Founder & CEO
Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Winner of 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Hong Kong & Macau Region, is the lifelong entrepreneur, founder and visionary behind Ovolo Hotels in Hong Kong and Australia. From his start in the family watch business to the discovery and development of the first Ovolo in 2002, Girish has always been about challenging industry convention, thinking differently and creating intuitive new concepts that deliver from a genuine customer’s point of view.
The Ovolo Hotels experience is driven by his detail-driven management approach and understanding of today’s traveller. Central to this is a signature all-inclusive service concept, a promise to guests that once checked-in all key touch points of the hotel are truly free – from the Breakfast, in-room minibar, unlimited use Wi-Fi, and laundromat through to a 24/7 ‘Lo Lounge’ with free daily happy hour and more. This is joined by Ovolo’s bespoke hotel designs, rich in natural light and smartly spaced interiors with abundant socket placement and amenities for guests to use their many traveling e-devices. It’s all the little personalized touches Girish has added after a lifetime of travel, that make the Ovolo brand standout amongst a legion of newer millennial brands.
Under Girish’s leadership, Ovolo has quickly grown from one property into a diversified international hospitality company that currently owns and operates a collection of nine individually designed properties in Hong Kong and Australia, with more in the pipeline as of 2015. The hotelier has been recognized with a series of prestigious honours, including two World Boutique Hotel Awards 2014-5, World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014-5, Outstanding Enterprise for Lifestyle Hotels at the Hong Kong Business High Flyers Awards in 2013; The Brand Excellence Award at the DHL/SCMP Enterprising Hong Kong Awards in 2014, and the Owner-Operator Award at the DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards in 2012 and was most recently awarded the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Hong Kong / Macau region (2016).
Having grown up in Hong Kong, Girish later attended the University of Southern California, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and was honored with an Outstanding Alumni of the Year award from USC in 1992.
Girish’s business interests also include companies under the Singapore based Hind Group umbrella and Shalimar Paints in India. He is an active supporter of the business community, member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO), and frequent guest lecturer at local universities. Proud of his Hong Kong home and Indian heritage, he supports youth education for ethnic minorities in China through his work on The KELY Support Group, and other Ovolo-lead CSR initiatives. An avid hiker, yoga enthusiast and wine collector, Girish spends his down time with family, while planning the next exciting steps for Ovolo Hotels.