The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) will present Saurabh Bakshi the inaugural Rising Star Award (RSA) at HIFI on 15 January 2014. Saurabh is the General Manager at Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, a part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. HIFI is co-hosted by Burba Hotel Network (BHN) and Horwath HTL and will be held 14-15 January 2014 at the Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel and Residences, Delhi (N.C.R.), India.

“We are very pleased with the launch of the Rising Star Award,” said Jim Burba, President of HIFI host, BHN. “The number and quality of the candidates exceeded our wildest expectations, and bodes well for the future of our industry in the Indian subcontinent.”

The Rising Star Award was created to recognize emerging leadership talent in the hospitality industry in the Indian sub-continent. Award criteria requires that a nominee be 35 years or younger, have a minimum of five years in a hospitality-related field with at least one year with the current hotel or company, be recognized by leaders in his or her company as an outstanding contributor with a promising future and be currently working and living in the Indian sub-continent. Saurabh has just over twelve years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has been associated with Sheraton Bangalore Hotel, the first newly built and managed Sheraton in India since pre-opening, initially as the Hotel Manager and was then promoted to the General Manager of this flagship property.

Saurabh states that “With great service, comes customer delight and in the process, turns doubting clients into loyal advocates,” and his work philosophy is, “The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” He holds hotel management degree from IHM -Pusa , New Delhi and has participated in continuing educational courses such as Management Development Program on Revenue Management & Dynamic Pricing (IIM-A), Fundamentals of Finance: Dun & Bradstreet and the General Managers Program (GMP) at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

HIFI is India’s most important hotel investment conference. It is the annual meeting place for the leaders in the Indian hotel and tourism industry to discuss important trends, network, identify new opportunities, and do deals through a combination of plenary sessions, breakout panels, and interactive workshops. Please visit the HIFI website at for more information.