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Milad Rohani

Cornell University

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My Story

My name is Milad Rohani, and I am a candidate for the Master of Management in Hospitality at Cornell University. I received my Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California, and then went on to design hotels with Bill Bensley for two years while living in Bangkok.

I grew up with a passion for creativity and a constant yearning to travel; naturally, it has always been my dream to combine these two. Ever since I was 12 years old, I would draw concept plans for island resorts and imagine wild concepts. Working with Bensley allowed me to explore this passion deeper, and enabled me to push the boundaries of tourism.

Shifting my career path slightly away from architecture and towards hospitality by pursuing my MMH Degree at  Cornell’s Hotel School will allow me to foster a deeper understanding behind developing, owning, and operating hotels.

I am thrilled to be in the finals with my team in the Sustainable Hospitality Challenge. Our experience in Amsterdam for the semi-finals was wonderful, and I look forward to yet another inspiring, educating and motivating event in Abu Dhabi!



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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