List of Delegates

AMIT LOHANI

Managing Director and Owner, Max Inc
National Convener, Founder, and Director Forum of Indian Food Importers

Amit Lohani is managing director and owner of Max Inc., which is a leading importer and exporter of high value processed food items in India. He is also the national convener, founder, and director for Forum of Indian Food Importers (FIFI), a not for profile apex chamber, which works towards establishing inroads for international food and beverage trade in India. Additionally, Amit is a member of the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standard Authorities’ committee member working on food regulatory ecosystem to facilitate investment and trade development in the country. Furthermore, Amit holds various other responsible positions representing international trade in India at numerous forums like board member for Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce, member of FMCG committee at ASSOCHAM, jury member for annual Coca-Cola golden spoons awards, jury member of OSPITALITA ITALIANA RISTORANTI ITALIANI NEL MONDO, jury member for Annapurna world food India annual awards, and chairperson of India Food Delegation.

He is an alumnus of U.S. Government’s premier professional exchange program International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is a recipient of the fellowship from Fresno State University in California on cold chain management and infrastructure development. Amit has also studied international trade and business from the University of Queensland, Australia and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India.

PURCHASING PROFESSIONAL FORUM-INDIA(PPFI)

AMARJIT SINGH AHUJA

Director of Procurement, Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi

After completing commerce graduation & Apprenticeship in Maurya Sheraton, I have been part of the hospitality industry for the last three and half decades and have evolved and learnt from my experiences i.e. F&B Cost Control, Hotel Night Auditing, Establishing vendor selection and management norms, seeing through the day to day and Operational procurement along with heading the renovation project procurement and Establishing international linkages in different countries for procuring at the esteemed organization where I have had a chance to work. They are (in the chronological order) Maurya Sheraton, Welcome Hotel Asia Jammu, Siddharth, Hyatt Regency, and Le Meridian. My job objective is to establish effective costing Norms and Systems for the purpose to upkeep efficient procurements. Beside all this I’m President and Founder Member of PURCHASING PROFESSIONAL FORUM-INDIA(PPFI).

GURSHARAN SINGH AHLUWALIA

Sr. Vice President Global Premium Health Foods Pvt. Ltd

I have completed my Cost Accountancy and B.Com from Himachal Pradesh University in 1978. Post that I have served Taj Group of Hotels, from 1978 to 2013 and gained vast experience in Supply Chain Management. I have completed my innings with Taj Group as Regional Materials Manager-Delhi, NCR & North West India in September 2013. My last posting was at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, which is a Corporate Hub for North India. I was part of the main corporate team, based at TPH who was responsible for opening up the new properties and renovation of existing properties, wherein I was actively involved in catering to the requirements of the hotel operations and projects.

SUSHIL KUMAR

Purchase Manager, Azure Hospitality

After completing Graduation in Economics from C.C.S University Meerut in the year 2004, I have Total Fifteen year Career span of working with Hospitality Industry. Currently working with Azure Hospitality as Purchase Manager – HO since Sept.2012 which is one of the leading Restaurants chain in the India & has been in a business for the last 11 years. Azure Hospitality has around forty-two Restaurants in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata have all famous brands of Azure i.e Mamagoto, Dhaba Estd 1986, Sly Granny, Foxtrot, Hotel Delmaar, Mimansa an Organic café and Speedy Chow-Roll Mall. Previous to it worked with M/s Dam Good Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.( Smoke House Grill, Smoke House Delhi, Smoke House Room – Restaurants & Bar in Delhi ) as Purchase Manager –Delhi

JM BHUKAR

Dy Director of Procurement, Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi

Retired from Indian Air Force and served in Air Force in various capacity located all over India, IAF celebrated Golden Jubille in 1982 and was commended by the Chief of The Air Staff for outstanding work.
From last 28 year I am with Hotel Le Meridien New Delhi besides my day to day procurement Indian and Imported/Hotel Renovations/Liasoning with UDYOG BHAWAN / Department of Tourism, custom and Aayat Niryat Bhavan etc.

Karamjeet Solanki

Purchase manager Hotel Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini

Science postgraduate with master’s degree in botany, started career in hospitality industry in 1998 from Hotel Radisson New Delhi Mahipalpur, the first property of Carlson Group in India. Worked in various hotels in Delhi NCR like Grand Hyatt VasantKunj( now The Grand), The Claridges New Delhi, The Imperial New Delhi, Westin Hotels & resorts at Sohna, Haryana, Crowne Plaza Gurgaon &Okhla, Delhi, Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity etc. Handled the successful opening of Westin Sohna & Pullman-Novotel Aerocity. Currently working at Hotel Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini as Purchase manager.

ASHOK BHATT

Purchase Head, NOVOTEL & Pullman Aerocity ND

Having 20 Years of Experience in Hospitality, I have privilege of looking after Both Operations as well as Project procurement during these years. I have been associated with Brands Like Radisson, Shangri-La, Hyatt and now working with Accor Group. I have done prestigious project Like Shangri-La and Andaz – Hyatt Group in Delhi. Apart from the local sourcing I have an exposure to the various International Markets. I have been part of various National and International exhibitions. Beside all this I’m Sr Vice President and Founder Member of PPF

ASHEAME MEHTA

Director of Materials, Vana The Retreat, Dehradun

Asheame Mehta has worked with the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts twenty-six years. He has vast experience in corporate and hotel operations and purchase. With specialization in materials management & he has also won the “Best Procurement Person Award” from Hotelier India in earlier years. Currently working with Vana The Retreat, Dehradun as Director of Materials,. Beside all this I am also the General sect. and founder member of PURCHASING PROFESSIONAL FORUM-INDIA(PPFI).

NARESH KUMAR

GM Materials Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd.

After completing his post graduate in commerce from Shimla university, Naresh joined the Hospitality Industry. He is a passionate hotelier with over 20 years of experience with various Hotels & Resorts. Some of them are The Park, Grand Hyatt, Park Royal, Imperial and Shangri-la hotel. Currently he is working with Lemon Tree Hotel Ltd as General Manager Materials. He has opened thirty hotels across the country during is tenure of 11 years with the Lemon Tree Hotels company.

Geeta Phogat

Senior Purchase Executive, INTERGLOBE HOTELS

After my graduation, I started my career in the Automobile Industry and later moved to corporate purchase of INTERGLOBE HOTELS as a senior purchase executive looking after purchase functioning and especially in helping the hotel in development of new vendors for better quality & rates for the sake of growth of my company. I have TEN years of experience in the Hospitality industry.

Jagruti Patel

Head of Procurement, Leela Palace Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Total Years of Experience – 25 years and Currently handing role of Procurement Head at Leela Palace Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and previously worked with Five star Hospitality chain from Taj Mumbai to Taj Delhi

Amit Kumar Dixit

Purchase Manager with Café Delhi Height

After completing Graduation in year 2008, I have Total Eleven year Career span of working with Hospitality Industry. Currently working since 2017 as a Purchase Manager with Café Delhi Height (A Unit of Batra Bros Food And Beverages Pvt. Ltd.) having around twenty Eight Restaurants in Delhi, Bombay, Pune, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana. Previous to it, worked with Nueva, Dhansoo Café, Punjabi By Nature, Select Holiday Resort Pvt. Ltd. and Kwality Restaurant & Ice Cream.

MUKESH GURJAR

Material Manager, Crown Plaza Jaipur

After doing Graduation started working with Jaipur IBIS Hotel in 2001 and later worked with Lemon tree, Jaipur and Restaurant chain, Teejan Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. at OMAN after I moved to Baroda Hotel Royal Orchid. Currently working with Crown Plaza, Jaipur as MATERIAL MANAGER

Avdhesh Kumar Sharma

Materials Manager with Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar

22 + year experiences in hotel & service industry, worked with The Park (Apeejay Surrendra Group). Intercontinental, The Lalit New Delhi, Radisson Hotel Groups, VLCC Corporate Office & Man Co-vantage Engineering (Man Group German). A multi skilled material man who was an active member of supply chain Management team & Having expose of Project & Operational Forecasting, Planning, Budgeting, Vendor development, Logistics & complete inventory management and its control.

What is the Hosted Buyer Programme?

With the support of the SIAL Network, fully hosted F&B buyers from 30 countries will attend The North East Food Show with the purpose of sourcing new products, meeting with suppliers and developing new business.

Hosted Buyer Introduction Suite

A private dedicated space for Hosted Buyers to meet with a selected batch of exhibitors that match their sourcing requirements..

Who qualifies?

Purchasing and procurement executives of major wholesaler groups, food distribution and trading companies, supermarket chains, hotel chains, government bodies, food service companies, cruise line operators, airlines and military forces.

Why be part of the Hosted Buyer Programme?
  • Source products efficiently through pre-arranged appointments with worldwide suppliers and manufacturers
  • Be the first to see new product launches
  • Network with top international food industry professionals
  • Witness the latest food trends & innovations
  • Attend educational seminars, debates, conferences and workshops.
Programme Benefits
  • One-to-one meetings with exhibitors of your choice
  • A free access-all-areas pass to The North-East Food Show
  • Entry to an exclusive Hosted Buyer Lounge with complimentary lunch, snacks, and internet access
  • Return flights ticket to Shillong (selected routes only)
  • Hotel accommodation in Shillong
  • Airport “meet and assist” service on arrival
  • Complimentary transfers to and from the show venue
  • Access to exhibitor contact details
  • Free invitation to The North East Food Show Post-Events (SIAL OFF)

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