When he arrived in the U.K. from his home nation of Kenya in 1969 to study accountancy, Shiraz Boghani could not have imagined his career would take him to the top of the financial industry and a career as one of the top hoteliers and healthcare professionals in Britain. In 2016, the success achieved by Shiraz Boghani was summed up with the awarding of the Hotelier of the Year at the Asian Business Awards in the U.K.; the award not only recognized the amazing work done by the business leader in the hospitality industry but also the excellent philanthropic work he has completed on behalf of many different groups.
The former chartered accountant has been the Chairman of the Splendid Hospitality Group since the 1990s directing the strategy and forming a business model which has seen the company become one of the most innovative in the world. Breaking into the upper echelons of the hospitality industry began in 1995 with the decision to open one of the first limited services hotels in the capital of London; branded limited service hotels have now become the norm for many in the hospitality industry across the U.K. After developing 25 different branded limited service projects across the U.K., Shiraz Boghani has also added two five-star hotels in Great Britain in the shape of The Grand Hotel and Spa in York and the Conrad L0ondon St. James.
As one of the best-known philanthropists in the U.K., Shiraz Boghani has attempted to shine a light on the needs and reputation of his own Ismaili community for whom he serves on the National Council.Another area of great interest for Mr. Boghani is the development of programs for the education of children through the Aga Khan Foundation; across the planet, the Aga Khan Foundation is fighting to improve levels of literacy in children with the aid of philanthropists such as Shiraz Boghani.