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2014 Speakers

Phil Broad

Vice President, Food & Beverage, Asia, Middle East and Africa, IHG

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO of Insignia Worldwide , & Vice-Chairman of The Travel Attaché

Rohit Sachdev

Managing Director, Soho Hospitality

Farah George

General Manager, Al Khayyat Investments

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Operating Officer, Jumeirah Group

Stefan Breg

F&B Concept Design Director, IHG Asia, Middle East & Africa , InterContinental Hotels Group

Nagi Morkos

Managing Partner, hodema consulting services

Mark Patten

Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage, Atlantis, The Palm Dubai

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director , HVS Global Hospitality Services

Dawn Sweeney

President and CEO, National Restaurant Association, USA

Julide Ozbilge Nuss

Manager F&B Asset Management, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Peter Backman

Managing Director, Horizons

Vivek Singh

Chief Executive Officer, The Cinnamon Club

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency

Joby Beretta

Partner, Dentons

Irzio Pinasco

Chief Executive, Acurio Restaurantes, South America

Henning Fries

Managing Director - Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group LLC

Ali Sinaei

Managing Partner , Round Menu

Farhan Rizvi

Director in Investment Banking , Emirates NBD Capital.

Bob Puccini

Founder, Puccini Group

Raman Khanna

Chief Operating Officer, Global Hospitality & Restaurant Development Company, IFS Group, Doha, Qatar

Alexandre Gaudelet

Chief Executive Officer, Invest Hospitality

Markus Thesleff

Founder, Whissle Limited

Samantha Wood

Founder, FooDiva, An award winning restaurant review blog

Alice Keown

Associate Director, Davis Coffer Lyons

Nada Alameddine

Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, Hodema Consulting Services

Aaron Noveshen

President and Founder , The Culinary Edge

Amy Jakubowski

Partner and Managing Director, Puccini Group

Tobias Mattstedt

Managing Director & Principal, Beyond Hospitality

Stephane Teasdale

Partner and Chair, Dentons

Martin Kubler

International Hospitality & Service Industries Consultant, Iconsulthotels

Gert Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Jason Myers

General Manager, Jumeirah Food & Beverage & Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurants

Simon Lazarus

Vice President Food & Beverage, Europe, Middle East & Africa. , Hilton Worldwide

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

MPS Puri

Chief Executive, Nira Hotels & Resorts

Ashley Sutton

Conceptual and Interior Designer, The Iron Fairies

Silvena Rowe

, Celebrity Chef

Sanjay Tanna

Senior Director - Commercial and Investments , Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)


The Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) welcomed over 200 attendees in its first event for the restaurant and hospitality community.  

The event brought together investors, hoteliers, owners, lenders, F&B brands, restaurant concepts, franchisors, franchisees, suppliers and other key industry professionals across the region to gain confidence in the market and share best practices with the industry.


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With 5 exclusive networking functions, the Global Restaurant Investment Forum truly gave delegates an unforgettable culinary and business experience.
Starting with a stunning evening reception at the Jumeirah Emirates Tower, followed by an exclusive breakfast with Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire at Choix.  Lunch transported us to the fiery Latin American Izel at the Conrad and the evening at Qbara was atmospheric. Concluding with a sumptuous buffet at the Marco Pierre White Grill.
The comprehensive programme introduced new concepts to a captivated audience. Keynote speakers including Dawn Sweeney, Chief Executive, National Restaurant Association; Nicholas Clayton, Chief Operating Officer, Jumeirah Group; Jillian Maclean, Managing Director, Drake & Morgan; Aaron Noveshen, resident and Founder, The Culinary Edge and Jon Yantin, Commercial Director, The ONE Group - Europe. 

"Excellently planned and executed, covering important and essential topics required by the international restaurant communityNandkumar Awatramani, Founding Partner, Nara Hospitality Business Consultants
"Great event, well-spaced out, relevant topics, interesting people, a must for the industryJulide Ozbilge Nuss, Manager F&B Asset Management, Abu Dhabi National Hotels
"Informative event where you can interact and understand the players in the industry, a unique Forum for all that service the Restaurant industry" Tariq Sanad, Managing Director, Lime&Tonic
"It was a great pleasure to be part of history in making, first step in the right direction to define restaurant industry in the Middle East and great networking opportunityRaman Khanna, Chief Operating Officer, Global Hospitality & Restaurant Development

"A great opportunity to network and gain different perspectives. No other global forum like it exists anywhere else" Peter Backman, Managing Director, Horizons

Event Coverage
The event attracted many publications and the follow up from the event is still strong, some articles post event include:

Peach Report

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