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CSR Champion of the Year Marietou Seck has moved on since winning

Marietou Seck, who was named CSR Champion of the Year at the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2013, explains the profound impact of winning at last year's ceremony.

You have changed jobs since your win; where are you now?

I was the regional quality and development executive, at Accor Middle East when I won the first CSR Champion of the Year Award.I am now working with facility management company, Farnek Middle East LLC in the consultancy division.

So what exactly does your day to day job consist of?

I am a sustainability consultant so I help companies and more specifically hotels to develop their sustainability identity, implement environmental measures and earn international Green Globe certification. I perform gap analysis for them and provide them with advice on how to implement sustainable practices in the most effective manner.

Has winning a Hotelier Award impacted your career in any way and if so how?

It has greatly impacted my career and made me keener to concentrate on my passion: Sustainability and CSR. This is one of the reasons why I joined Farnek, to be able to help hotels and companies to improve these activities.

What is the best piece of advice you can give other hoteliers who want to win a Hotelier Award?

Make sure that your application reflects your actions and emphasises the changes that you have brought to your hotel. Also choose representative and meaningful third party testimonials.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I see myself as a senior consultant on sustainability, covering topics such as CSR, energy management, waste, carbon emissions and climate change, and helping more hotels on their sustainability and CSR path with Green Globe certification.

What’s your dream job?

My dream position would be to do advocacy in sustainability at a worldwide level, be able to influence decisions on moving forward with sustainable practices. I’ve also always wanted to share my knowledge on these issues in developing countries, such as Senegal where I am originally from.

Who is the one person that inspires you most?

My mother has taught me to be who I really am and not conform to an idea of what or who people think I should be. She is a great example of self-confidence and achievement.


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Hotelier Middle East Staff
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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:37
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