Appointed Director of Engineering
At Raffles Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Pawar, who took a transfer from Accor's Fairmont The Palm, will bring 16 years of experience in the luxury hospitality field and will be will be responsible for overseeing day to day engineering operations, planned maintenance and strategic improvements of Raffles Dubai as well as the new opening of Sofitel Wafi.
At Fairmont The Palm, Pawar was part of the pre-opening team and held the position of director of engineering. During his tenure of six years, he was awarded Hotel Engineer of the Year at the Hotelier Middle East Awards in 2014 and the Fairmont Global Award for Ideas Count. The hotel was also the first property on Palm Jumeirah to receive the Green Key Certificate in 2015.
Starting his career as an assistant engineer Pawar worked his way up in various five star hotel chains such as Rezidor and Elite Hospitality in his native India, Bahrain and Oman before relocating to the Radisson Blu Hotel Downtown Dubai in 2010 as director of engineering. Pawar holds a degree in engineering from the Mumbai University and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) as well as GBCI (Green Building Certification Inc).