NewsJanuary 26, 2015

2015 Rising Star Award South Asia Winner Honored at HIFI

Contact: Karla Smith, Director Membership Services
Phone: 404-542-0159

Nirupa Shankar of Brigade Hospitality Services Honored at HIFI

Gurgaon, Delhi (N.C.R.), India, 15 January 2015:  The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) presented Nirupa Shankar with the 2015 Rising Star Award South Asia.  As a Director for Brigade Hospitality Services, Shankar is responsible for business development, operations strategy and analytics.  She has made a significant impact by reducing costs, improving company processes/policies and introducing new ways of managing assets.

After receiving the honor, Shankar stated, “Awards like these are very encouraging. They motivate me to do more. I hope to make the hotel fraternity proud by striving towards greater heights in the years ahead.”

“We are ecstatic to celebrate the second year of the Rising Star Award South Asia.  Nirupa is an excellent example of a Rising Star and it was an honor to present her with this award to recognize her achievements.  It is vital that we continue to foster and encourage young, talented professionals in our industry”, said Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director for ISHC.

The Rising Star Award South Asia was created in 2014 by the ISHC and HIFI, to recognize emerging leadership talent in the South Asia region from the hospitality industry.  Award criteria require that a nominee be 35 years and under, be currently working and living in the South Asia region and have a minimum of two of the most recent five years hospitality experience living and working in the South Asia region. 



About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at

About HIFI

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.

About BHN

BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With almost three decades of experience, nearly 120 events completed to-date, and over 80,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business and to learn about the latest trends.

BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Gurgaon Delhi N.C.R.; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.

The BHN website at is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.