With 23+ years of experience in leading Asset management, Operations, Development, Sales & Marketing and Customer Care and a proven ability to form & lead large teams managing complex operations, Mr. Ahuja is a Management Graduate from the Department of Management Studies, Chennai and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management.
Over the last 5 years Divya has been leading the Asset Management and Development function for Al Nahda Hotels & Resorts working towards the collective vision of all shareholders, with ANHR today having footprints in various aspects like Hotels & Resorts besides Restaurants, Caterings, Laundry, Fashion and wellness. Reporting directly to the the Board of the Hospitality practice, Divya’s vision is to take Al Nahda Hotels & Resorts to over 20 hotels in the coming decade. Al Nahda Hotels & Resorts presently has 5 greenfield projects in the pipeline with 7 existing operating Hospitality units.
Divya in his erstwhile roles has also been a consulting journalist for various tourism and hotel publications and a guest speaker / panelist on various global travel fairs & Development Conferences besides being a Guest Faculty and trainer at the prestigious Oberoi Centre for learning and other management institutes.
Divya is also the founder of the LiveBean’s Hospitality business besides being the founding director of LiveBean and in his earlier roles was with hospitality companies like Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Oberoi’s and Ananda. In his earlier role with Shangri-La Hotels he was leading operations, prior to which he set up and lead the S&M division for the launch of Shangri-La Jakarta Residences besides managing the 700 keys Shangri-La Hotel, in his erstwhile roles with the group he was also a part of the core team to develop and launch their property in Chang-Mai, Thailand, assist in developing their property in Mumbai, India besides launching their luxury hotel in New Delhi, India.
Prior to joining Shangri-La Divya had lead a B2B Retail business besides working in consulting with EXL Services Ltd, where he was Asst. Vice President – Marketing & Sales, as part of the senior management team he was responsible for developing aggressive strategies for customer acquisition and support the front-end sales team.
Divya started his career in 1995 as an Executive-Marketing & Promotion, with Wizcraft and then went on to do his MBA. Post his MBA, he joined the Oberoi Group of Hotels as an Asst. Sales Manager (Northern Region) and was soon promoted to the position of Assistant Marketing Manager (Corporate Marketing & Distribution). Thereafter, as Head – Strategic Planning, Bates India, he led a team of strategic planners and provided inputs on Brand Planning , Research & Communication for existing and new accounts such as Nokia Asia. From Bates India at the age of 27 he went on to join and set up Mandarin Oriental Ananda in the Himalayas as Director of Marketing (one of the youngest business leaders in Asia). Divya, thereafter, went on to become Director of Marketing, Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, where he was responsible for total revenue generation besides establishing the unit as a strong brand globally.
Mr. Ahuja is a resident of Indonesia & Dubai and his interests include Dramatics, Choreography, Traveling, Reading & Writing and he is an avid
Tony Ryan, Managing Director, Global Mergers and Acquisitions, JLL Hotels & Hospitality
Paul Lonergan, Co Founder North Star Business Intelligence, North Star Business Intelligence
Divya Ahuja, Asset Manager, ANHR Group
Abraham Munene , Executive Director, Fedha Group
Mohamed Soussan , Group General Manager , Ayla Hotels & Resorts