Global Restaurant Investment Forum

24-25 May 2022 | Riyadh Airport Marriott Hotel

24-25 May 2022 | Riyadh Airport Marriott Hotel

GRIF Marketplace Speakers

Christian Abell

Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International

Prince Waleed bin Naser bin Farhan Al Saud

CEO & Founder, Mukatafa Co. for Advocacy; CEO, R&C Association Qoot

Peter Backman

Principal, Peter Backman

Emma Banks

VP Food & Beverage Strategy & Development EMEA, Hilton

Mario C. Bauer

Co-Founder & CEO, Love & Food Restaurant Holding; Proud owner of Vapiano Brand

Ravi Chandran

Chief Executive Officer, Liwa Minor

Lynn Chouman

News Editor, LinkedIn

Dean Concannon

Design Director, Harrison

Chris Daniels

General Manager, Munch delivery app

Sally Edwards

Senior Advisor, Events and Festivals at Dubai Tourism

Michael Ellis

Chief Culinary Officer, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Founder & Managing Partner, The Cutting Edge Agency

Joey Ghazal

Founder and Managing Partner, The Maine and BARBARY

Samer Hamadeh

Creator, Akiba Dori

Briar Jacques

Counselling Psychologist, Mindfulness & ACT Trainer

Martin Kubler

Creator & Chief Muncher, JLT Dining

Victor Lugger

Co-founder, Big Mamma Group

Naim Maadad

Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

Angela Malik

Partner & Strategy Director, THINK Hospitality

Babette Marzheuser-Wood

Global Head of Franchise Group, Dentons

Kevin McKenna

Trade Commissioner / Consul-General, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)

Amit Nayak

Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA

Ian Ohan

Founder & CEO, KRUSH Brands

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines

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

Simon Ritchie

Editor, Caterer Middle East

Rohit Sachdev

Chief Executive Officer, Soho Hospitality

David Singleton

Partner, Socius Group

Eliza Sloane

Founder & Managing Director, For Example Hospitality LLC

Síle Sweeney

Trade & Commercial Advisor, ​New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)​

Paul Wainwright

Director, Asia-Pacific, Harrison

Samantha Wood

Publisher, Editor & Consultant, FooDiva

Georgina Woollams

Founder & Managing Director, Katch International

Thank you to our GRIF 2020 Speakers

Gaggan Anand

Internationally Acclaimed Chef (2*), Rebel & Rockstar

Jeremy King OBE

Co-Founder & CEO, Corbin & King

Grace Dent

Restaurant Critic, The Guardian

Robin Rowland OBE

Operating Partner, TriSpan

Mourad Mazouz

Founder, Sketch London, 3*

Henry McGovern

Founder and Former Chief Emotional Officer, AmRest

Lydia Forte

Group F&B Director, Rocco Forte Hotels

Jo Fleet

Managing Director, Flat Iron

Chris Miller

Founder, White Rabbit Fund

Fyodor Ovchinnikov

Founder & CEO, Dodo Pizza

Jillian MacLean

Founder & CEO, Drake & Morgan

Ramzy Abdul-Majeed

Founder & Managing Director, Whissle Hospitality Group

Peter Backman

Principal, Peter Backman

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Charles Banks

Co-Founder, thefoodpeople

Emma Banks

VP Food & Beverage Strategy & Development EMEA, Hilton

Mario C. Bauer

Co-Founder & CEO, Love & Food Restaurant Holding; Proud owner of Vapiano Brand

Will Bowlby

Co-Founder & Head Chef, Kricket

Tommaso Chiabra

Co-Founder, Neat Burger

Chong Chu

Co-Founder, Foodhallen

Darrel Connell

Partner, Imbiba

Sami Daud

Managing Director, Daud Group

Yuandi de Herdt

Co-Founder, Yummy Popcorn

Frank de Ruwe

Creative Partner & Founder, Natwerk

Jack de Wet

Director of Development, Big Mamma Group

Jonathan Doughty

Global Head of Foodservice, Leisure and Placemaking, ECE

Elena Duggan

Host, My Market Kitchen (MasterChef Winner 2016)

Yossi Eliyahoo

Founder, The Entourage Group

Michael Ellis

Chief Culinary Officer, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

Yasha Estraikh

Associate Partner, Piper Private Equity

Ahmass Fakahany

CEO and Owner, Altamarea Group and Atelier House Hospitality

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Founder & Managing Partner, The Cutting Edge Agency

Sarah-Jane Grant

Director, LXA

Morris Greenberg

Managing Director, CDG Leisure

James Hacon

Managing Director, THINK Hospitality

Jan-Willem Hilbron

Director, Albron

Ross Hodgson

Consultant, Think Hospitality

Herman Klok

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

Max Kochen

Founder, Beets&Roots

Naim Maadad

Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

Greg Malouf

Chef and Author

Maarten Markus

Managing Director Northern Europe, NH Hotel Group

Babette Marzheuser-Wood

Global Head of Franchise Group, Dentons

Henry Mason

Managing Director, Trend Watching

Harry McKinley

Writer, Editor and Hospitality Consultant

Nick Morss

Technical Delivery Manager, Olam

Amit Nayak

Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA

Chris Naylor

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

Rhys Oldfield

Co-Founder, Be At One

Ian Ohan

Founder & CEO, KRUSH Brands

Shelina Permalloo

Founder, Lakaz Maman (MasterChef Winner 2012)

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines

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

Simon Potts

CEO, The Alchemist

Rosie Prior

Brand & Digital Manager, Petersham Nurseries

Heleri Rande

Hospitality Strategist, Writer, Speaker, Presenter, Supper Magazine

Sven Sallaerts

Co-Founder, Younique Concepts

Amrik Sangha

Co-Founder, Ramusake

Jeremy Scarf

Co-Founder, Keane

Wes Schreutelkamp

Founder, The Streetfood Club

Johannes Schuster

Vice President Business Development & Franchise, L’Osteria

Claire Scullion

Account Director, MVAD

Ron Simpson

Founder, The Avocado Show

David Singleton

Partner, Socius Group

Graeme Smith

Managing Director, AlixPartners - London

Mark Stretton

Managing Director, Fleet Street Communications

Nick Turner

Laura Ashley Hospitality Principal and MD of OM Group International

Ernest van de Voort

Marketing & Concepts Director, Albron

Freek van Noortwijk

Co-Founder, The Breda Group

Etienne van Unen

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

Inge van Weert

General Manager at QO Amsterdam

Michael Webb

Director, Distrkt

Douwe Werkman

Founder, IQ Creative

Rob Wickenden

Expansion Manager, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Simon Wood

Founder, WOOD Manchester (MasterChef Winner 2015)

Georgina Woollams

Founder & Managing Director, Katch International

Barney Wragg

Co-Founder & CEO, Karakuri

Kurt Zdesar

Founder, NZR Group

Marc Zornes

Co-Founder, Winnow Solutions