First Place: Rubina Insam


Rubina Insam, a student from École Hôtelière de Lausanne, has won the 8th edition of the Hyatt Student Prize, Leaders of Tomorrow. The award ceremony took place on 8 December 2015 in Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez.









Selection of the candidates

A total of 18 schools specialized in international hospitality were selected to join the competition. Following the competition’s requirements, each student had to be at least 21 years old, prepare a Master’s degree and speak English fluently. A first selection, based on the student files and video presentations, was made by the pre selection jury members on November 2015. Then, 8 finalists were selected to participate to the ceremony and final competition.

8 finalists

Althea JOHNSON University of North Texas, School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management

Rubina INSAM École Hôtelière de Lausanne


Conrad Peter SOKOLNICKI The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management


Justine MARCHAND La Rochelle Businees School / Sup de Co La Rochelle

Gil GENIN Oxford School of Hospitality Management

Thomas Pao-Yuan TSENG Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Jury members

These personalities represent different backgrounds, from the worlds of entertainment, literature and luxury business.

Gerard Petit – Jury Member

Gerard Petit is Vice-President Sales, La Première Air France-Commercial, Sales & Marketing Division. Some of his previous experience in management includes Regional Director Southwest France and Regional Delegate for Southern Cone (Argentina, Chili, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia). Southern Cone (Argentina, Chili, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia).

Vincent Ducrey – Jury Member

Co-founder & CEO at HUB Institute

Arian Steinbeck – Jury Member

Managing Director – RPW Design Ltd

Jan Tissera – Jury Member

President International – TravelClick

Laurent Cintrat – Jury Member

Vice President Sales – Danone

Frank Lavey – Jury Member

Senior Vice President Operations Administration Hyatt Hotels and Resorts