The core team here consists of individuals who are highly motivated, dedicated and with a keen eye for detail to ensure quality delivery.
ICCA Dubai stays true to its mission and remains committed to providing the opportunity for its students to realize their dreams through applied knowledge, and the hands-on approach here ensures that our students are given personalized attention to help achieve their very best. The laurels and achievements of our students are a testimony to our absolute commitment.
Sunjeh Raja - Chief Executive Officer and Director
In 2005, he established ICCA Dubai, and since then he has been leading the market in the Vocational Education Training program in the UAE. He adopted rigorous and innovative approach with an eye for detail in further developing this industry-focused training.
He has won several notable and independent awards in the span of his career including the prestigious: Caterer Middle East Power 50 - #1 Education Influencer 2014 & 2016; PRO Chef Magazine "Training Champion" 2014.
Started his career in Finance and Trading, has a degree in Natural Sciences and is actively associated with many regional and international culinary bodies.
Shanaaz Raja - Course Director
Holds a Master's Degree in Food Science & Nutrition.
She's a certified Food Safety Expert from the Royal Insitute of Public Health, UK; Certified Person in Charge (PIC) Trainer and approved Food Safety Tutor from Highfield UK & HACCP Australia. A qualified training instructor in Baking & Patisserie by City & Guilds, London, UK.
Shaanaz has been instrumental in the building of ICCA Dubai since its inception in 2005.
Shagufta Patel - Relationships and Allied Programs Manager
With and academic background in marketing, Shagufta is also an Image Advisor, Life-Skill Coach, NLP practicioner and a Hypnotherapist.
As passionate about food as she is about making positive transformations to people, she believes that cultures though diverse across the globe; the one thing holds common is the love for a hearty meal.
Pauline Benzon-Tana - Head of Creatives
Over 14 years of marketing, communications management and creative design gained from ICY, Education and Hospitality Industry's products and services. She specializes in brand management, digital marketing, product photography, advertising, creative writing, event management and integrated marketing communication.
Previously worked for TTHI, Inc. (One of the leading system's integrators in the Philippines) and other tech giants including, Cisco, Avaya and Alcatel-Lucent.
She holds a degree in Fine Arts & Advertising Arts, has a keen interest in photography, loves traveling, enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for the arts & music, in which she's completing a Specialised Course in Classical Music at YALE School of Music.
Shwetali Bhandare - Product Marketing Manager
Recently joined the team in 2016, Shwetali is responsible for delivering project timeline, budget and identifying and managing risks for Sales and Marketing.
She has over five years of experience in Project Management, UX Design, Digital Marketing and CRM Integration in France, India, and UAE. Previously working with Ajency.In, Tata Global and The Observatory.
She holds a Master's degree in Management Information Systems at EISEE Paris and an Engineering degree in SIES Graduate School of Technology.
Shruti Raj - Content Developer and PR Coordinator
A simple writer with hands-on experience in Public Relations and Communications. An ardent lover of food and with a natural flair for culinary arts, who loves to write anything and everything about food.
With a career background of more than half a decade invested in the various communication field, including working with Nabucco Parfum Fin, Venture Communications FZ LLC and Bakery World Food Magazine.
Now as part of ICCA Dubai Digital Marketing team, she intends to showcase her professional expertise in web & print content development and food photography.
Saju Thomas Paul - Senior Graphic Designer
Nearly a decade of creative design, brand management, and photography under his belt. Saju is knowledgeable with design tools such as Adobe Creative Suite particularly Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier and After Effects.
Has previously worked with companies like MacMillan Publishing Solutions, Print Links and DS-Max Properties.
Saju a traveler of the world and has a flair for photography and enjoys good music and creative design.
John Elliot Marcadia
A multimedia designer with knowledge in graphics, web design and video editing.
The newest member of the Creative Department, John hails from the Philippines and has previously worked with multinational companies in South East Asia including Mega Magazine (the country's biggest fashion magazine), Pink Parlour Asia and Davines Philippines.
He believes learning is substantial to look forward to something new every day.
Sunil Duggal - Head of Sales & Corporate Services
His corporate experience spans selling Cloud Telephony Solutions to Leading Growth and Profitability in ICT and Hospitality Industry, citing Property Finder, YZER Group and Emaar Group to his client portfolio.
He current holds a senior sales position in ICCA and responsible for communicating the values and initiatives of the company to its clientele and partners for continuous and sustainable growth as the leading Culinary Training facility in the UAE and the MENA region.