Dilip Puri

Founder & Chairman
Indian School of Hospitality
Dilip Puri is the Founder & Chairman of Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), an institution of higher education focused on reshaping hospitality, culinary arts and executive education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. Dilip served as the Managing Director of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, South Asia, from 2011 till the end of 2017 when he set out to be an education entrepreneur and founded ISH. During his time at the helm, Starwood’s South Asia portfolio grew from 24 to 54 operating hotels with a pipeline of over 100 hotels.
He was also responsible for launching the luxury brands of Starwood with the entry of St. Regis & W Hotels in the Indian market. From 2008 to 2010, Dilip was the CEO of Duet India Hotels, a private equity backed hospitality Development Company, and led the raise of circa USD 166 million in private equity capital. Dilip has over three decades of experience in the hospitality industry and has worked with brands such as Oberoi, Taj, IHG, and Starwood in India, Australia and Africa. He has an economics degree from the University of Delhi and he completed his postgraduate studies at the Oberoi Centre of Learning & Development (OCLD).

Since founding Indian School of Hospitality, Dilip has been a mentor and leader for students and aspiring hospitality professionals. ISH is an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation & tomorrow’s businesses. Part of Sommet Education, ISH is India’s finest hospitality and culinary arts school and offers programmes in alliance with École Ducasse and Les Roches – two of the world’s leading institutes for higher education.