From a young age, Harsha L’Acqua was strongly influenced by her father’s philanthropic work in primary health care, eye-care, and safe water projects in Nigeria and India, in addition to his work with Mother Teresa. She was educated in her hometown London, England and developed a passion for luxury hospitality as Director of Marketing for Six Senses Resorts and Residences in Asia. Harsha continued in hotel operations as the F&B Marketing Manager for the Fullerton Hotel, Singapore and at the Aman Resort, Sri Lanka.
Seeking a way to merge her passion for hospitality with her deeply rooted dedication to philanthropy, Harsha enrolled in the MMH graduate program at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, where she began developing the concept for Saira Hospitality. Saira Hospitality won first place at Cornell University’s Business Plan competition in 2014, it was here that Harsha realized the strong correlation between hospitality and philanthropy. Both are linked through the hospitality gene, the gene of service: service to the guest and service to humanity.
Saira partners with luxury and lifestyle hotels, creating bespoke pop-up schools to educate and empower local communities for employment in hospitality. Saira creates meaningful partnerships between luxury hotels and the communities they inhabit and offers hotel partners community diplomacy, higher retention and local talent. Today Saira has graduated 175 Saira students with 100% ROI to participating hotel partners, including Virgin Limited Edition, Rosewood Hotels, Autograph Collection, Bunkhouse Hotels and Costa Palmas Beach Club (managed by Four Seasons Hotels). Saira’s pop-ups have taken Harsha to Los Angeles, Mexico and the British Virgin Islands over the last three years. From her upbringing in London to her career with Six Senses, Fullerton Hotel and Aman Resort across Asia, Harsha brings a global eye for education and hospitality to her work around the world.