NewsFebruary 24, 2022

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Young Leader Award presented at IHIF

Berlin, Germany (24 February 2022): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is now accepting nominations for the Young Leader Award to be presented at the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Germany 3-5 May 2022.

The Young Leader Award was established by ISHC and IHIF in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 35 years of age or younger. Born on or after 5 May 1986
  • Currently works for or directly within the hotel sector
  • Is recognised by peers and industry members as an emerging leader for the hotel industry
  • Whose contributions are already making an impact on the hotel industry

To nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 15 March 2022. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by a sponsor from within their organisation or by someone with direct work experience with the nominee.

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented, “It is with great anticipation that we look forward to presenting the Young Leader Award at IHIF this year. It is more important than ever for our industry to come together, collaborate and rebuild. An important piece in this rebuilding will be the young, talented individuals with fresh ideas and different perspectives. We are honoured to be part of the Young Leader Award and would like to thank IHIF for their partnership.” 

Questex’s Group President of Hospitality & Travel, Alexi Khajavi, ISHC said, “Our theme for IHIF 2022 is People, Planet, Profit and is cognisant of a time when the hospitality industry is facing one of its biggest challenges with staff shortages and a lack of young blood rising through the ranks. The industry has been hit hard throughout the pandemic, perhaps making it a less attractive option for young students and graduates as it may be perceived as an unstable industry. There is work to be done in tackling this people crisis and in particular, how we can help attract and retain new talent for the long term. This award has never been more important and Questex is delighted to continue our work with ISHC on the Young Leader Award and look forward to receiving this year’s nominations.”


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 organisation, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at        

For more information, contact
Lauren Marshall, Director of Membership & Marketing.
Phone: +1.678.735.9453

About Questex Hospitality Group
Questex Hospitality Group serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to global GDP. Through our innovative platform of targeted solutions the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management, and operations. The Questex Hospitality+Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry via our proven demand generation, learning, loyalty, and rewards solutions as well as our network of live events. For more information visit