Federico Catalioto Appointed CSR Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives
Dusit Thani Maldives has appointed sustainability specialist Federico Catalioto as the resort’s new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager.
Hailing from Italy, Catalioto has extensive experience in leading CSR initiatives for hotels and resorts focusing on holistic sustainability. After earning his double bachelor’s degrees in Hospitality Management from world-renowned hospitality institutes Glion and Les Roches in Switzerland, Catalioto began his career in the Sales and Marketing department of Marriott International.
Seeking to use his skills and expertise to make a positive difference in the lives of others, he went on to spend nine months working at Maringi Eco Resort in Indonesia. In the dual roles of resort director and front office instructor, he led hospitality training for underprivileged young adults and strengthened his knowledge and interest in sustainable practices in the luxury travel sector. In 2020, Catalioto earned his MBA in Sustainable Hospitality Management at Sustainability Management School (SUMAS) in Switzerland.
In his new role at Dusit Thani, Catalioto’s first order of business will be to take over ongoing CSR projects. He will oversee in-house initiatives such as the hydroponic garden, recycling and waste management, and processes to reduce the use of chemicals and single plastic on the island. He will also leverage his connections with SUMAS to invite students to design special projects for the island and activities focused on raising sustainability awareness among guests and employees.
Catalioto also plans to introduce farm-to-table activities, hot composting processes, new standards for food waste reduction, coral reef restoration via line nurseries, responsible fishing practices (with Blue Marine Foundation), and other key activities to ensure Baa Atoll reconfirms its UNESCO world heritage certification.