International Women’s Day: celebrating the women leading Le Méridien’s sustainability initiatives

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In honour of International Women’s Day, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa celebrates its female team members occupying inspiring roles that are crucial to its ethos. 

“From restoring coral reefs to caring for one largest state-of-the-art hydroponic farms in the Maldives, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa takes pride in putting females at the forefront of its crucial on-property initiatives that champion their philosophy to restore and protect the world’s greatest natural structures,” the resort said. 

Juby Thomas – Head Horticulturist

Juby Thomas champions the resort’s commitment to sustainability as she manages its on-site hydroponic gardens. Thomas has been instrumental in developing a thriving greenhouse program that encourages guests to witness and engage with the beauty of nature and learn about the resort’s efforts to protect it. 

She also ensures that all of the produce grown are organic and pesticide-free, and that they are replenished using rainwater.

As well as providing produce for the neighbouring islands, the greenhouse is also a blueprint for the resort’s food menus. 

From cocktail apothecary to kids cooking, Thomas plays a pivotal role as a team member of the resort and ambassador of sustainability. 

Candice Gunning – Marine Biologist

An animal-lover by nature, Gunning set out to be a vet before turning to marine biology to study how ecosystems work to help create a better tomorrow. 

From devising a programme that teaches guests about marine life and the importance of natural habitats, to snorkelling trips, dolphin cruises and reef restoration activities that allows families to  interact with the environment, her passion for the ocean and love of educating translate to the marine conservation projects at the resort. 

An ambassador for the resort’s virtues, Gunning works ardently to protect the natural beauty of the island and the natural habitats of marine life. 

“We are extremely proud to have Juby and Candice as female leaders in our sustainability efforts,” said Nilesh Singh, General Manager of Le Meridien Resort & Spa. 

“Their dedication, passion and sense of responsibility towards the environment are inspirational, and we are confident that through their guidance and efforts, we will continue to achieve our sustainability goals.”