the founders

1Daniel Charbonnier is the Managing Director of Minds in Motion, SA and has over 15 years of experience in Europe and North America.  Prior to founding the company, he gained considerable professional experience with several leading hospitality multi-nationals. Daniel has held various operational responsibilities in the pre-opening and managing of hotels, spa, night clubs, lounges and casinos in urban and resort locations.  He has successfully advised on strategic, managerial and operational issues and has implemented profit improvement programs by re-engineering business processes for optimal efficiency.  Daniel is a member of the faculty at DCT Hotel and Business Management School (Switzerland) where he teaches Strategic Management and Marketing and Communication to MBA students. He is a Consultant with the International Trade Center (ITC), a joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN).

Daniel, a Swiss and French national graduated with Honors from the internationally recognized L’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.  He also has a Business and Accounting degree from L'Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lausanne.

2Samira Singhvi is the Director of Minds in Motion, SA and has over 10 years of hospitality and food manufacturing experience.  Samira’s areas of specialization include site analysis and planning, market analysis and demand forecasting and facilities recommendations.  She has a strong background in financial analyses and has managed studies from single assets to larger mixed-use projects on behalf of hotel companies and institutional investors.  Additionally, Samira has held various managerial and operational roles with international hotel companies in Europe and North America.  Samira is a member of the faculty at School D’Hospitality (Singapore) and DCT Hotel and Business Management School (Switzerland) where she teaches MBA students.

Samira, a British and Indian national was educated in London prior to earning her Masters in Management in Hospitality (MMH) from renowned Cornell University, New York.

Minds in Motion, SA founders have had experience with the following:

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Beverly Hills, CA – USA
Palm Beach, FL – USA
Washington DC – USA
Toronto – Canada

International Trade Center
United Nations and WTO
Geneva, Switzerland

Manipal Hotel School
Manipal, India

Lausanne Palace and Spa
Lausanne, Switzerland 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Los Angeles, CA – USA

Eastdil Secured
Los Angeles, CA – USA

PKF Consulting
Los Angeles, CA – USA                 

Campbell Soup Company
Camden, NJ - USA

Hotel d’Angleterre
Geneva, Switzerland