Global Restaurant Investment Forum

12-14 March 2018 – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

GRIF

12-14 March 2018 – Dubai

How we choose our speakers

Our Speakers are key influencers in the global restaurant market. Our speaking faculty is chosen for their industry knowledge, experience and insight that they are happy to share.

If you would be interested in speaking at the Global Restaurant Investment Forum please email Jennifer Pettinger-Haines

2018 Speakers

Ramzy Abdul-Majeed

Founder & Managing Director, Whissle Hospitality Group

Mohammed Ashour

Co-Founder and CEO, Aspire Food Group

Peter Backman

Emma Banks

General Manager, Jumeirah Restaurant Group

Monique Borst

Consultant, Monique Borst Ltd

Paul Campbell

Founder , Hill Capital Partners

Guillaume Crampon

Managing Director, Monaco Foodgasm

Sagar Daryani

Co-Founder & CEO, Wow! Momo

Sami Daud

Managing Director, Daud Group

Russell Danks

Futurist, Future Factory London

Ahmass Fakahany

CEO and Owner, Atelier House Hospitality and Altamarea Group

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Director - Global Food and Beverage, The First Group

Duncan Garrood

Former CEO, Punch Taverns

Christian Gradnitzer

Senior Director of F&B Operations EMEA, Hilton

James Hacon

Development Growth and Brand Strategist,

Anastasia Hofmann

Co-founder, KITRO

Michael Ingemann

Executive Chairman, Claus Meyer Holding; Director, Melting Pot Foundation

Jon Knight

Managing Director, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Gert Kopera

Executive Vice President of Global Restaurants, Hakkasan Group

Ken Kuguru

Group CEO, Java House

Naim Maadad

Chief Executive Officer, Gates Hospitality

Naomi MacKenzie

Co-founder, KITRO

Jillian MacLean

Founder & CEO, Drake & Morgan

Ruth Marshall-Johnson

Foresight Director, The Future Laboratory

Nick McCabe

Chief Executive Officer, Hakkasan Group

Peter Moody

Principal, Red Pie Consulting

Aaron Noveshen

President and Founder , The Culinary Edge

Ian Ohan

Founder & CEO , Freedom Pizza

Ashley Palmer-Watts

Chef Director, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines

Managing Director Middle East , Bench Events

Simon Potts

Managing Director, The Alchemist Bars and Restaurants

Robin Rowland

Founder, YO! Sushi

Nick Schapira

International Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Martin Sherwood

Partner, Enterprise Investment Partners

Gaurav Sinha

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

Didier Souillat

Chief Executive Officer, Time Out Market

2018 Advisory Board

Ramzy Abdul-Majeed

Founder & Managing Director, Whissle Hospitality Group

Peter Backman

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Emma Banks

General Manager, Jumeirah Restaurant Group

Paul Campbell

Founder , Hill Capital Partners

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Dan Clayton

Head of Food and Beverage, Al Futtaim Group

Emmanuel Clavé

Vice President Gulf Countries & India, Xn protel Systems

Fay Economides

Executive Managing Director, M Management Company

Jean Luc Fourrier

Senior Director Food and Beverage, Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Director - Global Food and Beverage, The First Group

Patrice Gouty

Director of Operations & Commercials in Lifestyle Dinning , Emaar Hospitality Group

Sarah-Jane Grant

Director, LXA

James Hacon

Development Growth and Brand Strategist,

Troy Hickox

Vice President - Hospitality Development , Galaxy Entertainment Group

Colin Hutton

Managing Director, Umami Communications

Michael Ingemann

Executive Chairman, Claus Meyer Holding; Director, Melting Pot Foundation

Babette Marzheuser-Wood

Partner, Dentons

Harry McKinley

Editor, Supper Magazine

Ian Millar

Project Manager METRO Innovation Chair & Senior Lecturer, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Andrew Morrow

General Manager, F&B Development and Operations, Roya International

Jason Myers

Chief Executive Officer, Busaba Eathai

Ian Ohan

Founder & CEO , Freedom Pizza

Ron Pearson

Partner, Bowmark Capital LLP,

Laurent Plantier

Founder, FrenchFood Capital

Heleri Rande

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Nick Schapira

International Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Martin Sherwood

Partner, Enterprise Investment Partners

David Singleton

Vice President – Hospitality, Al Tayer Group

Gaurav Sinha

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

Simon Taylor

Head of Business Development Restaurants, Condé Nast International Restaurants,

Etienne van Unen

Partner, Director Retail, Head EMEA Retail, Colliers International

Rebecca Viani

Head of Franchising, AWJ Investments