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Marika Beindorff receives the award for Best Professional Success

Presented at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards ceremony, last November 5, the award for Best Professional Success recognizes a young graduate who has been working no more than 5 years and is under 30 years of age. The winner is distinguished not only for academic results, but also for a promising professional experience in the hotel industry and motivation for making changes in the company and the hotel industry overall.

The Award for Best Professional Success was presented by Michel Stalport, Area Vice President Western Europe, North & West Africa for Carlson Redizor Hotel Group. This year it goes to a young woman with an amazing career path and assertive character. At age 24, Marika Beindorff is Digital Field Marketing Manager for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East. Based in Dubai, she is responsible for a portfolio of six operational hotels representing close to 2,000 rooms and 50 restaurants and bars. She has worked on the reopening of Grand Hills, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, in Lebanon in July 2015. Marika Beindorff is behind the #DiscoverArabia campaign by the Starwood group, aiming to promote and valorize the destination in the Middle East and promote its tourism offer. (read the dossier)

Ramsay Rankoussi and Mahesh Dhakal are the other finalists in the Best Professional Success category. Graduated in 2011, Ramsay Rankoussi is now Director of Business Development for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in the Middle East. He is thus responsible for the development of the group's activities in the region, with a goal to doubling the number of operational hotels in the next three years. Ramsay Rakousse joined Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group one year ago after holding advanced positions at other companies from the sector such as Millennium Hotels & Resorts, where he also worked in the Middle East. At the Worldwide Hospitality Awards, he was represented by Cyril Lanrezac, Deputy Director ESSEC IMHI Center of Excellence in Hospitality, Food & Travel. (read the dossier)

At 30 years of age, Mahesh Dhakal is the youngest Executive Chef in Nepal. He currently works at the hotel Shangri-La de Kathmandou. Originally from the same city, he learned to culinary arts from the Chef Shiva Bahadur KC when he was working in the hotel industry. Mahesh Dhakal graduated from the Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education (GATE College), the branch of a Swiss school in Nepal, and wishes to participate in the development of Nepal's hotel industry, particularly in Food & Beverage. He was represented at the ceremony by Khem Raj Lakai, Founder of the Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education (GATE).  (read the dossier)



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