Director of Operations. Senior Hospitality Consultant.


Mr. Gavina has vast experience in food service environments, both front and back of the house, and also in all aspects of hospitality management; as the F&B Director and a hospitality professional with over 25 years of International experience, he has supervised, managed, owned and opened 20+ restaurants and entertainment venues in 9 cities around the world.

His international professional background shows a track record of excellence in implementing productivity and cost improvements, enhancing the guest experience, analyzing the cost-effectiveness of programs, implementing staff training programs, and finally in bringing new and creative ideas to food & beverage operations. He has been recognized throughout his career for food quality and service excellence. Restaurants he has managed or launched have won international awards and they have also been recognized with high ratings in major dining guides, including 7 times in the prestigious Michelin and Tatler Dining Guides. His commitment and desire to provide the ultimate customer experience is marked through his training skills, giving to each property he handles a distinct competitive edge and unique selling points; Mr. Gavina's expertise also includes decor refurbishment, equipment sourcing and purchasing, kitchen renovation and new design construction.

Prior to moving to Asia and building his reputation in Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong, Mr. Gavina worked for 10 years with 3 internationally recognized groups in the United States, including Bice International on 5th Avenue and Da Silvano in the West Village, New York, both rated among the best restaurants in the city and consistently the favorite choice of celebrities and foodies from all over the world.

United States - Bice Group:

Indonesia - Lotus Enterprises:

Hong Kong - Marco Polo Hotels Wharf Group:

Hong Kong - Divino Group:

Hong Kong - Classified Group:

In recent years his extensive experience in running multi-units operations, has positioned him as an ideal Project Manager / F&B Director to preopening or managing large luxury establishments, entertainment centers, lodging facilities, and online food catering platforms.

Hong Kong - Epicurean Group:

Hong Kong - Bel Paese Group Success Stories

Mongolia - Monnis International:

Vietnam - Vingroup:

Educational Background: 

  • Master of Business Admin., Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Specialization, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Hotel Mgmt: Distribution, Revenue, Demand, SpecializationEssec School, Singapore
  • International Marketing & Cross Industry Growth, Specialization, Yonsei Uni., S. Korea
  • Business Strategy for a Better World, Specialization, University of Pennsylvania
  • Green Business Strategy, Certificate, The Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology
  • Strategy and Sustainability, Certificate, IESE Business School, Univesrsity of Navarra
  • Social Impact Strategy, Certificate, University of Pennsylvania
  • Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Certificate, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Social Business Model and Social Innovation, Cert., CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Corporate Sustainability: Strategic Opportunity, Certificate, Univ. Bocconi
  • Driving Businesses Toward the SDGs, Certificate, Univ. of Rotterdam
  • Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Certificate, Univ. of Michigan
  • Sustainable Tourism: Environmental Public Health, Certificate, Univ. of Copenhagen
  • Project Management, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Strategic Management, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Innovation Management, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Financial Management, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Global Governance, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • International Marketing Entry and Execution, Certificate, Yonsei Univ., South Korea
  • International Entertainment / Sports Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei U. South Korea
  • International Hospitality & Healthcare Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei U., South Korea
  • International B2B, Certificate, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Introduction to International Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Marketing & Communications, Certificate, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Strategy and Operations, Certificate, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Bar Management, Associate Degree, American Bartenders School of NY LLC, USA
  • Hospitality Management, Associate Degree, Scuola Turistico Alberghiera, Italy
  • Art Studies, Bachelor, DAMS, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Scienze Motorie, Bachelor, ISEF, Sports and Education, University of Bologna, Italy

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