Introducing the MUSE Hotel Awards Expert Jury Panel

The MUSE Hotel Awards jury panel consists of distinguished hoteliers and hospitality individuals who continue to provide the same insights and wisdom that elevated themselves to becoming the best in the industry.

This award would not be possible without these esteemed professionals who dedicate to themselves to bettering the hospitality industry with their commitment and passion. To these individuals, we tip our hats to you.


Jan Svoboda

President, Heritage Hotels of Europe

Jan is an experienced hotelier, being the President of Heritage Hotels of Europe, which manages more than 300 properties around Europe in 13 countries. He has over 20 years of experience in hotel business and management, and is well respected a s a speaker on different international forums. Jan is also awarded the Best Historic City of Europe 2016, Hotelier of the Year 2015 and Best Customer Care Historic Hotel of Europe 2015, earning him a few of the biggest accolades in the industry.

United Kingdom

Mr Raphael Cohen

Strategy Consultant/ Hotel reviewer, Boston Consulting Group

Raphael is an esteemed professional who reviewed boutique hotels cross 4 continents over the past 5 years, and is recognized for building positive relationships with owners of hotels he has visited. Raphael prides himself with giving discretion and respect to all boutique hotel owners that he meets, and having excellent skills in deciphering an owner’s ethos in their motivations towards the hotel. This allows him to share a view of what a broad range of guests with a wide range of backgrounds will think of the hotel and thus being able to come up with factors that differentiate the hotel from others.


Franco Ray

CEO, TRM Hospitality

Franco’s expertise in hospitality expands from brand development, assets management, pre-opening/post-oening to refurbishment projects with full serviced 4 and 5 star international hotel and resorts. Franco’s experience also led him to lead several international hotel management companies, such as Accor Hotels, Louvre Hotels Group and Intercontinental Hotels Group. Franco attained his Master’s Degree from University of Cornell Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management - NTU, Singapore in 2006, and Executive Development for GMP in 2015 from ESSEC Business School, Paris, France. Franco has received many awards and accolades, including APAC Lifestyle Tourism Awards, Indonesia Tourism Awards, Bali Tourism Awards, World Luxury Hotel Awards and International Foundation & Travel Media.


Tiago do Vale

Senior Architect, Tiago do Vale Architects

Architect by the University of Coimbra, was Senator and Member of the Assembly of the University. Editor of Design Media Publishing’s “Urban Complex” book, and its Chinese edition by Liaoning Science and Technology Publishing House “城市综合体”. Published throughout the world, Tiago do Vale has given lectures and signed articles on architecture, urban planning and rehabilitation in several publications. Tiago do Vale regularly lectures and writes about architectural matters. Do Vale was curator of the 2014's "Urban Dialogues, International Architecture Congress", in Portugal and of the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of the “Mesturas, International Architecture Encounters Galicia-Portugal” (Spain and Portugal). He was the juror for the 2016 and 2017 DAS Awards in Moldavia, for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the João de Almada Award in Portugal, and for the Architecture MasterPrize since its 2020 edition.


Takbir Fatima

Architect + Director, DesignAware

Takbir Fatima is an architect and director of the experimental architecture and interdisciplinary architecture studio, DesignAware and the generative design workshop, the Fractals Workshop. She has also been a TEDx speaker in 2017 with 12 years of experience in the field of architecture and is closely connected with academia. She has served as a juror in multiple events as well as academic juries. She has created a generative design and 3D thinking workshop called the Fractals Workshop which has been to various cities in India and the Middle East.


Ching-Wen Huang

Chief Design Officer, D.H.I.A International Design CO.,Ltd

Ching-Wen Huang is the Director of D.H.I.A International Design, where her professionalism and experience allows her to inject life into each living space and workspace she touches. Emphasizing on quality of life and value, her designs are philosophized with the ideology of ‘design from life, life from design’. Her success is also attributed to her impeccable communication with her clients and the understanding of their point of view, allowing each design to have a soul of its own. Her recent accolades include being named a Top 100 Best Interior Designer in "Interior Design”, winning Gold and Jury Awards in Dubai International Competition, two Silver Awards in Novum Design Awards and winner at the International Property Awards.


Hans-Petter Bjørnådal

Architect, Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio

Hans-Petter Bjørnådal (1977) is a Norwegian architect, graduated from the Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) in 2003. Besides architecture and scenography, he is focused on the research of nomadic cultures and the connection between the modern man and nature. His works have been internationally published in Topos, Byggekunst, Architectural Worlds, Architizer, Designboom, and Arch Daily among others. The environmental theatre Klemet was a finalist in the Architizer 2015 + Awards.