Mr Jai Obhrai - Chartered Accountant
Jai Obhrai joined Neemrana Hotels in 1999. Prior to this he was Assistant Vice President in Western Petro Diamond Private Ltd (a Mitsubishi Collaboration). He was also Chief Operation Officer for the Publishing house called Spectrum Communications Pvt Ltd for 8 years where he gained his initial experience in the industry.
Jai qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 and also qualified as a lawyer in the same year. After completing both professional courses he chose Chartered Accountancy as his career. At Neemrana, Jai provides both operational and programmatic support to the organization. He supervises the finance unit and assists the Board on all strategic and tactical matters relating to budget management, cost benefit analysis, and analyzing the viability of new ventures.
Sonavi Kaicker - Chief Executive Officer
Sonavi Kaicker is the CEO of Neemrana Hotels. She is responsible for codifying within the ‘non-hotel’ concept that has evolved, systems of creative replication and structuring, while always keeping the company’s inventiveness and agility to change and adapt to the changing tourism realities that will continue to face the internal and external market of India. She has actively contributed to the Neemranification movement since 2010, the successful launch of Tijara Fort-Palace in 2016 and won the 4th Hospitality Leaders Industry Choice award in the category “Visionary Rising Star of the Year 2018” at Mumbai.
Her 13 year long hospitality experience is attributed to her assignment in the corporate development team of Sarovar Hotels. Her varied areas of expertise are business development, operations, online marketing, and PR. A graduate from Lady Shriram College in Psychology Honors, Sonavi, after her two year stint at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where she studied Psychology and Management, decided to come back to work in her own country – India.
A former national golf champion and the only Indian woman to hold an Oxford Half Blue, she did her Masters in Research in Psychology and then took a second master’s degree in Management Research. Her work on Respect for Persons has been published by the International Journal of Psychology. She serves as an Honorable Member on the Amity University Advisory Board and has also been recently appointed as an Advisory Council member for the NCR- India hospitality & Tourism Council at WICCI.
Himanil Khosla - Corporate Chef
A maestro with culinary skills and a believer that food should incite warmth and emotion, Chef Himanil Khosla is the Corporate Chef at Neemrana Hotels. He believes in the philosophy of bringing forth cuisine without borders while staying true to the organic nature of ingredients. Chef Himanil’s experience in the culinary field of around 15 years offers him a vision that helps him to see and execute cuisine in an unique perspective, keeping in mind the ever-evolving palates and food trends of today.
Staying true to flavors and not playing much with the organic way of eating, he loves mixing up flavours and staples of different regions with unique combinations. ‘Teasing the palate’ as he calls it, he enjoys showcasing humble ingredients in a glorious way. Equally happy behind the kitchen pass as well in front of it, he focuses on the end result of leaving each guest with a happy and tasteful memory.
Having completed his culinary training with the Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, he has also successfully completed his Masters in Culinary Arts with OCLD (Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development) and also holds an MBA in hospitality management.
A cooking fanatic who also enjoys foraging for ingredients, he also enjoys bike riding and long trips. Paying emphasis on fitness as a mantra to a healthy mind, he appreciates a good hearty meal at the end of the day.