9 August 2022 – This year’s recipient of the Raphael Kavanaugh Champion of Education Award is Dr. Willy Legrand.
This unique award honors a corporation, organization, or individual who has made a long- standing commitment to and shown a pattern of support for special initiatives that advance the mission of ICHRIE. The recipient of this award is recognized as an outstanding leader in culinary arts, hospitality, or tourism — and has an exceptional record of commitment to education for student and/or employees.
Dr. Willy Legrand is Professor at the IU International University of Applied Sciences in Germany with a specialization in sustainable hospitality development and management. He is the lead author of Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Principles of Sustainable Operations (4th ed). Over the past two decades, he has established over two dozen undergraduate and graduate courses on sustainable development in business and hospitality management in Europe, South and North America, the Middle East and Asia. Prof Legrand also chairs the HospitalityNet World Panel on Sustainability in Hospitality with the aim to get sustainability anchored more than ever into the business conversation and decision-making.