Priya Paul
Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels,
Ms Priya Paul is Director and Group Management Committee member of Apeejay Surrendra Group, an industrial and services conglomerate with operations spanning Tea, Shipping, Hospitality, Real Estate and Retail. Ms Paul received her Bachelors in Economics from Wellesley College and went on to complete further studies at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. An art collector and design aficionado, Ms Paul has seamlessly combined her passion for boutique hotels and her love of contemporary art and design towards creating unique experiences for guests from across the globe. She started her career at The Park, New Delhi in 1988 as the Marketing Manager, taking over as the General Manager and thereafter appointed as Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group and Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Limited. Ms Paul is Executive Committee Member and Ex-President of the Hotel Association of India, Member, National Tourism Advisory Council and Member, National Council of Science Museums. She is a Trustee of the India Foundation for the Arts, Chairperson, South Asia Women’s Fund, a member of Harvard Business School’s India Advisory Board and Vice Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council – India Initiative. Ms Priya Paul has received numerous awards and honours. More recently she received the FHRAI (Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000, was recognized by Forbes online as one of India’s 100 most powerful business women in 2006.