Mr. Gavina is a professional in hospitality and food services industries. He has vast experience in management and has worked for over 25 years at international level. He has supervised, managed, opened, and owned over 30 restaurants, entertainment venues and lodging facilities in 9 different cities across the globe. His extensive international experience is indicative of his excellence and competence in the implementation of productivity and cost improvement strategies, improving guests’ experiences, enhancing organizational performance, and bringing new and creative ideas to the industry. He has received recognition throughout his career for quality standards and service excellence. Businesses he has managed or launched have been recipients of prestigeous international recognitions, including Michelin and Tatler Dining Guides as well as Asia Travel & Tourism Creative awards. His commitment, passion, and desire to provide the ultimate customer experience are evident in his training skills and ability to give each property he handles a bold competitive edge and unique selling points. His expertise and competence include development of sustainable hospitality concepts, décor refurbishments, equipment sourcing and purchasing, kitchen and dining areas design.

Prior to moving to Asia and building his reputation in Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong, Mr. Gavina has worked for 10 years with 3 internationally recognized groups in the United States, including Bice International and Da Silvano in the West Village, New York.

In recent years his extensive experience in launching and managing multi-units operations, has positioned him as an ideal executive to preopening Western and Asian restaurants, boutique hotels, convention centers and entertainment facilities, for a total combined investment of US$ 48,000,000 


Professional Background:

Hong Kong - Marco Polo Hotels Wharf Group

Vietnam - Vingroup

Hong Kong - Epicurean Group

United States - Bice Group

Indonesia - Lotus Enterprises

Hong Kong - Classified Group

Mongolia - Monnis International

Hong Kong - Divino Group

Hong Kong Vietnam Thailand - Dining Vision 


Educational Background: 

  • MBA Candidate, Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria
  • Sustainable Business Change Agent, Specialization, University of Colorado
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Specialization, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Hotel Management, Specialization, Essec School, Singapore
  • Int. Marketing & Cross Industry Growth, Specialization, Yonsei University. South Korea
  • Business Strategy for a Better World, Specialization, University of Pennsylvania


 Professional Certifications:

  • Business Sustainability in the Circular Economy, University of London
  • Impact Measurement & Management for the SDGs, Certificate, Duke Uni., N. Carolina
  • Green Business Strategy, Certificate, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Strategy and Sustainability, Certificate, IESE Business School, University of Navarra
  • Social Impact Strategy, Certificate, University of Pennsylvania
  • Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Certificate, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Social Business Model and Innovation, Certificate, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Corporate Sustainability: Strategic Opportunity, Certificate, Bocconi University
  • Driving Businesses Toward the SDGs, Certificate, University of Rotterdam
  • Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals, Certificate, University of Michigan
  • Sustainable Tourism, Certificate, University 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 Execution, Certificate, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • International Entertainment Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • International Hospitality Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei University, 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

Japanese Restaurant Design