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Gwinyai Makuyana, Director of Engineering, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.

Grow With Us, features a monthly series of inspirational stories of team members and their career journeys with Minor Hotels so far.  

This months' story features Gwinyai Makuyana, Director of Engineering, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.

Gwinyai Makuyana's colourful career journey has taken him from his humble beginnings as an ambitious young apprentice in Zimbabwe to leading his own team of engineers in some of the best hotels and resorts in the world. He has recently started his new role as Director of Engineering, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort – his third assignment with Minor Hotels.

"After the successful opening of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara in 2015, I moved to Bangkok to lead the engineering team at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort and support the pre-opening of AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel. It was truly a proud moment when we launched AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel as the brand's first purpose-built property last year. I stayed on in my role until August of this year, when I accepted a transfer to Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman's picturesque Green Mountain as Director of Engineering."

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Stay tuned for the next story in October…


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How can we ensure you meet your full potential?

To enable our next generation of leaders, Minor Hotels works to identify a number of our most talented individuals and empower them with high-impact career coaching, training and support in achieving individually determined objectives. See a brief overview of our three Leadership Journeys and stories from three recent participants:


Ascent is open to new hospitality management graduates. This journey fast tracks graduate to their preferred career destination. Following a 6-month rotation through all hotel departments at the Assistant Manager level, Ascent trainees spend another 12-months specializing in one department as an Assistant Department Head.


Endeavour aims to support the development of our internal high potential, high performing Heads of Department within the Minor Hotels team. After nomination by General Managers and a selection process, the Endeavour leaders grow with us on a journey of 9 months through a combination of on-the-job learning, coaching, peer learning in group sessions, leadership development and three projects focusing on customer service, a corporate social responsibility event and revenue maximization. A formal assessment of their growth takes place at the end of their journey and thereafter they are ready to move into their next role in their career.


Horizon is open to high performing, high potential leaders in number two roles in Minor hotels. After nomination by General Managers and a selection process, the participants embark on a custom-designed journey of 9 months following a road-map of growth merging learning via participation in special projects and leadership development supported by coaching and peer learning. In addition, Horizon leaders complete three projects on customer service, a sustainable corporate social responsibility partnership and revenue maximization.  A formal assessment of their growth takes place at the end of their journey and thereafter they are ready to take on the challenge of their next career step.

Leadership Journeys

  • Son Huynh

    Ascent Graduate Journey

    "Joining Minor Hotels and the Ascent Graduate Journey opened doors for my career path in Revenue. Minor Hotels is a very driven company, with huge opportunities for growth. All the resources and support are there, all I had to do is to grab those chances, add all my effort and start building my future."

    About Son:

    Joined Minor Hotels and took on the Ascent Graduate Journey in April 2016 after graduating from Hotel Institute Montreux. She chose to specialise in Revenue and will continue her journey, after graduating from the Ascent Graduate Journey in September 2017, as Revenue Analyst at the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

  • Phat-Amol Dechdecho


    "After a journey of 9 months, I have gained knowledge and developed competencies and skills which I adopted to my daily routine and best practices. It helps me to manage my team on a daily basis and to continuously develop myself."


    About Phat-Amol:

    Joined Minor Hotels as Villa Operations Manager at the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas in 2012. She later moved to the Anantara Layan Phuket Resort in July 2013 and was given the opportunity to open the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara as Front Office Manager. 

  • Ivan Susanj


    "Going through this journey with my mentor and other team members, discussing successes and challenges that we had over the last 9 months was an invaluable experience. I learned about myself, about entrepreneurship and managerial competencies, which will allow me to use these beneficial techniques, executing out the box thinking strategies in the future."

    About Ivan:

    Joined Minor Hotels as Executive Assistant Manager in 2012 at the Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort. After various successful task force assignments over the past 5 years he got promoted to General Manager at the AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort in September 2017.