MEET THE TEAM

Leslie Kwarteng

Managing Director

A determined and motivated individual  with over 12 years experience in restaurant, hotel, resort, cocktail bar lounge and night club operations in the UK and abroad. Leslie worked his way up from a commis waiter to Senior General Manager and is experienced in single and multi-site operations, venue design, openings and renovations, project management, budgeting and forecasting, quality management systems (QMS), recruitment and training.

Harry H-Benjamin

Director

A professional in every sense with extensive experience in business development & marketing. Over the past two and a half decades Harry has developed a broad, extensive and relevant network of key people in the public and private sectors, leaders and government officials in Ghana and across the West African sub region. He has the ability to negotiate, liaise and maintain communication with regulatory authorities. He continues to render market entry support services, allowing companies to develop market presence in Ghana and across the West African sub region.

Mickael Weiss

Executive chef

Mickael’s work over the years has inspired not only loyalty from his staff, but also the respect and admiration of his fellow professionals. With over 30 years experience launching and working in some of the most renowned restaurants in the UK and abroad, he offers a hands on approach working alongside clients to provide innovative ideas and solutions.

Palvi Bodani

Head Of Brand & Marketing

An experienced and commercially aware senior marketing professional with a solid track record of successfully managing campaigns. Accustomed to working with senior management and board level across various different cultures and juggling multiple projects simultaneously in a fast paced and changing environment. She is a strategic and creative thinker with an eye for detail, enjoys developing brand partnerships and creating and delivering comprehensive fully integrated marketing strategies.

Francesca Zanni

Head Of Business Development

A highly competent Business Development Manager with over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality and F&B industries. 

Excellent at identifying and developing new business opportunities and turning client relationships into long term strategic partnerships. 

Francesca is a result-driven, detail oriented and enthusiastic professional, committed to meeting and exceeding targets and business objectives. Skilled in negotiation with stakeholders, operations, management, and sales, with a passion for exceptional customer service. 

Geraud Pfeiffer

Head Of Business Development

An innovative and highly driven Business Development Manager with over 7 years of experience in the hospitality and luxury industries. Geraud has a creative approach accompanied by strong communication and negotiation skills.  He is customer service orientated and delivery focused, whilst being fully committed to continual growth through sales planning, effective market analysis and implementation of successful business strategies.

Catherine Abakah

Project Manager

A highly Motivated PMO lead with excellent communication skills and people management skills adept in project and resource planning, risks and issues management, governance as well as producing concise reports. Knowledgeable of Waterfall and Agile methodologies with experience in IT and change projects.

Lorenzo Minini

Development Chef

A creative and skilled professional with passion and drive for high quality culinary standards with 12+ years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Lorenzo has held the position of Head Chef at one of the best restaurants in London alongside the most creative chef patron in the world (Dabiz Muñoz) over the past 3 years. 

 

He creates new concepts by adapting culinary traditions to new techniques and flavours around the world aiming to develop a unique concept and exclusive menu. 

Andras Katona

Development Chef

A passionate chef with over 15 years of experience in Hungary and London’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels including The Savoy, Corinthia, Galvin at Windows and Gordon Ramsay to name a few. As a development chef, attention to detail, high standards and creativity are most important to Andras. 

Federico Pasian

Head Of Bars

A skilled and creative mixologist with over 10 years' experience in some of the most well-known bars across the globe.  Federico led the team at Paradiso, Barcelona, listed 67 in the World’s Best Bars in 2017 and prior to that was Head Bartender at The Mandarin Oriental 5* Hotel, Barcelona. After arriving in London, Federico was instrumental in the creative concepts behind new cocktail menus at Mayfair haunt Quaglino’s before embarking on his own project in Panama in 2020.  Combined with his enthusiasm to deliver the highest quality cocktails and best customer service he will ensure your menus stand out from the competition.

Marigold Mingle

Management Consultant

Marigold is regarded as a focused and experienced Hotelier with vast experience in general hotel operations at top management level and holds a track record in hotel setups in the four and five-star categories. 

 

She has extensive experience in Hospitality, with certification from internationally recognised universities in the USA and France. 

 

With over two decades of professional experience in the hospitality industry, Marigold Mingle boasts of several outstanding achievements to her credit including the development of a Standard Operations procedure for Golden Beach Hotels Group and Ridge Royal Hotels. 

 

Marigold holds an International Executive MBA in Hotel and Hospitality Management from France. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Chosen Women Ministry, Ghana. 

Marta Szelkowska

Senior HR Business Partner

An open-minded and energetic HR professional with a global mindset and over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Skilled in the management of complex employee relations cases, recruitment, talent management, training, organisation, design and development.

With a background in operational roles, Marta uses her business knowledge and acumen to provide pragmatic advice on a wide range of HR issues.