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Advisory Board

The HATT Advisory Board

Ashish Khanna, President

Ashish Khanna

Ashish Khanna

An IIM Kolkata alumni, Ashish is a hospitality techno-biz professional. He has also completed management programmes from MDI Gurgaon and Cornell University, New York.

Ashish has actively mentored the HATT community since it’s inception in 2012 and is a published columnist on IT’s perception from a support function to a business driver.

A recognized pioneer of hospitality technology and processes in his 15-year career, he has contributed to leading organisations such as Mahindra and Mahindra, Taj Hotels & Resorts and now The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts.

He is Gemba Kaizen and ITIL-certified with strong governance and process skill to improve business functions. His awards include ‘Future 100 CIO of India’, ‘Pocket CIO 2012 & 2014’, ‘Achievers Club’ and the ‘No Limit CIO’.

Ashish Khanna is the Assistant Vice President – Corporate IT, The Oberoi Group.


Shail Barot, Vice President

Shail Barot

Shail Barot

Shail comes from a renowned hospitality family from Mumbai, with its roots in Gujarat. A 3rd generation restaurateur, he has complimented his double degree – B.Com. and B.Sc. (Hospitality) in India – with a Masters in hotel management from the UK.

In his own right, he is now an active hospitality professional, committed to taking his family’s hospitality legacy forward with an active voice on technology, education, online marketing and revenue management through ‘Tech 3’, a 200 member technology-oriented group he founded and the Hotel & Restaurant Association (Western India), of which he is one of the youngest committee members.

Shail Barot is the Director, International Business Development, VIE Hospitality.


Chandresh Dedhia, Head – Marketing & Learning Developments

Chandresh Dedhia

Chandresh Dedhia

Chandresh has more than 15 years of experience in IT business operations, IT GRC, security and enterprise application development. An MBA who is passionate on marketing and the emerging field of data science, his experience spans various industries to include biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, environmental solutions, commercial real estate and brokerage, in India and abroad.

A multiple award winner in IT and IT security, he is an active proponent of his profession with numerous speaking invitations and article authorship on a wide range of issues, in print and online forums.

Chandresh Dedhia heads the IT & IS portfolio for Fermenta Biotech Ltd., DIL Ltd., ThaneOne, Zela Life and Music Curator LLC.


Johnson David, co-Head – Events

Johnson David

Johnson David

Of his 19-year career, Johnson has dedicated 16 years to creating innovative IT solutions for hospitality. In 2002, he was part of the first team in India to develop a restaurant app for order taking imbedded on wireless pocket PCs (PDA).

In his long tenure with the Mirah Group, Johnson created the entire pan-India IT infrastructure and then led the fast growing F&B conglomerate move in to a private cloud environment, making them among the first F&B companies to do so. A coder at heart, he is a mentor for SMEs developing applications and next-gen hardware. As a specialist in hospitality operations, he combines strong IT leadership with hands-on operations implementation.

Johnson David is the head of Professional Services, Hospitality, Indian Sub-Continent, NCR.


Rahul Kapasi, co-Head – Events

Rahul_Kapasi

Rahul Kapasi

Rahul is an accomplished IT professional with over a decade of hospitality experience. He specializes in the complex and demanding field of project launch, having guided over a dozen hotels and restaurants through its pre-opening and opening phases.

In his current role as the IT (Hospitality) leader at his organisation, he is responsible for the pan-India management of the group’s IT needs in its ongoing expansion phase.

Rahul’s career has placed him with reputed organisations such as Mars Restaurants, Wysetek Systems Technologists, SUM Computers and Avion Electronics.

Rahul Kapasi is Group IT Manager, K Raheja Hospitality.


Dhananjay Rokde, Independent Advisor

Dhananjay Rokde

Dhananjay Rokde

Dhananjay has an enhanced ability at managing global information security programs for large enterprises, with experience of Governance Risk & Compliance (GRC) unification & implementation programmes.

He has received the ‘Top 100 CISO Award’, ‘Future CIO Award’ and the ‘CIO Masters Award for excellence in Information Security’. His enterprise security experience ranges from infrastructure security systems management (MSS, SOC / NOC – deploy & operate) to management of global regulatory standards (IT Act India, DPA UK, ANZ Privacy, SAS70, SOX & HIPPA) & compliance to best practices (ISO:20000, ISO:3001, ISO:27001, ISO:25999, ISO:31000, Six Sigma (Green Belt), ITIL & QMS).

He is presently in-charge of the overall information & infrastructure security operations, risk management and compliance of his vertical. He also has an advanced diploma in IT Cyber Laws & Data Privacy from the Asian School of Cyber Laws.

Dhananjay Rokde is the Executive Director, Technology & Consulting, EC Council Global Services.


Prashant Rao Aroor, Independent Advisor

Prashanth comes from a business family and created the Mango Suites hotel brand based on his extensive business travel experience across India.

Along with the other co-founders, he successfully validated the Mango Suites business model by reaching the finals of the Economic Times – Power of Ideas 2009. The brand has since grown to ten locations nationwide and continues to grow rapidly.

Prashanth is an ardent proponent of technology in hospitality with the objective of powering customer acquisition, standardization and guest satisfaction. He has a Bachelors of Engineering from VTU and an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.

Prashant Rao Aroor is the managing director & CEO at Intellistay Hotels.


Ravish Jhala, Founder 

Ravish Jhala

Ravish Jhala

A hospitality technology evangelist, Ravish is a ‘techno-business’ hotelier with a stellar record.

He founded HATT in 2011 on the premise that CXO/IT function was being overlooked and wrongly perceived as a back-end support role, rather than the leadership contribution it was making to the customer engagement and overall efficiency.

In his 15-year career, he has contributed to premium hospitality brands such as Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Mars Hotels & Restaurants, The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.

A multiple award winner, Ravish was named the ‘Best IT Person’ in Indian hospitality for two years (2009 & 2010), ‘Future 100 CIO of India’ and ‘EDGE winner’ (2010 & 2012).

Ravish Jhala is the Head of Solutions & Specialist (Hospitality), Indian Sub-Continent, NCR Corporation.


Tejal Jhala, Founder

A dynamic leader with a wealth of domain knowledge and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Tejal has indeed emerged as one of the trailblazers for women in the hospitality industry.

She has 12 years experience in the service delivery and marketing domains and has lent her expertise to brands such as Citibank, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Hospitech, 3H Group and HATT. A self-starter, Tejal continues to break and reinvent the mould when it comes to building and sustaining relationships with the clients.

Her expert grip over business realities is a significant factor in HATT’s growth and sustainability.