A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places.

Paul Gardner

Biography

Monika has a rich background in hotel operations, project development and team leadership within international luxury hotels and global design firms and a MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC .

Throughout her career, Monika has demonstrated commitment and determination, evident in her various management roles in international luxury hotels and global interior design firms. These experiences have honed her ability to thrive in high-pressure environments and drive positive outcomes even amidst challenges.

Monika’s educational background includes an MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School, supplemented by a Certificate in Hospitality Management and a Certificate of Executive Women in Leadership from Cornell University. Additionally, her international upbringing and her fluency in English, French, Spanish and German enables Monika to effectively communicate in multicultural settings, a skill she has leveraged in various leadership roles.

In addition to Monika’s professional achievements, she is deeply committed to ongoing development and community engagement. As a board member of ESSEC Alumni Association and President of AAIMHI (Alumni Association of the Hospitality Management program), Monika has demonstrated leadership and a dedication to professional advancement of young talents. Moreover, these volunteer leadership roles, including Regional Vice President EMEA for the Cornell Hotel Society underscore her commitment to fostering professional networks and community engagement as a social responsibility.

Key highlights of Monika’s career include successfully managing teams in hotel operations, interior design and project teams across international locations with a human centric management style, – and driving hotel openings, change management and business expansion initiatives. Her experiences in the past 30 years in the industry have equipped Monika with the skills necessary to lead diverse teams, manage complex projects, and cultivate an inclusive work environment.

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