About Us

S amir Kuckreja, Founder and CEO of Tasanaya has 29 years of operations, strategy and leadership experience in the Food Service & Hospitality Industry.

  • Over 30 years of operations, strategy and leadership experience in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry.
  • Past Trustee and President of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), the apex body of independent and chain restaurants in India.
  • Strong relationships with prominent family offices, HNI investors, domestic and international PE & VC funds
  • Founding member and governing body member, National Governing Council of Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council.
  • Chairman of GLEAM India, a non-profit network which provides mentorship to young leaders in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
  • CEO and MD of Nirula’s Corner House Pvt. Ltd. from 2006-12. Co-investor with Navis Capital in Nirula’s, grew Nirula’s from 35 outlets in 2 cities to 85 outlets in 8 cities.

  • Joint MD of MARS Hotels and Restaurants in Mumbai, India from 2004 to 2006. Company operated diverse F&B concepts and boutique hotels in Mumbai , Pune and Bangalore.
  • Set up over 100 Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants in India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Bangladesh for Yum Restaurants from 2001 to 2004 as Manager Development.
  • Strong relationships with HNI investors, prominent family offices, domestic and international PE and VC funds.
  • Invited as an Industry Expert by leading international consulting networks- GLG, Coleman Research and Alpha Sights.
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management, Cornell University; Economic Honors, St. Stephens College, Delhi University; The Doon School, Dehradun.

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