PRIN. B.P. SAHNI has graduated in Science from the University of Kerala and completed his Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering Technology from the premier Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai. He is among the most erudite Hospitality Educators, having a Masters in Tourism Management as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Predisposed as he is to gaining knowledge and understanding research, Prin. Sahni has acquired a Masters in Philosophy and is a research scholar for the Doctorate of Philosophy.

Prin. Sahni epitomizes the ability to put theory into practice by his vast experience of more than three decades in the Hospitality Industry. In a dedicated attempt to recompense the industry in which he has worked, he has been a Principal in various Hospitality Management Institutes of repute for twenty years and over three decades in the Hospitality industry. He has the distinction of chairing the ad-hoc board of Hospitality Studies and has served on the Academic Council and various other positions in the University of Mumbai since 2004.



PROF. AVRIL SULE has earned a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers from The University of Cambridge, holds a Degree in English from IGNOU and a Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering Technology from the premier Institute of Hotel Management – Mumbai, as well as a designation of Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) from the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLEI). With three decades of teaching at IHM Mumbai, affiliation with various organisations and writing articles for leading hospitality journals, her training programmes have taken her to audiences in diverse places like Dubai, Srilanka and the Maldives. A brief stint in the Hotel Industry at the start of her career and revisiting the industry intermittently as well as her travel in India and other parts of the world have given a global outlook of the Hospitality Industry. Although her forte is Housekeeping, she has established herself in training Hospitality Educators and Trainers. A vibrant speaker and innovative trainer she strongly believes that training should be predictably unpredictable!



CHEF YOGESH UTEKAR is a Culinary maestro who has harmonized his passion and flair for cooking with teaching and training.

Chef Yogesh graduated in Hotel Management and Catering Technology from D.Y. Patil Institute - Navi Mumbai. He started his career with the Taj Group of hotels and later worked with the Oberoi, MMI Dubai, ITM Institute for Hotel Management.

His culinary repertoire in Indian Cuisine covers Banquet and Buffet Operations, Theme Dinners, Outdoor Catering with creative menus. His skills go beyond the Indian borders to encompass European Cuisine.

He has been invited to make appearances on television programmes and has assisted in facilitating sessions of Masterchef India I, II, III for Star TV. His life revolves around Food and Travel and has served as an ambassador for Indian Cuisine in Universities world-wide. In the strong belief that ‘to teach is to learn’, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with young aspiring chefs.



PROF. SANJIT KESKAR is an alumni of the premier Institute of Hotel Management – Mumbai. With an invaluable stint of twelve years in the hotel industry followed by fifteen illustrious years of competent hospitality academics, Mr. Sanjit Keskar possesses the ideal combination to teach, train, consult and lead academic related projects.

A highly accomplished lecturer, he is well known and highly regarded in academic circles for his compelling and effective teaching style, his focus on updated and current information and attention to detail and discipline. Mr. Keskar is particularly proficient and specialized in the subject areas of Food & Beverage Service and Controls, Hospitality Accounting, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. Without doubt he has influenced, impacted and inspired many a student during his tenure as hospitality educator.



PROF. SUMITRA DESHMUKH has earned a Master’s Degree in Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics. Her passion for teaching brought her into the education field 16 years ago. She began her career as a faculty at SNDT, Mumbai in 1998 and since then has been a visiting faculty at various Institutes including Atharva College of Hotel Management, St. Andrews College, ITM IHM and also The Centre of Excellence.

She has authored a book titled ‘Catering Science and Food Safety’ which is an invaluable reference for the faculty and students of the Hospitality Industry.

She is an examiner and evaluator for Mumbai University, Yashwant Rao Chauhan Maharashtra Open University, MSBT and COE (upgraded centers of ITI). She holds the distinction of being a lead food auditor for ISO 22000 (food safety system) and also a food safety trainer.



PROF. C. A. JOSEPH is an engineer by qualification. However, a Diploma in Hotel Administration from the Prestigious Ecole d’hotellerie et de tourisme – Chur, Switzerland and training at Hotel Admiral Lugano, Switzerland brought him into the field of hospitality where he discovered his linguistic talent. On completing a course in the French Language, he has been awarded the Knighthood of ‘Trou Normand’ by the Universite de Caen, France. He has taught French and German at the V.G. Vaze College in Mulund and is currently a visiting faculty at various hospitality management colleges in Mumbai.

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