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Franka Grell

Cornell University

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Hi there! My name is Franka, I am an international student from Germany ,currently pursuing a Masters of Management in Hospitality at Cornell University.

I started working in hotels when I was just 13 years old, and haven’t looked back since. My passion for the industry has led me to obtain the MMH degree and pursue my dreams of one day opening up my own hotel. Through various experiences, from a local ice cream parlor, to a student coffee shop, to a 5 star luxury hotel, I have learned the ropes of the industry. Excursions into HR, social sustainability, and tech have broadened my portfolio of interests and skills. 

These past 6 months of working on our concept Al Marjan have been incredibly enriching, and getting to meet and collaborate with the fantastic group of participants at the SHC semi finals in Amsterdam in June was nothing short of extraordinary. With  my passion for sustainability and entrepreneurship, participating in the SHC has been a highlight of my educational experience here at Cornell. I am excited to go to Abu Dhabi and show the world more of Al Marjan!



Pioneering the future of ultra-luxury hospitality, where innovation meets regeneration, and where every underwater encounter deepens the symbiosis between built society and the natural marine world. Al Marjan invites its guests to  discover a realm beyond the boundaries of ordinary in the embrace of the first ever completely sub-aquatic resort. A coral nursery and space for an enlightened community of like-minded individuals who cherish the world's oceans, come together to nurture the delicate marine ecosystems, and contribute to a symbiotic future that celebrates the coexistence of humans and nature.

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