Panel of Judges

THE PROCESS OF WINNING

Upon collecting nominations, Asia Awards Of Excellence’s team of esteemed panelists and editors will shortlist hotels to present it our selected judges.

We have curated a refined group of well-traveled, VIP judges, with expertise in each of their respective fields closely linked to the award categories they are evaluating and ultimately, judging.

The Top 10 awards are reviewed in person, with each judge staying exactly as a guest would do. Elements of design and concept, dining, facilities, location and service are included in each judge’s review and ranking.

Our judges aim to evaluate the emotional aspect of each hotel, focusing on the atmosphere and culture achieved by a hotel in addition to the outlined criteria of standards.

Our panel finally meets once all the hotels have been evaluated to review the judges rankings and comments, at which time our panel will determine the final list of winners.

Jocelyn Luko and Anthony Sandstrom

Wanderlust couple Anthony Sandstrom and wife Jocelyn Luko join the list of jury for the very first Asia Awards of Excellence 2017. Model and actor Sandstrom is an established TV host, presenter, professional DJ and performance life coach based in Hong Kong. As the host of TVB Pearl’s Vino Veritas, a programme which introduces viewers to series of travel and wines from around the world, Sandstrom will experience, vote and celebrate Asia’s Most Excellent Hotels. Anthony grew up in Vancouver where he had a successful stint with Canadian TV series such as X-Files, Millennium, and Sliders. His desire for travel in life would move him to Thailand in 2001 and around Asia where he would perform for leading luxury brands and top clubs throughout the region. During these times, Anthony was a very successful International model, working in +30 lead role TVC for all major luxury brands. Anthony would become the first Asian to be featured in the Ermenegildo Zegna 2009 World campaign. His supermodel wife, Jocelyn is Japanese, Austrian, Irish and French who at the young age of 15 was scouted by Tokyo’s top agency. She has since traveled the world working and living in 12 different countries as an Actress, Model, MC and TV host and is currently signed to Bullet Films. She has always been interested in health and wellness that in 2010 she and her husband opened Lotus Centre Wellness, which is an all-natural health company that believes that if you balance your body, mind and soul you can achieve your infinite potential in life. She is a Certified Practitioner in: NLP, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Millennium Method, Yuen Method™ and Pilates. After a life-changing trip to Nepal in 2007 she & husband decided to open a school for underprivileged children in Nepal. The school Moonlight Foundation Nepal opened in 2008. The respected couple in the entertainment industry is trusted by leading directors, producers, corporations and leading global luxury brands.

Eric Kwok

Currently the Managing Director of UP Concierge Limited, Eric Kwok was introduced to the culinary and hospitality world at an early stage of his life. Native to Hong Kong, he discovered his passion in fine wines and spirits when he joined the Mandarin Oriental Group. At the Hong Kong Wine Judges Association, Kwok is an officer of L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. Often characterised as detail oriented and passionate, he has gained respect in the field and has continued to share his knowledge by leading seminars at universities in Hong Kong. A Senior Sommelier of the Hong Kong 3Sommelier Association, an international Bordeaux educator of L’ecole du Vin de Bordeaux, a Spanish wine educator of the Wine Academy of Spain and a wine columnist for Eat & Travel Weekly App, Kwok holds many titles and roles simultaneously. With a fondness and knowledge of fine arts, haute cuisine, gourmet foods and premium cigars, Kwok is quite the connoisseur in several fields. He is a member of Commanderie du Bontemps du Medoc et des Graves and a member of Les PiliersChablisiens. A lifestyle and family man at heart, from his frequent travels around the globe he has absorbed culture and gained tremendous inspiration. He is the host of Metro Finance FM1045 (La Gourmet) Program and a founding member and director of Event.

Anson Chan

Renowned businessman, Anson Chan has served as a Chairman and CEO of his family’s real estate development and investment business, the Bonds Group of Companies for several years. The group owns commercial, retail, hotel and residential properties in prime locations spread around Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada and the United States. Before joining his family business, he was an associate director in the proprietary investments group of Nomura International (the Japanese investment bank) from 2000 to 2004, and prior to that, he was at AIG Investment Corporation from 1998 to 2000. His responsibilities had him oversee new investment opportunities in private equity in Greater China. Furthermore, Chan is a seed investor and officer of the Evenstar Fund, which is an Asia-focused hedge fund. From 2005 to 2008, he served as a senior advisor to Elliott Associates, which is a leading U.S. based activist investment fund with assets under management in excess of US$10 billion. Being the eldest son of the late philanthropist Dr. Chan ShuKui, who founded Chan’s Educational Organization in Hong Kong, he continues to dedicate part of his free time to managing and supervising the operations and future strategy of the organization’s schools. Chan also participates actively in various civic organizations such as Better Hong Kong Foundation, Rotary International, The Hong Kong Fringe Club, the Community Chest of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong, and University of Toronto (Hong Kong) Foundation.

Joseph Chen

As the founder and Group CEO of UP Concierge Limited, which focuses on providing supreme concierge and lifestyle management services to Greater China and the Asian market, Joseph Chen has been a popular figure in the industry. Founder of MEGA Wealth Management (Asia) Limited, Chen has more than 38 years of executive experience in mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, corporate finance and due diligence. Within a period of a year, he raised USD 16 million for MpayMe Limited. Joseph has also served as a senior advisor at Titan Capital Asia Limited. He was the Executive Vice President of Bank Danamon Indonesia for seven years. Having attended Harvard Business School’s AMP 115 Executive Management Program, his undergraduate degree however was in Business Administration. He went Pepperdine University and received his MBA in Finance at the University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business.

Narcisa Pheres

The stylish designer and businesswoman Narcisa Pheres is the Creative Director and CEO of her eponymous Italian fashion house Pheres. Responsible for the entire creative process behind the men's fashion brand, she recently launched a women's-wear line as well as a high-end jewellery line both carrying her name. Featured in in several publications for her impeccable style and popular men's-wear line that's available in leading stockists around the globe and through her online store, the entire Italian ethos of her fashion line is popular among the crème de la crème of many a metropolitan city. As one of the region's most frequent travellers, whether it be on business or leisure, she's stayed at the most glamorous and famed hotels, as well as boutique rooms, hence she's well versed in the international standards and quality of leading hotels.

Kevin Daniel Dwyer

Kevin Daniel Dwyer is an editor, creative director and content specialist focused on real estate, luxury travel, architecture and design. Dwyer is the former Editor-in-Chief of LP – Luxury Properties magazine, current author at Inman.com, and Creative Director at Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty. An avid writer, artist and designer, Dwyer has spent time working and traveling throughout Europe, Southern Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia from his former home base in Shanghai, China. He currently resides in San Francisco and Sausalito, where he creates exclusive strategic content and branding for Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty.