Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
Keshav Suri is the youngest Executive Director at The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. He is involved in the Group’s expansion, quality management, building marketing strategies, operations and F&B revenues. Under his guidance the Group established F&B brands like 24/7, Baluchi, OKO and The Lalit Food Truck Company, which is a part of Group’s Outdoor Catering vertical and has 4 food trucks operating across the country. His brainchild, Kitty Su – the Group’s nightclub – completed eight successful years in August 2019. It is one of the longest running and most inclusive (LGBTQ+) nightclub in the country. The club has supported acid attack survivors, hired India’s only differently abled DJ and people from the deeply marginalised LGBTQ+ community. A firm believer of responsible entrepreneurship, Keshav Suri has been working with several NGOs and activists to help mainstream marginalized communities. He launched social campaign #PureLove to spread the message of love and educate masses. He is also one of petitioners to revoke Section 377 in the Supreme Court of India. The Group has provided opportunities to more than 100 queer people and has established itself as one of the most safe places in the country. Having taken upon the cause to build an inclusive nation; he launched his own – Keshav Suri Foundation – with a mission to embrace, empower and mainstream the LGBTQ+ community. He partnered with FICCI for Queering the Pitch, the foundation launch on October 13, 2018, and brought inclusion into the organisation. The Foundation is the official affiliate for It Gets Better Project in India. He was instrumental in setting up the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force with FICCI recently. The Task Force, which he co-chairs, works towards enabling D&I focused work policies across India Inc.in an endeavour to ensure that Indian corporates have inclusive organizational policies in their companies with enough gender diversity, inclusion of people with disabilities as well as representation from the LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) community. An alumnus of St. Columbus School, New Delhi, Keshav Suri graduated in Law and Business from the University of Warwick. He obtained a Master’s Degree in International Management from Kings College, London followed by an LLM Degree from School of African & Oriental Studies (SAOS), London. He has won several international awards and honours such as Attitude Pride Award and LGBT+ Future Role Model by Yahoo Finance Outstanding and about 15 national honours including Change Maker by Hindu Businessline, Culture Icon of NewHood by Mens XP and Agent of Social Change by GQ and Tycoons of Tomorrow by Forbes India to name a few.