People First and Future Focused
Wondering what it’s like to be a member of Team LEVA? We’re a company that puts people first because we know that our staff, guests, and stakeholders are our heart and soul. We are committed to creating a workplace that fosters understanding and compassion whilst nurturing creativity and brand ownership.
Founder / CEO
JS Anand is the Founder of LEVA Hotels and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Ofﬁcer. He has been recognized as part of the Power 50 most influential leaders in the industry by Hotelier Middle East Magazine with over two decades of outstanding experience in the hospitality industry and highly successful track record with some of the world’s leading hotel brands such as Marriott, IHG, and Hilton. An outspoken corporate leader with a hands-on management style, he lives by the company’s core values that are ﬁrmly focused on delivering, efﬁciently and effectively, what was promised to its stakeholders and clients.
Nondita, fondly called Noni, is the co-founder of LEVA Hotels and the founder of 319 INTERIORS formed in 2009. A Dubai-based ﬁrm specialized in residential and commercial (Hotel Interior Design conversions). Surrounded by the environment's thriving culture, color, art, and architecture through her travels in Asia, North America, and the Middle East. These have had a profound impact on her design style. Offering a refreshing new perspective in interior design with an eye for detail, Noni’s goal for each client is to create highly personalized spaces in which they feel comfortable yet elevated and inspired.
Corporate Financial Controller
Raiju Ravi is a seasoned hotelier with over 14+ years of experience in the hospitality industry across the MENA region. He has been recognized for his hard work, signiﬁcant ﬁnancial turn arounds and has a well-rounded background into hotel’ revenue maximization, developing and executing strategic plan to manage Corporate finances, with a proven track record of achieving and exceeding targeted business results for the brand.
Director of Brand Development
With 18 years of international management experience in a multicultural environment including resorts and city hotels, Hossam is a pioneer in opening new markets with his strategic and results-oriented approach. A strategic leader and team builder with a solid experience in rebranding, business development, budgeting, forecasting, profit/yield improvement, preparation execution, follow-through of business plans, and strong statistical and analytical abilities. He is a key factor in the success of the brand's expansion goals.
With 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Thomas Kurian is the Hotel Manager of our flagship hotel, LEVA Hotel and Suites Mazaya Center- Opposite Downtown Dubai. Previously having served at reputable hospitality establishments in Dubai, with two certifications from Cornell University and decades of hands-on experience, Thomas brings a fleet of strategic skills to the table. As a “big picture” thinker, confident communication and razor-sharp negotiation skills alongside, Thomas’ efficient workstyle and strong organizational and exemplary leadership has led our flagship hotel to rank number one on TripAdvisor out of 880 hotels in the month of April 2022 and managed to maintain in the top 3 ranking, as well as being able to maintain an RGI index of 100% and GRI score (Global Review Index) of 95%.
Cluster Corporate Housekeeper
Imam serves as the Cluster Corporate Housekeeper with over 19+ years of experience in the hospitality industry from international hotel chains such as Fairmont Hotels, Kempinski, Jumeirah, Address Hotels, and Intercontinental Hotels to name a few. He has been an integral part of LEVA Hotels, opening new hotels and implementing LEVA standards across the MENA region under his leadership in housekeeping operations.
Viability – Hospitality Consultant & Special Development Adviser to Leva
A highly experienced hospitality and real estate consultant based in Dubai since 1995, Englishman Guy Wilkinson has managed or contributed to more than 450 projects throughout the Middle East, as well as in the Subcontinent and a number of African countries. He has extensive experience of managing and writing market and financial feasibility studies, ‘highest and best use’ studies and market surveys, as well as undertaking operator selection and management contract negotiation assignments, operational reviews and interim management.
Guy has a successful track record of strategic thinking for major hotel chains, tourism authorities and property owners in the Gulf and wider Middle East. In addition to his consulting career, Guy was from 2015 to 2018 COO of PCFC Hotels, a Dubai government-owned hotel owning and management company whose projects included the Queen Elizabeth 2 floating hotel in Dubai.
Now owner and Director of top hospitality consultancy, Viability Management Consultants, Guy was previously an owner and General Manager of PKF The Consulting House at Dubai Media City, and earlier Managing Consultant at TRI Hospitality Consulting.
Founder and CEO of NextGen Training and Quality Assurance–Based in the USA
Founder and CEO of NextGen Training and Quality Assurance firm based in the USA, Upendra has over 38 years of experience working with major hospitality brands in India and North America. Devoted to the idea of ‘hospitality’ as an opportunity to curate an experience, he has created and conducted numerous training programs on subjects such as Attitude Development, Management Development, and Wow Guest Experience. Upendra holds a degree in Hospitality Management and specializes in product development, operating systems, creating standard operating manuals, developing marketing strategies and budgeting.
Corporate Marketing Manager
A talented hotelier with a decade of experience as a hospitality professional who has achieved success with well-established hotels in the industry such as One and Only the Palm. She brings a wealth of expertise in Customer Service, Food and Beverage, Administration, and Marketing. She plays a vital role in helping to build the brand identity and curating new ideas with the purpose of maximizing brand awareness, visibility, and a better market positioning of LEVA Hotels globally.