Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder & CEO, Ovolo Hotels Group

Girish Jhunjhnuwala Girish was born and raised in Hong Kong. After completing secondary school, he went on to graduate from the University of Southern Californiain 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was honoured with Outstanding Alumni of the Year award from USC in 1992. Girish kicked off his career in 1984 when he beganmanaging his family’s Hong Kong based OEM watch business. As the new millennia ticked over, he saw that the watch industry was regressing and decided that it was time to move on to a new business he was passionate for. He then decided to get into the real estate industry, acquiring and opening his first Hong Kong serviced apartment in 2002, which went on to become the flagship Ovolo. Since then, Ovolo has evolved and the company currently owns and operates five hotels and one serviced apartment properties in Hong Kong as well as one hotel in Melbourne and two in Sydney. Ovolo is now taking its brand to a larger, international audience. Girish was given the prestigious honour Owner-Operator Award at the 2012 DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards for his sterling leadership of Ovolo Group and overall contribution to the region’s business community and received HotelsWorld 2015 Deal of the Year Award for his acquisition of BLUE Hotel in Sydney. Ovolo was most recently given a Certificate of Merit at the HKMA Awards in 2015, a quality award that showcases the leadership, strategic planning, customer focus and management of the company. Outside of Ovolo Group, Girish is the Chairman and majority shareholder of Shalimar Paints Ltd., publically listed company in India. His business interests extend further to companies under the Singapore-based Hind Group umbrella. Girish is also an active member of Hong Kong Young Presidents Organization (YPO) through which he networks and shares ideas with fellow business operators and entrepreneurs. Girish is married to Sarika and they have 3 children, Avni, Avisha (daughters) and Shivang (son). Avni and Avisha have graduated and they are involved in the family business for taking care of Ovolo CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), whilst Shivang is still studying. Apart from business, Girish enjoys yoga, hiking and is also a wine aficionado.

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