Sunjeh Raja

Sunjeh Raja

Director & CEO, International Center for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai)

Sunjeh Raja is the Founder, Director & CEO of the ICCA Dubai, a world-class culinary training centre established in 2005. Since then he has been spearheading the rapid market penetration and engagement of the company’s Technical Vocational Education Training programmes in the region. In this role, he takes a hands-on approach to manage ICCA Dubai as an international centre of excellence, offering a world-class culinary education.

He is a recipient of the following awards and recognitions:

  • Pro Chef Training Champion, 2014
  • Caterer Middle East Power 50, 2014
  • Caterer Middle East Power 50, 2015 (#1 amongst the Influencers)
  • Caterer Middle East Power 50, 2016
  • City & Guilds International Centre of Excellence - Middle East (2016 – 17)
  • City & Guilds Centre of the Year - 2016
  • Pro Chef Middle East - Cooking School of Year Award 2016
  • Middle East Broadcast PRO - Best Digital Initiative of the Year Award 2016
  • Dubai Knowledge Park & Dubai International - Academic City Year of Giving 2017
  • Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards - Young Chef Supporter of the Year 2017
  • Caterer Middle East Power 50, 2017
  • DWTC Gulfhost Innovation Awards - Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Recognition for supporting Dubai Municipality School Program Initiatives 2018

ICCA Dubai has been consistently raising the standards of culinary training and food service across the region. Recognising and taking opportunities as they arise, the centre has been able to leverage on many strategic partnerships with world majors – a direct result of Raja’s vision and leadership.

Raja specialises in concept, product, and business development with a strong foundation in the corporate and finance sectors, showing a flair for entrepreneurship since his early foray into the business world and has worked in a number of directorial positions across a range of sectors.

At the moment he is helping establish a SAR 80 Million Centre of Excellence in Culinary, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in strategic partnership with the Emaar the Economic City (EEC), under name & style International Centre for Culinary Arts - King Abdullah Economic City (ICCA - KAEC, KSA).