CEO, Elegant Group
Chitra Stern is the recipient of the prestigious Deloitte Institute “Accomplished Entrepreneur Award” at the London Business School, “Person of the Year” Award by the international Family Travel Association. She is an Electronic Engineer, Chartered Accountant and MBA (London Business School). Between 2017 and 2019, Chitra was on the Committee of Portugal IN, a special task force created by the Portuguese Prime Minister’s office to further enhance Foreign Direct Investment into Portugal (www.portugalin.gov.pt). She is also an invited professor for Luxury Marketing at the Nova School of Business and Economics and is the incoming President of the Entrepreneurs Organization (www.eonetwork.org) in Portugal. Owner and founding board member of Martinhal Resorts (www.martinhal.com) , Chitra is a passionate entrepreneur and real-estate & hotel developer, working alongside her business-partner and husband, Roman, on their projects in Portugal. They developed the first Martinhal Resort in Sagres in the Algarve from scratch and have successfully expanded the “Martinhal” brand across 3 other properties in the best and most prestigious locations in Portugal – with one more branded hotel residence (www.martinhalresidences.com) coming up in Lisbon. They have had 4 children during the process of building up their businesses. They are also working on commercial real-estate projects and an Education Hub project in Lisbon, between the Park of Nations and the airport. The school, United Lisbon International School will open in September 2020 (www.unitedlisbon.school). The school forms part of a wider Edu Hub (www.eduhublisbon.com) – with innovators, tech companies and an academy that all have something to contribute to education. The school will be a K-12 International School with an American-based Curriculum and IB diploma. It will be operated by International School Services from Princeton, NJ.