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Harsha L'Acqua

CEO
Saira Hospitality


Harsha L’Acqua began her career working for some of the luxury hospitality industry's most influential brands
including Six Senses & Aman and went on to graduate from Cornell University’s prestigious School of Hotel
Administration’s MMH program.


Having grown up immersed in her father’s philanthropic work alongside Mother Teresa, L’Acqua actively sought out
a way to combine her deep-rooted dedication to philanthropy with her passion for luxury hospitality and so, Saira
Hospitality was created. So far SH has seen 251 graduates following partnerships with brands such as Rosewood,
Virgin & Habitas where bespoke pop-up schools were created to educate and empower local communities ready for
a career in hospitality.

 

Quick Facts

Something ILC attendees would never guess about you:
When trying to make money while studying at Bath University, I worked as a “glass collector” at a Moroccan themed bar called Po Na Na - some nights I would opt instead to wear half a camel’s outfit (the head, not the ass), and be paid to take a couple of hours off glass-collecting to parade around Bath promoting the bar.

Favorite place to stay when traveling:
I love a hotel with cool design who pride themselves on service, and somewhere that feels luxurious but still comfortable, and if there's a bathtub in the bedroom, or a bathtub with a view, that's another game changer.

MUST-have travel item:
Hats! My green beret is pretty versatile and travels well.

Who would play you in a movie:
Jameela Jamil, yes we’re both from London and have an Indian background but I think she's an incredible representation/ spokesperson for the new generation of strong, independent, authentic, successful women.

First job:
SpaceNK, London Marylebone High Street when I was 16.

Currently reading:
Just found Blinkist and liking it. I find it tricky to finish books, I am much more into podcasts these days but I am also half way through Love by Alain de Botton...

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