Aktar Islam is a multiple award-winning English Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur. He launched Opheem in June 2018 and launched his new Italian restaurant, Legna in winter 2018, followed by his Argentine restaurant Pulperia in March 2020. His new group of restaurants concentrate on celebration of ingredients and are dedicated to gastronomy. Opheem, Legna, & Pulperia have opened to critical acclaim and Opheem received its first Michelin star in October 2019.
The AI Restaurant Group now has three restaurants and there are plans for further growth. It is steered by Aktar’s focus on product led cooking and on his commitment to providing opportunities for career development for your chefs. In June 2011, Aktar cemented his culinary credentials by winning the BBC Great British Menu television series.
Donald Sloan is Founder and Chair of the Oxford Cultural Collective, an international educational and cultural institute working in the fields of hospitality and gastronomy (https://oxfordculturalcollective.com/). Much of his work is focused on the creation of new educational centres in partnership with universities, in multiple locations internationally. Prior to founding the Oxford Cultural Collective, Donald was Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University, a position he held from 2003 to 2017. In that role he was responsible for the performance of the School across all of its key areas of activity – the provision of an outstanding student experience, the production of internationally recognised research, productive engagement with industry and other external bodies, and reputation enhancement. Throughout his tenure the school received many plaudits, including being ranked in the top three hospitality schools the world in 2016 at the prestigious Worldwide Hospitality Awards. Donald is a Trustee of the Jane Grigson Trust, a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, an Honorary Fellow of the Council for Hospitality Management Education and elected member of St Cross College, University of Oxford. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Higher Education Management from University College London (UCL).