At the heart of the esteemed awards ceremony that is the HMA’s are the judges – a panel of distinguished experts whose extensive experience ensure the integrity and prestige of the awards. In this article, we are proud to introduce the remarkable individuals who will be lending their expertise to evaluate and recognise the very best in the hospitality industry for the upcoming Hotel Magazine Awards.

Abu Bundu-Kamara – Senior Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity at Expedia

Abu is a globally recognised equity, inclusion and diversity expert and strategic thinker, with strong business acumen, who is passionate about helping leaders and companies embrace change in a New World Marketplace. Abu boasts a proven record and over 20 years of career experience in global business sectors and senior HR leadership roles. In his role, Abu works with executives to embed inclusion and diversity in their decision-making process through system redesign and leadership development. In October 2021, Expedia appointed Abu Senior Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity. In this role, he is responsible for driving the development of a global vision and effective strategy for inclusion and diversity for EMEA, APAC and LATAM.

Robert Richardson – Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH)

Robert Richardson FIH MI is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), the award-winning, global, professional body of almost 16,000 hospitality professionals worldwide, and a registered charity. IoH is dedicated to driving the recognition of the hospitality profession, and uplifting its membership through lifelong learning, mentorship and network-building.

Kalindi Juneja – CEO, PoB Hotels

Kalindi is the CEO of PoB Hotels and boasts two decades of experience in luxury hospitality, spanning roles in prestigious luxury hotels globally. Her expertise lies with the independent hotel market, both in the UK and internationally. Since taking the helm at PoB Hotels in 2021, she has strategically repositioned the brand and increased its market share by over 400%. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Kalindi is passionately committed to advancing the hospitality profession, actively engaging in various industry initiatives and charitable endeavours.

Matteo Brusaferri – General Manager, Lemi

Matteo Brusaferri is the General Manager of Lemi, an Italian company that produces massage beds. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Matteo has a deep understanding of the global wellness market and has helped Lemi become a leading player in the field. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its product range, improved its manufacturing processes, and established a strong presence in international markets. Matteo is committed to innovation and quality, and he works closely with the Lemi team to develop products that meet the evolving needs of customers.

Mark Lewis – CEO, Hospitality Action

Mark Lewis is the current CEO of the charity Hospitality Action, with 17+ years’ experience within the hospitality industry. Mark joined the Caterer in 2004 as deputy editor, before rising within a couple of years to editor and then from 2012 onto the role of publisher. In 2017 Mark became CEO of Hospitality Action.

Emily Keogh – Founder, Palm PR

Emily Keogh is an award-winning entrepreneur specialising in communications and creative strategy for the global Travel & Hospitality sector. A passionate advocate for creativity, she launched the now multi-award winning, London based consultancy, Palm Public Relations 14 years ago. The agency manages the communications for many leading hotel brands, including Ennismore, Hyatt, Nobu Hotels, as well as working with the tourism board sector for international destinations. Alongside this, Emily launched the ‘Palm Academy of Disruption’ incubator at the agency to nurture industry innovation, and was shortlisted as PRCA’s “Consultancy Head of the Year”. A Cambridge University graduate from all-female college Newnham, Emily supports gender equality and women in business.

Salvatore Calabrese – Renowned Bartender

Salvatore Calabrese, The Maestro, has been making drinks for more than 40 years; from humble beginnings on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, where he made his first cocktail aged just 12, to a succession of top hotel bars, private members clubs and exclusive cocktail bars around the world. As one of the world’s most well-known and respected bartenders, Salvatore has made drinks for the rich and famous, from presidents to royalty, and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the modern drinks industry.

Paul Tsalikis – Founder and CEO, VANITY GROUP

Paul Tsalikis is the Chairman and Founder of VANITY GROUP, a designer playground of hotel guest amenities. A hospitality stalwart, Paul founded VANITY GROUP in 2011 with the mission to pioneer a new era in hotel essentials paired with creative services. Now one of the world’s most influential luxury amenity providers, VANITY GROUP has offices in London, Frankfurt, Sydney, Dubai and Shanghai. Renowned as hospitality’s house of beauty, VANITY GROUP partners include the most sought-after fashion, beauty, premium skincare, fine fragrance, lifestyle and spa brands including Jo Loves, KARL LAGERFELD, ESPA and Christophe Robin (among others) to create unforgettable hotel experiences.

Anna Sebastian – Founder, Anna Sebastian Hospitality Consultancy

Anna spent 13 years working in house at The Savoy and The Langham, running the bars and looking after the beverage programmes. During this time, Anna won several accolades, including nominations and wins at Tales of the Cocktail, including Best International Bar Team at the Beaufort Bar, Class Bar Manager of the Year, Class Menu of the Year, as well as leading the teams into the World 50 Best Bars List. Anna also runs a platform to support women in hospitality, ‘Celebrate Her’, and speaks at numerous events about the importance of Equality and Diversity within the industry. Along with this, Anna is a host and presenter, having worked with top brands and presented awards, including Class Bar Awards.