Gaurav Sinha

CEO & Chief Strategist
Insignia Worldwide

Gaurav is a seasoned hotelier and destination development strategist. He is renowned for his expertise in destination design, experience creation and place-making strategy.

Gaurav is the CEO & Chief Strategist of Insignia Worldwide, a destination design, experience creation and development advisory company, that specialises in nation-building projects and initiatives within the cultural, tourism, hospitality and real estate sectors.

Based in the Middle East for the past 30 years, his last corporate role was with Hilton Worldwide, as the Area Director for Middle East and Asia Pacific for the Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands, where he was responsible for the design, development and activation mandates of numerous assets across multiple markets.

His firm continues to work with some of the world's most revered hospitality brands, such as Four Seasons Hotels, Kerzner International, One&Only, Soneva Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Group, Fairmont Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Maybourne Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Accor Hotels, IHG, Viceroy Hotel Group, Anantara Hotels & Resorts and Kempinski Hotels. Besides this, he has defined and deployed strategic initiatives for numerous tourism boards, cultural institutions and sovereign funds.

Within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, his mandate includes project-specific assignments as well as retained Vision Guardianship responsibilities on key projects, whereby advising on the strategic and design objectives to support delivery in a consistent and compelling manner.

Key engagements include:


Ministry of Culture

Saudi Tourism Authority

Red Sea Global

Cruise Saudi

PIF - Saudi Tourism Investment Corp



Gaurav is also an Advisory Board Member of the Future Hospitality Summit and the Arabian Hospitality Investment Conference, and an industry partner of the Hotel Asset Managers Association.

Headquartered in Dubai, Insignia is ranked amongst the 30 Most Admired Companies in UAE by Arabian Business magazine and listed in the Top 100 SMEs by Dubai Government.

Gaurav is also the author of Compassion Inc. a book about unleashing the power of empathy in life & business, published by Penguin Random House UK and critically acclaimed by Forbes and the Financial Times. He is an active philanthropist and co-founder of Harmony House, a charity that provides free education, food and medical care for over 1,000 destitute children in India.

Gaurav is ranked 47th amongst the 100 Most Influential

Indians in the GCC and 11th amongst the 50 Most Powerful

Indians in UAE by Arabian Business magazine.

He has invested in numerous companies including The Giving Movement, a sustainable activewear brand, Nappa Dori, a leather goods company and you can find further information about his portfolio and profile on;