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2014 Speakers

Farhan Rizvi

Director in Investment Banking , Emirates NBD Capital.

Rohit Sachdev

Managing Director, Soho Hospitality

Nada Alameddine

Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, Hodema Consulting Services

Stefan Breg

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

Irzio Pinasco

Chief Executive, Acurio Restaurantes, South America

Dawn Sweeney

President and CEO, National Restaurant Association, USA

Samantha Wood

Founder, FooDiva, An award winning restaurant review blog

Peter Backman

Managing Director, Horizons

Raman Khanna

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

Alexandre Gaudelet

Chief Executive Officer, Invest Hospitality

Vivek Singh

Chief Executive Officer, The Cinnamon Club

Markus Thesleff

Founder, Whissle Limited

Phil Broad

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

Bob Puccini

Founder, Puccini Group

Julide Ozbilge Nuss

Manager F&B Asset Management, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Farah George

General Manager, Al Khayyat Investments

Tobias Mattstedt

Managing Director & Principal, Beyond Hospitality

Stephane Teasdale

Partner and Chair, Dentons

Aaron Noveshen

President and Founder , The Culinary Edge

Henning Fries

Managing Director - Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group LLC

Silvena Rowe

, Celebrity Chef

Simon Lazarus

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

MPS Puri

Chief Executive, Nira Hotels & Resorts

Martin Kubler

International Hospitality & Service Industries Consultant, Iconsulthotels

Ashley Sutton

Conceptual and Interior Designer, The Iron Fairies

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director , HVS Global Hospitality Services

Joby Beretta

Partner, Dentons

Nagi Morkos

Managing Partner, hodema consulting services

Jason Myers

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Operating Officer, Jumeirah Group

Gert Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Ali Sinaei

Managing Partner , Round Menu

Gaurav Sinha

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

Sanjay Tanna

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

Amy Jakubowski

Partner and Managing Director, Puccini Group

Alice Keown

Associate Director, Davis Coffer Lyons

Mark Patten

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

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency

The Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) is an event designed and developed BY the restaurant investment community FOR the restaurant investment community.