STALWART LEADERSHIP

Eco Hotels India brings together the credibility of international industry experts to run the show.

Together with their world experience and local knowledge, they provide the right foundation for an idea whose time has arrived.

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ABHIJEET UMATHE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Abhijeet brings with him over 25 years of hospitality experience, having worked with major brands like Knight Frank, The Taj Group, Compass Group Plc and Kamat Group of Hotels. During his stint the Kamat Group of Hotels, Abhijeet conceived, developed and executed projects that led to a firm positioning of “The Orchid” an Eco-friendly Business Hotel Brand back in 1998.
He also worked on community projects across Mumbai and with the immediate local community to further the eco-friendly message and embed the brand with the local populace. Abhijeet’s functional expertise includes operations, sales, marketing, hotel development consultancy, asset management, feasibility and valuations. His diverse consulting experience has afforded him deep insights into the functioning of the hospitality business and his analytic abilities are often sought to the advantage of business owners.

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GAVIN BROOKING

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gavin is a results-oriented and entrepreneurial-minded Global Hospitality Leader with 29 years of global experience in the industry. Gavin served as Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Landcastle Holdings with a group turnover of over 35 million Euros from 9,000 rooms across 7 countries with an asset value in excess of 500 million Euros.

Previously, Gavin served at Excel Hotels & Resorts in Tenerife where he commenced as Managing Director before becoming Chairman in 2010. Gavin has multi-vertical experience in the development of properties from identification of land, securing planning permission, completing new builds to opening and portfolio exit transactions in multiple jurisdictions such as Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Gavin is a UK native and is fluent in Spanish and Italian. He is passionate about the impact of hospitality on the environment and is responsible for the execution of the Company’s business plan.

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SUCHIT PUNNOSE

CHAIRMAN

Suchit is the founder and CEO of Red Ribbon Asset Management Plc, the founding shareholder of Eco Hotels UK Plc. Suchit is a Mainstream Impact Investor taking established products, services and technology to Growth Markets such as India.

Climate change is a topical issue that he is passionate about and he is focused on promoting businesses that support sustainability. Suchit’s vision of a chain of carbon neutral hotels rolled out using a modern method of construction has resulted in Modulex, which will aid the rapid roll out of hotels across target markets. He is a founding shareholder of the Company.

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DEV ANAND

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dev is a veteran in the UK hospitality industry with almost 50 years of experience. He started, in 1972, the first specialist hotel-booking agency aimed specifically at the corporate market – Expotel.

In 1974, he established the concept of the specialist venue-placement agency and in the early ‘80s, Expotel acquired Keith Prowse, well respected agency name in theatre tickets, creating what is known today as corporate hospitality.

When Dev sold his last ventures in 2005, he decided to freelance by providing strategic management and marketing consultancy services to companies within the industry. In more recent years, Dev set up a boutique hotel brokerage under the banner of The Hotel Property Team, acting as a specialist hotel estate agent – largely dealing with 100+ room hotels, four & five star in London, UK and capital cities in Europe. He also helps start-up ventures in the hotel and travel industry achieve their growth ambitions.

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DANIELA WAGNER

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Daniela heads up strategic international business development for Travel Weekly Group and is responsible for creating new international events in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, as well as bringing new clients into the UK market through existing Travel Weekly channels.

She has a demonstrable track record of outstanding achievement within the travel industry and has had great success growing businesses due to her commercial creativity. She has applied her entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills very effectively in large corporate and start-up environments. Fluent in German and French, she has an extensive network of top industry contacts around the globe.

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Axel Graenitz

Axel has 25 Years of experience in Tourism and Service Industry. He built Tourism Masterplans for Qatar, Al Ain, Madagascar, Richards Bay South Africa, Panama, Venezuela and Lebanon etc. He is also the President & CEO of Polygon Group and Chairman of International Tourism Organisation. He is the President of Business Club Luxemburg and a senior industry advisor in various Private Equity Companies such as Paragon Partners, Waterland and EQT and Investment Banks.

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David Knower

David has been a initiator and head of a large global private equity company in Germany for 18 years. He has 11 years of experience in the FMCG sector with Procter and Gamble in Germany and Asia Pacific.

He has over 34 years of experience in finance, private equity and big-ticket funding. He is currently the Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Global Board member of the Republicans Overseas and Vice President of the Steuben-Schurz Gesellschaft.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The management team has hand-picked partners who excel at each aspect of the rollout: market awareness; environmental sustainability; and functionality and comfort.

THE HOTEL PROPERTY TEAM brings decades of experience in the hospitality industry. It brings trustworthy, valuable connections to Eco Hotels business and enhances brand exposure to the hotel industry, both in the UK and locally in India.

MODULEX buildings allow for speedy, high quality, environmentally conscious modular hotel construction that will be tailored to meet Eco Hotels sustainability goals without compromising on guest experience.

PHILLPOTTS DOWDING interior and fashion design house will benefit the brand by providing bespoke interior designs of hotel space, and unique staff uniforms that will be made from sustainably sourced materials and natural cloth dyes to reduce environmental impact.

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Phillpotts Dowding is a boutique interior and fashion design house based in Mayfair, London. Led by Sophie and Natasha Phillpotts-Dowding, they cater to interior and fashion design for high end residential homes, restaurants & bars. Phillpotts Dowding offers a unique offering of combining interior and uniform design to deliver a superior guest experience

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Global modular construction company taking British modular construction technology to the Indian and Growth markets. Eco Hotels’ access to Modulex’s technology will enable it to rapidly roll out properties across India. It will deliver carbon neutral hotel properties on a fixed cost and time guarantee with a delivery time of 52 weeks from order.

The factory is in construction and is nearing completion in Q1 2020.

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A niche hotel property brokerage business, working in an entrepreneurial manner with a range of parties to develop bespoke opportunities which meet the very specific needs of its clients, both buyers or sellers. THPT is led by Dev Anand, pioneer within the hospitality industry where he successfully participated to its development since the early 70s. THPT will provide Eco Hotels with bespoke solutions for hotel transactions and investments, bringing its network of hotel owners into business who will invest in the Eco Hotels’ EBOT franchise programme

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