Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers partners with SEDRA to launch inclusive internship programme


With the hope of fostering the development of young hospitality professionals and shaping the future leaders of the industry, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers has partnered with SEDRA Foundation to form an Inclusive Internships and Employment Programme.

In a rapidly changing world, and with over one billion people with determination on our planet, it has become increasingly important to Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad towers to ensure that it is creating a diverse and cultural workplace which benefits its team, announced the hotel.

Partnering with the SEDRA Foundation, the hotel is intent on coaching, training and supporting persons of disability, leaving no one behind. Intending to lead by example, the luxury property aims to assemble the best team possible and empower them to use their talents. Hoping that by gaining economic inclusion through their own career, young people will benefit from an increased feel of self-sufficiency and belonging, ultimately creating a better quality of life.

Founded by H.H. Sheikha Aljazia Bint Saif Mohammed Al Nahyan, SEDRA is a non-profit organisation and the Abu Dhabi hub for the most current inclusive research and best practices. With the goal of removing socio-cultural, economic and attitudinal barriers to allow those of determination to excel in the workplace, the organisation supports through five central areas: Awareness, Family Support, Education, Employment Support and Research.

The three new team members joining the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers team are Vincent Baur, Marc-Alain Gauer and Cristina Pozzi. All three already hold strong hospitality backgrounds. Baur, an Ambassador of Inclusion at SEDRA Foundation has experience in Dubai hotels.

Meanwhile, Gauer, still studying at Ecole Hôtelière Lausanne in Vaud, Switzerland, has already gained valuable work experience at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort. Finally, Pozzi, the property’s most recent recruit, gained valuable experience working in restaurants and hotels in her native Italy while simultaneously studying for a four-year Diploma in Catering, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism.