Owner & Founding Board Member, Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts

Owner and founding board member of Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts, Chitra Stern is a passionate entrepreneur and real-estate and hotel developer, working alongside her business-partner and husband on their projects in Portugal. They developed their flagship Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel in the Algarve from scratch and have successfully expanded the “Martinhal” brand across three other properties in the best and most prestigious locations in Portugal. They are also working on commercial real-estate projects and an international school project in Lisbon. They had four children during the process of building up their businesses – all born in Portugal.

In March 2017, Chitra was invited to become an Executive Committee Member of Portugal IN, a special task force created by the Portuguese Prime Minister’s office to further enhance Foreign Direct Investment into Portugal in various areas, especially in the wake of Brexit.

Chitra is winner of the prestigious Deloitte Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s “Accomplished Entrepreneur Award” at the London Business School, and has been honored as “Manager of the year” by Amadeus Brighter Awards and “FTA Person of the Year” by the Family Travel Association.

She received her MBA from the London Business School, her BEng (Hons) at the University College London and her ACA at Price Waterhouse, London.

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