Global Restaurant Investment Forum

11-13 February 2020 – NH Hotel Grand Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam

GRIF

11-13 February 2020 – NH Hotel Grand Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam

GRIF Society London Briefing Speakers

Thank you to our GRIF 2019 speakers

Raymond Blanc OBE

Chef Patron, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons; Founder, The Raymond Blanc Consultancy; President of The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA)

Marco Pierre White

Renowned chef, restauranteur and TV personality

Luca Baffigo

Chief Executive Officer, Eataly

Jacob Jan Boerma

Signature Chef, The White Room, NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam

Ron Simpson

Founder, The Avocado Show

Victor Lugger

Co-founder, Big Mamma Group

Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive Officer, UKHospitality

Yossi Eliyahoo

Founder and co-owner, The Entourage Group

Robin Rowland OBE

Operating Partner, TriSpan LLP

Frances Adams

Group Director, Brand Strategy, Endemol Shine Group

Chris Miller

Founder, White Rabbit Fund

Maarten Markus

Managing Director Northern Europe, NH Hotel Group

Etienne van Unen

Partner, Director Food & Beverage, Co Head EMEA Retail, Colliers International

Chef Tomer Agay

Santa Katarina

Arne Altmann

Managing partner for Le Pain Quotidien The Netherlands

Lesley Bamberger

Managing Director, Kroonenberg Groep

Peter Backman

Principal, Peter Backman

Ginger Flesher Sonnier

Founder/CEO, The Ginger Companies

Reinder Bakker

Owner, Overtreders W

Mario C. Bauer

Advisor to Vapiano; Co-Founder, Curtice Brothers

Lynne Bellinger

Director of Food & Beverage Development, Marriott International

Rohan Bilimoria

Legal Counsel, KFC Asia and Pizza Hut Asia Pacific, Yum! Brands

Loui Blake

Managing Director, Kalifornia Kitchen

Rudolf Brand

Executive chef at Circl Restaurant, Amsterdam

Benjamina Bollag

CEO & Co-founder, HigherSteaks Limited

Monique Borst

Consultant, Monique Borst Ltd

Stefan Breg

Group Strategy Director, Keane

Bas Buvelot

Director Asset Development, CBRE Global Investors

Paul Campbell

Founder , Hill Capital Partners

Emily Chambers

Marketing Consultant, Think Hospitality

Zing-Kyn Cheung

Co-founder of Foodhallen & Kanarie Club

Adrian Cummins

Chief Executive, Restaurants Association of Ireland

Arturo Dalhuisen

Chef De Cuisine The White Room* At NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Olgierd Danielewicz

Chief Operations Officer, AmRest

Daan de Geus

Innovation Manager & Startup Liaison, ISS Netherlands

Sukru Dincer

Representative, #FairKitchens

Stef Driessen

Sector Banker Leisure, ABN AMRO Bank

Elise Duitshof

Marketer, Circl

Michael Ellis

Chief Culinary officer, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

Viktoria Elman

Global Key Account Sales Manager, TripAdvisor Restaurant Solutions

Helen El Mettouri

Regional Director, Keane

Isidoro Martínez de la Escalera

Chief Marketing Officer, NH Hotel Group

Yasha Estraikh

Associate Partner, Piper Private Equity

Dogan Eymirlioglu

Partner, Dentons

Ahmet Faralyalı

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Mediterra Capital

Hendrik Franken

Director Marketing & Concepts, Vermaat Groep

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Vice President, TFG, Food & Beverage

Chris Fung

Former CEO, CRUSSH – Fit Food & Juice Bars

Ido Garini

Founder & Creative Director, Studio Appétit

Sarah-Jane Grant

Director, LXA

James Hacon

Managing Director, THINK Hospitality

Ronald Huiskamp

Owner, H-Hospitality

Gunel Ismailova

Global Business Development Director, Ginza Project

Brian Johnston

International Managing Director, Wagamama

Christopher Jones

President Franchise & Concession AmRest

Herman Klok

Regional Director of Operations Amsterdam, UK, Switzerland, NH Hotel Group

​Marloes Knippenberg

Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

Gert Kopera

Executive Vice President Restaurants Global, Hakkasan Group

Afroditi Krassa

Creative Director, AfroditiKrassa; Co-owner and designer, Bala Baya

Uri Lahav

Santa Katarina

Mat Lake

Managing Director and Co-owner of Junkyard Golf Club, Bunny Jackson’s & Wilderness Trading Co.

Isabelle Leroux

Senior Counsel, Dentons

Naim Maadad

Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

Jillian MacLean

Founder & CEO, Drake & Morgan

Babette Marzheuser-Wood

Partner, Dentons

David Mattin

Global Head of Trends & Insights, TrendWatching

Harry McKinley

Writer, Editor and Hospitality Consultant

Ian Millar

Manager of Inst. of Business Creativity & Senior Lecturer, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Chris Naylor

Executive Chef of Restaurant Vermeer (1* Michelin), NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace

Virginia Anne Newton

Director of Media Relations & Special Events, Restaurant Geranium

Aaron Noveshen

President and Founder , The Culinary Edge

Marjan Oosting

General Manager, Circl Restaurant & Bar

Roger Payne

Chief Executive Officer, Enhanced Hospitality

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines

Managing Director Middle East , Bench Events; Co-Founder, GRIF

Maxim Polzikov

Partner & CEO, Ginza Project

Heleri Rande

F&B Strategist & Consulting Editor, SUPPER

Rohit Sachdev

Chief Executive Officer, Soho Hospitality

Sven Sallaerts

Co-Founder, Younique Concepts

Jeremy Scarf

Managing Director, Keane

Nick Schapira

Chief Executive Officer, Vapiano Franchising International

Johannes Schuster

Director Business Development, L’Osteria

David Singleton

Area Vice President EMEA/South Asia, Franchise Operations & Development, Hard Rock Café

Nick Taplin

Chairman and CEO, Black and White Hospitality Ltd

Simon Taylor

Founder, Swiperight

Merijn van den Bergh

Director and Initiator, Circl

Marlijn Van Straaten

Vice President Marketing & Communication, HMSHost International

Philip Verey

Commercial Director, Winnow

Kuif Klein Wassink

Partner, Dentons

Jenna Webb

Project Manager, The Culinary Edge

Jon Yantin

Chief Executive Officer, Stake Concepts

2019 Advisory Board

Ramzy Abdul-Majeed

Founder & Managing Director, Whissle Hospitality Group

Peter Backman

Principal, Peter Backman

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Mario C. Bauer

Advisor to Vapiano; Co-Founder, Curtice Brothers

Emma Banks

Managing Director, JRG Dubai

Monique Borst

Consultant, Monique Borst Ltd

Paul Campbell

Founder , Hill Capital Partners

Ravi Chandran

Chief Executive Officer, Liwa Minor (Middle East and North Africa)

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Dan Clayton

Director, PPS Addison Hospitality

Sami Daud

Managing Director, Daud Group

Fay Economides

Executive Managing Director, M Management Company

Yossi Eliyahoo

Founder and co-owner, The Entourage Group

Hendrik Franken

Director Marketing & Concepts, Vermaat Groep

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Vice President, TFG, Food & Beverage

Sarah-Jane Grant

Director, LXA

James Hacon

Managing Director, THINK Hospitality

Ryan Hattingh

Partner, Atelier EPJ

Troy Hickox

Assistant Senior Vice President - Hotel & Lifestyle Development, Galaxy Entertainment Group

Ronald Huiskamp

Owner, H-Hospitality

Michael Ingemann

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

Gert Kopera

Executive Vice President Restaurants Global, Hakkasan Group

Naim Maadad

Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

Jillian MacLean

Founder & CEO, Drake & Morgan

Kieran Mallon

Michael Marlay

Managing Director - F&B, Al Futtaim Group Real Estate

Babette Marzheuser-Wood

Partner, Dentons

Harry McKinley

Writer, Editor and Hospitality Consultant

Ian Millar

Manager of Inst. of Business Creativity & Senior Lecturer, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Peter Moody

Principal, Red Pie Consulting

Andrew Morrow

General Manager, F&B Development and Operations, Comida Investment in Commercial Enterprises LLC – Part of the Roya Group

Spero Panagakis

Chief Operating Officer, PSBars & Co-owner, BB Social Dining

Bob Puccini

Founder, Puccini Group

Heleri Rande

F&B Strategist & Consulting Editor, SUPPER

Tyrone Reid

Chief Executive Officer, Alabbar Enterprises

Casper Reinders

Owner, Tao Horeca Group

Sven Sallaerts

Co-Founder, Younique Concepts

Martin Sherwood

Senior Development Director, Kin Capital

David Singleton

Area Vice President EMEA/South Asia, Franchise Operations & Development, Hard Rock Café

Karan Singh Purohit

Director of operations, Black Spoon

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO of Insignia Worldwide

Shabnum Stumpf

Chief Executive Officer, PSBars & Co-owner, BB Social Dining

Simon Taylor

Founder, Swiperight

Etienne van Unen

Partner, Director Food & Beverage, Co Head EMEA Retail, Colliers International

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