Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
Founder, Keshav Suri Foundation
Chair – FICCI Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce
Honorary Chair – IGLTA India Initiative
Mr. Keshav Suri currently serves as the Executive Director at The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. Known for his hands-on approach and innovative mindset, he has played a pivotal role in elevating the group to a prominent position in the hospitality industry, renowned for its luxurious experiences and exceptional service with an essence of inclusion.
An alumnus of St. Columbus School, New Delhi, Keshav is a distinguished scholar, holding degrees in Law and Business from the University of Warwick, a Master’s Degree in International Management from Kings College, London, and an LLM Degree from the School of African & Oriental Studies (SAOS), London.
Keshav is celebrated for his keen business sense and ability to identify untapped potential, expanding the group’s portfolio. Under his leadership, the group has not only diversified its offerings but also introduced groundbreaking food and beverage concepts tailored for the sophisticated palate. Notably, his brainchild, Kitty Su – the Group’s nightclub – celebrated twelve successful years in August 2023, solidifying its status as one of the country’s longest-running and most inclusive (LGBTQIA+) nightclubs.
Beyond corporate successes, Keshav is a prominent LGBTQ+ activist who played a crucial role in the movement to decriminalize Section 377 in India. As a petitioner himself, he advocates for building an inclusive nation, leading to the establishment of the Keshav Suri Foundation. This non-profit organization is dedicated to embracing, empowering, and mainstreaming marginalized communities, particularly the LGBTQIA+ community. The Foundation, the official affiliate for the It Gets Better Project in India, has contributed to The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group’s global recognition as one of the most inclusive hotel chains.
Keshav’s unwavering dedication has earned him numerous accolades, including being named a Top 100 LGBT+ Executive for three consecutive times by Yahoo Finance & Outstanding List, the Pioneer Award by IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association), Attitude Pride Award, and approximately 15 national honours. These include Change Maker by Hindu Businessline, Culture Icon of NewHood by Mens XP, Agent of Social Change by GQ, and Tycoons of Tomorrow by Forbes India.
As a sought-after speaker, Keshav actively participates in public forums, conferences, and events, using his engaging and articulate presence to passionately advocate for diversity, inclusion, and LGBTQ+ rights, establishing himself as a compelling force for positive social change extending far beyond the hospitality industry.