Stuart Nielsen

Stuart Nielsen - Managing Director of POD Hospitality

Stuart Nielsen – Managing Director of POD Hospitality

Founder and Managing Director of POD Hospitality since 2013. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) degree and has had many years of experience in Food & Beverage development, operations, and management for large international hotel chains and independent restaurants. Prior to establishing POD Hospitality, Stuart was Director of Development for Condé Nast International Restaurants.

Career Highlights

  • Conde Nast International: Started up and developed the Hospitality and Restaurant Division developing concepts, designs and operational brand kits for VOGUE Café, GQ Bar and Tatler Club
  • IHG MEA: Supported openings, renovations and conversions for 94 hotels
  • Developed a regional MEA resource for operations in all 94 cross-branded hotels from F&B systems, key positions, concept, design and engineering
  • Involved in AMEA IHG F&B brand and concept identity development
  • IC DFC: Concept development & opening of all 16 F&B outlets & event centre
  • IC DFC: Leading 650 strong kitchen, food hygiene, events & service team
  • IC DFC: Delivered in excess of one million covers served & 42% net profitability


  • Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management)


  • Founder and Managing Director: POD Hospitality, November 2013 – present
  • Director of Development – Restaurants: Condé Nast International, October 2010 – November 2013
  • Regional Director of Food & Beverage & Design Director: InterContinental Hotels Group – Middle East & Africa, October 2008 – October 2010
  • Cluster Director of Food & Beverage: InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza & InterContinental Residence Suites, Dubai Festival City, Jan 2006 – Oct 2008
  • Director of Food & Beverage: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa and Grosvenor House, Dubai, October 2004 – January 2006
  • Director of Food & Beverage: Metropolitan Hotel by Habtoor, Dubai, April 2004 – October 2004