc, ITT Sheraton and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Currently, she runs her own Integral Coaching Business in Singapore.
In her last corporate position, Claudia was the SVP, Human Resources at Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts. As a leader in Human Resources, she valued mentoring and developing hoteliers at all levels of the organisation. Her investment in people and passion for the industry shone through her work.
Claudia is originally from Germany but has lived the majority of her life outside of her home country. Being a life-long expat, she is an apt professional who thrives seamlessly in a foreign environment, working with colleagues and clients from diverse backgrounds. For the last 19 years, Claudia has been working and living in Singapore.
Jenny has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality and Tourism industry, with roles in operations and management, including Events Manager, Professional Conference Organiser, Director of Sales and Marketing, Executive Assistant Manager, Hotel Manager and General Manager. Jenny’s current position is with leading real estate company JLL in Corporate Solutions as the Regional Head of Workplace Experience, she is responsible for the strategic development of market-leading hospitality offerings and the delivery of service solutions for global enterprises.