NewsNovember 14, 2022

Calvin Li Receives 2022 Rising Star Award Asia

From left to right: Mike Batchelor, CEO Asia Pacific at JLL Hotels & Hospitality, Calvin LI, Executive Vice President at JLL, Yue Woon Hiang, Director, Global Process Innovation, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd, Jonathon Zink, COO, The BHN Group, Andrea Belfanti, CEO, International Society of Hospitality Consultants

Singapore (21 October 2022): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) awarded Calvin Li, Executive Vice President at JLL, with the Rising Star Award Asia during the HICAP event on 21 October 2022.

Calvin became aware of the hospitality industry at a young age working in the family restaurant his parents owned where he developed a deep interest and passion for F&B. He went on to complete a four-year Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration with a minor in Real Estate at Cornell University.    Calvin joined JLL in 2012 and is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (London). 

With JLL, Calvin leads the transaction advisory services (buy-side) across Asia Pacific, as well as valuations and consultancy in Southeast Asia. He is a member of the JLL Advisory and Asset Management leadership group where he takes the lead on many growth initiatives, with a particular focus on talent, development and diversity. Calvin is exceptionally dedicated and professional and has the backing of a great young team which he has developed at JLL.

Xander Nijnens, Managing Director, Head of Advisory for Asset Management at JLL commented, “His (Calvin’s) broad knowledge of the hospitality markets and investment dynamics made him a key player in all our core client relationships.  Despite his young age he can calmy and succinctly address any senior audience to capture their attention through his very credible knowledge of markets, transaction parameters, lending terms, depth of markets, operating challenges, and other aspects.”  

“Calvin is truly a Rising Star and has already accomplished so much in his career.  It will be exciting to see how he continues to shape the future of the hospitality industry in Asia Pacific.  We are honored to continue this partnership with HICAP to recognize emerging talent in the region.” commented Andrea Belfanti, CEO of ISHC.

“We were delighted to have received such a large number of nominations representing quality emerging leaders from throughout the Asia Pacific region, which re-emphasizes that the future of the industry is in great hands,” said Jeff Higley, President of The BHN Group. “Calvin’s strong reputation and expertise in hotel transactions epitomize the tremendous talent pool of the next generation of hotel-industry leaders. His demeanor, work ethic and industry knowledge position Calvin for a successful and rewarding career ahead.”

“To be honoured by the industry and my peers is incredibly rewarding and I am thankful for my team and family that have supported me during my career. This award encourages me to strive to do better and inspires me to continue providing the best advice to our clients and stakeholders.” – Calvin Li

ISHC launched the Rising Star Award Asia in 2014 in partnership with HICAP to recognize young, emerging leaders in the Asia hospitality community. Nomination criteria requires an individual be 35 years or younger, currently working and living in Asia and working in the hospitality development and/or investment field. Past Rising Star Award Asia recipients include Siddhant Jhunjhunwala (2021), Corey Hamabata (2020), Daniel Yip (2019), Kieran Bestall (2018), Peter Harper (2017), Kiichi Mashita (2016), Nihat Ercan (2015) and Christopher Hur (2014).

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     


For more than 30 years, HICAP has been the unequaled annual gathering place for Asia-Pacific’s hotel investment community, attracting the most influential owners, developers, lenders, executives, and professional advisors from around the globe. HICAP is produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with The BHN Group. Visit for more information.

About Northstar Travel Group (

Northstar Travel Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, corporate and sports meetings, incentives, hospitality, and travel technology. Northstar is the owner of leading brands serving these travel segments. The company produces more than 100 face-to-face events in 13 countries in retail travel, hospitality, corporate travel, travel technology, sports travel, and the meetings & incentive industry.  In addition, Northstar owns Phocuswright, the leading research, and event producer serving the travel technology industry. Northstar Travel Group owns The BHN Group, the leading producer of hotel investment conferences. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software business serving the mountain destination, golf, activities, and hospitality markets. Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company has 14 offices in the U.S., UK, Singapore, and China. Northstar Travel Group is owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital.

About The BHN Group

The BHN Group is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 170 events completed to-date, and in excess of 115,000 international delegates, these conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. The current slate of 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 Singapore; HICAP UPDATE; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and HICAP Australia New Zealand (HICAP ANZ) in Sydney.

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