Please tell us about your professional background.
After graduating from Institute of Hotel Management, Bhopal, I went on to do an MBA from IMI Delhi with majors in Finance and Operations, following up with a specialised course in managing and transforming professional service firms from the Harvard Business School. I founded HPG Consulting 16 years ago, a specialised Food Service Design Consultancy based out of Dubai and India with projects across the SAARC nations, Africa and the Middle East. HPG has been associated with prominent names of the industry like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, ACCOR, Rotana, IHG, Movenpick, Taj and Carlson since inception. I am a member of FCSI (Food Service Consultants Society International). I also own Rakkh Resorts near Dharamshala.
From hospitality to wellness, what inspired the transition? And what similarities or differences do you see in both?
Hospitality and wellness are symbiotic, not just in terms of operation, but also execution. At Rakkh Resorts, the effort is to integrate the multiple aspects of living a healthy life. I do not see it as different, rather as an extension of my interest, qualification and education.
What are your views on the growing wellness industry?