Welcome to Next Summit 2023

Join us as we launch ’The Hotel Room of the Future‘.

An initiative by Lutron Electronics in collaboration with Keiretsu where we aim to facilitate discussions with prominent hoteliers, hospitality experts, and industry partners on the topics of digital transformation, sustainability, and cost management all aimed at enhancing the guest experience.

18 May 2023 | Crossroads Maldives

Next Summit 2023 is an initiation by Lutron Electronics in collaboration with Keiretsu where we aim to facilitate discussions with prominent hoteliers, experts, and partners on the topics of digital transformation, sustainability and cost management all aimed at enhancing the guest experience.

Senior Lutron executives will share insights on sustainable focused technologies in the guest room without losing site of the guest experience.

Thought leadership topics ranging from the Future of wellbeing in Hospitality, Driving Green Transformation, Comfort & Energy Efficiencies, and an insightful talk on how hoteliers can achieve its full potential at a session titled ’the hotel room of the future?‘

As Maldivian hoteliers embark on an ambitious growth plan, utilizing the potential of intelligent automation to gain efficiency, cost optimization & enhanced guest experience will prove vital in helping the nation meet its goals of becoming a thriving digital economy. As a trusted technology leader, Lutron & Keiretsu has been instrumental in supporting customers' innovation for the future.

As digital advocates, we take pride in our roles and are committed to facilitating real transformation for organizations. It brings us great joy to announce the upcoming ’Next Summit 2023‘ in Maldives and look forward to sharing the staggering implications and possibilities that intelligent automation presents for local hoteliers and beyond.


Ripu Daman Sharma

Sales Director, Lutron Electronics

With education in engineering & business management, along with two decades of exposure in lighting field, Ripu Daman is thrilled by the power that simplified technology brings to enhance convenience, safety, lifestyle & sustainability needs of customers. He heads Lutron’s technology solutions business in smart lighting controls & shades automation for residential, hospitality and commercial segments, in South Asia region. Devotee of Lutron’s first principle – “Taking care of customers with superior goods & services”

Jubin Thomas

Territory Sales Manager - India & Subcontinent region, Lutron Electronics

Jubin Thomas has been working with Lutron to raise the bar of Luxury and differentiate properties with a guestroom experience that goes beyond guest expectation. His vast experience of collaborating with Hotel ownerships, Hospitality brands & specification community has led to the successful completion of more than 5000 Guest rooms & 100+ Hotel Public area in India Subcontinent region with Lutron’s Hospitality Solution. Jubin has been working with the organization for past 9 years and leads the Hospitality Business for Lutron Electronics, India Subcontinent region.

Sofwan Ahmed

Co-founder, Keiretsu

Sofwan Ahmed is an accomplished leader in digital transformation, who is passionate about implementing sustainable technologies in hospitality and driving change. He has extensive experience working with top-tier hotel brands such as Hilton and Marriott, and has become a trusted expert in empowering organizations to embrace a digital mindset, establish cyber resilience, and foster a culture of innovation.

Nikhil Patel

Sales Leader - Hospitality Segment - India & Subcontinent Region, Lutron Electronics

Nikhil, an electronics engineering graduate with over 7 years of experience in the building construction and lighting industry, currently leads the hospitality division at Lutron. In this role, he is focused on expanding Lutron's business in India and the subcontinent regions.

With a deep passion for his work, Nikhil specializes in collaborating with hospitality brands, interior and lighting designers, MEP consultants, and developers to provide guidance on Lutron's cutting-edge technology for guest rooms and public areas. By leveraging this technology, Nikhil helps redefine energy management while elevating the guest experience in luxury hotels.

Sana Choyakh

Regional Sales & Business Development Manager Middle East & Central Asia, Lutron Electronics

Business growth and marketing expert with a passion for creating immersive experiences that engage people's senses and emotions to build a memorable guest experience.

Sana has been a force to reckon within the world of luxury, with her 22 years of experience in sales and marketing, strengthening, and growing international brands, like Clarins, Givaudan, and Lutron and her work on iconic projects like Museum of The Future and Cheval Blanc.

Her mission is to elevate the guest experience while achieving energy saving and sustainability, acting as a Lutron consultant and partner for hospitality brands, interior and lighting designer and developers.

Cheryline Chua

Associate Director, KLD Consulting

Cheryline Chua is an Associate Director of KLD Consulting, a lighting design practice based in Singapore. After studying Architecture in University, she spent about 4 years designing commercial water fountains before returning to the built environment industry, where she specialized in lighting design. She honed her skills under Martin Klaasen for the last 15 years working on a variety of projects, such as residential, commercial and hospitality projects.

Cheryline has also been accredited by the Certified Lighting Design Commission in the US as a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) since 2020. In the same year, she also received the Lighting Magazine 40 under 40 Award for her contributions to the field. She is also an Associate member of IALD. In addition to her work in lighting design, she also enjoys mentoring younger designers and is currently serving as an adjunct lecturer for the Specialist Diploma in Lighting Design course at Temasek Polytechnic.

Reiko Kasai

Managing Director, LPA (Singapore)

Reiko oversees the operations of the LPA Singapore office, Plus is an active writer, reporting design, architecture and lifestyle of the region to major publications in Japan.

Mohammed Adib

Chief Design Officer, Dewan Architects & Engineers (Dubai)

A project leader with over 27 years’ experience in the international markets, including the Middle East, UK, Spain and Central Asia.

About Keiretsu

We've been leading the way in technology & human connection for over a decade and have been fortunate to work with forward-thinking corporations and global change-makers with a common vision to optimize people, spaces, and technology.

About Lutron Electronics

Lutron Electronics is a world leader in smart lighting, shading, and control solutions for hospitality, residential and commercial applications. From individual dimmers to architectural lighting control systems, Lutron empowers designers, engineers, and business leaders to realize their visions and create extraordinary experiences with light.