Amruda Nair

Araiya Hotels & Resorts

Amruda Nair


Amruda has hotels and hospitality in her DNA. From her grandfather, the late Captain C.P. Krishnan Nair, founder of The Leela Group, she inherited a maverick streak and an eye for trailblazing business opportunities. Amruda is an Economics graduate and has a degree in Hospitality Management from CHN University in The Netherlands and a master’s from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, New York, including exposure to Asian markets through the Nanyang Business School, Singapore. Amruda was awarded the ‘Generation Next Awards’ for Hospitality (2011) by The All India Association of Industries and the Young Entrepreneurs Society as well as the Young FICCI Ladies Organization Women Achiever’s Award (2012). Amruda is a part of Hotelier India’s Power List 2016 that includes several acclaimed names from the hospitality industry in India. She has also recently won the Rising Star – South Asia award at the Hotel Investment Forum India, 2016.

As joint managing director and chief executive officer of Aiana Hotels & Resorts, Amruda is responsible for designing Aiana’s signature programming as well as spearheading the company’s overall business development to create a unique proposition that will define Indian hospitality in Qatar. She is also founder of Araiya which is an Ayurveda-inspired wellness concept.


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I’m amazed. Every single speaker has been phenomenal. Meeting other hotel owners to share tips, and having access to service providers I wouldn’t normally meet has been really good for me.

Nikki Swart, co-owner, Rivonia B&B

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