• Lifetime Achievement Award This award recognizes the Alumnus/a who thrived the most throughout his/her career, representing the AEHL network throughout the world.
  • Alumnus of the Year This award recognizes the Alumnus/a who flourished the most on a professional level in the past year.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year. This award recognizes an Alumnus/a whose entrepreneurial journey and company’s performance are exemplary.

The heads of AEHL’s international chapters (Stamms) as well as members of the AEHL Swiss Alumni Council cast their votes to select the winners.

    In the much-anticipated category of “The Lifetime Achievement Award”, this year’s edition proved especially challenging for the voters to decide, as all three outstanding nominees came in head-to-head in the polling results. Therefore, the AEHL community has decided to take the special measure of bestowing the honor of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” to all three nominees, namely: Selim El Zyr (EHL 1970), Tetsuro Inamaru (EHL 1983) and Jacky Lorenzetti (EHL 1969).

    Selim El Zyr, Co-founder and Vice Chairman of Rotana, has served as CEO and President of Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Limited until 2014 and since then acts as Vice Chairman of Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Limited. His experience in the hospitality industry also encompasses more than 12 years with Hilton International in various countries and the creation of a successful fast food chain in Lebanon.

    Tetsuro Inamaru, senior advisor and brand ambassador for Japan’s famous Seiko Holdings Corporation, in charge of the retail division of Seiko under its iconic “Wako” brand. As a former executive managing board member and director at Imperial Hotel, Ltd., Mr. Inamaru has dedicated much of his professional activity towards the development of both the luxury class and general consumer-oriented Japanese hospitality industry.

    Jacky Lorenzetti, founder of FONCIA, a leading real estate company in France, which he sold in 2008. As president of the French Rugby Club Racing 92, Mr. Lorenzetti lead the club to the French Rugby Championship and to the European Rugby Champions Cup finals in 2016. Mr. Lorenzetti also owns the newly built U Arena in Paris Nanterre and serves as CEO of Holding Ovalto. As a lover of Grand Cru du Médoc, he now owns multiple vineyards, including Château Pédesclaux.

    The Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Elisabetta Fabri (EHL 1983), founder of Starhotels International and CEO of Starhotels SpA. With its collection of twenty-nine hotels in Italy, New York, Paris and London, Starhotels has shared the art of Italian hospitality with the world for more than thirty years. Ms. Fabri also especially stands out through her efforts in empowering women and recognizing their critical role in today’s business world, with women make up 55% of Starhotels’ human resources.

    The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was attributed to Ms. Nicola Gryczka (EHL 2007). As the CEO of GASTROMOTIVA, a Brazilian social enterprise founded by chef David Hertz. The project works with food as a tool for transformation, offering gastronomy training towards employment, food entrepreneurship classes and nutrition education for under-privileged communities in four countries. Ms. Gryczka is also active as a motivational speaker and consultant at renowned organizations and has recently been selected as one of the MIT SOLVE finalists for innovative solutions and start-ups that will change the world.

    EHL is happy to partner with MSC Cruises as the sponsor of the AEHL Community Awards.

    Sherif Mamdouh
    Senior Communications Officer – Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
    Phone: +41 21 785 10 53
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    About Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

    Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893. It has created and inspired a unique professional community of over 25,000 hospitality managers, united by the values and the legacy of EHL. EHL is a leading university that provides learning solutions for enthusiastic, talented and ambitious students from 114 different countries. With undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, EHL offers its students a range of on-campus and online education opportunities at different stages of their professional journey. EHL is regularly recognized as the best hotel management school in the world with the highest graduate employment rates in the industry. EHL is a member of EHL Holding SA, a Group dedicated to hospitality management education

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