Nominations now open for IHIF Young Leader Award

At last year's IHIF, Greg Bows, middle, founder and managing director of African Impact, received the IHIF 2015 Young Leader Award. Presenting the award, at right, is Kerry Gumas, CEO of Questex. 

Nominations are now open for the annual IHIF Young Leader Award co-sponsored by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF).

2016 marks the ninth year of the award which recognizes outstanding contribution and effort from an inspiring young individual.

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director at the ISHC commented: “It is our mission to contribute to the advancement of the hospitality industry, which is why it is so important for us to recognize and encourage emerging leaders. We are proud of this continued partnership with IHIF and the exceptional young talent that has been awarded over the years. Every year we look forward to being inspired by the nominees who are shaping the future of our industry.”

Tess Pearson, Event Director, Questex Media Group, hosts of IHIF commented: “As IHIF celebrates its 19th year, it remains highly important to us to consider the legacy of the event. The Young Leader Award is an opportunity to do this and we’re delighted to once again be working with the ISHC on this initiative and look forward to receiving the nominations.”

Candidates eligible for nomination for the IHIF Young Leader Award must fulfill the following criteria:

  •     35 years of age or younger, born on, or after, 1 January 1981
  •     Has been working in hospitality-related field
  •     Has been part of a team or individually completed a hospitality project
  •     Is recognized by leaders in the hospitality field as an emerging leader

To download a nomination form, please click here. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 19th January 2016. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organization or by someone with direct work experience with the nominee.

The Young Leader Award will be presented on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016.

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