About Us

S amir Kuckreja, Founder and CEO of Tasanaya has 28 years of operations and leadership experience in the food service & hospitality industry.

  • Trustee and Past President, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI). Grew membership base, brought out cutting edge research - India Food Service Report.
  • Ex-CEO & MD of Nirula’s Corner House Pvt. Ltd. - June ‘06 to April ‘12
  • Co-investor along with Navis Capital in Nirula’s; grew Nirula’s from 35 outlets in 2 cities to 85 outlets in 8 cities
  • Joint Managing Director of MARS Hotels & Restaurants in Mumbai
  • Set up over 100 Pizza Hut & KFC restaurants in India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius & Bangladesh as a Business Development Manager for Yum! Restaurants
  • Guest speaker at leading industry events including India Food Service Forum, HICSA, Indian Restaurant Congress and Retailers Association of India Leadership Summit

  • Founder Member and Governing Body Member of the National Governing Council of Tourism and Hospitality, India - a CII initiative with Ministry of Skill Development, Government of India
  • Strong relationships with prominent industry members and investors, including various international PE & VC funds
  • Column writer and blogger on the hospitality industry for various online journals- ET Retail.com, India Retailing.com & India Food service.com
  • Invited as Industry Expert with leading international consulting networks- GLG, Coleman Research & Alpha Sights. Consulted for investment firms and chaired round table conferences
  • Recipient of the ‘India’s Super Achievers Award - 2008’ and the ‘Most Admired Retail Professional of the Year – 2011’
  • BS, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Cornell University; BA Economic Honors, St. Stephens College, Delhi University
  • ISC, The Doon School

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