Amitabh Rai | Director

Appointment date: November 2012

Career: Mr Rai is the General Manager of the Trident Gurgaon Hotel in Delhi. He started his career with The Oberoi Group in 1991 and became Vice President & General Manager of The Oberoi Grand in Calcutta. In March 2012, Mr Rai took over the management and operations of Sinclairs Hotels, which has properties across five locations in India.  Mr Rai was Co-Chairman of the tourism committee of the state of West Bengal for 2005-06, on the board of the tourism and hospitality committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries for 2006-07.  He has also advised the government of the province of Yunan, China to set up hotel schools and service oriented training centres.

Education: Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Science from Bangalore University, post-graduate degree in Hotel Management from The Oberoi School of Hotel Management and Advanced Management Program in General Management, Cornell University.



Meet some of our farmers



Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…



Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…



Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as agricultural labourers, earning about £1 each per…



Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

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