01. Sunjeh Raja, Director and CEO, International Centre for Culinary Arts
In the past 12 months, Raja has launched the ICCA Dubai Culinary Scholarship — an AED 1 million dirham (more than US $272,300) award to train and certify young chefs in the UAE through a 52-week day-release professional training programme — which was quoted by many of our Power 50 as being one of their achievements. Raja has also developed and launched an online and TV-based culinary learning platform, the Fatafeat ICCA Academy Online, which sees ICCA Dubai join forces with the Discovery Network’s 24-hour dedicated food channel, Fatafeat. This joint initiative brings together television and online learning resources in an educational model that is accredited by City & Guilds, London. In addition to seeking to grow market penetration for the Fatafeat ICCA Academy Online programme in the Middle East and North Africa region, Raja’s priorities for 2016 include completing the expansion of ICCA Dubai’s facility in Knowledge Village, the construction of its new facility in Abu Dhabi, and exploring new opportunities in Saudi Arabia and Iran. He will also begin the groundwork for ICCA Dubai’s participation in the culinary segment of the upcoming World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017 competition.
Number of years in the F&B industry: 11
Number of years with this company: 11
Number of years in this role: 11
Number of years working in the Middle East: 11
Number of people you are responsible for: 35
Number of F&B outlets in the Middle East: 2