Today, Shiraz Boghani is a prominent and well-recognized hotelier, but, as is the case with everyone, he wasn’t always a success. In his early career, Shiraz moved from his home in Kenya to the U.K. in the hopes of building a better life for himself.
That was in 1960 and before he had set his sights on the hotel industry. To begin Shiraz took a position as an apprentice with Chartered Accountants, where he learned the skills necessary to pursue a career as a bookkeeper.
Feeling the need to expand, Mr. Boghani later moved on to join the company Thomson McLintock & Co. This was another stepping stone in a long career that would eventually lead him to receiving recognition as “Hotelier of the Year” at the 2016 Asian Business Awards banquet. Moving on from his bookkeeping beginnings, Mr. Boghani spent more than 30 years working in the hospitality business and today serves as the Chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group.
Shiraz Boghani might never have expected to take on the responsibility of overseeing the management of 19 hotels throughout the U.K., but that’s where he is today. In fact, he was among the first to introduce branded hotels in the 1990s. If that’s not enough to prove Shiraz was well deserving of the “Hotelier of the Year” award, he has also been credited for helping Splendid Hospitality Group become the fastest growing, privately owned hotel group in the United Kingdom.
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One of Shiraz’s more recent and most impressive accomplishments involves the creation of the £121 million Hilton London Bankside hotel. In addition to launching that facility, Boghani has also assisted Splendid Hospitality Group in opening several other hotels, including The Conrad London St James and The Grand Hotel & Spa.
While so much success in business may be enough to keep Shiraz Boghani busy, it’s not enough to help him feel fulfilled. To that end, he also pursues philanthropic interests, seeking to give back to his community. Providing support to the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Kahn Development Network, Mr. Boghani volunteers his time, as well as donating funds to the causes. The Aga Khan Foundation seeks to help disadvantaged people in marginalized communities throughout the world, providing educational and financial assistance to those in need. Mr. Boghani serves the organization in several ways, including holding a seat on the arbitration board and helping to oversee the Resources Development office. As a philanthropist, Shiraz Boghani strives to help others achieve some of the success he has attained in his own life.