Despite the high-profile challenges and rewards of running a portion of an international company, Mr. Ashraf said the part of the job he most enjoys is getting to serve in a mentoring role to others and helping in their professional development. The students met Mr. Fahad, who discussed his career path and answered questions about Coca-Cola operations and job opportunities.
CEO and founder of Chocolate Academy, Ms. Zainab Shafiq offered brief welcome remarks before turning the session over to the students, highlighting that this important collaboration is truly about developing the next generation of hospitality leaders, and supporting and empowering them to transform the world for good.
“It’s such a great opportunity for our students to hear people speak that have pivotal positions with some of the biggest companies in the world like The Coca-Cola Company,” Zainab said.
“Mr. Ashraf offered insight that went far beyond my expectations, he spoke beyond the position description of his role as Vice President and enlightened those present about the true character of a leader”, he further added.
We look forward to working with Chocolate Academy to build relationships, foster international growth, and provide experiences for COTHM students,” said Fahad Ashraf. Vice President Coca-Cola shared enthusiasm for the opportunity to visit and believes it was valuable for everyone. “Chocolate Academy is a training and teaching institution of one of its kind in the country, which makes it a top choice for furthering our education and research initiatives for both students and faculty in the field of chocolate and fine baking,” said Mr. Fahad. “I look forward to the next steps.”